Category Archives: Fitness

What I Hate About #TransformationTuesday

I pretty much have a love hate relationship with what’s known as the #TransformationTuesday post on social media. Yes, I post them. No I don’t post my weight loss transformation everydamntuesday like some do.

My own #transformationtuesday rant: why I think they are possibly lame.

Let me explain. For starters:

I myself get tired of seeing them.

No, really. I also don’t want my followers to feel like I’m constantly walking around tooting my own horn. I acknowledge I busted my ass and accomplished something awesome – but I also acknowledge the fact that they can be a bit repetitive. Like:

“Hey look at me, I used to be fat! Not so much anymore!

Which in short is what these images are portraying. But beyond that there is just so much more to me than just being a former “fat girl” and I feel constantly blaring it shades the other parts of who I am. Like that I’m a Mother to 3 kids, wife, artist, entrepreneur, pretty decent cook, etc.

I also dislike that it has the ability (like most media) to get twisted. To get turned around and show us these amazing cut and fit bodies that some of us (ok most of us), will never be like; no matter how great our own transformations. Which in turn makes us scratch our heads and think we simply haven’t transformed quite enough. That our own transformations aren’t quite as impressive as that could be fitness model that we follow on instagram.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of #TransformationTuesday - why I love and hate this hashtag | #fitfluenitial #weightloss #healthy


Don’t get me wrong. I love the ability that this hashtag can bring people together:

  • It can connect people who feel like getting fit is never possible for them with real people who have done it.
  • It can inspire people to try to be better versions on themselves no matter how big or small their own transformations are.
  • It can also remind you (the person who matters most) just how far you’ve come in your journey when you look back.

It just so happens that it also has the ability to annoy the crap out of me when Tuesdays roll around. So if you’re new around here – Hi, I’m Amanda. I used to be fat, and now not so much. But if you stick around you’ll learn there’s more to this Life as a Busy Fit Mom than just a weekly hashtag.

What “transformation” of your own can you celebrate today?
Big or small, let’s hear them!

Down For The Fitness Count

Currently, I’m down for the fitness count. While I really do hope that some people can find some bit of inspiration through my own weight loss and fitness story, I refuse to sugar coat how I got there and the physical and mental fortitude that it has taken me to stay this course.

I openly admit although I’ve had great success, the mental game is still throwing me at times – as I spoke about in my post The Hardest Workout I Never Had to do.

It’s been a rough month or so for me physically. From dealing with knee / IT Band issues from my newest ouch which is currently my back – yep going to have to take a few days off for this one now too!

While some of you may think it’s totally insane of me to be mildly obsessing over not being able to workout, some of you probably really get it. Once something becomes such a part of you and your routine no matter what it may be, it pretty much blows when it gets interrupted.

Especially when said thing is something you look forward to as a stress reliever and something that makes you feel accomplished and great. So while working out can’t be a high point on my agenda for the time being, I’m trying to come up with some other ways that I can still feel accomplished and de-stress some.

Sometimes You Have to Lose Your Way | #inspiration #quote #motivation

The above quote is something along the lines I stumbled upon the other day and jotted it down. Mind you don’t misinterpret this post, I don’t feel lost per say – I do know that I need to redirect my focus inwards and not outwards for a little.

And although I may currently be down for the fitness count, I’m certainly not out! I’ve just gotta learn to be a little better at accepting sometimes this body needs a serious break. But I also acknowledge that I am insanely better about being more flexible than I used to be even a year ago. Progress always made isn’t made in pounds. Go me.

When’s the last time you took a fitness break?
What prompted it?
How do you de-stress?

My IT Band Is A Pain In My Knee, Literally

I’m feeling a little whiny this week. I really just want to workout but it’s not in the cards for me the last few days because I’ve been experiencing the dreaded ITB Syndrome.

IT Band Syndrome and Knee \ Hip Pain |
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1. What is your IT Band?

The IT band is a tendon that runs from your hip down to your knee. It can become tight feeling or inflamed causing pain either at the hip, or at the knee. I’ve heard of a lot of people experiencing knee pain and not knowing that their actual knee may not be the issue.

2. How Does it become inflamed?

Typically from overuse: althletes, especially runners or any sport where there is repetitive movement. So say it’s even more common in women because of the way our hips turn. It can also come about from a muscle imbalance from muscles that support the tendon.

3. What can you do?

The first and foremost is rest as well as what’s known as RICE treatment: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. As well as implementing some myofascial release techniques like foam rolling and easy stretching. It’t not a muscle, so you can’t actually stretch the ITB band, but you can stretch the muscles around it that may be causing an imbalance like the gluteius medius.

Go ahead, someone tell me why this woman is smiling |

It’s one of those overuse issues that a lot of people have probably dealt (or are dealing with) and don’t even know the cause. Since pain can be felt in either the knee or the hip – it would just be my luck that mines screaming at me from both ends currently. I’m not a runner, but that doesn’t count me out from what can also be commonly called “runner’s knee”.

3 Things to Know About Your IT Band and how it may be causing your knee pain | #fitness #health #injury

I’ve been taking more rest days than I’d really like to, but I realize that it’s something I need to address and I don’t want to injure myself seriously. When it first flared up the other week I could literally feel it snapping over my hip bone when I would walk and was hearing a crunching sound at the knee.


Between rest and finding a balance of exercises on days where I feel able, I’ve been icing a lot using my favorite hand ice pack for the knee. I like it because I can sit at my desk and work and it stays in place because of the strap. I also use it on my upper hip.

Have you ever had any IT Band issues?
Ever had any knee problems?
How long did they take to resolve?

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Digging Deep With a Workout Pep Talk

Sometimes a workout comes out of left field and kicks your ass very unexpectedly. I had one of those moments last week when I had a workout date with the oh so lovely piece of eye candy known as Bob Harper.

My Dad and Stepmom gifted me this workout series last Christmas (yeah I ask for fitness stuffs). Oddly it’s April and I still hand’t dug into them yet partly because I did misplace them for a little while so it was almost like second Christmas when I found them again. I digress…

I was really short of time on this particular day but still wanted to get a good workout in. There are certain “workout buddies” so to speak I look to when I am in need of a short but intense workout – Bob definitely counts as one of those buddies.

workouts that push us to dig deep to finish are the ones where we make great strides towards improving, health, strength, and personal willpower.

I ended up doing the warm up and WOD Cardio 1. When the workout began Bob said that the whole workout was going to be air squats and burpeess …. for 15 minutes. “Oh shit” passed my mind, but I also thought that with only two movements for an entire workout that I would end up getting bored.

Good god was I ever wrong. I was too busy dying to be bothered with being bored. Despite how far I’ve come in my fitness journey, I think this was a good reminder for me that there is always somewhere to go. We can always improve, and workouts like this that push us to dig deep to finish are the ones where we make great strides towards improving, health, strength, and personal willpower.

Those workouts when you have to pep talk yourself to keep going, those are the workouts that make all the difference. | #fitfluential #fitness #fitness #dedication

Ever give yourself a pep talk during a workout?
Do you like Bob Harper?

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