Category Archives: Thoughts
My blog really isn’t a place where I often voice anything overtly political, but it is a place where I voice things that are both on my mind, and things that are of a personal nature. So when the existence of this Under Amour shirt entitled “Band of Ballers” popped up in my Facebook newsfeed yesterday, yes I personally took offense.
In case you didn’t notice this scene looks hauntingly familiar like the Iwo Jima flag raising. Considering this photo is one of the most reproduced photographs in history, it was hard not to spot it.
I believe I took great personal offense to the image because my Father was a Marine for 22 years. I have a very distinct and vivid memory of holding a vial of sand from Iwo Jima in my hands when I was small and the conversation about it that followed. We spoke about why the sand was black (because of the islands volcanic nature) and then my father told me,
“There is the blood of many Marines in this sand”.
It’s not something I will ever forget. I am not an overly patriotic person but I have the utmost respect for all those whom have willingly given their lives to fight for our country – despite affiliations or feelings I may have towards the government or whatever office is doing what at the time. I believe it was also hit me deeply personal because of my family’s history of military roots, and the less important job I hold as a graphic designer.
I mean if it were meant as a tribute where is the american flag in the design? No flag. Just a brand logo. And if it were meant to be a tribute, some kind of donation to veterans or their families for items sold would have been nice. That being said, Under Armour did publicly offer the following statement across their social media:
Under Armour has the utmost respect and admiration for active duty service men and women and veterans who have served our country. We deeply regret and apologize the release of a shirt that is not reflective of our commitment to support & honor our country’s heroes. We have taken the necessary steps to remove this shirt, and any related shirts, from all retail and ensure this doesn’t happen again.
Yes I’m glad that they responded quickly, and are doing what they can to rectify the distasteful situation. There was apparently another shirt in this line as well:
They have pulled that one too, but I’m not sure as many people saw it, or it just didn’t strike as much of a chord as the Iwo Jima reference. At this point I appreciate that they did what they could and offered an apology – because really that’s all they can do. Oh, other than have a talk with folks to who signed off on these ideas as good design.
In Under Armour’s defense, they have an entire line dedicated to the Wounded Warrior Project, and donate proceeds from said line. It’s almost not the first, and certainly not the last reference I’ve seen in media to the flag raising, but one I felt compelled to chime on because it is a brand that I like, follow, and wear.
Do you wear Under Armour?
Will you be purchasing the brand in the future?
Something hit me the other day while I was cooling down after my workout. Nope, wasn’t gas. Somewhere amid my TurboFire workout, I think I had a realization, an epiphany, or these may just be really fancy ways of saying I think I had a good idea.
It was decided (by myself) that I would like to become a certified personal trainer. Yep! I’ve been asked by quite a few people if I’ve considered it, and honestly, no I have not. Not with an real validity anyway. I think it may have crossed my mind a few times but was wiped away as fast as it came on.
The whole purpose of this blog over time became hoping that someone (even if it was one person) could possibly take something from what I’ve learned along the way. So in that aspect I have the drive to genuinely want to help people, and show them that they can work towards great health no matter from where they are starting.
That left me wondering why I had sorta just swept the thought away so quickly. I didn’t have to delve too deep to realize it has been my own insecurities that may have been keeping me from this path from the start.
I think my insecurities are rooted in the fact that: I do not and never will have a great fitness physique. Those gorgeously tanned, lubed up lean, and beautiful bodies that you see plastered in Fitness magazines and all over those so called “inspiring” fitspo pinterest pins.
I’m not sure people would look at me and equate me with a personal trainer. But then again, if you knew any part of my story – it may be a little different. I know that it is something I’m passionate and knowledgeable about. I know it’s something I’m always wanting to learn more about. I know that friends, strangers, and blog readers ask me questions non-stop regarding fitness and health – so in the not-so-eloquent words that I told my Father and Brother the other day: Why the fuck not??!
Spill it: What are some of your own insecurities.
Have they ever kept you from pursuing something you loved?
You likey the new header? It’s been something I’ve been meaning to get to. It’s actually taken longer in my head than actually executing the designing portion. You’ll notice I’ve dropped the tagline: “Life. Food. Fitness. Design. Makeup. Mommyness.”
While yes, those are all things that are still part of my website and my life in general – I thought it was time for a change. Mainly because admit it, you may have been wondering “What the hell IS Friday Love Song” and even more so, how does that apply to this website?
As I explain in my crappy about section (seriously need to update that), this site has been around long before I would have ever considered myself a health & fitness blogger. This was a place where I just shot-the-shit and talked about whatever – at the time there was nary a health or workout related post in the bunch, but life changes eh?
So in case you haven’t met me. Sup. I’m Amanda. This is the ever-evolving story of my life. I’m a graphic designer. I’ve got 2 doggies, 3 kiddies, take way too many instagram photos. I like protein, the color pink, makeup, and punching and kicking shit.
I also laugh at fart jokes, like to bake things, and encourage you to join me along this weirdness that is my life. Yes, that icon in my header is totally lunging and doing a bicep curl by the way. Did I mention I’m a multitasker?
Have you ever wondered about the site title?
PS: Ok, not a question, but saying “shoot the shit” made me go figure out where the saying came from: I found this amusing You’re welcome.
I took an online quiz earlier today talking about which side of your brain ‘rules’. Right or Left. I was actually sort of surprised of my personal outcome. Although I consider myself to be a creative type, my brain weighed equally. Of course, I blame that possibly on my slight tendency to be a little OCD. I say that somewhat jokingly because I’m not diagnosed or anything. I guess perhaps anal or uppity may be a better descriptive for myself. But that’s actually not what I wanted to talk about at all.
I may have seemingly “been absent” as of late. If you haven’t noticed – then just ignore that and carry on reading this… I’ve had a lot on my mind (both sides of it according to the above quiz results). I started talking about feeling worn down and generally hurt in January when I opened up about my personal rest + rejuvenate January.
But unfortunately January came and went, and I can’t say I was feeling that much better, or more positive for that matter. This past week marks the most amount of time I’ve taken off of working out since my fitness journey began a few years ago. A lot has been weighing on my mind about where to go from here. Things like:
- What do I want my workouts to look like from now on?
- Do I have any current personal fitness goals I would like to achieve?
- Can I achieve those without putting my body through the ringer like I have in the past?
- Why is finding this balance SO DAMN HARD?!
But with that negative, I believe there also came a little positive. I’ve come to some realizations over the past few months. Some about myself, and about how I want to live my life.
- I am healthier than I have ever been. Despite feeling down lately, I am still a better version of myself.
- I’ve come to realize that I need to address my workouts in the same fashion I have come to address my eating. 80/20 (meaning 80% of what I eat is healthy, the other, not so much). Applying this to my workouts will be a great step for me I think. Not every workout has be a calorie blaster. I do not have to workout everyday.
- I workout now not only because I want to be healthy – but I enjoy it. I will take more time to do workouts that I genuinely enjoy.
I liked this quote. And although some days I may feel defeated – I know for me it’s just part of the process. I have never been really defeated along my journey. Because I would never let myself be. And this is just a new journey for me. A step along the way.
Also I’d normally insert the “what about you?” question here. But sometimes I don’t feel like I need a question. I’m just sharing with you where I’m at, and what I’ve been up to. Hope you’ve been well.