Love: Avoiding Conformity

All of us just want to fit in, but fitting in does not mean conforming. Many believe that the only way to fit in is to be the same as everyone else, creating this army of robots. However, the reality is, the world would not run properly if everyone was the same. Think of it this way if we all were sports junkies, we would have no variety. There would be no music, no art, no stories, and no food because all we like is sports. By conforming we are really just hiding our wonderful talents from the world and creating a boring place. So you cant afford the latest and greatest trends of UGGS and Lulu’s, that’s perfectly fine start your own trend. If the entire world dressed completely the same there would only be a few trends, a few stores and a few designers, and well we would all be broke. By allowing our uniqueness to show and adding our own flare in not only how we dress, but act, talk, write or create we allow for a more accepting and diverse world. By standing out we offer room for others to fit in, through acceptance.

How to ensure to avoid conforming.

  • Stand out: don’t try so hard to be like everyone else
  • Be yourself: don’t let looks, opinions, or whispers change who you are
  • Be confident: if you are confident in who you are no one will try to bring you down
  • Have Pride: pride yourself in getting up each morning and being who you are
  • Feel Beautiful: like Christina said, “you are beautiful no matter what they say”
  • Avoid Peer Pressure: just because your friends act or dress one way does not mean you have to, and if they force you to, they aren’t that great of friends in the first place.

If you have any other tips on how to avoid conformity feel free to comment, Id love to hear what you guys think.



Live: Goal Setting

If you haven’t learned already you will learn soon enough that goal setting is a huge part of life, And a key factor to living a healthy lifestyle . Why, you may ask; well in this blog I am going to go into the importance of goal setting and time frames. I have attended university and am now attending college and goal setting is one of the things I’ve found most important not only in school, but in everyday life. Goals allow us as human beings, to grow and succeed in life as a whole. By setting a goal we can improve ourselves inside and out.

But what is a goal?

A goal is progress you expect or hope to achieve in a set amount of time. Now there are two types of goals; one being short term and the other being long term. A short term goal is a goal made to be achieved in a short amount of time this could be anywhere from a few weeks to a few years. Long term goals as you can guess are goals to be achieved in, yep, you guessed it, a long amount of time; this can be anywhere from a few years to a few decades. There is no certain range in which either of these categories hold, however, long term goals are usually something that takes years to achieve.

For example; a short term goal I myself have created is to lose 15 pounds by Christmas. Here I have chosen what I want to do and set a time frame but it is also good to state how you plan to achieve this goal as well. Therefore, I plan to do this through daily exercise, and eating healthy.

Note I am not saying I will be dieting. To lose weight you do not need to go to extremes cutting meals in half or skipping meals, you can achieve it by simply substituting unhealthy foods for healthier alternatives. Starving yourself is not the answer.

A long term goal I have is to blog more often I do not have a specific time frame which is also okay, because it is a goal I hope to keep up with and pursue continuously throughout my life. I hope to blog at least 3 times a week and I plan to achieve this by using the spare time I have commuting to blog.

You may be thinking to yourself right now, but how can this lead to a healthy lifestyle?

Answer, Simple by organizing you life into goals and creating plans for the future this can not only promote motivation to achieve these things but as well aid in stress relief. So do yourself a favour grab a sheet of paper, a computer or even your calendar and write your goal, how you are going to achieve it and your deadline and relief yourself of unnecessary stress and create a much more successful lifestyle. I’d love to see the goals you guys have created for yourself as well so feel free to post yours in the comments below and share your success stories once you deadline is up! I will keep you posted on mine also, come Christmas 🙂


Fitspire: Strength Training Workout

I’m going to let you in on my workout of the day today. My workout was done at the gym however, if at home you can alter the workout with dumbbells, or change the weight accordingly.


My workout began with 20 minutes of mobility and soft tissue work. Using a foam roller, while lying on your back with the roller just below your shoulders reach your arms over your head and slowly move back and forth on the roller to loosen tight areas. Continue to do this all the way down your body  doing both the insides and outsides of your legs. Following this i stood against a wall with a lacrosse ball behind me and slowly moved around finding tight areas and worked to loosen them, such as shoulder areas and hips.

Warm-up: (look at previous fitspire post for general warm up)

Leg Kicks

Lunge Step

Leg & Arm Reach

Knee Swings


Deadlift- with a flat back pick up the bar (dumbbells) and stand erect, make sure to keep your arms straight and use your legs and hips to stand up. Slowly return to starting position and continue motion. Do 6 sets of 5, mine were done at 95lbs but you may vary weight accordingly.

Overhead Press- Starting with barbell (dumbbell) resting on collar bone and chin back, push weight over your head. The weight should end up behind your ears with your arms fully extended, and your head should be further forward. Repeat this exercise 6 times in sets of 5, mine were done at 35lbs, again alter accordingly.

Kettle Bell Swings- holding the kettle bell (dumbbell) in your hands bend at the knees. Keeping your chest up stand erect and swing the kettle bell up to your chest, return back to bent position. Do 6 sets of 15, mine were at 20lbs, alter accordingly.

The focus today was posterior chain and opening up the shoulders. Prior to any workout if possible use the above stretch guide to loosen up, this will help immensely with how much you can do in your workout. Again each exercise can be altered by weights, sets, or reps. Feedback and comments on the workout are always welcome.

Stay Fit Bloggers,