80 day obsession

3 Reasons why Finding your Community is Key to a Happy & Healthy Life

Hi-ya, Live Your FYEs Lifers!

I've been laying low on the blogging end because I've been pouring so much heart and content into the pod (which if you haven't listened to yet, be sure to subscribe to Live Your F*ck Yes Life on Itunes or your favorite podcast app!) but I wanted to pop into your corner of the universe to share something that's been on my heart // and share some more personal updates that a lot of you have been asking questions about! 

(Which for the record, I love hearing from you guys! So never hesitate to reach out either on Instagram @amandakatherineloy or you can email me here!

I just got back from an incredible leadership retreat in Florida with 6 other coaches on my health & fitness coaching team and it was SO freaking good for the soul. We sweat together, we ate all the tacos and drank all the kombucha-ritas (like a margarita with a kombucha twist!), laughed our asses off, dug deep into our visions for our lives and businesses and had the most epic quality time 4 day sleepover extravaganza.

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And the craziest thing about it all?

I met all of these women on the INTERNET. Yup #blindfrienddating at its finest.

I've been going on trips and a part of this community ever since I decided to take the leap and become a coach myself in November 2015 and every time I go to a live event with these women, I'm so in awe at how they instantly become like FAMILY.

Truth? I always had a crazy hard time making female friendships growing up. I was bullied a lot when I was younger because I was the "chubby kid" and the girls I thought were my friends were AWFUL to me all through school. I made friends here and there (a few of which have stuck around for the long haul) but even through college, most of the female friendships I made ended up being insanely toxic. 

Can you relate?

I talk to so many women who ask me how I've found such strong female friendships and, outside of the few gems that I made in my schooling years, my answer always is COACHING. 

I started health coaching because I knew something in my life needed to change.

My health was in the shitter (I was knee deep in my orthorexia and binge eating days) and I was working 7 part time jobs just to get by and I just couldn't freaking do it anymore. So I grabbed onto one last ditch effort that I was HELLA skeptical of, but I figured that I would hopefully turn my health around at the very least. 

So I dove in. I expected the financial return. I expected to transform my health.

But I never expected the COMMUNITY that I would immediately be welcomed into with open arms -- a community of women that instantly felt like long lost soul sisters.

Women who are like me, but different.

Who teach me so much every single day.

Who accept me for who I am in every aspect.

And who have been there for me ten fold this year while I've been navigating one of the toughest and most overwhelming seasons of my life.

We come from all walks of life (teachers, actors, social workers, nurses, business women, dog mamas, etc) brought together by our dedication to self care via health & fitness and our desire to help others and make an impact in this world. 

And when you get a group of people together who are all showing up for a common goal, and who all bring SO many beautiful and different things to the table, it's pure MAGIC.

If you're feeling lost, chances are it's because you haven't found or created your community yet. One where you feel like you truly belong. And if there's anything I can recommend, FIND YOUR SUPPORT SQUAD. It'll transform your life in ways you never imagined.

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SO WHY IS HAVING A COMMUNITY SO IMPORTANT?

  1. ACCOUNTABILITY -- Have you ever tried going after a goal but lost motivation and never ended up accomplishing it? We live in a society that has taught us to become independent women, and while I'm ALL about throwin' my hands up at them independent women (*cough name that musical reference*) and consider myself quite independent, I spent SO much of my time trying to figure everything out on my own and I felt like I was endlessly hitting my head up against a wall. With my team, we share our goals with one another and hold each other accountable. There's no way I would be where I am today if it weren't for them endlessly empowering me to show up for my dreams. 
  2. SUPPORT -- This one is SO huge. I'm hella blessed to have an incredible support system. Between my husband, my parents and my best friends, I consider myself a pretty lucky girl. But there's something SO magical about going through the shit of it and having women who I've never actually met in person reach out with supportive words, care packages, the works. It's SO incredible and something I am endlessly grateful for every single day. 
  3. IT KEEPS YOU HEALTHY -- Literally. Having a community of people you're plugged into and surrounded by on the daily is SO beneficial to your health. My particular group ups the anti up 'cause we literally are all working on our health & fitness together but any community is HUGE from a mental health perspective. When we are a part of something bigger than ourselves, studies have shown that anxiety, depression and risk of death by heart attacks are significantly reduced. If that's not powerful, I don't know what is. 

And there you have it -- moral of the story? Community is freaking NECESSARY for the soul. Like chicken soup (did ya read those growing up too? haha)

And if you're a goofy go-getter who loves health & fitness, Harry Potter, dogs and laughing so hard you pee a little, then WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!? The Live Your FYES Life community is home, lady love and we'd LOVE to have you join us. Let's chat!!! 


LIFE UPDATES // 

HEALTH & FITNESS

I completed round 1 of 80 Day Obsession in April and loved it so freaking much that I decided to do it again. I love Beachbody programs so much because they always teach me something new about myself and what I'm capable of.

I've tried SO many fitness programs in the past (Tone It Up, BBG, etc) and I got SO bored and found my results never stuck -- whereas Beachbody programs always leave me feeling re-energized and engaged. And holy hell are these some of the best results of my entire life -- not just physically (because I feel stronger than I ever have), but mentally.

These workouts? They were my therapy. I found out 3 weeks into the program that I was BRCA 1 positive and these workouts got me through the tough days were all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and cry. I'm SO grateful to this program for literally being my light at the end of the tunnel.

And I'm SO proud of myself and all of my clients who rocked the program alongside of me for COMPLETING THE PROGRAM. If you would have told me a year ago I would have showed up every single day, 6 days a week for 80 days, I would have said you were crazy. But I freaking did it. Was it "perfect"? Well, considering I don't believe in that word, I guess my answer would be NO. But I showed up every single day, rocked the timed nutrition (which my body LOVED) and have never felt more like an athlete in my life. Which coming from a gal who used to be picked last for gym every damn time as a kid, is something that brings tears to my eyes just thinking about.

The lesson? You are capable of ANYTHING you set your mind to. Really and truly.

And if you love structure and are looking to get hella amazing results and feel like a badass athlete, let's chat about you rocking this program alongside our Live Your F*ck Yes Life Wellness Squad!

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MY HORMONE LEVELS

It's been a month and a half since going off the birth control pill and transitioning to the copper IUD and so far, my feelings have more or less stayed that I'm happy with my decision.

My menstrual cycle hasn't come back like it had before, but I am having some kind of menstruation happening -- it's just very different than anything I've experienced before. (Much lighter and longer lasting and a different consistency -- which makes sense as my body is actually going through the process of ovulation now.) Other than that, not much else has shifted other than the shifts in energy throughout the month // let's just say, I get the whole concept of PMS-ing now haha. 

The only downside is that when I went to my one month follow up appointment with my doctor,  I found out that my IUD appears to have moved. Because it's a copper IUD, if it moves any more, I'm going to have to have it re-inserted (which for all of you who have had an IUD inserted you know is NOT a fun process), so that's unfortunate but what's going on!

 

And there you have it! I've got some things to share in the next coming weeks once I've worked through it all and it's official so stay tuned, but that's what the last month of my life has looked like!!

 

What's been going on in YOUR world, lady love?

I wanna hear! Let me know in the comments below.

 

Xo Amanda 

 

My 80 Day Obsession Journey: The Halfway Mark // An Honest Review

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ABS, ASS & ARMS?!? That should be the real name of the program. 

You know I'm always gonna keep it real with you guys so here goes...when I first heard about this program, I immediately thought it was NOT gonna be for me.

80 days? Jesus. No freaking way. And workouts longer than 30 minutes? (I've been SPOILED AF the last 2 years of doing workouts that last no longer than 30 minutes a day sooooo I was NOT excited about the prospect of mixing that up.)

But the more I looked into the program and saw how DIFFERENT it was than anything I'd tackled before, I decided to face my fears and dive in head first.


EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 80 DAY OBSESSION

If you've been reading my blog and following my journey for a while now, you know I'm all about ditching the diet train and making fitness fun, which is why I'm crazy excited about this program because it focuses on transforming yourself in every aspect -- ESPECIALLY internal shifts. 

My favorite thing about being a coach isn't watching my clients have massive physical transformations that stick. Don't get me wrong, it's freaking AMAZING to watch the women I work with transform before my very eyes, but it's the internal shifts that they go through that really change their lives. And getting to offer that mental and emotional support to my gals is freaking EVERYTHING to me. 

When you challenge yourself, you discover how strong and resilient you really are from the inside out. And I've found that once you start to focus on taking care of your physical health, all of the other areas of your life fall into place. Your mental health. Your relationships. You start to live more on purpose and filled with freaking JOY.

And that's exactly how I've been feeling along this journey. I'm officially at the halfway mark -- day 40/80 BABY! And I'm SO excited about how freaking AMAZING I feel doing this program that I'm already gearing up for ROUND 2 (snag your spot and join me here if you wanna feel the magic too!!)

HERE ARE MY RESULTS SO FAR...

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Physically?

I stopped weighing myself a long time ago because for me, this journey isn't about a number on a scale. I still do measurements, because I'm FASCINATED by how my body changes during various exercises & I've lost 4.5 inches around my waist/legs/arms and GAINED 2 in my booty! Yup, I the booty is ROCKING right now and I'm freaking LOVING it.

And most importantly, I feel STRONGER and more connected to my body than I have in my entire life. Which is KEY for me right now because I'm dealing with some personal things that would leave me a complete mess, and this program is a huge part of what's keeping me grounded and feeling STRONG in my own body. 

Mentally and Spiritually?

I have never felt SO much body love in my freaking life. I'm feeling CONFIDENT, SEXY, embracing my curves and never felt more alive in my own skin.

I also feel 100% capable of completing 80 days (hell, I'm planning to go straight into round 2 I'm loving it so much!) so that's a HUGE mindset shift from when I started.


HERE IS MY REAL AND HONEST REVIEW OF MY JOURNEY SO FAR:

THINGS THAT SURPRISED ME ALONG THE WAY:

  •  I know for sure for sure that I feel MY BEST when I’m following a workout & meal plan. As a recovering binge eater( I say recovering ‘cause while I haven’t had a binge in a year and a half, I don’t think we ever fully recover from disordered eating), I tried the whole “intuitive eating” approach, and I intuitively ATE MY FEELINGS.  t’s TOUGH to get to a place with our bodies where we can actually trust that the signals it’s giving us are true signals from our bodies, and not just false paths from the preservatives/sugar/whatever the fuck in our foods. And while I truly do feel that I’ve gotten there, for me, structure & planning is what helps FUEL me best & keeps me feeling STRONG. 

  • There are a few days within the 80 day experience called Refeed days (which is essentially where you give your body simple carbs to Back in my obsessed days, I used to equate carbs to BAD or EVIL foods. And I legit stopped eating carbs for 2 years.  Reason # 1939474 why I love this program? It’s SO scientifically based & incorporates refeed days because when you’re working your muscles that much, they need the extra energy. Specifically, it needs GLYCOGEN to help rebuild yo muscles (I get a bit nerdy about this shiz you guys). I usually stick to more complex carbs like sweet potatoes, brown rice & quinoa or chickpeas because my skin and body operates at its peak without gluten & simple carbs can often cause inflammation BUT every freaking once and a while, it’s so key for your body. 
  • To that same vain, I'm SO surprised how far I've come in the past 2 years of my health & fitness journey. Eating white carbs used to send me into a major binge spiral or I'd be guilt tripping myself for weeks and eat less food / over exercise to "make up for it". And NONE of that BS has been standing in my way. I feel more liberated than ever and THAT is a total game changer. 
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THINGS I LOVE:

  • How flexible the nutrition plan is -- it's really more of a guideline which I LOVE, because it gives that structure but you can always navigate within that according to the foods that YOU love and that genuinely make you HAPPY.
  • The length of the workouts. YUP, I freaking said it. The longer workouts are my favorite // the pace just feels SO right. WHO WOULD OF THUNK?!
  • The workouts themselves. I have muscles working I never knew existed haha.

THINGS I DON'T LOVE:

  • This program is not the most ideal for traveling. The sliders & bands are super portable but unless you have constant access to weights, it's not ideal. I DID make it work while in California & Hawaii (sometimes in weird ass ways...I used dishwashing detergent as my weights one day haha), but for big chunks of it I had access to a gym so that helped.
  • How SORE this program has made me haha. Epsom salts baths & foam rolling are KEY to a successful 80 days for sure! 
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WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

I’ve been getting a bunch of questions on what this program is all about so here are some commonly asked questions I’ve gotten...

Q: How long are the workouts?

A: There are 80 unique workouts in three phases, and each workout has a particular focus — Booty, Total Body Core, AAA, Legs, Cardio Core, and Cardio Flow. The moves may repeat in a phase, but Autumn changes the sets and rep patterns week by week so you keep making progress. And in each new phase the workouts are totally different, with brand-new moves to challenge you all over again. And since the workouts are filmed live, it’s never the same experience twice — it’s like having Autumn as your personal trainer every day!

The 80 Day Obsession workouts are 30–60 minutes in length, with most averaging 45–60 minutes. You’ll work out 6 days a week, with one rest day (Sunday). Because of this schedule, the 80 workouts are spread over 13 weeks. Rest days are not counted as part of the 80 days.

Q: I’ve been really out of the loop on a fitness plan for a long time. Is this program crazy advanced or beginner friendly?

A: 80 Day Obsession is best for intermediate to advanced fitness levels. It’s not a beginner workout, so you should already have a base of fitness before attempting this program. If you’re not sure whether you’re ready for this challenge, don’t worry! You can start with several rounds of A Little Obsessed, Autumn’s 5-day introductory program. A Little Obsessed has shorter, 30-minute workouts featuring some of the moves and equipment from 80 Day Obsession. You can also begin with Autumn’s other beginner-level programs, like 21 Day Fix or Country Heat, and work your way up to 80 Day Obsession // grab your free 14 day trial here to test the waters! 

Q: What's the nutrition plan like?

The 80 Day Obsession eating plans are based on the concept of timed-nutrition. Timed-nutrition is simply eating the right foods (especially incorporating protein and carbs) at the right times to help you fuel your workouts, build muscle, and recover from workouts while keeping your metabolism and energy levels high. Over the course of the day, our bodies fluctuate between breaking down muscle and building it back up. Timing your nutrition can help ensure your muscles have the protein they need during those building-up phases. YAY SCIENCE!!

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT  

Light/med/heavy weights, resistance loops & sliders (those come in your package!)


And there you have it! Can't wait to share where I'm at the end of this amazing test group experience. It's amazing what happens when you choose to BELIEVE in yourself (and watch in-fucking-credible women in your fit fam do the same FOR 80 DAYS.) 

Something shifts inside of you & that consistency factor you were never able to attain? That habit of putting your health & happiness first every single day?

It goes from a DREAM to your REALITY.

And if you're ready to feel the magic, snag your early bird spot for our next round kicking off April 23rd. 

Imagine how much your life could change in 80 days if you decided to fully invest in YOU.

How many shifts you could see take place within you.

The woman you would emerge in JULY being.

I see it, do you?

Xo Amanda