Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We're Moving?!

That's right, folks! Moving on to bigger and better things. (Sorry, Blogger. It's been. Fun?)

SO. That means if you stumbled upon this little blog, it means I haven't updated a link somewhere! If you could contact me at amanda@runprincipessa.com and give me a heads up, that would be super!

Oh. And don't forget to head over to the new and improved Run Principessa!

I want to give a huge thanks to Tara and Jenny for getting me all set up. Definitely check them out if you're looking for a little upgrade yourself. :)

And because I'm not the one to leave you without a smile.

(Pinterest. As usual.)

Monday, July 16, 2012

I Love Goals

Hey everybody. Good afternoon on this Monday. I hope you're having a wonderful day. And I hope that today is a day that you set some goals for the week. Because then, you can blog about The Weekly Chase too. Get there, do it! :)







I'm switching up the colors this week. Let's see how last week's goals stack up, yeah?

Groupon fitness class. Vlog. Shoe analysis. Yes! Yup! And no, but for a good reason. Plus I'm going this evening. It's really just because Paul decided he wanted to go too and our schedules didn't match up last week. I think that's an acceptable reason to move some things around. :)

Looking good, slick.

That was before my bootcamp class on Friday. Reppin' some sweatpink swag and a goofy face. The class kicked my butt pretty badly. It was upper arms and on asphalt. And I had no gloves. So my hands were pretty freaking tender when I went into work.

P.S. Have you ever tried cat push-ups? I cannot do them. Not a bit. I don't know if there's another name for them. But you're basically on all fours. Then you lift your knees up like it's no big deal and do some push-ups.

...................sure.

Onto this week's goals! 

Goal #1: Set up my blog to be pretty freaking fantastic. Yup, that's right. My blog is going through the big step transfer to self hosting. It's also getting a re-design that I could not be more excited about! I want to set it up to be glorious. And glorious it shall be. Obviously, more information will be coming on this. :)

Goal #2: Repeat my goals for last week. Is this cheating to put three goals into one? Nope. I don't think so. I want to form some sort of habits here. So I'm going to a fitness class again, vlog again, and go on a Philadelphia Runner date.

Goal #3: RUN. I must confess I've been slacking on the running front. I need to get my butt MOVING. I need some way to be inspired or motivated. That's where I'm having the troubles. I feel like my half is too far away to pull motivation from that. I know that's the wrong way to think about things, but it's where I am. And I need to get out of there!

Goal #4: Take another bubble bath. And go on a date. Oh man, am I putting two goals into one? Goal chunking is evidently the theme for this week. *Note: My bubble bath is not a date. So chunking does not mean killing two birds with one stone.

Love this guy.


I don't want this blog to be forever long, so I'm going to continue with my blog challenge tomorrow. Let's try to get through this Monday! I'm going to run some errands and then go for a bit of a run. Three miles are on my plate today. So I'm excited!

What are your goals for this week?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Vlog About Vlogging

I was going to post an Nsync song to start out this post, seeing as it's payday. But apparently I started out another post with it. Oops. Deal with it. HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYBODY!



Let's get this started, shall we?


Peanut Butter and Jenny


Day 12: My biggest accomplishment in life. Woah. Um. Honestly, my biggest accomplishment hopefully hasn't happened yet, because I'm always wanting bigger and better things. But so far, I'd have to say I felt most accomplished when I figured out the track I wanted to take. I've talked before about how I was every major under the sun before I turned to Kinesiology. But once I set on that pace, everything just fell into place. I would sit in Anatomy & Phys class spellbound by the information I was learning (who the heck talks about anatomy that way??) and everything just felt right.

Then I went on to become way more involved in my blogging than I ever thought I could be. I discovered FitFluential. I discovered Fit Approach. I tested for my personal trainer certification. I'm waiting in anticipation to hear back.

And I feel happy. Truly happy. :)

Day 13: The question is: would I rather be rich or healthy? My answer is healthy, and it's as simple as that. I need to be healthy to do the stuff that makes me happy. That's all there is to it.

So I'm officially opening donations. ;)

You'll hear about my workout on Monday as part of the Weekly Chase, so for now we're moving right along....Today I vlogged about vlogging!!

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I'd love to hear your tips and tricks. And I'd love to watch your vlogs. So comment! Discuss!

And stay away from black cats today. :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

We Have A Winner!

Yes ladies and gents, that's right. My very first giveaway has a winner!




Sheenabean13 CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have got a spiffy new pair of pink laces headed your way. As soon as you let me know where your way is, that is. :)

But wait!

I got home from my internship a little early today so I am feeling extra generous.




Katie from Wish & Whimsy, YOU GET SOME TOO!!

Both of you had wonderful answers and I'm so glad I'm able to share some SweatPink love with you guys. :) As soon as you guys e-mail me (check the about page), I can send them your way!

I'll continue with my blog challenge tomorrow because I've got to go to work now. But of course, it's a Thursday. I'm not going to leave you sad and depressed because it isn't Friday.

The ever punny Pinterest.

Your mission today, if you choose to accept it: hit me with your best puns. Help everybody get through their Thursdays to Friday!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I'm Going, I'm Going!

Happy hump day, world! Have you entered my giveaway? You've got a little less than twenty-four hours to win a chance to make your feet the most kickin' on the block. (Sidenote: I fixed the date on the post. I'm actually dumb.)

Speaking of kickin' feet. I gave a pair to my mom because she just started Zumba! I asked her to send me a picture for the blog she sent me this picture last night to show them off.

You're jealous and you know it!

Moving right along! Yesterday I tweeted something that looked a little bit like this.

The dancing and smiling was a bit excessive, I promise.

I'm going to Fitbloggin'!!!! I cannot tell you how beyond excited I am to be going. This is my very first conference/convention/etc. and I couldn't be happier. And thanks to me, you'll be able to read all about one of the sessions. :)

I've already had one brave soul volunteer to be this ball of energy's roommate, but we're always looking for another roommate! So if you're going and would like to stay with this duo, definitely let me know and send me an e-mail or a tweet! (Look at my About Page for info!)

Also of important note, I found a brilliant thing to get me through my run! I saw some people raving about listening to podcasts to help the time pass, so I headed over and downloaded one of my idols' latest podcast.

Her picture, not mine. :)

TRY IT. I love chatting when I'm running. But now Jillian can focus on doing all the chatting while I focus on getting my run done. I'm in the market for some new podcasts to listen to, so I'd love some suggestions!

And I'll finish things off with the blog challenge to make sure that I do it for today. Wha-bam.


Peanut Butter and Jenny

Day 11: Write about the worst injury you've ever had. I feel like I'm going to be a jerk because I don't have any horror stories to tell.

Do you have wood by you? Can you knock on it? Thanks.

No, I haven't had a huge injury, but I've had lots and lots of little injuries. My knees/ankles/hips and the muscles that control those joints are always going through Hell with dance. It's fine, I do it because I love it. I've learned to deal with it. I've even broken the rule that dancers shouldn't run because it's bad for their knees. GET AT ME, now I've got some more pains to deal with. And I love it.

Also, when I used to play volleyball (oh, my knees probably didn't like that either) my wrists were POUNDED. I still do have had skinny little bird wrists that were spraining and acting up ALL of the time. When my wrist wasn't wrapped, it was a good day.

So yeah. A lot of little injuries. Hopefully they'll just add up to a big injury. That's a tough, tough hurdle to jump.

That's all folks!!

Any suggestions for podcasts for me to listen to? Want to room with us at Fitbloggin'/are you going?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Times are A-Changin'

Yes, things are changing. But first I have some catching up to do. :) Oh! And don't forget to enter my giveaway to jazz up your sneaks while you're here! You've got until Thursday at noon!

Peanut Butter and Jenny


Day 7: If I had to pick a time period to live in, I think I would be confused. This is a question that comes up often and I never really have an answer to it! Paul and I watched Midnight to Paris a few months ago, and all that resulted was confusion from this question. I've always liked the 20s! I think it would be fun for a little while, at least.

However, one thing does not confuse me (or Paul) about this question.


If we were alive and thriving during this time, we would be big fans. Mom, you would be proud.

Day 8: Holy Moses, my life in five years. That's a big question. Well, I'm 21 now so that would lead me to 26. It doesn't really seem far in the grand scheme of life but in that time I'll need to figure out what I'm doing!

Hopefully by then I'll be out of school. Perhaps with a Master's. Doing my dream job. Working with dancers. Maybe little kid dancers. Personal training, teaching, making a name for myself. You know, that sort of thing. I'm still pretty optimistic about all of that. One thing's for sure, I'd like to be making "grown up" friends at this point. You know. Not school friends. If that makes sense. Don't I sound like a youngster?

This is generally how I envision my life. (source)

Day 9: My food philosophy! I can do that one!  Basically, I like to follow the mindset of do what makes you happy. And I don't mean everybody should use that and say "if I eat fast food everyday, I'll be happy because it tastes good."

(pinterest)

No. You know what my philosophy is? OOH. Breakthrough. My food philosophy is exploration. I used to live a lifestyle where I was gogogo (used to? I'm still like that) and my food very much resembled that. I didn't eat breakfast. My dinners consisted of an Applebee's salad/Pizza Hut/anything close to the school so I could get back in time for my activities/dance/this that or the other thing. I survived and I was happy. But I didn't know what else there was out there for me!!

Now that I've explored a bit more, I know what makes me not cranky. I know what makes me feel like I can take on the world. I still don't know everything, so it's a constant journey to find what makes me happy.

But yeah. I like that. My food philosophy = exploration.

Day 10: Woohoo! We've reached today! You want to know about somebody who inspires me? Jeez. I try my hardest to find inspiration everywhere. And a bunch of things inspire me in different ways.

My dance team inspires me to push myself, work to be a better leader, and keep things fun and interesting. The FitFluential community inspires me to become a better blogger and businesswoman. They inspire me to go after what I want and take no prisoners. My family inspires me to make a good name for myself so I have good stories at parties about what I'm becoming. My boyfriend inspires me to look at myself, challenge my opinions, and create a better person on a daily basis.

I'm getting sappy. So look at some pictures. :)

After our '12 show. :)

That's me and my sister. Cheesin'.

Paul doesn't like this picture. But I think it's awesome.

So now I'm caught up! YES! I'm going to be playing a bit of catch-up with this challenge always, I feel. And I acknowledge that. But I want to complete it all. Wha-bam. Here I come. :)

If you've made it this far, I've got a question for you. I'm looking at making my blog more professional, more awesome, etc. I'm looking to self host but I am lost. And I'm wondering if any of you fabulous bloggers have any resources for me to take a look at?

I'm calling on YOU for help!

What are your suggestions for taking a blog to the next level?

Monday, July 9, 2012

What Color Do You Sweat? {Giveaway!}

It's that time again!!






I've already confronted my goals a few days ago so you can head there if you want to check out how it went! (Spoiler Alert: there is a vlog!) With that said and done, I'm going to go ahead and declare my goals for the week!

Goal #1: Use my group fitness Groupon! I love living in Philadelphia for Groupons, because I think I get the opportunity to buy some pretty awesome ones. I bought a 30 Class Pass for Meta Body and I'm really excited because they have boot camp options. And I want to try some! So I'm going to start off slow so I can accomplish this. At least one class this week!!

Goal #2: Vlog. Oh, have you heard this one before? Yes I think you have. :) I just want to keep it up. I have my topic ready to go and stuff. So that should be happening sometime early this week.

Goal #3: Go get my feet sized up for some running shoes. I've got my eyes set on some, but I want to get them professionally sized and get an opinion on which ones will be good for my feet. Good thing I've got Philadelphia Runner to help me out. :)

Three goals this week. Get ready to go down!

So, now that we've got that under control! I've returned after a lovely weekend at the beach redder than I would have hoped. It's turning a little bit pink though, so I think that's a nice transition.

If that's not a nice enough transition, I wore my new sweat pink tank top on the beach. :)

So I've generally mentioned that I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador now for Fit Approach. That's pretty awesome itself. And I'm sure you've seen this floating around the blog world before, but I've got some stuff I want to share!

Instagram picture is a must.

Do you want to spice up your sneaks? Or do you want to do something else creative with pink shoelaces? I don't know about you, but colorful workout gear is my best friend. So taking a quick peak down at these babies while I'm running/jumping/pushing up is a quick way to pump me up.

And I've got some to give away! HINT: I don't have a million blog views so your chances are good! Enter!!

All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me how you are going to use these shoelaces. Yup, that's it. If you're putting them in your sneaks, tell me why! What you do! Anything! Get creative here, people! Depending on how many entries I get, I'll do a random number generator as well as pick the most creative/funny/impressing entry. But that's only if a good number of people comment. Otherwise, I'm sticking with the random. :)

Oh, do you want more entries? You can do a couple of things.
  1. Follow me on Twitter! @RunPrincipessa
  2. Tweet about this giveaway. I don't care what you say! I mean, I'd like it to be positive. Whatever floats your boat. Just make sure you mention my twitter handle.
And that's it! Just make sure you comment for each entry so I can count them! You have until Thursday, July 12 (12:00 noon EST) to enter. So get on that!!



Get Fit Blog Hop


Speaking of Sweat Pink, go check out this blog hop to discover some truly amazing blogs. And bloggers. You know, the people are important too. :)

That is all. Go kick butt today!! :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Challenge Accepted-Again

Happy Friday everybody! I've gotten quite a bit accomplished this morning, so why don't I just keep checking stuff off of my list while I'm at it? I'm headed to a six hour shift today, but then I'm off to the beach. And I'm very very very impatient.

So hopefully this will not be too scatterbrained!

Peanut Butter and Jenny

First things first! My blogging challenge for the day. We're on Day 6 of July here, people. Life is speeding by faster than I expected. Today I'm supposed to tell you which celebrity I'd spend 15 minutes with. This is a really difficult question for me! There are a bunch of people that I could pick. But I think I'm going to have to go with this guy.

(source)
I've loved him since before he was Barney on How I Met Your Mother. Or at least before I started watching it. Because I guess it's been on a bit of time if I think about it. I love Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long. And if you don't know what I'm talking about, you really have some watching to do. Like, actually. Take some time out of your day and laugh a little bit, yeah?

But anyway! I choose NPH because I just want to figure out what's inside of his head. He's got a whole bunch of knowledge and wisdom up in that there head of his. I'd like to see him not on camera and see if he's any different, you know what I mean? Also, playing with his children would kind of be cool.

Plus I'd get to say I met Neil Patrick Harris.

AMAZING.

Now onto some less exciting things. Maybe. My second vlog!! So far so good. I've actually been thinking about this all week. So hopefully this vlogging thing is something I'll stick with!

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ALWAYS an attractive still. What can I say?

Just to take care of my incompetence, you can find Bex and her project here. My computer spazzed and cut off my ending and I didn't have time to fix it. But what are you gonna do?

Which celebrity would you like to meet?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ketchup Day

So funny. So I just now came across a July blog challenge. Five days into July. It's from Peanut Butter and Jenny and I think it would be a good thing for this blog. I'm trying to grow and develop into an awesome blogger. And sometimes that requires blogging, don't you think? So hopefully this will at least get me into a posting habit.

And so, while an Excel sheet of database work calls from my internship, I will take a brief interlude and catch up with this challenge. This is going to be quick and dirty. But I'll take more time the rest of the month, I promise. :)


Day #1: My goals for the month! That's exciting! I have already started breaking out of my shell by vlogging, but I'd like to do it at least once a week for this month. Hopefully I can start to expand to more, but you have to start somewhere.

I would also like to break out by taking some fitness classes in Philadelphia! I've already purchased a Groupon, so I definitely cannot let that go to waste. I get clammy hands when I think of putting myself out there, which doesn't make any sense. But I'm going to demolish that.

Basically, July is all about becoming who I want me to be. I'm trying to be the perfect FitFluential/Sweat Pink/healthy and happy life ambassador, for example. I just gotta do what I love and share what I love and I'll be fine. Right? Right.

Day #2: Offering a newborn child advice freaks me out, frankly. I know that's supposed to be a sweet sentiment and all that. But eek. I am so not there yet. But if I were to offer some advice it would be this:  

Go ahead and make your mistakes. Don't dwell on them because they will have already happened. They make up who you are and people will still love that person. So go on and mess up. And then learn from it and laugh about it, otherwise it will have been for nothing.

So wise, so sage. ;)

Day #3: The last movie I saw in theaters. Oh! I went to the drive-in by my house and saw The Avengers. It was lovely to listen to the night and a movie at the same time. I love the drive-in. You should go.

Watch them Avenge.


Day #4: If I could rid the world of one thing what would it be? Oh boy, this is a crazy thought. I finally rid my apartment of fruit flies, so it would be awesome if they never came back...

Okay, okay. I know this is a lofty goal. But I would get rid of RUDE PEOPLE. I don't care if you're assertive. Even aggressive if you approach it in the right manner. I don't mind if you're having a bad day and you're being short. Heck, you can be Negative Nancy all day and I would still put up with you.

BUT WHEN YOU ARE RUDE. UGH. 

Maybe it's just because I had an awful evening at work last night, but people are just terrible to workers. I work at Rita's, ma'am and sir. I am not your slave. You cannot summon me with your finger. You cannot speak to me like I am not capable of conversing. Do not EVER look at my tip jar and pointedly not tip me because you are rude. 

I hate people sometimes. 

Rant over.

And finally, I'm caught up!! Day #5: The day is still young, so I'm not sure what exactly is going to make my day special. Oh wait. No, I do know. But you're going to laugh at me. 

Thank you, Trader Joe's.

So sue me. My dinner is already making me happy at lunch time. 

Are you going to participate in the challenge? Have you started already? What has made your day so far? Oh, so many questions!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tuesday Motivation

Motivation can happen on a Tuesday too, right? Yes. I think it can. Today is one of those days where I just don't feel like I have anything exciting to say. I know. I'm a blogger. I'm supposed to have stuff to say.

But I just don't!

So instead, I'm going to share with you my new absolute favorite saying. Absolute. No doubt.



I try really hard to play it off a lot of the times, but I can have issues with me thinking a million and one things are wrong about me. Paul is probably laughing right now because he gets to hear all of them and "playing it off" doesn't quite describe it.

But we're talking about the rest of the world, so bear with me.

I think everybody deserves to see this and think it and live it and love it. Because I'm lame. So I'm posting it for everybody to see. Thanks Heather. :)

What's your favorite motivational saying? What do you think of this one?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Keep on Chasin'




It's that time again, folks! First, let me review my goals from last week. I wanted to stick to my training schedule and cater to my injured wrist. Well, first of all, my tendons are smiling once again! I really took it easy last week with the wrist. I probably babied it a little more than I should have, but hey. Anything to get it feeling better!

As far as sticking to my training plan, I actually changed it! I think I was going to be doing too much too fast and nobody wants to deal with those after effects. So I shimmied some stuff around and I'm ready to bang it out this week!

Speaking of.

Goal #1: A month or so ago I purchased the Tone It Up program because I was very, very curious about the umpteen million people talking about it. Well, I'm headed to the beach this Friday and so I thought this would be a good time to do the 5 Day Slim Down on the plan. I've done it once before, so I think I should be okay. I don't have measurements and I didn't weigh myself, I'm just interested in feeling confident and energized by the time the weekend comes! So my goal is to stick to it!

Side note, if you're doing it this week too, definitely contact me on Twitter and we can be supportive and all that jazz. :)

Goal #2: Vlog once this week! Last Friday I did my first ever vlog! I was really nervous about it for some reason, but I'm trying to get comfortable with the fact that everybody can watch me! Therefore, I am challenging myself to do more! Baby steps here, people!

But Wait! There's More!



That about wraps it up for goals, but I've got one more thing to share before I leave! I was recently chosen to be a new Sweat Pink Ambassador! Inspiring you all to be healthy and happy. ;) I was going to wait until everything was in order to blog about it, but Fit Approach has come out with a Race Program and I really want to share!

Basically, you can enter any race and represent your pink! You get some AWESOME swag when you sign up. You get your choice of a t-shirt or a tank top, a nifty wine glass, and some pink shoelaces. It's really very exciting and I think you should all sign up!

Have I baited you?? If so, head on over to this link to sign up. You want something more out of me? I see. Enter the code SPAAmandaF to grab a 10% discount. I better see everybody sporting some pink! Or at least some sweat. ;)

What are your goals for the week?