Do, Make, Say, Think

Guest Writer – Andy Fernandez (Andy’s Mumblings)

Agreements. We agree with ourselves on a daily basis and we are not even aware of it. Agreements are the yes’ we tell ourselves that define our resolve over certain aspects of our life. It is a finite way of thinking that does wonders in stunting our personal growth and keeping us from seeing our true self. In fact, those very same agreements may be the exact reason why you are not reaching your GOALS.

We agree because we have been domesticated. Raised to believe we should do, make, say or think a certain way because, well…that’s just how it is. When in reality we don’t have to do, make, say or think at all unless we want to! You deserve more because you are more! So put your foot down and disagree with yourself!

Everyday I see one of two things. People that are doing, and people that WANT to DO, but are not. Typically, those who are not acting on a goal or desire have a “reason” why. This is the disagreement. The reason they eat unhealthy on the weekends, the reason they are broke, the reason they can’t get a 30 minute workout in, the reason they are here and not there. The power to be able to disagree with the reasons or conditions that keep holding you back will change your life forever.

As humans, we are constantly giving powers to our conditions. The “this is my reality” notion that most of us get stuck in believing gives power to the same conditions that are preventing us from our own personal growth and happiness.

In an effort to relate, I know that many of you deal with anxiety. I know I do and until recently, it has been kept deep down inside, locked in a box. My little secret. I agreed with myself that it was just who I was and that certain things would always just be able to grab ahold of me. Excuses, excuses. Life would happen, I would deal with it and get over it. Isn’t that what guys are supposed to do anyway. There is my agreement again! The anxiety would take over my thinking and turn me into someone that I hated. It changed me from the fun and caring man that I strive to be and disabled it…

Until I started disagreeing with myself, and it was the best thing I ever did! Now, I want you to try to do the same!

This is important, because things get interesting. When I started disagreeing with my own perception, I became a student again. A student of myself, whose clarity and understanding turned into actions. The questions I started challenging myself with quickly turned into answers. I talked to friends and even strangers about it. I started to understand. Clarity turns into actions. Actions that take the power away from your conditions and allow you to live in your every day life. Not as a definition of who you think you should be, but as the true you. The you who has dreams and goals that deserve to be explored no matter what you THINK may be keeping you from reaching them.

Challenge yourself to DO you, MAKE you, SAY you, and THINK you. I can’t wait to hear about it!

“Your life works to the degree you keep your agreements.”

Tasha’s Tips ~ See ya Later Summer…Hello Fall!

Next week is already September, where did the Summer go?! As much as I love the sun, the warmth and longer days I am definitely excited for the Fall! Autumn is much better for our beauty routines Ladies…Cooler weather with no humidity helps a ton with our routine. No more make-up malfunctions such as runny makeup because of that nasty heat, no more messy hair because of that sticky humidity (and we have ALL had our fair share of humid days this summer) and the best part no more sticky, greasy skin! The summer was great for relaxation with those beach days and vacations, but it can definitely take a toll on the body. Now it is time to pamper up and get ready for the Fall! Use these few tips to take on the Fall for that summer skin and hair damage. (I have also included my favorite products which can be found at any pharmacy, Target or Wal-Mart and can be purchased at a great price!)

Summer Issue ~ Didn’t use enough sunscreen, or didn’t use any at all and now your skin is peeling.

Fall Fix ~ Exfoliate exfoliate Moisturize moisturize!!!

Many people think that winter is the season for dry skin, which you are correct however the summer takes a toll on your skin as well. With the humidity, those air conditioners which cause skin to dry out, breakouts from being sweaty (especially after those Fit Tribe workouts) your skin may be feeling a little down. An easy fix for all of this would be to exfoliate to remove that dead, dry skin. (St. Ives Fresh Skin Scrub, Apricot) This will also help to get rid of those blackheads. Moisturize after to help your skin recover and start to feel super soft!! (St. Ives 24 Hour Deep Restoring Body Lotion, or another personal favorite of mine is Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer ~ Which can be found on Amazon or even better any Marshall’s/TJ Maxx or Ross)

Summer Issue ~ Summer days spent sitting by and in the pool dried out your hair.

Fall Fix ~ Take a trip to the salon, get a nice trim, try out a hair mask & deep condition!!

Exposure to the sun and chlorine are damaging to your hair. Treat yourself to the salon for a new Autumn trim and deep condition. You can get creative and do a DIY hair mask to treat those tresses. Check out this easy DIY Hair Mask which will also have your hair smelling delicious! 🙂

Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Ingredients ~ 2 parts Coconut Oil

1 part Olive Oil (optional)

Directions ~

1.) Combine coconut & olive oil in a small bowl and mix well.

2.) Apply the mixture to your hair, really focusing on those ends.

3.) Wrap hair in a bun on the top of your head, cover with a shower cap.

4.) Leave on for 15-30 minutes depending on how damaged your hair is.

5.) Rinse out in the shower, shampoo & conditioner as usual.

Also use deep conditioning treatments to your hair routine. (L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm or Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask)

Summer Issue ~ Suburns & Tan Lines = uneven color 🙁

Fall Fix ~ Bronzer & Self-Tanner

Some love tan lines, however if you are anything like me I HATE tan lines. Transitioning into the new season can leave you with the Summer Time Blues….however this quick fix will leave your uneven color and streaks behind and get you ready for the new season! Get yourself some self-tanner that is close to your skin color. There are many different kinds and brands out there from lotion to spray or even a tinted moisturizer. (L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Lotion OR Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse) Use daily to keep that summer sun-kissed tan alive during the Fall! For your face you can use a sheer bronzer to even out any tan lines. (My absolute favorite is BENEFIT COSMETICS Hoola Matte Bronzer which can be found at ULTA Beauty or Sephora)

~Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through~

Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Zucchini Pasta Recipe

Hey Tribe- It’s Tuesday ‪#‎Chewsday‬! Here’s an awesome recipe to try! For more healthy recipes, check out our online guide —> https://fit-tribe.com/recipe-guide/

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Serves: 2 servings

INGREDIENTS:
8 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp, thawed if frozen
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons ghee, melted
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, zested and juiced
¼ teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
2 medium zucchini, spiralized or sliced into thin strips for zucchini pasta

INSTRUCTIONS:
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-Combine all ingredients except zucchini pasta in baking dish.
-Bake for 8-10 minutes, turning once, until shrimp are pink and just cooked through.
-Add the zucchini pasta, toss and serve.

Cashew Beef Stir Fry Recipe

Hey Tribe- It’s Tuesday ‪#‎Chewsday‬! Here’s an awesome recipe to try! For more healthy recipes, check out our online guide —> https://fit-tribe.com/recipe-guide/

PREP TIME- 15 mins
COOK TIME- 15 mins
Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS:

1½ lbs grass fed ground beef
1 large bell pepper, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 can water chestnuts, drained and sliced
½ cup raw cashews (toast on a dry pan for a few minutes until browned)
2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tbsp fresh garlic, grated
4 tbsp coconut aminos
salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

-Stir fry beef until lightly browned.
-Add ginger, garlic and coconut aminos. Saute until fragrant.
-Add bell pepper, onions and water chestnuts. Cook until vegetables are soft.
-Adjust seasonings by adding salt and pepper.
-Turn off heat and mix in toasted cashews.
-Serve & Enjoy!