Monday, July 21, 2014

Body Image

When I find something I love, I have to share it. This is kinda like calling my sister and telling her about a good deal! So today I want to share with you this book I have been reading.  I am constantly trying to learn more about fitness and this is a good read.
By:Greg Marshall 
He really knows his stuff when it comes to fitness.
I thought it would be so fun to have him post today.

Body Image

Body image is defined as the way you view your body as far as attractiveness and overall appearance. Your body image is shaped throughout your life, but especially through your childhood experiences. Comments by your friends and family are often instrumental in having a positive or negative body image.
Self-image is your sense of self, including your body and personality traits such as whether you think you are outgoing, confident, or insecure. It is also defined by how you perceive that others value you.
I am here to affirm that your value as a person is not what the scale says or what the magazines and media tell you that you should be. Both your body image and your self-image need to be realistic and healthy in order for you to be able to make the changes in your lifestyle that will create the fitness and health that you desire. 
You need to protect a healthy self-image. If you don’t consistently feed your mind positive thoughts about who you are and what you are capable of achieving, you won’t be able to get long-lasting fitness results no matter how good the workout and diet programs are. Do you know why? Because if you don’t foster a healthy self-image, diet and exercise programs will only be Band-Aids on much deeper and bigger problems.
This wound of a bad self-image and negative body image can be dealt with, though. Start by asking yourself questions that will help you reveal your mental trouble areas. Doing so helps you focus and makes it possible to work on the core problems.
How do you feel about your body?
Is the happiness in your day based on what the scale says?
Are you comfortable discussing some of your insecurities with your close friends or family?
Do you feel if you are not “perfect” or “better” looking you can’t attract a relationship or that you don’t deserve one?
When was the first time you actually felt proud or ashamed of your body?
Why did you feel that way?
Are some of your health or nutrition habits designed to punish yourself?
Really dig deep when answering these questions. The more detailed you can be, the greater results you will have.
What you will find by answering these questions are the key motivators—often unconscious—of your behavior and health habits.
When you see yourself being motivated by negative energy, make the effort to change your inner dialogue. For example, if you are thinking “I am so fat” all the time, consciously replace that with “I can make choices that make me healthier every day.” Repeat it to yourself often, and over time it becomes your new inner dialogue.
The goal is to be able to be motivated by positive energy so that you can have long-term healthy results.
Society and You
All advertising is designed to hit your insecurities so that you can purchase things to fix yourself. You know, like the picture of the guy with the perfect abs or the girl with the thighs that don’t have an ounce of cellulite on them.
But remind yourself that those pictures are airbrushed and digitally enhanced for the specific purpose of attacking your inner core self-value and your self-image in order to take money out of your wallet and put it into the pocket of Company X.
I personally hate this marketing tactic. It certainly gives people the wrong impression about how they should look and feel. I have a friend who works very closely in the “industry of perception,” as I like to call it, and he says that everything that they do is to make us believe that we, the general public, are somehow “messed up” and need to be fixed.
I want to challenge you to stop comparing yourself to those photographs in magazines and ad campaigns. It’s okay to like how the pictures look and want to strive to achieve similar attributes, but it is not okay to base your self-worth on those pictures.
We are not “messed up” physically but we are getting “messed up” mentally by giving up on our own potential when we think we can’t measure up to images of body that are illusions.
Instead, the best way to measure your success is to compete against yourself. Know what specific goals you want to achieve. Know why you want to achieve them.
Look at your core issues and face them. Change your inner dialogue. Know that part of the achievement is simply working to better yourself every day. Then focus 100 percent of your energies on reaching those goals and before you know it you will be there! Healthier in body and mind.

Greg Marshall is the head trainer at both 
The Gym at City Creek and The Gym at Station Park. 
Visit or for more information. You can also follow him on Instagram @thefiture

Thanks, Greg.
This sure makes me rethink the way I think about myself and STOP comparing myself to others!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

DIY Garland - Studio 5

I was asked to make a Dixie cup garland for Studio 5.
If you want to watch the segment go here.
I loved making these.  It was seriously the easiest thing to do.  I took a strand of Christmas lights and some Dixie cups
{I also found clear plastic, red and blue Solo cups}.
I cut an X in the top {actually it is the bottom of the cup} of each cup and inserted each light.
I also found little battery powered lights at the dollar store and made a few garlands out of the red and blue cups.  For our Utah garland, I added some ribbons and other trim in between the cups.
Bring on football season.
Go Utes!!!

Did you like my darling outfit?
I am in LOVE with basically anything from
Agnes & Dora {skirt} and NoVae Clothing {shirt}.

Well, I'm giving one away so we can be twinners!!!!
Actually I wanted two winners so
one winner
can choose either the coral or navy blue top from NoVae Clothing and one winner
will win their choice of an Agnes & Dora pencil skirt.

All you have to do is enter here.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Slide The City

What is your favorite summer activity?  Well, here at The Potter's
Place we love anything to do with water.  I remember as a kid playing in the gutter {I know, so gross} as the neighbors were watering their lawn.  I also remember begging my parents for a pool or even a slip and slide.  The answer was always the same, "NOPE."  Well, thanks to my friend, Michelle {who's parents didn't care about their lawn being ruined due to all the water} I was able to slip and slide to my hearts content.  Oh, those were the days.
Now that we are in an apartment, no more slip and slide for the girls.  
UNTIL coming to UTAH on July 19, 2014.
I'm so excited.  It's going to be a blast.  
1,000 ft of slippery slide.
Yep, you read that right, 1,000 ft right in the heart of downtown SLC, UT.
I get chills thinking about it.
So, grab your family and friends and come slide!
Register over at Slide The City and 
use code blogger20 to receive 20% off.
must be used by 7/7/14

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Month of Disney Giveaway

Are you ready for a giveaway today?
Well, we all go together with some fabulous shops to end the series with a fun giveaway!! 

There will be 2 Winners! Yes 2! Here are some details about each shop and prize they are giving away, so I hope you check them out:

1st Place Prize:
-Cinderella's Carriage Necklace with Pearl from AOS Design Inc. 
-$50 Giftcard to Chameleon Girls
- Minnie & Mickey Mouse Mugs(Mrs & Mr. or His & Hers) from Make.Love.Live.
- 8x10 UP "Adventure is Out There" Print from The Inked Leaf
- $30 Gift Card for Custom Minnie Mouse Ears from Bibbidi Bobbidi Brooke

2nd Place Prize:
- Disney World Map Coasters from NYC Design + Craft
- Minnie or Mickey Mouse Pillow from Embroidery by Emily
-$30 Gift Card for any hat of your choice from Amy's Custom Crochet
- 8 Mickey Mouse Head Soaps from Creations by CC Soaps & More
- Your Choice of Bubble Necklace with Disney Pendant from SugahNspice

14 bloggers (including me) are part of this giveaway as well!
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I hope you check each of their blogs out!

Giveaway Details: Giveaway is from July 1st at 5 am to July 6th at 11 pm.  Open to US & Canada Residents only. Winners will have 48 hours to respond. If there is no response, a new winner will be chosen.Shop will contact winners about the prizes they won!
*blogger is not responsible to ship/deliver the prize

Thanks for following in the Month of Disney Series!! Enter Below and good luck!

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