Shana Emily

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Finding Faith: Set Your Life On Fire

Hello friends! 

Well I did something a little crazy this week. I burned one of my paintings. Under the full moon no less. No I didn't hate the painting and want to destroy it, and I'm not superstitious. It was a painting of me, of my body. When I started the painting I had a plan as to how it was going to look. I ended up changing it because I was listening to the advice of someone else. It looked good, but never really looked like I had originally planned. I was recently pondering changing it, adding some hands to make it look like my body was an instrument being played by someone. 

All of this got me thinking, thinking about burning my painting...on the full moon. As I lit it on fire and watched the flames with the light of the moon in the background I pondered why I felt the need to burn this painting. I realized I wasn't destroying anything, I was releasing something. Releasing my attachments to my own judgements of my body, of the opinions of others about my body and taking back my own power. I was releasing attachments over my "creation" and the idea that it needed to be anything other than the act of creating. Creating a painting for creation sake, to learn something about myself, and then letting it go. It was incredibly liberating. I don't know if it was a coincidence or not, but the next day I felt lighter, I felt at ease in my own body. I have not been feeling that way at all lately.

Here is a picture of the painting if you are curious...




This is what I thought about adding to it...




So maybe my next step is a new self (body) portrait...one that's a little more abstract. I like that idea. I leave you with this until next time....





Creatively yours,

Faith
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Promote Positivity






Outfit Details
Tank: Savage & Frisella
Leggings: Lululemon Downtown Summerlin
Nike: Sports Authority
Steve Madden Backpack: Ross
Hat: 1stphorm Free Shipping with my link! www.1stphorm.com/ShanaEmily 

Hey friends, I'm so sick of everything that is going on as I am sure all of you are as well. Prayers go out to France and everyone here in the US and all around the world. I want to be the one that spreads the love and always tries to look at the positive side of things...it isn't easy but it is the only way. I wore this tank to the gym and actually had more people smile at me and say hello then ever before. Sometimes a simple smile can change someones day we don't realize the power we have over others an ourselves. So be a little nicer to yourself..when you look into the mirror...compliment yourself and you will see what a difference it will make in how you live your life. 

Anyway Hope you are all well...just remember that this year is almost over...so if you are sitting there waiting for all those dreams to come true you will be waiting a long time...get up..and get your ass moving...stop worrying about how long it will take, if you will fail, if it will be hard, if you don't have time, if you don't have money....just do whatever it takes to be healthy and happy day in and day out...the time will pass and you will wish you had started today! 

NEW VLOGS are being uploaded I am sharing my week of workouts experimenting with new ones and working on the basics! Thank you for subscribing and liking and let me know what other videos you want to see!!!! Glad to be back!




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Thursday, July 14, 2016

FindingFaith: Gratitude

Hi friends! 

Lots of healing work going on for me this week. I've been reflecting on where I've come from, where I'm going and a balance of being grateful for where I am in this moment. One process that I use to really dig deep in a beautiful and fun way is to art journal. I'm part of an online group that I have talked about before www.bravegirlsclub.com that has online classes to help with this process. Sometimes when I'm feeling stuck I draw inspiration from these classes and just use some of their printouts to discover my own unique projects. I found this great Fairyopolis book at the thrift store and have been wanting to do some type of altered book project, and finally found a use for it. I've been taking photos from each year of my life and doing a cut and paste with all the inspiring things I would have wanted myself to know during those times. Here are some pics so far.


 I used another altered book/art journal I have for this "She did it anyway" exercise from Brave Girls Club. I had been thinking about all of my crazy, wild dreams about what I want to achieve in life and kept hearing those negative nagging thoughts about why I can't have, do or be those things. It was so liberating to get all that garbage out and proclaim that I can DO IT ANYWAY! So liberating!


After all of this I was really led to contemplate the idea of gratitude...for the good in every past experience, for my beautiful and amazing dreams for the future, and most of all for all the things that I am blessed with right now. The later being what I really want to focus on, because ultimately there is no past or future, just a constant streaming of now. I realized that goals and hopes and dreams are all fine, but if I can't appreciate what I have now, I won't appreciate more or different. Gratitude eliminates so many things that destroy us. Envy, greed, hopelessness, and the list goes on. I will leave you all with this thought...




Creatively yours,

Faith
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Introducing Poi of #TeamLetEmHaveIt: 1stphorm #Transphormation Challenge Athlete

It is time for #TransphormationTuesday and time for me to introduce you to another member of the #TeamLetEmHaveIt Team!!!

I want to help as many people as possible with this challenge,I have put together a team to help hold each other accountable!
This challenge is 100% free and there are chances to win money, prizes, and trips all year long.
Take the Challenge with me and accept the CHANGE...we can do it together!
If you want to join the team, contact me for info or go to the site below and invite me to be your coach use this email DHNSHANA@AOL.com !
My Transphormation starts today… Does yours? Lets do this TOGETHER!
www.mytransphormationstartstoday.com

To request me as your coach and to be on our TEAM PLEASE USE EMAIL:
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Let me introduce you to Poi! This girl...this girl is strong and like a lot of us has struggled with an injury that could have left her defeated...but if you follow her journey you will see she just keeps getting back up! She realizes that this isn't a 12 week transformation or even a 6 month look at me now...this is a way of life for her and each day she reaches a new goal and learns just a little more about herself! Poi wants to be strong and fit...building muscle is the key to her transphormation!! I will stop talking and let her introduce herself! Make sure you show her some love! 

What is your name? Poi Yuk Lee
How old are you? 24
Where are you from? Vancouver BC
When did you start the #transphormaton challenge? January 1, 2016
How much did you weight when you started?  160 lbs
How much do you weigh now? 153.7 lbs

How did you find out about the 1stphorm #Transphormation Challenge?
I've been following 1stphorm for several years now, so naturally through social media I saw their announcements about it.I have discovered my love for working out and lifting heavy back in Dec of 2014, and have been a legionofboomer since. Power lifting was what I leaned towards at the time because I loved how it made me feel strong and powerful, and after just several months I was making amazing progress in both the weight I could lift, and with my body and fitness goals. 
I got injured at work back in April, damaging the cartilage in my dominant wrist while putting up drywall and have since gone through several months of physio therapy and lots of doctor visits. I got upset that after making such amazing progress at the gym, I could barely even pick up a cup of coffee without being in a lot of pain. After months, I felt like maybe I would never get better and that I would have to give up on all those dreams, maybe even my career. Which led to some depression and I no longer cared about what i ate or what my waistline looked like. Now, on the best days, my wrist is at about 85%, and as long as im careful with it, so far I'm able to slowly get back to normal duties at work, and hit the gym with a few modifications to accommodate. I am determined to continue with my dreams and not let it get me down again. 

Fit, Strong, and Muscular is where I want to be, and I am willing to put in the work and determination that those things require. SEXY FOR SUMMER is my goal, haha!!
How did you find me?: Through youtube!
What motivated you to start? I stopped lifting over a year ago because of an injury and recently have been getting back to normal in my abilities. I've also been very unhappy with how my body looks and decided it was time to make this year count. To see what me and my body are capable of!
What was your fear going into the challenge? Failure. Always failure. And that people will see me failing and think little/badly of me... 
How do you think you overcame that fear? By reminding myself that I'm doing this for me.  So first and foremost, I'm failing myself if I give up. But also that I shouldn't always worry about what other people think and that if I can prove to myself that I'm being true and working hard, their opinions won't matter.

Did you think about quitting? All the time. That whole "I'll start tomorrow, or next week, etc' always plays in my mind. And lots of times a week passes before I walk into the gym again. But I'm hard on myself and I get upset when I realize how far I've let myself back slide because it shows in my lifting. And then once again I tell myself to keep going and not eff it this time, haha.
Why didn't you quit? Because I do truly love lifting heavy. And it's not just a hobby, it is part of who I am. I've always been attracted to fitness type activities and this is the one that's stuck with me the longest. Part of me would feel empty if I didn't fill that void. I'm a boring person lol.Work and home is all I usually spend my time with, so gym gives me that fun/physical 'me time!

What would you say you love most about how your life has changed since you started? Definitely my appearance haha! I've been skinny my whole life and since I hit 20 I started putting on weight in unwanted places. I was never happy with that. Plus I feel confident being a muscular woman, which is why I'm going for mass right now as my main goal.

What are you goals for the next 12 weeks? Consistency in diet and lifting.

What does your typical day of eating consist of Give me a breakdown of a full day? Well, right now I'm loving your recipe for protein waffles. So I make a bunch and freeze those. Peanut butter and sliced banana on top for my breakfast, and then if that doesn't tide me over til 10am, I'll have a snack of fruit or a bar or something.  Then 10am is my next meal, 12pm or 1pmfor meal 3, and then I would get home and have meal 4 along with another snack of some kind, either before or after.  My meals are typical prep meals of meat (chicken, steak or ground beef/chicken), rice or sweet potato, and veggies of some kind. I'm also drinking two shakes a day with two scoops of whey in it.

What is your favorite Supplement STACK right now with 1stphorm? Postworkout stack all the way! It's my mandatory workout supplement. Ignition and Phormula 1 (currently vanilla milkshake) taken religiously lol.
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What is your favorite flavor protein? WHAT can you not live without? My favorite so far is Phormula 1 Loop d fruit because frootloops are my favorite cereal. And I still stand by the Postworkout stack, can't live without that.
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What is your favorite go to EAT CLEAN snack? recipe? Hmm...I don't know if I have a favorite. Some days fruit is amazing, other days it's anything peanutbuttery. I'm a woman with strong cravings, let's just say that! Haha!

What does your workout split look like? Mondays and Thursdays are upper body. A fully incorporated super set session that includes all areas (chest, back, shoulders, tri and bi) and I need to get back to my crashfit (legday)classes on Wednesdays.  I just try and get in two leg days wherever it fits into the rest of the week."
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How much cardio do you do a day? I don't do cardio a whole lot. Crashfit class is intense cardio. If I do cardio, it would be after a lifting session for about 30minutes.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about joining the 1stphorm transphormation challenge or just any challenge in general? Advice? Go for it! If it motivates you more, then great. Also know it's not going to be easy, but that's why joining a group with the same goals is a bigger step in the direction you want to take because now u have others to help you. Just know motivation fades, and that's when your challenge really begins.

You started sharing your journey on  Instagram and even in the private FACEBOOK group. how would you say this has helped you through your journey? Instagram is actually like my blog  (plog I like to say...cus it's pictures) and I like the community and friends you can build through that. Motivating each other, sharing and reviewing products, it's very helpful. Our Facebook group is awesome because I think we've gotten closer lately through that. And not all of my Facebook friends care to see update pictures or mealprep, so it gives me a place to be able to show those who are interested.

Lastly, what are you most excited about doing that maybe you would not have done before starting this journey? Well, I tried the Grouse Grind recently  (and almost died lol). I love lifting heavy so every PR I make gets me excited. 

MY MESSAGE TO POI,
YOU were one of my very first subscribers on my journey on youtube and I still can't believe it has been as long as it has. I forget that we have never met and I don't actually know you in real life haha I have loved watching your journey to becoming a flexing strong kick ass women!! LOOK at you in that picture up there standing next to Ms Olympia!!

PROUD...that is what this whole challenge is about! If anyone things for a second that in 3 months they are going to finally be where they always wanted then they are going about it the wrong way! you have proven that it isn't easy...but getting back up again...having that pep talk with yourself and reminding yourself you are doing this for YOU...is the biggest success!!! 

We are only half way through the year...and you made me promise to keep your promise to yourself! You will not look back and you will keep progressing. I see bulging biceps in your future and inspiring women that strength is the ultimate motivator! Love you girl and thank you for being on my journey with me!!! 

Love Always xoxo,
Shana Emily

PLEASE VISIT MY POST ON HOW TO GET STARTED! HERE
INTERESTED in 1stphorm? Have Questions on how to get started? What to start with? Email me and I can help you customize your stack or just share what I am on and what our team is using! EMAIL ME colorblindblog@gmail.com

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Thank you for supporting me!! love you all!

JOIN MY FACEBOOK FITNESS GROUP So whether you have entered YET or not join my group on Facebook so we can all do this together! I thought this would be a great way to connect us all as well! I love just sharing in a more personal setting and together we CAN KICK BUTT!!! Here is the link to join:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShanaEmily/

Follow me on Instagram @ShanaEmily_, Facebook ShanaEmily, & Youtube ShanaEmily, SnapChat @ShanaemilySnaps I will be vlogging daily and taking you on my personal transphormation the rest of this year! I will be posting before pics AGAIN so stay tuned! you can also subscribe to my blog by adding your email to see when a new blog post is live!


I am going to Answer more questions! EMAIL me at colorblindblog@gmail.com and you can also check out the Frequently Asked Questions page on 1stphorms site! HERE
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Friday, July 08, 2016

Getting back up again


Outfit Details
Top: Hue Salon
Jeggings: American Eagle
BCBG Heels: Ross
Vintage Bolo tie: Hubby Grandpa ( I LOVE THIS THING)
Leather Bracelet: Some Stand in Israel
Dirty Hair: Courtesy of Mi life crisis right now
Pictures Courtesy of the hubby who is getting really good by the way

Hi friends!

What a week. Before I check in and catch you up on what has been going on I can't help but pray and think of all who have been affected by the recent shootings and madness. I have found myself speechless as to what is going on...what has been going on for a long time now the only difference is we have technology that is capturing it. Anyway that is that...

I know, if you follow me on here only then you see an occasional Thrifters Anonymous post, fitness post, and once in a blue moon an outfit post...if you follow me on my youtube channel ColorBlindFitness #ShanaEmily then well you haven't seen me at all.

My days have been going like this. 
Wake up
DROWN myself in coffee
Make breakfast which consists of egg whites oats or toast and daiya cheese take my multi vitamin and fish oil
you can follow me on MyFitness Pal if you wanna I am under ShanaEmily Link HERE 

Get ready for work
Get a disturbing phone call
Deal with fires
Worry
Stress 
Drink more coffee
Run to my meetings
Run to more meetings
Forget to eat
Try to Eat 
Take my vitamins
Drink more coffee
DOWN water cuz I forgot to drink it
Stress
Worry
Glance at my phone and post to Instagram to release
Work
Work
Stress 
Worry
Eat a Kashi bar cuz thats all I got
Yeah...not quite the example I want to keep. I haven't vlogged in a week and I might have dread locks soon.

It is the truth and sadly that is life...bad shit happens stress gets you down and you go into this downward spiral allowing for any outside negativity to eat at you and make choices you know are not getting you toward you goal. 

WELL. Friday is here and I am so done with that nonsense. the hardest part in this journey is what you do when you lose you motivation and "get off track" whatever that is for you...Coming back...finding that motivation within and reminding yourself of the goals you set is the hardest part...If you can get back on track and COME BACK....you have already won...and the more you do it the sooner you snap out of it. It isn't easy...and lately it has sucked...but if I didn't share that you would think that when you lost your motivation that it was gone...

it isn't gone maybe you just need to set different goals or change the path!

Anyway wanted to share how I have been feeling and apologize for my absence. I have so many incredible things to share with you guys this month and I just have to get my head back on and focus! 

xoxo,
Shana Emily




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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Finding Faith: Celfishly in Love with Beauty

 Hello friends! 

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday! I sure did! Lots of fun with family and friends and some needed time with my stepdaughter. Thought I would share pics of a new amazing salon we stumbled across right by my house that did such a great job on our Fourth of July nails.



It's called Celfie, which I thought was clever. I absolutely LOVE the decor, and everyone was so friendly. Joy did the best job on my nails, I would definitely recommend her!

Next time I'm getting a pedicure for sure! They also do hair, makeup, lashes and waxing. I believe they also offer in home spray tan.

The best part was really just having a little girl time and lots of laughs. Will be having many more days like these in the future. We talked about maybe trying paddle boarding at Lake Las Vegas next! I will keep you all posted!

Creatively yours,

Faith
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Come Thrifting With Us Summer Fashion at Goodwill inside The Boulevard with special Guest IAMSHEGLOBAL #ThriftersAnonmyous



Hi friends! WE ARE BACK! We are so excited to share this full series and share our newest #TA Special Guest Sheena of +IAMSHEGLOBAL  When she reached out to us to see if we would be interested in going thrifting for Summer whether it is a vacation or just life...you now Edwina and I were all over it!! I mean...another reason to go thrifting? 

HERE IS PART 1 for our Summer Style Come Thrifting with Us at Goodwill inside The Boulevard!





You can tell by our faces we were excited to go and pick up Sheena!


SHE got in the car...haha and as you can see she was excited! 


We ventured off to Starbucks for a pick me up and a quick inspiration hunt through the latest issue of VOGUE. 



One of our favorite things to do is flip through magazines for inspiration...I swear it carries on into the thrift store!


Then we were off to our favorite place!!! This goodwill is located inside of The Boulevard on Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn! IT IS HUGE and amazing as you are about to find out!





As you can see by the carts we basically used our motto
THROW IT IN THE CART...


MAKE that 2! haha


We found a spot and began to try everything on! As you know we don't use a dressing room it is just way too much fun to be with your friends and try on all of the items! 






We quickly made the Thrift Store our RUNWAY and now for PART 2!
You can watch Part HERE!














We even met a subscriber!!! We were so excited!!!! She was so adorable! and well was thrifted out!!! 
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As you can see we had plenty of options...so many colors and so many styles! The beauty of thrifting is forgetting all the rules and just going with what inspires you! Not everything will work...unless you are us...we always make it work! haha

We hope you enjoyed this series! Let us know who else we should collaberate with? We had such a blast with Sheena!!!

Go and show her some love! You can find her on Instagram @Iamsheglobal or check out her blog at www.iamsheglobal.com




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