The Pain Period

sweater: chicwish c/o | tee: ae {old} | pants: jcrew | shoes: prima donna c/o | hat: gypsy threads c/o | bag: tory burch | necklace: frasier sterling c/o | watch: michael kors | rings: nordstrom, uo | lips: “red revival” by maybelline
There’s an Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary from the 70’s that I like to watch with my husband called “Pumping Iron.” (Yes, revealing my inner gym geek.) In the film, Arnold says the key to changing your body is having the courage to push through the pain period. It’s what separates the champions from everybody else. One of the things I love most about exercise and fitness is how much it acts as a metaphor for other things in life. Just about every challenge we go through has a ‘pain period’ and our ability to push through it is ultimately what helps us grow and become stronger. I have found that pain period to be fear in many situations. Once we face the fear and overcome it, we become stronger.

Just some food for thought to start your week. 😉

“These last two or three or four repetitions, that’s what makes the muscles grow.
That’s what divides one from a champion and one from not being a champion.
If you can go through the pain period, you make it to be a champion. If you can’t go
through it, forget it. And that’s what most people lack: having the guts – the guts to go in and
just say… “I don’t care what happens.” I have no fear of fainting in the gym… I threw up many
times when I was working out. But it doesn’t matter, because it’s all worth it.”

— Arnold Schwarzenegger



  1. This is such great motivation for my Monday. I've recently started a fitness regime and am hoping to stick to it this time 🙂

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

    Posted February 24, 2014 | Reply
  2. I'm obsessed with this look! It's so chic!

    Crumbs & Curls

    Posted February 24, 2014 | Reply
  3. Sabina B. says:

    Love this color mix and love the hat! You look very pretty!

    Posted February 24, 2014 | Reply
  4. Ashley says:

    This is such a cute and cozy look!! Love that yellow on you, so pretty!

    Xo Ash
    Sincerely Miss Ash

    Posted February 24, 2014 | Reply
  5. Meg Cady says:

    I really need to hear (and see, man that sweater is fierce!) that today! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted February 24, 2014 | Reply
  6. Love this! Such a great look and such great encouragement! That yellow looks great on you!

    Posted February 24, 2014 | Reply
  7. I really love this laid back, stylish outfit… Your sweater has an amazing color & texture…

    Have a great week!!!

    xoxo Violeta, your Shoegal Out In The World

    Posted February 24, 2014 | Reply
  8. LOVE your outfit, and of course the great motivation!

    Posted February 24, 2014 | Reply
  9. This is such great motivation! I love how that quote can be a metaphor for just about anything in life. Thank you for sharing & I love your outfit as well 🙂


    Posted February 25, 2014 | Reply
  10. Love that sweater!

    Posted February 25, 2014 | Reply
  11. lovely outfit and love the idea of that pain period! helpful to think of things like that
    ladies in navy

    Posted February 25, 2014 | Reply
  12. Love that yellow sweater!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

    Posted February 25, 2014 | Reply
  13. Amanda you look fab. Love this beautiful yellow sweather with this grey floppy hat and pop of red on the lips. So fun!!


    Posted February 25, 2014 | Reply
  14. Those flats are just adorable!!! I love baroque style <3

    Posted February 25, 2014 | Reply
  15. I LOVE LOVE this look. Good job in the matching gold and yellow and the rings! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Posted February 25, 2014 | Reply
  16. I LOVE LOVE this look (yellow+gold+black) Keep it up! 🙂

    Posted February 25, 2014 | Reply
  17. thanks for the motivation today! xo

    Posted February 26, 2014 | Reply
  18. Bethany says:

    Well your exercise is certainly paying off! Love this look and the pixie pant in particular!

    Posted February 26, 2014 | Reply
  19. Amazing quote and amazing sweater!


    Posted February 26, 2014 | Reply
  20. Gorgeous! Love the hat and sweater! I wish I was a gym geek!
    Kat |

    Posted February 27, 2014 | Reply
  21. SARAH says:

    i love your jumper and shoes!

    xo Sarah

    Posted March 2, 2014 | Reply
  22. Love your shoes! They're adorable!


    Posted March 3, 2014 | Reply