Wellness – Deadlifts!

Apparently, these new kicks had me feeling extra badassy, because I was deadlifting more than half my body weight today!

No big deal, right? Well actually, to me it is, because again, I keep flashing back to a time in my life where walking was painful, nevermind lifting anything.

And I didn’t go from not being able to lift anything to lifting more than half my weight… I progressed. I got stronger. It’s just another testament to how far I’ve come and the POWER of CONSISTENCY.

The sooner you honor yourself by showing up every day, the sooner you will be at your strongest!

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Saturday Sweat – New Distance PR!

WELL THEN!

That’s one way to get your Saturday sweat on! 🙌🏼

I was inspired after a chat with a fellow runner, one who is a large part of why I even took this summer challenge on, so since today is a rest day in my program, I set out to do my thang, log a couple of miles and just keep on keeping on… every bit helps, right? (Right!)

I haven’t run this far since I was a teenager, and for some reason as yet unknown, I did it the day after an all-HIIT leg day?! What the hell was my thought process there?! 😩

I survived… I’m sore, but I feel a little bit like a badass, and this means I’m just a little over a mile from my next feat – a 10k!

What’s your Saturday sweat?

 

Feel Good Friday – Halfway There!

 whooooa, we’re halfway there…

Ahhh, nothing like a little chocolate drank that will help my little legs RECOVER from that all-HIIT leg workout while celebrating the fact I am ALREADY halfway through this program!

In a fun mental flashback, I recall when the idea of completing a program start to finish was not only intimidating, but TERRIFYING.

Since that “limited mindset”, I have completed upwards of 10 programs start to finish, and I love doing that… however challenging, no matter how many moves make me feel like I’m dying, no matter the obstacles, I love rising up and seeing it through til the end; it’s a powerful reminder that I can do hard things as long as I BELIEVE I can do hard things!

Have you completed a program start to finish before?

Thursday Thoughts – You Matter.

Posted it before, posting it again. So many need a reminder 💕

You MATTER, and your FEELINGS matter.

If someone makes you feel like you/your feelings don’t matter, you DON’T need them in your life, regardless of how they are in your life.

YOU are awesome and you deserve to FEEL awesome, and to be surrounded by people who ALSO feel you are awesome.

You should be CELEBRATED, not TOLERATED.

Make no exceptions ✌🏼

 

Wellness Wednesday – Will Run for Sunrises!

Will run for sunrises!🔅

I LOVE sunrises because I’m a VERY visually oriented person, and sunrises are a gorgeous, very colorful reminder that every day is a new day; a welcome reminder that it doesn’t MATTER what did or didn’t happen last week, and it doesn’t MATTER what will or will not happen next week, that TODAY is a new day to tailor to your needs and to fill up with what makes you happy, what brings you joy, what lights you up.

Don’t worry about the past and don’t fret about the future, just focus on today and appreciate it for what it is – a fresh new slate with which to slay the day!

3 miles in the books today and an absolutely GORGEOUS start to the day humidity, bad air quality and all! The beauty was worth it!

Taco Tuesday!

I mean, right?!

Look, people have the right to be negative, but you have the right to take yourself away from it!

As a rehabbing negative Nellie, I can tell you it is way more fun and way more uplifting to not be that person.

I can say this because, I’ve been on both ends. I used to be that super negative person. I used to be the person heaping my negativity onto others, bringing them down and killing the feel good vibes.

And this is hard for some people to imagine, they express surprise when I mention how bad I was and how I was called out on it. Their surprise is honestly the most wonderful feeling, because it means I’m THAT FAR removed from being that person!

It means I have come so far, and worked so hard, and spent copious amounts of time battling my mindset.

I still battle it, I likely always will… but those negative thoughts are now the exception, not the rule, and life is just so much better that way!

Now, where are my tacos? 🌮

Monday Mood Boost – Immerse Yourself In Nature

This weekend was spent reconnecting with nature, disconnecting from technology, and was then topped off by immersing ourselves in love in a gorgeous setting.

I can’t really speak to how powerful a weekend it was.

I can’t put it into words.

I have tried… but nothing feels SUFFICIENT enough to encapsulate just how much I NEEDED such a weekend.

My soul has been hurting lately. And rather than admit it, I let my ego take control and I just kept truckin’…

And that’s not necessarily a BAD thing… but it’s also equally important to HONOR all emotions, to NURTURE your soul; to let yourself FEEL and let yourself HEAL.

Mother Nature is ALWAYS healing. She has never let me down. She ensconces me in her beauty, her power. She whispers sweet somethings into my soul to remind me I’m freakin’ strong, even in my weakest moments.

She reminds me that all my ego does is hold me back; she reminds me it’s okay to have tough days – they won’t last. She encourages me to work through what’s challenging me and embrace what it’s trying to teach me.

There is beauty in all lessons, truly.

It was so nice to just sit, soak it all in and appreciate the beauty, and then cap it off by celebrating the nuptials of dear friends, which actually served as the perfect ending to a perfect weekend; a reminder that bad days don’t last, love is a powerful antidote, and life is way too short to give too much life hours to the less desirable parts of life.

To all who were a part of this much needed, incredibly powerful weekend, thank you. It was so welcomed, necessary, appreciated and healing.

Fuck Yeah Friday – Celebrate Your Hard Work

There is nothing wrong with celebrating your growth, your efforts, your progress… there is power in reflecting just. how far. you have come.

When I think back to a time in my life where I was weak and actually HATED my body, to now where I feel strong and have learned to LOVE my body… I get emotional.

I work so hard and I’m GRATEFUL to do so, because there was a time in my life where I COULD NOT do so; I couldn’t even hold my purse without pain and back spasms, so my consistency and gratitude stems from KNOWING what it feels like to feel HELPLESS, and I’m honored to show up for myself every day, and I’m PROUD to celebrate the hard work I put in – and YOU should celebrate YOUR hard work, too!