Wellness Wednesday – Know when to be gentle!

This mornings mood boost provided by a new flavor of iced coffee – pistachio! 😍

Normally my mood boosts come in the form of endorphins from a workout… but today I couldn’t even muster the energy to get out of bed. I’m dealing with some intense emotions and I just wanted to sleep (or try…), and even though working out usually helps my mood, today I chose to be gentle and focus on resting.

Wellness includes knowing when not to push – knowing when to be gentle with yourself. Took me waaaay too long to grasp that, but I’m better for it!

Wellness Wednesday – Today is a good day…

Today is a freakin’ BEAUTIFUL day to…

… STOP apologizing for what you want to go after.

… STOP hating your body.

… STOP playing the comparison game.

… STOP saying yes when you want to say no (and also stop saying NO when you want to say YES!)

… STOP doubting yourself.

… STOP doing shit you hate.

… STOP limiting yourself.

and

… START doing the things that set your soul on FIRE

What are you going to go after today?!

Wellness Wednesday – Feel Good

Isn’t that all any of us ever want is to FEEL GOOD?

We move our bodies to feel good, stay loose, stay fluid.
We fuel our bodies with foods that make us feel good – if something doesn’t agree with our body, we don’t eat it, or we do sparingly and with the realization that it may upset our belly.

We work to keep stress at bay so we can feel good.
We do things we enjoy, with people we enjoy, so we can feel good.
We live, we love, and we laugh, so we can feel good!

Feeling good is the ultimate goal, so don’t be afraid to do the things that get you there.

It’s different for everyone, so do YOU!

Wellness Wednesday – Chocolate Rehab

The truth is, the pull for chocolate was never an issue for me. I had no desire for it, so I had no trouble resisting it.

My sister once won a 5lb bar of chocolate when we were kids, and I remember thinking ‘that’s one of the worst prizes!’

Amongst my peers, I was definitely in the minority. People always told me they wished they didn’t love and crave chocolate the way they did, that they wish they had such ‘self control’.

It wasn’t self control though – I just didn’t want the stuff!

But then things changed. Boy, did. things. change.

When I was diagnosed as a Diabetic, suddenly chocolate (and all the other stuff like cookies, cakes, ice cream, etc) had a LOT more appeal; suddenly the desires I never really had, I was having a little too easily and a little too often. And these desires were freakin’ INTENSE.

“Mmmm chocolate! How could I not have loved you all my life?!”

And it was like my body wanted to make up for lost time!

I battle these desires basically all day, every day now. The struggle is sometimes a little too real. It is what it is, and I do my best… but I am also grateful to have this little savior here – I can satisfy many of my chocolate cravings without spiking my blood sugars, without the sugar crash, without the empty calories.

I’m grateful to have such an option that can help me reclaim my health, because if we’re keeping it real here, the candy aisle is NOT gonna do that 😉

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!

Wellness Wednesday

Isn’t it funny how RESISTANT we are to the very things that could HELP us feel better if we would just ALLOW them the opportunity to do so?

I’ve been transparent about how resistant I was to acupuncture because the idea of voluntarily sticking a needle in my body – of ANY size – is not my idea of a good time… yet in a twist I was NOT expecting, I CRAVE these appointments now, because I know how they make me FEEL!

I purposely scheduled my monthly acupuncture appointment to be right after my trip so it could help me get the stressors out of my body, get back to feeling at least somewhat mentally sharp, process all the emotions of the last few weeks and just give me an outlet (and an excuse to relax 😉)

So funny, if you told me a year ago I’d be counting the days til my next appointments…

What’s something you resisted for a long time?