Friday Fitness – When In Doubt, Sweat It Out

I’m just struggling a little today, so much going on… in full disclosure I almost bailed on my workout at least a dozen times, but truthfully that wouldn’t help (would actually probably make my mindset WORSE), so every time my dog (she hasn’t been feeling well) made a cameo I’d pause and snuggle her and then get back to it when she meandered away.

It pains me that she’s not feeling well and I don’t do the whole “helpless” thing well… but it felt good to sweat, to stay on track, to get my second to last workout of this program DONE.

When in doubt, sweat it out!

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Thursday Thoughts – I MATTER.

Sometimes, I tend to care TOO much.

Draining.

It’s not uncommon for me to put the feelings of others ahead of my own.

Draining.

I would often so much rather avoid any confrontations or difficult conversations that I sit and stew, til the lid tends to boil over, and then I APOLOGIZE. Apologize for FEELING.

Draining.

I am quick to excuse people, to act like I don’t deserve basic human decency, or common courtesy.

Draining.

But here is my secret weapon – all the personal development I have done over the years? FINALLY clicked.

I matter. My needs matter. My feelings matter.

And since how you treat yourself is how others treat you – there’s gonna be some changes up in here. I am an empathetic person, I am always willing to listen and help someone, but I will no longer be sacrificing my own feelings and my own well-being for that.

You can’t pour from an empty cup. Trust me, I have tried, and tried, and tried. You can’t.

Truthbomb Tuesday – Be The Person…

I mean, I feel like some people’s pets might be a little disappointed! 😉

Be kind.
Be compassionate.
Be empathetic, understanding, forgiving.

The truth? We ALL fuck up from time to time. Not one of us is perfect, myself the least so.

If you’re looking to grow through life, let’s go!
If you’re looking for perfection, I’m not the girl for you

Mindset Monday – Unleash Your Inner Badass

🌺 Mindset Monday! 🌺

THIS one is a must listen/do for anyone who has questioned themselves, anyone who has taken a compliment someone gave them and brushed it off (that’d be me, every time…), anyone who doesn’t realize how fucking badass and powerful they are.

Get your MINDSET right in BELIEVING you are a damn powerful badass, and the rest will fall into line.

And you ARE a badass. Fact.

Snacktime Sunday – Beachbars!

BRAAAAND NEW! Beachbars are here! I’m excited because I eat a lot of bars, but finding ones that taste good, aren’t loaded with sugars and preservatives AND is Diabetic-friendly can sometimes feel like a TALL order!

These wholesome snack bars combine real chocolate chips, crunchy protein crisps, fruit and nut pieces, and creamy nut butters in just 150 calories while packing in 10 grams of protein.

Whats in them?

Real Chocolate Chips. Derived from cocoa beans, which contain phytonutrients known as flavonoids. Rich and delicious, the way chocolate chips should be.

Peanut and Almond Nut Butters. A source of protein and fiber that adds a creamy texture. (because no one likes a dry, crumbly bar!)

Whey and Pea Protein Crisps. Whey protein delivers all nine of the essential amino acids. Pea protein is a plant-based protein source that also supplies key amino acids. And they’re satisfyingly crunchy.

Diced Peanuts and Almonds. A source of monounsaturated fats (the good kind). They also provide protein and fiber, and add a rich, nutty flavor.

Dried Cherries. A flavorful source of beneficial dietary fiber and phytonutrients. Plus, they taste great.

Pomegranate Juice. A source of phytonutrients, and revered for centuries as a powerful fruit. It provides tart, fruity sweetness.

And perhaps most IMPORTANTLY, what’s NOT in them? BEACHBAR is gluten-free, has 0g trans fats, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

You can click the graphic for the link, and browse around to buy different combinations of flavors! I wanna know what you think!

Superfood Saturday

When you find something that helps you get your health on track, why wouldn’t you share that? That is all I do, I share what has been working for me. I’m sure it doesn’t work for everybody, because we are all so vastly different, but it does work for me.

It’s not a FIX, because you don’t FIX Diabetes, but it does help me keep those cravings under control, it does give me a cleaner option to satisfy a sweet tooth craving, and it does give me the energy I need to power through my intense workouts followed by full, busy days.

You don’t know what it could do for you until you give it an honest try – if you are ready to do that, let’s connect!

Flex Friday – April

It’s Friday, so we {{ FLEX }} and {{ REFLECT }} on just how far we have come!

I was always small – never in my life did I think I could have muscles, much less ones that people actually compliment!

But I worked for them. I earned them. I did what I { could } do until I was able to do what I { wanted } to do.

It doesn’t happen overnight, but slow and steadily, it happens if you keep going, if you believe, if you put in the work and learn to PAUSE, not STOP.

Keep going! If you are ready to build your own muscles and would like some support and accountability, let’s chat!

Thursday Thoughts – Fighting The Good Fight

Would you be surprised to know that, pre-Diabetes diagnosis, I probably didn’t even need both hands to count how many times I had ever actually WANTED cake, or cookies, or cupcakes, or ice cream?

The stuff never really appealed to me…. until that diagnosis. And then suddenly, and FIERCELY, ALL of that stuff had ALL the appeal in the world. I am talking GRAVITATIONAL pull. It was almost like my mind and my body conspired to make up for the 27 years I was never interested in the stuff.
The struggle was, and still is every day, REAL. I fight a battle {{every}} day to keep that in check. Given the chance, I could probably undo years of hard work in one or two sittings.
But I don’t. I won’t. Because I have worked TOO HARD. Because I am bigger than any diagnosis. I still eat sweets here and there, in a controlled manner.  The balance of not depriving myself (thus inevitably setting myself up for a crazy binge), but not destroying all of my hard work, either. You see me talk about balance a lot, because truthfully, that’s the “secret sauce”!
If you are fighting the good fight, you aren’t alone! Let’s connect – we are better together; together, we CAN.