I’m baaaaack!

I’m baaaaaack! Man it felt SO good to lift again!

Okay full honesty here: today’s workout was definitely kind of humbling, BUT, I expected it would be and I was okay with that. I wouldn’t expect a re-entry into strength training after a 3 week hiatus/cleanse to go perfectly smoothly anyways, right!

In the past, I would have been frustrated about that… but I’ve grown so much and I’ve gotten a different perspective on things, that now I know I can ease back into it and get back to the badass that takes on intensity and crushes it!

And muscle has memory, so I’m good!

Happy MonSLAY!

Friday Fit Tip – Do What You ENJOY

I get it — not everyone enjoys working out. And I think that’s mostly because people aren’t doing what brings them JOY, what lifts their MOOD, what they have FUN doing. Like for me, I don’t enjoy cardio, so unless my specific program calls for it, I don’t do much of it, haha.

A big misconception about getting into shape is that looking better on the outside is the best part, but it’s not! Of course getting fit and being healthy are important and huge motivators, but in my experience, mood and energy changes are the most immediate and gratifying part of getting into shape.

Being in shape helps you in every aspect of your life — it helps you sleep better, boosts your energy throughout the day, and puts you in a better mood. Endorphins are awesome!

Bottom line is, you can do whatever fitness activity brings you joy – the more you enjoy it, the more apt you are to stick with it and give it your all. You are not chained to something you don’t enjoy, and the whole point of exercising is to feel GOOD, not to feel DREAD!

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Thursday Thoughts – Laughter

Who doesn’t like to laugh, right? I mean, I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t…

Laughter is a lot of power that lies within a simple, natural technique. We are hardwired to laugh.

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While some people find certain things funny that others may not, everyone has something that makes them laugh!

Laugh. Even if that’s hard. Just the act of laughing about something, anything can break that spinning out of control feeling. It brings you back down to Earth. It reminds you that no matter what issues you are trying to transcend right now, it will be okay.

Laughter helps to decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.