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!

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.

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!

Monday Mood Boost – NEVER too late

As we grow older, we tend to discourage ourselves more and more. We think we are “too old” for certain things, or if we have kids we have “no time”, “no money” etc.
The excuses are becoming more and yes, the time we have available does become less…
Regardless, we OWE it to ourselves and to these lives that we’ve been given to never ever give up on those dreams that are bubbling inside of us. If it means something to you, the “not enough’s” won’t matter!

I don’t like to use the word NEVER, but here it is apt – it is NEVER too late.

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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