Remember what You want

Feb 15, 2017
  

These past few weeks I’ve noticed many people starting to fall back into old habits. It's normal to take a few steps back once you’ve begun to move forward and make real progress, but it's super important to get back on track asap! It's not that people wake up one day and decide 'oh, I’m just done with all these new positive habits I’ve created.' Nope, it’s the little choices each day that we make to let ourselves complain with a few friends, miss a workout or two, skip our journaling, or other helpful exercises. Letting things slide a bit is exactly how you find yourself right back where you don’t want to be.

I know many people felt the past few weeks were stressful and that they had every right to be angry, scared and upset. Sure, you have the right to feel however you feel. But, does talking about how bad everything currently is, help you to feel better in any way? I didn’t think so. Many will argue that things must...

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Let Love In

Feb 09, 2017

It’s the week before Valentines Day and whether you love it or hate it; this time of year can certainly bring up some old memories. Now I’m not saying that all relationship memories are wrong, but let’s be real..I’m sure we’ve all been disappointed in this area before. 

 

Now is an excellent time to let go of old love junk finally! Walking through stores and seeing walls of stuffed animals, chocolate hearts and flowers can be very triggering for some. Just hearing or seeing the word love can spin some people into a downward spiral. But, being triggered is a great thing. It means you have some current stuff that is super ready to shift out!

First, notice what’s triggering you. What are the memories that are coming to mind and where do you feel the tension in your body associated with them? Perhaps you’re comparing yourself to others. Things like; they have a relationship, I don’t. Or you notice all your past romantic...

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Love Your-self First

Feb 01, 2017

Happy February!! The month of all things Love and romance! Everyone loves the feeling of being in love, the fresh energy, and excitement, the hope, and possibilities that perhaps this is finally the person you’ve been looking for your entire life. But, have you ever wondered if you’re able to Love yourself the way you expected a person to Love you, or how you think your love them? 

We often focus on something being wrong with us and that if we can just find that right person to complete us and Love us, then we won’t be broken or wrong anymore. Not to say that you need to love yourself 100% perfectly all of the time, but there is a certain level of self-love and appreciation required for a healthy, happy, balanced relationship to exist. How many of you have found yourselves in situations with people wondering how you allowed that to happen and if you only had more confidence and self-worth there’s no way you’d let someone treat you that...

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Skin Love

Jan 24, 2017

On the journey to a healthier body, I realized many things contributed to achieving my goals. We always hear about exercising, eating the “proper” foods and we all know those things are important. But, what most people don’t realize is that if you are significantly overweight, your skin is going to change, and often very drastically! 

I have had numerous people say to me over the years that they want to lose weight and get healthy, but they are terrified of sagging skin. Unfortunately, the fear of sagging skin has kept many people from following through their fitness goals. But I’m going to share some skin tips that I have used myself that have helped me tremendously during my massive weight loss.

What you need to realize is that you didn’t gain all the weight overnight, it took time to stretch out the skin, so don’t expect it to snap back overnight. Be easy on yourself and your body, it's been through a lot and adapted to it amazingly well!...

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It's Time to Dance!

Jan 18, 2017

A few weeks ago I started going to a hip hop dance class, and I love it! I’ve loved dancing since I was very young but had never taken any classes. At first, I was a bit uncomfortable with all the counting and following along; although I’m very good at freestyle dancing. It was pretty awkward and confusing at first watching the teacher in the mirror! But I sure hung in there :-)

It was an excellent class and a great way to get out of my comfort zone for sure. I noticed that the nicer and easier I was with myself the quicker I was able to pick up the steps. Sure, I’d catch myself here and there getting frustrated that I’d missed a move, but I quickly reminded myself to have fun! I mean that was the point of taking the class, to have a fun time!

I’m active with resistance training 3-4 times a week, but I wanted to add some upbeat fun cardio. You’re not going to find me on the treadmill!! Besides being super fun, dancing is excellent for your...

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Stand Tall

Jan 11, 2017

This week I’m staying on the topic of health and body love. I want to talk about posture and how it has such an enormous impact on how we feel. Most of us have heard adults; usually, a parent, say: "Stand up straight, stop slouching, it looks horrible." But it's not just that slouching looks bad, it has huge adverse effects on our mental and physical health.

 

For example; If you ever pay attention to actors, you will see that they must change their posture and mannerisms to get into character. The confident characters always stand tall and usually shoulders squared off, those being bullied or lacking confidence will be depicted slouched, chest sunk in. Many scientific studies are proving that just holding certain body positions for a short while will produce chemical reactions in our bodies that contribute to feeling more optimistic/confident or depressed/ hopeless amongst many other emotions.

Now you’d probably think oh ok I will just stand up straighter. That's...

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Nothing Else Matters

Jan 04, 2017

Happy New Year to everyone! I know many of you are focused on your resolutions, so I wanted to take a moment and talk about what I feel is the most important resolution of all! Making sure you are healthy :-) Yes, health is absolutely by far the most important thing. If you're not feeling well, you cannot function properly, and that affects every single area of your life. What I find interested is that so many people will run themselves ragged, skipping meals, not moving their bodies, not sleeping enough and then they are baffled as to why things aren't going very smoothly in their lives.

When you honor yourself and your body by taking the time to eat balanced meals, get enough uninterrupted sleep and maybe even go for a walk, you will be astounded at how much easier everything in your life becomes. Think about it, you can't enjoy your loved ones if you're in pain, or grouchy from sleep deprivation. I say this a lot, but you really must put yourself first. If any of you are...

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A Fresh Start

Dec 28, 2016

It's that time of year again when people start thinking about the changes they want or need to make in their lives. The infamous "New Year's Resolutions" most often include losing weight, sticking to an exercise plan, quitting smoking, spending less money, making family time a priority, etc. These are all great ideas, but I always wondered why we had to make these choices one day a year and then when we most likely failed at keeping the resolutions we just labeled ourselves failures and then wait until January 1st of the following year to try again. A pretty dumb idea if you ask me...

 

I'm a big believer in making daily choices, better yet, moment by moment decisions. One of the ways I was able to lose so much weight and keep it off was by avoiding the common thoughts like Oh I'll start on Monday. So if I missed a workout or ate something that wasn't in alignment with my plan I would simply get back on track at the next meal or start my workout the next day.If I made an...
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Stay on Target

Dec 21, 2016

When you start to begin the journey to having more awareness, self-love and acceptance it can be very exciting and freeing. You start to notice you're feeling happier and lighter, and when you do have an off day they are nowhere near as frequent or intense as before. That is until your stuck in a room full of your relatives or in-laws LOL!

We often think once we move away from family or even have our own, many things that used to bother us just simply go away. We have our lives pretty much together; we have careers, academic accomplishments, our children, why the heck should it matter what our Uncle "Bart" thinks of us? Well, it technically doesn't, but that doesn't stop Bart or another family members opinions or comments from triggering the crap out of us! So, what to do? Well, first remember that it is entirely normal for things that people say to bother us from time to time, second take a breath and do your best to let it go and not feed into any annoying comments or actions. It...

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Time to Rest

Dec 14, 2016

This time of the year most people feel they require more sleep. Our sleep/wake cycles are regulated by light, so it makes perfect sense if we have less light each day, we feel sleepier [this is a fact]. I won't be going into ALL of that, but feel free to do your research if you like :-) I do want to mention how many of us don’t honor our bodies signals for more rest and push ourselves to do even more. 

 

Your body is not trying to trick you. If you feel tired and sleepy, you simply need more rest. Your body is not some annoying enemy always getting in your way with all its wants and requirements. It's funny that we naturally require more rest and quiet time during the holiday season! How can you possibly give yourself more sleep when you have all these parties, meetings, lines to wait in to buy gifts, heck you can barely find time to feed yourself in a day let alone take a nap.

When you stop, listen to your bodies needs and honor them life gets so much easier. I know...

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