Ever since nearly facing a divorce with my husband I’ve had to re-shift my thinking and redefine my overall health perspective. It’s not that I don’t believe in fitness or exercise these days, but I’ve had to evolve the relationship with it and change some things in my day to day life to make it work for me, my busy schedule, and the new family life we want to create.
When I first started this fitness journey I thought fitness meant working out 5 days a week eating clean all the time and performance performance performance! Little did I realize, I was becoming addicted to exercise and sacrificing personal time for meal prepping and personal records at the gym. It's so easy to become consumed by something that gives us results. I mean, of course, its no surprise that exercise makes you feel better, "Hello endorphin rush!" But what I didn’t recognize then was I was so hyper-focused on fitness goals that I didn’t realize what I needed to Live Out Loud Every Day was a combination of exercise, eating well AND living life outside of work and the gym.
Once weekends were consumed by multiple workouts in the day, are now replaced by finding hobbies outside of fitness like plant shopping and exploring my new neighborhood. This past weekend I went to Temescal Alley here in Oakland, CA.
Here’s a little day in the life (weekend edition):
7:00AM - wake up. Yes, I'm that crazy person who loves to wake up early on the weekends. I don't really remember the last time I slept in. #momlife
10:30AM - Check out the local plant shop Crimson Hort and to add some new additions to my growing collection. I have this growing obsession with plants.
Window shopped at a few other stores in Temescal Alley and found a jewelry that I loved from Marisa Mason which I walked away from because furniture > jewelry at the moment.
Toting around the perfect gym/everyday living bag, the Lily Bag by Lolë Women. The bag converts to a backpack and has a slot for a laptop and is durable enough to withstand adventures both in and out of the gym. Which is perfect for me because when I’m out an about its typically right after a morning gym session after seeing my kids off to school and there’s no time for swapping bags.
The Maelle Sweater by Lolë Women is one of the coziest sweaters I own. It;s lightweight and perfect as a transitional piece from winter to spring. I love the oversized look of it which is great for throwing on with a pair of jeans.
The Cayo Leggings are made from post-consumer waste such as fishing nets and is from their swim line which is Chlorine Resistant, Sunscreen resistant and has sun protection up to UPF 50+.
Piper Jacket, a packable rain jacket that's been my go-to for these spring days. Living in the SF area you never know when rain is going to roll right in.
12:31 PM - Lunch break, because exploring can make a girl hungry! Dona Tomas is a great little Mexican restaurant in Temescal Alley and of course, I ordered the Chilaquiles Verde because it's my fav! You can check out my recipe here.
2:00 PM - Get home and work on a few emails. The hustle never stops, but these days it doesn’t seem to bother me because I’m so in love with what I do. I have a standing desk which I love and from time to time you’ll catch me doing stretching or barre moves just to re-energize for the day.
4:35 PM - Get a little bendy and do a little yoga. One of the things I've realized is my body craves the deep stretching. So I roll out my Air Yoga Mat and bust some moves. The Air Yoga mat is made of eco-friendly material and has a non-slip surface on both sides perfect for the floors in our new house.
Yoga is one of those practices that I struggle with. I'll admit, I think it terrifies me because of the act of sitting still and quieting the mind. I used to have a meditation practice that I was deeply invested in, but moving took over our lives these past few months.
Now that we're settled into our new house I'm rededicating myself to more self-care, more physical movement, and more meditation. Lolë Women has a 21-day meditation challenge that I'm joining to reconnect to that piece of myself. You can sign up here.
The evenings are often reserved for family time, a little disconnection from the digital world, and trying to just BE. We often define LIVING as the need to be in constant motion. These days I feel like Live Out Loud Every Day means to be present, connected to those around you and your self, and to move freely through life loving and honoring your body. What does it mean for you?