Even after 3 years of committing to an active lifestyle of daily exercise I still wake up with those days where I just don't wanna...I'm human, I stumble, I have setbacks, and I also have the strength to pick myself up and GO! We all have these thresholds where we go through these funky moments. It's important to recognize when you're getting close to those thresholds are and assess them. Ask yourself: am I getting enough sleep, has something changed in my eating patterns, is it almost that time of the month (totally relevant)? The body is an amazing thing it's incredibly adaptable to change and can adjust itself when necessary. So if something is draining your normal energy source, take a quick moment to do some introspection.
In our society today we poke fun at selfies, so much so that if you google "selfie hate" you'll find a community created on Facebook called "I hate selfies" and even a number of articles on this topic. But have you ever stopped to think that maybe when hating on a selfie you could actually be hating on a human, a highlight of that moment in time, or even the simple feeling of happiness. Did you ever think that maybe a selfie is merely one person's way to document a moment in their life where they felt amazing and no one else around to capture it for them?
There was a time in my life where I couldn't stand the woman in the mirror. A period in my teenage years were the words "you're fucking ugly" was scribbled over and over in my slam books and photos albums. Not too long ago my perception of my own self was so skewed that I put myself down in front of my own daughters calling myself ugly and fat.
My dearest friend Athena, shared this article with me, linked in my profile for you all the read (it's worth it, trust me) Here's an excerpt: How vain we must be to document our human existence! How vapid! But you know what selfies can show you? Yourself. And you are worth looking at. You are worth marveling at. Every day, your body performs a series of complete and total miracles to keep you alive, and then your body does amazing things like creating another human or running a mile or getting to work on time, and to pretend like that isn't noteworthy is absurd. You are worth staring at in the mirror and capturing with whatever medium you have at your fingertips. (read more here:http://bit.ly/sextyourgirlgang)
When I workout I'm typically alone, it's my me time, my therapy, my centering moment for my busy day. It's the opportunity I give myself to learn how to deal with some of life's greatest challenges. It's me overcoming all the excuses, all the distractions, and all the reasons I can choose to not live a healthy lifestyle. My exercise is the movement that helps calm my anxiety and silence my depression.
And often times in the moment of triumph I'm silently screaming, jumping for joy, giving myself a high five, and overflowing with admiration of what I just accomplished. Because for the longest time of my adolescent and into my adult life I struggled with feeling beautiful, worthy, and loved. So to overcome such a fight, I sometimes feel the right to remember it with a yet another gym selfie, because I should be capable of admiring my self, my mind, and my body of the miracles it performs each and every day!
Celebrate your self(ie). Share one with your girlfriend, share one on Instagram, and tag it #rentlesslybeautiful so I can celebrate with you!
A very simple series of workouts with the booty bands from The Xbands will help you engage your glutes before you strength train. This set takes less than 30 minutes and perfect to do at home. I like to do them while watching TV or in between turns while playing board games with the kids. Use GOFITJO coupon code upon check out at www.thexbands.com
4 sets of 20 reps on each leg of straight leg donkey kicks, bent leg donkey kicks, and 4 sets of 20 glute bridges. Add 4 sets of air squats with the bands above your knees for extra credit!
I picked up a pair of the Antigua Black slate leggings and absolutely love them. As you know I'm all about brands that have a little heart in what they do. Albion Fit is a local family owned brand from Utah. They are all about providing women with hassle free fitness apparel which you can take from your workouts to the grocery store. My kind of living if you ask me! I love the leggings, they are high quality and move and hug pretty nicely. I haven't had the chance to work out with them yet, but I'll definitely update this the moment I get some box jumps in with them. One of things I did notice is that that they aren't quite made for me 5'2" height and I'm either going to have to get them altered which cuts off their logo at the ankle or I just have to have them scrunched a bit at the bottom. One of PROS I did notice with them is that they are made with a heavy duty garment that wont have your unmentionables peeking through while doing a downward dog, but light enough that it feels like you're wearing second skin.
Winter is coming and fall is starting to turn here in lovely Northern California so naturally lounge wear is coming right around the corner. Thankfully I work at a startup where we can wear whatever we want and as much as I want to rock my workout gear in the office, I would probably give my own self a hard time for doing so. Since Fall is here it's time to bust out the warm cozy knits, pumpkin spice, and hot cocoa.
I love pairing my workout leggings with cozy knits. Its sorta perfect for hitting it hard in the gym and then running errands or meeting girlfriends for Sunday brunch after.
ALBION FIT GIVEAWAY!!
I've teamed up with Albion Fit and we're giving away (2) $25 GIFT Cards
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They say that you will never know the love of a parent until you become one yourself. 11 years into my motherhood career, I've come to embrace every bit of that truth!
Did you know that when I was a young naive lady, I said to myself "I'm not getting married till 30. I'm not having kids until I'm 35! I'm traveling the world, moving back to NYC, and becoming a national educator for Bumble and Bumble." None of that happened. And it wasn't because I couldn't make it happen, my life was redirected by becoming a parent. Funny enough when I found out I was pregnant a friend commented "you're the last person I thought would have a family." I responded with "So did I!" But there I was, about to become a mother at 21!
Becoming a parent has taught me so much about life: learning patience under circumstances that are out of your control, understanding the value of time, and accepting that some moments won't always be perfect. These are just some of the few.
Lately, I've had a number of emails from women asking me how do I manage to stay motivated with fitness. Motivation just like ambition and drive is as personal as your choice of shoes, you gotta find something that suits you best. What pushes me is becoming like my parents and not becoming like them at the same time.
My parents didn't always put their health and fitness first, they put their kids first by working hard and showing me what it meant to pour hard work in. However I saw the stresses their life brought them and all the accomplishments. They didn't have much to give us, but they were both incredible examples to me of two people pushing hard to create a life they could share with their kids.
My two daughters and husband are the biggest motivations in my life especially in my fitness journey. I wanted to be able to grow old healthy and having the energy to run after my grandkids. (many many years from now) When Olivia was 2, right before I committed myself to healthier habits, I was out of breath, I felt heavy, and I had no energy to take her to the park.
It wasn't a life I wanted, never one I had imagined. I want to travel and have outdoor adventures when my husband and I get old! But if my stamina wasn't there to run after a 2 year old at the park, what would it be like backpacking in Europe at 50.
Making goals like losing 15lbs, getting into a dress for a reunion, or looking hot in a bikini are amazing goals, to each their own! But most of these listed goals are time bound for an event. If you want to make lifestyle changes you have to dig a little past the surface level and ask yourself: What are you trying to change? How far are you willing to give?
Lifestyle changes to go from not working out to working out 5 days a week is a tremendous change and takes commitment, hard work, and determination! It's not impossible and it can and will happen if you pursue it. But your motivation has to be one that is strong enough to carry you through the process and its important to remind yourself that this is a journey and not a race. You're not doing it for anyone else, but your self. And if you're a mother, you're doing it for your family so that you can be a leading example of a woman who can.