The Scale is a Liar!
Iâ€™ve been obsessed with that number… that little bastard staring up at you making you think that youâ€™re fat. Let me explain to you why that scale is a dirty liar. 4 years ago, at my lightest, I was 108lbs, but I was what you would call â€œskinny fatâ€. I was thin, had no muscle, and yet still looked a little bloated. I started doing Beachbodyâ€™s Insanity about a year later and gained 6lbs. The scale is sitting their telling me â€œOMG YOU GAINED 6LBS!!!â€–but my mirror was telling me I was leaner and more muscular than I had been at 108lbs. The scale doesnâ€™t tell you the whole story. My suggestion? Get a tape measure and a camera. Pictures are worth a thousand words… Inches lost are more important than Lbs lost. No more torturing yourself with the scale.
Little Changes Yield BIG Results
When I first moved to Hollywood, CA and was finally ready and focused on my weightloss, I didnâ€™t know where to start. I was very out of shape. Running was out of the question, I got winded going up and down stairs, and I had a hard time doing bodyweight exercises. So what to do when you feel like the cards are stacked against you? Walk! Get your body used to movement.
I believe in many things. I believe in God, nature, the universe, and energy forces… I believe that nothing is random and that everything and everyone is connected. You donâ€™t have to be religious to believe in something greater than you and me. Having a belief and a higher understanding of the world around me has helped me live life more fully. Feel a connection between you and the world around you. Believe in good karma and positive energy and your life will be more balanced and abundant. The Secret tells us, â€œIf you knew how powerful your mind was, youâ€™d never think another negative thought.â€ Open yourself up to the possibilities the world has to offer. Believe in something greater.
Believe in Yourself
No one gets in your way more than you do. Self-doubt is the killer of dreams, goals and motivation. I picked the photo for this blog with one thing in mind… how doubting myself while climbing that almost ruined a race for me. Iâ€™m terrified of heights, which makes obstacle course racing that much more interesting.
Finding a Workout You Love
Letâ€™s face it, finding a workout you love to do and sticking with it is hard. I urge everyone to start slow and do something comfortable. If you love dancing, there are many dance workouts you can do either at home or in a gym. Also, donâ€™t let one bad workout keep you from continuing your health and wellness journey. What do Imean? Ok, you tried running and hated it. Donâ€™t stop your journey–just pick
something else to try. I personally love to switch things up and find many different types or workouts enjoyable. Here are a list of workouts I love and why! If anything strikes your fancy, TRY IT. It never hurts to try.
If you donâ€™t need it, get rid of it. If it doesnâ€™t serve you, let it go. This is easier said than done, but itâ€™s also vital in living a balanced life. I believe that things that donâ€™t serve you build up into negative energy over time. This goes for things and people. Thereâ€™s a reason you feel good after youâ€™ve cleaned up clutter… itâ€™s a form of cleansing. Itâ€™s also a good practice to sit down and thing of how to purge every so often. Are you building up a lot of â€œthingsâ€ that you donâ€™t necessarily need? Are you not putting your belongings away? Do you have people in your life that donâ€™t make you feel good?
Book of Intentions
A Book of Intentions, not to be confused with the Book of Shadows from Charmed, may help you unlock your mind and start living to the fullest. You could call it a diary or a journal, but what I like about calling it a â€œBook of Intentionsâ€ is you can literally write down your future. This is a book for you to jot down all of your goals and wildest dreams. Itâ€™s also a place for you to write down daily feelings of gratitude and affirmations. Iâ€™m a firm believer in if you write it down, you will bring it to fruition.
Find Your Stride
I donâ€™t think there is anyone thatâ€™s in the middle when it comes to running. You either love it or hate it. I was one of those ones that hated it. Sure, there are some naturally great runners, but I think most people have to work for it. Running the mile in high school was always the worst day of my life. I wasnâ€™t fast, I couldnâ€™t breathe and I was always in pain afterwards. I was the student that got an â€œAâ€ for effort and an â€œFâ€ for time. I didnâ€™t understand how people could breathe through the running. How are you that fast? Donâ€™t you feel like dying? Am I that out of shape? Granted, I was always a little chubby growing up and didnâ€™t play sports, but I was in the Marching Band; played piccolo. Clearly, I had good lung capacity.
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