Life Lessons

Necessities of Life


In the midst of cleaning the living room & kitchen for a family get together tonight, I spy Winston curled up in my fiance’s duffel bag just napping away. We could stand to learn so much from our pets.. all they desire is love, a little bit of nourishment & a place to lay to lay their head. We buy toys stacked on toys, holistic treats to spoil them a bit and accessories that sometimes have me thinking that I’m doing a bit too much. At the end of the day though, they love getting snuggled on the couch & their pettings the most. They’re happiest when they’re playing with some old box or household item rather than their toys.

It’s moments like these that have me question where my priorities have been and even where they are today. My heart has always been in the right place as has my intentions, but sometimes I get a little lost in translation though. I used to be a HUGE shopaholic and incredibly materialistic. I went to the mall/outlet malls pretty frequently and when I grew tired of that, online shopping became my new go-to. Eventually I broke that habit thankfully, but accumulated a lot of stuff during that time. At the end of the day, I never fathomed these things would bring me happiness and of course they didn’t. Needless to say, the older I get, the more I try to downsize. On the daily, I would easily trade all the things in the house (just about) for experiences, trips and memories made with the people I care most about.

All we really need day to day is a little love, nourishment to our bodies and a roof over our head. It never ceases to amaze me how our pets give us daily reminders to just how simple life can be.

 

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Mind Strong. Body Strong.


As a woman who’s spent over half her life thicker than a snicker despite being a former athlete, I’ve tried almost every trend out there to lose/maintain weight. I’m talking everything except an eating disorder (not a joking matter, not to be taken as such). Beachbody, Visalus, Advocare, Atkins, low carb, all veggie, juicing, even doctor prescribed Phentermine a couple different times over the years just to name a few..

Want to know a secret???
They all work!!! Every single one of them with a bit of consistency.
When it came down to it, there was a variety of factors that contributed to my weight gain and loss over the years. It would take an entirely different blog post to get through them all…

The biggest reason it came down to was the mental part of it. My mentality wasn’t where I needed it to be and I was always losing weight or trying to get fit for the wrong reasons.

Once I worked on myself mentally and broke down the whys each time I went on this fitness journey and then tore down my inconsistencies on the way, I was able to make progress (still for that matter). Once I changed my outlook on this journey that should have simply been a lifestyle change, great things started happening. Physically, it hasn’t been immediate. It’s been small changes here and there. But that, in itself is progress.

  1. Find your why. This shouldn’t be for anyone, but you for you. Why did you gain the weight? What were some of the factors that caused it? Contrary to popular belief it’s not always eating garbage that causes. Sometimes it’s eating too much, too little, the wrong time of the day, inactivity. There’s so much more to it than that. How did you get to where you are? It may take some time, but once you start digging you will find it. To never get back to where you are, it’s important to find out how you got there to begin with.
  2. Get your mind right & your body will follow. The body will do whatever the mind tells it to, that’s for certain, but if you don’t get your mind right first, there’s no telling how long that will last.
  3. Find a form of fitness that works for you. I’m not a runner and I’ve never been a big fan. Boxing was my cardio for a number of years until I found excuses over time to get in the gym. Spin is now my happy place and I love every minute of it. But it’s not about me, what’s trending, what your friends are doing, etc. Try a little bit of everything to find what you enjoy.
  4. Whatever you do, choose moderation. Eating what you wish/choose, exercise, etc. That goes for everything and believe me I’m not very good at moderation either. I definitely feel like carbie most days, it happens.

You have one life and one body. Love yourself and your body every step along the way to a better you however YOU choose fit.

*Disclaimer: I’m not a fitness or health professional, these are just a few things I learned over the years, mostly the hard way.