Do you ever feel like time just gets away from you and things tend to suck up all your time, you never actually find time for yourself? So many of us women are so busy keeping everyone else busy, we forget what it is we are actually working toward and can get lost along the way. Summer is the perfect time to hit pause, reflect on what you want and find your way back to bliss.
For me, summer is for fun, freedom and doing nothing and feeling great about it! Doing nothing can be more of a challenge for some of us.
Here are some of the things that should be on your must-do list, this summer, to find that sweet spot of reaching your goals and having fun doing it.
1. Start your morning off with connection: Before the hustle and bustle of your day starts, take time, in the morning, to set your intention for the day, connect with how you most want to feel and visualize your perfect day. Just a few minutes, in the morning, can set the entire tone of the day. Sit down with your morning coffee or tea, put pen to paper and write to your heart’s content. Most of us live in a fast-paced and digital world, but don’t underestimate how writing out your thoughts on paper can affect your entire being.
2. Reflect on your own beauty: These days, everyone is trying to keep up with everyone else. Instead, how about reflecting on how awesome you are – things that no one can take from you. Write down a list of 10 things that are awesome about you, things no one else can duplicate, because they are at the core of you. To take this a step further, try doing mirror work. In the morning, before checking email or social media, look at yourself in the mirror and read off that list, while looking at yourself. When was the last time you told yourself how insanely brilliant you are? Just a warning: this will feel uncomfortable at first.
3. Get outdoors: There is nothing like nature and the sunshine to brighten up your day. There is something about nature that helps ground us and get centered. If you are feeling stressed at work or at home, take a few minutes to get outside, go for a walk or spend a day at the beach. Try walking in the grass or sand in your bare feet and notice how Mother Earth is supporting you.
4. Awaken your plate with color: If you are feeling blah, lighten up your mood and your diet with fresh fruits or vegetables. Start your day with a green smoothie or power up your afternoon with a salad with fresh vegetables and herbs. The more colors you have on your plate, the more antioxidants you are likely to consume. Eat the rainbow, as they say, it can even help knock out depression.
5. Have fun with your workout: Working out is great, but what is even better is if you are having fun. It has been proven if you find something you love, you are more likely to stick with it. If you love adventure, find a hike or waterfall in your area. If you are a social butterfly, enlist a friend to go with you. If you are more into dance, try power yoga or ballet barre, for more fluid movements.
6. Schedule time with family or friends: Wintertime can be a time of solitude, for many. Rev up your mood and your social life with some solid girl time, with close friends or family. Spending time with others has been proven to lessen or prevent depression. Pick up the phone, meet up at the spa or a local coffee shop and share your summer plans, a few belly laughs and maybe even a good cry.
7. Get away in silence: As much as we need to be around others, it is also good to get away and have time for yourself. Having quiet time is the best way to reflect on what it is you really want. Take an afternoon, a weekend or a solo vacation for some much needed time. If you are going with someone, make sure to schedule some downtime, alone. Take a walk alone, take a journal or take yourself to dinner. If you cannot get away, due to other commitments, make sure to unplug from social media one time a week.
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Are you experiencing a weight loss stall? Let’s figure out how to break that weight loss plateau. It’s almost summer and a lot of you may be stressing out about shorts and tank top season and perhaps trying to lose weight, but it’s just not happening as fast as you want it to. Here are some things you should consider when you hit a weight loss plateau and get the things moving gain;
- Motivation & Excitement: A lot of times we get frustrated because we’re not seeing the results we want, and we start to lose that motivation and it can be really frustrating. So the first thing is you need do is get the things moving again, so you can get excited again, and get motivated. Motivation is temporary if you’re not motivated, you’re probably just not excited about either your goal, or you’re not excited about your method.
- Your Diet: If you are doing the right thing; cleaning up your diet and working out but you still aren’t getting your desired results then you really need to change something. It could be your diet. You might need to clean things up a little bit. Maybe you’ve made some changes, but you might need to make even more changes. Sometimes, that means eating more or eating less.
- Work Out: If you are not working out because you’ve gotten great results by just changing your nutrition and you start to notice a stall in your weight loss, then you need to start incorporating some workouts. Get some activity into your day, like taking a walk with a good breakfast.
- Eat Breakfast. Make sure you never skip breakfast, it truly is the most important meal of the day, so you want to make sure you’re having some kind of protein first thing in the day. It’s going to keep you full for longer. It’s going to help you maintain that muscle mass while you lose weight. So eat enough eggs, oatmeal, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese with some fruit etc.
- Cardio: If you are working out, and you’re still not getting results, again, you need to change something. This could mean less cardio or more cardio. If you’re doing straight cardio, now may be the time to incorporate some strength training with it. You want to keep your body guessing because our body is efficient. It gets used to what we’re doing, and always have to improving, and doing something better, and really challenging yourself.
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Women, especially those who work full-time jobs, don’t have enough time in the day to do all they really wish to do and they always end up choosing between working out and eating healthy.
When that happens, you will end up feeling resentful over time because everyone else is being taken care of except you. This is when you have to become resourceful and think of how you can do something for yourself, while you are still doing something for someone else.
For instance, I scheduled a call with a team member some time ago, and I thought well, why not just take a walk while we’re chatting and that was how I got my workout in while we were on a call. So for you, it could be having a gym time with a friend, so as you’re still connecting with your friends, you’re still getting your workout in at the same time.
Sometimes, not everything can get done and you may need to cut some stuff out. Other times, there is just a better way.
Things I often ask myself –
- How can this be easier?
- Is there a better way to get this done?
- Is there someone else that can help me?
Are you feeling burnt out by all the things you need to do for work, family, the house? Do you secretly wish you could let something go?
Not long ago, that is how I felt. I worked all day and had no energy in the evenings for my son and didn’t even feel like making dinner. I loved working, but what was the cost? I was giving my best hours to someone else and barely made enough to pay the babysitter.
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Are you dreading the summer? Does your weight loss journey always take a back seat in the summer time?
Kids home from school usually means less time for mom. Last summer, I ditched the gym to hang out with the kids and I will likely be doing it again, this summer – with a newborn due in June. For six weeks, I didn’t step foot into the gym and I am happy to report I dropped my body fat to the lowest I’ve ever been in two years. How did I do it?
It was summer break, the kids were out of school and it wasn’t intentional to skip the gym, but I just started being more intentional about getting active with them and we were going to the parks, going for walks, and getting in workouts when I was with them versus dragging myself (and them) to the gym.
I am not saying that I didn’t work out at all, I did work out from home and when we’d go to the park, I would also do my little work out while the kids were playing and since it was summertime which is my favorite time I would just prefer to workout outside rather than go to the gym. Another thing I did was I also focused on my stress levels and getting better sleep. I posted, last week, about how your sleep schedule may be making you sick.
A lot of fitness professionals don’t really talk about how our stress levels and sleep is really affecting our weight, weight gain, weight loss, and this is something I wanted to bring your attention to it and share with you how to paying attention to your stress levels can actually help you lose weight. So here is a summary of what I did to lose weight while staying out of the gym:
- I stayed active several times a week by going to the park and I made sure that I wasn’t stagnant, wasn’t sitting on the couch watching TV and I just put more of a priority on staying active, instead of my gym workouts.
- I started getting to bed at a decent hour and really allowing myself to get into that restful sleep. I paid attention to my stress levels a found a way to reduce my exposure to those stress levels and really being more intentional about reducing that stress. As a work from home mom, I used to always work after the kids went to bed, worked before they got up and was always glued to my phone – never giving myself a break to relax.
- I put up strong boundaries on when I was going to bed – even if it meant I had to miss an important webinar or team call. As someone who has recovered from burnout and adrenal fatigue, sleep is now a high priority.
The hours of sleep you’re getting is important, but also the quality of sleep is even more important. You need to get into restful sleep cycles because our body recharges and detoxes in the sleep process. You need to focus more on getting well rested, and if you get up super early, you need to go to bed earlier, making sure you’re getting your seven to nine hours of sleep and actually you’re getting into those deep sleep cycles while you are sleeping.
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I spent years grinding and burning the candle on both ends and when I decided to try something different, I realized most women are working way too hard and losing weight can can done easier, simpler and faster.
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Today, we are talking about the missing link in your health. This is something for anybody and everybody doesn’t matter your age, your sex. This missing piece may be contributing to other health factors, keeping you sick, keeping you at the doctor’s, and it’s something people that a lot of people are talking about. You may or may not know my story but a few years ago I was always exhausted, I was working 60 hours a week, and even though I was working from home I didn’t have a lot of rest, I didn’t have a lot of play time, I was constantly on the go and I realized that lack of sleep was contributing to a lot of other health issues.
We live in this fast-paced world where we are on the go constantly from early morning and then we’re getting to bed really late. We are always on our phones, watching TV and having really late at night which is disrupting our sleep, a lot of people are only getting anywhere from four to six hours of sleep. What I learned was that lack of sleep can contribute to other health factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
What happens is, when you sleep this is when your body rests, recharges, and this is when your body goes into recovery. Ideally, you would get seven to nine hours of sleep, you would wake up, rested, ready to go for the rest of the next day and have a really focused productive day. However, in our super high fast paced society, most people are not getting that ideal seven to nine hours, and it is contributing to chronic fatigue syndrome, high blood pressure, obesity. Getting that adequate amount of sleep is important.
I recently had to start implementing better sleep habits more consistent bedtime routines. Because I know for me to function at my highest and to be able to wear all these different hats that I wear.. I have to get an adequate amount of sleep, I have to get optimal levels of sleep to perform my best.
Here are some recommendations for getting adequate sleep despite your busy work schedule:
• Get up and go to bed at the same time. It doesn’t matter if you’re working or not working or even on your days off, make sure you’re having that consistency because our body thrives on routine. The more routine that you can build into your day, especially when it comes to getting up the same time and going to bed at the same time, is going to be so helpful in helping you get that restful sleep.
• Make sure you’re not spending too many late night hours on electronics, whether it be your tablet, phone or TV.
• If possible, not taking any caffeine after 4:00 PM can be really helpful.
• Implementing a bedtime routine like an hour before bed can really help your sleep pattern. Find things that allow you to de-stress gets you in a more relaxed state of mind. This could be meditation, yoga, journaling, reading a book, having a cup of tea before bed. Try calming lavender essential oil to help you relax before bed.
These are some things that you can do to start to promote sleep, and when you sleep you can be more relaxed, stay asleep longer, and wake up restful and recharged.
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