One of the things I'm trying to do more of is making my own food. I rely perhaps too much on being able to grab an energy bar or a granola bar--which means I overpay, buying them one at a time, and I end up eating some things I probably would do better to avoid. I'm down for saving money, eating healthier, and making things from scratch--especially when I can figure out a delicious way to do it!
The ball has dropped. The Christmas tree is away, the cookies are stale, and the Visa bill has arrived.And how’s it going? Maybe you’re feeling pale and fat and broke (like one of my favourite vloggers posted on Instagram). Or perhaps you’re eating up all the New Year’s talks of goals and are so excited to dive into 2018!
I hope that you're thinking about what 2017 was--celebrating the successes, learning from the trials--and looking forward to what's possible in 2018. I thought I would share a little list-making activity I used for myself this year to help you take stock and make some simple intentions for the coming year!
Keep in mind this: It’s easier to stay comfortable, even if the things we do aren’t really serving us. Asking ourselves where we can really get real to make progress--and being willing to dive in and do the messy work there--is uncomfortable, challenging, and the opposite of sticking with the status quo. But at the end of the day, it’s up to you. If you answered How’s that working for you? with an honest, “The best!” then ignore this post. If you want more from yourself and your life, then start digging deeper.
This idea of saying hell yes or hell no ties in well to what I want to talk about today, which is the idea of making time and prioritizing what is most important in our lives. With less time to spare, I've come to realize how I spend my time and have been trying (struggling, learning) how to manage my days.
My current thoughts go like this: I won’t do anything that compromises my mental or physical health for the sake of changing the number on the scale. However, if something’s good for me—drinking more water, cutting back on sweets—that may or may not affect the size of my thighs, it’s fair game. Now, for people who are health-oriented and perhaps haven’t thought of doing things out of desperation to lose a few pounds, this might seem like an obvious, common sense philosophy to adapt. But for those of us who have done things like skipped meals, paid for strange supplements, pushed our bodies through sickness and exhaustion, or have made ourselves throw up after eating too much, that simplicity is perfect.
A Brene Brown quote I absolutely love is "Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change." She talks about speaking our shame and being vulnerable as a way to work through shame, and to that end, I bring you this post about some shame I've been feeling as of late.
So, where do our ideas about what’s enough working out or physical activity come from? Instagram? The people we follow on strava? Books? Blogs? Doctors? Magazines? My hunch is that we don’t often stop and ask if we’re doing enough and to think about how we define that. I know personally, I’ve fallen prey to the more is better mentality at all costs, without thinking about things like how efficient I’m being with my time, how I’m prioritizing all the goals in my life--not just the performance-related ones, and how exercise is fitting into an overall healthy--or not so healthy--lifestyle.
I’ve been dabbling in multisport races for less than 10 but more than 5 years--which feels like a while to me, all of a sudden! I realized that over the years, I’ve come up with some routines that make for a less nervous, more enjoyable start to a race--my "things"--which I thought I’d share with you.
So often we talk about “staying motivated” when it comes to working out. Whether you’re a regular exerciser or someone who’s trying to build a new habit of moving your body, there are going to be days when it feels hard as can be to get yourself going. Over the years, I’ve come up with a few strategies to trick myself into doing a workout--even when my motivation is MIA.