A few years ago, I use to be fixated on what the number on the scale said and at times, I let it rule my life. I was obsessive about wanting to lose weight and would weigh myself constantly; when I got up, after I went to the bathroom, after a run, before bed, etc… I created this notion in my head that I had to be a certain number in order to feel good, pretty, fit, or overall happy. The scale became an unhealthy obsession for me, so a few years ago, I ditched it. I started to realize that I was more than just a number and that I didn’t want the number on the scale to control who I was or how I felt about myself. So I started to workout for me because I wanted to live a healthy life and be my best and strongest self. When I want to see improvements in my body, I don’t need the scale to tell me, I can see it by how my clothes fit, how much faster I can run, or how much more I can lift. Those things let me know that I am making progress. Continue reading You’re More Than a Number
I have been thinking about how often people take things for granted. How we sometimes focus on the negative in our lives and we forget about all the good things. Somehow we’ve learned to believe that we need material items to be happy. So we go to work, hoping to make lots of money so we can buy things we want. We believe that these items will help us feel more fulfilled or make us feel that we matter; proving our worth to the world.
Since I quit my job and taken a pay cut, my husband put me on a budget. At first I thought, “what am I going to do?” Then I realized that I don’t need much. I have so much already and more than what money can buy. I started to think about all of the wonderful things in my life and having done so, I feel more content, more happy, and more sure that I am exactly where I need to be in life.
We don’t need to buy things to make our lives beautiful or joyous. We don’t need more glamorous items in our lives to find happiness and contentment. We can find these wonderful qualities in what’s already in front of us.
At times, I forget this. But in my best moments, I remember and my heart expands with more love for life and everyone around me.
In my mind, these things are perfect and are proof that we don’t need to buy anything to be happy, cool, excited, or content:
- A quiet morning walk with the dogs before sunrise
- A run outdoors with good friends
- A great cup of coffee
- Reading a book curled up on the couch
- A hug
- A yoga practice
- A delicious fruit smoothie
- Holding the door for someone
- A good workout
- Hot soup and good bread
- A song that gets you singing and/or dancing
- Fresh fallen snow
- The sound of the ocean
- Meeting a new friend
- A sunset
- Leaves changing colors
- A fire in the fireplace
- Cuddling with your significant other
- Sunday mornings in bed
- Spending time with friends
- A bite of mango
- Reflecting on life, blogging
- People laughing around you
- Imagining future possibilities
- Helping someone else
- Writing a note, email, or text to someone you care about
- Knowing that you love yourself
“Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.”
I do believe that happiness can be attainable. While it may be unlikely to be happy 100% of the time, I think it is possible to find it in even in the worst situations. Choosing to be happy and to stay positive can make even the most challenging situations, easier to bear. Why spend energy being angry or sad when you can spend it thinking about the good things in your life. Continue reading COME ON GET HAPPY…..
As we move forward into the year 2016, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the year that was, highlighting some of my proudest and fondest moments as well as thank the people who were a part of it all. Continue reading Looking Back at 2015…..
lululemon athletica shares more than just high quality active wear. The brand as a whole embodies a healthy, strong, passionate lifestyle with a love for active living. The company is made up of remarkable individuals who support each other and their customers so they can be inspired to live an active, healthy, and happy life. lululemon offers many types of support to their costumers/clients, including information shared in their stores, information shared through social media, their outreach and partnership with people and local business in their communities, and through their free classes at the stores. I believe that lululemon is a wonderful support system and great resource to the community. I am so grateful to be one of their store ambassadors and a part of the lululemon family!
People are often surprised by the various forms of exercise I do. I guess most yogis and runners don’t do CrossFit or vise versa, yet I like to do all three. For me, each activity helps and supports me in different ways. My workouts provide me with great physical and emotional balance; all feeding into the various aspects of my life and personality. Why do one when you can do all three?
A strong healthy practice, starts with a strong healthy core.
Those of you who know me or have taken one of my classes know that I LOVE planks!! I am sure to incorporate tons of planks into my flows. When coming to class, you can expect planks, side planks, plank holds, and plank push-ups 🙂
The plank is one of the best exercises you can do for your core because it works your transverse abdominals or your “six pack” abdominal muscles. It also helps to engage your back, arms, shoulders, glutes, and hamstrings. Just a few of the reasons why I love planks so much! Continue reading Let’s Plank!