Happy Valentines Day babes! Such a fun day to celebrate the special people in your life and make them feel loved and appreciated. But, what about you? What do you do to celebrate YOU and show yourself some love?
You might be wondering…what’s that got to do with anything? What’s the big deal about self care and self love? If you’re lacking motivation, inspiration and struggling to live a healthy lifestyle, showing yourself a little more love might be just what you need!
Self care is about truly taking care of yourself, doing what feels true to you and operating from a place love. When you approach fitness, nutrition and healthy living from a place of love instead of a place of self loathing, deprivation, shaming and fear, it becomes more natural, more enjoyable and feels nourishing, energizing and empowering!
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to look at how the choices you’re making and the way you treat/talk to yourself is positively or negatively impacting your lifestyle. Do you tell yourself you HAVE to go to the gym and workout because you’re fat, out of shape or don’t have a body like the fitness girls you follow on Instagram? Do you tell yourself you can’t eat “this” or have “that” because you are afraid of gaining weight? Do you stay in toxic, draining, shallow relationships because you’re scared of being alone?
If you are in a loving relationship with someone you wouldn’t say those things to them, treat them that way or encourage them to continue with the behaviors and relationships that are bringing them down. When you are in a loving relationship with yourself, you don’t hold space for or give your time, energy or thoughts to those things either. You don’t shame, compare or put yourself down when it comes to fitness and exercise. You move your body in a way that feels good and stay fit because it gives you energy! You don’t restrict, deprive or eat from a place of fear. You nourish your body with healthy, fresh, nutrient rich foods because they taste delicious and make you feel amazing! You don’t surround yourself with people who dump their negative energy on you and suck the positive out of your day. You spend your time with people who lift you up and make your heart happy! Show yourself some love babes! Everything you do for those you love; kind words of encouragement and support, forgiveness for mistakes, acceptance and appreciation for imperfections, pointing out, sharing and doing the things you know are unique and special to them. Self love is about doing these things FOR YOU!
Once you start treating yourself this way, your healthy lifestyle just falls into place! You will be amazed at how motivated and even excited you are to challenge your body, try new workouts and take your fitness to places you never imagined! All of sudden, those leafy greens and nutrient rich foods could not look more enticing or delicious and once you feel the difference…Healthy. Nutrition. Done. Follow your heart, be true to yourself and allow your bright, positive light to attract people who vibrate at the same high frequency to come into your life and build nurturing, supportive relationships!
Enough with negative self talk, playing small, ignoring needs, demeaning, disrespectful and destructive behavior. It’s time to learn what LOVE truly means and to not only show it to those around you, but to operate from a loving place and show it to YOU. You are meant to SHINE babes, share your love and big, beautiful, light in everything you do! xo
The Universe Has Your Back…Body by Emilee Book Night tonight!!! So excited for this! Gabby Bernstein is absolutely incredible…her books truly give you an opportunity to learn so much about yourself, your relationships, your habits and happiness. With her new book hitting #1 on the NY Times Bestsellers list, we decided to read it as a group. What a fabulous way to get an amazing group of girls together and share an evening outside the gym. She has been so positive and influential on BbE…we could not be more excited to share her with our clients and YOU! Her book is available on Amazon and her website, link above. If you are wanting to make some positive changes in your life, this is an absolute must read. Transform fear into faith and transform into a healthier, happier you! Can’t wait babes!!! See you tonight! xo
Walked out of the house this morning and forgot your lunch? Ducked out of the gym early because you couldn’t stay focused during your workout? In the middle of a conversation with your bestie when you realize you have no idea what she is talking about? Not being present has a huge impact not only on your fitness and nutrition, but also on your relationships, your job, and your well being.
It happens. It is easy to get distracted, lose focus or just go through your day on autopilot. Mindlessly eating whatever is convenient, easy and readily available, hopping on an elliptical machine and just going through the motions, zoning out during work meetings and conversations with family, coworkers and friends…not being present for anything or anyone, including yourself.
What if you decided to get dialed in and worked on being more present? Would it change what and how you ate, the way you worked out, your personal interactions and how focused, confident and happy you are? Think about what a difference being present and living in the moment would make. The positive impact it would have on everything in your life.
First, let’s talk about what “being present” means. Being present is simply being engaged physically, emotionally, and mentally in what is going on and what you are doing in this moment. Focusing on what you are doing, what or who is in front of you, right here, right now. What does a day of living present look like? How would it affect your nutrition, fitness, relationships, job, sense of contentment and happiness?
Imagine waking up and noticing how beautiful the sunlight coming in through the window is, how amazing a hug and kiss from your partner feels. Making a healthy, nutrient rich breakfast and savoring every bite. Conscientiously packing your bag for work, focusing to make sure you have everything you need, including your lunch, healthy snacks and gym clothes. Getting in your car and rather than texting or trying to read emails, paying attention to traffic and where you need to go. Sitting down in your office and organizing your day. Taking on one task at a time, giving it your complete concentration. Heading to the gym for an amazing workout. Paying attention to how hard you are working, what muscles you are using and how great it feels to be active. Stopping to chat with a friend on your way out, but rather than thinking about what you have to do when you get home, you listen to what she is saying, maybe she makes you laugh or you pick up on the cues that something is wrong. Either way you are engaged with her and what is going on. Afterwards, rather than mindlessly grabbing takeout or something on the go, heading home to make a healthy dinner filled with fresh veggies and lean protein. Noticing how delicious it tastes and how good eating healthy makes you feel. During dinner you are involved in the conversation, sharing, listening and truly hearing what everyone else has to say. What an amazing day…right? Nothing out of the ordinary happened, but you were able to connect to your life and fully enjoy and experience every moment!
Give it a try this week! Remove distractions, practice being mindful and present and see what happens! See how much better healthy food tastes, how easy it is to eat less of it and feel satisfied and how much your cravings for unhealthy foods decrease. See how much easier working out becomes, how much harder you’re able to push and how much better you feel afterwards. See how much more efficient, focused and effective you are at work. And finally, see how much less anxious and stressed you feel, how energized and clear headed you are. Watch how much your sleep and mood improve, how your sense of connection, compassion and contentment increase. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes. Truly, truly babes…being present is everything…xo
Not sure how to get started? Check out the links below for tips on how to be more present and start living more mindfully today!