It seems like the older I get, the more I feel I don't know. As most of you are aware, I've battled knee injuries since May. A self-proclaimed fitness influencer, I've questioned my expertise during recovery. It's been 7 months since I've been able to run, squat, lunge, or jump. If you haven't noticed, these exercises made up the bulk of my workouts. The physical pain has been limited, but the emotional turmoil has been strong. I know this issue is insignificant compared to what so many people are suffering through. But I've felt a loss of identity and a rush of anxiety because of it. I've been "that fit girl" for so long that I feel like I'm not
If you’re a busy #bossbabe (which I believe you are!), then you know how conquering the world can be overwhelming. From deadlines, mommy duties, fitness goals, to relationships, we can have a lot on our plate. If you’ve read this blog before, you know I refer to a phrase my dad taught me in high school, “Stress is optional.” Trust me when I say sometimes this is SO much easier to say than done. There are moments (admittedly frequent moments), where I feel totally in over my head. Don’t believe me? Ask my blessedly patient boyfriend and family (thanks mom and dad for always answering my calls lol)! There are a number of ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
Self-love isn’t easy. It includes accepting the parts about yourself that make you uncomfortable. It’s understanding that striving for better doesn’t mean you’re not already good enough. Self-love doesn’t happen because of career advancements, romance, affirmation of others, or achieving “body goals.” It’s a choice you have to make everyday. Some days this choice is easier than others. But even on the days where you feel like a total #bossbabe ready to conquer the world, if you don’t have a strong sense of self, it makes it harder to deal with the inevitable difficulties of life that arise. Learning self-love and creating a solid self-identity may not come naturally to you now. But, with these 6 simple changes in mindset
Ugh, I hate that word... "dieting." It literally has the word "die" in it! By no means do you need to "die-t" to lose weight. And, sorry to spill the beans, most of those d-word strategies end in the exact opposite - either stalling progress all together or setting you up for weight gain rebound. There are a couple other (more helpful) reasons I don't like the idea of a "diet." It assumes that the changes you're making will be temporary. It usually sets you up on a meal plan that SHOULD only be temporary. It asks you to includes absurd amounts of cardio or exercise in general. It sometimes includes some sort of "meal replacement," supplement, or magic pill.
There's no shortage of glitzy, colorful, meticulous meal prep photos across Pinterest and Instagram. They're beautiful, but they can also be misleading and disheartening. It takes time and a whole lot of money to create that much variety. And, this sort of prep isn't always doable for anyone with a busy schedule and tight budget. Money and time are the two biggest excuses I've heard when it comes to not creating healthier habits. And they may sound perfectly legitimate in your head when you haven't been exposed to other options. Cue my dramatic entrance. I'm not letting you get away with those excuses anymore, sista! I will show you quicker and more affordable ways to prep meals for the week