Exercise at any weight is healthy, and health is attainable at any weight.
It's almost Summer... and if you are anything like me, you might have pulled out those summer clothes and they don't quite fit as well as you would like them too! For me it's my cut-offs. They are a too tight and give me serious muffin top. Instead of judging myself about this, I have decided to love my bodies own processes and to be proactive instead of reactive. (There is some Boulder phrasing for you.)
A proactive statement/question on this topic: I love myself, just as I am today, just as I will love myself tomorrow, and the next day. What can I start with today, that will lead me to my weight loss goal? My Answer is... I can drink beer once a week, instead of 5 times a week. (I love beer by the way. I shamelessly love craft beers. I usually drink 1-2 a couple times a week. This is liquid bread, filled with carbohydrates, and adds hundreds of calories to my daily caloric intake.)
A reactive statement/question on this topic: Aryl, you are a chubby little piggy, and look at how gross you have let your body get! Why don't you wake up in the morning and go to the gym like all the other women in this town? My Answer is... Wow, Ego, you are a little harsh today. I love my sleep in the am, and if anything, I like to ride my bike or go for a little jog in the morning. Does sex count as A.M. exercise? Thanks for highlighting an opportunity for growth in my morning routine. Oh wait, I don't even have a morning routine other than, water, coffee, make the bed, Remi off to school, and tidy up the kitchen before leaving. Nothing relaxing about this checklist of duties.
#TEA Tea is a great way to increase your water intake, and use herbs to elevate your mood.
Find your trail. Life is dynamic, and so is our environment. Pick a local route that is easy to get to, and will take you between 30-60 minutes to complete. I live in Boulder, CO, so these types of trails are abundant. If you are not sure about what is around you, check out.. TrailRunProject.com (link below) or your local county park trail maps. Walking in your neighborhood works too. The point is to get outside. First things first, start with once a week, if you go more, great! I like to notice the clouds and local trees. The same trail can change overnight with temperature, so that is always fun.
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This weeks Mantra
"What would you attempt to do, if you knew you could not fail?"
"Yesterday, you said Tomorrow."
Find your daily mantra... The word mantra itself is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. I find it incredibly helpful for each day to have a phrase I come back to.
I read Mark Nepo's, "The Book of Awakening" daily, and also follow the I Ching. Carol Anthony, "A Guide to the I Ching" is another place I seek out inspiration. Where do you find inspiration? The Daily Word? The Morning Show? There is not right answer, only yours.
Nature is the ultimate source of inspiration for me, but a little nudge in different directions is always helpful.
"Decide what it is you want, Write that shit down, Make a F*cking list, and work on it every single day." I love this phrase. Creating a journal, is some of the best advice for perpetuating change. Why? Well for starters, it forces you to begin with a perspective. I write down my feelings about situations, add photos of things I love, and write down my dreams. It is like writing a list for Santa year round. I do believe our thoughts and dreams become us. Letting the universe know via, getting things out of your head cannot be bad either. If you get stuck, watch Bridget Jones Diary, she does it well. For a digital version, my top 5 are: penzu.com, fitday.com, livejournal.com, google.sites.com, and diary.com. Below is a link to one of my travel blogs/journals.