Positivity

Loving Yourself is The Beginning of Change

Loving Yourself is The Beginning of Change

Many women face daily insecurities, thinking that they should look, feel and act different than how they really are.

Faced with constant examples in the magazines, social media and standards for the perfect “model,” women begin to think that they need to be thinner, have bigger lips,  lots of muscle mass, or have the in-season handbag.

Where are the positive influencers to tell us that we are good enough the way we are?

I am here to tell you that YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH. Every morning you need to look in the mirror and say, I AM GOOD ENOUGH.

Caring for your health has to start on the inside, and accepting our bodies, and loving our bodies, is the first step to any real change.

You must first love yourself in this exact moment, exactly the way you are, in the place that you are.

Let your motivation for change come from a place of love.

Don’t get caught up in the race of trying to look like the girls in the magazines or on social media. Let’s face it girls: body angle, salt/water manipulation and Photoshop is what you are seeing on the pages. Very rarely you see a model who isn’t touched up in some way.

Instead, look inward at WHY you want to make the changes you desire. To de-stress.  Lower cholesterol. Improve energy levels. Increase your mobility and strength. Maybe it’s just to have an overall healthier lifestyle.

Unfortunately teleportation isn’t a viable option when it comes to meeting our health and fitness goals. It’s a road that takes dedication, consistency and self-education.

So instead of pining for a chiseled six pack right off the bat, let’s start at the foundation for now, and build from a place of love and acceptance.

YOU ARE ENOUGH

Love Your Skin

Love Your Skin

As much as I stress the importance of fueling your body with quality, whole foods, I have also been on a personal mission to apply this mentality throughout all aspects of my life.

Yes, it’s important what we put IN our body. But what about all of the products used daily that we put ON our body?

I have a daily routine of using soaps, body lotions, face makeup, shampoo and perfume. Most of these products are all chemical ridden, and unfortunately tested on animals.

Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs up to 60 percent of what you put on it.

With the average woman putting between 12-20 chemicals on her body due to beauty products, it’s worth it to me and my well-being to dig a little deeper into the ingredients in my beauty products.

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and it’s hard to just throw away your whole collection of lotions and perfumes you have collected and spent money on over the years, but I have made a conscious decision to buy beauty products that are chemical free and NOT tested on animals.

The best thing we can do as consumers is read ingredient lists carefully in order to avoid chemicals that are known to be harmful, even though they continue to be widely used.

There is an app I found called The Think Dirty App, that helps consumers identify potentially toxic chemicals in your favorite beauty products, all by the scan of a barcode, and suggesting similar products that are cleaner.

This can help with making more conscious decisions of what we put on our bodies AND down the drains.

Over the past 3 months I have cleaned out my lotion and makeup drawer and have incorporated new products into my routine.

Kirkland’s Organic Coconut Oil– I buy this in bulk at Costco and it’s organic! Kirkland signature organic Coconut Oil is cold pressed and never chemically treated during production. Beside cooking with it as an olive oil and butter substitute, I use it as body lotion and makeup remover. It is easily absorbed into the skin and has a sweet coconut aroma. I couldn’t believe the first time I used it as makeup remover to take off my mascara, and how well it works.

Taspen’s Organics-  I have three products that I have been using from this family-owned business based out of Colorado. What I love about this company is they are passionate about safe, chemical free, organic products. Each of their products is made with high quality certified organic herbs, oils and pure essential oils. They do not contain GMO’s, gluten, parabens, petroleum, chemicals, preservatives, fragrances, synthetic or artificial ingredients and are not tested on animals.

  1.  Facial Moisturizing Cream- I use this product daily, both in the morning and night. I love that it contains high antioxidant and natural SPF containing oils.  I have the citrus scent, which is really refreshing and soothing. I am really in love with the way this makes my skin feel so hydrated.
  2. Water Resistant Sun Cream- I am a sunscreen junkie, as I’m scared to death of wrinkles. However, with the amount of sunscreen that I use, i know that I needed to find another alternative because sunscreen is FILLED with harmful chemicals. This sun cream has an equivalent to SPF 30 and needs to be reapplied every two hours.
  3. Restore and Revive Remedy Stick-  This is is my go to for scrapes, burns, cuts, dry/irritated skin and even works on my psoriasis. Basically an all natural neosporin!

Taspen’s Web site offers other products such as a facial toner, eye cream, body wash, insect repellant, diaper rash salve and baby powder among many other products.

Support local! Support organic! Support your body!

Letting Excuses Rule

Letting Excuses Rule

“I work too much.”

“I’m exhausted.”

“I swear…I have no time.”

People have really mastered the art of making excuses for themselves. It’s more common than you think to trick your mind and body into premeditated defeat by letting excuses rule over your mind.

Maybe it’s the comfort of being in a routine (or lack thereof ) or the fear of change.
There can be excuses of all sorts, and when your excuses set the pace and take control of your life, you are setting yourself up to fail.

You alone have the power to decide and create what you want out of life. You make time for what you prioritize and make excuses for what you don’t.

Find your motivation
What is important to you? Why are you pursuing a healthier lifestyle? Considering you are reading this blog post, health and fitness is a part of your life, or you have goals to work toward a healthier version of YOU. Everyone has their reasons of what motivates them. It could be to manage stress, to get toned or to feel better all around. Either way, you need to focus on what motivates you and make this a priority. Light the fire, and don’t let your excuses blow it out!

Pencil In Your Priorities
Would you ever think about just not showing up to a meeting at work? You are expected to be there and have made it a priority. When you change your thinking to make health just as important as a work meeting, you will find the time to fit it into your life. Make a commitment and make sure you have it penciled in. By taking a look at what you have planned for the week, both for work and your personal life, you can make sure you don’t skip a beat. Stay proactive. If you know you will be in meetings late followed by a work dinner, make sure you get your workout in before you head into work for the day.

Little Lifestyle Changes Go a Long Way
If you are finding yourself rambling excuses all the time, maybe its time to reflect on your daily habits in order for YOU to begin to rule over your excuses, instead of the other way around. I hear this one all the time: “I worked all day and came home and was too exhausted to workout.” Well, it sounds like you need to make a lifestyle change. It really is THAT simple. Making small lifestyle changes can end up having a large impact on your life. Maybe it’s waking up one hour earlier in order to fit in a morning workout or turning off all electronics by 8:30 so you can start to unwind and try to be in bed earlier. Maybe instead of hitting the snooze button ten times you can get up on the first alarm. Don’t let your work, daily activites or exhaustion get in the way of a good workout. Look at the reasons of why you are failing now, and tweak your habits to make sure you set yourself up for success!

Just DO It!
Don’t think about it— just do it! Make it a goal to work on these small changes for 21 days straight. Get up on that first snooze alarm. Wake up an hour earlier. Reflect on your daily habits and what you can do in order to see the changes and results you want. Commit to 21 days and see how it makes you feel, both physically and emotionally.

Tips:
1. Write down your motivation for a healthier lifestyle
2. Set goal(s) for yourself
3. Look at your week ahead for any roadblocks
4. Write down your workouts and pencil them in like you would a business meeting. Set yourself up with a visual schedule
5. Take a look at your lifestyle habits and make little tweaks to your daily routines in order to break bad habits or create good ones
6. Stay consistent. It’s easy to fall off the bandwagon but even harder to get back on. Don’t miss more than two workout days in a row
7. Commit for 21 days with your “No Excuses” plan