We all have different comfort levels. That’s the beauty of each individuals uniqueness. Different interest, different tolerances, different goals. Most people have a Bucket list- things they would like to accomplish throughout their lives. Bucket lists can sometimes include some pretty exhilarating things. Skydiving, hot air balloon rides, running a marathon. Some of us have concrete plans of accomplishing these things, and others are held back because of fear. Fear is a negative emotion. It keeps us down, it prevents us from breaking out of our shell, it places limits on what we think we can do. It keeps us small and it keeps us trapped.
When it comes to living a balanced lifestyle, nutrition is half the battle. In fact, nutrition is more than half the battle. It’s been said that
I have always been looking for a way to get an effective workout in fast. As much as I enjoy working out and the sweat while doing it, I don’t really have the time, nor do I wanted to spend the time working out for multiple hours. Now more than ever, with being a mom and having all the responsibilities that come along with that while maintaining a house and having a life, truthfully it does not leave a whole lot of time to devote to working out.
A couple of weeks ago I was featured on a blog. This blog covers various issues and topics in our society. She was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to write a post for her readers. It received a lot of positive feedback! And many of her readers wrote about how it inspired them, so she has given me permission to share it back with my readers 🙂 Thank you again to Shamylah for the opportunity to spread the knowledge about what getting fit really means, and how it really is a complete approach.
Featured on Friday July 8th here
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions”
Everyone once and a while when I get my hands on a really good book, I love to share it with as many people as I can. I know I am more likely to pick something up and read it if it has a review from someone that I trust, someone who’s opinion I value versus a stranger. I really enjoy reading self written books that align with where I am at in life. This year I have been reading a lot of books focused around living well, being fit and being healthy. I do this because by aligning my desire to be fit, slim, healthy, and active with the content that I am reading, it helps me to stay on track. I never fail to learn something new, or find something from these books that I then take with me into my everyday life and incorporate them as part of my new normal. The other reason that I read these types of books, which to me is the most important is that you can exercise like crazy and you can eat clean as you have ever eaten before, but there is a lot to be said about you being in tune with your body.
I would be lying if I said that I did not have the goal to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight. This weight had been a great baseline for me as a place to strive to return to. Before I became pregnant, I will be honest in saying that I was worried about having to succumb to the pregnancy weight gain. I had spent the better part of the last 3 years coming a long way on my weight loss journey, losing over 50 pounds and I was nervous to slip back to that place, growing a baby or not.
Vacation is to most people an escape from the responsibilities and the routines of everyday life. It is a chance to wind down, leave behind all the expectations and just focus on you. Unfortunately for most people, and this was me too, that included eating often, eating whatever you want and just accepting that you will worry about the impact of those decisions for your health or your journey when you come back. I challenged myself this time away, to not use it as an excuse to consume anything that I want, things that I normally wouldn’t eat, just because I am on holidays.
My family and I just got back from a one week vacation off the grid up at a cottage in the Muskokas.
The last few years juicing has really become a thing! Crazy expensive juicers, million day long juice diets, and lots of cleanup! But they are just sooo good!
I was kind enough that a dear friend of mine lent me an old juicer that she was not using anymore back when I decided that I wanted to start making juices. People around me were doing 3,5,10,20 day juice cleanses so I was curious what it was all about! First, can I give a shout out to anyone that has the dedication to stick to a multi day juice cleanse. To be clear, this means juice only for that amount of days…not to mention if you are making it yourself, the amount of cleaning and pulp that includes!! Kudos!
So when I got my hands on this juicer I learned a few things: juicing involved way too much post juicing tidy up, of that I wasn’t a big fan. I also learned that you need a large haul of veggies and fruits in order to extract one mason jar full of liquid and it seemed to never turn out as nice looking as anyone else’s (perhaps the crazy expensive juicer has a purpose 🙂 ) . Lesson I learned? Self juicing, although I thoroughly enjoy the juice itself, was not for me.
Cute workout clothes. That’s a thing, right? It certainly is for me!
I have always had a thing for shopping in general and specifically for nice, cute and fun purchases. When I have an exciting event coming up, I like to buy a new outfit. There is something about wearing something new that gives you confidence, you get excited to attend the event because you get to wear that new shirt or dress…it makes you feel good! This love for clothing has most definitely transferred over to my love for activewear.
At the beginning of this year, when I made the decision to buckle down and focus more on getting fit again, I thought to myself, “I should get a new workout outfit!”. I knew this would encourage me to get moving- because I will be excited to wear my new crops. To some, this may sound like a big case of vanity, and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but let’s just reference back to what I mentioned before. When you wear something that is new, it gives you a little bit of bounce in your step, you feel better… so perhaps there is a chance you might work harder? Just stay with me here, it really does make a difference.
Growing up I always thought about the kind of man I wanted to spend my life with. I wanted to spend it with someone who valued me, someone who loved me and someone who was an honest man. There were also things I thought about, like wanting to be with someone who was good looking, someone taller than me, the superficial stuff. I am now realising though, that some of the things I never gave much thought to then, are a large part of the things that create a lot of happiness for me now.
So today, on Fathers Day, I wanted make this post about a big happiness in my life (because this blog of course is about life’s bliss too). Here’s some of the things I never thought about back then, things that I have now, and things I am truly grateful for.
I have a man who is an excellent father to our daughter, and I know without a shadow of a doubt he would do anything for her. He’s not afraid to be goofy and make a complete fool of himself because it makes us laugh and that gives him great joy. I have a man who encourages me to take care of myself and do things that make me happy- like being active, pursuing this blog, and other self care things that keep me sane. He gives me breaks from being a mother when I have no more patience for the demands of a toddler. I also have a man who when things get tough (and I ain’t going to sit here and tell you they don’t) he’s willing to talk it out and communicate. He listens to what’s our relationship needs and he does his best to try and make it better. He does all of these things, because he truly cares about our family, our marriage and our forever.
Being a father is tough, sometimes just as tough as being a mother, and I feel like dad’s don’t get enough credit.