Exercise

Why do we associate exercise with weightloss?????? Can’t we exercise for reasons other than weightloss???? Why do we automatically assume that becasue a person is exercising the only reason they are doing it is becasue they have some sort of body problem. Here’s the reason for these questions…..

The other day I ran into someone I hadn’t seen for awhile at the store and the first thing they said to me is, “why do you workout so much you look great. in fact, I think you’re too small.” A little stunned at the interaction, and feeling somewhat defensive it really got me thinking. Why is that we link exercise to weightloss? There are so many benefits to regular exercise other than weightloss such as:

-improved sleep
-stress relief
-boosts immunity
-lowered bloodpressure
-reduced chronic pain
-improved digestion

For me it just plain makes me feel good. I love to get up, get my sweat on, and go about my day. It sets the tone for my day, and gives me that usually bright and cheery attitide that I need to grind through the rest of the days obstacles.

Another reason I choose to work out is I enjoy it. It’s fun and makes me happy. I personally don’t see a point in doing something you dread. What is the purpose in that and why would you stick with it for any length of time? Do something you love that makes you feel good and I promise you will look forward to it and no longer think of it as a punishment that you must endure to lose weight. Exercise so much more than weightloss so treat it that way.

Love you all and have an outstanding week!

SHAUN WEEK

My new favorite love to hate (but mostly love) guy is back with brand new workouts and I want to do them with YOU!!!!! Shaun T will be releasing 7 new workouts starting the week of June 12th. It’s called INSANE FOCUS and is said to be a solid week of Insanity and Focus T25 inspired workouts. So here’s the plan:

I will be running a challenge group starting June 12th where we will be doing the new workouts daily and checking in with each other virtually to check-in, talk (or cry) and share our experiences with one another about the workouts and hold one another accountable for completing them. We will continue this accountability group for a full 30 days where I will expect daily check ins from you to show you are keeping up with your program and supporting others in their 30 day journey as well.

Also I will be raffling off a $25 Amazon gift card to one of the first 10 entrants into the challenge group (please email me or leave your email address below for entry details and requirements).

So what do you say?!?!?! Are you ready for #SHAUNWEEK!?!?!

Emotional Eating Struggles

So I caught myself the other night elbow deep in a container of roasted mix nuts…..and I thought oh dear what am I doing right?!?!? I’m not even  freaking hungry! UGH!!!!

This was just another example of one of the many times I have fallen into my emotional eating habit. I’ve had an issue with emotional eating for as long as I can remember and most of the time I don’t even recognize that I am doing it until my stomach is miserably full. So after becoming grossly aware of my problem, I have been practicing more mindful eating as a part of my healthy life journey. Honestly, it has made me more aware of when and why I am eating AND helped truly enjoy food when I do eat instead of just mindlessly shoveling it into my face.

I have also been really trying to retrain myself to not eat just to eat but to eat when my body actually needs the nourishment; however, there are still times when something happens and all that goes out the window. For example, in this particular case I was reading a story on the news that was making me pretty upset, which is why I found myself elbow deep in a canister of mixed nuts. Once I recognized what was going on, I immediately stopped and thought why am I eating this right now? What benefit is it providing my body? Do I feel actual hunger? And after asking myself those questions I determined I was stressed out because of the news I was reading…… not really a reason to be eating right?!?!

Anyways I know this won’t be an easy road and I will continue to have to catch myself but hopefully with consistency and mindfulness I can turn this bad habit into a distant memory. Have you ever found yourself in a situation of emotional eating? Tell me about it. I’d love to hear your story.

Insanity MAX 30

I FINALLY finished the entire TurboFire program (90 day program plus the additional 60 day advanced program) . It literally took 5 months. Can you believe that? I’m going to be honest and tell you that I don’t recommend doing 5 months straight of the same program. Reason being,  it totally gets boring; however, I’m seriously OCD so I HAD to finish the whole thing and I’m glad I did. Overall, I know my cardiovascular strength has greatly increased and I definitely feel like I am now ready to attack the next program……. which I have chosen to be Insanity MAX 30. I have already finished with the first week as of today and to be real with you, I have been modifying most of it. It probably isn’t helping that I have a head cold right now but that’s another story. Regardless, I know that if I stick with the program, I will get better….sickness or not….

Speaking of being sick and working out….. Do you do it? If so, how do you make that decision? Personally if I have a fever I completely refrain from working out because I feel like that can be unsafe, but if I just have a cold, and as long as I’m feeling at least somewhat human than I usually push myself to do it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on exercise and sickness because I know this can be a controversial topic and I enjoy seeing other points of view. Anyway until next time, happy working out!