Hello Healthy Eating - Because eating healthy makes you happy!
Hello there! My name is Cailee. I live a happy, busy life and I'm a 'little bit' obsessed with health and nutrition. I'm gluten, dairy, and soy intolerant, but I still seek to eat a balanced diet... everyday.
It all began in middle school. Things were fine. I was a happy kid, great friends, loving family, positive attitude… but for some reason, I wanted to be skinny. I wasn’t fat at all. I was pretty normal, but I wasn’t skinny. So I started skipping meals and restricting my calories, and checking out my growing shape in the mirror. But then I’d come home from school RAVENOUS and I would start inhaling all the foods I was trying to avoid…. granola bars, chocolates, cereal… anything I could get my hands on. And then I’d feel guilty, of course, and I ‘d promise myself I wouldn’t do it again. This unhealthy cycle continued until I was a sophomore in High School. The yo-yo dieting led me to gain weight. I was unhappy with how I looked and how I felt and most importantly I began to hate my relationship with food. At that point in my life I can’t even remember a day where I ate “normally”. I was either starving or stuffing myself.
The summer after 10th grade I decided it was time for a change. I was not getting healthy and I was certainly not getting happy. I realized that thinking of my weight as the “problem” was only going to cycle me deeper and deeper into disordered eating. I had to see the problem for what it really was- not my weight, not the food- the problem was my relationship with food.
At that point I moralized food. I labeled foods as “good” or “bad”. I thought I was having a good day if I barely ate… but once I did eat something( other than string cheese and bland crackers) I couldn’t seem to stop! To say I had the “All or Nothing” mindset is an understatement. I remember getting on my knees and crying- asking God why I had to struggle so deeply with food. Food is something we’re all faced with everyday and when you’re obsessed with it (or with not eating it) it can be hard to focus on anything else in life.
That summer HONESTLY changed my life. I left Rhode Island to work at a summer camp upstate New York with one goal- to quit dieting. I was 15 years old. I didn’t know what I was doing. No one in my family struggled with food the way I did. And none one of my friends seemed to either. I felt SO isolated.
One thing I did know- I was SO done with the voices in my head and the obsession I had with food. I just wanted to enjoy each day and I wanted to feel GOOD!
Here are 5 things I did that summer that helped me lose 10lbs and (FAR more importantly) change my relationship with food FOREVER:
Quit dieting. Wayyyy easier said than done, but each morning I would tell myself, I’m done with dieting. I made a promise to myself that summer, that I would NEVER diet again. I was out. Adios! Goodbye. I stopped doing anything that made me feel restricted. I was in search of food freedom. I figured if I could learn to stop starving myself I could also learn to stop stuffing myself. Turns out I was right.
Eat 3 meals a day. God really blessed me with that summer job. I was on staff with about 300 other people and we all ate together at the dining hall 3 times a day. I made some sweet friends and learned the importance of meal time. I was working HARD and meals were a time to relax, refuel and unwind with my friends. We’d go through a buffet line and fill our plates. While it wasn’t the healthiest food (it was camp foodafter all), it was fairly balanced. I created a little rule for myself- “No seconds.” I could have whatever I wanted, but it would have to fit on my plate. I slowly learned to eat enough, but not too much.
Eat whatever you want (in moderation). I LOVE desserts. And part of quitting dieting meant that I would no longer deprive myself of them. At the dining hall we only got dessert a couple days per week, so I could either have something there (like a small piece of cheesecake, brownie, or cookie) or I could “save” my dessert and go to the local ice cream shack. Many evenings my friends and I would walk into town (about a mile away) and get an ice cream there!
Forgive yourself. I remember the first few weeks after I quit dieting, I was doing so well. There may have been a couple days that I ate a little too much, but for the most part I felt like a different person. Then one night I somehow bought myself a big bag of Swedish fish at the penny candy counter. I ate way too many. I felt SO sick. I was incredibly disappointed that I binged… but instead of waking up the next day and restricting myself (like I used to do) I reminded myself that I had made a promise. I had quit dieting. So I got out of bed, threw on a sweat shirt and a smile, and I ate a balanced breakfast. I got on with my life. I didn’t let one mistake ruin all the progress I had already made. It happened again… and again… but these little mistakes seemed to happen less and less often.
Really LIVE your life. I learned a LOT that summer. I learned HOW to eat. I overcame over/under eating, but most importantly I found food freedom. I learned how to quiet those voices in my head- the ones that were obsessed with food and dieting and weight… I learned that life is SO much more than that. I made friendships. I laughed (a lot). I spent a lot of time with Mitch (my then close friend, my now boyfriend!!). I made so many memories. I learned that Skittles taste better when you eat them with your friends, and popcorn is more fun when your tossing it into each other’s mouths. Ice cream is sweeter when it’s dripping down your arm on a hot summer’s night and you’re not worrying about it. And pizza is better when you eat it on the beach with people you care about (although it can get a little sandy!). The point is, LIFE includesfood, but life is not food. And really learning that has changed my life.
There you have it! The top 5 things that DRAMATICALLY changed my relationship with food. That summer set the foundation for how I eat today. Seven years later and I still believe those principles are KEY to getting (and staying!) healthy & HAPPY!!
Cheers to Charleston! Cheers to 6 months in my NEW city! It’s hard to believe it, but this Thursday marks my 6 month anniversary of moving to a completely new place 1,000 miles from home. A place where I knew absolutely no one and had never even been to before… Yeah, I know, a little crazy.
I moved all by myself to intern at a company I met through Instagram. That internship turned into a job and… here I am! Looking back I’m kind of shocked that I was able to make such a HUGE transition. I’m the ‘baby of the family’ (a very close family) and I’m not usually a big risk-taker. I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but for some reason I decided to ‘buckle up’ and begin my adventure. I’m typically a slowww change kinda person. I’m a creature of habit who likes consistency and familiarity. I’m a homebody… so it’s kind of surprising that I decided to move from sweet little Rhode Island all the way to Charleston, SC.
SO much has happened in the past 6 months. These months have been some of the hardest, loneliest months of my life… but they have also been some of the very best. I wouldn’t change anything. Moving out was HARD, but looking back I couldn’t be more thankful that I took that leap of faith. Moving to a new city by yourself has a way of defining you, growing you, and showing you who you really are. Here are the top 5 things I’ve learned since the move:
My relationship with God is everything. I credit God 100% for giving me strength these past few months. In the midst of all the changes, He has been my rock and my peace. Through paying bills, car maintenance and repairs, buying all my own groceries, dealing with health issues, and arriving home to NO ONE night after night… it hasn’t been easy. But in the the midst of challenging times, GOOD things have happened. And if it wasn’t for God’s peace and stability I’d be too anxious to enjoy them. He has absolutely carried me through this move and given me the strength to thrive.
True love was there all along. Since I moved to Charleston last August, I fell in love with my best friend of 10 years. We have a CRAZY love story and one day I’ll write a blog post all about it, but essentially my friend Mitch and I are now dating. He’s had feelings for me for many years but I always felt that we were ‘just friends’. We always prioritized our friendship over everything, but I didn’t think it was more than that. We always loved to talk. When I moved here we talked on the phone almost every night until one of us fell asleep. One day I called him up and told him I was having a rough week. Two days later he drove 17 hours to see me. He took me out to cheer me up, bought me groceries, explored my new city with me, cleaned my apartment, and made me laugh. I suddenly realized that he was the truest form of love I’d ever known. Distance has a way of making the heart grow SO much fonder. I know it’s said a lot, but MY best friend is now my boyfriend- for real.
Life will never be perfect, and that’s okay. The biggest 2 blessings so far have been my strengthened relationship with God and my serious relationship with Mitch. That being said, now I’m in a long distance relationship, which is HARD. I’ve also been going through a flare up of my autoimmune disease which has left me feeling incredibly fatigued. Instagram can sometimes make it look like life is perfect, but it never is. I’ve experienced set backs and blessings, but I’ve learned that positivity and gratitude are EVERYTHING. Happiness and thankfulness are always a choice. I count my blessings everyday.
Adulting is HARD. Being away from my home, my friends and my family is hard enough. Tack on learning how to “adult”… Ugh, it’s been a process!! I’ve learned to meal prep (healthy meals), stay organized (I’m naturally a mess), and clean (I feel like I’m always cleaning- probably because I’m always messing, lol). But yeah, I’m actually living on my own and learning to be an adult.
It gets easier. These past 6 months have been an emotional roller-coaster! I’ve had highs and lows, good times and some not so good times. I’ve been homesick and yet I’m starting to love my new home. I’ve had sleepless nights where I toss and turn, but I’ve also made wonderful memories. I’ve missed my old friends like crazy… but I’ve made some great new ones, too. (Funventures can happen anywhere). Moving is HARD. But I’m incredibly grateful I did it and I wouldn’t change anything!! Here I am, 6 months later and I feel SO much more at ease. I’ve found a rhythm here and I’m really starting to love this place!
So, there you have it! A LONG post to make up for all the months I’ve neglected this little blog. Thanks for reading. Have YOU ever moved away… all by yourself? What was your experience like?!
Imagine this- you eat healthy (like really healthy) as in: oats for breakfast, salads twice a day, balanced portions, nourishing fresh foods, no junk food, and very little processed foods… and on top of all that NO gluten, dairy, or soy. But for some reason, you STILL have tummy aches.
That was me just a couple years ago. And hear me when I say ‘tummy aches’. I’m not referring to a slightly upset tum now and then. I’m talking severe bloating that made me look 6 months pregnant… literally. It was bad (I have pictures). My tummy would get THAT bloated after a simple salad from Whole Foods. To say I have a sensitive stomach is an understatement.
After cutting out more and more foods (on top of my already restricted diet) I decided to try a completely different approach. Cue probiotics. I had heard about them and assumed they were for old people or people who didn’t eat right. But I was desperate. I started taking them and I continued for about 4 months. It wasn’t that long before I realized that my life had changed! I couldn’t believe how adding something to my diet could make such a difference! The bloating decreased, I no longer looked pregnant, and my digestion was more ‘regular‘ (if ya catch my drift).
I’ve teamed up with Silver Fern Brand to share the amazing benefits of their quality probiotics. There are a LOT of probiotics out there, so how do you know which company to choose? My recommendation? Silver Fern! They stand out from the crowd for many different reasons. Their Ultimate Probiotic is supported by science, high quality, and is definitely shown to improve gut health. Their probiotics actually create permeant gut health changes by promoting gut repair/ modulation. The probiotic strains found in their Ultimate Probiotic actually promote nutrient growth within the digestive tract. A lot of power packed in a little pill.
Silver Fern’s Ultimate Probiotic helps indiviuals with food intolerances (they’re gluten free), they help to promote healthy digestion (which is crucial for all over health/wellness), and they help to reduce inflamation within the body, and they support the body’s production of good bacteria. As someone with multiple autoimmune diseases, I’m always looking for ways to reduce inflammation!
I’m here to testify to the amazing properties of probiotics. They’re a real game-changer if you have a sensitive tummy and you don’t want to be even more restricted with your diet. I highly recommend checking out Silver Fern Brand! Cheers to a happy and healthy gut!
Come on, get HAPPY! We all want happiness, right? Of course. But how do we get it? Where do we find it? Sure, there are plenty of self-help books out there with lots of suggestions (true confession- I love self-help books) but I have my own ideas about how to be truly happy in this life. I believe that happiness is more about giving than getting. It’s more about appreciating than expecting. Below are my top 5 tips to being happy!!
Be thankful. Yes, we’ve all heard it, “count your blessings”… old news, right? Ehhh, not so fast! This may be a simple, old fashioned tip, but trust me– it’s a game changer. So much of life is determined by the thoughts in our heads and the way we choose to look at our own circumstances. An attitude of gratitude really DOES change things. Being thankful helps us focus on the good in life. And that means we focus less on the bad.
EXPRESS gratitude. It’s one thing to feel thankful, but it’s another thing to express it. There’s power in words. So, next time your best friend goes out of his way to do something kind for you, or someone lets you merge on the highway, or your co-worker holds the door open, or you’re simply in a good mood– express that gratitude! Write a ‘thank you note’. Text some kind words. Tell your friend (or your mom) how much you appreciate her, and thank God for how He’s blessed you!
Pour out love. If I had to give just one helpful tip to anyone ever, it’d be this one- pour out love. I’m all about self-love and taking care of yourself, but if you really want to feel love, give it away! Freely, frequently, unconditionally, to everyone you meet, to everyone you know… give love and I promise you’ll receive it. Invest in friendships, show kindness, share your snacks, call your parents, be a blessing. Love is a crazy thing- the more you give, the more you get.
Live in community. Life isn’t meant to be lived alone!! Last week at church we talked about the importance of ‘living in community’. That means sharing meals and special occasions, laughing and crying together, and having people you can count on. Sometimes when I get busy and stressed I isolate myself because I’m tired and worn out. But that’s not the answer! This past weekend, my bestie from RI came to visit me and it was SO much fun! I love connecting with people. Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert, relationships are an essential part of a happy life!!
Be present. Life.is.short. It really is! Last year I realized life was slowly passing by and I wasn’t really paying attention to it. So, for my New Year’s resolution I decided to really be “present”, to appreciate each day and each moment… even the hard ones, the sad ones, the really draining ones. I let myself feel them all. (Yeah, I’m quite emotional.) I find it incredibly freeing to really feel things, even when they’re hard. And then I remind myself of God’s truth (my rock). I thank Him, that despite my ups & downs, He never changes. I find rest in His word, peace in my prayers, and joy from His spirit within me. Now that’s true happiness!
Moving has a way of teaching us about ourselves… about our dreams, our visions, our strengths, our weaknesses. It’s hard to believe that I’ve lived in Charleston for less than 2 months! Moving to a new city, 17 hours from home, all by myself has reminded me just how important self-care is. Cue holistic health. I’m incredibly passionate about all things health and wellness, but I believe we are FAR more than just what we eat or how often we exercise. Below are some of my keys to an overall healthy life as well as my recent experiences with them.
FAITH: Adjusting to a new place, busy work schedule, and honestly just transitioning into “adulthood” can be STRESSFUL. It’s a growing process. The move has realigned my heart and strengthened my relationship with Jesus. I find my daily peace in Him and strength from His word. Below are some of the verses that I’ve been finding comfort in!
Psalm 16:8– I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
James 4:8a– Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Psalm 34:4-5– I sought the LORD , and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
Psalm 34:8– Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
SOCIAL: Sometimes I can be SO hard on myself. I always feel like there’s not enough hours in the day! I’m still figuring out that balance of doing things & taking time to relax. As an extrovert I get my energy from others so I’m trying to get involved in small groups and make sure to prioritize time with friends and make new friends!
BUDGET: Healthy spending has become SO important to me. Now that I have much bigger bills & expenses than ever before I’ve changed up my spending habits. I’ve never really spent much on “things” (I try to be minimalistic), but I’ve always spent a lot on healthy groceries. Since moving I’ve started to do all my bulk shopping at ALDI’s (which is FAR cheaper than Whole Foods), and instead I save Whole Foods shopping for treats (like dark chocolate)!
FOOD: While holistic health isn’t ALL about food, food is a big part of it! Since I’ve moved I’ve started cooking SO much more. I do lots of meal prep to get ready for long work days and make sure that I’m fueling myself even when I’m super busy. Lately I’ve been OBSESSED with green smoothies… I’ve had 6 in the past 4 days!! I recently opened my Vitamix and my life is forever changed! Below is my go-to smoothie recipe. It’s rather light/ low in calories because I prefer to have it with food (anyone else just love to chew??) Hope you enjoy!
Easiest recipe EVER!! Simply blend 1/4 frozen banana, 1/3 cup frozen mango, 3 strawberries, a 1/2 scoop of collagen, 1 tablespoon super green powder (or a large handful of spinach) & ice/ water as desired (I use A LOT of ice because I like it light).
So there you have it! Those are the ways I’ve been adjusting to my new home (and new life)! How do you stay nourished when life gets busy??
Hello healthy… SALMON! Honestly, I’ve never met a salmon I didn’t love. I feel like salmon is so satisfying and delicious, and I actually feel like I’m doing my body a favor when I’m eating it. Did you know salmon is a superfood? Yep, not only does salmon taste fantastic, it’s also incredibly nourishing. I have an auto immune disease- Psoriasis (no fun, I know) and my dermatologist recommended increasing my consumption of fish, as well as supplementing with fish oil. Oh, not a problem!
My fave way to eat salmon? Well-seasoned and on top of a crisp plate of fresh greens, with some avocado for extra healthy fats, and with some summery fresh fruit on the side. I also love smoked salmon. *Real life– I’m writing this blog right before dinner and I think I may need to stop by Whole Foods to get me some… Okay, back to the benefits of incorporating more salmon into your diet.
The reasons my doctor recommended eating more of it is because salmon is a low-inflamatory food, it’s high in Omega 3 fatty acids, and it promotes immune health (essential if you have an autoimmune disease). It’s high in vitamin D, vitamins B12 & B6, potassium, selenium, and phosphorus. Salmon is also naturally high in protein which promotes satiation after meals and aids in weight maintenance.
Honestly, salmon is perfect any time of day- on a (gluten free) bagel for breakfast, in an omelet for brunch, on top of a salad at lunch, or paired with some roasted veggies and a baked sweet potato at dinner! So versatile, so nourishing and SO delicious!
How about you? Do you love salmon as much as I do? What’s your favorite way to enjoy it?
I have always LOVED bread… LOVED it, ever since I was a little girl. My mom is Norwegian and my dad is Portuguese, so growing up we celebrated frequently and happily. I remember all of our family functions always involved BREAD. Rye bread, cinnamon bread, sweet bread, corn bread, and crusty bread. I’m pretty sure 50% of my diet was bread (I’m not even kidding). Fast forward to high school when I found out I was gluten intolerant… MAJOR let down. Sadly, bread had failed me.
When I first went gluten free, I traded in my soft, delicious, satisfying bread for dry, crunchy gfree crackers. I knew right away that I did NOT like the consistency of gluten free breads. The ones I tried tasted like saw dust. Saw dust?!? Who likes saw dust?
Then one day my mom came home with a loaf of Canyon Bakehouse bread. One of her gluten-free teacher friends recommended it, so she picked up a loaf for me. I.was.shocked. I kid you not, my sad little diet was changed forever! I felt like I was eating REAL bread again! The soft, chewy texture made me forget that I was gluten free! I had my first slice of Canyon Bakehouse bread about 4 years ago and their breads have been a staple in my kitchen ever since. So when Canyon Bakehouse asked me to be a part of their ‘Sammie Smackdown’, I was on it like butter on bread!
Not only is Canyon Bakehouse delicious, they’re also a give-back company (which you guys know I love)! The Sammie Smackdown is a competition they’ve created where they feature different bloggers and their favorite recipes. They let people vote on their favorite and whoever wins, gets $10,000 donated to the charity of their choice!! Wow!
The charity I choose is Samaritan’s Purse which is based on the story of the ‘Good Samaritan’ in Luke 10:30-37. The charity is founded on the principle that God wants us to help those in need, whoever and wherever they are. At Samaritan’s Purse, teams of caring individuals head out to any area of the world that has a crisis. They help with all sorts of problems in the name of Jesus Christ. I chose this charity because I’m a Christian and my faith is very important to me.
The Samaritan’s Purse Mission Statement is: “Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
You can vote on the sammies HERE. (Vote once a day!) Mine is called “Pardon my French Sammie.” Bon Appetit!
Top bread with mashed avocado, eggs, ham, sliced tomato, arugula, and mustard
Incredibly delicious bread, helping those in need, AND a little friendly competition… what’s not to love?! If you haven’t tried Canyon Bakehouse yet, I highly recommend you do! They’re gluten, dairy, and soy free (just like me!) making their products PERFECT for those with food allergies and intolerances. Honestly, their bread is SO delicious, even ‘gluten lovers’ crave it! Happily, my love affair with bread lives on!
When I was little, I preferred scrambled eggs- oozing with melted American cheese and served with a Thomas’ English muffin with butter and apricot jelly. But as I got older and more sophisticated, I started to really enjoy fried eggs. I love the crispy little edges and the big ball of sunshine oozing out across my plate. Being gluten, dairy and soy free (all 3 of which are proteins), I find that my body often craves a concentrated source of protein. My top 3 favorites are salmon, eggs and chicken… in that order. Salmon takes the cake because honestly, is there anything more satisfying than a nice, thick piece of well-seasoned grilled salmon on top of a bed of crisp, chilled greens? If you’re not a ‘fish-fan’ you’d probably disagree, but if you love salmon like I do, you know what I’m saying!
The ONLY downside of salmon? The price. That’s where eggs come in. Wow- eggs are CHEAP. A small piece of smoked salmon costs $5 (on sale). Guess how many eggs I got for less than that ($4.50 at BJs)?? 60. SIXTY. That’s a lot of eggs and I just love a bargain! I start almost every morning with either a fried egg, or “fluffy” scrambled eggs (1 egg + 2 whites + a splash of almond milk). Cheap, filling, satisfying, and delicious… eggs are pretty humble, but they’re also pretty great! I know, I know… eggs CAN be kind of controversial (due to their naturally occurring cholesterol) but here’s the scoop and some reasons why I LOVE eggs.
According to the Mayo Clinic, while eggs DO have cholesterol, it doesn’t really impact your blood cholesterol levels. If you are healthy you can eat 7 eggs or so per week, but people with diabetes should limit their consumption. That being said, egg WHITES do not have cholesterol and they’re loaded with protein. So if you choose to avoid the yokes, you can always make yourself a veggie egg white omelet with some avocado slices for added healthy fats!
Eggs are incredibly high in nutrients. Just one little egg packs 6 grams of protein, and a fair share of B12, B2, Selenium, and Phosphorus. In fact, an egg has at least small amounts of almost ALL of the essential nutrients. Back to the cholesterol issue–eggs are high in HDL cholesterol, which is actually considered to be “good” cholesterol. Another fact I learned in my research- not all eggs are created equal. Their quality depends on the quality of the diet of the chickens who laid them.
Eggs even promote weight loss because they are so seriously filling. My friends and I once debated this question, “How many eggs could you realistically eat?” I’d say 2 comfortably, 3 max. Because eggs are so high in protein, nutrients, and fat, they’re naturally filling and satisfying. This is why I can eat breakfast at 7am and not need to stop for lunch until after 12 (including an hour long workout in the AM). Eggs are a powerhouse of nutrients and a tasty and essential part of my diet!
I love them scrambled with a splash of almond milk for breakfast. I like to mix 1 egg with 2 egg whites and a tablespoon of almond milk to make “fluffy eggs.” Or I’ll fry 2 up with a dash of salt and pepper as a topping to my salad at lunch. Hard boiled eggs also make for the perfect on-the-go, protein packed snack! Or I’ll enjoy a veggie loaded omelet for dinner. So versatile!
How about you? Do you love eggs as much as I do? What’s your favorite way to enjoy them?
Happy Friday! What better way to start the weekend than with some inspirational quotes? Quotes are awesome. Quotes are fun. I can get lost in quotes. Some quotes inspire me to work harder when I need a little extra motivation, but some remind me to just sloooww down and relax when my head is spinning with ideas. Quotes are great because they evoke strong emotion with just a few words. I like to write down my favorite quotes and refer to them now and then. In fact, I was just doing that. Recording them in my inspiration journal. Would you care to read a few of my current favorites?
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” -Jack Canfield
“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful- that will be my life.” -Elsie de Wolfe
“Grow through what you go through.”
“She turned her cant’s into cans and her dreams into plans”
“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but actually you’ve been planted.”
“The 3 C’s in life: Choice, Chance, Change. You must make the CHOICE, to take the CHANCE, if you want anything to CHANGE.”
“You get what you work for, not what you wish for.”
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” -Colossians 3:15
“Being positive in a negative situation is not naive, it’s leadership.”
“One day? or day one. you decide.”
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward,you’re always in the same place.” -Nora Roberts
“Let all that you do be done in love.” -1 Corinthians 16:14
There you have it! Are you inspired yet? I hope so. What’s one of YOUR favorite inspirational quotes?
HELLO, JULY! Where has the time gone?? Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like June FLEW by? I realize it’s summer, but I’m taking an 8 week summer class (bummer) but there are only 2 weeks left! (Yay!) That, plus it’s 4th of July weekend. You all know how I love a fresh start. Well, JULY is here and it’s time to set some goals and intentions for the new month.
If you follow me on Instagram or watch my stories, then you know I’ve recently up-ed my workout game. I’m not talking an extra few steps because I parked a little further from the entrance to Whole Foods… I’m talking real-deal, 1 hour plus, feel the burn, sweat dripping, workouts. This is a BIG deal for me. I don’t naturally push myself out of my comfort zone. I’m a Type B personality who likes to go with the flow. I’m actually very intuitive, like to a fault. I’m a feel-er… I never liked to work out because I just didn’t feel like it. Bad excuse, but that’s what it was.
Lately, my big goal has been to step outside of my comfort zone and do things that are hard. I want to make myself proud. Exercise has been a way for me to push myself, even when it’s not comfortable. They say working out is actually a mental game. I couldn’t agree more. That being said, I’m loving it. I love that I’m doing something so far out of my natural comfort zone. This month I want to keep going with that. To push further. To push harder. And to keep pushing when I feel like quitting.
Usually I set 4 or 5 goals for the month ahead, but this month I’m just setting one big one. I’ve changed my views on exercise lately. I used to think I needed to feel the motivation in order to make it a part of my life. I was always waiting for exercise to feel fun, to feel easy. Well, that never happened. But the other day when I pushed myself through a tough hour-long elliptical session, something changed. Now I want it to feel tough. I want to feel like I want to quit because I want to prove that I won’t. I want to prove to myself that I can accept challenge and that my body is capable. And here’s the kicker- If I can do it, ANYONE can!
Crazy thoughts and crazy goals coming from someone who always HATED exercising, but who is suddenly learning to love it. There you have it. My July goals… okay, goal. I have one goal this month, let’s make it happen!!
HBU?? Do you have any goal(s) for July? Do you like to exercise?