Happy Friday everyone! Are you in need of some motivation-something to jump start you into being more productive, happy and satisfied with your life? WELL, these two books, Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis are guaranteed to get you out of whatever funk you may find yourself in.
Both books focus on readjusting your perspective so you can look at life differently and truly get the most out of it. They’re both extremely easy to read, light hearted and really get you thinking. I love reading them before bed so I can be even more reflective about my day and my actions.
I know the idea of a “self help” or “motivational” speaker type book can be a bit of a turn off, but I swear these are really worth the read. Both authors offer different perspectives and ways to change little things in your life that can really have a significant impact.
Welcome back to the second Mental Health Monday, with this month’s post focusing on gratitude, something I’m sure all of us could focus a little more on.
Gratitude can be a tricky thing. If someone asked you if you were grateful for the people and blessings in your life, of course you’d say yes. It’s easy to be grateful when it’s obvious: you are grateful for your friends, family, pets, etc. But is that really as far as gratitude goes?
For me, I started to switch my perspective on gratitude. I knew the things I was grateful for, and I knew that I had many things in my life to be thankful for, but was I really appreciating them? It’s good to be aware of your gratitude towards the big things, the things that stand out in your life, but what about not just being aware, but applying that gratitude to every part of your life. Appreciating the little things just a little bit more….not letting the small things get you down, and reminding yourself more often than not that things are never as bad as they seem.
One way I’ve started to adjust my perspective on gratitude is through the five minute journal. I started this back in the beginning of the year and it’s really challenged me to be more reflective on a daily basis. It’s a very simple journal, with you writing down a few things in the morning and a few a night (it’s super quick I promise) and it allows you a few extra minutes to yourself to really think about what would make the day great, and what made the day great.
Some days it’s harder than others to come up with a list of good things that happened that day, but the journal really challenges me to reflect on every part of my day, and see the good in even the worst of times. The past couple of months have been unusually stressful and anxiety ridden for me, so having this time to reflect has really been beneficial.
I challenge you to take an extra minute at the beginning and end of your day to really think about what could make the day great, and even the smallest of things that happened that made it a good day. Your brain is a muscle, and once you train it long enough, it’ll adjust to a more positive outlook on things instead of the stationary negative one a lot of us have.
Always easier said than done, but you have to start somewhere.
Happy Friday everyone! I thought I’d share a little fitness motivation with you guys to start the weekend off strong.
The picture above is from after my run the other day. To be able to complete a 5k in a (barely) under 12 minute mile pace is amazing to me. If you had asked me 6 months ago if I would ever be confident, or able enough to run a 5k, let alone at a decent pace, I would have laughed. Running has always been that one thing I wish I was good at but was convinced I never would be. I hating running in school and in sports, and it just always became a workout I could never tackle. I finally decided one day that I was going to build up my stamina and my running ability, so I started off small and would run for 10 minutes. At first, that 10 minutes was painful, hard, and made me want to quit. It’s been no easy task but to be where I’m at now shows me that I’m capable of achieving my goals if I set my mind to them.
My pace still isn’t super fast compared to all you running fanatics out there, but to me this was such a conquered victory. I can’t wait to see what milestone (pun intended) I can hit next!
If any of you guys are struggling to find fitness motivation or the drive to start, I encourage you to think about where you would love to see yourself in 6 months. Is it running a 5k? Is it running a half marathon? Or maybe it’s just building up your muscle capacity or toning up your arms. Whatever it may be, whatever goal that seems impossible to you right now, I challenge you to take one small step towards it. Running a 5k is only one of my short term goals on a much longer journey I’d like to accomplish in my fitness prowess. It doesn’t have to be a big step, and the progress won’t happen over night, but it will happen, and you will be proud of yourself when you accomplish your goals.
I hope this can help any of you out there if you’re in need of some fitness motivation!
So, some of you may have seen articles detailing how bad regular deodorant can be for you. The harsh chemicals, aluminum and who knows what else in the formula of the regular run of the mill deodorants can apparently be extremely harmful. I honestly don’t doubt that applying these types of ingredients to a sensitive area like under arms could be harmful, but do they really work?
I’ve tried a few different kinds of natural deodorants, and I’ve compiled my final opinions below!
Women’s deodorant is already significantly more expensive than men’s deodorant (annoying, I know), but natural deodorant takes it up another notch. You could easily shell out $13 for a stick of regular sized natural deodorant, which to me is can be a little painful. You pay for what you get, so it makes sense that you would pay more for better ingredients, but it still is a downside having to pay that much when you just want a natural alternative.
There’s a surprising amount of variety when it comes to different brands you can choose from. I’ve tried three different kinds: Schmidt’s, Native and Kopari. There’s also a good variety of scents too, so no matter what your preference is there’s definitely an option for everyone.
☆ Deodorizing/Anti perspirant qualities
So here is where I run into the problem with natural deodorants- they definitely do not work as well as regular deodorants when it comes to sweat control and smell control. I know there’s an adjustment/detox period your body has to go through to get used to the natural ingredients, but that period can extend pretty long. It took me over a month for my body to “adjust” and even then, about a half through the day I would smell like I hadn’t put deodorant on in days (and this is me just going to work…basically sitting at a desk all day long, imagine if I wore it when I worked out). I also started to (warning TMI) develop a rash as part of my “detox” period, which was just as fun as it sounds.
So…is worth it?
In my opinion….I think it’s definitely a trial and error process. Everyone’s body is going to adjust different and everyone has different needs/wants out of a their products. I personally could not find one that worked well for me, and it can get expensive trying different ones when they’re well over $10 each. I have started to find that some men’s deodorant doesn’t have aluminum in it, and work supremely better than women’s deodorant. I know it may seem weird, but I’m all about finding what works best for you, your budget, and your preferences.
I hope any of this can help you guys if you’re curious about natural deodorant!
Welcome back! In today’s post we’re talking about healthier alternatives for your favorite foods. These alternatives come pretty close, or are almost better than their fattier counterparts. Whether you’re on a steady diet or lifestyle plan, or are just looking for some healthier options to switch into your diet, look no further!
☆ Protein Coffee
You may have seen this on pinterest or floating around instagram, but it’s seriously amazing. It’s two shots of espresso over ice with one carton of your premier protein shake flavor of choice. I love the caramel flavor (which they just brought back) and it legit makes your coffee taste like a latte but for significantly less fat and sugar. You can customize the protein shake you use as well, I just love the premier protein ones.
☆ Buffalo Chicken Dip
This is hands down one of my favorite recipes. I started to experiment with making it a healthier way. The original recipes calls for regular shredded cheese, ranch, cream cheese, buffalo sauce, and chicken. My healthier alternative consists of just buffalo sauce and a small amount of cream cheese. You can sub in the reduced fat cream cheese and use a 1/4 of the amount the regular recipes calls for. I’m telling you it’s taste almost the exact same. You really don’t miss the ranch and the shredded cheese, and you can always add a smaller amount on the side if you really want! I highly recommend checking this alternative out.
These are a bit pricey, but they honestly taste just like regular candy. I love the sweedish fish style ones, or the gummy bear ones. You can get them online, at whole foods or in other specialty stores. They’re about $3 a bag, and they’re under 100 calories per bag with only 3 grams of sugar. You cannot go wrong.
☆ Built Bar
If you haven’t tried these protein bars, you really should. They’re only 110 calories, have 15g of protein, and have so many flavors. They’re very reasonably priced, and they always have free shipping. They also taste nothing like a regular protein bar so it’s basically like eating a chocolate bar.
☆ Yasso Greek Yogurt Ice Cream
If you love ice cream like me, it’s probably hard to cut it out if you’re trying to be healthy. When I found the Yasso Greek Yogurt bars I was ecstatic. They have a bunch of flavors and they taste amazing. I can’t say they’re as good as regular, full fat, full sugar ice cream, but the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor has actual chunks of cookie dough, so can you really go wrong?
I hope these few suggestions inspire you to look for healthier alternatives for some of your favorite foods! What are some of your favorite recipes you wish you could make in a healthier way?
So-planning ahead can be hard, especially when it comes to meal prepping. The idea of eating the same thing every day can sound pretty boring sometimes, but for me, meal prepping for my work week lunches saves me so much time every night, and money when I’m at the grocery store. As someone who works full time and doesn’t have a huge amount of time to spend making lunch every night or an endless amount of money to spend on buying lunch every day, I have found meal prepping to be my best solution. Whether you work full time, are going to school full time, or just have a super busy schedule, these tips will definitely help you.
Tip #1 Go online and find inspiration
Meal prepping doesn’t have to be extremely time consuming and expensive, in fact I find it to be the opposite. Every week when I’m making my grocery list for the following week, I browse pinterest and online recipes for quick, easy lunch meal prep recipes. I get tons of ideas and inspiration and it actually makes me excited to go shopping and get my meals together for the week.
Tip #2 Be realistic about your time/budget
There are tons of meal prep ideas online that look super cool, but may require complex ingredients or several hours to make. I’d suggest looking for crock pot or instant pop recipes since those are usually very simple, and require little to no effort. You can always recreate your favorite dinner recipes into lunch friendly portions that are perfect for on the go.
Tip #3 Have fun with it
You don’t want to add another chore to your list of things to do-make this something you look forward to. Cooking can be stress relieving and enjoyable. Even if you’re just meal prepping to make sandwiches or salads all week (I’ve done this, totally acceptable) try to spice it up and make it something you look forward to doing.
One of my favorite lunch meal preps is tacos! Here’s pictures from my meal prep this week. I made homemade pico de gallo to put on top of my turkey tacos and it was so much fun to make one of my favorite foods!
When it comes to working out, something I have found helpful is having products that I not only love, but contribute to my overall physical productivity. Today I’m sharing with you my top 5 favorite workout products that make any workout session your absolute best!
☆ Fitness Watch/Activity Tracker
For me, having a fitness watch was a game changer. Being able to track each workout I do and knowing my heart rate, calories burned, and length/distance is incredibly helpful. It motivates me to keep going during a hard workout, plus it’s always a confidence boost when you see how many calories you burned at the end of an intense workout!
☆ Cute Workout Clothes
This is not a necessity, but I find it helps so much when I have workout clothes that I’m excited to wear. I personally love using Fabletics, a workout clothes subscription where every month you get to pick out new workout clothes to purchase. I love all the fun patterns and designs, and the wide range of products they offer that are extremely high quality. They make it easy to find workout gear that fits great and looks amazing too.
☆ Workout App
Another thing that may not be a necessity, but still an essential to me. I use the Verv workout app for running, and it’s changed my workout habits for the better. I used to make up my own workouts or research some online, but having a set training plan and set of progressively challenging workouts has been super beneficial to my overall progress.
☆ Good shoes
If you do any sort of cardio, especially running, I highly recommend investing in a solid pair of shoes. I use the Brooks Ghost 11 running shoes and I have never looked back. I used to wear a pair of Nikes that were honestly not meant for running and did not fit my foot well. Once I went to a store and had my foot measured and fitted, my workout experience has been so much better now that I have a more supportive shoe.
☆ Quality headphones
Back on Black Friday, I invested in a pair of good quality wireless headphones. There’s a bunch to choose from, but I went with the Beats Solo 3. Not only is the sound quality so much better while listening to my playlists, but not having pesky wires getting in your way while you’re working out is definitely worth the splurge for wireless ones.
I hope these recommendations help anyone out there who is looking for motivation or recommendations to start a great workout routine!