Saturday, April 8, 2017

Women you are enough.

Okay women-

You are enough.

Sometimes the "beauty" part of the fitness industry gets under my skin. After talking with a friend I am going to stand on a soap box and write a post that some might need to hear.

Yes you know you you are. Those of you struggling a bit right now. Open your heart precious one! Because this is for you!
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I dislike the messages that tell women that they are not enough unless they look like a fitness model.

That unless they have a 6 pack or look like an hour glass they are not enough.

That unless that have a home like Martha Stewart they are not enough.

That unless they eat vegan, raw, cage free, gluten free, paleo, sugar free, fat free...lets see what else is there... anything... they are not enough

When are we going to be enough?

We measure our standards according to measurements set by industries that want us to not be that they can sell to us more.

They want to sell us ideas, equipment, plans...and the cost is us.

The truth is you are enough!

May I make a recommendation!

If your fitness goals are to try to be enough then stop!...because you are there already.

You are taking up space in this world for a reason! You are worth more than you know. You are meant to be here. Don't let someone sell you the idea that you need to be better than what you were given when you were born. 

I'm am not saying to not workout. 

I am not saying to not take care of this great precious gift we call a body, I am saying the opposite: Care for it. 
Maximize its strengths. 
Manage its weaknesses. 
Increase its ability to contribute to humanity and expand its opportunities to live, create, contribute and love.

That is what fitness does. It increases our ability to be us, not someone else. 

We are worth more than being looked at. Than being someone else.

...The truth is you are enough!

May I make another recommendation.

If your fitness goals are to try to be enough then head in a different direction! Because if you are trying to be enough for someone else they will always move the bar just as you get there. They will always keep it out of reach.

You are already enough for who you were meant to be. You are already there.

Your only goal now is to maximize, expand and use what you have! 

Go on a journey of discovery to find out what you are capable of. You will be amazed at who you find!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Find your Hedgehog Meals

This is a technique that, if done right, can lead to life long success!!!

Let me explain.

A hedgehog is only good at one thing. 

Rolling up in a ball.

It isn't good at defending itself, or running away. It isn't that appealing as an animal or cute, at least not to me. 

Again it can only roll up in a ball and that is okay. 

That is all it needs to survive. That is all it needs to do to keep it alive long enough until its predators get distracted and move on. It works for it.

A hedgehog meal isn't much different.

It is a meal that is only really good at one thing. It has roughly your right amount of target nutrients and you can eat it almost every day.

Hedgehog meals don't have to be fancy, they don't have to meet any other needs besides the idea that you don't hate them and they have the right amount of carbs, proteins and fats.

These meals are valuable. Not every meal will be a hedgehog meal. I can't eat the same lunch and dinner everyday but there are certain things that I can eat everyday and they are my "go to" meals and they are tried and true. My post workout meal for example. I have that same stinking shake every day and I am okay with it. And my pre-bed shake. I eat that everyday. And I am okay with it. I also know people who eat oatmeal and eggs every day for breakfast and never change it up, something that I can't do but that works for them.

This sounds like a silly concept, comparing meals to hedgehogs but when we think of food as fuel and simplifying it in this way by finding meals that you can tolerate frequently than you only have to vary some of your meals.

It gets difficult when you are trying to meal plan for 6 meals a day, 7 days a week. That is over 40 meals to plan for and even more if you throw in other family members needs. 

Hedgehog meals will cut down cost, planning, calculation, preparation and stress. 

So when you get overwhelmed then give this simplifying hedgehog concept a try.

Find a meal that you can stand to eat most days, make sure it is within your target goals of protein, carbs and fats. Work it into your plan as much as you can and focus on making your other meals spectacular if you would like with enough variety to still get the other vitamins and minerals that you might need.

This will give you time to focus on other things like the little people in your life or organizing your weight room!

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