Coming to Terms With Our Limitations


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We all have both strengths and things we can improve on. But if we’re not good at something, should we always be working to improvement it? Seems like social media lately has been flooded with the whole “self acceptance” movement. We are huge advocates of not being too hard on ourselves and strive to recognize some of those, “it is what is is” situations in our lives. There’s a point where constantly trying to help ourselves seems like it’s some sort of life hack that is taking over our lives, causing us to actually stay stagnant and not grow. Although this can be challenging, there becomes a time where finding that balance between self acceptance and when to continue through personal development need to happen. This is a topic we’re going to expand on, but felt like starting off here with our thoughts on coming to terms with our limitations. 

For example, I’ve never been able to swim passed being a 5 year old in the kiddie pool at the YMCA. Was I in always enrolled in summer swim lessons? Yes. What happened? Who knows, nothing stuck. There’s something about having to learn breathing techniques, worrying about my goggles fogging up or my contacts falling off in the pool, not to mention that whole swimmers ear phemon. #nothanks. This limitation always bothered and stood out to me, and I was resolute to become a swimmer. I wanted to get in that full body workout and have that swimmers bodies. I got into the water a few times, had horrible experiences with swimmers ear, felt like I was about to drown half the time, and seemed like my efforts weren’t getting me anywhere. A bit dramatic? Maybe. But I realized that “becoming a swimmer” was something I was okay giving up on. Just because you’re not great at something, doesn’t mean you need to work on it until you are. I realized, I would rather put my energy and focus into other things than spend the time learning to swim. Striving for that athletic perfection was going to get me nowhere fast and I found that it’s also important to accept our limitations and focus on improving on the workouts like HITT training and hiking that I already love to do by freeing up more time.

We can’t do everything, not everything is going to be perfect and we get this. The focus comes down to, what do YOU want to improve on and turning those goals into your reality. We think it’s more about knowing who you are and in this case not who you think you should be. To accept yourself and your situations, you have to understand yourself and be able to identify what actually is behind whats going on. We have to learn to question our motives and see where the new change is going to take us to.

Challenging ourselves and getting out of our comfort zones may be exactly what we need to grow. But you need to be real with yourself. Getting down to the core of what it is you really want to change or improve on, is what’s going to matter.

Ok. End rant. Thoughts? How do you guys realize this is something you want or something your willing to just accept may not be for you?

Gym-timidation – Are You Afraid of the Gym?

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From the overly perky front desk chick to the pushy trainers trying to make a sale on the floor. Gym related anxiety can start from the moment you walk into the gym. That can be pretty damn intimidating and not to mention discouraging! Why does it seem like everyone’s staring at me? What do all of those machines do? Where do I start? How does it all work? These are totally normal thoughts. And just an FYI- nobody FREAKIN cares. Most people are so focused on their own workout, that they probably have no clue you even exist.. unless, of course, you’re hogging the elliptical/squat rack/bench/whatever during prime hours.

Sarah : When I first started going to the gym (to actually work out and not bullshit around and hop on machines to sit and text or have a hang out sesh with the BFF), I would go to the gym at 4 am. Why in the world would someone want to wake up that early to workout? Mostly, it was fear of embarrassment. I was nervous to have other people watch me workout out. What would they think of a girl like me on the elliptical? Early morning workouts gave me a sense of security because I knew it’d be a semi judgement-free zone since there were less people present to judge me. Have I changed my way of thinking? Mostly. I still love an emptier gym but the intimidation factor has definitely decreased. My focus has switched from what are others thinking to why I’m there, what I’m doing, and what am I doing next.

If it’s your first time stepping in the gym, it makes sense that those machines are going to be foreign to you. Random balls and jump boxes everywhere? Everyone else seems to know exactly what they’re doing and by the time you’ve taken in your surroundings, you’ve wasted a good 10 minutes panicking. Staring at the girl sprinting on the treadmill next to you and comparing yourself to her isn’t a good idea. She’s not competing with you, she’s competing with herself.

Remember these 4 things

Nobody cares

The number one thing you have to remember is that all of those people you see killing it in the gym started somewhere. They may have grown up in the gym as a result of a high school sports team or maybe they picked fitness up later in life. Doesn’t matter. The point is, they started from the beginning. Just like you. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. They experienced walking into a gym for the first time and probably had the same thoughts as you.

Types of gym people

There are 3 types of people at the gym. #1 Newbies like you. They’re worried about the same things you are. Trust us, they’re not looking at you. #2 Gym rats. Not the cute ones. Not the ones that are happy people. We’re talking about the self-absorbed gym rats that are really only worried about what outfit they’re wearing or what their biceps/ass look like in the mirror. You don’t even register in their minds. #3 People that truly love fitness and have made it part of their lifestyle. These are probably the only gym goers with any right to judge based on their experience. But the magical part is that they’re also the least likely to judge you. Why? Because they’ve most definitely had their own transformation and respect anyone that’s working on improving themselves through healthy lifestyle choices.

Ask for help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Don’t ask a million questions, but asking someone that looks like they know what they’re doing? Most people are flattered and happy to help. Curious about a machine? Watch someone else on it. Don’t be embarrassed about it. You’re learning. Embrace the fact that you’re new to this and be excited! Enthusiasm is contagious and most people are excited about what they know how to do with their bodies and are eager to share their knowledge. Dont be afraid to make eye contact. Smile at people. Compliment them on their workout attire. Make friends. It’s the best thing that can happen to you at the gym. Also, most gyms offer a free training session with a personal trainer when you first sign up. Take advantage of it! What’s awesome about it is that they can answer your questions and outline a basic routine suited for your goals.

Do some research

A little research goes a long way. And there are so many resources out there to make the first day at the gym less confusing! If you’re forgoing the assistance of a trainer, you can check out tons of workouts possibilities on Pinterest or YouTube. Look up some of your favorite celebrity bodies and find their workout to practice!

It’ll get better. We promise <3

Staying Fit While Traveling

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Staying Fit While Traveling

So you’ve got a nice vacation coming up! Good for you! Or maybe you’ll be traveling to take care of some business. Whatever your reason for travel, it’s important you don’t lose sight of your goals! We’re sure staying fit is one of your priorities, so here’s a list of top travel tips from yours truly <3

Working Out

  1. Walk and simply move more – Take every opportunity to add some steps to your day. Whether it’s from gate to gate at the airport, or pulling over to stretch your legs for a bit, KEEP MOVING. And when you get closer to your destination, start keeping an eye out for some possible neighborhoods or parks you may want to take a stroll or run through. Use your travels as a way to see the area you’re visiting by foot or bike. 
  2. Check out the hotel gym – Scope it out. See what equipment they have and don’t have. Most hotel gyms will have cardio equipment and a total body strength training machine, at a minimum. If you’re lucky, or it’s a nice hotel, you’ll have access to free weights and bands and maybe even a pool and sauna. If you feel your options are really that terribly limited, check out some of the local gyms/studios before your travel day and inquire about sign-ups for whatever length of time you need.
  3. Pack some tools – You may want to have a few extras packed in your luggage. Just in case your hotel gym lacks a little variety. Super easy and inexpensive tools you can travel with include bands in varying resistance and a jump rope.
  4. Have a backup – Plan a workout routine you can practice in your room – Make sure you have a backup routine you can work on from your room using your own body weight. Think squats, lunges, dips using the chair by the desk, get creative! This will be especially helpful if you happen to be at one of those hotels that only has one treadmill and one body building machine you can’t figure out to save your life! 

Be realistic with your workout expectations. Of course you want to be consistent most of the time, but there will be occasions when you just can’t make your workout happen very easily. In these cases, try not to lose sight of the big picture. Even if you have to miss a day or two, the key is to jump right back into your routine at the next opportunity. Stay focused and keep an eye on the prize! 

Stay tuned for our Printable PDFs with tips and tricks to Healthy Snacking and Healthy Dining for travelers!

Taking the First Step- Walking for Weight loss

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We start a weight loss plan and think we have to GO BIG OR GO HOME with our workouts. We stress too much about how long to exercise, how many times a week, what type of exercise, etc. It can be overwhelming. You probably won’t be running a marathon next month and that may be more than a little disheartening.

But we tend to overlook the simple concepts like “JUST. FREAKING. MOVE.” Walking is one of those overlooked activities that does more than just burn calories. Not only is it an effective weight loss tool, it’s also a fantastic way to kick-off your journey. Calorie burn, energy surge, and brightened moods are just a few of the benefits.

So get moving! And start with the simplest form of activity ever. If it’s an option for you, we encourage you to invest in some sort of step counter. You may be surprised with how much or how little movement you’re actually getting in.

We’ve both made it a habit to incorporate walking as part of our daily activity routines. We make it our goal to hit a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. If you have a job that requires minimal movement or you work from home like we do, some sort of fitness tracker or pedometer is pretty vital. If we’re not actively trying to reach our step goal, we may get in as little as 2,000 steps in a day! Unacceptable. Our trackers help keep us motivated to keep moving.

Sarah 

When I first started my journey I could have let my fear of running and gym intimidation get the best of me. I was looking for a way to just move each day, while putting in the least amount of what I perceived as hard work (haha don’t judge). I made it a point to walk daily, starting off with 20 minutes a day. Oddly enough, that habit stuck. It gradually increased as the weeks went by and eventually, I was hooked, stepping about 10k per day. I loved walking outdoors and living in San Diego made that pretty much possible all year round. I used this time to listen to audiobooks and podcasts, or call my friends (ask any of them, they know if I’m calling, I’m outside walking). What motivated me initially, to make sure I was getting in my daily walks, even if they were for 20 minutes is what eventually set me up to be even more successful in reaching my goals.

Sofia

The first time I really got into walking was on my university campus. It started out as a way to explore the campus at a leisurely pace. But it became an addiction. On those walks, I came to reach a sort of mental clarity that I’d never experienced before. Maybe because I’ve never done yoga! But walking was the perfect amount of active and passive participation to give my mind a space to be open. AND it didn’t require much coordination. A few days into it, and my body started to crave that walk after work. Not only for the activity, but for the way it made my brain feel after. I can’t imagine my life without them now! I definitely participate in other exercises I love, but I could never give up walking.

Looking for more about how we track these steps? We’re going to be sharing with you guys are faves in the fitness tracker realm so stay tuned!

 

Work It Out- When To Hit the Gym

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Everyone has an opinion. When’s the best time to workout? First thing in the morning? After the days end? Whenever? Does it even matter? Absolutely not. At least, there isn’t any conclusive or definitive research as to what time is more effective for reaching your weight loss goals.

The truth is, the best time to workout is whenever you damn well please.

Having a set time, at least in the initial stages of your weight loss journey, is probably still a good idea. It’s easier to build those healthy habits when you practice consistency. But whatever you choose to do, you’re still gonna be better off than the person that decided to just sleep in a bit more or sit back and watch some TV after work.

We prefer mornings. Getting up early and doing something that gets our blood pumping unleashes an unstoppable chain of healthy decisions for the rest of the day. We get it out of the way and are less likely to have excuses to not do it later. The only problem is probably not wanting to get out of bed. But hey, if you go to bed in at least part of your workout attire, how much harder is it to roll out of bed and put on those training shoes? Besides, after that morning workout, we have tons of energy and excitement for the day, mostly because we feel like badasses that already have one up on all those other people that haven’t worked out yet.

Maybe you’re not a morning person. Maybe you like to squeeze in your workouts after lunch. Or maybe you like to unwind from a stressful day at work or school with an evening workout. Bottom line is, it doesn’t matter when you do it. Do it whenever you want, as long as you do it.