Don’t let your worries run your life! Thinking too much about what you haven’t done or where you haven’t been is a waste of time. To dwell in perceived shortcomings is a trap so take time off from the burden of self-examination. Get back in touch with your inner power & the authority you have over situations and circumstances in your life. Focus, instead, on what you have done and what you can do. Pat yourself on the back and think about happy things, like the people you love and those who love you.
What’s on your plate?
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WEDNESDAY WORKOUT: Jump Rope + Core on the Floor
“T” Push-Up: full push-up to transition into a side plank, hold for a two-count then back into another full push-up to repeat in the other side. That’s one rep.
Single leg plank: from plank position, either on your hands or forearms, lift one foot off the floor. Hold that position for 30 seconds on each side. That’s one rep.
Jump rope: first, make sure your rope is the appropriate length- stand in the center of the rope and the handle should reach your armpit. As you jump, remember to stand up tall, keep your shoulders relaxed and always land on soft knees, never rigid or completely straight. Be sure to land on both feet- even if you’re changing up the foot pattern- to evenly distribute the impact.
CIRCUIT: 60 seconds jumping, 8-10 reps of the “T” push-up and one round of the single leg plank. Do all three exercises back-to-back-to-back without stopping. Rest for 60-90 seconds between sets and complete the full circuit for 3-5 rounds.
Keep your flaws in perspective. It’s ok to see where you want to improve, but make sure you appreciate your progress.
Every few weeks, I pick up a bunch of fresh fruit (and some prepackaged stuff), cut it, peel it, bag it and freeze it to have it on hand for smoothies. Coupled with extras like fresh-squeezed juices, rolled oats, Greek yogurt, flax seed, ginger, peanut butter, honey and other tasty add-ins, this is a sure fire way to get a range of fruits and veggies in my diet daily. Juicing & smoothies are quick, easy and fun ways to play with mixing flavors and textures. When I find one I really like, I write it down in my ever-growing recipe book full of my very own kitchen creations.
A part of staying on task with your fitness goals is that you have to enjoy the process just as much as you’re looking forward to reaching your goals. That means workouts should be fun and meals should be tasty! No one knows what you like more than you do so get in the kitchen and start playing chef. You’ll be surprised what fun flavors come together to promote healthy body systems and keep you satisfied.
Pictured above; apples, butternut squash, mango, bananas, honeydew melon, berry medley (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries), pineapple, spinach, cantaloupe, watermelon, celery, carrots, strawberries, cucumber.
I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, as fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
Believe that you can run farther or faster…Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.
TUESDAY TIP: change your mind.
I haven’t seen the movie ‘After Earth,’ and this is by no means a plug or endorsement of any sort…nothing against the Smith clan, though. However, the tag line for this film had me hook, line and sinker from the very first time I heard it.
“Danger is real. Fear is a choice.”
I once heard someone say, “the most common cause of failure is fear of failure.” Unfortunately, I’m not surprised. Most people fail, not because they were incapable but because they never even tried. The irony is that they never tried because they believed they were incapable. If you want to be something, do something or change something, you have to start with your mind.
“The mind is the battleground. It is the place where the greatest conflict is.” -Bishop T.D. Jakes
But don’t be fooled! Changing your mind isn’t a one-time decision to be made on a random Tuesday afternoon and never faced again. No. To let go of fear is a choice you will have to make over and over and over again. Everyday, multiple times a day, for the rest of your life. And there is no guarantee that making the decision to release your fear will ever get easier. But don’t be fooled by your comfort zone. You’re not doing yourself any favors by staying where you are because you’re afraid of where you might go. I was once told that more people die in combat from inactivity than from being active. Don’t let your hopes, dreams, aspirations and goals stand still and get killed. Move. Beyond your doubt. Beyond your uncertainty. Beyond your fear. It’s the only way to become the person, do the things and make the changes you want to see.