Make a Move Monday!

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Guess which one is my gloved hand ….

If you guessed pink, you are correct! The blue glove belongs to my sister, I bought us matching gloves because we’re cool like that …. or extra nerdy… take your pick.

Today was day 1 of our 3 month fitness journey that we are embarking on together. Fitness is important to me and I wanted to share that love with my sister (s).

I was fortunate enough to win 3 free months at my gym; I could take them for myself or give them to another individual. I’ve chosen to give the membership to my older sister so she can workout with me. We both have an end goal after our 3 months is up and I’m incredibly excited and motivated to share this experience with her.

My Stats: June 15th
Height: 5’4 3/4
Bust: 43″
Waist: 31.5
Hips: 44″

For clarificationdont i don’t care about the weight on my scale, inches are what I care about. For kicks & giggles when I reach my 3 months I’ll post what my weight is at currently and what it is when I finish. Weight is not the important factor on a fitness journey which is ironically also called a “weightless journey”

Why not? Becauese we all carry our weight differently and we carry/build muscle mass, so it’s important not to get caught up with the number on the scale.

I’m curvy – it’s in my genetics, I’m half Nicaraguan so the Latina side kicked in for me and my figure. Do I have a thigh gap? NO! Will I ever have one? NO! Am I okay with that? YES! Once upon a time I thought I needed that gap in order to be beautiful I needed to be super skinny … I loathed my figure BUT one day it hit me, my curves were beautiful, my thickness was beautiful and once I started working out because I loved my body it became a passion of mine, an oasis on earth, I could be refined and enhance my natural features. Don’t work out because you hate your body, work out because you love it and it’s the only one you’ll ever have.

Enough babble for now.
But Monday AM gym time – Done.
Monday 30 min bike ride (with my younger sister)- Done.

Happy Monday & good luck checking off a goal on your list today!

– Steph

Out with the Old – In with the New

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When it comes to getting rid of a bad habit or even a crummy ex *cough cough* which is basically the same thing. I have a few words of advice that stem from personal reading, talking with one of my super heros a.k.a my doctor AND from direct experience.

Firstly, replace the bad with something new! If you are going to cut something from your life you are inevitably going to create a space, a void, a black hole! Do you catch my drift? You will need a positive replacement in order to sustain long term results. Something that will help you be a better version of you. I’ve turned to reading books, hitting the gym, cross stitching  (you read that right! It’s a skill under development)
If you choose to drop a habit a positive replacement is a must. It allows you to focus your energy elsewhere, and acts as a positive reinforcement for the new direction of your life.

Secondly, self talk. Postitive self talk. How we talk to ourselves is critical to how we see ourselves. If you always talk down to yourself, telling yourself you’re going to fail… you will. If you break yourself down before you even give yourself a chance to try… you will in fact fail. AND then you’ll talk yourself down even more for failing like you said you would. Don’t do that! Positive affirmations, Progress Not Perfection.

Which leads me to number 3. Be realistic. When I ended it with my ex, I gave my self an unrealistic timeline of 2 weeks. 2 weeks and I would be over a 2 year relationship… that stemmed back to us being in each others lives since gr 8. Unrealistic much??! And when I failed I was so angry at myself. I was weak, I was pathetic, he wasn’t worth anymore of my tears…. blah blah blah. BUT the flaw to my plan and train of thought was that I forgot I’m human. We are all human so lets be realistic. My reality was not 2 weeks to be over him… heck I’m in the months zone and I’m just getting “over him”. My reality was “don’t go back to him!”And I got that right this time. Why?? Because I began to let myself hurt, cry, be angry, confused and I let myself miss him without condeming and repremanding myself. GIVE yourself realistic goals; when you make a significant change allow yourself to mourn or think of what you let go BUT remind yourself that your letting it go for a reason AND that there is so much more good life ahead of you.

Lastly… give yourself a pat on the back. Acknowledge and give yourself credit for deciding to make a change in your life. Recognizing is one step, taking action is the next. So your on the right track.

We’ll get there – progress not perfection.

– Steph