Grocery Shopping can be a little daunting, especially if you’re buying for more than just yourself! Here I wrote a list of rules I tend to stick by when grocery shopping. These really help to make my trips quicker and more efficient, not to mention help me stay on track with my health and fitness goals! Hopefully my little guideline helps you to get a bit organized, make healthier choices, and not dread grocery shopping so much!
How many times have you come home from work after a really stressful day, and taken it out on the pantry? Only to find yourself feeling more stressed because now you have to add “burning off” everything you just ate to your to-do list; or maybe you’re now feeling comatose and unable to focus on the work that needs to be completed to relieve your stress.
Bingeing, or emotional eating, was a huge part of my life this time last year when I was working and living in a toxic environment. Everyday I went to work I felt unhappy, stressed, exhausted, depressed, and the only way I could numb those feelings was to reach for something to snack on, usually something loaded with sugar. The problem with these sugary “snacks” was that the sugar was acting as a drug on my brain, temporarily numbing unpleasant feelings, but only leaving me to crave more once the effect had worn off.
It is no secret that a new baby can derail your old routines. This is totally true when it comes to working out! I remember before my son was born, I would make it a priority to wake up at 5:30am before work at the clinic and drive to the gym. After he was born, this just wasn’t feasible anymore because I had quit my job to stay at home with him. Let’s face it-while you totally can take a newborn to the gym, it is frankly pretty tough to do.
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After I had my daughter, I tried to go for a run and I kept falling. Like, actually falling down when I was trying to run. Even though I used to be a runner, my joints and ligaments were still really loose from having a baby. I remember trying to do one pushup, and I couldn’t even do one regular pushup – my arms and my core were too weak. Even though I had been working out during my pregnancy, I had lost so much strength, and I remember feeling really defeated by it. I remember thinking, “gosh, I am so far away from my goal,” and it was overwhelming and the negative self talk I had at that time was paralyzing.
Every workout has one thing in common: It has reps, sets, rest, and weight. Some workouts may differ from others in their acute variables (rest, set, reps, weight) and it can sometimes get a little confusing to understand WHY! Well, there is a reason to doing a specific number of each and it all had to do with your goals!
Are you on of those people who do not know how to get through a workout slump? I go through phases in my fitness life where I’m all in at the gym, and other times where I need a bit of a break or at least more flexibility in my workout routine. I actually think this is really normal, and I’ve talked to a number of people who go through the same thing. It’s like the up’s and downs of any relationship. Like the best friend who you love so much but have seen their face for way to long and you need some personal space. That’s kind of what it feels like.
Seriously though, how many times have you said, “I can’t tell if i’m hungry or not”. HA. I definitely have and it’s annoying because it seems like it should be a pretty basic human instinct. But I’m someone that reallllly pays attention to my body and why things are happening and what’s causing things andaaa
And I get it. You go into a health store and there are protein powders after protein powders after protein powders. It can be hard to know what to look for on the labels, and many times you feel stuck picking whichever has the prettiest labeling. Well it doesn’t have to be like that and I understand why it is. A question that I receive quite often and from my own website is, “how do I know what to look for when I am picking a protein powder?” Here is a guide on how I select protein powders and hopefully it helps.
Whether it’s bright and sunny or cold and rainy, hikes are always fun… as long as you’re prepared! Here’s a detailed list of all the essentials for a day hike- and no it’s not just a bottle of water. It’s pretty common for people to think that just having a bottle of water is enough, especiallyaaa