Monday, July 29, 2013

Love Yourself

“Self-Love”- what does this mean?

Wikipedia explains self-love as simply “the love of oneself” and is proposed to be different from being arrogant or conceited. Loving oneself means caring about oneself, taking responsibility for oneself, respecting oneself, and knowing oneself (e.g. being realistic and honest about one's strengths and weaknesses). Further, in order to be able to truly love another person, a person needs first to love oneself in this way.”

I have come to believe self-love to be a very significant part of our being. I mean if you are happy with yourself and ‘love’ yourself you are more likely to attract positive, happy people into your life.

Every person, but women especially, have a hard time finding their ‘self-love’. However, I think that it is an important concept for us, as women, to love ourselves. We spend so much time giving to everyone else and often not enough time just being. Instead we give everything that we have to care for the people in our lives not realizing that if we don’t take care of us first we will have nothing left to give.

Most of us females also spend too much of our time comparing ourselves to everyone else instead of accepting and loving ourselves for who and what we are. We are all unique, beautiful individuals who need to focus less on that other women’s abs or that women’s butt and spend more time considering our own positive attributes.

“Don’t compare yourself to someone else. You can never be another person just a better version of yourself.”

Believe me, I know how hard it is and I too have a lot to learn on the road to self-love. I read a quote the other day that spoke to me in a profound sort of way. “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the one with yourself”. It spoke to me for several reasons. One; because like every women I have days when I don’t particularly like what I see in the mirror and Two; because I have been feeling like this about myself more frequently as of late.

It got me to thinking “what good have all these negative vibes done for me?” Absolutely nothing other than cause my body unnecessary stress. I may not be where I want to be but I am also not going back to where I was and I’m proud of how far I’ve come.

So stop what you are doing and think of one positive thing that you like about yourself. Come on, you can do it!

Let’s work together to decrease the negativity and bring a more blissful mindset into our lives. Positivity is contagious; so be grateful, be empowered and find your own self-love!

“Getting fit is about confidence, passion, loving your body. It is all about you!”

Until Next Time,

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The FitGirl Scoop

There is a lot of excitement buzzing around my life these days.
I am totally back into the gym and training but taking it slow for the time being; averaging about 5 days a week sometimes 4; twice with my trainer and the remainder with my husband, friend or solo.
There is still some concern with my slow metabolism and my hunger issues (being that I am rarely hungry) but that too seems to be slowly improving. Concentrating these days on listening to my body, eating all my macro-nutrients and getting back into the training that I love.
*training at the hotel gym a few days ago (travel for work); here I have a strap around my waste attached to 120lbs on the machine and I am running in and out*
I won’t be competing this year like I had hoped but it’s all about acceptance which I have done. It was a considerable disappointment at first but, for the remainder of the year, I am taking the time to really get my body back on track. The plan is to try competing again next year because I thoroughly loved doing it.
I am still overcoming and struggling through the body image issues and learning to ‘love myself’ as I am today. I won’t lie it is a daily struggle one that I am slowly learning to accept. I have bad days, very bad days, good days and days when I don’t concentrate on it that much at all. It is a battle but one that I am taking in stride and pushing through.
I have set a few new and exciting goals for myself. I registered for the Spartan Super Race here in Alberta on September 7.  The Spartan Super will be my first ever race of this kind and I’m quite excited about it; all 13+km and 21 obstacles.
My husband and I also registered for a Costa Rican yoga retreat in November. It is one of those things that I have always wanted to do and it falls within the week of my birthday. Bonus!
Next on the list of new FitGirlsRock things. I became a Pro Staff member at Lift like a Girl. Check me out:
All of these things have been helping to keep me inspired and motivated, to continue giving it my all and to eventually overcome the setbacks that I have had to face in the last few months.
My new job position is going well and it brought a new shift which I mentioned in a prior post so I am feeling almost rejuvenated not having to be at work for 11 or 12 hours a day and not having to wake at 4:30am to get there.
And last but certainly not least; In 6 more sleeps, I leave on vacation to go back home and visit my family…beyond excited!!!
That’s the latest FitGirl scoop :)
Until next time;

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Body Image Struggles

So as most of you know I have been struggling for the last several months with adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance, low iron and metabolic damage.

Although, I am coming around, progressing and feeling nowhere near as exhausted as I have been; I am still having a very hard time emotionally accepting myself and my current body image.

Being that I went on vacation right after Mexico; my body has had some time off to rest and relax and I can honestly say that I do notice an improvement because of it.

Emotionally though I am having difficulties accepting myself and I know that these negative thoughts do nothing only increase my stress and therefore my cortisol issues so I am working on trying to be more positive.

Have you ever noticed that when you are going through something, life throws things at you that make you think about where you are and why you are there?

I had a conversation with one of my friends recently where I was explaining how I feel.

This is what I got in return.

“Just remember we only have one life and that you can’t spend it unhappy. You are truly an inspiration for me and many other people; be thankful to have a healthy young body that allows you to work out and do all the things that you like to do. I know it is hard to be patient sometimes but whenever we continue to be sad because of something we don’t have, we miss out on what we have right now. If I was you I would be showing that tight little tush of yours off in a tiny little bikini! 

Don’t let a little bump in the road ruin your entire parade. You have come way too far to be sad. Just sit tight, look after yourself and next thing you know you will be back in the saddle again. Only stronger and wiser because of all the knowledge that you accumulated about what you are going through right now

I love my friends J and sometimes I get so caught up in myself that I lose site of the fact that I am still motivating and inspiring others through my daily healthy lifestyle and that I have a lot to be grateful for.

This morning I read a couple of other things that made me think about my current situation and I realized that there will be a positive outcome in the end because I am NOT the type of person to give up especially on something that I want so badly. Someday when I am a personal trainer; I am going to be that much better at it because I have been through this and will be able to help and educate others on my experience.

“When we get anxious and wonder why things are happening the way they are or we wish for something to hurry up... understand it's all for our learning and all occurs when you are at the moment of your journey when you can be ready for it. Never be ashamed of past difficulties they are there for a purpose and reason”- via Anna Trillana (Facebook Status)

With all this being said, I have decided that today I will take a more positive attitude towards where I am and how I feel. I will feel happier and be grateful for my health and my abilities in general. I may not look as much like the strong, well-defined woman I was several months ago but I am still strong and I am definitely still very determined.

“It is difficulties that show how strong you really are”

Thanks to all my friends, family and especially my husband for supporting me and saying all of the right things, for reminding me to be grateful and that it will get better.

Until next time,

“To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping “

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Life's Update

I guess it is time for another of my famous updates. It has been awhile since I have done one mainly because we were away on vacation.

We went to Mexico for 8 days and met my sister and brother in-law there. It was fabulous; hot but fabulous! I spent a lot of time just relaxing, reading and doing yoga. My husband and I had a massage on the beach, went for nice walks, played beach volleyball and just enjoyed our time. Plus it was really nice to see my sister and brother in-law.

FemSport as per my previous post was fabulous. It was an awesome day and an overall great experience. I can’t wait to do it again. As much as I practiced and felt good about the box jumps, they were by far the hardest part and I was a little disappointed in my performance with them but other than that the whole event was great. Our team, Bam Bam’s Newfie Chicks, rocked and placed third.

Health wise I think that I am finally starting to come around. I no longer feel as drained and exhausted as I once was and I seem to have a little more energy these days. My body temperature is coming up because I am no longer always cold. I am however still struggling with eating because I rarely feel hungry; which is a sign that my metabolism still has a long way to go. These days, I am doing a lot of smoothies and juicing which I am really enjoying and it helps me get in all my macros.

Last night was my first night at the gym since before FemSport. I have done some outdoor training sessions but nothing much and I will admit that my muscles and joints feel better and less stressed because of it. It did feel wonderful to get back to the gym though. We had an awesome chest and tricep workout and I felt so good that my husband had to keep reminding me not to overdo it.

I have to admit that although I try not to dwell too much on it and as much as I try to be positive the body image is one of the hardest parts at this point. I know it will take time for my body to reach a place that I am happy and comfortable with so I am only trying to focus on feeling better right now. I haven’t gained any more weight since the 15lbs and I am still a size 2/3 but I haven’t come to terms with the differences in my body yet or with the fact that I worked so hard only to be disappointed in myself. My determination and drive however has not changed and in fact this setup is only making me stronger. I won’t give up!!

This experience has taught me several things:

*Listen to your body (it really does let you know what it needs)
*REST is so important
*Take time for yourself, breathe and relax
*Make sure you are eating enough to support the amount of activity that you do
*Sleep enough
*Stay positive and patient

I hope this post finds you all well. Happy Hump Day! Which also reminds me; I switched to a normal shift and now work 8 hour days, 5 days a week and am totally happy about it.

Until next time,

No Bake Energy Bites

These no bake energy bites are so easy and delicious. Give them a try.

No Bake Energy Bites

½ cup natural peanut butter
½ cup gluten free oats
½ cup sesame seeds or finely chopped nuts
½ cup raisins or cranberries
Tbsp. flax seed

Mix together and refrigerate for one hour.
Form into balls and enjoy!