The rules are… There are NO rules!

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I was doing yoga today. Not in the morning like I usually prefer to do yoga because I was in a bad mood whenever I woke up and DID NOT want to do any movement, I also did not want to eat a healthy, wholesome breakfast.

And you know what? That’s okay. Because the rules are… there are no rules! And that was my mantra today while doing yoga. Living a healthy life is never about perfection or following strict rules.

Not everyone wants you to believe that. Some want you to buy his or her book or follow his or her diet and fitness plan so that you help them become famous or put money into their pocket. A book full of rules that you enjoy at first and then feel ashamed about whenever you “fall of the wagon.” You blame yourself because the rulebook says you have to do it and if other people can do it, why the heck can’t you?

I am not saying everyone is like that. In fact, I think more and more people are truly becoming the CEO’s of their own body. I think more people are relishing in the idea of mindfulness, not only when it comes to various life things but also nutrition and fitness.

This. Is. Awesome.

I am really happy that more professionals in the health industry are pushing mindfulness, making your own “rules” (and being okay when you break them… consider them guidelines instead of rules), and being happy in the body you have NOW.

This mindset is so empowering. Yes, it takes away the excitement or thrill of the next fad diet or fitness plan. But, it also puts YOU in the driver seat instead of in the back of the truck. It’s a bumpier ride back there!

You are the CEO of your body. I love saying that. I totally 100% agree with it. So much so that it should be the tagline of this blog. I promise to never be the dietitian/nutritionist that pushes a diet, pill, or specific fitness plan. I promise to always help others see their potential and help guide them to making decisions that are best for them at that specific time. I promise to educate others on the power of changing simple habits and not following strict rules.

And just for the fun of it… what is one rule you have heard that you are going to break in terms of nutrition or fitness? One of mine is “Not eating carbs past 3pm.” So freakin’ ridiculous and is so not my cup of tea! How the heck am I going to know ahead of time if I want some type of carb after 3pm or not? That changes by the day!

Your turn! Happy Friday, dear friends.

My Declaration of Health

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I really just wanted to come up with something official for my unofficial banter on health. Thus, I give you my declaration of health.

I was throwing a fit yesterday afternoon to my fiance. It’s okay, he gets me and doesn’t hold my vent sessions against me. I hope note anyway or you may find me sleeping in a cardboard box under a bridge soon. I’ve had way too many these days. Anyway, I kept going on and on about how I love my line of work (being a wellness coordinator and coming up with wellness programs for different businesses), but ALL of the extra to do’s lately have taken away my joy for the job. He reminded me that my job is a choice. All jobs are really. And that got me to thinking… he is exactly right and my tasks are a choice too!

Yes, to do’s have to get done with the job, but I get to choose when, where, and how. If I am allowing the tasks to rob me of the joy that I normally have for my job then I need to make the change. I need to bring back in those tasks that really keep health messages simple and fun. Because THAT is the part of the job that I love. I love seeing people get excited over health goals they just reached or realizing that changing a habit isn’t all that hard when simple objectives are set to reach the overarching goal. Man, I could go on and on.

When I got back to the positive thinking, I got so pumped up (cue Rocky’s theme song) and thought…. I am going to make a Declaration of Health. MY Declaration of Health… and may I remember it anytime I drift away from the joy of what I do.

I declare to always keep my passion for health at the forefront of my heart and mind…

May I always remember that MY choices lead me closer to my WHY for wellness or lead me to drift away from it…

I pray for strength and wisdom to accept and realize when a change is necessary…

And for love and compassion when my help and expertise is requested…

May I always keep my wellness messages simple, effective, and fun…

And take care of my own personal health and joy first so that I can be a positive light in the world.

Woo hoo! Back to loving what I do… this feels great! How about you? How are you feeling these days? If you had a declaration of health, what is one line that would be included?

Happy Fitness Friday, dear friends!

Dear Body, Thank You For…

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I love love love the topic for The FitDish linkup this week. What a great week to share gratitude in any form or fashion. And today I am sharing gratitude for my health. Feel free to join in too.. Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers are the hosts of this linkup.

Dear Body, Thank You For…

Allowing me to move on a daily basis. I know I have said this before, but I REALLY am thankful for my feet. I get to do a lot of kick-butt things because of those bad boys.

Letting me get enough sleep each night. I feel refreshed after a good night’s sleep! I know there will be times where sleep is more of a luxury instead of a necessity, but thank you for allowing me to enjoy sleep NOW and recognize its benefits.

Taking care of my hunger and fullness cues. I don’t always listen to them, but when I do I can tell it makes you happy. No diet is needed when the hunger and fullness cues are followed.. that is fo sho!

Connecting with my mind when it needs to shut the f**k up! I love how a workout can change your mood instantly. Feel good hormones?! They’re real. And a good move session can also quiet the mind. There often are moments during a workout where I have to focus on what I am doing presently instead of what I “should” be doing later. I love that.

Being unique. All bodies are different and have their own unique beauty. Instead of body bashing and wanting to change certain things, I choose to love mine. I hope others do too because the world is cruel enough. Every “body” deserves love from its owner.

Giving others hugs and showing love. I love my family, friends, and pets… cue Buddy the Elf. 🙂

Showing me when you need some attention. Talk about honesty. You let me know when I am so sore that I need to use the foam roller or get a massage. You let me know when you are feeling kinda woozy and an illness might be coming on. You also let me know when you have had enough and all you want is the bed and a good movie. My mind sometimes fights you on that one, but you usually win.

Kicking ass. This needs no explanation.

How about you, dear friends.. what do you thank your body for TODAY?

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