Move, Nourish, Believe

I am IN LOVE with the Lorna Jane philosophy of “Move, Nourish, Believe.” I was VERY excited when the hosts of The Fit Dish link up felt compelled to have us share how we will move, nourish, believe through photo’s. They dig the philosophy too. And how can they not?! It is so inspiring and I think you will love it too, if you don’t already. So thank you to Jill Conyers and Jessica Joy for kicking the link up off this week.

Before I get to my photo’s of how I will Move, Nourish, and Believe this week I have to share some NEWS….. I got to meet Lorna Jane!!!!!!!!!!!! I was like a kid in a candy store, so stinkin’ excited. She came to Dallas for an event so I took my bootay to NorthPark mall to meet her, do yoga with her, and have her sign my cookbook. Aghhhh!!!!!! Fitness role model alert times ten. ūüôā

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So now back to the meat of the post. How will I Move, Nourish, and Believe this week?! Let’s do this…

{MOVE}

I am inspired to move through yoga almost daily. It sets the tone for a happy, healthy, and well-balanced day. In addition to yoga, I try to get in my 10,000 daily steps either through jogging, walking outdoors, or Insanity Max 30 when I feel the need for an intense burn! I have been adding in a bit of PIYO this past week as well so will continue that. I love how my muscles FEEL after it.

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{NOURISH}

I believe in intuitive eating. I believe in nourishing my body with fuel that is mostly healthy, but also tasty. I do not believe in restriction. I do not believe in dieting. I believe in finding out what works best for MY body. I check in before meals to see what it is that I REALLY want. I know my likes and dislikes. I TRUST myself! One of my all-time favorite meals whenever it is cold (and yes, it is even cold here in Dallas, TX) is Harvest Vegetable Chowder. So many yummy delicious vegetables in this dish! And I always eat soup with crackers or toasted bread FO SHO!

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{BELIEVE}

I used the word believe a lot in my “Nourish” post, but believing is a GOOD thing in so many different areas. I will believe in myself and in my goals. I will fall, but when I fall I will get back up again. Too keep this attitude up, I want to spend a few minutes¬†daily in some form of meditation, whether journaling, moving meditation, prayer, or stillness. I believe in loving yourself, imperfections¬†and all. Here is a picture I took from last week’s National Eating Disorders Awareness week.

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How will you move, nourish, believe this week?

Got a Dream board?

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Have you ever created a dream or vision board? ¬†I created one in college, but that was about it. ¬†Until this past weekend. ¬†And I am left with the question… why do I not create one of these EVERY year? ¬†They are a fun and creative way to get you thinking about the year ahead.

There are no rules to creating a dream board.  I have seen some extremely artistic boards with original drawings and pictures.  I am not quite that talented (yet!) so my art comes from cutting up magazines and strategically placing them on the board.  It works!  I am also a woman of words.  Words motivate me even more than pictures do I think.  So, I definitely put key words on my vision board.

Let’s dig in a little…

The left side of my dream board is geared towards my personal life, while the right side is geared more towards Simple Delights.  Here are a few key dreams:

  • Personal: get yoga back into my life, dance in a musical or other performance, travel regularly (on my list for 2014: St. Lucia, Hawaii, & Colorado for sure), save more money (hopefully at least $500 per month this year), and focus attention on love, family, and the little things.
  • Simple Delights: grow Simple Delights into a must-read blog, get published in a magazine, improve my social media presence, add nutrition counseling to services offered through Simple Delights, provide motivation and inspiration to others through Simple Delights.

So there you have it.. my dream board.  I will keep it placed in my office all year-round and then hopefully make a new one next January.

Here’s to a good year!

 

Let Music Move You!

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I haven’t ran a single mile in over a week and half. ¬† But, yet I am “training for a half marathon.” ¬†Feeling kinda guilty, I decided today was the day to get back with the program.

My excuse was the flu and cold weather. ¬†I let the flu run its course and then only did indoor workouts with this nappy weather, leaving running by the wayside. ¬†And I NEVER run on ¬†treadmill… can’t stand it. ¬†My number 1 rule to physical activity is don’t do something you hate. ¬†If you hate it, you won’t keep it up. ¬†Find activities you actually like.

Today was the day to get back on my training program. ¬†My training program consists of running 3 times per week. ¬†This week’s schedule is 2 days of 5 milers and 1 day of a ¬†7 miler. ¬†THAT alone was frightening me. ¬†I feared the pavement this morning, thinking that there was no way I was going to be able to do 5 miles after not running for a week and half. ¬†Isn’t it funny how crazy our minds can blow things out of proportion? ¬†I mean, some people rarely run and can go for 10 miles. ¬†But, not this girl.

I needed to get my motivation up. ¬†I needed to start turning my fear around and think positively. ¬†I decided I would give my run 30 minutes. ¬†If I wanted to keep going after 30 minutes, I could. ¬†If I didn’t, no worries. ¬†And I got a kick-butt playlist. ¬†I am all about good music! ¬†And of course, “good” is subjective. ¬†You may or may not like my taste, but some of the songs that got me moving today are in the picture up top.

I left for my run and went 43 minutes.  Look at me go!  I did 4 miles.. and you know what?  I feel great about it.  The fear of starting up again is gone.  This weekend I can tackle a longer run with no qualms and GREAT music.  Whenever you fear the unknown or just need extra motivation, let the music move you.  And turn any negative feelings around.  Stay positive. It works!