Yes, this is me after a workout. I'm always smiling and feeling great. And I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I'm focusing on improving my life- every part of it-- by treating myself better. That means no more negative self-talk. Been there, done that for several years, y'all know. Perimenopause hit me and I fell down and then just did a lot of whining and moaning about it, a lot of beating myself up about everything, a lot of picking myself apart from head to toe....where did that get me? NOWHERE. Now, my attitude IS UP AND UP AND UP. I accept me now, then and future. I recognize MY UNIQUE talents and beauty and I own it. I'm not competing with you or anyone else. I am unabashedly ME. God created me with unlimited potential and I aim to own it. God created me with a mind and body capable of great things and I will treat that mind and body like a temple, as I should.
How else can I treat myself better (in ways I haven't in the past few years) and how can you adopt simple things that will make BIG lasting changes??
Spend more time with friends. I spent two years doing NOTHING but working......all the time. ALL THE TIME. I had no social life and I lost touch with a lot of friends. Now it is WONDERFUL to have great friends like Jami, among others who just bring me so much joy. Heading up to WI with Amy for the KOSS event-- we had SO MUCH FUN!!! And I get to see Laura in Atlanta soon (yea I'm there on business but seeing her and my Hotlanta friends-- sooo exciting). I get to see Carla at Fitbloggin next month.....and my friend Linda here locally-- let me tell you, when she and I get together for sushi and girl talk (this weekend we went to see that movie The Wedding- LOVED IT) --- it is just pure fun. I am blessed with friends and LOVE making time to spend with them.
For me, the more yoga I do the better. It's both for my mind and my body and it's the only time- other than during massage or sleep that my mind is STILL. I need that.
I cannot tell you how much massage does for me. My muscles get soooooooo tight and having the best massage is not only relaxing, it helps with overall conditioning. And I have yet to meet a spa service that I don't like. I don't need fancy cars and ridiculously huge houses with too many rooms, but give me more spa time and I am golden. ;-)
I've really gotten back into my skincare rituals again. Yes, rituals. Allowing myself the TIME I deserve to take care of my skin. At 44 I feel fantastic about how I look- I have used Arbonne skin care for about 6-7 years now...adding a lot more products for the face and body, and also starting to use some of their health/fitness/spa products too-- that's a separate post. But taking care of my skin in the morning and night- it makes a difference.
Vacations. Plural. Not just talking about it but actually BOOKING them. Lots more to come. Because, I work hard and relax WELL.
Treat yourself with mini-rewards. We all work hard in this fitness journey-- and now I like giving myself (non-food related) rewards along the way. Something like new sneakers (why do I think that word sounds so dorky?? I say tennis shoes, which is even more dorky because I don't play tennis....HMMM) or a great new workout outfit or....the new Sparkly Sould headbands I just got (addicting!!! sassy plus they keep the hair back and they do not move!!)....(To get the shoes above, visit Reebok.com.)
I'm taking more time to READ. For personal and business instead of all business.
All of this-- all that I am changing -- all that I am making time for in my life- it's making me more effective in my work. It's changing everything.
And then love happened and now I make time for that. Clearly I don't need to explain why. ;-)
Balance. It's doable. It looks different for everyone-- but -- it is attainable and probably will always transform as life progresses. What I can say is this....all work and no play is no way to live.
LIVE your life.
DISCLOSURE: Reebok and Sparkly Soul are both clients of my company, FitFluential. All opinions shared here are my own.