Monday, January 30, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
This is so true. In our society, it's easier to grab a Big Mac than it is to have a healthy, clean meal. Sad! Remember, our choices have consequences!! Make smart ones!! This is why I love Shakeology so much. It's quick, it's easy, it tastes good, and I know it is fueling my body with the nutrients and energy it so desperately needs to function at its best, even on the days when making smart choices is harder! www.shakeology.com/julieblanks for more info. :)
Posted by Julie Blanks at 10:22 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Posted by Julie Blanks at 9:22 AM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
There's no substitute for a great workout. If you want results, you gotta push. I mean, HARD. Don't go through the motions, don't just half-ass it. WORK! It's gonna be tough. It SHOULD be tough! But don't give up because everyday, you're getting stronger!
You got this!
Posted by Julie Blanks at 10:45 AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Working out is not a punishment. It is a privilege!
If you don't feel this way, you need to find a different workout, or change your mindset. If you begin a workout feeling guilty about something you ate, put thoughts of that out of your head. Focus instead on the way your muscles feel, focus on your breathing, think about your form. Be in the moment, banish negativity, and start loving exercise!
Posted by Julie Blanks at 11:30 AM
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Think about this: Going over your daily maintenance calories by just 70 calories per day leads to a 10-pound weight gain over the course of a year. YIKES!
I use an app on my phone that lets me enter what I ate, and how many calories it was, then it keeps track of the total for me. There are websites galore to help you compute calories, even when you eat out! My faves are www.sparkrecipes.com and www.livestrong.com. Google is also your friend.
Posted by Julie Blanks at 2:05 PM
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
We often forget that fitness is a lifetime journey. It's great to have goals, and great to be always working to better yourself, but it's so easy to get caught up in hating your body now, and telling yourself you will love yourself "when _____." Truth is, you have to love yourself at ALL stages of your journey! NOBODY is perfect, and that size 3 next to you is probably freaking out about her imaginary love handles just as much as you are freaking out about your imaginary butt jiggle.
A friend of mine, we'll call her Stacy, recently told me about trying on bridesmaid dresses with a size-4 friend. In a nutshell, the seamstress called Stacy fat and compared her to her size-4 friend, making several other hurtful statements. Now, I don't know what size Stacy is, but I do know that she isn't fat. I also don't think there is a single thing wrong with being a size 4, but I do know that not everyone is meant to be a size 4. The fact that an older woman (the seamstress) would stoop to being mean and hurtful makes me sad and angry. In a society where loving ourselves is a daily struggle against the pressure to look like Kate Moss, who is she to take such a blow to Stacy's self-esteem? Who is she to say a size 4 is ideal?
I am a firm believer that beauty comes in many different packages. Cliche? Maybe. But true, nonetheless. I hope Stacy realizes this, and I hope both she and her size-4 friend love themselves and know they are beautiful EXACTLY as they are.
I hope that I can learn to love myself and my body as a size 10 and stop standing in front of the mirror in disgust.
I hope that seamstress will learn to keep her mouth shut before she destroys someone else's perhaps already-shaky sense of self-worth.
I hope all of us can set fitness and health goals that aren't based on reaching an unrealistic 'ideal weight.'
Let's practice together. Loving ourselves. Right now, at this very moment.
Posted by Julie Blanks at 9:46 AM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I encourage you to take charge of your thoughts! Be the best that you can be, and LOVE yourself, exactly as you are, right at this moment.
Posted by Julie Blanks at 8:42 AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Posted by Julie Blanks at 2:27 PM