No matter your size or your shape or your weight or your inches - if you don’t work on loving yourself everyday, and not just for your body but for your mind, you’re going to feel it.
And I was starting to feel it. I could feel that inner mean girl judging me, despite the fact that this is not only the best shape I’ve probably ever been in my entire life, but I’ve never been more dedicated to my health. And yet those thoughts of self judgment and doubt still creep up on me.
So I decided to add in a new pose to the progress photo lineup. One that’s bent and bumpy and curvy and natural. One that makes me focus on the joy I’m creating and not just the physical results.
Because the way you talk to yourself matters. The way you see yourself matters. So let yourself see you as the fullest, kindest, most beautiful, full of life self that you are at heart.
#bekindtoyourself #selfloveclub #selfloveisthebestlove #weightlossjourney #fitnessjourney #progressnotperfection #findthejoy #gratitudeattitude #lifeofjoy #findyourhappy
I had a really good time on @cbcams
today! Sometimes I get upset with myself for giving too much to people who take advantage but when other complete strangers give their kindness to me it makes it all worth it. By “it” maybe I mean being alive? Idk. It is also true that I have a real mean streak but that usually presents itself when I feel I’ve been wronged or someone I care about has been wrong OR when both parties are into it 😉 kinky bitches 😈 sometimes ya gotta be a cunt because somebody’s gotta put the ‘mean’ in ‘meaningful’ 💁🏼♀️ I love ya 💕 #chaturbate #chaturbatemodel #camgirllife #bekindtoyourself #bekindtooneanother #mean #meaningful
30 min of a full body HIIT workout followed by an easy pace 3 miles to close out the night. Wanted to see if my body could handle the switch and it held up beautifully. On my run I reflected not just on my new age but on the way I’ve treated my body and the demands I’ve made of it over these last 32 years:
To be strong.
To be soft.
To be curvy.
To be skinny.
To have bigger breasts.
To have a rounder butt.
To be faster.
To be flexible.
To be sexy.
To be presentable.
To be turned on.
To be desired.
To grow & nurture a tiny human.
To be ALL OF THE ABOVE, ALL THE TIME, without fault or failure.
With each step I took tonight I realize there’s only one thing I will ask of my body going forward:
To be HEALTHY.
The rest, can go F*CKing hang. I’m not perfect and never will be. But I am learning to be kind to MYSELF. To love & accept my body in every stage. Because if it doesn’t start with me, than I’ll never be able to believe or accept it from anyone else. But even more important, to abuse it with negative thought & talk & unrealistic expectations, would be an insult to its creator.
Be kind to your body my friends. It’s the only one you get. 🏃🏽♀️✌🏽💕
#run #runner #running #runnergirl #motherrunner #onyourmarq #oymambassador #runnerscommunity #womensrunningcommunity #igrunners #fitfam #healthjourney #sweatlife #runlife #bekindtoyourself #choosejoy #realtalk #selfvalue #ihavearunnersbody #bebrave #bestrong #bebadass
And we’re damn sure not guacamole either! 🥑 🙈😂🤷🏻♀️👌 #justdoyou
I weighed myself this morning. And I can't lie I've been so unkind to myself the WHOLE day 🤯. Ever since I started working out I'm obsessed with looking a certain way...which is nuts because I always loved my body how it was. I think I have to learn to balance and wait patiently for results. And just a reminder to myself and others that muscle weighs more than fat, so you can tone up and lose inches while the scale doesn't move. One thing I want to learn through this process is to love myself unconditionally. Ive been self conscious and quite honestly it needs to stop, because this little body is getting stronger everyday and with hard work we can all reach our goals 😌💫💖 #Thoughts #Reminder #BeKindToYourself #Tbt #UpsandDowns #FuckScales
Don’t rush your growth babes. Give yourself the time you need to grow, evolve, & become everything you’re meant to be- and bloom when you are ready 🌰🌱🌻💐💓
Thank you @bykellymalka
for this lovely reminder 🙏🏼 tag a friend who could use this reminder 💕
Trauma (brain) is a liar, my therapist told me recently. I responded, I know, but I still believe it. I recognize the unhealthy thoughts that spiral out of control some nights, I know that they are a product of trauma brain, and I am ashamed of them, yet I still cannot stop believing them. The ones that say there's something wrong with me, it doesn't matter, my story doesn't matter, nobody cares, I don't matter, I am worthless, and I am nothing. One day, maybe I can stop swallowing lies.
#asisitinsilence #domesticviolenceawareness #sexualassaultawareness #narcissisticabuserecovery #recovery #ptsd #ptsdawareness #ptsdrecovery #ptsdhealing #traumaawareness #traumabrain #traumahealing #bekindtoyourself #selflove #selfcare #keepfighting #invisiblebattles #yourstorymatters #tellyourstory #showyourscars #mentalhealthquotes #healingquotes #recoveryquotes #poetry #poemsofiginstadaily #art #artofinsta #writingoftheday #writeaway #nomore
Healthy living means being good to ourselves too. .
Photo credit: @Janice
Anyone can be one question away from a breakdown.
I’ve noticed a pattern in my work as a medical interpreter
The doctor will ask questions, the patient will be happy and laughing and then the doctor asks about their mood and if they’ve been feeling sad
Cue the instant waterworks
All the problems they’ve been dealing with and trying to suppress bubble up to the surface
Some start pouring out all the things they’ve been dealing with, others insist that everything is ok and they just feel sad
All it took for that person to start crying was a simple question from the doctor. Imagine how many people in your life might be at that point.
We could all give a little extra kindness in our daily interactions, you never know what’s really going on in someone’s life.
If that ‘one question away from a breakdown’ person is you today, please know there are people who care ❤️
Cardio Day in the books for day 11 of #stronginfall
🙌 followed by date night with the hubby! .
I was thankful for the daily challenge this morning. Quick rise w/ breath practice. It always sets me up for a much more calm morning...which was needed, seeing as I couldn't get bloodwork done as planned today. Still a frustrating situation, but the sense of calm I cultivated upon waking this morning certainly helped. .
I tackled a @fitnessblender
cardio hiit and abs workout for today's cardio workout, and it was just what I needed. By the end, I was certainly toast, but felt energized at the same time. .
To keep the good feelings going, I also diffused some Purification in my office, and every time I breathed it in, it came along with a sense of peace combined with inspiration. .
The day ended with Zach and I going to what I believe is the best Irish pub in Pittsburgh and enjoying a fantastic meal, a beverage, and a little walk before heading back home. What a lovely day it has been. 💚🍀
Today's lesson: take deep breaths. Let things roll along. Move your body. Wake up your senses. Cultivate goodness and joy in your life. Have a great day. .
@daniellepascente #katcrew #katg #hiit #sweatsesh #bekindtoyourself #fitnessblender #workoutcomplete #youdoyou #youcandoit #treatyoself #createyourself #cultivate #mentalhealth #anxiety #anxietyrelief #bethelight #makeachange #perspective #changeyourlife #embracethestruggle #fitnessjourney #pittsburgh #fittpgh #butdidyoudie
🙌🏻 Today's Post is about pausing and reflecting when in self doubt. .
🙌🏻 When we feel pressurized or stressed, it might be an alarming sign to Pause the reel of life and take a step back to count our blessings, to relax a bit. .
🙌🏻 When in stress, I find writing healing to burst that stress or simply taking a nap, spending time with nature for that amazing doze of positivity. .
🙌🏻 We try our best and in over doing so, we might get burnt out. Our body, mind, soul sends us alarming signals, let us learn to be active listeners. .
🙌🏻 We can only be best versions of ourselves on any aspects of our lives when we become aware of self. .
🙌🏻 Again, being best self doesn't mean 'Perfect.' Perfection is ambiguous. .
🙌🏻 Differences between us are what make us individuals. .
🙌🏻Having variety is the beauty.
#mindfulness #bestself #perception
not #perfection #100daychallenge #day16 #energydetox #healing
Be kind to one another. 💛
Practicing some self care tonight.
Ran an Epsom salt bath, sipping on some lemon water, listening to some praise music while these three gems run in the diffuser. So relaxed right now!. These oils come in the Starter Kit. They are a great tool to use when you're needing to unwind after a long day.
How do you unwind?? #selfcare #bekindtoyourself
A IS A CONSONANT MOMMY! NOT A VOWEL! #whenyour5yearoldthinksheisgrown
Mason and I had this conversation the other day and it made me giggle. He SWEARS Mrs. Rhodes says A is a consonant. My response, "Mason. A is a vowel and mommy knows this because she used to be a teacher." The look of complete amazement on his face made me giggle. It's crazy that I taught for 13 years but he NEVER knew. My years as a teacher were blessed but spending the last 5 years at home has been a blessing I never expected.
At age 35 I had 2 college degrees in education. My dad was a preacher my whole life and my mom was a teacher.
I had ZERO business training.
I was 100 pounds overweight.
I NEVER played sports.
I had very little social media following.
These were all the reasons it NEVER occurred to me I could have a profitable career in HEALTH & FITNESS or work from home!
Fast Forward to today. I have a growing team. I have surpassed my teaching income with 13 years experience, a master's degree and multiple special certifications.
My check today for 7 days of work was equal to what I made in TWO weeks of teaching and continues to grow each month! I have a growing team, a community of ladies who help me grow in my faith, health and positive effect on those I get to support. I have traveled all over the world because of this business.
Have you been following me for a while and wondered?
Do you have questions about what is involved?
Are you looking for a way to bring in more income?
Do you have a passion to help others?
Do you want to make friends and be a part of something positive?
Do you love to travel?
Are you craving something MORE?
Whatever it is that appeals to you about this, I hope you will check out a no strings attached glimpse into joining my team starting next week!
There is room in my family for you! I can't wait to help you learn, squash your fears and build your dream! Drop me a comment or DM me so you can check it out!
So...I promise I had a much healthier dinner planned for tonight...but I had my first @weightwatchers
meeting and it went a little longer than I expected and I was starving when I got home and definitely did not want to spend an hour cooking my planned meal. So I found some easy Velveeta mac (6sp) and heated some fish sticks (9sp) in my air fryer for a super fast dinner. And even though it looks like a kindergartner’s meal, it’s delicious and I’m still on track for the day with a blue dot despite going off my plan.
I’m pretty sure I’ve had 3 weeks in one this week 🤦🏻♀️😴. .
Doing my best to be intentional and spend 5-10 min here and there to sloooooowwwww down and breathe. .
But it is HARD. It’s hard not to get stressed during weeks like this... it’s hard to not have an attitude during weeks like this... it’s hard to put self care first during weeks like this... .
But hard is not impossible. .
And it’s all about making the choice to lean into the hard and push past it or dwell in it and let it consume you. .
The choice is always yours. .
Tell me... how you’re going to practice self care tonight? .
I’m going to sit down and do some reading while cuddling my pups 😍
Ladies, you do NOT have to kill yourselves with cardio that you hate every day in order to see results. You don’t have to eat foods you hate to see results. You don’t have to dread every single day to get results, you are just making it harder on yourself!
Everyday I go into the gym I see so many young girls hop on the treadmill and spend over an hour doing cardio then talking about how much they hate the gym as they are leaving
This makes me SO SAD!!! In the picture on the left I was doing cardio like crazy thinking that was the only way to see results. I did cardio until I hated my life then took weeks off because I dreaded going to the gym, I hated myself.
I would starve myself until I literally was miserable then binge ate everything in sight because I was SO hungry, I hated myself.
One day I decided I was going to lift weights because I always loved doing that when I had in the past, and purchased a guide off @gabbymale
to get me started and do workouts that made me excited to start the day.
One day I decided I was going to work on repairing my relationship with food and eat to FUEL my body but still find ways to eat foods I love. I’m not going to lie and say that my relationship with food is great, because honestly I still struggle so much. But I’m working on it every single day because I want to inspire as many young women as I can to have a good relationship with their bodies and food, and I can’t do that if I don’t have one myself!
Just know that you are worthy of happiness, you don’t have to do workouts you hate, you don’t have to starve yourself.
Work on tour relationship with yourself, move tour body in ways that you love, eat to fuel your body 🤗🌸
Six things I love about myself
1. My eyes, the shape of my mother's, the colour of my father's and forever squinty
2. I always do what I can to help other people. I am always here for advice or even just a shoulder to rant at
3. My lips and nose- although these used to be my most hated things four years ago. I love them now. My nose reminds me of my Greek heritage and my lips are just peachy
4. I'm gonna do what makes me happy at the end of the day no matter what authority says that it won't work
5. My body shape- although I don't like my bulgy hip-lovehandle things I love the shape and curve of my body I just wish I could see it for what it really is every day instead of on few and random ones
6. The power my mind has to entirely read things and figure stuff out and work very quickly when it is needed
Sometimes you need to take a step out and figure out what you love
My beautiful boi @harri_bo_01
helped me to do this when I was very sad yesterday
Positivity really does work wonders
//Bruises - FVK
#sharewhatyoulove #selflove #benice #bekindtoyourself #positivity #bodyppsitive #bodypositivity #loveyourself #saywhatyoulove #bewhatyouwant #riseup #fucksociety #dowhatmakesyouhappy
Feeling good! Glad to be weight lifting again. Juggling vacation and the start of school was hard but I’m back on track now. It feels so difficult to get back in the gym and back into my healthy habits with depression calling me back to bed/the couch. When I finally get in here, every single time, I start to feel better. It is a cycle and I’m getting better at breaking it! #loveyourself #takecareofyourself #weightloss #weightlifting #bekindtoyourself #healthy #healthylife
Today on our team page we talked about eating right. 6 years ago I was an emotional eater. Now I'm a mindful eater. I pay attention to when I'm hungry, then I eat. I notice when I'm no longer hungry, and I stop eating. When I want to eat everything in sight I accept that feeling but I find something else to do, or find another way to cope with my feelings. It can feel like rocket science and it takes a long time to get it right. Be pateint with yourself and kind to your body 💭❤
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows when you’re shedding your old skin. I thought it would be easy to leave it behind because I was beyond ready, but it’s a true loss that deserves proper grieving. *
I was really emotional last week and couldn’t figure out what was going on...luckily I have many intuitive teachers to call upon who helped me see what it was: growth. It’s a natural part of evolving, but it’s not discussed as much as it should be. Had I not been properly supported, I could’ve let the sadness and nostalgia pull me backwards. If you’re going through your own growth, be kind to yourself and honor your feelings along the way. To get to the next stage, you have to say goodbye to the former self...I will know to welcome it going forward, not resist it. 🙏💕 #spiritualawakening #selflove #selfcare #higherconsciousness #evolving #stagesoflife #bekindtoyourself #love #peace #flow #dreamhealthlove #sanfrancisco #losangeles #theuniversehasyourback
Maybe this is just the reminder you needed to end the week! It’s almost Friday! 🙈💓
My other Chester work in progress⚡️In the end, the cracks will be gold like the Japanese Kintsugi. The art of repairing something broken using gold 💛making something once shattered beautiful again.
🎵Mike Shinoda-Over Again
When you feel tempted to revert back to old self-destructive habits, remind yourself you are moving forward- not backward. Although it will make you feel better in the moment, it usually doesn’t make you feel better afterwards, or it has pretty negative repercussions.
This is something I had to remind myself today. Sometimes things can be triggering or upsetting and you want to go for instant relief, but it may not be the best relief in the long run.
Just take a breath, this will pass. You’ve gotten this far, and you’ll get even farther. You are strong. You are bold. You are resilient❣️
I’ve never read a statement more true than this one. 🙌🏽
It took me forever to realize I had to take care of me, before I could entertain any type of a relationship. Even tho I question if I’d ever be ready for anything like that....if perfection presents itself, I know I’m ready 🙌🏽👌🏽✌🏽 #alwaysloveYOUfirst
.:: I SAID YES ::.
Man: “Your ring has been re-sized and is ready for pickup.” Me: “ perfect- I appreciate your work! I’ll be there to pick it up tonight”
Three years ago I got the tattoo of this equilibrium symbol you see on my right forearm to represent my commitment to reaching wholeness; equilibrium with my feminine and masculine energies.
It’s been messy + fun + lots of crying + feeling anger/pain to transmute it into light/love + liberating AF + full of compassion + acceptance + perseverance.
I just renewed my vows + put a ring on it to symbolize this next level.
I am + will always be my top priority.
I will always bet on myself.
I am committed + married to myself and the divine above all else.
Always and forever.
Everyday I choose myself.
It’s vital to fulfill my dream of being an extraordinary wife + mother + daughter + leader + liberator + sister + other roles I choose to play in the game.
Women- we set the example + lead emotionally.
Are you courting yourself?
Are you getting intimate AF? Spiritually + emotionally + physically?
Become your own best friend + lover + sanctuary + security + protection .. I’ve never been more in love with myself + my business + playing in the fairytale/video game/playground called life.
A life partner is a cherry on top of your better-than-sex cake lifestyle you live out not an end-point or object.
The souls you dance with in connection are an outlet to express the wild, deep + infinite love you ALREADY are.
They get to take a hit of what it’s like to EXPERIENCE you + your energy- in whatever way that looks like.
You see, security isn’t found in another person.
It isn’t found in your career.
It isn’t found in ANYTHING outside of yourself.
A solid foundation to build + navigate + explore this dream/video game/fairytale is done from INSIDE.
Your inner world is what’s real. It is infinite. It’s what’s unconditional. It’s steadfast. It’s a sanctuary. It’s one with God/source.
Your birthday suit is a conduit. A channel.
Your partnership + relationships are a conduit- containers for God/source to refine our souls making a bigger expression to others through the union. [continue on blog]
• He is our source of life 🌼🌿•
Breathing life into us.
Lovingly + softly leading us to see the limitless and unique potential, in ourselves (through the valleys of life: the refining fire 🔥which he uses for good and not to harm). A potential He lovingly placed within each and every one of us.
May we continue to open our hearts and minds ♥️: allowing His divine breath and blood to flow through us so we can grow up healthy in God as His word + Spirit continues to nourish us, on our journey towards becoming more like Him.
For He is a Mighty God 💪 - > who isn’t in the business of making ‘nice’ people; Rather, Christlike people (loving yet firm, compassionate yet authoritative, wise yet humble). . > And while change is never comfortable (as we propel towards Christlikeness with Him by our side) I can personally testify that there is always a fruitful harvest (blessing) awaiting for us when we courageously surrender ‘our old ways’ and take on more of His divine traits. For myself personally, more recently, this was God teaching me the importance of ‘speaking up’ for myself and being reminded that I am only responsible for my own thoughts, emotions and behaviours (not others: irrespective of any ‘guilt’ I may feel for doing so (self-imposed or imposed on by others)). .
May today ☀️ be a day filled with peace, joy and freedom as you cast your cares (and your friends’) Heavenward - trusting in Him to do what only He can do 🌟🤗 ♥️ For He loves you dearly and only wants the best for you. .
Self-care tip #21
Release that “frenemy.” Do you have someone in your life that claims to be a friend but always puts you down or causes you pain? These types of relationships are far too common, and it can be incredibly difficult to let these types of friends go. We must release people who do not raise us higher as we all deserve to be surrounded by people that cheer us on and brighten our days. Release the negative and open up to new, positive friendships.
Use your kindness to do great things! You are important and can change the world with one smile at a time. .
Middle school and high school are going to have challenges and obstacles. Don’t follow the crowd. Don’t let mean girls get away with being mean girls. Don’t be a mean girl. .
Make good choices. Choose to stand alone if that means doing the right thing. Choose to stick up for the underdog. Choose to be someone’s reason to smile. .
You are strong! You are powerful! You are kind! I am so incredibly proud to be your mama - xo 😘
#middleschool #choosekindness #worldchanger #compassion #theworldneedsyou #dohardthings #makegoodchoices