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Happy Tuesday, friends!

I’ve been spending a lot of time decluttering and organizing my home these past couple of weeks. It feels like it’s been a long time coming. I typically wait until my kids are out of school, so that they can have some input into what we donate or trash. Last Friday, my kids and I tackled their bedroom and clothes. It took us 4 hours from start to finish. I ended up walking over 7 miles in my house decluttering! That’s crazy.

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5 Ways to Practice Self-Love Through Fitness

I know so many people that view fitness as only a way to burn calories and fat. They typically dread working out and eventually quit all together. This tends to result with a negative mindset on fitness in general.

Instead of viewing fitness as a means to weight loss, consider seeing it as a way to express self-love. That’s right, fitness is a form of self-love. Move your body because you love it. You’re your body because you are grateful and appreciate it. Below are 5 ways to practice self-love through fitness.

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5 Ways to Fit Exercise in a Busy Life

Nowadays everyone is busy. Busy with work, school, family, home chores, etc.  How is it some people are able to balance fitness with their crazy schedules and others are not?

It comes down to priorities and making time. Then eventually it becomes a habit. I’ve been working out regularly for 24 years. For me it is similar to showering. I just do it, whether I want to or not.

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My Daily Wellness Must Haves

On most days, my nutrition is spot on, my workout goes well, I’m relaxed, and well rested. Then there are those days that do not go as planned. I’m lucky if I remember to drink more than a glass of water, I might overeat, my workout gets canceled, I’m frazzled, and I’m surviving on barely any sleep. Does this happen to you?

No matter what my day is like there are a few wellness staples that are must haves.

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I fit in produce.

 No matter what I always find a way to fit in some sort of produce. On good days, I’m eating all of the colors of the rainbow in a variety of fruits and vegetables. On not so good days, I can only manage to eat riced cauliflower for every meal. Either way, I find a way to eat plants. If you’re unable to eat/prepare fresh produce, then buy frozen and canned produce.  


I move my body.

I workout at least 5 days a week and find some way to add movement on the other 2 days. Exercising is important not only for the body, but it also benefits you emotionally and mentally. I’m more structured on the days I workout and less so on my off days. If my days gets crazy and I have to cancel a workout, I find some way to move. It might be 20 squats and 20 pushups before showering or wall sits for 2 minutes while I brush my teeth. It’s not much, but it’s something.   


I drink green tea.

I love the taste of green tea. I also love the antioxidants I get from drinking green tea. Green tea gives me a sense of calm and comfort. I usually have it after dinner clean up.


I eat enough protein.

Protein is an essential component of everyone’s diet. Every cell in your body is made up of protein. It has the highest thermogenesis rate and satiety than fat or carbohydrates.


I find time for yoga.

 Even if it’s only for 5 minutes or a forward fold. Yoga calms me and reminds me to be more mindful.


I find time for gratitude.

Every day I acknowledge one thing I’m grateful for in addition to my staples (kids, husband, health, family/friends, my life).  


I drink at least a gallon of water a day.

Water helps me feel better. It keeps me full and hydrated.


Spending time in the sun.

The sun calms me and I feel overall better. It’s a great way to get Vitamin D, which most people lack especially in the north. If you are spending more than 15 minutes in the sun or are out during the sun’s peak time, 10 am – 2 pm, protect you skin with sunscreen.


I find a way to connect with a loved one.

Our lives are incredibly busy, and slowing down to ask a loved one how their day was or sharing your day allows us to connect and grow that relationship.


I like to spend time on a hobby.

Some days I am able to spend a lot of time on a hobby and other days I have only a few minutes. Spending time on a hobby allows you to destress and do something you enjoy that is only for you. I spend most of my days taking care of other people that it’s nice to do something that is just for me.

What are some of your daily wellness mush haves?