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You know that feeling when you know you have to have a tough conversation? Like when your stomach is in knots and you just can’t stop thinking about what might end up in an argument? One of my clients came to workout with me recently and was feeling these exact things. Her husband had said something she didn’t appreciate, and she knew it had to be addressed.
Normally, this client is quite relaxed and bubbly, but I could tell something was wrong even before she said it. Once her story started coming out, I asked her if she wanted to prepare for this conversation by getting some of her energy out, that way she could approach her argument in a much calmer way. Seriously, she was so angry that when she was on her way to see me, she said that she was yelling in her car, almost acting out what she thought might happen in her real upcoming argument.
You’ve probably heard that when you’re angry you should punch a pillow right? Well, that is good advice and doing that can get you anger out before an argument, but it’s not easy to do when you’re in a situation that requires quiet… Like at work? It’s very hard to slip away and punch a pillow.
Or, maybe you’re fighting with your partner at home? If you’re mad about something and preparing for the conversation, sometimes it’s best to prepare in silence so you don’t let the other people at home know what’s coming. And let’s be honest, it’s much easier to get real emotions out if we are positive no one ones we are doing it. It’s not that you’re hiding, it’s that you’re letting your real and unbridled emotions out with nothing holding them back. Perfectly healthy!
So, on to what you can do instead of punching a pillow… Instead of that, just try punching the air. Even better, if you have a resistance band around, you can hold that with your hands and continue to punch. I promise, you’ll get your heart rate up and these pent up emotions out.
Another option, and my favorite method, and what my client liked too, was to stand in place and hike your knee up as high as you can, as if you were going to knee someone in the stomach. You can imagine whomever you’d like in this situation! Ha.
The next time I saw my client, I asked her how the conversation went. She told me that by getting these emotions out before her argument, she felt much calmer and ready to speak clearly about what was on her mind. She told me that her therapist even agreed and that what we did was a great idea.
Obviously, you won’t always know when fights are coming, but hopefully these movements can help you be prepared for whatever might come up!
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I'm sure you've heard the phrase "live to workout" right? Well, even as a personal trainer, I think that phrase is bull. No offense, but if your life revolves around exercise, that's a pretty sad life. You have better things to do with your time!
This episode of The LIFT YOUR LIFE Podcast talks about how even as a personal trainer, I think that instead of living to workout, we should workout to LIVE. I also share with you an amazing resource that goes in depth into how often you should exercise and what specific types of exercise are best to achieve your goals!
Today's episode of the podcast talks about a 4 step process to reduce your feelings of overwhelm and finally take control over your health goals and make them happen. Listen to the episode using the toolbar below or search for The LIFT YOUR LIFE Podcast wherever you stream your podcasts.
If you want immediate help with overwhelm, here's the four steps:
Today's episode of the podcast talks about how to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder from taking over your life. As a midwesterner, it's hard to stay motivated in the winter! Listen to the episode using the toolbar below or search for The LIFT YOUR LIFE Podcast wherever you stream your podcasts.
These are the resources I refer to in the podcast that can help you prevent SAD:
Sunrise Alarm Clock
Citrus Essential Oils
Yes, it's still cold, but the promise of spring is closer for us Midwesterners! Some of February's produce is the same as January, but this month we have the lovely addition of Endive and Radicchio.
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Seriously, it can be done! Eating healthy is NOT just about calories and you CAN overhaul your nutrition without starving. What you are going to learn today is the easiest way easiest way to improve your nutrition.
First of all, if you are new to the realm of cooking, and you're thinking, "I only have like two recipes that I know how to make", I promise you that skill of being able to cook and not need a recipe, it will come with time. But in the meantime, I want you to rely on recipes. There is no shame in that. Because really, they're just serving as inspiration for you. They're teaching you about new food pairings about new spice blends. They're teaching you all of those basic skills. And then over time, once you get better at making those tried and true recipes, you will finally start to feel like a home chef or a foodie.
Now on to my actual tip that I have for you. You need to eat seasonally. Think back to summertime, I'm assuming that every single one of you has probably had a homegrown tomato, and you know how much better that tastes, then which then the tomatoes that you buy at the grocery store. I think we all know that right? Now part of that does have to do with like the dirt that the tomato was grown in. It does have to do with that. But the biggest part is that that tomato was picked off the plant at its peak of freshness. What does that mean? Well, it means that that tomato had as much time as it needed to gain all of the nutrients and vitamins and minerals from the dirt from the sun from everything from the water. It had all of that time to get as nutritious as it can.
So obviously, you don't have to make your entire diet out of seasonal produce, but if you include at least some of the things that are seasonal, you can totally increase the nutritional value in your diet WITHOUT without having to take any extra time, or really take away any calories because who wants to be on a diet? No one.
The other reason that it is so great to eat seasonally is because it saves you money. Why? Because it is so much harder to grow things when they are not in season when they are just not naturally growing.
So I know I threw a lot at you. And especially if you are one of those people who is new to cooking, you're probably thinking, "Oh my gosh, this is a lot". This website (US only) allows you to search by your specific area and by the month to see what's in season:
You can search on Pinterest or Instagram for recipes that include seasonal ingredients, but in my opinion, I think that ends up becoming a major time suck, because I don't know about you, but when I go on Pinterest, I don't end up doing what I went on there for... I end up like designing my dream house or renovating my laundry room... Or if I'm on Instagram, I get sucked into videos of chickens.
So instead of wasting your time researching seasonal recipes, I recommend having a trusted source on hand. I've created this exact thing actually, a seasonal recipe membership where every single month you get 15 new recipes that are completely seasonal.
This recipe membership is only $7 a month (and you can get your first month free) PLUS you get a video training that covers all the produce that is in season, and it gives you tips on how to store and prepare those items.
This recipe membership is for you if you are someone who is just starting out in the kitchen. All have detailed instructions on how to create them, and they have beautiful pictures. And the recipes are just delicious.
Seriously, it is.
You've probably heard the saying that "we all have the same 24 hours"... But if we do, then why does it seem like some people have an extra few hours in their pocket to workout, meditate, practice self care and cook nutritious food?
Simply put, they have more control over their time and to-do list.
Time management isn't just about color coordinated calendars...
I mean, a pretty calendar does make it nicer, but the real key to time management is prioritizing your to-do list and events for the day. This means, you have to get good at saying "NO" to things you just don't have time for, or don't want to do
What are your priorities?
These are the health tasks you should be including in your week, use this list and schedule them around your biggest to-do list items and scheduled events.
Use whatever planner is easiest for you:
It doesn't matter what type of calendar you use, whether it's paper or an app, but you must have a way to schedule and rank things of importance.
I use Google Calendar, and would be totally lost without it. It's how I schedule my personal training clients, track shifts for my second job, keep track of doctors appointments, notate social events, even plan out running errands.
I even plan things out to the half hour, sometime even 15 minute increments. This lets see how much free time you have outside of scheduled things like meetings, appointments, etc. Seeing that blank space can empower you to get tasks done with that free time.
I mean really, you can get a lot done in 15 minutes... I bet you can empty the dishwasher, load it back up and wipe down your counters in that amount of time. Or, maybe you could start a load of laundry and chop veggies for your family to eat throughout the week.
TOP QUESTIONS THAT WILL GIVE YOU MORE TIME:
WILL THIS TASK HELP YOU PERFORM OTHER THINGS BETTER?
What I mean by this is, are there certain health related tasks (like working out, reading, meal prepping) that will help you be more mentally prepared to tackle other things? Remember, if you can't serve yourself, how can you serve others well?
WHEN WILL YOUR TASKS BE MOST CONVENTIENT?
Don't stress about running across town to get one specific item if you're not already near there. Wait till you ALREADY ARE near there. Or if that's not going to happen quick enough, schedule a time when you have the time to travel and do all that you can in that area of town. Basically, make your drive times more efficient.
DOES THAT TASK REALLY NEED TO BE DONE TODAY?
Yeah, your kids might be out of their favorite snacks, or your husband might be out of his iced coffee, but do you really need to run to Target today for just that one item? Probably not. Instead, why don't you spend that half hour at Target on a run instead? You can always get those random items when you're already going to the store for your weekly needs.
CAN SOMEONE ELSE HELP YOU OUT?
Will your hubby be closer to the dry cleaner than you this week? If so, he can totally grab your dress... Just remember to thank him, and then you can both work on your emotional health.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU "WASTE"?
This might be a sore subject for most, but how much time do you spend on social media or binging Netflix? Now I will be the first one to say that down time IS NECESSARY, but do you really need that much? Most of us check social media more than once a day, so imagine the time you'd have if you only checked once, in the evening, after the dishwasher was loaded and your slippers were on?
To sum it all up:
You do have time to do what's important for your health, you just need to prioritize it and learn to consolidate all the little things.
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My name is Laura and I help overly tired 20something women overhaul their lives, energy and confidence without overwhelm.
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