Good morning sunshines! I start a strict meal plan & workout routine this Thursday. Kelsey & I are doing it together which is a bonus because I always excel with a partner, especially when it’s my gym-loving best friend.
I decided to hit the gym early today before work. It’s 5:30 a.m & I don’t know how people do this! Luckily there is a lot on my mind so it was fairly easy to wake up. I am still deciding if I should go all natural or purchase a pre-workout. Right now I’m sticking to 2 cups of black coffee & a plain rice cake with some all natural peanut butter (dying for bananas right now) Do you use pre-workout?
It’s leg day & I tend to feel a little self conscious in the weight area when I’m solo. I’m looking forward to gaining confidence in that area. What are your favorite ways to stay motivated to stick to your routine & healthy food choices? Do you use a pre-workout or do you stick to good ole’ black coffee? I’d love your feedback. They say that it takes around 3 weeks to form a habit… Here’s to day one :)
“It takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world. Give it 12 weeks. Don’t quit.”
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought, there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” -Frida Kahlo
Today I took some time to seek some inner peace. I sat on the floor of my office, lit incense, put my crystals & goddess cards out & focused. I focused on asking for guidance to living my life with purpose. I believe that is what this chapter of my life is about. I pulled three cards: Peace, Be Strong, and Home. This is ‘Be Strong’, my card for the ‘now’. Everything about it really resonated with me and I wanted to share it with you.
“See yourself as strong and victorious. Don’t complain about anything. Don’t blame anyone or any condition. You’re the embodiment of strength, not victimhood. As you rise above the old tendencies and see yourself in the new light of beautiful feminine strength, your life will automatically shift in miraculous ways. You’ll attract new opportunites, forms of abundance and relationships to help you manifest your highest potential. Being strong means seeing yourself in the most favorable light you can imagine. Be real, allow yourself to feel genuine emotions, but most of all, be strong.”
Don’t underestimate yourself
Don’t yield to pressure or temptation
Avoid complaining or indulging in negative thinking
I have those days where I’d really rather not do anything with myself. Where I’d rather have wild hair, a naked face, chipped nails, & socks that don’t match. Those days where your eyes look like you just woke up even hours after you did. This is usually when I am stressed or overwhelmed.
Lately I read this quote when those kind of days sneak up on me – I instantly turn to my closet for the comfiest yet most beautiful outfit I can manage. It’s always either black or white – Because right after I’m dressed, I coat my lips with my favorite red lipstick. It works like a charm, and it gives me the confidence I need to take control of my day. Try it, I promise it will work.
All my love, B
Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.
One of the most unhealthy things you can do in a relationship is rely on the person you love to complete you. I believe we can all complete ourselves. To fill yourself up with joy, self-love, confidence, and passion is essential. Once we reach a point where we accept our past, live in the now, and prepare for the future in a positive way I believe we can then begin the journey of true love. There are things in my past I am still learning to accept. I work hard to not waste the day away worrying about tomorrow, but I don’t always succeed.
It’s hard for me to feel satisfied because I still have many things about myself that I’d like to improve. Sometimes I look at my life & relationships & think it’s not enough or it’s not what I want. But none of that is true. I feel that way because I am not staying true to myself. I struggle with letting go of the past & I tend to let my mistakes I once made shape my emotions of today. But there isn’t anyone in the world other then myself that can make me feel complete, satisfied, and secure with what life has given me. One of the most beautiful things I’ve been given is my personal life. I’ve met someone who I love with no limits & truly trust, oh & he’s my best friend. I’m extremely blessed. But to expect him to fill the area’s that I have yet to mend isn’t fair.
Last night I let negativity get the best of me & asked for more when in reality, I have all I need & could ever want. This morning I woke up, rang my Meow, & soon realized the mistake I had made after a long talk with her about how I was feeling. So today my intention is to work on what I need to feel better about myself while still appreciating & loving the things that are amazing, the things that I already have. If you don’t feel beautiful & need some reassurance then work on your confidence, do it for yourself. Don’t expect anyone else to tell you how pretty you are, or how smart you are, or how intelligent you are. Tell yourself everyday & if someone else decides to compliment you then that’s amazing! But don’t rely on others to make you happy, you set yourself up for disappointment if you do that. My point is that maybe when we think we need more we just need to stop over analyzing things & embrace what we have. Every little flaw, each mistake, & all self-doubt can be brushed aside if you choose to love yourself, treat yourself, & trust yourself unconditionally. After all, men are made for us to love, not to rely on.