We are nearing the end of the Tone It Up Bikini Series. This final week is all about the 7 Day Slim Down meal plan… which means it’s time to focus, commit, and slay those fitness goals! (whether you are doing the plan or not.)
In honor of that, today I am sharing 7 powerful fitness quotes to inspire greatness! Let’s kick ass this week! 😉
Years ago, I read The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember. It was an amazing book filled with wisdom and insight.
Mister Rogers touched the hearts of many. He was genuine and truly cared about others. Every week, we turned on our TVs and welcomed him into our homes. He taught us much about life, emphasizing the importance of being kind and understanding.
In today’s chaotic world, it is nice to think back on those simpler times and remind ourselves of some universal truths.
The following are a few of those life lessons and snippets of wisdom that stuck out.
“Some days doing the best we can may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect – on any front – and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”
“How many times have you noticed that its the little, quiet moments, in the midst of life, that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?”
“All our lives, we rework the things from our childhood, like feeling good about ourselves, managing our angry feelings, and being able to say good-bye to people we love.”
“Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing.”
“You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices come from a deep sense of who you are.”
“I believe it’s a fact of life that what we have is less important than what we make out of what we have. The same holds true for families: It’s not how many people there are in a family that counts, but rather the feelings among the people who are there.”
“The thing I remember best about successful people I’ve met all through the years, is their obvious delight in what they’re doing…and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing and they love it in front of others.”
“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring; It is an active noun, like ‘struggle.’ To love someone is to strive to accept that person, exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”
“..To err is human. Even good people sometimes do bad things.”
“There is only one thing evil cannot stand and that is forgiveness.”
“…If we’ve ever wanted someone’s love, then we’ve known what competition really means.”
“Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in our lives.”
“The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self .”
“As different as we are from one another, as unique as each one of us is, we are much more the same than we are different.”
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’.”
The past week was a little crazy, a bit unexpected, but a ton of fun! Which is fitting because this week, I wanted to share a little light-heartedness and a little humor.
Sometimes we just need a laugh… A gentle reminder to not take life too seriously.
Below I have a collection of inspiring quotes that are meant to do just that. I hope you enjoy them! 🙂
“Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.”
“A positive attitude won’t solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
“I have a simple philosophy. Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.”
-Alice Roosevelt Longworth
“Life is so constructed that an event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.”
“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.”
“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not in fact surrounded by assholes.”
“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long shot. To truly laugh, you must take your pain and play with it.”
“As you proceed through life, following your own path, birds will shit on you. Don’t bother to brush it off. Getting a comedic view of your situation gives spiritual distance. Having a sense of humor saves you.”
“Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don’t take yourself so seriously.”
-Norman Vincent Peale
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
“If you love somebody set them free – it also works equally well if you hate somebody.”
“Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we’re all of us looking for the key.”
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!” -Hunter S. Thompson
Well, there you have it. I hope you had a laugh, or at the very least, cracked a smile. Do you have a favorite fun quote about life? Share it in the comments!
It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States — The unofficial start of Summer. The days are getting longer; a gorgeous sunset at 8pm vs. 5pm? Yes please! I love having natural light later into the evening…
But this does lend itself to us filling those daylight hours with more activities.
Summertime is super busy.
[And side note: The new season of House of Cards is released on Tuesday. Good luck getting anything done. haha!]
In an effort to inspire us all to keep up with our fitness routines and keep working toward our goals, I am sharing 13 reasons to workout today (and everyday.)
To start, say the following sentence out loud or silently to yourself:
I am going to workout today ______________________________.
Then fill in the blank with your favorite reason below.
13. to boost my metabolism.
12. to stay fit and healthy.
11. to improve my balance and coordination.
10. to get one step closer to my fitness goal.
9. to improve my energy level.
8. to strengthen my heart.
7. to set a good example for my kids.
6. because I can. I am physically able.
5. to have more confidence.
4. because I am stressed out and need a break.
3. to increase my focus and concentration.
2. to boost my mood.
1. to be the best version of myself.
Now go workout!
If you are visiting your family, recruit them to do a workout with you! It can be as simple as going for a walk or for a fun twist, enjoy a game of volleyball, kickball, baseball.. whatever active game your family loves!
Can you believe it’s Sunday already? This week has flown right on by…
Summer is just around the corner, so this week I want to share some fitness inspiration to reignite that inner fire when you need it the most.
It’s frustrating when you are putting in the work and not seeing results, or when you’re injured and activity is limited. Sometimes you lose all motivation – maybe you’re tired, sore, exhausted, just plain busy, or overwhelmed.
We all have days where we second guess ourselves, asking is this worth it? When we would rather have that box of donuts, sit on the couch and watch TV; When exhausted from all of our daily responsibilities; When the number on the scale isn’t moving or we aren’t seeing the progress that we had envisioned; This list runs on infinitely and it is incredibly easy to talk ourselves out of the workout. Putting it off for a day turns into a week, turns into a month… Suddenly, we are right back where we started.
Before you know it, you hit that brick wall and find yourself stuck – with no visible exit.
Sometimes you have to carve out your own door, find an alternative path, think outside the box, get creative. Spark your imagination, remember your why, and reignite that fire.
Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start again.
What better time than today? It’s a brand new week, a new beginning. New and exciting possibilities and opportunities await you.
Today I am sharing my favorite quotes, affirmations, mantras, and sayings to help inspire creativity, to help you get unstuck and out of that rut.
Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same.
If you want to change, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable.
You cannot change yesterday, but you can change today.
Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to either do something or stop doing something.
Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities.
Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.
You get what you work for, not what you wish for.
-Howard A. Tullman
Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.
Slow progress is better than no progress. Every workout brings you one step closer to reaching your goal.
The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.
Wake up every morning and tell yourself, “I can do this.”
Do what is necessary to become who you want to be.
We’re halfway through May already and I thought it would be a perfect time to share some music to get us all pumped up.
Music is a universal language that connects us all.
It can soothe, excite, motivate, inspire, bring about confidence…
I have music on everyday. (It’s the dancer in me.) I listen to music when I write; when I research; when I work around the house… which usually turns into a dance party. I always have music on.. it helps me focus and relax.
Music is an essential part of fitness, too. We all have songs that inspire us to push harder, dig deeper, run faster, to get up and dance, you name it.
So today, I wanted to share some of the songs that are inspiring me right now. As you’ll see, I have excellent taste in music 😉
I love many types of music. I grew up listening to classic rock and country, and of course, my favorite was pop. As I got older, I was introduced to different artists by friends, and college helped me explore the history of music.
Spotify is awesome and I am constantly creating and editing playlists for different occasions and workouts.
[*Fitness Tip* Create playlists with music that inspires you to move. Create a different playlist for each workout – HIIT, Cardio, Weight Lifting, etc.. and edit it as frequently as you need to stay motivated.]
Here is my Fitness Hits playlist – a compilation of various songs that are currently inspiring me.
With summer quickly approaching, we are busier than ever.
Kids. End of School responsibilities. Work. Household chores and tasks. Family obligations. Etc.. It can often be a struggle to find time to breathe and sleep, let alone fitting in a workout.
The most common questions floating around regarding any fitness program seem to be time related. For instance: I’m so busy. How do I find the time to workout? I have kids. How can I get my workout in when they demand so much of my time? I work 12-16 hour shifts. I’m exhausted when I get home. How can I fit a workout in?
I see these types of questions all the time in every single one of my Facebook fitness groups.
So what is the answer?
Here’s the thing. There is no cut and dry, one size fits all answer. The truth is that you have to find something that works for you and your life. Everybody has a different routine.
However, the best way to start, which is also sometimes the most difficult, is to be honest with yourself.
Are you strapped for time? Or are you using (insert busy activity here) as an excuse?
What do you want? What is your goal?
Having a clear purpose and an idea of what the end result looks like is important and helps keep you going when “the going gets tough.”
Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and evaluate your goals. Edit and revise as necessary.
It’s okay to change it up. If something is not working, fix it.
Which leads me to the purpose of this post.
Today I want to share one of my fitness secrets…
…Fitting in short, but effective exercise moves during the “in-between” times of your daily activities.
On a quick break from work. During your lunch break. While you are working, depending on your job. When you are making dinner. When you are tackling household chores. Even when you are watching T.V. or checking social media.
Every bit of movement counts… and it all adds up!
Fitness is a lifestyle, not a trend. (A marathon versus a sprint.) Consistency is key – Show up for yourself and make choices that will help you reach your goals. Even when life is hectic, be creative. Find little ways to insert some movement.
There is always something you can do.
Not only will it help you maintain your progress, but it also helps you deal with the stress and craziness of everyday life.
Here are some of the exercises I like to do during my “in-between” times.
Any of the above exercises can be done with weights or without. Don’t have a set of hand weights? I didn’t for years. Use water bottles, cans, whatever you have handy that will offer resistance. Fun Fact: way back when I first started the Tracy Anderson Method to tone up and slim down for my wedding, I used water bottles as my weights. I continued doing that up through August of last year when I finally got a set of lighter hand weights.
Put on some music while you do the dishes, make dinner, clean the house, etc.. and dance! I do this every day – morning, noon, and night. I love music and I love dancing.
Get your kids and/or spouse involved too! It’s much more fun to dance around and be silly with your family! …and it makes those mundane household chores more fun, too.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a little guidance. When I am trying to fit in a quick workout, YouTube is my go-to. Tracy Campoli has an amazing library of content, with workouts ranging from 4 minutes on up. Yoga with Adriene has a Yoga Quickies series designed specifically for busy people. Tone It Up has amazing workout videos under 10 minutes on their channel and website. These are just my favorites. You could easily spend a little time searching for other quick workouts that you love and that align with your goals.
There is always something you can do. ❤
I hope you find this post helpful. Do you have a tried and true strategy for fitting in exercise when life gets busy? Let me know in the comments!