C. How to CHALLENGE Negative Thoughts + 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

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I’m officially on Day 3 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge and today’s post is all about how to challenge negative thoughts. *I am NOT a professional and don’t claim to be. I’m just sharing what I’ve learned and applied in my own life. Negative thoughts can be paralyzing and they can also lead you down a rabbit hole. You’ll start with one negative thought and it just spirals out of control. It’s easy to see how you can {Read More}

B. 5 Powerful BOOKS to Help You Navigate Depression and Anxiety

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Whenever I’m really struggling with depression or anxiety I find it kinda helpful to read books about it. I don’t just stick to one type. I like a good mix of funny, inspirational and how-to. I’ve outlined my top five favorite reads EVER and I hope you find them useful too.   Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson From heartbreaking to hilarious and everything in between this is Lawson’s memoir about her struggle with depression, {Read More}

A. Create Daily AFFIRMATIONS + 16 Examples to Start Using Now

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One huge struggle you face when you’re depressed or anxious is having negative thoughts or feelings about yourself. Affirmations are positive assertions you make about yourself to help counteract the negative feelings and have a better outlook on life. I first learned about affirmations during one of my therapy sessions when I was 16. My first therapist ever was Reba and she was amaaaaaazing. After sexual abuse I felt like absolute trash and hated myself and my body. Reba had {Read More}

Why I Quit 80 Day Obsession On Day 50

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When I first started 80 Day Obsession I was focused, I was ready, I was motivated and I was disciplined enough to make it to Day 50. And that’s where my 80DO adventure ends.   What happened then? I got bored. My attitude suddenly changed and I had no desire to finish the program. This tends to happen when I start programs that only use dumbbells. Who am I kidding? I tend to get bored pretty easily when it comes {Read More}

#AtoZChallenge #ThemeReveal: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

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Once again I will be participating in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge! It’s been awhile since I’ve participated but my heart was telling me to give it a whirl and I thought of a great topic right away. For the duration of the challenge my theme will be about dealing with depression and anxiety. These are two evil demons that I struggle with on an ongoing basis and I wanted to share personal stories along with tips for {Read More}

How to Prep for 80 Day Obsession

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I’ll admit, when I first heard about 80 Day Obsession I was not super excited. I’m not obsessed when it comes to anything about working out. Ha! It’s always been a struggle but I try my best because as the title of this blog says… lifting does make me happy. My anxiety has been pretty high since December. I’ve been experiencing racing thoughts, rapid heart rate, sleeplessness and I just keep worrying. I mean it’s felt like 9/10 if I {Read More}

How to Start a Beachbody Program When You Don’t Know What to Eat

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Starting a new workout program can feel really exciting! But if you’re not sure what you should be eating that excitement can turn into frustration or anxiety. Nutrition is such an important piece of the wellness puzzle and good nutrition will definitely help you get results faster with whatever workouts you’re doing. If you’re getting ready to start a Beachbody workout program for the first time, keep reading!   How to Start a Beachbody Program When You Don’t Know What {Read More}

BBX Challenge: 2 Loves 1 Hate

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Since my bruised bone box jump mishap, I haven’t been doing much of the BBX Challenge. I got frustrated because a lot of the moves I couldn’t do with my shin bruised. So I stopped. I did some things here and there that felt okay, but I wasn’t working out regularly which is why I haven’t posted any recent updates about this challenge. This week my bruise is feeling much better so I’m ready to continue tackling the program. I’m {Read More}

Fitness Updates: Bone Bruise + BBX

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Well my leg still hurts. Have you ever had a bone bruise? I don’t think I’ve had one this bad. Ever. But I guess that can happen when box jumps go bad. I can’t run yet. The hubs and our youngest went on a 2-mile walk last weekend and my leg was throbbing when we got home. It felt good to walk but damn… it still hurts. The pain hasn’t kept me off my plyo box though. One of the {Read More}

When Box Jumps Go Bad

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Do you have a fitness fear? I do. And it has to do with box jumps. I remember being pretty nervous to attempt my first ever box jump. It took me several tries to get the confidence to jump. It didn’t seem possible that I could jump 18″ high. And when I did, boom! Made it just fine. When it comes to workouts.. I lift, do circuits or cardio or something and everything usually goes pretty well. That was.. up {Read More}