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Words Matter

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The words we use matter. There are a ton of good reasons to think of and talk about your movement as “training” or “a practice” instead of “exercise” or “working out”… “An Exercise Session” or “A Workout” feels like a means to an end. It’s a one-time thing. It stands alone. It’s a check in a box. Now change the language to training or practicing. You can’t train for something in one session. When you train, you have a plan. The plan is a big-picture thing & your training is a continuous process. When you’re practicing something, you know you’re…

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Girl Time

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Girl time reflection 1st picture: 15 years ago last weekend 2nd picture: last weekend Last weekend, I went on a girls trip with my dear friend and our daughters. I didn’t realize it was the same weekend until @shutterfly informed me of the memory and I’m so glad it did! 15 years ago, I had just gone through a breakup with a very controlling boyfriend of 5 years. I started to do things I “couldn’t” do when I was with him. ☑️ I got my own apartment 💚 I painted my living room bright green 👯‍♀️ I reconnected with old friends I…

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Acceptance

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Acceptance isn’t about throwing your hands in the air & being fine with a situation you’re unhappy with. Acceptance is acting within the framework of your circumstance. There’s no use fighting your circumstances. Why not find a way to work with them? Do you *want* to be an early morning exerciser but keep hitting snooze? ▶️ you’re not a bad or lazy person ⌚️ you just might want to change your exercise schedule Do you think you need an hour of exercise for it to be worth it but can’t seem to find that hour in your day? ▶️ it’s…

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Believe in Miracles

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I want to live my life as though everything is a miracle. Because life can feel mundane sometimes. You wake up, you make breakfast, you get the kids ready for school, you go to work, you come home, you make dinner, you go to bed. Rinse and repeat. Mundane… Only if we’re not paying attention. But if you see everything as a miracle, your world starts to shift. Because truly, when you think about it, it’s amazing that any of us are even here. I mean, an egg and a sperm meet and then a cascade of miraculous events happen…

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Get Stronger Instantly – Deadlift Edition

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Let’s improve your Deadlift 1️⃣ Hands directly under shoulders. 2️⃣ Feet right inside your hands, slightly turned out. 3️⃣ Lock in your lats & abs by pulling the bar toward your shins. 4️⃣ DON’T LIFT THE BAR UP! ⁉️ What, what? 5️⃣ Nope! You’re going to get set up and then drive down ⬇️ through your feet as if you’re trying to dig your feet under the bar. 6️⃣ Lockout at the top. 7️⃣ To get the weight back to the floor,  ❌ DON’T bend your knees and bring the bar down around your knees ✅ DO get your hips…

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Perfectionism

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Have you ever said you were going to do something every day? Or every week? And then the first time you forgot or just plain didn’t want to, you gave up? Threw in the towel? That is perfectionist behavior. And perfectionism always leads to a negative outcome: shame, negative self-evaluation, quitting, and a lower sense of wellbeing (to name a few). So what can you do when you want to do something well? You can practice excellence instead of perfection. I pulled out Josh Hillis’s book Lean and Strong (if you haven’t read it, get yourself a copy!) because I…

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What If…

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Oh, the what-ifs… What if you start, and then soon after, you stop? 🛑 What if it takes longer than you think to see changes? 🗓 What if you don’t know what to do? 🤷‍♀️ What if you do the wrong thing? 😑 What if you start something and decide you don’t like it? 👎 What if? What if? What if? But… What if you *don’t* start? 🤔 Author Jordan Peterson has a great exercise where he asks people to envision what their life will look like in 20 years if they *don’t* take the positive steps they say they…

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Does you training enhance your life?

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Have you thought about what your training is doing for you? If you ask me, I want your training to enhance your life, not deplete it. What does that look like? 👍 It might not always be easy to get going, but you’re always glad you did. 🙌 When you finish your training, you have energy to spare (yes, I wrote that right). 🚴 You leave a session feeling like you just inflated your tires, not have a hole in (at least) one. 👩‍💼You’re ready to tackle your day when you finish, not ready for a nap. 😤 You don’t…

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