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Get Outside

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Tuesday’s friendly reminder to get outside & move your body! Moving is my favorite way to spend time with people I love: whether we’re walking, running, gardening, hiking, yoga-ing, or strength training, there’s a common goal and an immediate sense of community & camaraderie. Today, this sweet kid asked if he could go on a run with me ♥️💥 which turned into a walk/run & a little fartlek (thanks to running into @tsgolftony). What a fun way to start the day. #thankskid #speakingmylanguage #moveyourbody #getoutside

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Just Because It’s Hard

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While talking to a friend about parenting during the summer, I was venting about how difficult it all felt, why it couldn’t just be easy, & assuming I must be doing something {everything?!} wrong. #momfriends… do you feel me?! Then she dropped this bomb on me: “Just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong.” 🤯 Hmmm… 🤔 So. True. And as I thought more about it… true for training too. Do you ever feel like you’re doing it wrong because you have to talk yourself into training every day? Are you waiting for the day it’s not a struggle…

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The Basics

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The Basics never die: Squats, Pushups, Lunges, Deadlifts, and Rows. 👍 Start with the basics. You can do a lot with those 5 movements. 😇 Get good at them. Focus on your form, do every exercise well, and don’t overdo anything. 🔙 Go back to the basics when you’ve hit a plateau, if you’re injured, on vacation, or in a transition, the basics can feel like coming home. 🛑 Don’t underestimate them. I felt my best in the last couple of years when I was making videos for beginners: doing simple training, nothing fancy, not trying to lift heavy, just…

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Goal Worksheets

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We’re heading into another school year and it’s feeling like a good time to share my Goal Worksheets. I’ve created these using bits and pieces of things I’ve collected over the years. There is a smaller one for if you want to bang out some goals in 10-minutes or so: write them down and get to work. The other one is created from goal-setting work I did when I worked retail at lululemon – it really changed the way I looked at my life and allowed me to dream big. It takes some time to go through the worksheets, but…

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Shinrin-Yoku

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Shinrin-Yoku is a japanese term that translates to “forest bathing”. It is not exercise or hiking or jogging. It is just being. Being in the forest and taking it in through your senses.   When was the last time you went out in nature without a plan or a goal?   I’ll admit, we found a hike, there was supposed to be a waterfall at the end (we didn’t find it), and this was my daily purposeful movement for the day. There was an agenda. BUT, we did stop a couple of times, take big deep breaths, to breathe in…

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Try Something New

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I dusted off my jump rope recently & I’ve been loving the sweat sessions I’m getting in. I try to do it outside ☀️, with different intervals, & for varying durations. Depending on the day, I will either feel like a kid again 👧, jumping & trying tricks, or I channel my inner Rocky. 🥊 There are so many different ways to train strength, conditioning, mobility… and so many things we do have overlap. It’s fun to try something new or dust off an old fav. What form of training do you love to do but haven’t done in a…

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Perspective

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Funny how a different perspective changes things.  I woke up recently with a pimple on the end of my nose. Rudolph style. I’m 42 years old & I’m thinking “Why on earth is this happening?”, “What am I doing wrong?” & “Boy, do I look stupid.” I wasn’t stressing a ton about it, but I was annoyed.  Then a friend came over. In frustration & in an attempt to point out the elephant in the room, I acknowledged the pimple on my nose. & without missing a beat, she said, “It’s your body reminding you that you still have a…

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It’ll Be Ok

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  Hey! 👋 Val here to tell you: you’re going to be ok. If you miss your training, you’ll be ok. If you over-ate, you’ll be ok. If you’re worried about how you’ll do all the things this summer AND get your training in, you’ll be ok. Whatever’s going on, you’ll be ok. You may mess up, but you’ll figure it out. Are you trying? Are you thinking about how you can be better? Do better? Are you looking for solutions? Are you digging deep? Keep moving. Keep trying. Dig when you need to. Hop over that hole when you’re…

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Do. The. Thing.

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The proverb goes: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. What are you waiting for? There’s no better time to start. Action is better than inaction. Even if you “just” have 10 minutes. Start. Don’t wait. There’s never a perfect time. The best time is now. Go for a walk. Do 10 squats/pushups/lunges every day. Do. The. Thing.

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