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The Colourful Side to Healthy Living.


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Guest Post: Brittany

Hi guys! My name is Brittany and I blog over at www.missfitbrittblog.com. I am a teenage fitness enthusiast with a passion for lifting weights and educating others the importance of living a balanced lifestyle.

As a gullible teenager, it’s really easy for someone like to me to be coaxed into believing something that is really not useful or true, this being especially true in the ‘healthy living’ realm.

I’ve built the ability to not believe everything I read, but not everyone is like this. It’s really important for you to discover what’s best for YOU, which may not be what is best for somebody else.

How many times have you read about the ‘necessity’ of eating on a Paleo diet? How many times have you heard that eating vegan is the only way to be healthy? How many times has someone informed you that their definition of fitness is the only accurate answer?

I’ve heard it thousands and thousands of times. The truth is, everyone’s body is completely different from someone else’s. Okay cool, your friend can’t tolerate eating grains. Does that mean you have to give up your oatmeal? NO! If it works for you, then why question whether you should get rid of it? Don’t fix it if it isn’t broke, as the saying goes.

In terms of food, some people have legitimate food allergies where they are restricted to eat certain foods. Mainly, these allergies have to do with gluten and dairy. I have a good friend who is highly allergic to eggs, dairy and gluten. Do you know how many food items these days that eliminates? A grand majority. But I’m not going to stop consuming my fair share of pancakes, frozen yogurt and bread because I feel the need to compare myself to my friend. Don’t eliminate foods for the sake of experimentation. Sure, you could decide to cut carbs because that’s the ‘trend’ but you’ll quickly discover that you wish you never did.

In terms of fitness, I get people preaching down my throat about what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’ every single day. I’m told that running is the epitome of fitness, only bodybuilding splits make you completely fit, CrossFit is the grandfather of all things fitness-related, doing yoga makes you super healthy, etc. In the grand scheme of things, if you’re getting your butt off the couch in any way you choose, then that is literally all that matters. It doesn’t matter what fitness-related thing you are doing–as long as you are doing it, then that is what you should be proud of.

You just have to find what works for YOU and keep a balanced mindset. This is what helps me at the end of the day when I start to play the comparison game. I was born the way I was, so I should appreciate the way I am. 🙂

 

*Sam’s note: Thanks Brittany! I completely agree with you here, no one ever benefits from the comparison trap. In the end, it’s about what works for us and our bodies.


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Guest Post: Change and Transition

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When Sam asked me to guest post, I was thrilled. Stumbling on her blog was like fate, I mean I live by the motto that everything is better with sprinkles. Am I right?

For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Alex, a 22 year old from the lovely Massachusetts who gave up her ‘wicked’ cool Northern crew to go to college down South in a small town in Virginia. Bring on the southern accents. Just a week after graduation, I began my real world job in DC. When I was trying to think of what to possibly write about that would appeal to readers and be a passionate post, I thought about change.

Change has always had this power to rock my world in more ways than one. No one can say they successfully handle a big change as it comes, it takes a lot of trial and error, patience and a whole lot of healthy coping. Well, as I plan to graduate the third week of May and move to DC to begin my first full time job, I realized a whole lot of change is about to happen. We learned in my psychology class that one of the biggest transitions we face in our life is the point of graduating from college and entering the real world. Great.

So here is how I deal with CHANGE and TRANSITION

1. Rely on supports

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I am one lucky girl and I know that. Despite all I have put them through, I have the most supportive and understanding family. A mom who I miss terribly when I am away, a dad who makes me laugh like no other and a younger sister that teaches me balance in life… oh and how could I forget this precious face? Yes, it is hard knowing that ‘home’ is currently a 12-15 hour drive away and my sister’s college is an 8 hour drive away. But physical presence is not the only way to have support. My mom and I have multiple emails and texts whenever something reminds us of one another. It may not be those lovely walks or chats we have together, but it still keeps me grounded. With each scratch ticket my dad sends me through the mail (granted they are for MA not VA so I can’t even cash them…) I am constantly reminded of those supports. Don’t even get me started on the most hilarious , loving, Lebanese extended family who supports me in every way possible. Can’t forget the constant question if I have found my Lebanese boyfriend yet. (Still looking uncle, still looking.) Man my family rocks.

2. Stay connected

clip_image010I would lie if I didn’t say I am not the best at being that social butterfly. I like my alone time, I like it a lot. My ideal night is home by myself with some tv, my computer and a blanket. Party animal right here. But that doesn’t always help me when I am feeling down, unsure of myself, and plain lonely. I know a huge challenge I will face when I move away from a college campus is the constant people interaction that was forced on me. A lot of student at my school are going to DC after graduation (I mean one of my best friends is moving to DC!). I even have some old high school friends there. That hermit hole I tend to dig, needs to be uprooted especially at the beginning of this transition.

3. Keep routine

clip_image012I am a creature of habit and though some schedule changes will be made, I know I have to stick to what I know. That means making sure I am taking care of my body. I am allergic to gluten so staying diligent on preparing food that makes my stomach and body feel good is a must. The big key in this is patience. A new routine means an adjustment phase. It is important to remember the chaos and uncertainty will soon feel like an old routine once again. (Fast forward to that please?)

4. Do what you love

For me, this by far is running. I am a distance queen to say the least. I actually get excited to think about running in a new unknown place. While I have been blessed by being able to run in amazing warm weather, beautiful scenery and lovely hills, I knew DC will bring on a whole new running experience. I knew running gives me my ‘me’ time, I run without music, without a Garmin, just me and my watch for how ever long I feel. I just LOVE to run. I am determined to find a routine where my shoes hit the pavement daily. (I am feeling a ton of half marathons to add to my race belt already)

5. Jump in

As I said, I am far from an adventure seeker. I do perfectly well in my home-body ways but my goal for this transition is to branch out. For clip_image014me, that means trying new groups or activities that are popping up around DC. The opportunities are a lot greater in bustling DC than this small town of Virginia, I need to take advantage of it. I still have this pit feeling in my stomach about making new friends. Eek it is strange because I realize this is the first time since the start of college (another transition period) I have to make new friends. Play with me, anyone?

 

*Sam’s note: Thanks so much Alex! Change and transition are never easy to deal with, but these are some awesome tips. You’re awesome! <3*


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Guest Post: Don’t Apologize

Hola everyone!

I’m Sloane, and I blog over at Strength In Freedom.

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I’m guest posting for Sam today, since she’s off living it up in Chi-town. I’m honored she asked me write for her. Her positivity and humor always lift my spirits, and she is a woman I look up to and am constantly inspired by. Love you, Sam!

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This past weekend, I did a training retreat for a new job I’m starting. While we talked a little bit about the practical aspects, what we mostly did was work through the mental blocks that prevent us from success. A pattern I noticed among many of the women there (including myself) was a tendency to diminish ourselves to avoid seeming pushy or overbearing. We start conversations with “I’m really sorry but…” “I know this might sound silly, but…” “I’m sure this is annoying, but…” “I really don’t mean to bother you, but…”

Why do we need to demean ourselves in order to sound nice or agreeable? It actually makes us sound insecure and timid. When you open with a statement that is apologetic or demeaning, you undermine the possibility of success—its not endearing or polite as we’ve been taught to believe. Think about it: If someone is selling herself short before she even introduces her main point would you trust that person? Would you hire her? Would you believe that she was powerful and confident enough to get something done?

I doubt it.

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The other problem with talking like this is that it demeans our own sense of self. Not only do we come across as weak to others, it reflect and reinforces a belief within ourselves that says we aren’t good enough, people don’t want to hear what we have to say, we are going to fail.

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Another fun fact: Men don’t talk like this! This style of speech is unique to women, especially in the workplace. To me, this is another reason to stop apologizingand own our power. If men can be successful without constantly trying to come off as accommodating and submissive, then so can women!

**Side note: I almost wrote in “Sorry for my little feminism rant, I’m off my soapbox now I swear!” Perfect example of what I’m talking about—I’m notsorry for talking about something that I’m passionate about! Old habits die hard I suppose.

We don’t deserve to sell ourselves short in anypart of our lives. Whether at work, with our parents, our friends, our significant others, or complete strangers that read your blog posts, we always have the power to shine our strengths and our passions without feeling sorry for them.

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Today, I challenge you to examine where you use apologetic speech in your life. Do you say it to your friends before you disagree over something? What about at work or in class? Do you apologize for having your own ideas or noticing something others didn’t? It is something so engrained into our psyches that it can be pretty difficult to notice at first (I’m talking from experience here). But once you start to notice it, you can start to stop it before it comes out of your mouth. Remember that you are powerful, you are unique, you are passionate, you are brilliantly shining in your own way—and that is nothing to be sorry for.

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Thanks for reading y’all, and I hope that you know how amazing you all are!

Be sure to keep reading Sam’s blog, its fabulous. And check out my page too! I’d love to hear from you!

xoxo

What can you stop apologizing for today?

What do you like best about Sam’s blog?

What ignites your passion? What makes you amazing?

 

*Sam’s note: Sloane, you make me blush! I love you too, lady! ❤ I love this topic – women do need to be more assertive and less apologetic in our daily lives! Thanks so much Sloane!*