Fitness/Exercise

Body Image: Let’s Take a Stand

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We are headed out on a much needed family vacation for the next few days. The kids are out of school and we figured what the heck. We haven’t had a long family holiday in a while. I’ve been super stressed out and not feeling myself, so hopefully it will be just what I need to bounce back.

Before I go offline for a few days – I wanted to mention something that has been in the news the past few weeks. Body Image…

Girls LEarn to Hate Their BodiesRecently a bit fuss was made over the change in looks of actress Renee Zellweger and of course there are countless gossip columns that live to ‘report’ on the fading youth of some of America’s beloved celebs. Just a few weeks ago, I highlighted the photoshopping of Camille Leblanc Bazient and what message it sends to young women who look up to her.  A fellow CrossFit athlete/blogger explained the harm it can do in a recent post:

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet: Strong, Real, and Less-Than-Perfect

It’s ingrained in our culture and it has taken a toll on everyone.  We all need to take note and push back as much as we can when we see examples of this.  It’s true that little ripples make big waves… 

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Rule Your Mind or It Will Rule You

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  • Tues Boxing
  • Weds Boxing

Fake It Until You Make It

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I’ve always said that I will be honest when I take to this blog — the triumphs, the struggles, the shit times and the great moments of my life. So be warned…

The past few months I’ve been struggling. Struggling to remain focused. Struggling to get my ass in gear — I’m not sure what’s up with me.  have been making bad food choices on the regular even though I can tell they are wreaking havoc on my body.  I’ve been having crappy workouts –and even hit the snooze or skip the alarm all together, letting sleep win over working out at 6A.  I lost my mojo for CrossFit, have been doing boxing – which I love but it’s not giving me the workout ‘high’ I need every time. And it’s hard to get my body warmed up and full engaged to box at 6A.

I’ve been losing focus on things I have always loved which seems to make things worse. Before you tell me, I am going to talk with my doctor about my changing mood — but it’s an odd feeling. You know you ‘should’ do certain things and ‘want’ to do them but the effort to do them seems exhausting. Even calling the doctor at the first sign of trouble.. does that make sense?

Getting used to working full time is tough too. The entire house has to readjust to Mom not being home all the time to take care of the little things. Some days it seems overwhelming — I know I am being a Debbie Downer but not every day is sunshine and rainbows. I try to live by the Fake it until you Make it motto but some days it gets to me. Today is one of those days…

I am searching for a way to feel re-energized and refocused and so far haven’t had a ton of luck…

Me as Darth Vader

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We are headed out on vacation at the end of this week to a sunny location so perhaps that will lighten my mood and of course even when I am not feeling like it – I hit the gym. I always feel better afterwards. Even a bad workout is a good workout.

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Boxing – Weds, Thurs, Sun, Monday

Bad Posture is More Than Just An Eyesore

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It’s always peaceful and calm when the kids don’t have to rush and head off to school. Unfortunately, I have to head into work today which is a bummer because I could use at least one more day to my weekend. As expected, now that I am working full time, my house is starting to return to its disorganized, crazy state and I am starting to feel as if there is never enough time to get things done.

Steph Hoaglund- Live Fit and Sore!I’ve been sharing a lot of information on my new Facebook page Live Fit and Sore to complement the blog. I find so many links and articles that relate to living a healthier lifestyle and being well – but don’t necessarily want to add to posts daily. So if you are inclined, make sure you like my new community page. One of the things I have been sharing are reasons to exercise.  Today’s Reason to Exercise: Improves your Posture 

“Bad posture influences your risk of experiencing lower back pain, your energy levels, as well as your focus and concentration. If you’re constantly in a slouched position all day long and not using good posture, this is going to mean that there’s far less oxygen coming into the body and low levels of oxygen are one of the contributing factors to fatigue development.”

Here are some links to help you learn more along with some exercises you can incorporate to help improve your posture:

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I came across this quote this weekend that I think we all need to take to heart: “Putting things in perspectives – It’s clear that the really happy man is the one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.”

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  • Boxing: Friday
  • Boxing: Saturday
  • Boxing: Sunday

 

Finding Your Passion & Making A Difference

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“We’re successful if person by person we help make a difference in their lives.”  

Read this article about Elizabeth Holmes, who has made medical history and is now one of the youngest billionaires based on her invention.  What’s amazing about her story is she took a risk, a leap of faith supported by a passion and a purpose and it paid off.. (an understatement as she is a billionaire now).

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about following your passion and doing work that is meaningful to you and makes a difference in the world.  When was the last time you sat down and really gave your life a good look, asking yourself if you are doing something that satisfies you and contributes to your happiness? For many of us – that sort of stuff changes, or we really have no clue what path we are meant to walk down. And I realize, in most cases life doesn’t allow us to just drop everything and try a bunch of different paths  – but I do think we can choose to do something every day that gets us closer to figuring out what makes us happy.

There’s lots of advice about how to find your passion out there, but I particularly liked Psychology Today’s post: Five Steps to Finding Your Passion because one of the suggested steps was to think back to your childhood to help guide you.  What did you love to do as a child? 

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Boxing 1 Hour

Today’s Reason to Workout = Improves Concentration

From Forbes:

6 Ways Exercise Makes You Smarter

Dr. John Ratey, author of “Spark – The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” says that exercise improves your brain in the short term by raising your focus for two to three hours afterwards.

In the long term, it can even help starve off brain aging and Alzheimer’s. This works on the cellular level through neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to improve itself with blood flow and levels of brain-derived protein.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014

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A former co-worker at AOL of mine recently shared that she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She moved away quite a few years ago but with the help of social media, we have kept in touch. We weren’t super close, but I had many conversations with her while we worked and have always liked her. The news has struck a chord and I can’t get it out of my mind. Maybe that’s what’s causing my funky mood. Scotty and I both have some post traumatic stress from his cancer treatment. I never know when and what will cause the feelings to come rushing back to me…

Even though the cancer is gone, the CANCER never goes away…

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that one in eight women receives a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime?

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Like with most cancers, we can all do our part in prevention that revolves around living healthier…

  • maintain a healthy weight
  • eating healthy including lots of fruit and veggies
  • exercise
  • limiting alcohol
  • no smoking
  • practice acts of kindness
  • decrease stress in your life

Here are some resources for information and support:

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  • 6A Boxing – 1 hour

 

Know your Audience: Photoshopping Camille LeBlanc Bazinet

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The Box Mag CrossFit  Let me take a minute to talk about the latest ramblings in the CrossFit community that relate to body image. Many folks are upset because The Box Magazine published an altered version of Camille LeBlanc Bazinet on their cover.  Since body image is already a very sensitive issue in this community to begin with, I believe it was poor judgement by the magazine’s editors for photoshopping Camille. Does this magazine not know its audience??

And many folks are like who cares –if she is ok with it, then who are we to be upset?

I get that point but disagree with it because they are contributing to much bigger problem with body image and women. The community around CrossFit are some of the biggest proponents of changing body image misconceptions with showing real, strong women. So, to see this is just another example of how much work still needs to be done for the sake of the younger girl’s growing up. They see enough altered images and I would just have expected higher standards from a magazine that caters to women who are breaking the stereotypes – that’s all. The multitude of images that misrepresent women over and over and over again, contributes to a really f’d up  women’s sense of self. It’s disappointing to see them join the crowd.  I will show them my feelings by no longer supporting their magazine –as I have done with other mainstream mags as well and I encourage you to do that as well. I truly believe in being the change you wish to see in the world…

As a social media professional, their handling of the situation was so bad and added more fire to the fury: 5 Lessons to be Learned From the Camille Photo Controversy

In other matters…

I’m not sure it’s the changing of the season, the weather or the settling in of my new routine, but I have begun to feel unsettled and antsy. There is nothing ‘wrong’ in my life, but I don’t feel as if everything is ‘right’ either.  As I start to try to figure out what’s going on,  it’s also amazing to think about how much change has gone on in my life the past few years. Change in jobs, change in friendships and social circles, change in goals and perceptions. My kids and family have changed – Don’t you wish sometimes that you can make time stop??!!  I know it’s a lot of deep thinking for a Monday morning for sure…

I know that change in general should be welcomed with open arms – it makes it easier to deal with but sometimes, it hits me hard and I go down with a thud – no worries, I get back up again.

Here is some information about Seasonal Mood changes: 10 Tips For Getting Through Seasonal Depression

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Change is Inevitable
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  • Friday Boxing
  • Saturday Boxing
  • Sunday Boxing

Hurray! It’s National Kale Day!

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Today we celebrate National Kale DayA few of the benefits mentioned in Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale include:

  1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat.
  2. Kale is high in iron.
  3. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food.

Kale Day 2014

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Creative Outlets Can Help Combat Unhappiness

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Painting with a TwistWhen was the last time you actually spent time creating something? For me, it had been a very long while. This weekend I met up with a few of my girlfriends and we attended a painting class at Painting with a Twist.  The idea is you get a group of friends together and get a step-by-step instruction with an experienced local artist. Everyone paints the same painting -but what I loved about the result was each of our masterpieces was completely different. We all see things differently.

When I finished my painting, I was filled with such a sense of pride and when I walked in the door at home, my son didn’t believe I actually painted it! And I keep sharing pics of it to my friends because –well I think it’s so awesome and I DID IT!  It also got me thinking about things we can all do to feed our souls, make us happier and satisfy our desire to see something through.

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According to 50 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Self-Esteem, doing something creative can help improve your self esteem and can help improve depression.  What I realized as well is that most of us don’t make anything regularly. We buy and consume. The moral of the message is get out there and make something -Paint, design landscaping, craft, knit, sketch, sew, build- if you want to feel better!

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Saturday:

  • CrossFit Sterling workout
  • Boxing

Sunday:

  • Boxing

Fall Farmer’s Market

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Farmers Market at One LoudounIt’s the First Day of Fall! This is one of the best times of year to live in Northern VA. The leaves change and the scenery looks like it’s out of a painting or something. It’s also a good time to head to a farmer’s market. If you are local to Ashburn, VA – the farmer’s market will be opening at One Loudoun through October 25th.

Unsure of what to look for there? No worries – I found some info about what to buy:  WHAT TO BUY AT A FALL FARMERS’ MARKET: YOUR WEIRD AND WONDERFUL GUIDE TO FALL’S WACKIEST PRODUCE

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Saturday: Boxing

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Sunday: Boxing

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Monday: Rest Day

 

Keep Learning Online For Free

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Since I switched things up last night and went in for a boxing class, I took today as a rest day.

Keep LearningA huge part of staying fit is exercising your mind by constantly learning new things and challenging yourself. That can mean trying to master a new skill, learn a new subject or adopt a new behavior. Whatever it is — it’s jarring the established connections already made in your head. There’s a bunch of research out there about how learning new skills keeps your mind sharp while you age. 

I’ve been doing research on what FREE online education classes are available. It’s no surprise that you can find practically any subject and topic imaginable. No Excuse List lists sites ranging from languages to cooking and Business Insider listed out The 12 Best Free Online Business Courses To Take This Fall.  I encourage everyone out there to pick something they want to learn this Fall and go for it.

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Rest Day – Thursday

Boxing – Wednesday

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