Meditation: 5 Reasons It’s Good For You

I want to preface today’s post with a confession. I have been closed-minded to meditation in the past because of my own personal pre-conceived ideas and notions about what it is. However, after studying the benefits and how-to’s of meditation, I now see how it can not only be greatly beneficial but is a NECESSARY practice in this fast-paced world.

Meditation can hold different meaning for each individual while the practice is the same – much like yoga. In the next 2 blog posts I’m going to answer the question about what it is, share the benefits of practicing it and then share some how-to’s and tips for incorporating it into your life.

So I encourage you to put aside everything you’ve thought, read, heard, whatever about meditation and just follow me for the next couple blog posts. Can you do that?

“Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase your contentment. Would you take it? Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good: increased self-esteem, empathy, and trust; it even improves memory. Suppose, finally, that the pill is all natural and costs nothing. Now would you take it? The pill exists. It is meditation. ” ~ Jonathan Haidt

That quote in and of itself is a pretty amazing reason to give meditation a shot, is it not?

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Easy Summer Healthy Party Recipe

‘Tis the season for outdoor parties, grill-outs and summer FUN!

If you’re anything like me, I absolutely LOVE to get together with friends – cutting up and laughing, there really isn’t much else better to me!

And it seems that there is ALWAYS food involved — especially for me since I tend to eat every few hours anyway. I don’t want to go long without having something to eat!

But I also don’t always want to indulge. It has its time and its place, don’t get me wrong — I try to keep it to a minimum!

So I want to share an awesome, easy (that’s my middle name), healthy summer party recipe with you!

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Top 3 Ways To Feel Your Best

One of my favorite “side effects” from working out regularly is generally feeling pretty darn good overall.

I mean, who doesn’t want to feel strong, look better naked (or in a swimsuit), and have better health and less wobbly areas overall?

There are a ton of factors that play into our sense of well-being, so this week, I thought I’d send a little inspiration your way for how to feel your best! Continue reading “Top 3 Ways To Feel Your Best”

Healthier Ways to Beat That Sweet Tooth

Spring is here and you know what that means: Summer and bathing suit season is around the corner.

While I think the vast majority of us are trying to make healthy decisions year round, I know the promise of minimal body coverage pretty much always gives one pause.

One thing I know I struggle with from time to time is conquering my sweet tooth.

Here are a few things that have helped me conquer my inner Cookie Monster. Continue reading “Healthier Ways to Beat That Sweet Tooth”

Overcoming Your Inner Critic

For those of you who took part in the Team ROAR Free 7-Day Challenge, what a success that was!

It was truly such a pleasure getting our collective sweat on together, and I’m so thrilled that it was such a blast!

I hope that those of you who rocked the challenge not only enjoyed the comradery but also felt the impact that peer support can have on your own fitness.

As my friend Beth perfectly observed, “Overcoming mental obstacles can be harder to conquer than the toughest physical obstacle course.”

It seems that the collective concept of “fitness” includes the pursuit of rock-hard abs and getting rid of anything that jiggles. #backfat #lovehandles #bellypooch #wobblyarms

However, fitness doesn’t just make your physical body stronger – it also can make incredible changes in your mind and mental processes as well. Continue reading “Overcoming Your Inner Critic”

Team ROAR 7 Day Free Fitness Challenge

I’m getting super excited to kick off the 7-Day Team ROAR Free Fitness Challenge, and I’m hoping you’re looking forward to it as well!

Since we’re a week out, I thought I’d give y’all a quick overview of how it’ll work, and more importantly, how you can join the awesomeness! Continue reading “Team ROAR 7 Day Free Fitness Challenge”

Something Awesome (and FREE!) Is Coming Your Way…IF You Choose To Accept It

If any of y’all follow me on Facebook, I’m pretty sure you’ve been hearing me rave about the 21-Day Fix. #afterglow #noodlylimbs #fitspo

I personally think this 21-Day Fix program is so ridiculously effective because it takes the guesswork out of eating healthy and staying fit.

I mean, how much better does it get than essentially having a fitness pro lay out your meal plans and workouts for three weeks? #winning #gettingshredded

Funny enough, I actually think doing it with an awesome team at your side IS even more amazing. Continue reading “Something Awesome (and FREE!) Is Coming Your Way…IF You Choose To Accept It”

Five Sanity and Confidence Boosters for Moms

As a mom, it’s easy to get so swept up in taking care of everyone else that it’s easy to lose sight of taking care of YOU!

A wise person once told me, “You’re the only person who can take care of YOU. Don’t wait for someone else to do it.” (Thank you, Dad!)

So, to all the moms out there, let’s take a moment to first and foremost recognize your amazingness.

There’s no easy manual or set path for how to juggle all the demands mommyhood places on you, and yet, somehow you make those dollars stretch, feed those mouths, bandage the booboos, feed the pets, take care of your partner, vacuum the house, and somehow make it into bed before falling asleep on your feet.

If I asked you to tell me the last time you carved out time for yourself, would you have an answer that included some time in the past 6 months?

Now, I’m not gonna suggest you take off to Tahiti for a few weeks (unless you can, in which case, YES!! DO IT!!)

I am going to encourage you to at least consider what I lovingly call my Sanity Keepers. Continue reading “Five Sanity and Confidence Boosters for Moms”

Eating Healthy & Sustainably Without the Headache

I like to think that I’m a “conscious consumer,” but I’ll be the first to admit that it can easily be confusing and headache-inducing these days.

As I was doing research to get my own ducks in a line, I realized that it was probably a great idea to share it with you here as well. #goteam!

I know I personally get SO tired of products listing all the things they DON’T include, so my hope is that this will be helpful clarifying what to look for regarding what products DO include. Continue reading “Eating Healthy & Sustainably Without the Headache”

PiYo Is Coming!

If any of y’all follow me regularly, you’ll know that at the moment I’m kicking my own booty with high-intensity, super satisfying workouts.

I LOVE getting a good night’s sleep, and let me tell you, lately I’ve been sleeping like the dead. (And that’s saying something for most people I know, much less parents with young children.) #WIN

Even though I love a good post-workout exhaustion, I will be the first one to admit that high-impact workouts (even with good form) can take their toll on our knees and other joints. Continue reading “PiYo Is Coming!”