Body Image

Before and After Pictures: A Portrait of Your Mind


A few weeks ago, I published a post on my thoughts about before-and-after pictures of our bodies.

Since then, I've been thinking about how that idea relates – perhaps more positively – to before-and-after pictures of our minds.

I've always dabbled in exercise and healthy eating, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I got serious about it; not just for my body, but also for my mind. My "before picture" was horrendous, to say the least. I was extremely out of shape, both physically and mentally. I couldn't stand to look at it, much less let others see it.

Now that I'm more serious about how I treat my body, I have a healthier, more glowing "after picture." I feel a sense of pride when I step back and look at all the positive changes I've made in my life (again, both physically and mentally), and I don't mind showing others and helping them work toward beautiful after pictures, too (hence, the birth of "Your Body, Your Mind"!).

So, if you could take before-and-after pictures of your mind, how would they look?

I'll go first!

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Exercise

3 Super Simple Tips to Get Out of Your Rut…FOR GOOD!


As some of you know, I started working out at a gym in January. For nearly four months (and with the exception of a few setbacks), I've diligently gone to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

I’m proud of myself. I really am.

Yet, last week I wasn't really feeling it. My heart wasn't in it. My mind was elsewhere.

I was so “not feeling it” that one of my new gym buddies noticed and asked what was up.

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Body Image

15 Quotes About Beauty to Live By


So many of us exercise and eat healthy to improve our physical appearance, and while that's definitely a perk (though, I've already expressed how it's only one of the many perks of healthy living!), there's so much more to beauty than the physical.

We forget this from time to time (sadly, some of us never actually know it).

As a reminder (or lesson), I've dug around and found 15 quotes about beauty -- real, meaningful personal inner beauty, as well as external world beauty -- to live by.

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Jogging

Life Hack: 9 Ways to Start Running


Some of you know I joined a gym in January and, as a quick update, it's been great! I've stayed accountable with my workout buddies, gotten to know a few of the other gym members (as well as the owner, who's super helpful), and overall taken the panic and anxiety out of joining a gym in the first place.

However, now that I'm getting regular strength training, I need to work some cardio into my routine.

Sure, I hope on the treadmill and speed walk a couple miles, but what I really miss is running, which I haven't done since last summer...

...and, given it's been that long, I feel a bit like a newbie.

So, how do I get started again? The same way any newbie runner would!

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Anorexia

Eating Disorders Awareness: “I Had No Idea…”

aims to promote public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and improve education about the biological underpinnings, environmental triggers, warning signs and how to help those struggling.

In honor of that, I thought I'd join the movement and share with you some facts about eating disorders you might not have known, and I encourage you to click on the source links to learn even more about eating disorders.

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Body Image

POLL: Before-and-After Pictures: More Harm Than Good?

I have to admit: I love before-and-after pictures off all kinds. Home renovations, furniture restorations, even makeup transformations -- you name it, chances are I love looking at it.

Except when it comes to before-and-after pictures of our bodies. I’m a bit on the fence about those.

On the one hand, it’s inspiring to see someone get in great shape; it can make you feel like you, too, have the power to be your fittest self (not to mention, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside for the person who’s succeeding his or her goals).

On the other hand, it could make you feel as if you’re not measuring up.

If this person can look this way after this period of time, why can’t I?

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Body Image

Feeling a Little Unfit? 13 Reasons NOT to Get in Shape


Lately, I've been super focused on getting fit.

After my father’s death (and all the subsequent life-altering experiences that came with that while trying to juggle “regular” everyday life such as work), I put on a few pounds, made excuses not to run or attend yoga classes, and -- well -- just basically put my physical health on the backburner.

Now that I've had some time to adjust, it’s time to get back on track. I joined a gym in January (and am proud to say I've made it out of the “January Club”!), started cleaning up my diet again, and have been browsing various yoga classes to find something that’ll get me out of my living room and back into the studio.

(Now, if only this pesky bitter cold winter would pass, I could get off the treadmill and back to the park!)

Anyway, during this journey back to getting fit, I’ve done some thinking about why I want to get fit. Simply put, it’s for me. I want to feel better physically (which always makes me feel better mentally) as well as feel comfortable in my own skin again (another mental perk!).

During these musings, I started wondering about the reasons not to get fit. That’s right; while I firmly believe in physical wellness and how it impacts our mental health and wellness, I also believe there are reasons you should avoid when getting in shape...and I think many of you will be able to relate.

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Diet

National Wear Red Day: 3 Ways Women Can Combat Heart Disease


Happy Friday, ladies!

If you get out and about today, you might see a sea of red -- and it's not just that everyone decided to make a bold fashion choice!

Nope, today is the annual National Wear Red Day 2015, hosted by the American Heart Association (AMA) Go Red for Women campaign.

According to the AMA:

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

Fortunately, there are many ways we can combat heart disease -- starting TODAY -- even if you're new to the game!

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