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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!
Probably most of us are familiar with “workout selfies,” but I doubt any of us have seen many that were taken to eradicate the stigma of mental health rather than, you know, show off a nice booty.
Thanks to actress and author Lena Dunham, now...
Thanks to actress and author Lena Dunham, now...
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.
I hope you’ve excused my absence, sweet readers. I’ve spent the last week trying to organize a move, which has taken most of my time. As anyone who’s moved can imagine, a lot of things get put on the backburner when a move takes place!
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!
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.
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!
My old yoga mat has downed its last dog, I'm afraid, and I'm in the market for a new one.
However, my yoga mat and I have been through so many good (and bad, and grueling, and kiss-my-ass!) times together that I'm not ready to let her go just yet -- completely, that is.
I'm Terrified of Yoga Inversions (& Other Random Confessions)
Thus, I've done some research on how to repurpose yoga mats. Reusing old yoga mats both helps you cut back on your environmental impact and get a few helpful tools around the home.
I mean, win/win, right? :)
Although I’m a strong advocate of running outdoors, I’m not at all opposed to joining a gym (especially when exercising outside or even in your home just isn’t an option). They’re full of all the equipment you want and need, they’re great places to meet new people, and -- let’s face it -- Netflix marathons aside, going to the gym gives you a much better reason to wear those sweats.
However, joining a gym can be intimidating -- for some (like me), it can even cause panic and anxiety.
Even so, I decided to join a gym this year as part of my physical wellness plan, and my experiences shopping around helped me figure out a few tips for joining a gym that might help you, too.
Yes, I know they're all too common, but I have to admit I love year-end round-up posts. They give me a chance to look back and see what made my readers tick, and they give you a chance to catch up on some of the most popular posts of the year!
Based on Google Analytics, social media reports, and good ol' fashioned comments, below are the Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014.