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January 10, 2017

Ways To Love Yourself

Love Yourself MORE!

We all have those days where we wake up, take a look in the mirror, and just see faults. You nit pick every single little thing – whether it’s imperfections in your skin or dimples on your butt – you identify these things that take away from all your hard work at the gym & in the kitchen.

You’re not alone! Even the most ELITE athletes criticize themselves & pick out flaws that NO ONE else sees. We are masters of negative thinking when it comes to body image. We are truly our own worst enemies (us & that damn mirror!).

Teaching your mind to love the skin you’re in is JUST as important (if not more important) that learning proper exercise form & how to eat well for your body.

Luckily, this negative way of thinking can be easily corrected! Here are a few ways to train your mind to love yourself:

1. Praise the Good:¬†Rather than focusing on the things you wish you could change about yourself – focus on the things you LOVE – maybe its your pearly white smile, your killer long legs, your luscious hair – whatever it is, praise the hell out of it! Write these things down. Create a list with all the things you’re happy with & give these things the full attention they deserve. Everyone, literally EVERYONE has things they wish they could change about themselves, but there is no good on harping on these – take the bits & pieces that you love & praise them for all their glory ūüôā

2. Remove Criticism:¬†When we are in a critical state of mind we likely attack others while attacking ourselves. It’s not pretty & it’s certainly not something anyone wants to be around. If you’re striving for rock hard abs, chances are you will be hateful and/or envious towards those who already have a 6 pack & negative towards those who are lacking in the ab department. A critical state of mind only snowballs your thoughts, feelings, and actions in a deep dark spiral….remove this criticism from your mind & see what happens!

3. Focus on YOU as a person (not image):¬†Sure, it’s nice to have a kickass body but it doesn’t make a lick of difference if you have a shitty personality & nothing to show for it. As cliche as it might sound, what’s inside COUNTS! Your body image is just one tiny, itsy bitsy part of who you are – don’t let it define you! Spend some time this week working on your inner pieces – your confidence, learning new skills, sharpening your mind – chances are by focusing on yourself as a “whole” your spirits will raise & you’ll find yourself enjoying life from a happier place.

4. Live your Life:¬†Our lives are SO valuable. What kind of life are we living if we spend every waking moment criticizing ourselves? Think about all the opportunities you could be missing out on. Don’t let life pass you by because you don’t want to take your shirt off at the pool, or you don’t feel comfortable in shorts at the gym – we only get one life, so live it to the fullest!

January 9, 2017


Embrace The “Suck”

Everything you want in life will always¬†have a¬†suck factor associated with it. “The Suck” lives everywhere. It lives in the worst case scenario, the¬†mediocre case scenario, and even in the best case scenario. Sometimes “The Suck” is immediately apparent, showing itself before you even start¬†your journey. Sometimes “The Suck” will lull you into a false sense of¬†security, making you think your journey is all sunshine and rainbows, until it reveals itself unexpectedly in the eleventh hour. But the only way to defeat “The Suck”, is to embrace “The Suck”.
To embrace “The Suck” is to trust¬†in the fact that¬†success is born of¬†strife, struggle, and shortcomings. “The Suck” is that¬†knot in the pit of your stomach before you break through your comfort zone. It’s the spinning in your head when you’re overwhelmed, the monotony of countless repetitions, the late nights, early mornings, and those times where you question if it’s¬†all even worth it. Embracing “The Suck” is allowing yourself to feel all those things, but accepting it is part of the process, and that there is growth on the other side of it.
Whatever suck you are experiencing right now, embrace it. There will come a time where you will miss “The Suck” because you will miss what it brought out in you. “The Suck” will¬†expose a side of you that is¬†a fighter, a survivor, a motivator, and a grinder.¬†The exponential self-discovery you will experience in the midst of “The Suck” will be unmatched in any other¬†venue, so get comfortable with it. Seek¬†“The Suck”¬†out, hunt it down, chase after it, and once you find it (or it finds you), embrace it, because “The Suck” isn’t going anywhere, and it’s only mission is to show you what you’re made of. – CPT Ryan