Love to build your fitness mindset

Stop – Reflect – Work on your mindset – Build your fitness mindset

So sometimes when I get away for the weekend, and leave Sydney, its hard to leave behind the bootcamp training and in general my own fitness training. I love training!
The beauty of getting some down time is the ability to  reflect and just be present in nature and in my surrounds.

This weekend we decided to take a road trip to North Hunter Valley with the aim of getting some family time. We’re staying in a beautiful eco lodge up in the mountains overseeing North Hunter valley.

On a short walk today, I was overlooking the valley and enjoying its beauty, it got me thinking about mindset and fitness.

It potentially takes hundreds of years for nature to self cultivate and create the beauty that we see. This got me thinking about how we can better learn to self nurture ourselves to create our most beautiful and best selves.

Ask yourself this:

Do you take time to develop yourself?

Are you reflecting every day?

Have time out for yourself?

Are you achieving what you want to achieve in life?

If you have answered no to one or more of these questions, then its time to stop, reflect and work on your mindset.

In addition to this, have you tried:

  • quick fix approach to health, wellness, fitness and nutrition?
  • diets that are just that – quick fixes with no long term results?
  • fitness programs that are just plain boring and don’t fit in with your lifestyle?
  • shakes, detox diets, juice cleanses?
  • have paid for any of the above to not get the results that you want?

Stop!  Stop abusing your body and mind. It does not have to be that hard! Just have a think about whether you have taken the time to work on your mindset to get to your fitness results.

We tend to be so critical, and so self judgemental, that we forget to nurture ourselves and treat ourselves and our bodies well.

How do I do this?

Self care and love. Self nurture.  Focus on my purpose. I take a no BS approach to life. I am true to myself. I am true to my goals. This helps me shift my focus to what I really want. Do this and your fitness, nutrition and wellness goals become more achievable.

Just like the beauty in nature that we see around us, building and developing our best selves, including the boy image we aspire to, the lifestyle we aspire to, takes time, patience and self nurturing.

A few tips on how I self nurture:

1) I take time out to get away quite a few times a year, to see nature, to be within beautiful peaceful environments. During this time, I don’t necessarily give away my fitness goals when I am away.  I choose to cook whilst away to eat healthily. I also choose to keep up my fitness by self motivating and doing small fitness sessions, even if they are short or longer walks and hikes.

It is a great way to self reflect, enjoy serenity and the simple things like birds chirping, the sun shining and wild animals living their lives, whilst still keeping up with my fitness regime.

2) Being grateful… each day I think about at least one thing that I am grateful for.. and secondly, I send a text to my husband to let him know why I am grateful to him

3) I recognise my emotions and allow myself to feel what I feel. Although it may not always be rationalised, through acknowledgement us to be present in the moment to  accept it and move on.

4) Momentarily I  just stop and breathe and take it what I see.  I use my Doterra essential oils to enjoy beautiful smells that uplift me.    Favourites are Whisper, Motivation, Lavender Peace and Balance.

5) I am my worst critic. I have recently stopped focusing on what I am not doing well. I do not compare myself. I do not judge myself. I focus on what I do well. I focus on what kind of person I want to be.

 

Love yourself to build your fitness mindset

Ultimately, what I am getting to, is that when we focus internally, when we focus on loving ourselves, when we take time to make “me time”, we our focusing on ourselves as a whole. Things like our fitness goals, nutrition goals and wellness goals then become much more realistic, seamless and achievable.

Through these small practices of self mindfulness, the focus switches to self love, self compassion, self worth and self nurturing.

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Chocolate Overload?

So over Easter long weekend like most long weekends where there is a celebration, we all tend to go a little bit overboard…chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.. or if you are anything like me… hard boiled egg overload!

I don’t know about you, but we feast after midnight mass on Saturday evening, then feast on lamb thats been slow cooking on a spit all day,  potatoes, rice, shortbreads, cakes, pastries and crack red eggs over Easter Sunday.

And then after all of that food…  there is all the leftovers that we need to eat for the rest of the week – cant waste food right?

Now Im not a massive fan of chocolate, but my household is… and with all the exchange of chocolate gifts, theres at least a few kilos of chocolate that we need to get through before next Easter! Lucky for us we pace ourselves and it does take us almost 12 months to get through the chocolate each year! I personally get on coloured hard boiled egg overload after Easter – so whilst great for the protein content, its still an overload!

Maybe you went overboard, too? So what.. no big deal if its just on occasion – we all need to live a little right?

So how do we get rid of that feeling of fullness this week?

1. Get back in the right mindset – its okay to enjoy family time, chocolate eggs and feasting for special occasions! Acknowledge it and move on!

2. Take stock and reset your nutrition and fitness goals – are they realistic – if so fantastic! If not, what are one or two small changes that you can make over the next couple of weeks to get you back on track?

3. Get moving – go out for a walk, break a sweat, do a burpee session in your lounge room or garage. get to #kappasfitbodies outdoor bootcamp class @ Brighton Le Sands. Or jump on a trampoline with your kids for 20 – 30 mins! There are plenty of outdoor activities to do around Sydney this time of the year for school holidays and the weather is just brilliant at the moment!

4. Consider having a few day of nutritional fasting…. drink herbal teas in the morning, and start your meals for the day at lunchtime or around 1pm – give your body a break overnight and first up in the morning from any solid foods.

5. Drink a lot of water – at the moment, Im adding Slim n Sassy, Grapefruit, Lemon and Fennel oil drops to my water – super tasty and takes away the sugary cravings!

6. Your first snack (breaking the fast), should be something light before dinner. Consider a protein shake with almond milk or some fruit with almonds.

Now if you have plenty of left over chocolate easter eggs – pack them away, and afford yourself the treats if it fits within your calories and macros a couple of times a week.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Break and see you all soon!

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