It's been quite a while since I posted a health and wellness update, and since one of my goals this year is focused on growing stronger, I thought it was a great time to share a few thoughts and resources that have been an encouragement to me.
My current approach to health/wellness has been an on-going journey these past few years. I'm a HUGE proponent of freedom and balance in the area of health and wellness, rather than operating from a mindset of deprivation, and so I love approaching health and fitness as an act of worship to the Lord. For me, it's become about making healthy choices in an effort to glorify Him and be a good steward of this life and body He's blessed me with. In our culture, that's not an easy focus to keep, though. I find myself needing to return to this WHY again and again. Otherwise, I can easily become very self-focused and begin to strive in this area.
She equips herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] And makes her arms strong." Proverbs 31:17 AMP
One of the most surprising discoveries I've made recently has been how much I love strength training! It may sound completely obvious and cheesy, but one of the things I'm loving most about strength training is the way it can be an illustration for life and how God uses discomfort to strengthen and refine us. Lifting always leads to some discomfort, but I know that each time I experience that discomfort, it's going to lead to more strength and resilience. Remembering that helps me to push through and continue to challenge myself (in both fitness and life) not to shy away from the things that may at first bring discomfort.
I'm including some of my progress so far this year below (some of it will sound familiar from my monthly goals posts), as well as some of my favorite resources. I hope it's of encouragement to you! And if you have favorite resources, I'd love to hear about them! :)
P.S. How adorable are these blush sneakers? I can't get enough blush everything! :)
Some of my current action steps:
- Strength train twice a week (I work with a local trainer and love it!)
- Explore other strength/cardio routines to supplement my two days each week with my trainer (kettle bell, yoga, barre, spinning); I'm thinking about doing a few months of Pure Barre, for example, and then a few months at a local spinning studio after that; I'm trying to have fun with it and avoid boredom! :) P.S.you decide you want to try kettle bell, I recommend watching a few videos online about proper form...it's really easy to injure your back/neck if you're not doing the swings properly. My favorite kettle bell exercises so far are the goblet squat, deadlift squat, Russian swing, and "around the world." This video is a great video to start with.
- Add extra protein to my diet to support my strength training efforts (still on the fence with protein powders, but if you use a plant-based protein or collagen powder that you love, I'd love to hear about it!)
- Prepare green smoothies for the week as part of my weekend meal prep (and freeze them)
- Eat more veggies and fruits (and fewer carbs and grains); green smoothies are helping me achieve this
- Fast sugar for 10 days (and then limit daily sugar)
- Drink lots of water! My goal is 50-60 oz each day (but don't worry, I haven't given up my love of lattes - hello, balance!) :)
Recipes I'm excited to try this month:
- Spiralized taco salad (I'll make this with beef or turkey)
- Broccoli slaw kale salad (a copy cat recipe of one of my favorite Trader Joe's salads!)
- Black bean quinoa tostadas
And a few favorite resources:
- Pop Sugar Fitness (SO MUCH awesome free content)
- Revelation Wellness (book, blog, Podcast, workout videos); I haven't tried their paid content yet, but I love the heart behind all they do, and their free resources are great
- Simple Green Smoothies
- Fit Foodie Finds
- The Daniel Plan
- Old Navy Activewear and Cross-training Couture for cute workout attire
P.S. If you're wanting to explore the world of green smoothies, check out this great resource from Simple Green Smoothies. I love a pretty pin-able graphic! :)