Over the last several months I’ve been a little MIA, I know. I wanted to share a little bit about what I’ve been doing and what’s been going on.
In September I signed up to do a challenge group that one of my coworkers is a coach for. It’s called hustle & heart. I committed to 10 weeks of growing my mind, body, and soul. It involved using Herbalife products, workouts, an accountability group, and daily soulitude. For body, there were at home and in-gym workouts, a nutrition plan using the herbalife products. For mind and soul, we had the soulitudes. There was a list of recommended books to read, we were often given podcasts to listen to, and then we wrote down an intention for each day, 3 things we were grateful each day, and 3 things you love about yourself.
Signing up for this group was one of the best things I ever did. It showed me I could commit to something and follow through. It got me into a morning routine. It helped me stay focused on making healthy, nourishing food choices. It gave me the opportunity to set goals. It gave me accountability. It transformed my self-talk. It built my self-confidence. It truly and genuinely transformed my life.
While I was absent from this blog I was really investing my time and my energy into myself and my growth. I was filling my cup, and taking time to care for myself.
What are my takeaways?
- It is worth getting up 10-20 mins early to make sure you have time to start your day in a place of gratitude.
Practicing gratitude shows that what you have is enough. It teaches you to see all the little miracles in your daily life.
- Intention setting for each day gives each day a purpose
It gives your mind direction, focus, and a priority. It can be whatever you want it to be. Lately, mine has been I am enough, writing every day that I am enough and I want to live in a way that reflects I believe I am enough.
- Listing reasons you love yourself is way harder than you might think, and a beautiful opportunity for growth!
- Committing to something, with accountability, helps build good habits.
- Consistently exercising transforms your body and your mind, in the most beautiful way.
More energy. More confidence. Better sleep. Looser fitting clothes. What more could a girl ask for?
- Community and accountability is a necessity for success
Seeing other women showing up encouraged me when I didn’t want to show up for myself.
- Take time to nourish your mind with podcasts or books, make it a priority.
Goal setting. Inspiration. Motivation. We all have goals and dreams, big and small.
- Drink your water, it makes a difference.
Seriously though. Fewer headaches, more energy when I’m up to par on my H2O intake.
- Natural, whole, unprocessed foods are best.
Okay – so as much as I love the Herbalife products and shakes, they actually started making sick after I finished. There’s a lot of added sugar and sweeteners. It’s a soy based protein. I was literally the sickest I’d ever been in 3+ years with the shakes and tea. I started getting more migraines. I had a migraine every day for about a week. Once I stopped my shakes and tea, I haven’t gotten one since. They work for some people, and I know many women who’ve had amazing results with their shakes. But I’m gonna be sticking to whole, natural foods because my body gets too angry at the processed stuff.
- Show up even when you don’t feel like it, you’ll feel better after.
I can’t tell you the number of times I would have much rather lay in bed 30 more minutes or would binge walked netflix. On the days when I was motivated, I felt so good afterward and I held onto that feeling, reminding myself how good I would feel if I showed up despite not feeling like it. I can’t distinctly remember regretting a workout.
That’s a wrap, on 10 weeks of committing to caring for my mind, body, and soul. I am a better, happier, healthier, stronger, and more confident woman because of it. I learned a lot about myself and grew so much. I’m beyond grateful for all the growth this challenge gave me, and especially for the morning routine it gave and the healthy habits it has helped me to build.