A friend send me this amazing post on #fitspo a few days ago. ALL THE PEOPLE should read it. Seriously. I promise you will feel bad ass and supported and amazing.

“It made me sad to see that when people were looking for motivation to get to a more healthy lifestyle, they were just as likely to come across images that shamed them and pressured them to go to extreme measures with diet and exercise as they were to find posts cheering them on,” blog author MissShapen wrote.

So she created some alternatives. Here are my favorites (all images link to her post):

 

This is a woman after my own heart. Please please go read the whole post here. It is absolutely worth the 2.4 minutes and will leave you ready to rock this week. Happy Monday!

What phrase is your biggest #fitspo pet peeve?


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Balcony garden {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

I so want a garden this year and the spring weather this weekend that is gone by today got me all inspired. A quick pinterest search and I’m FULL of ideas. People have some quite unique things! Here are a few:

Gorgeous, yes??? How’s that for some Monday motivation full of sunshine and bright colors?

I think this year we’ll start a bit simpler than some of these, since neither of us are experienced gardeners. In fact, I think I’ve killed most things I’ve attempted to grow. BUT. I really really really love fresh green stuff, I want at least an herb garden, and some bright fun flowers would be awesome. Our balcony get’s a lot of direct sun so I’ve got some researching to do.

Any gardening tips?
Have you grown a balcony garden?
What’s you favorite thing to grow – or favorite fresh-from-the-garden food?


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This weather and I are not friends. The back and forth; snow storm one day, 55° three days later. Today is supposed to push 70° and Tuesday is snow storm #3 in this cycle! My body and wardrobe are confused.

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Monday

• Yoga & strength, 1:30:00
Wow I haven’t worked out in a while. Every evening last week was busy! So needed this yoga session, but I also wanted to SWEAT. So I added strength work: serious core, arms and legs. Felt great.

Tuesday

• Free standing, 1:30:00
Got up into an elbow headstand AND a tripod headstand without the wall and held them both! I finally feel like I understand where my center of balance belongs and am strong enough to correct without falling over. Not every time, but major progress! Plus some low-impact arm and leg toning from Tracy Anderson.

Wednesday

• 4 miles, 38:25 (9:36 pace)
After almost 2 weeks sans a run I hammered out an awesome 4 mile tempo. Tempo’s are not my favorite usually; maybe I’ve tried too long of a tempo in the past because I really enjoyed this run.

I hit the pace exactly as I wanted and maintained a faster-than-normal speed. On the TM since it’s still chilly and raining. I was shooting for a 5k in under 30 (not quite: 30:06) and was angry enough so I ran a fast last .9 to hit 4 in well under 40:00.

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I’m hoping to get in a short run outside today, then heading up to Baltimore for a fundraising event Jon and I have done a lot of work for. Gonna be a late night by the time we’re home, so just taking it easy tomorrow! Maybe some yoga. I crossed several big things off my overworked to-do list this week and feeling a little better heading into next week.

What is your favorite run workout?
(Tempo, hills, speed work, long run, etc?)
Tell me something excited about your week!


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Quickie post here because I. Don’t. Have. Time.

I’m overwhelmed. After three months at my job, the last week or two finally decided to dump all that the position entails on my lap.

 • Website maintenance: check.
• Blog and social media management: check.
• Graphic designer: check.
• Work with the printer: check.
• Advertising: check.
• Communication/marketing strategic planning: check.
• Press relations: check.
• Initial 3-month review: this week.
• Numerous random responsibilities plus a bazillion emails: check.

At my last job three staff members were responsible for everything that my current position requires in any given week.

Plus I created several graphics for a friends’ non-profit fundraising event that took every evening last week and most of my weekend and Jon and I will be helping at said event this weekend. Plus his parents are visiting the following weekend and my mom is in town the week after that. Sheesh I need March to be over!

In the midst of all that I’m doing my best to stay active (definitely failed last week). Blogging comes last on the list of priorities unfortunately. But I AM all inspired to make some changes around PPA and have been chipping away at my list. Like fresh colors. Updated workout content. New icons and buttons. And a design section, complete with new branding, coming soon.

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I love feedly myself and yes I did try both before my final decision.

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Since I’m out of the loop, what’s new in your worlds??
Are you Team Feedly or Team Bloglovin’?


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Last week was quiet in the blog world. My feedly was noticeably sparse and I missed you all! I hope everyone was getting over the last bout of winter blues and is excited for a warmer week. I see clouds and some rain on my forecast, but seriously, I’ll take those temperatures with pleasure.

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Also, organize love! I chose the cover, colors, text on the inside cover (always a reminder to be fabulous!), and the “widgets” that appear on the weekly pages. Seriously you guys. For us need-to-be-organized-or-life-falls-apart AND us need-to-have-control types, designing your own planner is heaven. Personal-planner.com.

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As the weather is beginning the transition to spring *crossing fingers it sticks* my motivation this week is inspired by change. It’s a season of new growth and discovery! For many of us right now is when we kick it in high gear for summer bodies.

I write a lot, and talk more if you know me, about loving your body today, as it is right now. About the hugely negative impact on our emotions and health that body hatred has. But I also don’t want to leave people feeling guilty because they aren’t happy with how they look and struggle finding that place of confidence.

A journey toward better health is always positive. Taking care of your body is positive. Losing weight if you need to is positive. Gaining weight if you need to is positive. Increasing muscle is positive. The problems arise when we put too many of our “happiness and confidence” eggs into one basket.

I love loving my legs and feeling great in shorts or a short skirt. On the other hand, in the height of summer heat, you better believe I’m wearing those shorts even if I don’t feel the greatest in them!

Start from a positive place and speak love to yourself every day and especially the days you feel “fat” or “frumpy” or “bloated.” Have healthy and achievable goals. Work hard and cut yourself some slack on the off days. Celebrate your progress!

Anyway, that was a little more than I planned to say. Oops. 🙂

Do you practice positive “self talk”?
What do you have planned this week?


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