Spiritual Side of Health

Hi Gorgeous!

I have to share this because you might be in my shoes. If I can save one person a few of my wrong steps I want to help where I can.  This is a topic some people don’t like to talk about and one that I really questioned if I should write about but I feel called to share.

When I started ‘living a healthy lifestyle’ I truly thought a healthy lifestyle came down to the food I ate and the amount/type of exercise I did. If I dialed in those two things I would be fit, healthy and HAPPY but… I wasn’t.

I was missing the biggest part of living a healthy lifestyle and that was faith.

Rewind to 2014 when I started attending church again. I found a church that spoke to my heart, one that I connected with, one that I felt welcomed in. I began attending regularly but still felt lost. I was still searching for something more. I ran across bloggers all of the world that raved about meditation, slowing down and connecting with myself so I gave that a try.  It helped with anxiety for sure but I was still searching.  I was willing to do almost anything to find peace outside of myself.

This was the point that I started listening. I started listening to the signs of my body and to other people that were wiser than me.  One of those people being my baby sister.  My sister is almost 6 years younger than me but wiser beyond my years.  She has immersed herself in the church from a young age.  Her husband, father in law and grand father in law are all pastors and they have a faith outside of themselves that illuminates a room.

It was time to put my ego aside and learn from my baby sister.  Thank goodness I stepped out of my way because the spiritual side of health is what took my health to a whole new level.  To a level I had been seeking but could not find on my own.  

You may be a believer, you may not.  Wherever you are that is totally fine.  I encourage you to try the steps below, to look outside of yourself and put faith in something larger than you.  Once I connected to faith the right things started happening for me in the right timing.  No longer was I forcing or pushing, no longer was I taking one step forward and 5 steps back, no longer did I feel stuck.

I didn’t believe for the longest time.  I questioned that a faith outside of myself could truly propel me forward.  I was a skeptic.  I am the first to say that as soon as I established faith and opened my arms to a greater power, my purpose in life became clear.

Here are my 4 steps to spiritual health:

  1. Prayer – connect with something greater than yourself. I choose God.  I choose to believe that all things are created with Him and when I turn over my life to Him I am serving His purpose.  When I serve His purpose life is easy and clear.  Get out of your own way, stop listening to the false stories you create in your head.  Start praying for guidance and it will come.
  2. Silence – sit in silence, disconnect from the craziness of the world and listen to the signs the world is giving you. Every morning I sit on my patio, look at the stars and read. Most mornings I find myself checking my phone within seconds of looking at the stars but one morning I made a vow not to and I saw the most beautiful shooting star. Without disconnecting and being still I would have missed the beauty this world has to offer.  Are you distracted with busyness? Are you looking past the signs that are right in front of your face?
  3. Questions – ask intelligent questions of yourself and others. Ask questions that will provide you the answers you need to propel yourself forward.  Questions like why.  Why am I doing this? What purpose do this serve? Will this bring me closer to the purpose I serve on this earth?
  4. Listen – listen to the answers of the intelligent questions you ask of yourself and others.  These answers will provide you with the next steps you need to take in life.

Life is bigger than you.  Health is more than eating clean foods and moving your body.  When you learn to step outside of yourself, connect with something greater than you and build your spiritual health, your dreams will become a reality.

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How to attract more Positive Into your Life

Last week the Gorgeous Strength community completed a 4 day #gorgeousstrengthmovement challenge.  The focus of the challenge was to post 1 photo or video per day of something positive.  This could be someone unexpectedly buying your coffee or your kiddos massaging your feet because it is your last month of pregnancy and they’re taking care of you.

The goal of the challenge was to show that the more we focus on the positive things in our life no matter the size, the more we will attract positive into our lives and the more we will experience bliss in even the mundane.

So before I dive into the feedback of what the Gorgeous Strength community took away from the 4 day challenge, check out some of the posts…

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The biggest take away from this challenge is we have more in our lives to be thankful for than we often see and when we slow down to become grateful the lenses we see life through change, when the lenses change success, joy and happiness begins to come our way.

Shayla said “I am learning that with all the bad in the world that there is a lot of good happening as well that often gets overshadowed by the bad. And when you feel like you are struggling, know that you are not the only one and that you have a lot of people on your side

1 simple way you can begin attracting more positive in your life immediately is to look around and see all the blessings you already have.  What you focus on expands, its your choice.

xo

Gorgeous Strength Summit 2017

I am SO excited to announce that I am finally kicking off the Gorgeous Strength Summit.  It is a 2 1/2 day event for women only were I will teach you to bust through your fears and achieve your goals.

Like you, I let fear hold me back from many things in life. To name a few:

  • going to the gym – when I first started working out I was deathly afraid to step foot into the gym
  • eating healthy – I made up stories of why I couldn’t do that or why I would fail at getting in shape and living a healthy life
  • meeting new people – people I wanted to meet, people I wanted to learn from I would not talk to because I was afraid I would look dumb
  • opening a business – I wanted a personal training studio. I wanted to help people but my fear based story was “what if I fail”
  • hosting the Gorgeous Strength Summit (yes I have been visioning this for 3 years!) – I feared that I would make a fool of myself
  • relationships – I held back my vulnerability restricting my relationships with friends and family to develop and deepen out of fear of getting hurt

Whatever your fears are they are stories made up by you.  Yes, YOU are the only one standing in YOUR way and I am going to help you step out of your own way.

More details on the Gorgeous Strength Summit will be released very soon but here are the highlights:

Gorgeous Strength Summit

  • August 25-27, 2017
  • Friday August 25th VIP Night – Cocktail Hour to mingle with all the ladies and a fun breakout session
  • Saturday – Yoga, Deep Dive into your Goals, Deep Dive into your Obstacles, amazing breakout sessions and much more
  • Sunday – Yoga, Deep Dive in to your Action Plan to achieve your Goals, amazing speakers and breakout sessions and something special for all the attendees

Click here for more details on the Gorgeous Strength Summit and make sure to check out my morning Facebook lives for daily inspiration and motivation.

xoxo

5 Ways to Shed Body Fat Fast

It seems like just yesterday I was feeling great in my body, my nutrition was on point so was sleep, hydration and meditation.  I was feeling so good in my skin that I thought “a little bit of this and a little bit of that won’t hurt”, I allowed a little too much freedom in my nutrition and just like that, I woke up and thought “where did this belly bulge and fat around my thighs come from?”

Ok, I am over exaggerating a bit.  It was approximately 3 weeks of indulgences that led to one morning of OMG!  I’m not saying I am fat by any means.  What I am saying is that we all have moments where we need to burn body fat fast in order to feel good in our body again so here are my 5 simply steps.

5 Ways to shed body fat fast
  1. Reduce Stress                                                                                                                         My recent weight fluctuation came from a trip to Germany.  After a week away and a lot of jet lag, my body was in a stressful state.  I didn’t take the proper steps to stay hydrated and find a good sleep cycle which led me to mindless eating.  Stress takes a major toll on the body by increasing cortisol which makes the body want to hold on to excess fat.  Take some time to read, relax and meditate in order to reduce your stress.
  2. Get your ZZZ’s                                                                                                                       Lack of sleep increases visceral fat.  Aim for a solid 7-8 hours of sleep each night on a consistent sleep schedule.  Aim to wake and go to bed at the same time each day and do your best to time this with the rise and fall of the sun.  Having trouble sleeping?  Try this Lavender Oil to help, it works magic for me!
  3. Ramp up your Cardio                                                                                           Cardiovascular exercise is awesome for shedding excess fat.  Cardio can be a walk around the block, run, cycle or swim, it can also be High Intensity Interval Training which is one of my favorites as it is the fastest was to burn body fat in a short time.  HIIT also gives you the same metabolic boost post workout that resistance training does which means more calories burned in a shorter amount of time.  Give it a try…       HIIT Workout: 6-10 rounds with 3-5 minute warm up and cool down.  30 seconds of work followed by 30-60 second rest period.Burpess > Sprints > Jump Rope > Jump Lunge                                                                              
  4. Increase your Protein                                                                                                        Protein is the building blocks to our muscles, the more muscle mass you have the more calories you burn at rest (i.e. the more lean muscle you have the more calories you burn while sitting, reading this blog… more bang for your buck!).  Protein is also proven to increase metabolic rate, sanitation and reduce cravings.  Aim for whole eggs, organic chicken, grass fed beef, salmon.
  5. Avoid Sugar and Reduce Carbs                                                                                           Sugar is a legal drug!  Sugar is bad for excess body fat, metabolic and brain health.  When you consume too much sugar the liver can not metabolize it therefore some is turned into added body fat.  Avoid sugary drinks and foods, processed and refined carbohydrates like bread, pasta and cookies.  Aim to increase your fiber instead by adding in vegetables.

So there you have it, my 5 simple steps to shed body fat fast.  Now I have work to do because I need to shed the few pounds I’ve recently put on.

Here’s to a nourished body.