Wellness Wednesday: Dancing to a Healthier You!

 

 

Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! I’ve been thinking a lot about Monday’s post and I already feel so empowered and inspired. I’m trying to do more things I’m passionate about and push myself to keep at it, and so far, so good! In fact, I’m just gonna go ahead and give myself a high five because I have stuck to my fitness goals and worked out every day this week–granted it’s only day three, but you have to start somewhere, right? Now, when I typically engage in some form of fitness, I usually quit not too long after I start because I either feel like I’m going to die, I’m bored, or I’m just plain lazy. Sound familiar? I’ve tried Insanity, Jillian Michaels, Pure Barre, walking, and even had a personal trainer (or two). I eventually realized, however, that I can’t keep wasting my time, money, and energy on things that doesn’t bring me joy. After extensive research and now a heavier pocket (and unfortunately waistline), I’m embarking on a new-ish fitness venture: Zumba.

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Tuesday Tunesday: Try, Try Again

Happy Tunesday, friends! If you follow the Kermit Says… Snapchat (@kermitsays), then you know I kept yesterday’s word, worked out, and ate relatively well. I’m looking for an accountability buddy to keep me in check, and if you play your cards right, maybe that could be you! In the meantime, I thought today’s Tunesday playlist could serve as the inspiration needed to keep going and achieve my goals regardless of what obstacles come my way. Maybe it will inspire you, too!

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Motivational Monday: Be All In It

 

 

Who else is in disbelief that it’s April?! I swear I was just celebrating the new year and creating my vision board. Like most people, I remember starting 2017 off super focused on reaching my goals, and while I’ve met many of them, a few still seem to be a touch out of reach not because I don’t want them, but because I just haven’t been disciplined enough to really go after them. One of these goals is to improve my physical health, which has honestly been what feels like a lifelong battle. But as my mom says, “nothing beats a failure but a try.” In other words, as often as I struggle with my weight and overall health, my persistence and will to keep trying is the only thing that keeps me from failing, at least completely. And because it’s a new month and a Monday, I thought this would be the perfect time to try try again.

 

 

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Kermit’s Cup of Tea: Friday Findings

img_4043Happy, happy Friday, friends! Give yourselves a pat on the back and a warm embrace because you have successfully made it to this week’s finish line. Congratulations to you! For those of you who resumed school on Monday, I’m sure it was especially challenging to get to sleep at a reasonable hour and wake up early and alert for class. For those of you still on or just starting your Spring Break, enjoy it! Our break ended on Monday, but I’ve been chaperoning a class retreat since Wednesday, so it’s kind of the best of both worlds: I’m in school, but not. Regardless of where you find yourselves on the spectrum, take a break from whatever it is you’re doing and check out some of these incredible finds from the week.

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Wellness Wednesday: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Brown Sugar CookiesAfter nearly five months apart, my best friend and former college roommate and I reunited this weekend for an old-fashioned slumber party complete with movie-watching, binge-eating, and yummy baking (yes, I licked the spoon). After a quick visit to my local grocery store, we were ready to make what turned out to be the most delicious, chewy, soft, and perfectly sweet cookies I’ve ever eaten (thanks, Sally)! Each bite was filled with so much flavor, I couldn’t limit myself to just one. Obviously, today’s post isn’t exactly the healthiest recipe, but there’s something so comforting and relaxing about not only baking, but also indulging, and if you can do both with one of your closest friends, then I don’t think there’s anything sweeter.

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Tuesday Tunesday: And This is Your Life

 

While driving into work yesterday morning, I was listening to Chicago’s KISSFM with Fred and Angie–per usual–and they were playing a game where callers in their early 20s phoned in and tried to name 1980s and 1990s sitcom theme songs. As I listened to these “youngsters” try and fail to name these tunes, I couldn’t help but realize a few things: 1) Since I’m at the end of my 20s, I guess I’m now old; 2) Since I could name every single tune, I guess I’m now old; and 3) Since I refer to the 1980s and 1990s as the “good old days,” I guess I’m now old. I’ve never really thought about my age, at least not negatively, but since turning 29 a few weeks ago, I have been feeling pretty nostalgic lately, especially when it comes to high school.

 

“It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re 17 and planning for someday, and then quietly, and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.”- Nathan Scott, One Tree Hill

When I was a sophomore in high school, the WB (now CW) premiered it’s latest teen classic One Tree Hill, and I was obsessed! I would rush to complete my assignments so I wouldn’t miss an episode. Basketball, brothers, complicated relationships, and incredible music? What more could a high schooler want? In the series’ nine years, they played nearly 2,000 songs (wow)! In fact, a Buzzfeed article reports that “music was such a huge part of One Tree Hill that the fictional club Tric was written into the show in Season 2 so the writers could feature more bands and artists.” Each carefully selected and meaningful tune appealed to teenagers turned adults because the songs and episodes examined real issues, captured the essence of teenage and eventually adulthood, and encouraged us to just be our true, authentic selves. I grew up with One Tree Hill, and while each episode isn’t quite as fresh as it is for those youngsters now binge-watching it on Netflix, the songs themselves have stayed with me, and for that, I am grateful. Be still, my emo, angsty, teenage heart. Here are a few of my favorites from the series:

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Motivational Monday: Trust Your Gut

 

Being honest with yourself is, to me, probably one of the most difficult yet important things one could ever do. When we meet certain people or encounter certain situations, we get a small feeling in the pit of our stomachs. That’s called intuition. Sometimes we listen to those instincts and other times we choose to ignore them altogether. Perhaps we get a bad vibe about someone we like but choose to dismiss those warning signs because we’re curious or lonely. Maybe it’s because we want to keep up appearances, and following our gut will change the way people perceive us. Maybe it will even change the way we see ourselves. Trusting our instincts oftentimes forces us to recognize what is so easily overlooked and challenges us to not only be honest with ourselves, but also to make some tough decisions that we think we might not be ready to make. The thing about listening to your gut, however, is that it’s always right and will never steer you wrong.

 

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