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Put in the Work or Just Give Up

I taught yoga to a Roller Derby team once and they were the hardest working group I’d ever taught to.  Despite it being mostly all their first time doing yoga, they put in the work and they supported each other along the way.  They didn’t make excuses when their arms started shaking, they didn’t complain about not knowing what they were doing, they tried and they pushed through.  That takes a special type of grit and toughness that is hard to come by these days.

And forget about yoga, I know that team acts the same way with everything else they do in life. They have a goal and they do whatever it takes.

No excuse will stop them from doing the work it will take to achieve their goal.

That can be a really hard concept to grasp in a world where we can buy almost anything immediately.  But results, real honest results, take extreme patience, hard work, time and the ability to say “F excuses, I’m doing it anyway”.  And to be brutally honest, if putting in work isn’t for you then you might as well just give up on the dream because you’re never going to get it by only being half in.  It’s the yo-yo effect, the “I was on a diet last week but this week I have too much to do so I’ll just eat fast food and end up gaining more weight than when I started.”  Why waste your time if you’re not going to be fully committed.

Hear me out.  Whatever your goal is, you have to put in the work 100%, be all in. Day in and day out, even when you have a million other things to do, even when you’re not feeling it.  The dream has to be more important than the struggle it will take to get there.

Put in the work or just give up.

I hope you choose to put in the work because it is so worth it

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Be in this for the long haul

Change does not happen overnight. Change takes months of consistency and hard work. fullsizerenderYears of pushing yourself to your max and doing things even when you just don’t feel like it doing it. Nothing is easy and everything takes time.

We live in a world where we can get pretty much anything we want relatively fast. And it’s created this sense of urgency in everything we do.  We want to lose 10 pounds in 5 days.  We want to be able to do headstand after 1 week of practicing yoga.  Let me just tell you now, that life is not sustainable. It’s not real. The work and time has to be put in if you want long term success.  You could probably throw yourself up in a headstand after just a few yoga classes or drop a few pounds in a week but you wouldn’t have built the foundation it took to maintain that long term.  You would soon crumble down or throw yourself into a rut or worse, delay your progress because you did too much, too fast, and too soon.

It’s so beautiful though — when someone dedicates an appropriate amount of time to something and accomplishes it. Even more so to someone who has spent a whole year working towards it, grinding at it, relentless and determined.

When I fall in love with something, like yoga or lifting, I want to be able to do it for the rest of my life. So short term goals are fun but I’m in it for the long haul, I want to be able to do these things when I’m 70 years old. With that in mind, I set appropriate goals for myself, I listen to my body when it needs a break and I honor my edge.  I’m not scared to push myself but I respect that things take time. Foundation needs to be laid in order to build.

Build your foundation, trust your body and jump when it’s ready. You’ll know.

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How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

I’m all about Instagram these days. And for the most part I use it as a tool to inspire myself.  But lately I’ve been noticing the inspiration shifting to comparison.

I’ll be looking at a picture of someone hiking and think, why am I not hiking. Or why can’t I deadlift that weight yet. Or why don’t my legs look like that yet. Or why is my business not as popular as hers yet.

It makes me sick even just typing that because I’m so not a jealous, comparing type of person. But let’s get real. Social Media causes a shift in your mental state that momentarily gives you the notion of dissatisfaction in your life which instantly causes you to compare yourself to others in thinking that their life is way better than yours. Whew.

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Here are 4 ways to stop comparing yourself to others:

  1. Everyone’s start is different: You can’t compare your year 1 to someone else’s year 8. Trust your course and keep at it.
  2. Put the phone down: The moment you notice yourself going there, put your phone down and change your scenery. Go outside, feel the dirt with your hands, breathe in the fresh air. Re-energize yourself.
  3. Move: Negative energy tends to stay with you until you literally move it out of you. Take a yoga class, go for a run, lift a barbell. Move the stagnant energy out of you.
  4. Remind yourself: Take a moment to look over your goals, remind yourself why you are doing what you do.

Lots of Love,

Brittany

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Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

I have a confession to make.

Lentils used to scare me.

I never knew how to cook them or really even what they were.

So I did some research and was pleasantly surprised at what I found.  They are from the legume family and are packed with protein (about 30% of their calories). Lentils are also a great source of iron, phosphorus, copper, fiber, folate and manganese.

Next up, I needed a recipe. I could not find one online that I loved, so I mixed a combination of recipes into this one, easy (super delicious) recipe!

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Enjoy!

Brittany