California Dreamin’

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Currently experiencing withdrawal from my trip to California so I’m totally using pictures to take me back. I’m not really sure if it’s the progressive vibe that Californians have or the beautiful rocky Pacific coast. Maybe it’s the cool weather (year round…) or the baby seals basking in the sun with their mother, but it’s safe to say that California will never let you down! While going through my pictures, I’m not sure if I could pick a favorite part of the trip.
We hiked, we biked, we trolleyed, we drove, + most importantly, we ate, & ate… & ate.
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Friday’s Food for Thought

“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night & day, to make you everybody but yourself — means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight — and never stop fighting.” — E. E. Cummings

TGIFri-YAY!
Yesterday I started (oh yeah, and finished) Brené Brown’s The Gift of Imperfections. After reading Rising Strong, I was like you know what… I’ve found an author that I really enjoy reading (rare!), she really gets me thinking on a deeper level about my everyday life, & she makes it so RELATABLE. She doesn’t come from a viewpoint of “Here is how to live a happier life… 1, 2, 3. Listen to me because I live every day as though it’s rainbows & unicorns!” Instead, she shares her own challenges, struggles, experiences & admits that she still struggles living a wholehearted life, every. single. day.
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Find Comfort in the Uncomfortable

 

I often times catch myself trying to find the most comfortable plan of attack. Our bodies have the potential to react to presumed stress with increased heart and breathing rate, muscle tension and even the release of the stress hormones: epinephrine and cortisol. But luckily, feeling uncomfortable signifies new territory and growth.
The treadmill (or shall I say, dreadmill) is one of my worst enemies but I truly think that it pushes my body beyond what I believe to be possible. One day, when I was really struggling to get through my workout, Lil Jon’s “Get Outta Your Mind” came on. All of a sudden it hit me. I turned the volume up louder than my thoughts because I realized that my run was only painful because my mind was telling me so. My mind tells me to stop long before my legs are going to give out or my lungs are hurting. I know that my body can physically do so much more than my mind tells me sometimes. It seems to put up invisible gates to prevent our bodies from being uncomfortable. So, I’ve challenged myself to push my thoughts out of the way. To get out of my mind. To encourage myself past my assumed limits and step out of my comfort zone. The more you do it, the more comfortable you will become being uncomfortable.
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Sweet, Sweet Summer Time

Happy Wednesday Y’all! Or shall I say Happy National Wine Day?
If you haven’t noticed, some changes have been made over here on Betox & I’m thrilled to share them with you all!
In other news… IT’S SUMMER! Whooooo… This girl couldn’t be more excited to get a BREAK. During the school year, it feels like my mind and body are always go, go go. Between school, tennis, training and finding time to spend with friends and family, there is little to no time for relaxation. There is always something to do or something due. So to get a little break, to wake up without an alarm clock, to let my mind engage in things other than school is such a relief. As relaxing as it is, I think it’s healthy too! I sure get worn down after the constant racing of my mind, mental to do lists and physically pushing my body.

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Knock, Knock

Who’s there?
It’s me, Bri!
While I wish I was reporting back to you all with a crazy story about my undercover mission, forcing me to be MIA… Sadly, the tsunami that is college has taken over my life. While that is no excuse for my lack of posts, I am back!
Where shall I begin? Firstly, I’m going to share some of the college-budget friendly things that I have been eating + drinking that are both nutritious & yummy!
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New Year, New Me?

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I am sure that you have heard the saying “It takes 21 days to make or break a habit.” Here we are, 32 days into the new year. Have you stuck with your new years resolutions? All of them? Some of them? Maybe you’ve forgotten that you even made one. It seems to be a common pattern that people start off strong and slowly fizzle out. The gyms are usually packed during the first week of the year but slowly, people stop coming. Does that sound like you?
Maybe your resolution is already a habit or a routine in your daily schedule… Or you may have already achieved your goal. It is so important to frequently revisit your goals for the new year. This year I have made it one of my goals to stay on track with my goals. By putting them on paper, I hold myself accountable as well as providing myself with a reminder of what exactly I plan to achieve. With that in mind, I can use it as a baseline to determine whether or not I have met my goal or am on track to. It is important to set realistic, specific, and attainable goals. Yes, you should absolutely shoot for the stars! But in the meantime, make small stepping stone goals for yourself. By doing so, you not only reduce the chance of becoming discouraged with your progress, but you also motivate yourself along the way by reaching small milestones.
If you have already achieved your goal for the year, continue to push yourself. Goals are a great way to provide focus and allow us to stretch and grow in ways that we didn’t think possible.
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Finding Your Balance

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As I sit here, sipping my tea, with a box of cookies to my right and In Defense of Food to my left… I bounce the idea around of letting myself dive into the sweets and cookies that surround the holiday or following a strict juice detox so that I can indulge later on. While the later sounds much less desirable, I can drum up adequate reasoning for either path. After giving free reign to holiday parties and treats, its easy to fall into the trap of feeling guilty, bloated and as though a ten mile run is needed to burn off all of the calories that were consumed. As the holiday rapidly approaches, I am reciting to myself to enjoy life, to live in the present and to find a balance.
Sure, eating the whole tray of cookies probably isn’t the best idea… As it will leave you nauseous, sluggish and unproductive while you scramble for your last minute holiday gifts. But on the flip side, a strict juice diet, or say chicken and broccoli, will leave you craving your favorite holiday foods. So, LET’S LIVE LIFE! Drop-kick the guilt and the thought of having to workout twice to “make up for it” because believe it or not, your body will bounce back. That cookie will not go straight to your thighs, because that is not how it works. Just as eating a salad won’t give you six-pack abs, that extra slice of pie won’t crush your hopes and dreams of ever having one. I challenge you to wallow in a plate of seconds, enjoy dessert with family and friends and spoil yourself.
Where am I going with all of this? Balance. No… Not the yoga-esque type of balance that you try to find while holding all of your weight on your big toe, but finding an equilibrium in your diet and daily schedule.
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Fall Favorites

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As of September 23rd, it is officially fall. The colder temps are yet to come but the rain has been relentless as hurricane Jacquin (are they running out of “J” names or what!?) makes its way through the Atlantic. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are filling Instagram newsfeeds all over the world, Halloween decorations line the shelves and fall fashion is soon to strike.
With that, school work is piling up and the motivation to complete assignments before their due date has departed with the sunshine. Nevertheless… looking forward for whats to come this fall is keeping my spirits high as the leaves begin to change.
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