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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Homemade Coffee Body Scrub

My love for coffee does not discriminate… I like it hot, cold, in the morning or the middle of the day, on my body, you name it. Take a little time this Labor Day weekend to pamper yourself with this homemade coffee body scrub recipe that will leave your skin feeling baby soft!
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Love Yourself

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Rather than an egotistical, self-centered, narcissistic mindset, self-love is the desired regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. Through my journey of both setting and achieving some of my fitness and academic goals, as well as developing from an adolescent to a soon-to-be 21-year old feeling confident in my own skin has become vitally important.

(Although I will be touching on the realm of self-love for females, it is equally important for males and they face many of the same challenges)

Over my (short) lifespan, I have grown to grasp the importance of feeling comfortable in my own skin, at whatever height, weight, skin or hair color I might have. I am a strong believer that there is not one, two or three ideal body types and that society has far too strong of a push in one direction or another. From a young age girls are faced with media swarming them with images of tall, skinny girls that have been photoshopped to perfection.
As a result, girls begin to feel insecure and uncertain about themselves. With confidence, I am convinced that girls should be proud of their bodies and their appearance and the personal comparison with others is the most detrimental thing that one could do. There is no definition or formula for beauty and each and every one of us is beautiful in our own unique way.
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Don’t Be Too Cool For School

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At last! I am done with summer school, which was one of the best and worst decisions I have ever made: the pain was intense but short; nevertheless, I had to work my bootaaay off. Regardless of being slammed with work, I was able to set aside around an hour each day to working out and rehab, although I am looking forward to dedicating these next couple of weeks to going all out. But… can you all believe it is AUGUST!? Where did the summer go… Last time I checked it was still May.
A little update on the craziness that is my life… I am now reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, which is all about “meat”, where it comes from, why we eat it, its journey from the farm to our plate + more. I am not very far into it but I will definitely give a more in-depth review once I have finished it. Next, I am going to read The Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and it exposes the truth about the effects of wheat, sugar and carbs on the brain… don’t worry though, I will not be going gluten free! Ever!
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I have also received my new Garmin Vivoactive watch which I am excited to incorporate into my workouts. It has a number of functions that I don’t quite know how to use to their full extent but it has great reviews so once I have used it for a couple of weeks I will be sharing my overall experience with you all!
July was a quick month but here are a few of my favorite things from the past few weeks…
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