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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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)