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Goodbye Summer — Hello Rise and Grind

GOODBYE summer indulgence of sleeping in and eating “freely”—HELLO rise and grind of eating with rigidity.

A couple months ago, many of us were craving vacation days, time with family, and the freedom of not having to rush from A to B, but now, we can’t wait for routine.

It’s human nature to miss a schedule, direction, and knowingness of what’s next, so after a period of lax, it’s normal for our minds to shift towards BIG PLANS.

You know, the meal prep calendar you have for every day of the week, mapping out EXACTLY what you’re going to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, REGARDLESS of other commitments.

The motive is great, but without the right strategy, understanding, flexibility, and support, this ambition will fade.

Months will go by before the desire to control your eating habits creeps up and demands your attention, again.

This cycle will continue, UNLESS you do this-

START SLOW: You don’t need to have every meal perfectly packaged and portioned for the week. Begin by making one meal at a time.

START THINKING AHEAD: What food do you have on hand? What do you need to buy to make a balanced meal? What food choices bring you closer to your goals and make you feel best?

START MAKING THIS A DAILY PRACTICE: The more you do, the less time you’ll spend obsessing over what to eat and the more confident you’ll be in the kitchen. The faster you complete your cooking, the more time you’ll have to do what you love rather than wasting energy thinking about food.

Play around with this until you discover your staples and then keep those items available regularly!

With Lots Of Healthy Love,
Toni

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What You Think Will Heal Poor Body Image

Poor body image is as common as having a body.

Regardless of size, age, gender, or skin color, we all will, have, or are struggling with our body image.

Some struggle more than others, but most who do, engage in what seems to be an obvious way to heal it—diet and exercise.

Although some changes can yield self confidence, they don’t teach you how to heal your relationship with your body.

It often puts a bandaid on a deeper routed issue—history of bullying, being body shamed by a family member, and/or tying your weight to your worth.

And because eating healthy and excessive exercise get confused as the cure, when one doesn’t eat well or exercise that day, what they see in the mirror changes drastically.

But you can’t trust your eyes.

You also can’t make those changes from a place of hate, because when you do, no amount of “healthy” food choices or amount of workouts will feel like it’s enough.

The more you learn to accept your body, the easier it will be to work with.

Losing weight isn’t going to change that you hate it.

Exercise isn’t going to heal the deeper issues, but therapy, appreciating your body, and treating it like you do, is how you’ll learn to love it—whether or not you decide to change it.

With Lots of Healthy Love,
Toni

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The #1 Step To Take Before Attempting Any Goal

In 1956 Roger Bannister ran a 4 minute mile. Back then this was deemed impossible, dangerous even. There were theories, based off physics that hypothesized a human heart would explode before crossing the finish line.

But despite what was perceived, Roger believed he could. And it was his belief that motivated his DECISION to try.

Notice how I said DECISION not CHOICE. You see, a choice can be wavered, but a decision is final. And this finite decision is what silenced ALL doubt and led to him to find ways to make it happen.

So no, belief isn’t what technically got him across the finish line- it was the training schedule, meals consumed, and habits formed to support this feat.

However, the effort put forward consistently wouldn’t have been attempted if he didn’t believe 1st.

Oh and that’s not even the best part. Shortly after he set the record, HUNDREDS of athletes have followed in his footsteps with <4 minute miles!

The impossible was deemed possible all because ONE PERSON BELIEVED HE COULD.

So regardless of the doubt that surrounds you, whether it be from family, friends, or in your own head, know that WHEN YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN, YOU WILL.

With Lots Of Healthy Love,
Toni

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