So, I’ve been MIA. Frankly, LIFE has been kicking my butt. Between business travel, work, kids, marriage, and home/DIY (happiness was NOT finding we have a leaky roof after last week’s blizzard), I’ve been a hamster on a wheel and though I was ambitious about starting Anowa Adjah‘s my progress stalled once I got to SXSW.
But I digress. This weekend I am spending time with my family and decluttering my closets and office because enough is enough. Seriously Marie Kondo would have a conniption if she saw what happened in a year’s time! Tomorrow I will get back on track but not without reading articles I had bookmarked this year including a keeping-it-real post from GoFitJo. Here are five weekend reads to inspire and empower (and they did just that for me):
Weekend Reads: 5 Articles To Inspire and Empower
- It isn’t any secret that I puffy heart Joanne Encarnacion (@gofitjo). I nearly lost my mind when Mom.me named us on the same list of Best Fit Moms to Follow on Instagram. She is incredible, real, and relatable. Not to mention beautiful! Refinery 29 highlighted her transformation photos. She exposed herself and in a world of photoshop and faux living on Instagram, it is refreshing especially according to her: “Living a HEALTHY LIFE means nourishing all the areas that make you whole. Your fitness is just a part of that.”
“I am failure for not sticking to consistently training and for not eating as clean as I should have.” This is the story I could be telling myself. This is the opinion that could’ve turn into a fact. I once heard that our reality is largely made up of our perceptions and beliefs, not facts. And that our ideas and theories are based on experiences and opinions, so much so that we start to create stories from these views and judgements. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So instead of writing a failure story, I chose to look at this set of progress pictures taken a few days ago and tell myself a different story. “Well Jo, you haven’t put as much energy into your fitness commitments and IT’S 👌🏾. It doesn’t make you less of an example of a strong woman. Since October of last year you were working on recovering from a shoulder injury, rebuilding a marriage that was close to divorce, raising two young women (including an emotional teenager), creating long lasting friendships with women you once felt unworthy to be around, and most importantly going back to school to start a career in health and life coaching that you’ve been day dreaming about for almost 2 years. Living a HEALTHY LIFE means nourishing all the areas that make you whole. Your fitness is just a part of that. You’re a bad ass Jo and you have what it takes to get your groove back. Other areas in your life needed your energy more than you needed to focus on leaning out.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The chatter in your head will try to find meaning in it because this obstacle is clearly telling you that your dream isn’t supposed to happen. Remind yourself that society has romanticized a concept of what beauty, fitness, and loving yourself looks like. The power to define what beauty means to you is within you. You are the source of your reality. You are the creator of your story. On this part of #therefinedcollective we’re talking about “Loving Yourself in the Skin You’re In” and on www.gofitjo.com I’ve shared 6 very powerful things to do when you’re beginning to feel the resistance in loving yourself. #linkinbio ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #TheRefinedCollective series was written in collaboration with several incredible women sharing their positivity and light to the 🌎.
2. March is National Nutritional Month. Swanson Health blog has 14 “healthy foods” that are surprisingly high in sugar. YIKES!
4. YASSS! Model Candice Huffine proves you can be in great shape and still have tummy rolls. #bodypositivity
5. Since I’m decluttering, I can FO’ SURE buy some more workout clothes, right? Buzzfeed comes through with 21 places to buy workout clothes online you’ll wish you knew about sooner. Happy shopping!