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Sunday Newsletter

6 Empowering Sentences To Speak Over Yourself

Do a quick Google search for the term ‘self-empowerment’ and you’ll see thousands of articles on what it means to ‘find yourself’ or to ‘live your best life.’ Unfortunately, these terms are now buzzwords that add unneeded pressure on us to live, act, and feel a certain way.

At the core, though, self-empowerment stems from something beautiful. It’s both a belief and a perspective of learning to love ourselves—even in our mistakes, our messiness, and our imperfections.

In the fitness world, self-empowerment is understanding that we are all works in progress, and that’s a beautiful thing. It’s about throwing away the unrealistic expectations for looking a certain way, dropping weight, or following some ‘ideals’ set by the world.

Self-empowerment is about celebrating our journey, while simultaneously pushing to be better. And it’s not apologizing for where we are on our journeys, because everyone is different (and that’s okay).

Here are six empowering sentences to speak over yourself, no matter where you are in your fitness and wellness journey. (more…)

By Marisa Donnelly, ago
Sunday Newsletter

5 Ways To Reset Your Mind After A Stressful Week

I don’t know about you, but the first thing I want to do after a stressful week is get a drink. Whether I’m pouring myself a big glass of wine, or getting a beer at sunset, I’m often inclined to turn to alcohol to reset my mind for the rest of the weekend.

But you and I both know this habit (among others!) is counterproductive and often unhealthy.

Although there is definitely a desire to unwind with a sip of something alcoholic, and you can do it within reason, there are countless other ways to relax, slow down, and reset your mind after a stressful week.

Here are a few ideas: (more…)

By Marisa Donnelly, ago
Sunday Newsletter

5 High-Power Protein Snacks To Try

We all like to snack. Sometimes it’s out of necessity with our busy lives, sometimes it’s because we’re not eating enough or the right nutrients so our body craves at different times, and sometimes it’s because we’re just lazy.

Regardless of your snacking habits, understanding the benefits can make the difference between filling up, and properly fueling your body. (more…)

By Marisa Donnelly, ago
Sunday Newsletter

4 Simple Ways To Cut Cravings

Whether you’re a chocolate person, a salty chips person, or a mix of savory and sweet, cravings affect each and every one of us. Ironically, though, the most frustrating part of cravings isn’t the nagging feeling that comes up when we least expect it. It’s the way these cravings can hinder our performance, keep us from our goals, and leave us feeling frustrated and unsatisfied—physically and mentally.

You might find yourself battling nagging sugar cravings at night, or reaching for something savory in the afternoon. You might be an avid coffee drinker, or grab that extra piece of cake to ‘treat yourself.’ Cravings hit us in different ways, but we can’t let them dictate (and derail) our progress.Here are four small ways to fight your cravings (for good).
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By Marisa Donnelly, ago
Sunday Newsletter

7 Stupidly Simple Tips For Eating Healthy On A Budget

Sometimes eating healthy can seem like a daunting task. I get it—trust me. In a world of organic, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, etc. it's so hard, first of all, to know what's 'right' or 'best' to eat, and then with overpriced shopping markets, confusing sales, and deals that aren't really deals, trying to eat well on a budget can be overwhelming!

But guess what? It doesn't have to be.

Here are seven stupidly simple tips for eating healthy without breaking the bank.

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By Marisa Donnelly, ago
Motivation

How To Motivate Yourself When You’re In A Major Rut

Motivation, honestly, is half the trouble when it comes to working out. You can have all your plans made, alarms set, exercise gear ready, and class booked, but if you don’t have that internal push to get you up and out of bed, the planning is futile. And the hardest part about motivation isn’t always the process, but the fact that you’re the only one who can get yourself to where you want to be. (more…)

By Marisa Donnelly, ago