I’ve been on a caffeine-free journey for 7 days! 🙌🏻🙌🏻💪🏻 Last Monday, I decided I needed to step away from the coffee and try to rid the caffeine. Mostly for digestion purposes. And I can already see such a big difference. .
Needless to say, This past week has been rough 😳🤪, but I made it past the tough part. .
I did this same thing last March, but It didn’t stick. I hopped fiercely back on the coffee train. Mainly because I didn’t find a substitute that I loved just as much. So here’s the two drinks I’ve been drinking to help me through. in case anyone else is looking to do the same thing. I allowed myself to have decaf coffee this morning so I don’t feel deprived, and I’m not even enjoying that much. .
First, is this @tazo tea. It is sooo refreshing! I love it.. I could drink it all day.
Second, is lemon 🍋 water, with a bit of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 😋 (this is my go-to). .
I’m feeling pretty confident in my change this time, so send me some encouraging prayers that I can stick with it. .
The judgment ends, the moment you realize its not about anyone else but YOU and you can wear whatever the hell you want to, and rock your rolls and all 🤘 Its MY gym, MY RULES. #Thatsnotmybuttcrackitsatattoo
I strongly believe that people don’t lack motivation. Many times people ARE motivated to become healthier...what they lack is a strong enough MINDSET. 👊🏽
When people begin their fitness journey they are ready to give it 110%! They might go buy a new pair of shoes or workout clothes, make their planners super neat and laid out, and have their fridge completely stocked and prepped. Day one comes and BOOM, rocked it. Day two-four goes well...and then by the weekend they tend to let excuses sneak in. They attend a get-together and splurge on something they know they’ll regret. Then since they splurged once, they convince themselves the whole day is a waste and they might as well splurge the entire day. ☹️
Come the following Monday and it’s a little harder to get out of bed and push play. The following days are a struggle and you seriously start to wonder if this is for you. You start sabotaging your workouts with poor eating habits and then get frustrated when you aren’t seeing results. You blame the workouts or new lifestyle and convince yourself there must be an easier way. 🙅🏽♀️
Sound familiar? Did you find yourself agreeing to any of the above? Because what I just wrote was EXACTLY my story. I failed NUMEROUS times before finding something that worked for me. I struggled with the most toxic mindset and when things didn’t “work” I would try everything quick under the sun to lose the weight. I only cared about what I looked like...not truly taking care of my body.
Depriving calories, then binge eating, run a bunch of miles on the treadmill...repeat. 👎🏽
UGH. It breaks my heart typing this out. But it’s the truth. It took me years to find my balance, to figure out what I needed, and to get my mindset in the proper spot. 🙏🏽
My mindset game is STRONG, I have a group of women who cheer me on, and I’ve finally found my happiness with fueling my body to be HEALTHY...not only focusing on vanity.
Need help? Want to start in the New Year with the strongest mindset? Want to finally stick to something that will become your lifestyle? I will be running a January BOOTCAMP to help with accountability, motivation, and improving that mindset! 👇🏽
Since I'm still riding the motivation train from my workout this morning 🤸♀️🎉 I wanna take a sec to introduce myself (for those who might be new to following me 👀)...
Hiiieeee, I'm Brooke 🙃 so here are a few fun facts about ME:
✖I used to live in NC when my husband Jon was in the Army... this is also the point in my life that I was subsequently the most unhealthy I have ever been (mind/body/soul) 😔
✖I am a full time licensed mental health counselor, and this fall I accepted my dream job working at a college campus 🤩
✖I'm the crazy bird lady and get so much inner peace watching not just the birds, but all the wildlife on my property 🐦🐿🐺🦊🦌🐇🦃🦆🦉🦅🐢
✖Jon and I bought our forever home when we moved back to NY in 2017 and have some BIG plans to have our vision come to life 🏡🔨🔧
✖my favorite emojis to overuse are 🙌😜🤯🙈🤦♀️👯♀️💞🖖🐾🌻🍷🍫🤸♀️🎉 (which basically describe my life 🤣) .
I'm also a health and fitness mentor 🙋🏼♀️...all that really means is that I get share my journey as I try to be the best version of me I can 🐛🛤🦋...it's not always easy and I have bad days (trust me!), but by me sharing my good/bad/ugly I get to inspire others to get healthy too (mind/body/soul...remember? 😉) .
So if you're still reading this 🧐 chances are we could be best friends 👭💞 and honestly, meeting chicks that inspire the crap outta me and seeing them crush their goals 🤜💥🤛 is my ABSOLUTE favorite part of this biz 😍
Some days I miss my long hair and others I’m like I’m never growing it out again! Shout out to @styles_by_annie_ For the cut! Taking a few minutes before my meeting to reflect on all the good things in life and plan out what is on my to do list for today!
From Dawn to Aurora, got published after ages! Super excited to get my copy today! .
Chaap Shoro & Rose Tea is a narrative about how eco tourism has impacted Pakistan's economy in recent years and how you can be a part of the growing trend emphasizing mindful travel!
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Going into Monday READY & REFRESHED. Today is a FRESH start to a busy week ahead. So refocus on what you want to accomplish, on what your goals are this week and make a list and get to work!
Remember, you may be going through obstacles and little chaos right now, but it’s not permanent!💋 #mondaymotivation#crazyhaironamonday
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💛Proud of the Skin I’m In💛
It’s not noticeable when I’m standing & taking my bathroom mirror selfies..so I thought I’d give y’all an up close & personal shot of what’s really going on under my shirt! I always want to keep it real with y’all, not everything is picture perfect. You’ve seen how my body has transformed since starting my weight loss journey. I am officially down 50lbs since starting 2B mindset in May & 84lbs down since giving birth to Rowan. Yes, I have stretch marks, yes I have loose skin, yes I have scars..but my body did something INCREDIBLE!!!!! It created life & gave birth to my two beautiful boys! Therefore, I will always rock the stretch marks & loose skin PROUDLY! I know everyone is on a different journey. I’m happy to share mine with you all in hopes of reaching those who can relate to me & know they are not alone. Please reach out to me if you are needing support & accountability, that’s what I’m here for!
DAY FIVE. Do a mini fast.... Especially if you’ve overindulged a little. Give your digestive system a break by fasting – even a one day juice fast can be beneficial. Possibilities are endless: juice all day, juice until dinner, green smoothies for a day or two, mono meals... Whatever you feel you can do and still will enjoy!
Fasting is a great way to give your digestion a rest, to reaffirm health goals or to get back in touch with healthy eating. In the short term it can relieve some of the water retention and sluggish feeling from not making the best choices.
I've been feeling suffocated by anxiety lately and I've just contributed it to this time of year. The stress of prepping, planning, and buying gifts.
But I know the real reasons and I try to shove them down and not feel them because I think, "it's been years now."
"It shouldn't hurt this much."
"You have to be strong for the kids."
"Pull it together." I lost my grandparents at Christmas time.
Every year I think it will be easier, but it's not.
I wish they were here to see the boys grow up.
I wish I could have one more laugh with my Pappy.
I wish I could smell that root beer barrel my Grammy always had even though I used to hate it.
It's hard to put on a happy face and get in the spirit when your heart is hurting.
I try really hard to show up as a positive influence every day on social media but truth be told, my heart is hurting and I cried through my run this morning.
Honestly, I almost didn't even get up to exercise. But 2 years ago I found an outlet for my pain through exercise and I know my Pappy would want me to keep moving forward.
"Dont cry, Meggy. You're too pretty for those tears."
Does exercise always help? No. But it does lessen the sting. A lot.
So you might think I'm crazy for getting up early & exercising but honestly, most days it's my therapy.
I gave myself a little grace this morning because it's ok to to be sad. It's ok to miss them.
I'm not sharing this because I want you to feel bad for me, I want you to know and I hope you find peace in knowing you're not alone if you're feeling like this, too. It's ok to not be ok. ❤
I’ll be honest some are easier than others.
Today…the struggle was real!! It took all my will power to shut off my alarm and just go back to bed! I had a terrible nights sleep and could make a whole list of excuses to stay in bed! Thank goodness for pre-workout and my morning accountability to bring me to life.
I have a busy day ahead of me and lots to do! ✨
An hour of working out is 4% of your day...so let’s get it done!
Also to be real maybe I’ll take a nap later...🤷🏼♀️😂
You don't have to be "on plan" to eat more intuitively to make great lifestyle changes.
Eating more intuitively is a non diet approach with no guidelines about how much to eat, when to eat or hitting targets. It teaches you how to make better choices by understanding the difference between emotional and physical hunger.
At the end of all our client plans we encourage them to practice intuitive eating. It comes naturally to them because of the level of education and knowledge we provide them when they work with us. Our clients walk away with the knowledge and tools to put intuitive eating into practice distinguishing the difference between physical and emotional hunger with ease.
If your faced with sudden hunger and find yourself reaching for that biscuit tin ask yourself - "How will this make me feel?", "How will it benefit me in my lifestyle change" and "will this nourish me"? You may just find that your closing that biscuit tin lid and swapping that biscuit craving for a piece of fruit.
Asked the ladies in my bootcamp to hold me accountable to getting back to my miracle mornings (aka up before the sun and crushing my workout) that use to be my jam and day 1/7 is DONE. I didn’t get up quite as early as I’d planned (late night) but I still did it🙌🏼 This time of year I REALLY have to lean into this group because if I didn’t have them, I wouldn’t be showing up. Simple as that. It’s times like these that I’m especially grateful for the support and accountability 💗 Time to make the most of this Monday 🌞
Social situations gave me anxiety😑
Does being out in social situations when you’re trying to adhere to your goals make you all worked up inside? Well it doesn’t have to. There are ways that you can combat these feelings of anxiety to make going out much easier on yourself:
1️⃣Try to plan ahead based on the activity you’ll be doing or setting you will be in. From a nutrition standpoint, if you know you’re going to be indulging a little more while you’re out and about, try to keep your foods prior to going out higher in proteins and lower in fats. This will leave you some more wiggle room when choosing options.
2️⃣Alcohol: if you’re choosing to have a drink or two, keep things light. Don’t go consuming the heaviest beer on the menu or the furthest cocktail they have. Stick to light spirits or wine for something that is less calorically dense.
3️⃣Make sure you stay hydrated. Not only will this help your body continue to run optimally, it will help keep you satiated as well so you don’t feel the need to over indulge.
4️⃣Be sure you stay well rested. Don’t try to rage all night. Sleep is really important and we often take it for granted. Go out and spend some quality time with your friends, but don’t feel like you have to make it all night long!
5️⃣”The Comments”: The dreaded comments & acceptance from your friends & family about what you’re doing & why. Your answer can be simple: I’m taking care of myself. No one can tell you WHAT you should be doing in your own body and sure as hell doesn’t need any sort of explanation as to WHY. So leave it at that—you’re true friends won’t care anyway☺️
Who has felt feelings of anxiety in social situations when trying to adhere to their goals?! Hit me with a 🙋🏼♀️ in the comments, because I’m damn well sure you’re not alone!
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Episode 17 is now live ✨〰️ This weeks episode we have Lucy Jackson & Nikki Westcott, collectively known as We the Wild Ones 👯♀️⠀
They describe making Jagger & Stone for the bad girls. For the girls that are always the last to leave the party & the girls who never let an early night get in the way of a good story, and in this episode we get to dive into their mind and talk all things business, success & dreams 🙌🏼💃🏻 Link to episode in our bio now!! ⠀
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