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"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon." (full moon vibes tonight)
Hi There My Food Lovers!
I wanted to send you and your families some love and light. I went to write the date today and realized it is March. February flew past! How was your month?
My February was great. Why you ask? Because I learned so much! I got to learn about other people, from other people, study other cultures, try new foods and share food and cooking with others; and write! I've been writing more personally and professionally. Work and school have been in complete alignment with the other and I've been listening to my Soul Cries. February is a month of Superbowl parties, Valentine Love and Black History. Since the first two areas are not my forte, I chose to pick a sport and practice full blown self care and love. The kind of love you give to yourself without telling others or advertising...or asking for permission to do that which sets your soul on fire! I also concluded there isn't a sport I don't like, so it was hard to choose one. I ended up focusing on athletes and their stories. I love a good story and learning what makes a person who they are.
All of February has been filled with intentions and focus. Setting a foundation (and plates) for the upcoming months. Every month I challenge mySelf to something. This month it will be to have a Meaningful March. In listening carefully to my Soul Cries, I have a decided that everything I do or say be of importance and align with my purpose and my vision...and to remain quiet when it is not! (This is the key to intentional living: listening then doing) You see it is in the silence that we can hear everything. Answers unfold. Words speak. Details are revealed. People's behaviors and silent thought about you come to the light. Many things happen in silence, and even greater things come to pass when we take the time to listen and follow through with what is shown to us. Today I invite you to join me in this challenge.
Choose a goal, or a piece of your vision and position yourself to be in full alignment with it. Dare to dream and create! Dare to go above and beyond what is asked of you. Dare to be courageous and unapologetic in the pursuit of your passions! Share your talents. Create a sacred space. Write that book. Encourage someone who's been on your heart. Practice listening. Face reality even when it hurts and follow through with what is being whispered to you and through you. I challenge you to make everyday meaningful to you. My prayer is that as the days go on and you walk with purpose that you feel and bask in the power and glow of your natural light.
I look forward to hearing your results and thoughts! Feel free to find me on Instagram/Facebook as we embark on these journeys together. I'll be posting as the spirit moves me :)
The Smitten Chef
Welcome back ladies- thank you for joining me again. We are on part two of the discussion about “Rich-Girl”Fitness. Part one can be found by clicking here…outside of that information, let us dive right in!
We have already declared:
- Having a body and wanting to be healthy.
- Lacking motivation half the time to get up in the morning.
- Not having any money, or any time.
Today’s focus will be on “workouts that can be done outside of a gym when one can’t afford a membership.”
Can’t afford a membership/don’t want a membership. I have experienced both. The gym can be a scary place. (At least it is to me.) It took me years to get into a gym and I am currently not a member anywhere. Any who, I want to share my workout. It’s short, sweet and to the point. I have been doing the same routine for the past 10-15 years and aside from upping my repetitions/weights, or adding new exercises out of curiosity/studying fitness, these are my go-to moves.
- Walking: I love being outside! It’s a great place to be. I can’t say I have always sought out walking everyday, but do now. It soothes my soul and spirit. Nature greets me, the temperatures are nice and three laps around the neighborhood is equivalent to 30 minutes. During the winter months I peek my head outside, smell the air and jog in place…inside. Instead of 30 mins, I jog for 15 minutes. Then I open the door again, take a deep breath of the outside world, and feel I have walked outside. Problem solved. Feel free to switch up the outdoor activity to something you enjoy doing. Ride a bike, hula-hoop, kick a soccer ball, etc. I started with walking because I had health concerns and needed to get my body moving without added pressure.
- Indoor Workout:
- 25 Squats
- 25 PushUps
- 25 Calf Raises
- 25 Sit Ups/Crunches
- 25 Arm Curls using a vegetable can in each hand. I started off doing less than 25 in certain workouts, but 25 became my target number. I try to do walking and indoor workouts in the same day, but starting off wasn’t all that successful. So one day I would walk, the next day workout indoors. As long as I was getting 30+ minutes of exercise I was fine. The point was to start. The point for me is to always start, because somedays I do not wake up excited to workout…but I do. And so can you!
I hope this segment helped or gave you or someone you know some ideas. A word of caution is to consult with a physician if you can/feel you should. I am not one. Just a woman who has found some ways to assist in an area I love, so here I am. Let me know if you have and questions or concerns. Our finale, part three will cover a large portion of the quote which says, “Show me diets and workouts that I can manage when I’m working 13 hour days and living on a budget. Show me how to eat healthy when I have 5 minutes for lunch. Show me small things I can do to help my body.” We will stick with our theme of keeping it simple. Until next time, friends!
The Smitten Chef