The other day, the mister really wanted to take me to a spot a little up north from where we live so I could photograph it. I asked him which lenses I would need, he said thats for me to decide. I think he told me it was an abandoned barn / “one of those photos you really want to get”. It wasn’t an abandoned barn and it’s actually I photo I already have / drawn to capture.
But the thoughtfulness of his proposal was too sweet to just let these photos collect virtual dust on my memory card before uploading them to the google cloud.
So here they are…. Post processed and watermarked.
Special Thanks: to #1 who quietly waited while her mother fussed with her lenses and took some pictures and to #2 who took her morning nap in the car seat.
The last few days have been unbearably HUMID. It’s no longer pleasant to take a walk outside on your lunch hour, waiting for the commuter train on the platform is daunting because the heat makes it hard to breath, and even after dinner it still feels like an oven so going for a walk to the park is not even an option. #SoReadyForFall
Thankfully it’s raining today, which has actually cooled things off a bit – so much so I had to wrap my shoulders in a shawl when we decided to take Miss S to the park after our dinner out today.
Love this shot I took on the drive back from the city. The iPhone was trying to focus with the motion of the car. I am actually glad it didn’t. I started reading this book – and I am hooked. I felt kind of after reading this and this, I realized I needed something thrilling and no so inspirational. I am sure I’ll be eating my words after this book scares the shIt out of me.
Outside of not wanting to read motivational and self betterment books, I’ve been saturating my self with positive quotes, inspirational tip and ideas on self care. Also found this on pinterest last week – can’t wait for there to be a printable version!
Finally, I’ve gotten bit by the moleskin hack bug. It happens a few times a year and it makes me feel so organized (even though it’s just the prep needed to become more organized).
Who else is ready for Fall? Do you think self care is important? What books have you read and recommend?
With February coming to a close, I can say that I’ve definitely felt that loss of motivation when it comes to keeping up with my fitness routine. That said, I can say 2016 has already seen me do a better job of being active 5-6 times a week, foam rolling regularly and increasing my endurance and overall mobility.
So here are my tips for staying motivated with your fitness goals. *DISCLAIMER* Please talk to your health care professional before staring a new heath/fitness regimen.
Write it down: whether it is a making a vision board for your health and fitness, keeping track of what you eat or just regularly tweeting about your workout accomplishments – writing your goals and everyday successes makes them more attainable and relatable. I especially find this helpful if/when I fall of the bandwagon or to help me decide what kind of dessert I will allow myself on a date night.
Water and Veggies replacement: The easiest way to ramp up on fitness goals is to include more water and veggies in your everyday meal planning. It can be annoying to have to run to the bathroom all the time or be munching on the same veggies at the same time each day, but once your mind realizes this is the norm (i.e.: habits are formed) it becomes comfortable and enjoyable.
Get your activity in before you’ve “woken up”: This is an interesting idea and not something I can do everyday but I try and workout FIRST THING in the morning. The feeling of sheer bliss knowing you’ve worked out already and that you have the rest of the day to do any damn thing you want is exhilarating (comparing to the feeling of “ugh I haven’t worked out yet, when will I fit it in).
Ditch the scale (at least for 12 weeks): Instead, take pictures of yourself. Your face, arms, legs and torso (yes mirror selfies). I’ve done this a few times before it became popular on social media and the results are so motivating. I especially love seeing my fit pics (in old photo albums) because its a reassuring feeling – if I can do it once I can do it again.
How do you stay motivated when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle?