Let’s Talk Cellulite

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Let’s talk about the C-word, shall we?

I’m referring to cellulite.

I have. You probably have it. If you’re like 90% (yes 90%!!!) of women, you have had some amount of cellulite in your life. Even guys get it.

I’m healthy. I’m strong. I have a perfectly healthy body composition and yet, I still have cellulite. And I don’t give a damn about it. I also have a gigantic squiggle varicose vein that runs most of the length of my left leg. See it? I’ve had it since I was 21 (yes, way before I lifted weights).

Why do I tell you all this? It’s because my body isn’t perfect and I make no apologies for it. The media tries to make women (and men) think we are less than because we have bumps and cellulite and stretch marks and all the things NORMAL BODIES HAVE.

Even really fit, totally healthy, super strong, thin / toned / whatever you wanna call it people have cellulite. A lot of it is genetic. A lot of it is affected by age and the elasticity of our connective tissue.

But here’s the thing: Do you let your bumps and rolls define you? Do you judge yourself for the imperfections that every human has? Are you trying to improve your body from a place of loathing or frustration or hate? (Hint: that doesn’t work.)

Start focusing on what you love about yourself. The people worth your time in this world already see that. It’s time you did, too. Love yourself for WHAT YOU ARE instead of always thinking of WHAT YOU’RE NOT.

Talk to me. What struggles do you still have about cellulite? Leave your questions and comments below!

How to Get More Z’s

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Z and I’ve been wearing amber glasses (or these gamer glasses by Gunnar) for a while now and they help our sleep so much. (Why? Blue light emitted from electronic screens at night blocks melatonin…and that’s the hormone that helps put you to sleep. And most of us have our faces glued to screens in the evening.) 

We both started with amber glasses but they looked a little goofy for him to wear to work at night. His sleep quality started to go down once he started working in the store again because the lights are OFFENSIVELY bright. Once he got a normal looking pair of glasses like these from Gunnar Optiks he started to wear them to work in the evenings. (I have no affiliation with Gunnar…I just really like them.)

Result?

In the 3 months since he’s had them, his sleep quality has improved again. He tracks his sleep nightly with Sleep Cycle and has for years. Could there be another explanation for this improvement? Maybe, but it coincides exactly with when he started to wear Gunnars to work.

If you suffer from restless sleep, please invest in a cheap pair of amber glasses to start (just search “amber glasses” on Amazon). They’re about $8. They even have inexpensive prescription versions. These Gunnars are more expensive but I find them more comfortable. They’re also great for wearing for prolonged work on the computer. Yes, there are apps and screen changing programs like f.lux, but they can’t help when you’re watching tv at night and they don’t block other ambient light.

I know a lot of you don’t sleep well so I wanted to pass this along to you. Wishing you better z’s.

Questions about getting better sleep? Leave them in the comments below!

Strength Training…Not Just for Meatheads Anymore

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Strength training. It’s not just for meatheads anymore.

If you want to lose body fat and gain muscle mass, move heavy weight.

If you want to improve your metabolism, move heavy weight.

If you want to look good naked, move heavy weight.

If you want to skyrocket your self-confidence, move heavy weight.

What’s “heavy” will depend on your experience level and progression but know that if you only keep lifting the same light weights, you won’t continue to get stronger and the improvements you did see when you started lifting won’t continue. The body constantly adapts and gets stronger and so we must continue to stretch ourselves and see what’s possible. In other words, tiny dumbbells aren’t gonna cut it. Yes we all need to start somewhere but the key is not staying there long.

Bottom line: if you’re trying to come to a healthier body comp, focus on your performance. Challenge yourself. Lift heavy weights a few times a week. The body you want will come as a result of focusing on the right things like nourishing your body, sleeping plenty, moving smartly and taking time to relax and destress.

Here’s me doing some heavy front squats for sets of 2. It doesn’t take much. This medicine is powerful and efficient!

Questions about strength training? Leave them in the comment section below!

ZFG

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Guys. When it comes to your health and well-being, nobody is going to do it for you. Nobody. Not your spouse. Not your kids. Not your friends.

You have to be relentless. ZFG.

If you’re stuck, stop focusing on the end result you want. It may be too far from where you are now to seem achievable. Instead focus on the process. If it’s exercise, focus on your performance. If it’s food, focus on choosing nutrient-dense, non-junk food. If it’s your mental game, focus on the tiny things that bring you joy.

So many of us wait for huge signs and dramatic final results. The secret is in the process and showing up every day for yourself.

Zero Fox Given by @whiskeygingercollective

Thoughts about taking care of you? Leave them in the comments below.

Getting Outside

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“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”

– Sir John Lubbock

Scrolling through photos of New Zealand on my camera roll and this one of Lake Wakatipu caught my eye. Immediately a flood of memories has come back and it reminds me of my commitment to go outside more and just be.

Admittedly, I’ve not done very well on this commitment since I got home but it’s something I’ll continue to work on. I know it’s something I must do to truly be and feel whole.

Queenstown, New Zealand.