While there is nothing that makes me happier than being a mom, the responsibilities of motherhood have to be balanced with other things to have a healthy and happy life. I, like many moms, have struggled to make myself a priority. I have battled with feeling selfish and guilty when wanting to pursue my goals and dreams, as if I lost that right once I became a mother. I then came to realize that I am the example to my children and unless I want my children to give up on their dreams, I can’t give up on mine. Whatever your goals and aspirations are, I encourage you to step out of the shadows and go for it. By realizing your dreams and goals, not only will you be happier; you will be teaching others, including your loved ones, to live life to the fullest.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson
~Liza Hughes xox
Learning how to effectively set fitness goals can make the difference on whether you ever achieve them or not. Unless you clearly define what you want and make a plan to get there, your odds of success will be significantly reduced. Whether your goal is to be leaner, faster, bigger, more conditioned, or eat healthier, goal setting will be a key deciding factor on getting you there. To have the greatest chance of achieving your goals, your goals must be clear, meaning they must be specific, attainable, measurable and time bound.
Cellulite is simply fat and even the fittest athletes can be affected. Unfortunately genetics will dictate the amount of fat cells you have and where you have them. We all have connective tissue that separates these fat cells into compartments and in women, this tissue is similar to a honeycomb shape giving fat the chance to bulge. This appearance is referred to as cellulite…most commonly known as "cottage cheese". The good news is that even if you were dealt unfavorable genetics you can decrease the appearance of cellulite by pumpin' some iron!
Contrary to the popularity of the “low-carb” and “no-carb” diet craze, simple and complex carbohydrates are critical to excellent short and long term health and play a significant role in attaining optimum fitness performance. The key is understanding how the body utilizes carbohydrates and how to incorporate them into your daily diet in a healthy way.
How many meals you eat per day or the amount of calories you ingest, can be deceiving and become confusing when working towards a lean and healthy physique. Eating more meals throughout the day will not make you fat if you are choosing healthy foods along with proper portion sizes. It's best to understand the concept of how the body uses food for energy and how it affects metabolism. Overeating and not eating enough can both negatively affect your metabolism and can lead to increased fat stores and weight gain.