In January I started a more robust health and wellness series that has since evolved into a bigger piece of content for Impossibly Imperfect. Your comments, emails and kind words have shown me that you, very much like me, are looking to live a healthier lifestyle and share the same struggles as I do (i.e. motivation to get to the gym, picking the oatmeal over a doughnut and so on!) I’ve shared a selection of classes that I love, motivation tips and healthy recipes here on II and while I workout regularly I’ve always wanted to do a challenge of some nature, if nothing else just to kick it up a notch. I dipped my toes in when I gave Kayla’s BBG guides a go, which I loved but I found that I was simply incorporating her moves and tips into my existing gym routine. I needed something more and about the time that I was looking a friend of mine convinced me to join a fitness challenge with her. Timing could not have been better.
One week ago I kicked off the six-week Love Yourself Love Your Body challenge with Body Conceptions. This challenge isn’t just about physical change it goes further than that. The concept of this challenge is honed in on a deeper emotional level too, one that focuses on self-love, intention, and beauty from the inside out. With more than a dozen of us doing the challenge, it’s all about community, supporting each other and pushing each other to the next level. I’ll be sharing my progress, details on the challenge, tips on how to incorporate the workout into your life (you can do it anywhere which I LOVE!), meditation advice (something that is VERY new to me so I’m looking forward to working with the team at MNDFL to better understand this practice), healthy recipes and much more. Follow along on Snapchat (ashleynii) to get quick, efficient moves and a glimpse at the class so you know what to expect! If you’re in NY, join me one day for a workout and email me to let me know when you’re signing up!
Week One of the Challenge was all about fueling up!
For this first week, we are looking at the ways we fuel our bodies. As you know, your strength and stamina in class relate directly to the foods you eat. Your diet can also affect the way you think and feel about yourself. Starting a challenge like this is a great time to examine your eating habits — and what you can change or maintain as you move forward. We are so excited to be working with partners this week who will help you make delicious and healthy choices.
Tovita Nutrition shared their tips on how to get yourself in gear!
- Go all in for this challenge. Organize your refrigerator and pantry to set you up for success. This requires planning out healthy meals and snacks for the week, making a grocery list, and food shopping before your week gets hectic. Sorry to break it to you, but eating healthy requires time and effort. The more you plan ahead, the easier it is to stay on track. It will all be worth it when you start seeing results!
- Depending on what time you work out, you are going to want a pre-workout snack that combines protein and complex carbs. Think Greek yogurt with berries, an apple or banana with 1 tablespoon of nut butter, a handful of nuts, or half of a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread. You wantto fuel your body in order to put in 100% during class, but be careful not to add another meal to your day! This snack should remain under 200 calories.
- Unfortunately, a hard workout does not give you the green light to eat whatever you want. That high you get from Body Conceptions should motivate you even more to treat your body right with healthy and nutrient dense foods. Remember, diet is 70% of it when it comes to losing weight!