Consistency is KEY
No matter what role you play in your day to day life, whether it be a sleep deprived student, a career driven woman, a fitness fanatic, or any combined (go you!), you can always have days where you feel a little unmotivated. Even the woman we admire or aspire to be are not always down for the count as soon as they roll out of bed (ok, maybe Blake Lively). The point is, YOU are not alone, and one word that can help us cope and push us to be the best version of ourselves is CONSISTENCY.
“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally,
it comes from what you do consistently”
How many times have you or someone you know joined the gym just to go two or three times, then never see the four walls of the gym again? (I’m guilty, too!) Setting small goals for yourself and consistently meeting these goals is what will eventually make going to the gym (or anything in life) a routine! Here are a few women who exemplify CONSISTENCY and saw amazing results because of it.
(1) Khloe Kardashian
"My fitness journey will be a life-long journey. Fitness is not about being better than someone else... It's about being better than you used to be. I'm not where I want to be, and who knows if I ever will be. But I am healthier than ever, and due to my consistent workouts, I am slowly seeing results. Hi baby abs!! I see you!!! I hope to meet your other ab friends soon (yes, I'm talking to my muscles. I've never met most of them before)."
- People, May 2015
(2) Oprah Winfrey
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work, little by little, day by day”
So, my challenge to all you badass Healthy is Hot readers out there is to set a small goal for yourself that will help you excel in the overall goal you would like to achieve. Whether it be visiting the gym more frequently, or putting a little extra work into your school work or career, one thing is for certain… Consistency is KEY. I mean, who wouldn’t trust the wise words of Oprah Winfrey♥
Although summer may seem miles away, I thought I would get you a little excited about those hot days by introducing you to sailing. Now I am not talking about the captain’s hat and booze cruising sailing, I am talking about the physically demanding, mentally challenging, Olympic class sailing.
Sailing seems to have been in my life for as long as I can remember. My dad is a sailor, and a pretty great one at that. I am pretty thankful that he chucked me in a boat at a young age, and although I may have lost my favourite pink flamingo hat one my first outing, I soon fell in love with it and it has become part of my identity.
The sailing community in Canada is so close knit, and I was lucky enough to cross paths with Sarah Douglas a few years back when I was working in Toronto as the head coach at a sailing club there. At the time she was on the Ontario Sailing Team and I have been so excited to see her progress and be a total inspiration to young sailors across the country.
I was able to steal some time in her very busy schedule to get some questions in, and I hope you enjoy virtually meeting Sarah!
If there is anything that I have struggled with lately, it’s turning off my mind when it’s time to go to sleep. Does anyone else have this same problem? It feels like all day there is an energy deficit, and I am so sleepy… but of course, night hits, and all of a sudden I am wide-awake.
This affects me the next day in a few ways. Not only do I find it difficult to wake up, but I also hit a wall as soon as I get home from work where I feel the need to sleep right away. I have experienced this type of insomnia before during times of stress, and it’s easy to feel like this is out of my control.
As a chiropractor and fitness coach, I often ask patients and clients the following questions - Do you wake up the day after a workout feeling stiff and sore? Is your desk job a (literal) pain in the neck? Are you getting headaches after an upper body workout or a long day at work? If the answer is yes, there are many factors to consider – sleep, stress, hydration, nutrition, ergonomics and self-care, to name a few. One of them may be recurrent or chronic tension. If that’s the case, which for most people is at least part of the reason, it might be time to consider foam rolling as part of your daily routine. Your body will thank you!
You might recognize Meghan House from The Bachelor Canada. She was known for her humour, her good ol' Newfie accent, and her kindness. Since her appearance on the show, Meghan's life has changed significantly. She is now happily in love and is on a brand new journey, as she is also pregnant!
For this month's article I chat with Meghan about the changes to her lifestyle within the past year, her daily routine, and her pregnancy journey.
I am a huge fan of sleeping, and I love products that can help promote a good sleep.
Sleep is a crucial part of healing and your overall health, which is why I make sleep one of my wellness priorities.
Our body needs that time to heal and to rest, and when we neglect that base need we can see some very serious health issues.
Let me walk you through a few of the products that I would recommend that help me find deeper sleep!
I know I’m late to the game on this one, but I’m obsessed with podcasts. Friends have been telling me for the last couple of years to check them out and for one reason or another, it took me until last fall to actually download the app and dive in. Now that I have, I’m officially a podcast junkie, and listen to them constantly. Driving to work? Podcast. Taking transit downtown? Podcast. Making dinner? Podcast. You get the picture.
So, in the spirit of my new found love affair, here are a couple of my favourites!
Four years ago my two best friends and I booked a trip to travel around Ireland and Scotland. Little did we know back then that trip would lead to me finding my new home and my boyfriend S. They have openly admitted wishing we had booked another location so that I was still in Canada…but hey ;)
My life back in Ottawa was great, I really couldn't complain. I was close to my friends and family, had a lovely home, and a career. The thought of leaving it all behind to move to a new country was daunting, but also really exciting. It helps that I was moving closer to my family in Ireland, but also I was moving to be with S. and that would save money on constant flying back and fourth to Scotland!
I am addicted to my phone. I take my phone everywhere (including the bathroom), I leave it on my desk at work, place in on the passenger's seat of my car, pull it out during dinner dates and functions, and I never ever ever leave my house without it. After reading the book How to Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price, I felt the urge to know exactly how, when, and why I use my phone. For an entire day I wrote down every single moment that I picked up my phone. I pick up my phone the second I wake up, look at it though breakfast, take it to the bathroom with me while I get ready for work, hold it in my hand when I’m in the elevator, check it before I pull out of the parking garage, look at in the drive thru, pick it up when I park my car at the office, and take a quick glance before I turn on my laptop at work. And that is all before 8:00 AM.
One of my dear friends was celebrating her birthday at Track & Field in Toronto last night and the festivities kicked off at 10 pm, unfortunately I rolled in a little late, not as a fashionably-late ploy but because I worked until 11 pm covering the ACTRA awards, and I rolled in tired AF. That kind of tired where your eyes are constantly burning and your joints ache making you question if you’re actually 30 going on 80 kind of vibe. So, my big plan was to stay for an hour, sip on some soda water, and Houdini out of there to get a decent nights sleep since I had a #HealthyIsHot class scheduled at 9:45 am at F45. My plan was solid. Or so I thought.
Mornings can be tough. It’s hard to pry yourself out of the comfort of your bed. But developing a good morning routine can lead you to actually looking forward to waking up. I would say that I’m a morning person because I allow myself time in the morning to do things that set me up to have a good day.