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♥
Meet Allison Arruda, better known as @InspireandMove on Instagram! She’s an F45 coach out in Burlington and this week on HIGSD we learn all about her morning routine and the inspiration behind her Instagram name!
Spring brings a sense of rejuvenation. Shaking ourselves off after a long, cold, dark winter. It’s time to get up and get after all the good things a little more sun and warmth inspire.
Spring more so than other seasons personally spark a sense of a refresh and transition for me personally, more than New Year’s or any other time of year. In this spirit, and thanks to several inspiring panels, networking events and talks I’ve been to in the past few months, I wanted to gather some advice and inspiration from some of the boss babes I’ve met and connected with recently. They are experts and leaders in fitness, wellness, beauty, business and entrepreneurship.
I think it’s safe to say that we all know the importance of self-care. The notion that self-care is an act of selfishness is now gone (thank goodness!) and we have realized that it’s something to be practiced every day; a true necessity to living a healthy life. Self-care can take on so many different forms: exercise, cooking nutritious meals, manicures/pedicures, face masks (a personal favourite of mine), curling up with a good book, etc. But I think one self-care category that we tend to forget about is sleep. It’s not as fun as cooking or doing some spa treatments but arguably it’s the most important thing we can do for our bodies and our minds. But when we all have a to-do list that’s longer than there are hours in the day, how are we supposed to shut off our minds when we do finally crawl into bed at night?
Derek came into my life about 6 years ago, as part of the creative team at Holt Renfrew. He instantly struck me as an exuberant soul with amazing energy. Through the years, I saw his relationship with his own identity and sexuality transform. He became more comfortable dressing as he wanted and identified more closely with his feminine side. As a heterosexual female, my sexuality has never caused me any stress. I leave my house in the morning and society simply accepts who I am. Members of our LGTBQ community often experience unjust judgement which can result in debilitating self-image issues that can lead to depression and anxiety. In a 2011 interview with Pride Source, Beyoncé acknowledged the difficulty of coming out and said that she was in awe of her LGBTQ fans. “The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different -- to be brave and be different and to be yourself -- is just so beautiful,” she said. “Not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you’re supposed to be, that’s like the ultimate dream.”
With the turn of the new season, I really tried to focus on improving the quality of my sleep. I reached a breaking point in March, and that was when I realized how badly I was struggling to wake up in the morning. I’ve always been a light sleeper, but usually I can wake up and take on my day with no problems. Lately, this has not been the case. If I’m being completely honest, I was starting to get fed up.
The plan was simple. Cut off all technology before sleeping for 5 days during the workweek & observe how I felt the next day. I wasn’t worried about putting away my phone at night, but I’ve spent years falling asleep watching shows on my laptop...I knew this wouldn’t be easy.
Meet Hannah Kovacs. Many may know her from her popular Toronto class, HIIT with Hannah! She is a ball of energy and today we’re learning a bit more about her! We sit down with her to discuss everything from what inspired her to start HIIT with Hannah to her upcoming ventures (hint hint, owning her own studio may or may not be in the works).
Some days it can feel hard to get up and do a workout. As a student, my days are filled with long lectures and lots of assignments. Sometimes fitness can take a backseat. But lately I’ve gotten into a routine that allows me to balance being active and getting all of my school work done. Things can get crazy and I forget just how important it is to keep my body moving and how much better and more focused I feel when I get some type of physical activity in during my day. Here are some of my tips for balancing fitness and school.
Do you have a role model you look up to? Maybe it’s your mom, or your grandma, or it could even be your best friend, or a mentor who has helped you in a sport, a job, or pretty much anything in life. I have a handful of really great role models (yes mom you’re one of them!) and today I get to interview one for a very special edition of HIGSD. April marks the first anniversary of ‘How I Get Sh*t Done,” and it wouldn’t have existed without this woman, our HIH founder Chloe Wilde. Chloe has been a role model to me longer than she probably knows. And when I finally got to meet her in person at the HIH meet up in summer of 2018, I felt like I was going to cry because it was like I had known her forever. She was an absolute delight to meet and chat with, and to this day, we still keep in touch and support each other via social media. This week, I got the chance to chat with Chloe and find out everything from what her morning routine looks like to the next exciting HIH venture coming to the site soon!
I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Sometimes I struggle to understand people who prefer savoury things (do they know how good dessert is?!) But I realized a few months ago that I don’t actually have a sweet tooth — I have a “chocolate tooth.” Case in point: if I’m out to dinner with my husband or friends and we share a dessert that doesn’t have chocolate in it, nine times out of ten I will still want chocolate when I get home. The struggle is real, people!
Hi fam! It's Nicole, creator and writer of the HOW I GET SH*T DONE series on Healthy is Hot. This week marks one year since kicking off the series! One year ago I was having dinner with my friend Madison Pizer. We were talking about our jobs and she was telling me about her multiple ventures, including her part-time at Aritizia and founding her own jewelry line where she makes all it herself. I found myself thinking to myself ‘how the hell does she get everything done in her freaking days with everything she’s got going on?’ And then I thought to myself that would actually be a really interesting thing to ask people. About a week later, I pitched the idea to HIH, asked Madison if she would be my first interview, and HIGSD was born!
Today I wanted to celebrate the one year mark of this beloved series by showing you all 36 (and soon to be 37) of the interviews, and share a few of my favourite answers some of them have given! So let’s get into it!