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6 Ultimate Self-Love Workout Quotes
Don't hate your body for how it looks – love it for what it can do! Get inspired with these 6 awesome quotes combining fitness inspiration and self-love. Acknowledge your body's capabilities. Exercise at any level help you appreciate all the amazing things your body can do. Marvel at the beautiful, complex machine of your muscles, your breath, your mind. Breathe in. Breathe out. You are stronger than you know. The power to direct your course and your life is in your hands. You are capable – believe in the power you have to change your world. This quote is absolutely true – you are beautiful! Tell your reflection. Believe it, because it's true. Every challenge you've faced only makes you stronger and more beautiful. Strive for the right goals – it's not about what you look like. It's about being healthy, whatever that may look like. You are absolutely gorgeous just the way you are. Stop letting life kick you around – take your future into your own hands! You are smart, and capable, and determined. You have the power to make positive changes in your life, both mentally and physically. Eradicate defeatist attitudes; abandon self-doubt and self-judgment. Embrace positivity – you can do it! Practice radical self-love by putting yourself first. You are a precious being with so much to offer the world; take care of that person. In your pursuit of physical health, don't neglect your mental and emotional health. Being healthy is multifaceted, and each one of those parts is necessary to the whole. Do your best to love your self every day. When you get knocked down, get up and try again. Finally, I'll leave you with an emphasis on small victories. No matter how silly or slow you think you look, remember – you're a champion because you got out there. You didn't let excuses or fear hold you back; you've already conquered them. So celebrate that victory, and let it be the first step on your triumphant health & fitness journey! Show your friends how much you love them, and share this card with the ones who could use a self-love boost this week. It's always nice to start off the day with some inspiration :) I hope you guys found these quotes inspiring and helpful! Do you ever struggle with self-love, especially when it comes to body image or working out? I know that feel. Let's talk about it :)
DIY Ice Dye
It's time to ice dye! It's basically cool tie dying. This process is much easier than regular tie dying and it looks so much cooler! This DIY tutorial comes from the creative people at Yen. Materials For this DIY project, you will need: -- Whatever you want to dye (a t-shirt, a pillow, a bag, etc.) -- Washing soda, also called soda ash (you should be able to find this at a craft store) -- Rubber gloves (wear for the entire time you are doing this project) -- Ice -- Dye powder (you can find this at a craft store) -- Large plastic tub -- Cooling rack Soak the garment in washing soda Prepare a mixture of washing soda. Use 1 cup of washing ash and 1 gallon of water. Soak the garment in the washing soda mixture for about 15 minutes. Remove the garment from the washing soda mixture and wring out any excess liquid. Scrunch up the garment and place on a cooling rack in the large plastic tub (as shown in the picture). Cover the garment with ice and add dye Cover the garment completely with ice cube. Then, take the dye powder and sprinkle it over the ice and the garment. The more dye you use, the more intense the colors on your garment will be. Let the ice completely melt and let the garment dry for 24 hours. Then, wash the garment by itself by rinse all of the dye and then throwing it in the washing machine. If you need some more instructions, check out this video that shows the entire process. How cool does this look?! For more DIY projects for fashion, check out the "DIY fashion" collection. For more DIY projects for your home or apartment, check out the "DIY home" collection.
Meal Plan for a Healthy Week #MondayMotivation
You can look at Mondays one of two ways: either they're a bummer, because they mean the weekend is over, and it's back to the ol' grindstone; or, they're a new beginning, and a chance to get your week off to a great start! Here's an awesome way to eat healthier and feel better/more energetic this week: follow this simple mix-and-match meal planning & exercise guide. Just choose one item from each list every day. Plan your whole week ahead of time, or refer back to the list each day. It's healthy living, made easy. Make sure to check out the notes below, too. Have an awesome week, everybody!! Breakfast Plain low-fat yogurt drizzled with honey and a scoop of Ezekiel sprouted grain cereal Bowl of Kashi GoLean Crunch cereal with almond milk and a handful of blueberries on top Steel cut oatmeal with an egg stirred into it just as cooking is finishing, topped with walnuts, almonds, raw honey, and berries Avocado Fig smoothie bowl, topped with sliced almonds, ground hempseed, and cacao nibs Spinach and egg white omelet – top with melted cheese if you like! Lunch Antioxidant-Rich Blueberry Quinoa Grain Salad, accompanied by brie and crackers Southwestern Chicken Fajita Mason Jar Salad with a side of tortilla chips and salsa Zucchini Bean Salad with Bulgur and a piece of fruit, like a ripe nectarine Grilled Portobello Sandwich (use leftovers from the dinner recipe below!) with tomato, mozzarella, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction; handful of raw nuts, like almonds or walnuts French Baguette Sandwich with herbed goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, arugula, and olive oil drizzle; a piece of fruit; seed-based crackers and almond butter Snack Two hard boiled eggs and half an avocado on toast, sprinkled with sea salt and olive oil Banana spread with almond butter and rolled in Ezekiel sprouted grain cereal Super Green Detox Smoothie, smashed raspberry sauce optional Homemade trail mix of raw nuts and dried fruits and seeds Greek yogurt and honey, sprinkled with ground flax or hemp seed Dinner Quinoa Risotto with Kale and Peas, served with a side of sautéed vegetables and homemade garlic bread Grilled Portobello Mushrooms (thanks to @LizArnone for her excellent cooking instructions!) topped with fresh mozzarella and tomato; sautéed asparagus; rice pilaf Veggie Melt Wraps with grilled chicken, and a small side salad with balsamic vinaigrette Spaghetti Squash Tempeh Stir Fry (just replace the meat in the recipe with tempeh), steamed edamame Herbed Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas, rice pilaf, and steamed broccoli Exercise 25-minute Walk-Jog: Jog until you're out of breath, then walk for 2-3 minutes until you get your breath back. Then repeat. 30 minutes of swimming laps – alternate breast stroke and freestyle Find a free local yoga class (bonus points if it's outside!) 30 minute after-dinner walk with a friend or family member Treadmill interval workout: start at a comfortably easy jogging pace. Warm up at this speed for five minutes. Then increase speed by half a step (so if you're at 5.0, bump up to 5.5). Run for a minute, then go back down to your base speed. Repeat, but this time, bump up twice (so a minute at 5.5, then a minute at 6.0), then go back down to base again. Repeat for a total of 25 minutes. Walk for 3 minutes to cool down. Notes: Try to stick to water, tea, and coffee as your only beverages. Soda and fruit juice are both full of unnecessary processed sugars, as well as empty calories (meaning calories that don't provide your body with any useful nourishment). Listen to your body, and structure your day however suits you best. You can exercise before breakfast or after dinner; eat your snack between breakfast and lunch or right after working out. The most important thing is that you pay attention to what your body is telling you! If you haven't worked out in a while, take it easy. The biggest victory is getting out there everyday – just get moving, and worry about intense exercising later. Have a positive, healthy, active week! :) You can do it!!