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Making Myself a Priority


All too often I forget about me.  I forget that in order to give my very best to someone else (friends, a potential significant other, family, etc.), I need to keep myself happy, healthy, and thriving.

What we radiate out is what other people see, interpret, and respond to.  When we go out drinking a few nights a week (perhaps we over-served ourselves each time) and we continue this routine for even a month, our bodies start to break down at a cellular level.  Perhaps, we start to feel sluggish, our metabolism starts to slow down, we start to gain weight, and our mood changes.  The same thing can be said for going out to eat all the time, or even using recreational drugs.  The bottom line is, each of us has the power within to revert back to healthier habits at any time, especially if it starts to affect others.

This summer for me was one of more fun than I could have ever imagined.  The opportunities to be around good friends in beautiful settings was abundant.  However, with that comes gluttonous behavior that left me feeling sluggish, slightly heavier, and definitely moodier.  Although I kept working out, I wasn’t meditating as often, I was constantly on the go, and consuming way more alcohol and food than I was accustomed to just a few months before.  I made a vow to myself that when Labor Day hit, I was focusing on me.

In the week and a half following Labor Day, just cutting out hard liquor and mixers alone, along with a healthier diet (no sugar), I’ve lost 5 of the 10 pounds I needed to lose.  I’ve also upped my workout routine, incorporated in healthy shakes once a day, started meditating each morning again, and have carved out time to focus on my writing each evening.  And at least once a week, I take a candlelit bubble bath (you have to pamper yourself)!

To get you started, I’ve included my workout routine and my first homemade shake below.

Workout Schedule

Monday – Elliptical – 30 minutes, 250 plies, 40 pushups, 3 sets of 60 second planks

Tuesday – Elliptical – 30 minutes, 250 plies, 15 lb. dumbbell curls – 3 sets of 12 reps, 55 lb. pull down bar – 3 sets of 10 reps, 10 lb. dumbbell butterflies – 3 sets of 12 reps, 3 sets of 60 second planks, 30 second intervals of the following ab exercises: sit ups, V sit ups, elevated crunches, supine bicycle, plank, twisting crunches, bent leg twist, genie sit, mason twist, and steam engine.

Wednesday – Elliptical – 30 minutes, 40 lb. dumbbell bench press – 3 sets of 12 reps, 15 lb. dumbbell tri lifts – 3 sets of 12, 250 plies

Thursday – Elliptical – 30 minutes, 20 lb ankle weight exercises: front kicks – 3 sets of 10, side lifts – 3 sets of 12, side ninja kicks – 3 sets of 20, back kicks – 3 sets of 10; 40 pushups, 3 sets of 60 second planks

Friday – Elliptical – 30 minutes, repeat Tuesday and Wednesday workouts, 250 plies

Saturday – Elliptical – 30 minutes, 250 plies

Shake Recipe

  • 1/2 cup of fat-free, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond vanilla milk
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 ounce of chopped walnut