Only two more weeks of workouts, babes! Only two more weeks until you’re looking and feeling better than you were six weeks ago. Only two more weeks until your fiancé is like, “DAMN, you look good!” (which he should be saying all the time anyway, but this time he’ll really mean it). Let’s be honest, there’s nothing sexier than a toned, strong, confident woman. Who wouldn’t want to marry you after this boot camp?!
You’ve clearly been working your butts off, and I want to reward you all for that this week – although maybe not in the way you’re expecting. I want to give you guys a break this week – not a physical one (sorry! Peter won’t allow it…) but a mental one.
There’s no doubt you’ve got a lot on your mind: planning a wedding, getting your workouts in, trying to eat right, working a full-time job most likely. It’s a lot when you list it all out like that, isn’t it?! I’m doing it all, and just to keep things extra interesting my fiancé and I bought a new house last week, so now I’m dealing with that, too! When it rains, it pours, eh?
So how are we expected to stay sane through all of this? I happen to be a big believer in the power of a mindfulness practice. I wrote about how meditation was saving my wedding a few months back, and I wasn’t making that up. A formal practice (designating a specific time and place each day to meditate) isn’t necessary, but I would encourage everyone participating in an intense workout program like this to, at the very least, consider practicing informally – for example, when you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths; or take a minute in your car on your way home from the gym each day to feel proud of yourself and thank your body.
You’ve got some major stuff going on in your lives, my dears, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a few moments each day to pat yourselves on the back or close your eyes. It’s so easy to feel beat down by the wedding planning process that it’s important to remember how great you are, how loved you are, and how hard you’re working. If you need a little guidance, check out my tips here, or reach out to me directly – I am a health coach, after all! A free consultation may be just what you need to add a little mindful awareness into your day.
And because I want to acknowledge how AMAZING you all are, I’m going to treat you to an extra special recipe for the week that actually feels like a guilty pleasure – although there is no guilt to feel! My go-to smoothie bowl is great for breakfast or lunch, and I usually make enough for a few days at a time, making it an easy on-the-go meal since you can eat it with a spoon or just throw it in a blender bottle and sip in the car.
So don’t forget to throw yourself a little love this week, gals, and don’t be afraid to take a breather every once in awhile. You’ll be surprised how much it helps. See you next week!
Molly Winding is a freelance writer and health coach who splits her time between Vail and Denver. She is a foodie, health nut, and lover of books, movies, and meditation. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her spending time outside with her fiancé and their goldendoodle. Follow her @windmol!