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Time for a Break!

This View Never Gets Old!

This View Never Gets Old!

It is hard to believe Labor Day is only two weeks away. To put it lightly, the summer of 2013 has been a bit of a blur. So, I’m taking a break from blogging to focus on crossing a few very important things off my summer to-do list that got delayed due to Dad’s surgery.

I’m also looking forward to finding some extra minutes for some much-needed down time following the whirlwind that began several months ago when the company I worked for hit some serious financial trouble and finally closed its doors.  At the mandatory labor department meeting I attended last week, even our orientation leader reminded the group that the end of this month into Labor Day is anything but a peak hiring period. Practically half the responses to emails I’ve sent to contacts during the past week have been “out of office” messages.

So, on this particular Motivation Monday, I encourage you to enjoy these dwindling lazy days of the season to maybe do one or two things you’ve been putting off longer than you wanted. Spend an extra day at the beach, pool or park with the kids; read the best-seller that’s been collecting dust on your nightstand; add 10 minutes to your daily walk or run and sure, go ahead and have that extra glass of wine. Be good to yourself.

Once again, I thank all of you for your words of encouragement during the past month. I wish everyone a FITASTIC end to the summer and look forward to a new season filled with even more chances to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

Just Say No!

What a difference a week makes!

It was only seven days ago I was heading home to New York after one of my more “relaxing” business trips in recent memory. Unfortunately, the professional and personal chaos that erupted since then has been simply exhausting. However, If you’re a repeat reader here at LauraLovesFitness, you know it’s not my style to harp on the negative – and I’m certainly not about to start today.

Instead, I want to focus on something I’ve been working on improving in my life  – and that’s recognizing when the things that normally make you happy become a burden. I’m learning – albeit slowly – when that happens, it’s definitely time to take a step back and examine what’s on your plate.

It amazes me how willing we are to remove some high-caloric items from our diet in an effort to shed a few pounds, but we’re not so willing to remove the extras when it comes to shedding the stress. Unfortunately, not taking the time to remove one or two things from our never-ending to-do lists can eventually be harmful to our mental and emotional health.

In my case, exercise has always provided a steady boost of positive energy even when life pitches those inevitable curve balls. Since last July, writing this blog has also been a great outlet for some of my nervous energy. Then this week, I had a couple of days  when the thought of working out or writing a post became overwhelming. So here’s what happened:

  • I did NOT get to the gym Monday: I had to choose between a normal “hard-core” work out before getting to an evening appointment or burning a few calories on a less-intense walk home and prepping for a busy Tuesday so I could get home from my appointment and get to sleep at a reasonable hour. While I hated “bailing” on the high-intensity cardio burn, I knew my body needed rest and sleep in a big way. So, I opted for the walk and an earlier turn-in time.
  • I CANCELLED on a personal training client Tuesday night: I woke up Tuesday morning feeling lousy with a sore throat and sniffles.Then my edit session at work turned into a more intense situation than planned, as did the follow ups I had to schedule with a couple of doctors. (Everything’s fine, by the way) You know what? My client, Kristen, thanked me for not wanting to get her sick, told me to feel better and rescheduled.
  • I DID make plans to meet up with a gal pal for drinks after work Thursday night. Sometimes a glass of wine and a few laughs with friends is just what you need!

I think it’s important for all of us to realize saying no to something doesn’t make you weak. Instead, maybe one of the strongest decisions we can make is to figure out a way to focus on you for awhile – whether it’s for an hour or a whole evening.

So as we head into the weekend, I hope everyone – especially all you moms! – finds some time to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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