Good morning, friends!
Ready for another round of high fives?
Today’s High Five Friday celebration has a lot to celebrate! Thanks to all of you who submitted high fives for this week! You know how happy that makes me! I hope it makes you happy, too! Celebrating ourselves, even our smallest achievements, is so important!
The following high fives were submitted to me via email (if you’d like to see yourself in next week’s HFF post please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org )
Dana – I’m high five-ing myself this week for a couple things! I finished my fourth ever whole30 this week, and I’m feeling so great I decided I’m going to at least go for a whole60! More importantly, this is the first time I’ve completed a whole30 without stressing about OR tracking macros/calories/numbers that (in my opinion) lead to obsessive eating habits. Instead, this time I practiced intuitive eating, and listened to my body for when I was hungry, and when I wasn’t. And I’m so much happier because of it!! I’m also pumped this week about finally getting back into the gym and lifting heavy after a couple weeks of being on vacation or sick.
Finally, per Meg’s great advice, I did an instagram cleanse this week – I cleaned out a bunch of accounts I followed that weren’t necessarily those I wanted to see every day, like “fitspiration” accounts or my bodybuilder ex-boyfriend who posts about 3-4 selfies A DAY. (Yes, you heard that right!) Such a relief!! Don’t get me wrong, fitness inspiration is great when you need it, but I don’t need it all the time, and sometimes I find myself comparing my body or the way I eat to the girls in those pictures who have 8 pack abs and zero body fat. But I realized, I eat the way I like to eat, and I love my body for what it is – athletic and strong, even though I don’t have zero body fat! And not checking instagram all the time feels so freeing! Thanks soo much to Meg for putting this out there with her daily dose of self love!!
Katie - While at the Blend Retreat this past weekend I made a conscious effort to put my phone down and just enjoy the moment, making new friends and catching up with old ones. I may not have a million pictures of the weekend or pictures with some of my blends, but this was just what I needed to disconnect from technology and connect with those around me.
Danielle - I would like to give a high-five to myself, for making time for me! I’ve been busy with work and school, but regardless of how my day has went, or how busy I am, I make sure to have “me time” in the evening. My favourite thing to do after a long day is yoga with some relaxing music. And after getting in some good practice, my yoga poses are already starting to come much easier. And I am much more happy and relaxed!
Cait - My high five this week is that I am officially done college! It’s been a long road, but I found what I am passionate about and decided to get a degree with hospitality management and wedding & event planning from Temple University in Philadelphia! Its breathe of fresh air to be done and something to be celebrated! Can’t wait to see what the next chapter is!
Domi - This week I did a couple of things worth high-fives. First, I included the closest thing I’ve got to a “progress picture” in my blog post on staying fit and staying sane. I’m fairly happy with my body these days, but it’s still terrifying to make myself vulnerable by putting up photos of my bare stomach. Second, I’ve been battling posterior tibial tendonitis in my left foot for the past week, and for the past 10 days I gave it a complete rest from running/walking. Normally, I’d push through like the stubborn broad that I am, and end up seriously injuring myself down the road. Hooray for learning to honor my body!
Meg - I’d love to give myself a High Five for making it through my first rest week. Yes, my first full rest week in FOUR YEARS. Realizing how far I’ve come has been a refreshing experience.
Nancy - I’m super proud of myself these last few weeks. I’ve incorporated more “long distance running” (to me), in my routine. Since I like to rock climb and yoga – sometimes I can’t drive to the complex. Luckily we have gym in our town house communal area, so I’ve been running out of my comfort zone of 3 miles, and decided to amp it up to 10kms. So far, I’ve done two 10km’s! CRAZY! Who am I?!
Eisha - I am taking your challenge of limiting technology lol! And I feel soo free. It’s funny because I don’t feel so tied to checking twitter etc. And I realized that at one time it was just for fun but then I got obsessed with it and it became a chore. I was also missing out on enjoying moments in my life because I was consumed with checking all these technology stuff!
My high five this week is for spending less time in front of the computer screen as well as less time staring at my phone (particularly scrolling through Instagram). I love staying in touch with long distance friends via Instagram, but I have cut back my screen time dramatically and I am reaping the benefits. I still want to cut back more, though, so I set a goal (join in if you’d like!)
I’d also like to give myself another high five for reading before bed! In addition to cutting down on screen time, I’ve also wanted to make sure the time I do spend in front of the screen is not before bed, so, instead, I’ve been trying to read before I go to bed. I love reading before bed and am getting back into the habit of it
What is your high five today?
Again, thank you to all of you who participate in HFF! I love seeing the amazing things you’re doing for yourself and in your life! You are all so inspiring! Keep being YOU!