While some got in the best shape of their lives and were winning fitness competitions in 2020, others were just trying to do their best and keep their head above water.
In 2020, I was the latter.
I went from cooking clean, high protein recipes, to wandering down the frozen section in Target looking for the easiest pre-made meal. I wanted something that I could just heat in the oven and call it a day.
Like, let’s just survive and keep this as simple as possible.
I didn’t care if it was gluten free, organic, protein, or healthy in the slightest bit.
But it was food on the table. We were doing our best.
I think many people were just trying to do their best.
Some still are.
And doing their best is a Stouffers family sized pot pie or take-out.
I’m sharing not for sympathy, but to encourage, motivate, and inspire you that anyone can have those days, seasons, or years.
But there comes a point where you are ready to increase your dial, get out of your funk, and take the next step.
HEALTHY MEALS MADE SIMPLE
I was so excited to discover my next step. No more freezer meals. I needed something easy, a little healthier, and no stress.
Like, no stress at all. Do you hear me?
Do what’s best for you, your family, and your overall well-being.
Read this post on adjusting your dial for your training and nutrition in Mental Health Approach to Your Workouts (and Nutrition).
I started with Every Plate and it saved my butt. Not a Jesus kind of saving, but still. The amount of pressure and stress this took off my mind allowed more space to heal and regain my focus.
But then I was ready for better.
Still not wanting to hunt for recipes and shop for ingredients, but ready for the next step up, whatever that looked like.
Like getting back to my high protein, cage free eggs, grass fed beef, fresh vegetables, organic, no preservatives, no gluten, and no sugar kind of ways, but someone else planning the meals for me.
So I quickly fell in love with Hungryroot, because they do all of that for me, and for less.
They have all of that and delicious! Never boring and so many more options to choose from. With Every Plate, although we still use it and love it, you get the same recipes and not as much variety.
I was completely wowed and amazed when my first box arrived with Hungryroot, and feels like Christmas every week! I couldn’t believe everything I got for the price.
Here’s my first box that totally rocked my world, check out the video on instagram below:
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STICK WITH HEALTHY MEALS
So I decided to stick with Hungryroot.
I feel so much better because I am not snacking on the gluten that my body doesn’t tolerate well. I can choose how many and what kind of meals I want, it’s diet friendly, snacks, fresh vegetables, salads, smoothies, cage free egg bites, grass fed beef, and so much more. It really feels like Christmas every week.
One of my favorite snacks, is cookie dough. It’s cookie dough made out of chickpeas… and it’s crazy delicious without any hint of guilt. I eat it raw and if I’m patient enough to wait for the oven to pre-heat… I”ll make a batch of gooey cookies with it.
Another benefit? Is that the recipes take a fraction of the time to make vs Every Plate. I don’t even chop. It comes ready to go. Here’s a super short video below of how I made Organic Thai Peanut Chicken Stir-fry with a fraction of the time. You can serve over rice or rice noodles if you like.
Like, thank you Jesus, this is what I needed!
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The breakfast smoothies help for those mornings I am running late, or for a quick snack for energy between my appointments.
FEEL BETTER WITH BETTER NUTRITION
I’m sticking with Hungryroot. They go above and beyond.
I’m impressed with the variety of recipes and how delicious they are.
I love that everything is guilt free.
SAVE TIME AND MONEY ON MEALS AND SNACKS
And surprinsgly, I actually spend LESS money on groceries with Hungryroot. If I would go to the grocery store, I would easily buy more than what I need or should.
I mean, I still go to the store for fresh eggs and milk, but I actually save a lot of time and money going this route.
No mental stress at all trying to figure out what to cook for my family.
Someone once said, “Nobody told me growing up meant that you worry about what to cook for dinner every night until you die.”
Well, in that case, I found the fountain of youth because I never need to think or worry about that again!
HAVE YOUR HEALTHY MEALS AND GROCERIES DELIVERED TO YOU… FOR LESS!
If you related to any of this. Let me know in the comments below!
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Save time, money, and fill your fridge for less!
Worry can take away from your overall well-being, success, and performance. But how do you not worry when things stack up, you get behind, and overwhelmed? What does spirituality have to do with it?
In this blog post, I’m simply sharing a very, very personal moment.
And then how I felt God respond. We are all relational… so is he.
If you ever deal with worry, I hope my very personal moment may help, inspire, or strengthen you for your own spirituality, success, and well-being.
My Prayer Before Starting the Day
Thank you Lord. I close my eyes, taking in a deep breath to prepare for my day. For any success is yours. I cannot do it with my own mind and my own power. My own power leaves weaknesses, and you are my source of strength.
As I stand here in the middle of my room, looking how to tackle my day, I honestly admit I didn’t want to start with spending time with you.
I just wanted to get started and tackle the overwhelming tasks I need to do. I have more pieces I need to add to my book, run my business, write emails, blog posts, and the list goes on.
Oh, and taxes were due last month and have yet to even tackle that.
I sensed my breathing getting more shallow just thinking about that list, but again bring my mind back to being in your presence.
Where your Presence is, there is no worry.
It doesn’t mean I don’t have a long list of things to do… but my energy, focus, strength, and peace comes from you. There is no room for worry.
You remind me that by being in your presence, I will be ok. You’ve shown me to approach my day with wisdom, which is to email a promise to my subscribers, and continue to be aware of your presence while I calculate my taxes.
There is no room for doubt. There is no room for worry. There is no room for self-reliance.
Thank you, Lord, for your presence, direction, clarity, and wisdom.
Focus on His Presence
You’ve heard it again and again not to worry. And I know you find yourself there. Try to look at it this way… that worry won’t help, bring wisdom, or add any joy or years to your life, but will do the opposite.
How does one deal with such a worry?
It’s not by you and your power alone, but it’s by Mine.
Visualize my very Presence surrounding your very being. A Presence so strong, so loving, so protective, that worry cannot penetrate. The only time it can is when you allow your being and awareness to step out of that protective Presence.
Struggles, troubles, and problems will always arise. But keeping yourself centered in my Presence is what gives you the perspective and power to effectively deal with them. Tackling them on your own without me, only equates to self-reliance, doubt, and turning into worry.
When you find yourself there, immediately invite My presence back into your awareness. My Presence is always there, I have never and will never leave you, but it’s your awareness you must convince.
So train your mind, My dear.
Always bring your awareness back to My presence.
It’s stronger than any worry.
Ever feel like you are tired, overwhelmed, stressed, and that you are desperatel for a good night sleep?
I bet you think I’m going to try to sell you coffee and supplements to increase your energy, but no.
I’m not against them at all, and in fact, I love coffee and supps!
We are going deeper than that.
Let’s tap into your RAW ENERGY.
How are you without the coffee and supps?
There are a few ways to increase your raw energy, but let’s just talk about one.
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR RAW ENERGY
In order to have energy, you need to do things to replenish it.
This means time off and renewing your mind.
I know, you are busy, and it’s chaos sometimes. But without replenishing yourself and renewing your mind, your energy is just going to be sucked right out of you.
Ah-hem. This is coming from a workaholic that is very much aware that I am, but have to be harder on myself to make sure I replenish and renew my mind.
HOW OFTEN TO RENEW AND REPLENISH YOUR ENERGY
Not just that once a year vacation either.
You’ve got to break it down to once a year, once a quarter, once a month, once a week, and even once a day.
I teach exactly how to do this in my Master Course for Lasting Change and Success, but here are a few insights to help you today.
Find simple and not-complicated practices where you can renew, replenish, and increase your energy, and keep it going… beyond coffee and supplements.
INCREASING RAW ENERGY EXERCISE
Grab a piece of paper. If you are a pen to paper kinda person like me, this is the time to do it. Type out on your computer or phone if that’s your preference, but this needs to be visible. Writing it out and having it visible will give you something to look forward to, and to increase your energy by planning not-complicated practices.
Not only that, you give yourself something more than just a dream, but making your dream a possibility.
Don’t just dream it…. write these down and put your dates and deadlines with them.
1. Yearly: Your vacation! Many like to go on a big family trip, cruise, a retreat, or try something new. Where do you want to go? Write the date to unplug completely and be renewed. Fill that tank back up baby!!
2. Quarterly: Something smaller, whether it’s a seasonal short trip like hiking, kayaking, camping, glamping, skiing/snowboarding, paddle boarding. Where and what date?
3. Monthly. Choose something smaller that doesn’t stress you to do, but instead you look forward to it! A workshop in something you are interested in, wine tasting, weekend retreat, guys night/girls night, etc.
4. Weekly. This is something even easier and more doable to plan. Like walks in a nearby park. Church. Worship. Yoga. Spin class. Something that replenishes you. Filling out a weekly clarity chart that I teach in Mastering Your Mind and Body for Lasting Change and Success.
5. Daily. Like daily prayer, devotion, or meditation. Try listening to an app like Headspace, Abide, or reading a devotional that you feel inspired by. Even 5 minutes is all you need. Sometimes, when I’m pushing it for time, I listen to a 2 minute version on the Abide app. Even 2 minutes does a lot!
Increase your RAW ENERGY with this one simple exercise! Write it down and make it happen!
YOUR ENERGY IS VITAL TO YOUR LIFE AND PERFORMANCE
Your energy is vital to your overall well-being and performance. You can’t just be hustling, grinding, and stressing yourself until you breakdown. The one simple thing you can do to increase your raw energy, is TIME OFF. So write it down. Give yourself deadlines. No wishy-washy talk thinking you will do this someday because we all know it won’t if you talk to yourself like that.
If you want energy, generate the energy with time off. Unplug and recharge those batteries. Even God rested on the seventh day.
Renew your energy along the journey; daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly.
Write this out for yourself. Replenish and renew your energy.
BÁTOR STUDIOS PARTNERS WITH THE CLUB AT CORAZÓN
We are so excited to announce that we have partnered with The Club at Corazón in Dublin!
It’s gorgeous and has it all. We love the new change, and so far everyone else does too.
And so will you.
Waterfalls, vineyard, beautiful lobby, Tuscan style building, with gorgeous gardens and pools. Your Deep Tissue and Sports Massage appointments take place in our newly remodeled rustic European spa.
When you are here, you will feel like you are on vacation… except you are still in Dublin and didn’t need to board a flight.
It’s much closer than you think to go somewhere your body and soul needs to recharge.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE IN DUBLIN, OHIO
I couldn’t pass this opportunity to relocate our privately owned massage studio. Although we have been based in Grandview Heights for over eight years, I intended to stay in that area.
At least, until I found The Club at Corazón.
“How did you even find this place?” Is pretty much what every single person has asked us when they come in for their Deep Tissue Massage.
“What IS this place?!? This building is so gorgeous, it’s something that should be in Arizona or Miami! But it’s right here in Dublin! I didn’t even know this was here!” One of our regular clients shared.
And that’s why we relocated and partnered with Corazón.
Schedule a massage with us and experience all the club has to offer, too.
You don’t have to be a member to schedule your massage, but if you’d like to stay the day and enjoy the fitness center and take a class or two, swim some laps or just relax in the hot tub and steam room, it’s only $10 dollars more for a full day pass!
RETREATS AND EVENTS AT CORAZÓN FOR YOUR WELL-BEING
For over 15 years, I wanted to lead retreats and events, to help people on their transformational journey’s. I’m a visionary, but not the greatest at details and logistics, which kept me from committing.
The pandemic motivated me to start the retreats, even with the lockdowns and restrictions.
My heart broke seeing depression and suicide rates skyrocket. Community and activities are crucial to a person’s overall well-being. If I had a way I could help someone and their families, it would be this.
We weren’t created to be isolated and we are seeing the damage of that. What people have been going through is absolutely inhumane. I know I’m only one person, but if I could help this world be a better place, this would be it.
However, there are even more people that are secretly depressed and looking for a way to feel better, to be in community again, to have something to look forward to, and to increase their overall well-being… safely.
I got off my 15 year procrastination and started researching local venues around Columbus to host my first (small and safe, of course) event.
That’s how I found The Club at Corazón and fell in love.
Instead of just doing retreats and events….. I moved in!
MORE THAN A CLUB
Although featured The Best of Wedding Venues on The Knot, it offers so much more.
I saw everything of how I wanted to help people from massage, fitness, self-care, and the resort feeling for retreats. They have fitness classes, fully equipped gym, yoga, indoor and outdoor pools, clay tennis courts, hot tubs, steam rooms, gorgeous locker rooms, a bar, and a restaurant.
And now they have us.
The club is known for being the best kept secret of Columbus, but it shouldn’t be a secret. More people need to know about it and take advantage of having something this beautiful so close.
“It’s like being on vacation, but you’re home,” Nate Traucht, the Fitness Director of the Club stated.
And he’s right.
MASSAGE AND YOUR WELL-BEING
Your well-being is vital.
And we believe that with you and for you. Massage can help that vitality because it is a form of self-care on many levels physically, mentally, and emotionally. Just being able to get away and have a moment set aside to get a massage sets the intention that you are worth it.
Your mind, body, and soul need it. There’s no doubt about it. It’s a very important way to increase your well-being.
And while you are at it, feel like you are on vacation, too.
While much of the world had stopped doing things they needed for their overall health and immunity out of fear and uncertainty, I found a new passion. Health became more than just being healthy, strong, and lean, but also about building a stronger immune system.
This began my research and to collaborate with physicians who were like minded in empowering people over their own health and immunity. Without hesitating, I planned an Immunity and Wellness Event in Columbus, Ohio and reached out to the expert on immunity, Dr. James DiNicolantonio.
He outlines everything in his book, The Immunity Fix, which is available on Amazon.
THE BEST 5 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY
“Dr. James, what would you say would be the top 5 things that increase immunity?”
Expecting to hear high priced treatments, he simple said, “1. Sleep, 2. Nutrition, 3. Exercise, 4. Sunlight, 5. Supplements.“
I have yet to find another text about the immune system that is as holistic as The Immunity Fix. Dr James stated, “By the end of this book, you’ll realize how interconnected and interdependent all the body’s systems are, including the immune system, metabolism, and sleep-wakefulness cycles.”
He refers to a lifestyle I believe in, that can help improve the immune system but also one that supports vibrant metabolic health.
BUILD YOUR HEALTH AND IMMUNITY
My passion for my very first event was to help people feel empowered over their health and immunity.
Many people have been living in fear, uncertain of what they could do, away from vacation, away from community, and forced to be creative to exercise or for some to meet basic needs.
If I could do anything to help this world during these troubling times, it would be exactly this: to empower others over their own health and immunity.
You can do it by strengthening your own immune system that Dr. James DiNicolantonio with co-author and researcher Siim Land have compiled thoughtfully and timely through The Immunity Fix.
MORE WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR HEALTH AND IMMUNITY
I partnered with Restore at Easton for this event, where we had many options to choose from to increase our immune systems. The options aren’t as powerful as sleep, sunshine, exercise, nutrition, and supplements, but they still help build and strengthen your immune system, and worth considering to make part of your lifestyle that you can learn in more detail in The Immunity Fix as well.
At the event, we took turns choosing from:
- IV Therapy Drips to boost immunity and metabolism
- compression therapy
- red light therapy
- and infrared saunas
While sleep, nutrition, exercise, sunlight, and supplements are Dr. James DiNicolantonio’s top 5 for increasing your immunity, pick up The Immunity Fix for a more holistic and comprehensive text to make it all part of your lifestyle.
Be empowered over your own health and immunity. In the book, Dr. James and Siim Land go over great practices to strengthen your immune system and live a healthier life. Although Dr. James listed his top 5, he also lists his favorite supplements, and other practices as well.
Buy The Immunity Fix today and be empowered, healthier, and stronger!
TAKE THE QUIZ
Have you taken the free quiz for your workout personality yet? Do it here and discover what you need to take yourself to the next level! I’ll be your guide!
Fitness might look a little different this year. At least it does to me. While I have always been focused on weight training and minimal cardio in just three days a week to get optimal results, I’ve had my perspective shift.
Not a complete shift, though.
Lifting weights is still the way to go for ultimate results, but for the sake of metabolic health and increasing immunity, I am now cherishing cardio more than I ever have. I’m lifting at the gym, and having fun doing cardio with my Bowflex C6 Bike at home.
With lifting three-ish days a week and increasing a little HIIT afterwards, you can have it all. At least, that’s what I’m doing.
I’m getting the results, increasing my metabolic health, increasing my immunity, and also taking my mental health more seriously than ever before. Also leading Immunity and Wellness events, so be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already so you can join.
MENTAL HEALTH APPROACH TO YOUR WORKOUTS
Be kind to yourself. While before there may be more tension for counting calories and macros, and letting weight loss be your goal for fitness, look at it differently.
Approach with the perspective of taking care of your mental health, overall well-being, and relationships.
ADJUST YOUR DIAL FOR NUTRITION, TRAINING, AND OVERALL WELL-BEING
Hey, we aren’t always doing our best. It’s ok to not be ok. However, it’s not ok to feel sorry for ourselves. I learned that one when I crushed both of my ankles and had to learn to walk again. No matter what; do NOT feel sorry for yourself.
Look at your dial. Maybe you can’t be at a 10, and that’s ok. What do YOU need for YOU and YOUR mental health right now? It’s better you adjust your dial back to where you need it versus jumping off the wagon and feeling awful about yourself.
You have this dial to feel more empowered. Take some pressure off yourself.
Thank you to Dr. John Berardi of Precision Nutrition who gave permission to use the dials for coaching and publishing purposes.
Sometimes trying to do all the things can be overwhelming. Instead of mastering everything, master your dials. Get to know them well, and to adjust them for what is best for you. Mastering the dials can be a great beginning to mastering self.
WORKOUT WITH ME
With these principles. you can adjust the intensity of your training and nutrition. If there are times you can turn up the heat, then do it! But take care of your mental health in the process. Master your dials. Be kind to yourself.
To work out with me, you will need full access to a gym. I’ll show you step by step how to use the equipment, how to get results, all while enjoying your life at the same time. Click here to get started.
WHAT’S YOUR DIAL ON?
Let me know in the comments, where you feel you need to be with your dials! You have the power to adjust them. Where are yours?