The Friday Five!
This was a popular feature on The Fitness Dish and I thought it would be fun to bring it back. Besides, I have a bunch of random things I want to tell you guys about!
Something to Read: The Untethered Soul
This was an amazing book that I had read last year. Actually, first I listened to it on audible, and halfway through I ordered the hardcopy. I’ve read it twice after listening to it and always have it on my nightstand!
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer has really helped to change the way that I think.
I won’t lie, it has been challenging to not get wrapped up in my thoughts (allowing my mind to control me), but that is why I pick this book back up and read it all over again. It is about stepping back from our thoughts to be a spectator of them, all while getting to know who is talking inside of your head. It’s about identifying yourself as the observer instead of identifying with the experiences you are observing. We are so obsessed with our thoughts, which keeps us from living in the present moment, also making us unhappy at times! We are not our thoughts … we are the listeners of our thoughts. The ideas in this book teaches you how to live from your heart and not your ego. It is so easy to allow your mind to control you, but we are capable of controlling the mind, directly experiencing the joy and love in our lives as it happens. It made me realize how attached we are to our thoughts, ideas and thoughts about what we think could, will or should happen. Sometimes we have to let that shit go and get out that negative thought patterns. I feel my life is much less full of drama because I realized that so much of the drama I experienced in my past was because of me being in my own head. Don’t get me wrong, we need to work through our feelings when we feel emotional, that is not what I am saying … but we do need to move on from there to realize that sometimes things seem so freaking shitty because of how we built them up in our heads.
What I found interesting was while Untethered Soul is about spiritual growth, much of its wisdom is backed up by clinical science. The goal of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is to increase psychological flexibility—the ability to contact the present moment more fully as a conscious human being, and to change or persist in behavior when doing so serves valued ends. I HIGHLY recommend you go read this asap! If you did read it, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
2. Beauty Tip: Ice Rolling
I learned about this from one of my favorites snapchat: Lauryn at The Skinny Confidential (who I actually did a collaboration with when I blogged at The Fitness Dish 6 years ago). She talks about a serious jaw surgery she had through her blog, and how the ice roller helped with all the swelling she had for so long, BUT had also expressed the other benefits as well (more on that in a minute). The reason I got one was because I have been getting a lot of dental work lately. Most of the fillings I had gotten as a kid are cracking (my new dentist is convinced I have been grinding my teeth for years). I’ve spent more time than I would have liked at the dentist this past month, and my jaw has been pretty sore and tender … this roller helps a lot! I keep it in my freezer and try to use it 5-10 minutes per day.
Cold massage therapy on your face may help reduce pore size and it also activates lymphatic drainage which will reduce the look of fatigue, puffiness, redness, and irritation. It may even have a “lifting” effect on the skin … I will keep you posted on that one! After I do my DIY gelatin face mask my skin feels SO tight and smooth, adding this makes it glow even more! The best part? It is super cheap on Amazon, so I thought, why not?
3. For the Mind: Mala Beads
In 2016 I started to dedicate time to a daily meditation practice. I have not been perfect with it, but I will tell you that it has really helped me in so many ways. I practice yoga about 4 times per week, but really actually sitting still to clear the mind and meditate is a whole other animal. I found these beautiful mala beads from Victoria Emerson to start out because I really don’t have the budget to spend over $100.00 on mala prayer beads. They usually run special offers and while I find the beads to be beautiful, they are also very affordable. Every time I looked for mala I vibed to Jasper Picture Stone and that is what I ended up going with. I also purchased a gorgeous mala bracelet made of picture stone and wear it every day. You do not need a mala to meditate! You just need a chair, a pillow, a block, or the floor. I started with the headspace app my friend Kristin recommended to me … the first 30 days are free! Once I got into the practice I wanted to try using a mala.
A Mala is a string of beads used to count mantras (Sanskrit prayers) in sets of 108 repetitions. A mantra is a word or series of words chanted aloud or silently to invoke spiritual qualities. Mala will become what you make of it by using and wearing it during your meditations, gemstone and wood beads are supportive and they all have varying energy properties. When I looked up what the meaning behind Jasper picture stone was (what I chose), it made so much sense that it was the one I was so attracted to. This is the stone of global awareness. It encourages ecological responsibility and acts as a reminder that one is not here on a physical plane for oneself, but to bring joy and substance to others. Picture Jasper is a nurturing stone. It brings comfort and alleviates fear. It stimulates both the root chakra and the third eye chakra enhancing spiritual energy, creativity, and visualization. In 2017 I want to increase my practice and make it more consistent. With having a puppy and 2 kids life can be crazy and days can get skipped. It is only 10 minutes per day, and I need to schedule it, even if it is a time I know I am in the car where I can park and do it without interruption! I also use a variety of essential oils for meditation practice (Frankincense, Valor, Peace & Calming & Ylang Ylang are a few of my favs) … which I can share more about later! I’d love to hear how you fit meditation in, or if not, what is holding you back from starting a meditation practice.
4. Wine Lovers: Ménage à Trois Rosé
Last week it was like 75 degrees here in suburban Philadelphia. I was enjoying it as much as I was concerned for Mother Earth. It was REALLY nice taking the dog for some extra exercise, he was super happy, well-behaved, and wiped out. I’m a cabernet in the winter and Pinot Grigio in the summer gal, but recently I’ve branched out. I am big into Apothic Red (which is a red wine blend) … and while I always poo pooed “pink wine” I fell in love with rosé last summer. Ménage à Trois is a California rosé that is a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Gewürztraminer Blush. I am surprised I liked it because when I first tried rosé I really preferred cabernet blends that were more dry. When the weather warmed up this was all I wanted! I ran out to the wine and spirits store in my jean shorts and sweater at the end of February to grab a few bottles. So weird. Anyway, I recommend this wine and am also very interested to hear which Rosé you enjoy because I’m always looking! Cabernet blends a plus!
5. What I am Watching: This Is Us!
I am dying for This Is Us to come back on next week! Seriously, can I cry any harder from this show? I find it to be my emotional release for the week … ha! Are you watching? All the characters in this show are AMAZING!
I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m headed to NYC for my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party. It’s the first time I’ll be away from both of my babies overnight. I’m a little sad to leave them but excited for all the festivities.