Behind the Lens - Being the Best Me (Health & Happiness)

You know the old expression...you can't take care of anyone if you can't take care of yourself... Well let me tell you, I am a huge fan of this expression. I spout it off to friends and family. I push them to make changes so they can be the best versions of themselves and be better moms, spouses, friends, creators, workers, etc.

And then I look in the mirror and often wind up thinking something like this

- wow I look tired!

-where did those bags come from?

-who's that sad old lady in my pajamas

 

Now it's time to get back on track, it's time to take care of me. Why? Because it's important for me to be the best I can be. When I'm taking care of me I'm a more energetic mom, a more supportive partner, a more creative photographer, and a more successful entrepreneur.

 

So how do I become the best possible me? How do I take care of me?

I'm not a high maintenance girl (anymore). Taking care of me is about feeling healthy, it's about feeling energized, it's about being inspired, and it's about valuing myself.

My top 5 ways to take care of me:

1) Eat a healthy rainbow of fruits and veg plus some lean protein!

2) Workout everyday! It doesn't have to be a huge deal but even just 15 mins on my Gazelle leaves me feeling energized and fabulous! (I'm even working on a goal of running a 5K on Nov 3rd even after swearing I'd never be a runner)

3) Meditate - Okay, Confession here...this is still a work in progress but that few moments of quiet time to concentrate on nothing but my own body and mind works wonders!

4) Sleep! Okay this one seems obvious but for me, a natural early bird, living with a night owl spouse whom I love to spend time with, I have a tendency to burn myself out fast so whenever possible I give myself an early bedtime and try to stick to it at least 5-6 days a week

5) Read - Reading is the workout for the mind. No matter whether it's photography & business, biographies, magazines, health and fitness, or even a romance I just feel so at peace when I dive into a good book and leave the world behind for a few minutes or hours on end!

And yes, I girly it up a little too...maybe I do a face mask, maybe I take a longer shower, maybe I even go all out and paint my nails, get my hair cut, or dye my hair.

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

London's Rebecca Nash is the London, Ontario based Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography. She takes her emotional, elegant, artistic, and whimsical style and applies them to every portrait, wedding, or fine art experience she provides her London, Ontario photography clients.

"I believe every person’s story is different, every person is unique, and no two relationships are the same - this means no two photo shoots are the same. I thrive on the opportunity to create stunning images for amazing people all around me while giving them an experience they'll remember for a lifetime. Each client is trusting me with the opportunity to know their story, share their story, and help them in celebrating life and love in art." - Rebecca Nash

Jillian Michaels "Maximize Your Life" Recap

I had the great pleasure this last Friday, of attending Jillian Michaels "Maxmize Your Life" here in London, Ontario at Budwiser Gardens.  

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Was this planned way ahead? No Way!

Did I want to go? Heck Ya!

So how did I get lucky? A friend won two tickets and couldn't get a sitter so she took me instead of her husband!

 

Rebecca Nash & Debbie Watson at Jillian Michaels "Maximize Your Life" Tour - London, Ontario

 

Now as soon as I started posting that I was going to be attending, people started asking me to share what I learnt so here we go...

 

When it comes to Food Labels...Read the ingredients list. The top item has the highest content in the food but, while the top 5 ingredients are the most important, keep reading. You're likely to find multiple different types of sugars listed. Why? The powers that be have allowed different names for sugar (alot less of them in Canada compared to US) but if you added up all the different types of sugars in your food that majority of those foods would have a first ingredient of sugar? Scary thought!

 

If there's an ingredient you can't pronounce or sounds like it came from chemistry class - don't eat it! It's not real food (exceptions exist such as Quinoa, Kefir, etc...I can't pronounce them right half the time either).

 

Turn on your BULLCRAP meter...If it sounds too good, It probably is! Learn to see the bullcrap!

 

"If you have the why, you can tolerate any how!"

Remember this when you build your goals. Make them specific and tie them to the emotion you know it will make you feel. If you can do this, then no matter what sacrifice it takes, you can achieve it!

 

Be Present in the Now.

Homework - For one week, set an alarm that goes off once and hour on the hour for every waking hour. When that alarm goes off take a moment to stop and ask yourself: 1) What am I doing? 2) How do I feel about it?

Keep track and focus on the things that make you feel fabulous - How do you get more of this?

 

"Can't be fearless, but you can be without regret"

Just think about that one for a moment.

 

Considering taking a risk but scared? Look at it like this and learn from it...

1) What's the worse case scenario?

2) What Then?

3) Will it kill you?

4) How is it different from where you are now?

5) What do you have to lose?

6) What if it works?

 

"Only Hurt People, Hurt People"

 

So her big question was...."Can you do it? Yes! But will you?"

 

I would love to hear whether this gave you a moment's pause or an AHA moment....Comment Below please!

 

 

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

                                                                                                                                                       

London's Rebecca Nash is the London, Ontario based Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography. She takes her emotional, elegant, artistic, and whimsical style and applies them to every portrait, wedding, or fine art experience she provides her London, Ontario photography clients.

"I believe every person’s story is different, every person is unique, and no two relationships are the same - this means no two photo shoots are the same. I thrive on the opportunity to create stunning images for amazing people all around me while giving them an experience they'll remember for a lifetime. Each client is trusting me with the opportunity to know their story, share their story, and help them in celebrating life and love in art." - Rebecca Nash

BlogHer12: Sponsor Announcement - Mahovlich Personal Training

I'm excited to announce a new BlogHer12 Sponsor... Mahovlich Personal Training might be the new kid on the block but Owner Chad Mahovlich has been in the business for 8 years and now he's taking on one of the biggest challenges of his career...whipping my lazy butt into shape (literally!)

Over the Next 12 weeks Chad and I will be working together to transform my eating habits, fitness routine, and body to give me back more of the health, vitality, and quirky energy that has defined me in the past but escaped me recently.

Check back each month for updated photos, measurements, progress reports, tips, and recipes to help you get yourself in the best possible shape!

In the mean time learn a little more about Chad and Mahovlich Training by connecting online

Website: http://www.cmtraining.ca/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MahovlichPersonalTrainingServices Phone: (519) 520-0348 Email: mahovlichpts@gmail.com