Have you checked your alignment?
Translation: what you value with your words and seek to achieve in your goals vs. what you value with your energy; time, money, attention, thought, foods. Are they aligned?
Dr. John Demartini is a world leader in human behavior. One of his studies concludes that 90% - YES 90% of humans are not aligned with their values and the way they expend their energy.
We aren’t sure if he was inspired by the Phase One Alignment Check we created in the MOVE. Method (happy to share, John!), but when we recently stumbled across his value alignment check we got all weak-kneed and giddy.
It’s a statics based approach to visualizing where you are putting your energy. Basically he takes your energy output and measures it out to see if you are aligned with what you believe you value. He’s helped millions of people, world-wide, figure out where their gaps are.
We spend a LOT of time with our MOVE.rs on alignment. Because once we are aligned,...
This is your Monday reminder that you can handle anything this week throws at you.
50 wall balls
10 pull ups
50 box jumps
50 double unders
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We don’t believe in failures.
Feedback > failures.
Every behavior- it’s asserting a need.
If the way a behavior manifests doesn’t serve you well… cue: regret, guilt, shame, worry, fear, retreat…. It’s feedback that you have a REAL need, but the route you took to meet it, doesn’t align with who you are or what you want.
Sometimes we let the need speak so loudly, we pursue it at the most accessible (and not typically the most productive) path.
The need is real- if we don’t listen to it, it’s going to keep presenting…. over… and over…. and over. The path is flexible. If one didn’t work so well to meet our need, we get to be in the driver’s seat to pick another.
The hardest part? We beat the heck out of ourselves when a “mistake” or “failure” presents that we can’t hear the learning. It takes a lot of courage and strength to out-muscle the...
It's finally turning to summer here in Boston (hallelujah!). Here's a quick HIIT workout to jumpstart your day at the beach.
Grab a park bench and get to work:
1-3 mile warm up
25 bench dips
25 step ups each leg
25 Spiderman pushups
Run 400 meters
25 bench dips
25 Bulgarian split squats
25 wide pushups
Run 400 meters
25 bench dips
25 elevated side squats
25 triangle pushups
Run 400 meters
Grill season is upon us!
3 small zucchini (about 1/2 pound each), cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 tablespoon avocado oil
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cups baby spinach
1/3 cup basil leaves
Homemade or premade roasted red peppers
2-3 large portobellos
1 container of Trader Joe’s vegan pesto (or homemade)
Preheat grill or grill pan to medium.
Brush both side of the sliced zucchini with avocado oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until tender (about 4 minutes per side). You can prepare the zucchini a day ahead and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Put pesto, raw spinach, basil, roasted peppers and/or roasted portobellos on zucchini. Roll up and place seam side down on a platter. You can use a toothpick to hold together if they’re stubborn (like mooch). Repeat, and repeat, and repeat. You can make these up to a day in advance; store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Grill when ready!
The biggest mistake in setting goals?
You’ve asked us a lot about goal setting (we prefer goal getting but w/e) lately, and we f*ckin love it.
We want each and every human on this planet to pursue THEIR goals. The things that make them come alive and feel their best. The things that bring meaning. The things that make this one amazing life meaningful, purposeful and fun.
But not everyone does.
What stops them?
We don’t believe it’s a lack of drive or will.
We don’t think it’s laziness.
We believe… it’s a lack of alignment.
Not being clear on WHY they are pursuing what they are pursuing.
Too many people pursue a fitness endeavor, a career or even a relationship because they think they “should”. Too often goals come from trying to prove something to everyone else, keep up with the Jones’s (can we meet these said Jones’s?) or pursue something because...
We used to refuse to buy lululemon sports bras.
Way too expensive.
Who pays THAT much for a sports bra, we thought?
Must be nice, we muttered. Sigh (don't even get us started on "must be nice").
Uncomfortable workouts, chaffed boobs, sometimes wearing two sports bras at once (maybe just Mel… yep definitely just Mel) and buying 78 new ones when they just kept wearing out, we put our egos aside and stopped kidding ourselves. We could spend $18 on a spicy marg but were shorting ourselves on something we CLAIMED to value.
Cheap investments get cheap results.
Short term commitment brings short terms results.
Quick fixes offer quickly fading results.
Value… way different than a the $$ on a price tag.
Trust us, we totally get it when people are apprehensive in investing in their 12-week transformation.
But we also know they are either not REALLY looking for change or they aren’t acting in...
Sunday Scaries, Anyone?
We are so over them.
They are kind of a mix of buyer’s remorse from #weekending (it’s a thing) combined with angst of returning to work, routine and maybe it’s all topped with the pressure of getting “back on track.” Meaning eating all the salads, doing all the workouts and vowing to never eat Chinese food at 2am, again.
No wonder you are scared.
Reality Check: We’re human. We are social beings. Chinese food is delicious.
When you restrict your body of certain things and build your mentality around “on and off track” you set yourself up for binging… it’s like once you start you feel like you “ruined everything” so mine as well keep on going on this path of ruin.
Not only does this mess with your body, it messes with your belly, damages your gut and certainly your mind.
Our MOVE. Method teaches how to abandon the track through mind, body and belly...
Have you seen our #FridayFuel posts on Instagram?
You all know we loveeeeee ourselves some IG!
Well, if you haven't, each week we search for all sorts of meals and snacks proclaiming to be healthy (some specifically claim to be gut health... sigh) and we give it the "yay" or "nay" on the #moveapproved stamp.
Not surprisingly, they generate a TON of questions. So we figured we would share some of the guidelines that go into making the cut.
We’ll be honest, we both struggled with the counting, the pressures, the fat-free (cheese, ice-cream, butter, bread, pretzels and everything else). We...
Last week we asked what the community wants to see more of, and boy did we hear ya.
Stress Reduction. Got it.
Cue: 4 MOVE.s To Reduce Stress.
Before diving in, we want to remind you that it's not a realistic expectation to want to go through life stress-free. In fact, studies show that healthy amounts of stress are positive, they create growth. We find that allowing stress to be FEEDBACK for our needs and next steps in the key in transforming it from overwhelming to empowering. If you know us at all, we aren't trying to combat stress with white robes, vacations to escape or luxurious days at the spa. That's a bandaid. But we are all for caring for ourselves in ways that make those (fun) days a place for pleasure instead of escape.
Here are our 4 MOVE.s to Manage Stress:
1- Awareness: Where is your energy going? Not in general. SPECIFICALLY, where is it going? Think of it like a bank account. Track all of your time, thought and attention. Write it out (we...