Strengthen Your Abs With Reverse Crunches

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Power up your abs with this exercise - How To Perform A Reverse Crunch by Jennifer Ledford

Your abdominals are part of your body’s foundation so it’s important to maintain them properly.  Strong abdominals help support your back,  can improve your posture, and even help you look leaner.

While looking leaner or more toned can be a useful goal that motivates people to strengthen their abs, it’s important to remember that health and being physically fit is always more important than trying to achieve a perfectly flat stomach.  Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and not everyone has a naturally flat stomach so I recommend focusing on your health first. When you truly focus on being healthy on the inside, your outward appearance will benefit aswell.

In today’s video, I share a VERY effective abdominal exercise that you can perform almost anywhere.  I actually filmed the video in the tiny beach house we are renting while our house is on the market.   🙂

Enjoy the video and have a great week!

Shared with love,
Jennifer

How To Strengthen Your Abs With Reverse Crunches

Link to Power Systems Small Exercise Ball (not necessary but recommended) in video

 

It’s Time To Stop Beating Yourself Up And Give Yourself A Break

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Perfection is overrated - give yourself a break!

If you have been following me for the past few months, you may know that my husband and I recently moved with our three dogs.  We placed the majority of our belongings in PODS and downsized from a thirteen hundred square foot home to a six hundred square foot temporary rental while we sell our house.  Our temporary housing is a block and a half away from the beach so it was totally worth it to move into a “tiny” house.

I’m happy to say that the five of us are settling in to our new environment and I’m starting to get a routine down.

Moving is a major transition that can interrupt many areas of your life so I decided to be realistic about the expectations I was going to place on myself during this time.  All was going well on the “grace” front until the voices in my head showed up.  Maybe you are familiar with them.  The voices that whisper to you what you “should” be doing, or that you are failing, or a big slacker.  Yeah, those.

It’s always a good idea to write your goals down and to set dates when you’d like to see them accomplished so I had laid out everything the way I wanted life to look like by this time this month on paper.  It turns out I was being a bit ambitious even though I thought I was being realistic.  There were several things I hadn’t factored in to my day like multiple dog walks now that we don’t have a fence, organizing a “tiny” house, and traveling longer distances to run errands.

Give Yourself A Break

Fortunately, as a coach, I walk people through the process of “giving yourself a break” quite often so I was able to recognize those ugly voices in my head.  I took a step back and listened to the still small voice that was reminding me that we just moved, I’ve been managing the sale of our house, maintaining my business,  taking care of our animals without a secure fence, and figuring out where to buy groceries.  Considering what’s on my plate, things are actually going pretty well.  We only had one dog disappear for ten minutes (totally terrifying), we are eating home cooked meals, I’ve organized all our clothes, I’m still writing this blog, and we are getting outdoors everyday and enjoying this season in our life.  Turns out I’m not a slacker after all.

While most of us know that perfection is totally overrated and none of us can be at the top of our game all of the time, the voices in our head still like to show up and mess with us.  Comparison can kick in and we can run through the list of things we “should” be doing and the areas we think or maybe know we have failed in.  Beating yourself up is not just emotionally draining.  It can kill your joy, your creativity, and your productivity.

It’s important that we work hard and set goals.  It’s also important that we remind ourselves that we only have so many awake hours in the day and that different seasons will produce different results.

If you are in a transition right now or starting something new, I encourage you to walk toward your destiny with a flexible calendar and to be kind to yourself.

Here’s a short Facebook Live post I did last week to help encourage you!

Make it a great week!

Shared with love,
Jennifer

 

Celebrate What Matters Most This Labor Day

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Celebrate What Matters Most This Labor Day

Labor Day weekend has historically been considered the last weekend of summer.  However, in many parts of the country the kids have already gone back to school and fall routines have already begun.

The fall season is one of my favorite times of year.  We live on the Northern California coast so it’s when our summer weather actually begins.  The light is beautiful and the beaches are warm. While people in other parts of the country are drinking pumpkin spiced lattes we are wearing swimsuits and heading for the ocean.

Just like seasons can’t be placed in a neat little box, neither can life.  Life is fluid.  It’s good to make plans and it’s good to create routines.  However, it’s also important for us to be flexible. When that perfect beach weather pops up, my husband and I give ourselves permission to go and enjoy it even if it is a work night.

Last week, we were painfully reminded of how precious life is and what matters most while we witnessed Hurricane Harvey rip through Texas.  The damage is devastating and it happened so quickly.  While we take a moment to stop and pray for the people affected and figure out our own personal ways to help them, let’s also take a moment to be grateful for all of the blessings in our own lives.

Enjoy Your Labor Day

It’s important to work toward your goals.  It’s also important to live a full life that you can look back on with a smile.  We must have balance in our life.  Time and missed memories are two things that we can never get back.  Give yourself permission to be fluid and to stop and smell the roses in your day.  I promise you won’t regret it.

Enjoy your Labor Day and have a fun, happy, productive, and balanced fall season!

Shared with love,
Jennifer