Sweat Crush of the Week

Brooklyn *Badass* Decker.

She is gorgeous, like, really, a model… and I have loved following her on insta for all the fitness inspo she gives.

Here are my favorite of her Sweat Selfies:

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biceps.

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(the caption to this pic was “Marathon Training”. SO badass).

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Her workout gear alone gives evidence that girlfriend actually takes her exercise seriously – its clearly for gettin stanky, not for looking sexy and athletic while running errands.

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I love the last pic cause its a reminder of why we want an active lifestyle, amiright?! Life lived outside, with a strong hard-working body, and the ability to learn and do new things every day, instead of sitting weakly on the couch with one backache after another… this is the life.

Ok, after looking at all these pics of gorgeous, hardworking Brooklyn, I am READY to SWEAT IT OUT today! 

Whose YOUR go-to celeb for workout inspo?

Naturally Thin or Working Hard for What You Have?

This video is fascinating to me. I actually have been extremely inspired by both these women… I read Bethenny’s “Naturally Thin” a few years ago, and it helped me shed weight I’d been holding on to since high school!

I did Tracy’s Pregnancy Project workouts all through my last pregnancy, and boy does she know how to work the body!

I am currently doing the Tracy Anderson Method Metamorphosis, but I kind of agree with Bethenny – Tracy’s approach of HAVING to do a WHOLE HOUR a day, 6 DAYS A WEEK… feels a little draining sometimes. I don’t want to HAVE to do it. I want to do it for the fun of it, for the optimization of my body. Not to stay thin.

In my experience, being thin really is 80% how you eat, and 20% working out.

I have had a lot of experience working my butt off every day, only to have it spike my appetite to the point that I couldn’t control it very well.

Also I have this problem of wanting to define myself in two polar opposite ways – the Badass who can DO ANYTHING (and eat anything) Like a Boss… and the Girl who is dainty and fashionable and twiggy… who sips her coffee with a small pastry in the morning like Holly Golightly and sometimes forgets to eat.

These two personas could not be more different. Bethenny, the Official Skinnygirl, who advocates learning to be satisfied by eating MUCH less than the average American, and Tracy Anderson, who advocates the Badass Athlete in every woman.

Which is more empowering to you? I still vacillate between the two. : /

Running

Running

I am not running at the moment, because I am exclusively breastfeeding and running makes me nauseous. The only explanation I can come up with is that my metabolism is all jacked up enough as it is, and my body can’t handle the extra calorie burn.

BUT. planning on starting back with the running on March 1st. I miss my long-distance runs!

What I love about running is the spiritual aspect. Its amazing to just lean back into the run and yes, RELAX! its totally therapeutic.

I run barefoot (with Vibram Fivefingers) ever since I read “Born To Run”. Life changer, that book! Have you ever read it?

Needing Inspiration

Needing Inspiration

When I got skinny after my first baby, everyone wanted to know – what is your secret?!

It was weird because, THERE REALLY IS NO SECRET. Eat well, be active. Period.

However, there are ways to approach it that are less stressful/complicated than others, and this depends on you as a person.

For me, I feel best and get skinniest when I think of working out as my therapy, as something I GET to do and NEED to do for my whole self, not for burning the muffin I ate for breakfast or that glass of wine from the night before. This mentality keeps exercise from feeling like a total drag and from being this vicious cycle of overeating and running in circles.

I work out because it feels amazing. It releases the stress of my everyday life. It is an enjoyable experience in the moments.

I’m addicted to endorphins.

Right now, its freezing cold and nasty outside in this ugly frigid January. I need some inspiration to keep at my workouts indoors and realize that spring and summer are just around the corner!

Join me in the search for inspiration for the active life, in the celebration of just how therapeutic sweat is!