For those of you who knew my dad, Dave Solomon, he was famous for his "I Was Thinking" newspaper columns in the New Haven Register's Sports Section. So, today, I was inspired to write my own "I was thinking" blog!
I went out on my SUP (stand up paddleboard) to get some fresh air this afternoon (which I crave if I don't get it often enough!) While I was out paddling, I realized that many of you are probably like me. You MUCH prefer exercising outdoors than indoors. You may be thinking "but she's a personal trainer and teaches people how to exercise INDOORS for a living," and you'd be correct. I do. And ironically, that's the basis of my Trainer In Your Back Pocket program. But let me share with you my thoughts on this topic, which all boil down to one thing.
You can't enjoy the outdoors if you aren't fit enough, strong enough, or healthy enough to do the things you enjoy. Exercising outdoors is made possible through the hard work, time and effort you put in by exercising indoors. I want to continue being able to do activities like hiking and paddling for the rest of my life. So, for me, it's a top priority to make sure I get my total body strength training workouts done either at home or at the gym (or by taking my strength workouts and dumbbells outdoors to the local park!) Doing my regular strength training workouts is my way of continuing to stay strong enough to enjoy my more preferred activities!
So, get outside (if that's what you love to do), but appreciate all of the indoor time that has helped you get there!
Love you all!
Every year, my soul's sole purpose is to host an adventurous women's wellness retreat. While I spend my days throughout the year focusing on my Trainer In Your Back Pocket program, personal training clients at the gym, teaching bootcamps out at the park, and helping others to heal through nutrition, the one program that lights my soul each year is the annual Well-Weekend retreat. I began hosting these retreats in 2010, out of my soul's calling to travel more and to share the experiences with other women.
I just returned home from the 8th annual Women's Well-Weekend Retreat, which was the first time we adventured to Moab, UT to explore the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. I embarked on this journey with 8 other women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, and I wanted to share with you a few lessons that I learned along the way.
#1: It takes a lot of planning to create the perfect Well-Weekend. In fact, it took me an entire year of planning to create this well-weekend. No matter how much planning I did, however, I must still be willing to go with the FLOW, modify as needed, and adapt.
Back story: Last year I spent months creating the most perfect itinerary for our Lake Tahoe Well-Weekend. I had it planned out to the T. I knew what hikes we would do, when we would have time to paddleboard, when we would arrive places to ensure parking space availability, what we would eat, etc. I was confident that my plan would work like a charm, because, according to me, it was perfect, and I had factored in everything I could. Then, when it didn't go according to plan, (having a group of 12 ladies doesn't always go according to plan), I was lost. I got flustered, and I had a hard time recovering. While no one in the retreat even knew that things weren't going according to plan, or that I was flustered, I felt that if it didn't go as I had planned on the itinerary, that things would not be "perfect" for everyone attending. This bothered me for many months, until I simply had to let go, and focus on the word FLOW. So, that's what I did heading into this most recent Utah Well-Weekend. While I had the perfect itinerary planned, and even though things went exactly as planned this year, I was more open and available to FLOW. If we needed to spend more time in one park, we would. If we were tired and didn't want to do another hike, we didn't. I felt like I finally made up for my past mistakes of trying to control the flow. Just like a river, you can't control the flow. You just have to go along with it, or else you're paddling upstream and getting no where fast.
#2: You're never too old to have an adventure! It was awesome to see women ages 30-65 "bunking" together (in luxury resort cabins, nonetheless). Everyone did what they could with the activities, and we all gathered together to share our adventures afterward. While it's important to maintain a high fitness level throughout every age of life, it's just important to continue putting yourself out there and trying new things. Do this, and I believe you'll never get "old." Don't ever feel like you're holding someone else back because you are older, or maybe can't go as fast. The most important thing is that you get to share the experience together, no matter what speed you hike, bike, walk, or run at. Just start where you are, so that you can get where you want to go. Never give up, or feel like you're too old to dream! If you don't start, you'll never get there!
#3: I need more TRAVEL in my life! This is pretty self explanatory. I love travel. I love sharing my travel adventures with other women. I can't wait for next year's Well-Weekend adventure! Time/Place TBD! If you haven't joined me for a Well-Weekend over these past 8 years, what are you waiting for?!
#4: So many women have blood sugar handling issues!
Back story: For the past 4 months, I have been trying to get my blood sugar under control. I'm not diabetic. I have healthy blood sugar, according to blood tests. However, I answered yes to many of the questions on this quiz, and definitely had symptoms of blood sugar addiction. Can anyone say HANGRY? So, in December 2016, I did my first blood sugar support program through Standard Process, and I felt like a million bucks after just 10 days. This program involves daily supplements to help with blood sugar handling, in addition to a low carb, (high veggie), moderate meat diet. This is when it clicked for me. For the first time ever, I understood "intermittent fasting," simply because I didn't need to eat all the time. I didn't need to eat between meals, or have snacks in my bag at all times of the day. I could feel satisfied after a normal sized portion of food. This was the first time in my LIFE that I experienced this. Up until then, I thought that it was normal to be hungry all the time (well, not normal, but normal for me). Then, starting in February, I embarked on a self-experiment to try a ketogenic diet after reading the book, Keto Clarity. (high fat, low carb, moderate protein). And yes, everything continued to improve. Some days I could go 24 hours without food, simply because I wasn't hungry! It was almost like the shackles were taken off, and I was free from food. My workouts suddenly became more intense because I had the energy for them. I didn't need a nap after each workout. I could recover faster. And meal prep was a breeze (cooking 1 meal a day is way easier than 3!)
So, how does this relate to the Well-Weekend? Well, for our trip, I packed snacks for everyone. I brought Chomps jerky sticks, Trader Joe's trail mix packets. I brought avocados and tuna, greek yogurt and cottage cheese with nuts and berries, green and herbal teas, and 90% dark chocolate (this is a women's retreat, so chocolate is a necessity.) What happened? I came home with most of those foods that I brought for everyone. Here's why: everyone brought their own carb & sugar-laden snacks like milk chocolate easter eggs, chex mix, pringles, popcorn, muffins, honeybutter, chocolate chip cookies and granola bars, etc. When all of the foods were laid out for breakfast, everyone chose the muffins and granola over the greek yogurt or cottage cheese and nuts. When needing a snack, everyone chose crackers or chips over meat and cheese. I noticed folks become cranky if they didn't eat every few hours after that, or rather, they were always looking for food, to the point of obsession. Now, don't get me wrong, I used to be like this! This was the first time, however, I noticed it from an outside perspective. This is the first time I didn't need to eat all the time. I simply wasn't hungry between meals. I didn't have to have a meal, then a snack, then another snack, and then a meal. I totally get that everyone was "on vacation," and many times, on vacation, healthy eating goes out the window. That's not the point. The point is that it was so obvious to me, how eating carb rich foods (especially first thing in the morning) led to the chain reaction of needing to eat every few hours, being hungry (sometimes hangry), and being obsessed with food all day. (Having to bring 10 different snacks on a 5 hour trip is a little obsessive in my opinion).
So, what does all of this mean? It means that I'm going on a mission this year to help 100 women conquer and control their blood sugar! I hope to mentor 100 women through the Standard Process 10 Day Blood Sugar program this May. If you feel like you're always hungry, or get tired a few hours after eating, or have a mid-day slump, or get HANGRY, please join me in my 100 women quest to curb our blood sugar handling problems! It's just 10 days, but it can change the way you look, see, and feel. Read more about the program here, and enter your information below to stay tuned & join me in a kickoff party where we will do the 10 day program together!
Those are just 4 simple lessons that I learned from, what I would consider, the most epic, amazing, and awesome Well-Weekend that I have ever hosted! See more photos over on our Live For It All Facebook Page, and connect with me on Instagram @trainerinyourbackpocket.
This past weekend, I spent some time down in Coronado, CA. I was apprehensive about going. I was nervous. I was scared. I was excited. I was also terrified. I was going to a retreat.
Now, don't get me wrong. I LOVE myself a retreat. In fact, this is the 8th year in a row that I will be hosting my own annual women's retreat in Moab, UT. But I rarely attend them as a participant, and that was the scary part. See, my personality tends to "retreat" or withdraw internally when things get tough or scary, boring or unknown. It would have been easy for me to stay home and go about business as usual. But true growth doesn't happen unless you step outside of your comfort zone, and no matter how much I know that, it is still a tough action step to take.
In an effort to get outside of my comfort zone this year, I joined a mastermind group with Todd Durkin, to improve my fitness business skills and continue to grow my Trainer In Your Back Pocket (TBP) program to impact even more lives around the globe. So, while our mastermind group is virtual, thanks to the internet (ie: non-scary and within my comfort zone), once per year, everyone gathers in one location for RETREAT.
As a newbie in the mastermind, I really had no clue what to expect. Would the people I meet be cool? Would they judge me? Would they think what I'm doing is enough? Are they so much more successful than I am? Am I worthy of even being there? Would they accept me into the "tribe?" See, all these worries, thoughts, and questions (unvalidated), made me quite anxious. But I knew that I needed to go. There was a little voice in my head about a month ago that told me I needed to suck it up, get out of my comfort zone, and go. I tried to rationalize that the cost of travel was too high. That I wasn't able to make enough money to pay for the trip, that my husband was just getting back from his deployment that week, etc. etc. etc. I tried to talk myself out of going. But that voice kept telling me that I needed to be there.
See, this past year, I was beginning to lose my spark. My light. My fire. This is partly why I chose the word "Light" as my guide word for 2017 (see previous post). But since I chose that word on January 1, it never seemed to fit. I was simply missing my light, my fire. Until this weekend.
This past weekend, as I stepped out of my comfort zone to be vulnerable, to dig deep into my dreams and goals for the TBP, the fire was lit. I came out of the retreat with quite a long list of "to-do's" to help make the TBP program even better, but more important than that, I came out of retreat with a network of amazing, fit pros who are now my friends, and a fire in my soul. (and the flint to continue lighting the fire if/when it burns out again).
The experience of getting away and attending a retreat gave me room to breathe. To grow. To get ideas to help break of the stagnation of "real life." Having the fire lit up again in my soul is worth every penny it cost to get me there. I am so grateful that I listened to that little voice in my head that told me to go, when everything else (rationality, cost, fear, intimidation, unworthiness, etc) told me to do what was easy and not go.
It is true that we don't grow unless we step outside of our comfort zones, and that is what I did this past weekend. I grew. I learned about myself, my business, my tendencies to "retreat" into myself instead of expanding out into growth. I got out of my comfort zone, and I grew, and for that, I am kind of proud of myself.
Is your fire burning out? Are you in need of a retreat? Come light your fire with me and some amazing women at my 8th annual Well-Weekend, this year in Moab, UT! I have 4 spaces available, and would love to help you spark your fire, your passion, your zest for life again. Don't let unvalidated fears hold you back from what will be a life changing experience, like I almost did.
Every year, I have the ritual to choose a "word of the year." Last year, for example, my word was "adventure." That led me to a year of weekly adventures (many of which I blogged about on this blog). The year before my word was "joy" because I was feeling depressed and needed more joy in my life. This year, I struggled and struggled, and stuggled to come up with my word. Nothing seemed to fit or feel good for my theme for 2017. I even attended a full day-long retreat in Sacramento hosted by some amazing wellness coaches designed solely to reset, renew, and come up with my theme word for the year.
I had NO IDEA how hard of a time I would have with the process this year. It's not like this is a new thing for me! Wellness Coaches, Nikki Stern, and Tami Hackbarth hosted a retreat called Restoration, Not Resolutions, on Jan 1, 2017, and I signed up at first word of this retreat. I knew, if nothing else, this would be a powerful & positive way to start my year. As the day went by, and we went deep into thought about the past year, and what we want for our upcoming year, I got more and more frustrated. The burdon of life fell on my shoulders. I was frustrated that I couldn't come up with my "word." I began questioning my entire life. Am I in the right business? When will all of my hard work finally pay off? What am I doing wrong? How can I be more successful? What's missing? Who am I if I'm not "The Trainer In Your Back Pocket?"
At the end of the day, I felt so heavy. And that's what finally sparked my word. "Light." I'd been feeling so heavy with self-imposed pressure to be everything to everyone. That I SHOULD be more successful. That my clients SHOULD have better results (when in reality, they aren't seeing results because they aren't following the program, not my fault). That I SHOULD be far beyond where I'm at in life. So, when I realized how heavy I had been feeling lately, LIGHT was exactly what I need to focus on.
Not only do I need to release the self-imposed heaviness, but I also need to be a brighter light into the world. This year, my goal is to be more like a LIGHThouse. I need to shine my light out more for lost "sailors" to find. My new light will attract those who are in search of hope, to join me in the Trainer In Your Back Pocket programs that I host, and into my life as friends.
If you've been feeling "heavy" this year with imaginary (or real, legitimate) burdons, maybe you can share the word "light" with me this year. Or, do some self-reflection and come up with your own guide word for the year. Even if "light" isn't necessarily your word, as women, couldn't we all stand to remove the heaviness that society places on our shoulders?
So, how am I exactly going to be "light" this year? First and foremost, every day, when I get out of bed, I plan to remind myself that my word is light. I've set a weekly reminder in my phone to "Be Light." When I eat, I am to remind myself if the food I'm eating is going to "weigh me down" or is it going to make me feel light. When I show up to work, I plan to be the lighthouse for my clients, a place where they find safety and guidance. And every night, before I go to sleep, I plan to reflect on how my light positively influenced the world that day.
So, if you see me around this year, remind me to SHINE BRIGHT! I'm sure I'll need as many reminders as I can get, and I will be there to remind you to shine bright too.
Love you all,
Shine bright with me in the upcoming 42 Days to Fit & Feeling Good course that begins on January 15, 2017! If you're feeling lost, this course will help guide you along your path. We'll go deep into self-reflection, physical health, fitness, and nutritional health. You will exit the 42 days with a new outlook and a healthier perspective on life. Step into spring LIGHTER with me!
Read more about 42 Days to Fit & Feeling Good Here
I am not a proponent of taking prescription medications. In fact, my entire career, mission, purpose, journey, etc, is about helping individuals get off their medication by creating health from the inside out through clean nutrition, movement, and through empowering the mind. So why am I asking you to take your MEDS today?
Last week, I was sitting down to create plan to keep me focused and to make sure I get done what needs to be done during my husband's deployment. It's way too easy to get wrapped up in reacting to life, instead of being proactive to life. So, I sat down and created a calendar on a piece of paper for the number of days that he will be deployed for. In each daily box is four letters. M.E.D.S. What it boils down to, are the four things that I need to do daily, so that I don't forget to take care of me, during, not only this deployment, but through this holiday season, and new year.
These are the four things that I need to do daily in order to achieve my best self.
M- Mindfulness Meditation. This can be anything from sitting quietly with a cup of tea and reading some inspiring words, to practicing a Headspace meditation, to writing in my journal. Each day, my goal is to commit to just a few moments of some sort of mindfulness practice. Some days I may sit and meditate for a longer period of time, and some days, I simply sit on the edge of the bed before I lay down and think of one thing that was great about my day. So, whether it took me 30 minutes, or 30 seconds, my goal is some sort of mindfulness or meditation practice each day.
E- EXERCISE! Do I really need an explanation for this? Movement is the key to life. In fact, death is simply a lack of movement (on all fronts from each cell in the body). So, in order to stay alive and FEEL alive, we must MOVE! You don't have to get in an hour long, high intensity strength or cardio workout each day, or run a marathon. But some sort of exercise each day is important. Some days are lower impact, like yoga or long walks, while other days I attend a high energy kickboxing class. Most days, however, I choose to do Trainer In Your Back Pocket workouts, becuase, well, in my opinion, they KICK ASS! (and I can do them at home in 30 minutes or less!)
D- Diet. Did I eat intentionally today? Did I follow my own clean eating food rules? Or, did I give in to the temptation of the pizza or chips? This is the task that for me, is the hardest, but when I know that it's part of my MEDS, I actually make a better effort to complete it. I mean, what is MEDS with out the D? Just a MES! When you eat with intention to fuel your body, you no longer eat to satisy emptiness, boredom, sadness, stress, or fear. (emotions that we ALL go through!) In fact, it makes meal planning so much simpler to cut out the CRAP. (Carbs, Refined Sugars, Anything Artificial or Processed.) My focus is to eat proteins, vegetables, and any other REAL FOOD that grows or has a mother! (Sign up for my newsletter and get a free video series where I tell you my top 2 food rules, plus a free workout and mindfulness challenge!)
S- Social Support. When you're an introvert at heart, like myself, and would rather stay home than go out and socialize, it's easy to fall into the habit of being lonely and not feeling connected to the world. (SOCIAL MEDIA DOES NOT COUNT!) Depression is a dark space that so many of us face. The key is to put yourself out there to keep the darkness at bay. This is especially true for me during deployment periods when I am literally alone for months at a time (except for my favorite dog ever, Timber, who also makes an appearance in all of my Trainer In Your Back Pocket videos). Every day, make an effort to be social in some way. Whether it's a simple phone call to a friend, meeting someone for coffee or tea, interacting with clients and co-workers, or joining a group hike or workout. We are social creatures. Something social is a must in order to completely take all of your MEDS.
Let's be honest, some days I only get the MED in. Some days I only get the MES, or EDS, or any combination of MEDS. But my ultimate goal is to take all of my MEDS, every day. Having these four letters to check off daily in my calendar helps me to stay proactive about my health and life. They are not things that should be done "occasionally." These are 4 things that need to be done DAILY. Otherwise, life somehow has a way of taking over, and the MEDS end up sitting on an empty shelf not being used. Get the benefit of your MEDS by making a daily effort to take them. It does take effort, but the rewards in "feel good power" are amazing, and the routine that you will create for yourself will put you closer to living more inspired! (and who doesn't want that?!)
Need help taking your MEDS? These 4 practices are a critical component of my upcoming 42 Days to Fit & Feeling Good program that begins on January 15, 2017. If you need a kickstart and a little encouragement to help you get on track with a proactive, feel good lifestyle, you don't want to miss out on this course! It's free for all Trainer In Your Back Pocket members, and just a minimal cost for non-members. I hope you can join me! There is an early bird special taking place until Jan 1!
About the author: Abby Malmstrom holds her Masters Degree in Exercise Science with a focus on exercise, nutrition, and eating behavior. She has worked in the fitness and wellness industry for over 15 years as a certified personal trainer, clinical nutrition consultant, running coach, and group exercise instructor. Abby has created the Trainer In Your Back Pocket™ program to help individuals around the globe improve not only their physical fitness, but their mindfulness and eating habits as well. Find out more about Abby's certifications and qualifications at www.liveforitall.com or www.trainerinyourbackpocket.com
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Everything in life has a season. There are the inevitable seasons that we experience like winter, spring, summer, and fall, and there are less obvious seasons that we can miss if we aren't paying attention.
Seasons are just another word for change. We go through many changes in our life. Job changes, life changes, location changes, and body changes. We go through changes with our exercise routines, our nutrition plans, and our mindset. Some seasons are dark and dreary, and some seasons are light and energetic. No matter what season you're in right now, know that all seasons are temporary. They will change. You will not stay light and energetic forever, as you will not stay dark and dreary forever.
So, how can you acknowledge the season you're in and embrace it for what it's offering you? Well, first, you have to start paying attention to what it is that you desire more of. Are you missing anything in your life? If so, what is it? Ask yourself that question. Then ask yourself if right now is the right season or time for that to come into your life? If so, then make the necessary changes. If not, then don't beat yourself up. Just know that it's not the right season for that change yet.
There is a reason why sports have an "in season" and and "off season." It's important to embrace the down time. With fitness, if you don't take time to cross train, or rest, then your body will inevitably begin to break down faster. So, embrace the season that you are in right now. Don't feel like you should be in someone else's season. Your season will change. It's just up to you to recognize the right time to rest, and the right time to go all in.
My fitness advice: If your exercise routine has been slacking, and you are ready to kick it back into gear, appreciate the "off season" that you just went through for what it was, and begin training again for the new season ahead.
Get a workout plan to stay on track in your new season over at Trainer In Your Back Pocket.
This week's word of the week is Awareness. Paying attention, being mindful, listening, noticing, consciousness, observation, are all words to describe awareness. So often we are self-absorbed in our own bubbles that we don't see what's going on outside of our brain. So, this week I thought it would be a good idea to talk a little about awareness.
As a trainer, I hear this literally, every day: I am too fat. I'm so heavy. I hate my body. I weigh too much. Let me tell you, I HATE HEARING THIS! If you are one of my clients, please do me a favor and never utter these words in front of me (OR ANYONE ELSE) ever again. (I need to take heed too, as I mutter these words probably way too often to my husband, and in my own head. I, myself, am working on being aware of how often I fall into this trap.)
Here's why. How would it make you feel, if you were mid conversation with a friend, and all they can talk about is how heavy they are? How they "look horrible." How does it makes you feel, knowing you weigh the exact same amount, but you actually feel pretty darn good about your body. In fact, you actually think your friend may look pretty good! Subconsciously, does that 150lbs that your friend says is "so fat" for them make you start to reconsider your weight? Do you now begin to believe that you are "too heavy" too?
Pay attention this week to what you say, especially about your weight. You never know how it can impact the person you are "complaining" to. This is especially important when talking around children. Never talk about your weight around a child. Always focus on how you FEEL. Start being aware of what makes you feel good, and then implement that more into your life.
BE AWARE this week. Open your eyes, and if you're not happy about your size, do something about it! But whatever you do, don't talk about how fat you are. Please. It does no service to the world.
We all have them. Days that we don't necessarily eat as clean as we hope to. Days where we "treat" ourselves a little more than we're used to. Days when having that extra dessert is payoff for a week of hard work. These are what we call "cheat days" or "cheat meals."
While I'm totally guilty of them, more often than I like to admit, here's why I don't recommend them to my clients. For some people, having this "day off" of clean eating is something they look forward to. A reward for a week of hard work. It's a goal they strive for. And for some people, that simply does not work.
For me, it definitely does not work.
As I become more in tune with my body, and how it reacts to food, I have become more and more aware of how I feel after I have a "cheat day." Not only the next day, but for 2, and sometimes even 3 days later. To be honest, for me, it takes about 3 days of 100% clean eating (real foods that grow or have a mother) in order to feel better. What does feeling better mean for me? It means that I don't feel bloated every time I eat. It means that I am not craving sugar as much (I'm a sugar-a-holic, so I have to be super careful of my cravings and when I have a cheat day or meal, my cravings are so much more intense afterwards!) It means that my energy levels increase, and my motivation to accomplish my goals improves.
Post "cheat day," I feel sluggish for 3 days. Is it really worth 3 whole days of feeling crappy for 1 cheat meal? I'm sure not every body is as sensitive to foods as I am, but I am sure that many of you are. When you do become aware of how food affects you, you have two choices. Ignore it. Or do something about it.
For me, if I have a cheat meal, knowing it takes 3 full days of clean eating to finally feel better, I am basically spending half of my week or more just getting back on track... every week! Is it worth it? Imagine having a cheat meal every 3 days? I would be in a vicious cycle that never ends of feeling crappy, and then trying to feel better, and just as I began to feel better, I'd feel crappy again.
Way too many Americans are living in this vicious cycle, and it's time to break free. So, for me, my "cheat days" have to be well thought out. And I need to know that if and when I do eat meals that aren't "clean," that I make up for them by eating clean for the rest of the week. I have to understand that I won't be feeling my best for 3 full days, and that I have to be OK with that. Sometimes, just knowing that is enough to help me make better decisions in the kitchen. I mean, who doesn't want to feel their best all the time?
So, I hope my words make sense to you. I hope you can start getting more in tune with your body and how it feels post cheat days. And notice how long it takes (with total clean eating) to help you feel your best again.
Are cheat days worth it?
Those of you in my Trainer In Your Back Pocket's 42 Days to Fit & Feeling Good challenge will soon be learning all about creating a "Morning Routine." This is something that I learned several years ago from author, Robin Sharma, and was re-inspired to create in my own life, via our very own Trainer In Your Back Pocket Tribe Member, Nikki Stern's, Beautiful You Project this past year.
Part of my morning routine is to listen to a podcast about life, business, being a leader, or becoming a better fitness professional. I usually listen while I'm getting ready, drinking a cup of tea (and on occasion, my bulletproof coffee), or taking my dog for a walk. I thought I'd share this brief takeaway from today's listen, because it really stuck out to me, and I just had to write it down before I forgot it!
In Robin Sharma's Master Session Podcast, he said this line:
"They tried to bury me, but they didn't know that I was a seed."
I forget if he was quoting someone else, but that didn't matter. Do you ever feel like other people are trying to bury you? Trying to squash your dreams? Keep you down when you want to rise? Take this simple quote, and remember, you are the seed. Let them bury, and you will grow bigger, stronger, and with more purpose than you could ever have imagined. A seed cannot manifest into a plant unless it is buried!
So, embrace being the seed! You've got so much potential. Sometimes you just need to be buried in order to manifest into the beauty that you're destined to be.
Lots of Love,
Abby Malmstrom M.S., a.k.a. The Trainer In Your Back Pocket, is an exercise physiologist, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, wellness coach, and "real food" nutritionist. Her life as an active duty military spouse takes her all over the world, allowing her to influence, teach, and connect with folks in communities she never even dreamed of reaching. Life's an adventure, so join Abby for the ride! It's time to "Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well, Be Well."