Book Giveaway + 400 Readers

Hey beautiful people,

My blog just hit the 400 followers mark on WordPress! I’m very happy to have achieved this mile before going back home and I want to celebrate it with you here, so… I’m hosting a book giveaway! 

Now, before I go into the book giveaway, I would like to thank you all for your support and time. I started blogging when I was 12, but this blog is the first one to last so many days and months: it will be 2 years old in early 2019! 

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3 Tricks To Walk More

The third day of the Wellbeing Challenge on Instagram is dedicated to… walking everywhere!

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✨10-Day Wellbeing Challenge✨ Day 3: Walk Everywhere 👟 Walking everywhere is the easiest way to be active and burn a few calories. Whenever you can, choose to walk instead of using your car or any other means of transport. It will boost your cardiovascular system and give you the feeling of being lighter. I also recommend to go for a walk after having a meal, because it helps digestion and blood sugar regulation too 👣 Download the Wellbeing Workbook at any time for free to do all the practical exercises of this challenge – #LinkInBio @thewellbeingblogger – you’re still on time to join♥️ . . #wellbeing #10daysofwellbeing #thewellbeingchallenge #thewellbeingblogger #wellness #wellbeingblogger #wellnessblogger #health #healthylifestyle #walking #healthtips #coaching #wellbeingcoach #stayactive #fitness #fitfam #instablogger #instalifestyle #lifestyleblogger

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When I started my weight loss journey at the age of 15 (I think I haven’t shared the story here yet, but I was a morbid obese teen back then – and yes, I’m not kidding), the very first thing I started doing was to walk at least 60 minutes every day. That was the only thing my body could handle at that time and with a simple daily walk I immediately dropped a few pounds and inches even long before I started to follow a balanced meal plan.

At that time, it worked and it made wonders for me because I transformed walking into a ritual. There were no excuses. It could be sunny or raining, it didn’t really matter: I would be there walking those damn 60 minutes. When you have reduced mobility because you are too heavy (like I am now, but more about that after we finish the challenge), walking is probably the safest kind of exercise you can do. Combined with a few minutes of stretching, you will soon notice the difference. That’s why I highly recommend everyone to start walking first, even before any further changes to diet and physical activity.

I do know however that walking can become boring after a while. I especially recognise that right now because I moved back to Canterbury and I already know this city like the back of my hands… there are, nonetheless, a few tricks to reset our mood and motivation to walk. In this post I will share 3 of my favourite tricks to walk more.

 

1. Practise Mindfulness While Walking

Walking the same streets, alleys and paths, all the time becomes boring, right? Lack of novelty can crush our motivation to walk. One way to avoid this is to practise mindfulness while walking. This means that when you go for a walk, you will do your best to pay attention to your surroundings and to what is going on inside of yourself. Mindful walking is a good exercise not only to develop your attention skills but also to discover new details and ideas that make walking fun and which otherwise you would miss. Most of the time we walk in a very mindless way and we often miss small and big treasures on our way. I will give you one personal example: I passed by a certain tree at least three times this week and I had never noticed there was a carved figure inside the tree until today. You would say it was rather easy to spot such a beautiful detail but I have been walking so mindlessly that only today, when I finally paid attention, I then noticed the beautiful work you can see in the picture below:

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Captured in Canterbury, UK

 

2. Wear Comfortable Shoes

There is nothing worse than walking in uncomfortable shoes – well maybe there are other similar or equally uncomfortable things but you get what I mean. You may not even notice it – I sometimes don’t – but finishing a walk and having foot pain is another motivation killer. Who wants to suffer, right? Make sure you invest in a pair of sneakers or shoes that are comfortable to your feet. They don’t have to be expensive, they just need to be the right fit for your feet. Believe it or not, there are many different models and kinds of sneakers. Some pairs are more suitable for running, while others are more suitable for walking. Even within each category you will find different models according to the type of path you will be walking on. Ok, I didn’t want you to panic or make your life more difficult: next time you decide to buy a pair of walking shoes, just ask for help in the store, explain them what’s your walking goal, and they will show you the best options.

3.  Walk and Help Helping Others

There is one app called Charity Miles, which I shared here in the blog around this same time last year. This is one of the many beautiful ways how technology can improve our lifestyle and make a difference in the world at the same time. Charity Miles is an app that counts the amount of miles you make and then transforms it into a monetary contribution to an organisation of your choice. Last year I was walking to support Operation Smile. You can read more about it here. I’m thinking of getting back to it as a way to motivate myself to go out more and walk – might even try to challenge a friend to come with me and even consider using it to plan a more lengthy walking adventure in the future.

What’s your favourite way to motivate yourself to walk? Let us know in the comments box. 😉

 

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If you are interested in the 10-day Wellbeing Challenge on Instagram, you can still join in and download my Wellbeing workbook for free.

365 Days of Happiness #BookReview

 

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Do you struggle to find happiness in your day-to-day life? Do you think happiness is something out of reach right now? What if I told you that you can now work your way to happiness, one day at a time? That’s exactly what Jacqueline has to offer you in her high-vibrational book “365 Days of Happiness”.

Jacqueline Pirtle is an incredible energy healer and happiness coach. She has led workshops and many other life-changing events. She integrates aspects such as energy healing, law of attraction, and other holistic approaches to wellness and health. If there’s something Jacqueline knows very well is the importance of becoming aware of our own energy and use it to create and live the best version of ourselves.

Jacqueline does not, however, dismisses the importance of walking the talk as well. In 2017, Jacqueline decided to commit herself to work towards her own happiness and she did so by writing and exploring everyday what makes her happy! The result is an inspirational book which will make you rethink what happiness really means to you as well as support you in the discovery and exploration of different ways through which you can boost your own happiness!

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Each entry on “365 Days of Happiness” was an invitation for me to slow down, to have my hygge moment, and remember myself that happiness can be found literally anywhere I put my attention and awareness on. I often also felt that Jacqueline was just sitting right there, having a cup of tea with me while sharing her inspiring and whimsical reflections on happiness. Each day, there was a new whole conversation to open the doors of my mind and heart!

I want to share with your a passage from Jacqueline’s book that spoke deeply to me:

If you have psychical pain, acknowledge it. Accept, respect, appreciate, thank, and love your pain for the communication it brings. Then find something in your body that represents happiness, and mindfully focus on that. Take, for instance your smile. Mindfully focus on your smile! This will create happy energy in you which you will fill every cell of your body with, initiating health and healing. Practise happy mindfulness at all times! That IS happiness! (Day 250, p. 254)

And happiness is indeed moving our mind and energy to the good that already exists – in ourselves and in the world. Happiness is like a free-flowing intelligence that expands your inner vision and heart space, connecting us to what really matters in life. Hence, if you are looking for a heart-warming and light read on happiness, Jacqueline’s book is one of my book recommendations to you. In it, you will find many thoughts and practical suggestions to find your own way to happiness… and live a more joyful life!

Interested in getting this book? You can find it here.

If you are a Wellbeing author and you would like me to review your book here, please tell me more about you and your book – you send me a direct message here.

The 3 Signs That Tell You Whether You Are In The Right Path

In a previous post, I talked about life purpose and how you can reconnect with your own. What I shared with you was based on many insights that I got from reading once again the book “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. Since then, I have been focused on working on my life purpose and how to unlock the mission that underlies that same purpose.

So today I want to share with you three signs that will tell you whether you are following the right path or whether you are in the right track to accomplish your life purpose.

Immense Joy

Whatever area you are focusing on, your heart and mind are connected and you feel an immense joy within you. You smile when you either talk about what you are doing or what your vision is all about. Your body expands from inside out and you may even feel like you have a kind of glow all over your, a glow that protects and nourishes you in such a way that no matter what happens the next step is always revealed  to you.

Everything Flows

Joy and all the other positive emotions you feel open not only the way, but also the doors and windows that are necessary in order to help you accomplishing your mission. Of course, we are talking about one baby step at a time, as nothing happens over night, but there is this huge sense of flow: one thing connecting with another and one opportunity leading to many others. All flows.

You Become an Inspiration to Others

Feeling that you are being blessed and accomplishing each milestone of your big mission empowers you and that reflects on how other people perceive you. If you carry a special glow around you, people with the same mindset will feel attracted to you and will also see you as an example, as an inspiration, a light that shows them that they also can connect their heart and mind, just like you are doing. They will feel inspired by the idea that they can also light up themselves.

The 2 Psychological Barriers That Prevent You From Changing

We are gladly waiting for Spring time to come. I think this post is actually somehow influenced by the energy that Spring brings with it, an energy that propels us to clean ourselves from Winter’s excesses and renew or change all that has been weighing us down and stopping us from being our best selves.

From the coaching work I’ve done with incredible people and reflecting upon my own experience as a human being, I have noticed that there as essentially two issues that we need to “clean”, “get rid of” or make ourselves aware of, in order to make all the changes we need to happen. These are:

  • conscious or unconscious fear of change, and
  • uninspiring goals

I talk about each of these barriers to change in more depth in the video below. Hopefully you will get some useful tips as well to unblock your path to change.

 

Valentine’s Day Plans of A Very Happy Single Woman

Ah! I have already seen tons of those fluffy and red-toned posts about Valentine’s Day – I love them! -, so I decided to make my own little post about how am I going to celebrate such day as… a #VeryHappySingleWoman! By the way can we make this hashtag go viral? Yes?! Please, yes?! 🙂

Now… I am going to confess something that I am really pleased with. Something that I feel really, really, really good about. And what is that? Well, it’s that I have never been so happy by myself or, in other words, I have never been as happy as I am now with the fact that I don’t need to be in a relationship! Honestly! And the reason why I feel so happy about this is because I was a soul always looking for love in the wrong place and getting deeply wounded all of the time. I was always begging for love, because I had none for myself and I kept allowing unhealthy relationships in my life with the hope of finding the love I was looking for.

However, a few months ago – and more specifically when I set myself free from another narcissistic relationship -, something changed in me and I finally understood what it really means to love and respect myself. I finally understand everything they say about you having to love yourself first because if you don’t, you will never find that person that will love you as much as you wish and deserve – you will be instead too busy with those who don’t love you and you will miss those who do!

And I am so happy about being in “this place” right now, where I get to think “is this guy respecting and loving me like I deserve?” before I get myself into any kind of relationship, that I want to create a nice Valentine’s evening for myself and celebrate my grown up “love achievement”. So here are the ingredients of my plan:

French Champagne

I don’t understand anything about champagne. And I also do know little about wine, by the way. BUT this year I want champagne to celebrate this day and I specifically want a French one. Why? Well just because yes or maybe because that’s what I always have seen on movies! F.R.E.N.C.H. champagne: do you have any recommendation?

Strawberries

Cliche, right?! I know, it’s very cliche! BUT I want to have strawberries and coat them with milk chocolate (or maybe dark?)! It’s going to be my dessert, period.

Sushi

I love sushi! And of course I will have it at home! Or should I pack everything and go to the beach by myself? Hum… that’s actually a good idea, weather permitting, so let’s see! BUT I will be having sushi and I already know where am I going to buy it from: Iceland!

What would you add to this plan? I am open to any suggestions! And how are you going to celebrate this day? Let me know and do make use of the hashtag #VeryHappySingleWoman if you want me to look at your stories! 🙂 Follow mine at IG on @work.life.fitness