Recent content by jacque_mich

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    "My advice to everybody is to never feel like you are better than anyone else. At some point. We were all beginners"

    This is a quote from Dana Linn Bailey. She is a bodybuilder, the first woman to win the Physique title. She, and her husband, are truly inspiring. They now own multiple businesses, but started from almost nothing with only determination to go on. I love this quote because it is applicable to...
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    "Greatness begins at the end of our comfort zone"

    I had to look up the original speaker of the quote, Robin Sharma I believe. My husband's boss says it quite frequently but I was pretty sure he did not coin the phrase. There are a lot of variations of it, but I find it inspiring. It reminds me that it is important to expand your circle, of...
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    "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that's been given us"

    First, I love LOTR and the fact that there is a thread about its quotes! I do love that first quote by Gandalf, and it is something to live by. It is wonderful for simplifying all of the complex threads of life into a statement that reminds us why it is so important.
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    Dealing with Adult Acne

    I have had horrible acne since my early teens as well, over ten years now. I ended up going on accutane, which has some pretty horrible side effects but it kept me from having as much scarring from my cystic acne. I still have acne ongoing, and have since then, it's just not completely covering...
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    Prioritizing Sleep

    I also have a routine before bedtime. It kind of sets my brain that it is time to relax and sleep soon. I shower every evening, then make sure meals/snacks are prepared for the next day, basically anything that would be on my mind that I need to do in the morning, I try to do the night before so...
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    Weights and Bodybuilding

    There was a time when I was only comfortable going into the gym and doing cardio, swimming or jogging or something that I was familiar with. When I met my husband, we started going to the gym together. He is a bodybuilder (for fun, not competing) and his workouts looked way more fun than mine...
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    A Runner's Hungry Mindset

    I totally agree with this! In my case, it is for bodybuilding/weight-lifting. Wanting to maintain a healthy physique requires some forethought to make it happen. Planning meals is the easiest way for me. I never go anywhere without at least a healthy snack in my car, so that I don't get that...
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    Being Selfish

    The same is true for me! I learned that I actually have a lot more of myself to offer if I don't agree to everything. Usually the things I shouldn't agree to are the ones that make me feel really stressed out when I'm trying to decide whether to agree. If I've already planned something for the...
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    Life and career changes

    I gave a short talk to a University 101 class recently about my status as a non-traditional student. The instructor met me at my internship, where I am learning more about my second career choice of editor (I actually went back to school to be a college English professor and then switched to...
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    Negative Nancy

    I love this post! It is very important to give yourself positive feedback. One way to avoid the constant negative thoughts for me is: is it something I would say, or even think, about someone else? I think people should be as kind to themselves as others, and not in a self-deceptive kind of way...
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    How to deny my sweet tooth

    This is a problem for me as well! I have a crazy sweet tooth and always have. I have tried cutting it out completely The first time it was because I was cutting carbs for a bodybuilding method and cutting sugar was the easiest way to lower my carb intake. I am not saying carbs are bad, it's just...
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    Increasing Water Intake

    I'm so glad that was helpful, I hope you like the BCAAs. I try to keep things super low-maintenance and keeping bottled lemon juice on hand in the fridge is pretty easy. Also, not TMI because I definitely do the same thing to check hydration status!
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    Increasing Water Intake

    The water bottle definitely helps! I carry the same one every day that holds a liter, and try to drink several of them. I feel a lot better all around when I drink enough water, and it helps my appetite as well. There are certain places in my daily routine, like on work breaks and between...
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    Getting Motivated to Work Out

    I do the same thing Solson124, turn off everything at a certain time of night. For me, getting enough sleep determines how motivated I will be the next day. I started working out a few years ago, at first it was an option, an if I felt like it that day kind of thing. What got me into a routine...
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    Reducing Screen Time

    My husband and I have a similar, unspoken rule! I also grew up like that though. We weren't allowed to watch TV during dinner, and when I go visit my parents (they live nearby), I tend to leave my phone on the counter and refuse to interrupt my time with them to go look at it. I do that with...