DO. THE. WORK.
You want to feel better on the INSIDE? What are you doing to accomplish that? Are you reading books, listening to podcasts, reading articles?
You want to look better on the out side? Are you moving daily- but not too much ? Are you eating enough food and enough of the RIGHT food?
You want to have a better life? What are you doing to actively make a change?
Shit or get off the pot, that's what they say, and whoever “they” are, they are right.
You want to make a change yet all you do is talk about how terrible this or that is. Stop talking. Start doing.
Read the self help books. Listen to podcasts. Read the blogs. Eat your veggies. Get a coach. Follow a program. Get a plan together. Identify, very SPECIFICALLY what you want your life to look like, why you want it to look that way then TAKE ACTION.
Whenever I went through something challenging or had a goal, I always found a book to help be through the struggle. Here is a list of the books that have helped shaped who I am today and get me through some of the toughest times in my life.
1. Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer. Albeit it a bit strange, this book changed the way I thought about my thoughts. Allowing thoughts to just come then go is important and a skill that I learned I needed to practice often, with the help of this book.
2. YOU are a Badass by Jen Sincero. Want to learn to love yourself? Read this. Game Changer
3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. A doctor gets diagnosed with a terminal illness and he recounts all the ways life is important and what he wish he would have know before getting sick. Tugs at your heartstrings but makes you appreciate life on a new level
4. My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock This book made me want to become fearless. Noelle spends a year of her life doing something she fears daily, from big to small things. This is a fun read but also very inspiring.
5. Rising Strong by Brene Brown I had just sold my gym (read: felt like a failure), ended a toxic and terrible relationship, and moved to a town where I knew no one. This book helped me through it. Bouncing back from and embracing setbacks are the focus of this one.
6. Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown . The book talks about courage, vulnerability, shame and belonging, all words that I so much am drawn to when I want to grow as a human. Understanding why you want to belong and how your entire life has shaped you to what "belonging" means is a game changer.
7. You do You by Sarah Knight Fun read about living outside the norm. Sarah Knight is honest, spunky and gives you a few good LOL's on this one
8. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman Whether you are in a relationship or not, understanding how you give love, receive love and how those around you do as well will have a great impact on all of your relationships. It will also make it easier for you to communicate exactly what you want or need when you have a better understanding of what that actually is.
9. Relentless by Tim S Grover In sport, there will be shots you miss. You won't always hit the PR or win the race but you must be relentless in your pursuit. This will help level you up in and out of the gym.
10. Mind Gym by Gary Mack Your mind is a muscle. Are you working it just as much as you work your muscle in the gym? Training your mind in sport is arguably just as important or more imporant than the fitness you do.
11. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis Honestly, I didn't love "Girl, Wash Your Face." It was just OK for me. This book though, I breezed through it in a few days. I took notes and quoted it multiple times a chapter. No matter where you are in life, this will resonate with you.
12. The 4-hour Work Week by Tim Ferris I want my life to look a certain way. I work hard even though the work isn't "normal." I just made an instagram post about this actually. This is helping me be more efficient and, I think, successful.
13. Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden Are you a female? Do you know how your reproductive system works? Ok, I didn't either until I read this book. It encouraged me to stop consuming things in my diet (gluten) and use an alternative form of birth control and really start being mindful of what my body is telling me. Being in touch with your body, male or female, is life changing.
14. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan . Eat food. Thats the premise of this book. No diets, no elimination, nothing extreme. Just eat food. Michael Pollan inspired me to clean up the way I ate when I saw him on Oprah a long long time ago. Ever since then this is a key book I recommend anyone wishing to educate themselves more on food.
15. Wire to Eat by Robb Wolff "Bet you can't eat just one" is a slogan of some potato chips, and you know what, THEY ARE RIGHT. Food is literally manufactured and designed to MAKE you need it, want it and eat it. Over the years, our tastebuds and BRAINS have changed and people in the food industry are responsible. Understanding how your brain works with food and what your future could potentially look like (spoiler alert: it's not good) if you don't gain control of your eating habits is really interesting to me!
16. The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution by Aviva Romm I have Hashimotos Hypothyroid. When I was diagnosed in 2006 I saw it as a death sentence, immediately cried because not only was I going to be on medicine the rest of my life, but now I was going to be fat. True story. It took me almost 20 years later to take the time to educate myself on what was actually happening to my body and how the way I was living (eating, products I was using and even the type of water bottle I used) can work for or against me.