Owning My Story

If you have browsed my blog then you know I post a lot about how exercise benefits mental health and how it can really help with anxiety and depression. Well, a couple of years ago I wanted to share my story and how fitness, along with self acceptance, changed my life, so I wrote a book.

I was quite proud, and the feedback I received from sharing it with a few close friends and family members was terrific but….I just could not bring myself to publish it and make it public. While yes, I have overcome debilitating anxiety and panic attacks, I still had a fear of judgement and ridicule. Is it really that good though? Maybe what worked for me wont work for others? What if, what about, and so on….

Then, just recently I had someone approach me at the gym about how an Instagram post I made regarding my struggles with anxiety really spoke to them. I was touched and decided to share my book with this person. I anxiously awaited his feedback and after a few days received an email that had me completely dumbfounded. Is he talking to me? Is what he is saying seriously about my book? Have I truly made an impact on this mans life with a short story about my personal struggles?

Well, after a few more emails back and forth, it was proven that yes, he was indeed talking to me, about me. Here is a small snippet of his review of my book;

“I want to thank you soooo much for allowing me to read this. I have read it over and over and it is just so damn brave of you to write this. I read it and had tears in my eyes at points as it really hit home. I am just so happy that I approached you (which was very hard haha) as what you have provided me with is a blueprint for success. What you have written should be shared in schools and at conferences as I know there are so many individuals that would benefit.”

*MIND BLOWN*

 

I used to wonder if sharing my story would even make a difference and well, it appears it has, so……I have decided to push aside my fears and finally share its existence. I actually published it on Amazon Kindle a couple of months ago but have done nothing in regards to promoting or sharing it. So, before I chicken out, again, here is the link to where my book can be purchased;

Accepting Anxiety

If you happen to read it, I would love to hear your thoughts. While leaving a review on Amazon would be helpful and greatly appreciated, directly messaging me would also be fantastic as I would love to hear your feedback (positive or constructive)

If you are a minor and do not have access to purchasing from Amazon please let me know and I will share with you a PDF copy.

xo Erin

 

 

Travel Strong – 5 Tips for Staying Fit on Vacation

IMG_3911Vacation or business trip, staying on track can prove difficult when you remove yourself from your normal routine. By planning ahead, you can incorporate fitness into your travels and avoid sabotaging all your hard work. Here are 5 tips to help keep you fit and returning home with zero guilt.

Research – Find out if your hotel or resort has a gym and don’t be afraid to ask what kind of equipment they have. There’s nothing more disappointing then to show up ready to hit the weights only to find a treadmill and a bosu ball.  If your hotel does not have a gym or its not up to par, inquire about nearby fitness centers. Many of these fitness centers offer discounted rates for hotel guests too, so don’t be afraid to ask!

Pack Your Own Gym – no gym in sight? No problem. Pack a skipping rope and resistance bands or get creative by utilizing hotel furniture such as the chair or bed for tricep dips, decline push ups and more. Walk the town, go for a run, use a tree branch to perform pull ups, the possibilities are endless with a little imagination.

Wake up Early – yes, its vacation time and you want to sleep in however you’re more likely to conquer your workout at the beginning of the day then later on. It’s also proven that by starting your day with exercise you will feel energized and more conscientious about your food choices throughout the day. Rise 30 minutes early and hit the gym or use your room to bust out a quick, high intensity workout.

Incorporate Fitness into Your Itinerary – many vacation spots and resorts have activities you can sign up for such as bike tours, nature hikes, paddle boarding and scuba diving. Burn your calories while exploring and having fun.

Eat & Drink Wisely – this can be a tough one as we tend to have the mindset of “hey, I’m on Vacation” and allow ourselves to splurge. It’s all about moderation. Be sure to drink plenty of water and limit yourself on treats. Many hotel rooms come with fridges so stock up on fruits and veggies as well as other healthy snacks so you don’t have to rely on eating out the entire time. You can even use your coffee maker to prepare instant oatmeal. When eating out do some research and check out menus of nearby restaurants to see if they offer meals that suit your diet. When it comes to alcohol, choose your booze wisely and opt for low calorie drinks such as light beer or vodka with soda water. Again, moderation is key.