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Is Walking truly Exercise?

Walking is the best exercise, especially in these amazing workout headbands and tank.

COAT: The North Face | TANK: c/o LEDBETTER | LEGGINGS: Zella | SHOES: Nike | HEADBANDS: c/o LEDBETTER here and here | LIPS: MAC Snob

I used to be able to get myself to the gym about 6 days a week, I was in the best shape of my life. I thought I had finally found that balance. I couldn’t have been more wrong. There were so many “rules” I told myself I had to follow to get healthy. One of those rules was that walking wasn’t truly exercise. I have since then realized that this “rule” is incredibly wrong.

As I have been facing my anxiety and depression head on, I haven’t allowed myself to get trapped in the gym like I used to. I would use the gym as a fix for my disorders. The gym would temporarily alleviate the pain and the repercussions of my disorders but it wasn’t fixing them.

To try and find a better balance, I have been trying to go on walks. This IS most definitely exercise. It’s one where I can clear my mind and process my emotions. It’s one where I can take Montana (our little beagle) with me and see her joy of being outside. It’s one where I can go with my husband and we can have some time to catch up with each other.

Walking outside and in the gym is great exercise! I used to be an avid runner but realized the toll it was taking on my body and stopped. I will walk on the treadmill with a steep incline and change the speed I am going in intervals. This sometimes feels harder to do than running! It’s a way to help my cardiovascular health while having that all important balance.

LEDBETTER came out with this tank top that is such a beautiful reminder for in the gym and in life. You have to find a balance for work, family, health, and hobbies. Try and find that balance as we approach the new year. No, not as a resolution because I don’t want to be responsible of the let-down when it doesn’t go perfectly…because, well, balance. Set an attainable goal, I have mine written HERE.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!! To enter in to win a $ Gift Card to LEDBETTER, leave a comment on this post about a way you create balance in your life! Write ‘Giveaway’ before your comment to be sure you are entered to win! Good Luck!

 

Beauty Health and Fitness Life

10 Ways to Self Care and Why It’s Important.

I first want to say thank you for all your support and kind words on my last blog post. It has meant the world to me that not only am I encouraging with my words but that it is resonating with so many of you. THAT post and this post are near and dear to my heart because they go hand in hand. I hope this brings you some relief in your day and clarity in thought! 

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How many days do you sit while your mind rushes around you telling you that you don’t have time to sit? Maybe you have little one’s running around making it obvious you don’t have time to sit? Maybe you are sitting at the office and mentally going down the list of things you need to do at home instead of relaxing when you’re off?

 

When I was in treatment for my Eating disorder, I learned about self-care for the first time. In our society, we too often get caught up in the speed of life and lose ourselves. We NEED to take the time to take care of ourselves. How are we able to help others if we are not helping ourselves?! Don’t you think you can give more to your work, kids, husband, family, and friends if you are taken care of?

 

This doesn’t mean a spa day once a week, although that sounds really nice. This means, finding a small amount of time during your week to do the things that fill you up. This looks completely different for each person. I am listing 10 ways that I make sure I am taking care of myself. The time I spend on each of these things are dependent on my schedule for the week, but I always make the time for a little bit of each.

 
ONE: Take 10 minutes…
 
Take 10 minutes to check out. Sometimes this will be during your morning cup of coffee when no one is up yet or when everyone is tucked into bed at night. Take 10 minutes to zone out. This may be reading a book for 10 minutes, a magazine for 10 minutes, watching youtube for 10 minutes, or catching up on social media for 10 minutes. The key: keep it to the time limit you put on yourself. We easily get caught up in these things!


TWO: Make time for your hobby.
 
Don’t lose yourself. Make the time, whether it’s 30 minutes once a week or 30 minutes each day. Before life got busy and we grew up, there were so many activities that we used to fill our time with that filled our hearts! We don’t have all the time that we had before but we can definitely make time for a small activity here and there. For me, this is blogging. It has become a huge part of me but I am able to dedicate time to it. It may be knitting, scrapbooking, drawing, sewing, painting, home decor, etc: for you. Take some time for YOU.



THREE: Paint your nails.
 
I feel SO much better when my nails are painted. Toes and fingers! I make the time to be sure these are done. Regular nail polish only lasts 3 days on my nails, it will literally flake off. I finally found THIS kit that lasts almost 2 weeks on my nails while doing all my normal activities. I put together a quick video to show you how EASY it is to do! Plus this kit will last you a LONG time!



FOUR: Use a face mask.
 
My skin has been my worst enemy for the last 5 years. Hormones and stress have shot my skin to destruction. I have since decided at least once a week, to use a face mask. I may be using a face mask as I clean my bathroom but hey, I am using that face mask! Multitasking is an amazing technique.
 

Here are a few of my favorite: ELF Bubble Mask, Bliss Clay Mask, (expensive but worth it!) THIS one!



FIVE: Use a hair mask.
 
Pretty much the same thing that goes for my face mask, goes for my hair mask. Your roots will praise you for this. Try THIS mask once a week! I wrote all about it HERE. It feels like a day at the spa without having to leave your house or get out of your pajamas! 



SIX: Clean out the refrigerator night.
 
Need a break from cooking but don’t want to bust the budget? We do a clean out the refrigerator night where I think of either one meal or a couple (depending on how much leftovers we have) for everyone to eat from that night. You don’t have to cook extra and spend money!


SEVEN: Get a cup of coffee..out of the house.
 
Again, whatever you have the time for. Wether it’s walking through target with your little ones, or grocery shopping by yourself….get a cup of coffee sweet delight to sip on and treat yourself! That $1 section is calling your name, I know it! 
 
EIGHT: Talk with a friend.
 
When life isn’t busy, this can often times happen by going out with your friend. When life is busy, take a couple minutes to text or call each other. Keeping in touch with each other is SO important. You need to be sure you still have your sounding boards and confidants when life gets busy AND when life is easy.


NINE: Shave your legs.
 
Seems like common sense, but let’s be honest….how many of us don’t take the time to do this as often as we should. Take the time, and do it right! Replace the head of the razor  (THESE are my FAVORITE!) more often and use a nice oil after you shave your leg to moisturize like THIS one. The extra 15 minutes is worth it.


 
TEN: Exercise.
 
If it’s once or week or more, take the time to do it. Go on a walk. Go on a jog. Lift some weights at home or the gym. Do an ab workout. Stretch. Do something to lift your endorphins up. You will FEEL so much better physically and mentally. You may even see a difference in the mirror. This is the one that is the most difficult for me, I am getting better at it and feeling all the benefits! I wrote a little about the benefits of exercise HERE.

 

 
Take the time for YOU so that you can take the time for the people in your life!

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Healthy Me. [Ledbetter + Giveaway]

To enter the twin with giveaway with Ledbetter, go HERE!
 Tank: c/o Ledbetter | Leggings: Zella | Shoes: Nike | Headband: c/o LEDBETTER | Headphones: c/o Sudio  


I have loved Ledbetter headbands since I first discovered them in 2013! They just relaunched their companies workout gear and I couldn’t be more thrilled. They have the cutest workout gear designed by gals that know function and style are both necessary when working out. In celebration of the relaunch of their site, I am teaming up with Ledbetter for a giveaway! Go HERE to find all the details!! PS use code ‘Nicholle’ for free shipping on US orders over $30 (ends 10/14/16).

I love THIS Ledbetter tank. You can wear it tied on the side, like I have, or lose. They also have THIS tank that I am OBSESSED with. Maybe someday soon I will feel confident in my body to wear that one too. 

I have hopped back on the health train again. Let me tell you, it has been difficult. I had been dependent on Coke and sugar to sustain my energy through the day. Life is unfortunately super stressful right now. As I was talking to my mom about this fact, I realized that life will ALWAYS be stressful. I can’t keep using that as an excuse to not take my health seriously. Ledbetter is a great resource to plug into if you need guidance on a change for your body. They are an amazing company!

My mom and I both have been doing a modified  diet to cut my sugar cravings. The first 4 days were awful, just warning you. I didn’t realize how badly I was dependent on sugar. I am now doing lower carbs to try and keep my cravings at bay while keeping my metabolism fired up. I have since completed 3 weeks of this plan and I am feeling awesome! Although, I have fallen off the trail a little due to stress…again. 

I have added working out again, very lightly so I don’t tire myself out to the point where I can’t function in the rest of my life. I have also been doing the Teami 30 day detox and LOVE the results. The tea tastes amazing without anything added to it. Another product that is getting me through are these earbuds by Sudio! You can receive 15% off your order by using the code ‘topknotsandpearls’ at checkout!

All of this to say: I am going to start incorporating workout, recipes, and fitness apparel on Topknots and Pearls. I also want to stay transparent on my skin care regimen, this is why I have not edited my acne out of these photos. I hope that I can bring inspiration and transparency with all you lovelies!