Finding Ways to Remain Grounded

Hi friends. Wow, what a wild year the past few weeks has been, amirite? With news developing literally eVeRy SeCoNd, it’s been hard to keep up. Similarly, it’s all felt like a blur in my mind. My husband and I started working remotely last week, and while I thoroughly enjoy his company, we’ve needed to maintain personal space for our own sanity.

Simply, I wanted to write this post to check in with y’all. How are you doing? How are you handling all of this? I’ve started incorporating new habits into my daily routine (which tbh should be my norm anyways) in hopes to check in with myself.

You are not alone, and we will make it through this to the other side.

Here are some techniques to keep grounded:

Keep a gratitude list (or write in a gratitude journal)

It’s freeing, really. Considering recently we spend all day consuming shit news about the world, we can become lost in the negativity. Pick up a journal, or simply write on a piece of paper, and catalogue the GRATITUDE you have in your life. Thankful for your spouse/partner/roommate? Write about them. How can you show them appreciation during this time? How does it feel to be appreciated? Choose something in the very room you are sitting – what brings you joy here? Describe it.

Here is a really great list of mindfulness prompts

… and here is a list of gratitude prompts

Shop your bookcase (& utilize free ebook rentals!)

You heard me. We all have books that sit in a pile and collect dust until the next time we find a shiny new book in B&N (or, let’s be honest, the used bookstore down the street you just can’t resist). I do this soooooo often. I will buy 7 books for $35 at a local used bookstore (or online at bookoutlet.com), I’ll be SO excited to add them to my bookshelf, and then guess what? I forget. lol. This down time is a great moment to shop your stash and pick up something you haven’t read.

ALSO! My good friend over at https://simplylizlemonade.com lent me this sweet inside scoop. You can download the Libby app, connect it to your local library card, and rent books straight to your Kindle (or however you read online) FOR FREE. YOU HEARD ME. Here is Liz’s blog post about how to best maximize the Libby app

Get creative – maybe pick up a new hobby

Ever wanted to draw, paint, write poetry, or anything in general you’ve wanted to create? There is no time like the present, my friend. I’ve recently picked up coloring and let me TELL YOU – it’s therapeutic. Highly suggest investing in a pack of markers, crayons, or colored pencils and hopping to it.

I love it most in the middle of a hectic day (working from home) where I get sucked into being a slave to my laptop. I take a breather, shut down email, and simply COLOR. It forces me to get out of my head and focus on something other than wanting to bop my colleagues in the head.

I’ve been grabbing my coloring pages from my FAVORITE stress journal ever, so I’ll link it here.

Stop scrolling on tiktok and do a home workout

jk obvi I don’t care if you scroll on tiktok for hours (same here honestly), but take 30 mins and get moving! I love this free HIIT workout and it gets me sweating out all the bad energy and toxins. It’s only 30 mins long and you will not regret an ounce of it. Get up, get moving, get some steps in and just sweat it out babe. You’ll feel much better after getting your blood pumping.

Also! Whitney Simmons has some of the BEST free home workouts there are. Check out this one

Two final easy tricks

Get dressed for “work” (doesn’t have to be work appropriate lol)

Yesterday I wore ripped jeans and felt like a badass. It makes a difference!

Inhale, now exhale

Don’t forget to breathe, my love. All things, both good and bad, will pass.

Xoxo,
KS Loves

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10 TIPS FOR DISCONNECTING

hello friends! I think we all need to take a collective breath *in*…. *and out*…. lol what a week. how are you? what’s been going on in your world? these are 10 tips I’ve rounded up for this week on HOW TO DISCONNECT and unwind. stay safe (and sane)!

as always, thank you for spending time with me XOXO

THE GOOD STUFF:
Whitney Simmons IG (free workouts) https://www.instagram.com/whitneyysim…
Les Mills on demand (14 day free trial) https://www.instagram.com/lesmillsond…
Libby app (free ebook rentals from your library) https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/

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MY FITNESS ROUTINE: cardio & strength training

“It’s about time I get my ass in shape.”

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HEYOOOO – interested in toning up? I suppose it is about that time as you know they all say, “bikini bods are made in the winter,” LMAO. I know, it’s spring, chill.

Okay so bikini bodies can also be made in the spring. Don’t freak out. And as a disclaimer: ALL BODIES ARE BIKINI BODIES. CAPICHE? Ain’t nobody who should be hiding behind a one-piece or a cover-up. OWN IT – you are built the way you are and you don’t need to change that.

However, with that being said, I’ve been on a bit of a fitness journey since the start of 2019 (hello, New Year’s resolution that’s actually stuck). Along with this fitness journey I’ve tried to clean up my eating and TONE TF UP. I’m tired of wasting my 20s feeling sluggish with bad exercise habits.

Next time I’m at the doctor and they ask, “How often do you exercise?” I wanna say “3-5 times a week, mothafuckaaaa.” LMAO JK – obviously I won’t respond like that. But maybe.

Okay okay, on with the routine.

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Since starting my fitness journey, I’ve made it a habit to exercise weekly. I’ve picked up fitness classes at the gym as well as outdoor running (weather permitting). I’ve started to incorporate strength training and not just cardio.

Two important pieces here:

  1. Notice I used the word habit. Same as building a routine. If you push yourself to just get up and DO IT, it will become a routine. If it’s a routine, it will feel more natural and like less of a “ah fuck, I have to go workout again?” Trust me. Put in the work for 2 weeks and see how you feel.
  2. Incorporate strength training! It’s so important! Sure, you can practice cardio 2-3 times a week to slim down or maintain your weight, but you’re missing out on toning your muscles. Me personally, I want to feel STRONG, and not just workout to maintain my body weight.

HERE’S HOW MY ROUTINE GOES:

Monday – some sort of cardio/strength/yoga. Depending on how I start my week here is how I base the rest of it. Recently, I’ve been attending a yoga class or doing some at-home strength training.
at-home video: Kalyn Nicholson strength training

Tuesday – OPPOSITE of yesterday. I’ve made it a habit of attending HIIT Cardio classes at my gym on Tuesday’s right after work.
*Not to mention I have a workout buddy and it’s SO HELPFUL. Holy shit. If there’s anything I can recommend – find a friend and drag their ass to the gym with you! There is power in numbers.
at-home video: 30 min full body HIIT

Wednesdaytake a rest day. You don’t need to be moving every day of the week and you gotta give your muscles a day to recover. Don’t waste all that hard work you’re putting in by throwing your body into overdrive.

Thursday – I’ll usually repeat what I did on Monday.

Fridayget some cardio in and go for a run. Take in the fresh air, get your blood pumping. It feels so good to work up a longer running distance week to week. Push yourself .5 miles further than your previous run.

Saturday & Sunday – these are sort of toss-up days. If for some reason I ran on a Thurs, I’ll get up early Saturday and run a few miles. It’s so nice to be up (not hungover) and enjoying the crisp morning air. Sometimes I’ll attend a yoga class on Sunday nights to clear my head for the week to come.
at-home video: Yoga with Adriene for anxiety & stress

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KEY TAKE-AWAY’S:

  • Switch it up! Don’t repeat the same exercise 4x a week. It’s important to work new muscles so your body doesn’t get used to the same routine. It’s easier to make progress when you incorporate new exercises.
  • Grab a buddy! Having someone there to attend a gym class or hit the running path with not only holds you accountable but pushes you to perform better.
  • Make it a routine! Don’t give up on yourself, this is the one body you have. Put energy in, get the results out. Push yourself to commit to a routine for 2 weeks and see if at the end of it, you feel compelled to continue.

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I hope this was helpful or at the very least, you enjoyed reading J it’s been so motivating to see results since starting this and I wanted to share the joy! Do you have a workout routine? If not, are you planning to start?

cardio & strength routine

Xoxo,
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FabFitFun | WINTER BOX – Jade roller, Face mask, Exercise & MORE | Katrina S

I got my first ever FABFITFUN box and wow was it spectacular. Watch to check out descriptions of every product, how to use them, and pricing. I am blown away – this might be my favorite subscription yet.

TOTAL VALUE OF THE BOX: $326.00

ITEMS INCLUDE:
WAY OF WILL Elevate Essential Oil Set: Sweet Orange Oil & Eucalyptus Oil
Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in Stella
Blaq Eye Masks with Hyaluronic Acid
H HALSTON Jewelry Portfolio
Sherrie Matthews Acupuncture Jade Stone Roller
Mark & Graham Colorblock Throw
Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask
Brooke Burke Body Yoga Sliders
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