Who's up for a 2021 refresh?


What a year 2020 was for most of us! I am yearning for get togethers with family and friends again!


We are already halfway through January and already it seems to have been a crazy quick start!!


Join us here on Facebook January 26th at 7pm for a New Year reset! 🥳


Laura and I are getting back to the basics with some of our favourite essential oils and are so excited to share with you tips and tricks that we have learned over the last 5 years!


Throughout the class Laura and I will be coming at you live and throwing out random fun giveaways! 🎁


Looking forward to "seeing" you all there!

My view on fitness has always been misunderstood...by me.


I have honestly always associated fitness with unrealistic diets that consumed peoples lives and happiness. I saw fitness as something people only did to lose weight and fit in with the stereotypical view on us as women. Diets annoyed me because I see people as beautiful beings and could never really get why they would get themselves into such a state. I wanted to eat cake and I wanted them to enjoy it with me!!


That being said I was also the "skinny girl" The one who could eat whatever she wanted without gaining a pound. With that came another side of negativity. Being accused throughout my teenage years of being anorexic or having another eating disorder.


I remember this one incident at a shop. The cashier took my cash and stared at my hands with a frown on her face, she looked up at me and told me I was so skinny it was gross....I laughed it off but it really hurt me. Maybe this played a part into how I saw the whole stigma around diets and weight. As the years went on others felt free to discuss my weight. I always brushed it off but also wondered how they would feel if I commented on their appearance with a negative twist. I would never do it though because I have never judged people by size.


My first experience with weight gain was when I was pregnant with my daughter. As many women that intense hunger needs to be taken care of. In the first 3 months I had gained 40 pounds and by the last week of pregnancy I was up about 100lbs. I still wasn't worried though. Having a baby was something that we were so emotionally (and financially) invested in. After she was born by body had a hard time bouncing back, not just the weight but the aches and pains in my back, hips, knees and feet. I went on my first ever diet and with eating healthy and light exercise and walking I lost about 40 pounds. I felt good about my weight and went back to my bad eating habits again.


Here we are 5 or so years later and I'm up to my weight after I gave birth again. Back to my first paragraph where I admit my understanding of fitness was completely misunderstood. For me it's not about the magazine look, my knees creek, my hips are always sore and I have to go to the chiropractor monthly. This past year I have been learning so much and I can say I understand fitness now (beginner level) it's not about losing weight to look good but rather keeping our bodies fit and healthy so we don't sound like popping bubble wrap when walking up the stairs, or getting out of breath doing laundry.


This is my first ever real fitness goal for 2021


- Strengthen my core

- Lose 40 pounds

- Run without pain

I have just ordered Ring Fit Adventures for my switch and I am hoping this can help me with the above and keep it fun. I am lucky to have an amazing sister in law who devotes her days to helping people be Forever Fit - she is known for her salads at family gathering so I will be hitting up her for recipes!!!


What are your thoughts on "fitness" is it weight loss, being healthy, mental health wellness or something else? I'd love to hear your story...and tips!!!


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With today's announcements in BC about new restrictions, I'm feeling stressed! I'm not stressed because we have to stay home, I'm stressed from all of the strong negative opinions flying around social media. I'm stressed because I fear that the more people who push back the longer this will go on.


I'm not the most social person and can be quite the homebody at times but I do want to meet my new nephew, I want Abigail to play with her friends and I want the option to travel again. I believe in and trust science. I also have so much hope in all of us that together we can get through this so we can continue to thrive.


I could rant forever but I've chosen to shift to what I do know about and that is oils!


I know that they help me when I'm feeling worked up, stressed, anxious, sick from stress eating too much chocolate. They help me when we need sleep and when I need an extra boost in the morning and they help me focus when I drift down a Facebook wormhole of comments on a highly controversial post - rather than grabbing the popcorn I grab my magic focus roller and get back to reality - the important things in life like my wonderful family.





Here's my top tips on staying healthy and reaping the benefits of essential oils at home.


#1


Take time for yourself! It can be so easy to forget how important this one is - this is why it is my #1 tip! If you're juggling working from home and homeschooling or doing the daycare to office dash, find a way to switch off and relax!


My go to essentials oils for relaxation are: Lavender, Frankincense and Stress Away

Try diffusing the around the house and office! Make up a roller bottle of your favourite calming oils or huff straight from the bottle!! When the kids are asleep and you have 30 minutes, run a bath with epsom salts & a few drops of oils, turn off the lights and have only the glow of your diffuser on - this can be your time to meditate, check out and breath!


If you're having a really tough time with the current situation try to turn off the TV and really limit your social media time. I've had to do this frequently as I can find the negativity really overwhelming at times. Reach out to loved ones, I use Marco Polo since I can video chat back and forth with friends when I have a moment without the commitment to a live facetime call. Life can be busy but there are ways to find time to check in.


#2


Try to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. I can find this really tough somedays especially with the weather turning (epic wind & rain storms) so I try to get creative if I can't get out of the house. I let my 5 year old pick a game - most of the times it's a form of tag or racing around the house. Sometimes I stack firewood and load the wood bin inside the house. When it's not raining sideways we get our dog out for a really good walk and go as a family, it's a great way to connect and get fresh air and exercise together. Of course you can hit up YouTube and find an exercise class as well!


When you find you really don't have the motivation, grab oils!! Some essential oils have energizing and stimulating properties. I like Peppermint, PanAway, Orange and Grapefruit. I'll either diffuse or put a drop of either of those in my hands and inhale. If you've competed a hard workout, PanAway is a fantastic blend to massage over those tender muscles!


#3


Eat healthy! I admit that I can be terrible in this category. I have a major sweet tooth and I've been known to sneak treats (OK binge eat chocolate & chips) on occasion....However I am trying to make conscious decisions on our main meals & snacks throughout the day.


For the occasional treat binge I reach for a blend called DiGize and peppermint essential oils. I get my stretchy pants on and rub them on my belly. I have a kids blend for Abigail as well - the apple didn't fall far from the tree when it comes to treat time!


I know times are tough you guys! We all have opinions one way or another but lets keep the peace the best ways we know how.

Be grateful and Have Faith!


If you don't have a stash of essential oils at home send me an email at contact@kcessentials.net and I'll help you stock up!