Take Care of your Temple Tuesday #1

August 9, 2016 in Balance / Recovery

Hi guys and happy Tuesday!! So excited for this post today, because my lovely friend and I Emily are starting a new little series. One that has got my heart exploding with excitement and happiness, and we are calling it take care of your temple Tuesday. The goal of these posts? To spread the message of how essential it is to take care of yourself. Your body is a temple. Honor it. Care for it. That does not mean forcing your body to move in ways that don’t feel good, eating food that you don’t necessarily enjoy, or shoving self-care and mental health on the back burner. Taking care of your body means providing an endless amount of love for yourself, fueling yourself with feel good food and food that makes your soul thrive, moving in a way that makes you smile, and fitting in that self-care time even in the busiest seasons of our lives.


Today, I am going to be jumping right into this post. And I’m actually going to be sharing some of my personal life with y’all and little wins- so let’s get started!

//Do what you WANT in the gym, not what you feel like you should be doing//

For quite some time, I had this idea implanted in my brain that the only exercise that counted was cardio. And I had to do cardio for X amount of minutes for X amount of days. And with recovery, I broke free of some of those strict rules. But to be honest with you all? I still felt like I had to do a certain amount of cardio during each of my workouts until this summer. I had to do at least 30 minutes every single workout. And you know what? I really didn’t like having that rule for myself. I stopped one day and told myself “Lyss, you don’t have to spend 30 minutes on that freaking elliptical or doing 30 minutes of cardio every workout. You just don’t.” And I think I knew that, but I would still spend that same amount of time doing cardio anyways. But it wasn’t until the final weeks of school and the beginning of the summer that I quit this rule I held so tightly upon myself. The minute I quit it, the minute I didn’t feel the need to hop on that cardio machine- that was one pretty empowering and freeing moment, one that I was very proud of myself for.

Now listen, there is nothing wrong with doing cardio for 30 minutes or more. Sometimes I do that. But there has just been a huge shift in my brain within the past few months. I don’t have to do cardio then abs. I don’t have to do cardio then focus on legs. I can do whatever the heck I want in that gym. And giving myself the power to truly listen to what I want to do is amazing. It has made me fall in love with the gym and working out even more.

We all know that moving our bodies is great for ourselves and well-being. But there are so many cool and fun ways to do it. Step away from what you feel like you should be doing, and move towards what you truly want to do. Do you actually want to be doing cardio all the time?? If you do, well power to ya! But I know that my true self gets bored doing cardio all the time, and as Emily and I were talking about yesterday, I know for a fact I am not some superwoman marathoner. I get tired after 2 miles! So give yourself freedom to move in a new and different way. Maybe turn on your favorite podcast and go for a long nature walk, truly soaking in God’s beautiful creations and all that podcast has to offer you. Try yoga. Try circuit workouts! These are so fun and will keep you engaged and certainly not bored. Try lifting! I LOVE lifting because it makes me feel so strong! Maybe do a fun outdoor workout with a friend or a try a new group fitness class. And another thing- one thing I really don’t think you should ever have to do: plan your workouts. I was victim to this behavior, and going into the gym and being able to be fully in tune with my body is a pretty wonderful feeling. Because the night before, you may be thinking “well I should do this and hit this muscle group, and I should get my heart rate up too.” But when you walk into that gym and you don’t actually want to do any of what you planned, your first emotion is probably dread for your upcoming workout. Because you actually don’t want to move your body in the way you planned you did; but you still do it anyways because your ego and pride gets in the way. You see, that takes away the joy of working out though. Those workouts where we are dreading what we believe we should do or what we had planned to do and don’t want to do it are the workouts that take away the happy experience that exercise has the power of bringing. tumblr_n6c2xqOPWf1txed72o1_540.jpg

So I challenge each and every one of you to make sure your intention for your workout ahead is a good one. I challenge you to move in a way you truly want to. To have FUN working out, and to let yourself feel free in that gym/studio. For each and every one of us deserves that. We do not deserve to fall victims to those “should’s” in our brain- before, during, or even after a workout. Freeing ourselves of them is one incredible thing.

Corinthians 3:17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” 

That’s it for this Tuesday’s post of the new series 🙂 

Now tell me: 

Have you struggled with feeling like you “should” do something in the gym? 

What is your favorite way to move your body that truly makes you happy? 

Have a wonderful day!


Lyss <3

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  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It August 9, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I LOVE this new series so much!! And it makes my heart so happy that it’s you and Emily 🙂 My favorite way to move that truly makes my body happy is obviously dancing, but also walking and Pilates! I could spend hours just wandering around and Pilates makes me feel so strong. I used to think I HAD to run for a certain number of minutes at the gym to burn a certain number of calories. I was chained to that treadmill, and I hated it. Now that I stopped running, I feel so free and happy!! Love you Lyss! <3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 10, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      you are SO amazing at dancing- truly makes me smile whenever you post a video of you dancing girl!! ah so agree and just like we talked about Saturday- feeling chained to treadmills or cardio machines is horrible!! Love YOU girly!

  • Reply Stephanie August 9, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Wow a very powerful blog! I really liked the bible quote at the end!

    • Reply Alyssa August 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      thank you mom <3 love ya!

  • Reply Emily August 9, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I love this Lyss. I used to feel so much like I had to do some certain exercise, but I realized that I didn’t have to. Sometimes your body needs a gentle walk or a lifting workout or 30 minutes on the bike, but the key for me is not making it a ‘burden’ but a JOY to do. 🙂 <3 And I don't HAVE to workout for a certain time either. I actually really love lifting now, and it's freeing to take a few days off of running and do something else or just rest. <3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 10, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      yes! walking is such a godsend and a great way to move in my opinion 🙂 love you girly!

  • Reply kat August 9, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    As someone who personally suffered from exercise addiction I can honestly say that I spent years doing what I “should” do in the gym [or what I thought that was!] My legs became so broken down from all the cardio and running I was doing that I actually developed stress fractures in both my legs and could barely walk without crutches. That was kind of my wake up call. There are SOO many other ways to be fit and get the exercise that our bodies need – we dont need to break them down to do it!! <3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 10, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      exercise addiction does so much damage to our bodies, but I am so glad you found your way out Kat. Totally agree that we don’t need to break our bodies down to be fit.. you are one wise gal <3
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  • Reply Caroline August 9, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I agree with everything you said here! I happen to LOVE running, so 9 times out of 10, I’ll choose to run because it’s what I truly want to do. I also have realized that I don’t really like lifting weights unless it’s in barre or BodyPump. I used to feel so much pressure to have “balanced” workouts where I would do each muscle group, alternate days, do everything the “right” way. It’s so freeing not to have that mindset anymore. Now, I usually go on a run and sometimes throw in yoga (because it makes my heart so happy). Finding joy in working out is 10000x better than feeling like a slave to it!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 10, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      I think it’s so awesome that you found what you love girl!! Because like you said, finding joy in working out IS 10000x better 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life August 9, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I love this post! I’m a HUGE believer in exercise being enjoyable and pressure-free. When it feels like a chore it does more harm than good. Not to say I don’t enjoy structure of workouts occasionally, but it’s freeing to do what you want on any given day. REST included…real rest, not just a light day.
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  • Reply Megan Hallier August 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I’m excited for this series! Right now I’m struggling because I really love exercise and need to move my body to feel good but I’ve hurt my ankle so I can’t run! It’s also winter here which is making it difficult to motivate myself to get out of my warm bed brrr.
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    • Reply Alyssa August 10, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      I am not looking forward to the really cold months… those just make your body so stiff! I hope your ankle heals asap Megan!

  • Reply Michelle August 9, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I love this series! I 100% agree with everything you said. We should move in ways that we want to, not how we feel we “should” or “have to.” Just because it might work for someone else and make them happy doesn’t mean it will for you too. Personally, I LOVE yoga, it’s my favorite way to move my body so that’s what I do. I also like to go for walks and hikes and leisure bike rides. I no longer force myself to do something I don’t want to. Like you said, we need to treat our body as a temple, because it is 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa August 10, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      I love yoga, walks, hikes, and bike rides too!! When we don’t force ourselves to move in a way we don’t want to, we can really find a sense of peace with exercise!

  • Reply Ellie August 10, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I am the weird runner here =P but some days, it just isn’t working. Instead of doing what is scheduled, I’ll bike or run with someone. Recently I’ve been finding myself outside of running and it’s both scary, but thrilling! I can’t wait to read more of these posts <3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 10, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      I think it’s great you love running so much and that it makes you happy! And thank you so much for your support Ellie!

  • Reply Kate August 10, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Lately I’ve been enjoying running over anything else, but I try to switch it up so I don’t get tired of it.
    Reminding myself that my body is a temple is something I try to do daily. We have so much to give but we have to take care of ourselves!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      I think that’s great you are genuinely enjoying running Kate! it seems like it’s making you so happy 🙂 But yess- we always need to remember to take care of ourselves! So essential!
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  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot August 10, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Love this and this series idea! I used to wonder if “just” doing yoga would be “enough” because i was anxious about burning calories and not thinking about how much enjoyment i get out of yoga.

    I enjoy yoga because it allows me to breathe deep and shake off any feelings of anxiety i have. I also love to crank up some music and dance dance dance!
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  • Reply Melanie August 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I love this series you and Emily came up with! I have definitely struggled with this in the past. It wasn’t until I took a break from exercise that I realized how much I didn’t enjoy doing every single workout on the treadmill/eliptical for x amount of time. I love to run, but I also love to do yoga, walk my dog, and play basketball. Moving in ways we enjoy is so important- we have to honor our bodies and listen to them in order to do everything God calls us to do!

  • Reply Taylor August 10, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    great post!! I definitely do feel like I HAVE to workout sometimes. I really try to keep the mindset that I GET to workout and I don’t HAVE to, but sometimes it does get blurry. I truly love running… it brings me peace of mind, gives me my me time and it 90% for my emotional well being and 10% physical well being.
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    • Reply Alyssa August 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      it can get blurry real quickly, and I think that’s why it’s so important to check your intention right before a workout! I am glad that running is so beneficial to your emotional health too girly! <3 xoxo

  • Reply Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet August 10, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Love this concept and congrats to you and Emily on your new series! One of the hardest things to overcome in recovery are the tiny strings associated with exercise. I still find myself questioning my workout if I’m not drenched in sweat or if I finish quicker than I thought I would. It’s just important to remember that exercise is supposed to feel good. This idea that every workout should bring you to your breaking point is nothing more than a manufactured lie spread by trainers & infomercials trying to make money
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    • Reply Alyssa August 13, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Thank you Cayanne 🙂 Totally agree that you don’t have to be in a puddle of sweat and reach your breaking point for exercise to “count” Because like you said, exercise is supposed to feel good. Thank you for your thoughts on this! <3
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  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law August 11, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I love this series!

    Working out, like everything else, really needs to be more of a personal thing. Just like diets there are WAY too many programs and plans and rules and schedules out there that everyone says you “have” to follow – but just because something works for someone, doesn’t mean it’s right for you.

    I don’t workout to have abs or to run marathons or whatever else. I do what I do because my body needs it (really, my circulation is CRAAAAAAAAP :P) and because I love to move!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 13, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      There really are wayyy to many programs for working out- it’s crazy! I think your intention behind working out is great. We all do need to move to be healthy and it does make us feel good! Thank you for reading Kristy! <3
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  • Reply Liv @ Healthy Liv August 15, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I did (and occasionally sometimes do) think that I needed to do a certain amount of running/elliptical in order to feel like I got in a good workout. But…a good weight workout or kickboxing class or hike or leisurely walk can feel SO good and be so healthy, too, and I’ve learned to love those! (Well…still working on the weight lifting one :))

    • Reply Alyssa August 15, 2016 at 1:40 am

      Ah yes- I LOVE hiking so much!! actually went this past Thursday! 🙂 It feels so so nice to be out there with nature

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