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Are you healthfully FREE?

Dear anyone still striving to be healthfully free?

Is your self-love cup full? Are you still trying to live a healthy lifestyle? Are you still waiting to lose that extra weight? Wanting to get more rest? Waiting for your schedule to clear to make time to go to the gynecologist? Swearing to get your nails done for the first time since before the pandemic? Waiting until the perfect time to start an exercise program?

So, if the answer was yes to any of the questions above… it is time to get your S.H.I.F.T. together! January new year's resolutions and miracle diets have faded in the distance! Yet, there is still so much time left in the year to show up in the way you WANT to.

But I get it, life gets crazy and takes on its own tempo. At times I have felt so stuck and no matter what, it always gets sticky! I thought I had to take care of everyone else. I thought their happy would make me happy. I was wrong. My feelings of discontentment resulted in less of me being available to take care of others. I was saying I was all in, but in reality they only had half of me. I mean really, if I felt guilty for eating too much ice cream, it resulted in me not setting limits for myself with others. I needed to get validation from somewhere. I needed them to complete me. When I did not prioritize my rest time and picked up phone calls to listen to other people’s dramas, it resulted in me not waking up to work out and re-started my perpetual daily shit show all over again. BecauseI was tired, I did not work out and then I either didn't eat breakfast to make up for the calories I did not burn or I ate something crappy and felt fatter. Then, to further punish myself, I tried on five outfits and hated the way I looked in all of them. So, I slid into my Momzilla outfit and proceeded to yell at my kids because I was literally crawling out of my own skin. No need for me to tell you the rest of my day–because you get it.

Hello… the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

But see, there is this concept of integrity–what you do in one area of your life flows into the others. And how do you expect the rest of your life to flow if you are drowning at the core?

So cliche, I get it, if your oxygen mask is not on you first, how are you going to save the others.

Filling your self-love cup is what is in the best interest of the world. What can you do today to set a realistic schedule? Can you walk extra steps from your car to the store? Can you take your dog or kids out for a walk? Can you bring workout clothes so you can walk after work (true story-when my kids were babies, I brought clothes to change into in my office and ran before i went home!) Can you sit with your window open for 5 minutes? Can you put your phone in sleep mode from 9pm to 7am? Can you drink an extra glass of water with your meals? Can you bring a snack to work so you won’t get home and ravage your refrigerator like the Tasmanian Devil? Can you plan to do a Zumba class with a friend this week? Can you make a dermatologist appointment? Can you order food on instacart to try a new recipe?

It is time for you to be F.R.E.E.!





So again, what can you do right now, at this moment? Not, I will start tomorrow, or I have to write a perfect plan or I need more money to hire a trainer to start… What is one thing you can do when you finish reading this? You don’t have to be ready or need motivation. All that is required is the interest and wherewithal to SHIFT.

If you are feeling like I have– soooo many times, and feeling alone. S.H.I.F.T. with me, let’s S.H.I.F.T. together.

I am excited to share that not only is S.H.I.F.T. Powerful Planner and Journal for an Unapologetically Kick Ass Life available on Amazon

But, there is now a Facebook group to connect, collaborate and keep your S.H.I.F.T. together with a bunch of other bad asses wanting to optimize their bad ass journeys!


Your No bull-shiFt, mental fitness, advice giving, S.H.I.F.T. Powerful Planner and Journal for an Unapologetically Kick Ass Life author, shame abolishing, health advocator and doer,

Dr. Dara

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