How To Get Out of a Funk & Feel More Like YOU Again

Hi my lovely!

OH MAN... what a winter this has been.

If you've been following me over the last month or so, you know that 2019 has been off to a bit of a rough start for me. From the highs of visiting Florida for a few days and seeing my fam/friends, to the lows of being sick for 2+ weeks and dealing with seasonal depression...

Despite all my goal setting, planning, organization, and good intentions to start off 2019 with a BANG, life doesn't always go according to plan.

Even though 2019 has been off to a slow start, I'm making a very serious effort to overcome alllll the things that I've let hold me back and get into a positive frame of mind to start #GSD SISTA.

I've shared my experiences on Instagram, but in case you missed how I'm getting out of this funk, you can listen to this podcast episode or this one.

I’m really glad I shared my lows and how I was moving through them, because those are the exact things that moved me from sulking, being sad, feeling sorry for myself — to completely lighting a fire under my azz to move forward and get past my funk.

There’s a fine line between extending grace to yourself when you’re at a low point — allowing yourself to feel sad, go through the motions and not beat yourself up.

But there came a point where I KNEW I could do better, be better, FEEL better. And even though I didn’t freakin feel like it 99% of the time, every day I’d force myself to do the things I knew I needed to in order to stop feelin funkay.

The biggest dial movers have been:

  • setting strict boundaries around social media

  • going outside for walks even if the weather suxxx

  • moving my body every single day (minimum 30 min)

  • eating mostly clean and GPF

  • journaling

  • speaking about it (hello, podcast aka my form of therapy! ha)

  • and MOVING. TF. ON. / not dwelling on the fact that I didn’t feel good 👏🏼👏🏼

Sometimes when you’re feeling down, you have to pull in the reigns a little bit more in certain areas.

For me, that’s looked like setting an actual schedule for when I’m on social and deleting it the rest of the time, taking pics of my food to stay accountable to my meals, planning out my days BY THE HOUR and filling it with all the necessary self-care things that I usually make the excuse “I don’t have time for these today” and therefore end up feeling like a bag of POO. 💩

If you’re feeling low, I feel you.

But sister hear me when I say this — YA GOTTA DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

The world needs that bright, joyful, confident version of you, and alllll the wonderful gifts you bring to this world, k? 💕🔥🤗

If you need to chat about it, I AM HERE. Reach out to me with what's going on and we can chat.

Let’s get you back on the path to being the strongest, healthiest, happiest version of YOU — don’t settle for any less!

Sending you so much love. Let's finish out the winter on a BRIGHT note!

xo

Julie

REAL TALK: Seasonal Depression & Feelin' Funky

Can I be 100% real with you?

This winter has been really freakin hard for me.

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I never believed that seasonal depression was a real thing. As a Florida girl, I saw the sun 360/365 days per year.

When I moved to Canada last year and experienced my first winter, I noticed that toward the end of winter (February specifically)... I didn’t want to do ANYTHING.

I no longer felt motivated to work out, eat healthy, go to work, clean my house... I literally would just sit and stare out the window for what felt like hours (and sleep, a lot 😴)

Fast forward to this year, I’m experiencing the same thing. I went to Florida, came home and was sick for two weeks, and thought that’s where my lack of zest for life was stemming from.

But truthfully it’s bugging the CRAPOLA out of me because I’m usually super motivated, driven, and going at full speed ahead. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Y’all know I’m not one to just sit around and sulk in my own misery, so I’m trying to do a few things to help:

☀️ take vitamin D religiously
☀️ move my body for at least 30 minutes every day, preferably in the morning
☀️ focus on eating greens, protein and healthy fats at every meal (GPF style)
☀️ meditating and journaling
☀️ spending time with people I love
☀️ and honestly just giving myself the space and grace to feel down, understanding that this season will pass

Mental health is something we often shy away from talking about, for fear of seeming weak or feeling exposed (like omgz, u mean she doesn’t have her shiz together alwayzz? 🙄)

But I want to share the GOOD and BAD on here.

I am human. You are human. We’re all just trying to figure it out.

If you’re struggling, I’m sending you a BIG HUG. 💕 please reach out and confide in someone, no matter how hard that may feel.

And if you want to learn more about what I’m doing to get out of this funk, you can listen to my latest podcast episodes:

I hope it offers you some comfort knowing that you’re NORMAL and you’re definitely not alone.

Sending you a BIG OLE VIRTUAL HUG. We can get through this!

xo

Julie

How to Overcome Negative Thoughts (and become the HAPPIEST person you know!)

GOOOOOD TUESDAY AFTERNOON!

Today I want to chat with you about something that has been a game-changer for me: the importance of positive self talk.

I don't know about you, but I used to be a negative nancy.

And probably not in the way you're thinking - I was a negative nancy to myself. Meaning I wasn't the "OMG I hate everything and everyone, I'm going to cut my bangs and be emo and listen to goth music." (no judgment if that's you hehe)

Rather, I was more of a worry-about-everything, always-need-to-be-perfect, super-hard-on-myself kind of negative nancy.

What's funny is that I didn't even realize this was being negative.

I just thought "I'm a perfectionist hehe. Look at me go! Here I am again, trying to be perfect!"

Which appears like I'm winning, positive and super happy all the time to everyone else around me, but inside I was dying a slow death of judgment, criticism and lack.

"If you could just lose more weight...." "Try harder!!!" "Why are you wasting your time as a fitness coach when there are 90239 prettier/more fit girls than you?"

Oh and the worst was if I had my day planned out and ONE small thing went awry.... then it was go-into-overboard stress time. I'd spend the rest of the day being anxious, feeling unworthy, and feeling like I was trying so hard but spinning my wheels in circles.

Now here's the thing: I still have bad mental days now.

Days where I look in the mirror and think "eh, could be better." Or "Yeah, maybe you should get a little more done and spend like 3 less hours browsing social media, maybe?"

But there are two things that have changed: my ability to snap out of it, and my perspective.

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Here's what I mean, and how you can change the habits of the negative self talk in your life:

1. Self awareness

The first step is realizing that you are a negative person. Trust me, we all are at certain points - so there is no judgment here! But if you find yourself feeling like poo when things don't go your way, or you look in the mirror/step on the scale and it ruins the rest of the day for you.... STOP. Self awareness is key here, because until you become self aware enough to recognize the things you tell yourself over and over and over again, you can't change.

2. Replace the negative with a positive

So once you've realized you said something negative about yourself, your circumstances, or someone else - great! You're making progress (so many of us don't even realize we do this, so you're already a step ahead of the game). Now you can't just "get rid of" thoughts... you have to replace them with something else. As much as I wish sometimes I could turn off all my thoughts, probably not likely. Instead, replace the negative thought with a positive. Here are some examples:

- Negative: *steps on scale* "WHATTT? I've worked so hard and haven't lost/gained weight!! Ugh this is so frustrating. I am worthless."
- Positive: "My value and worth is not based on numbers. I am more than my weight on the scale."

- Negative: "Wtf omg so much traffic this is so annoying ahhh kill me someone take me out of my miserrryyyy." *honks and flips 3 people off*
- Positive: "Welp, stressing about it isn't going to make the traffic move any faster. Let me turn on a podcast I enjoy or dance in my car to some of my fav music and enjoy this hour commute instead of being miserable for an hour."

3. Be patient

It's going to take time and effort to change the way you think.

You've probably been stuck in the same thought patterns for 20, 30, maybe even 40+ years... so you can't expect them to change overnight.

But by being mindful, self aware, and making an effort to change - soon you'll realize you're much happier, things don't really bug you anymore, and life is fun again.

Life is good & life is so, so short. Let's enjoy it!

:)

xoxo

Julie

Right now, my heart is set on helping women who want freedom from food obsession, tracking obsessively, jumping from diet to diet, only eating clean foods, etc. If you want to escape the "diet" mentality for good and see great results almost effortlessly, email me

Let Go Of What No Longer Serves You

I created Health Nut Julie in 2012.

It started as a blog on Tumblr -- a way to share my newfound love for fitness, document my workouts, and repost overly dramatic quotes about love ~ life ~ and the pursuit of happiness (not much has changed..... ha).

In the past three years, Health Nut Julie has grown from a silly little blog to my brand -- my BABY. It's been with me through college, graduating and becoming a writer at an advertising agency, to becoming a group ex. instructor and personal trainer... and now to my latest venture as a coach and nutritionist at Strength Camp.

And, it's only fitting that as you grow, your brand and identity -- who you truly are and what you represent -- grow with you.

To me... I'm more than just Health Nut Julie.

On paper, I'm Julie Booher:

  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Nutritionist
  • Fitness entrepreneur
  • Creator of the Strong and Sexy Program
  • Writer
  • Event planner

.... but on a deeper level, I do all these things to serve ONE mission: to help and empower YOU to become the strongest, sexiest version of yourself - from the inside, out.

I want to be able to share more than things that are just "Health Nut" related.

I believe you need to develop all areas of your life in order to become all you were created to be -- fitness and nutrition are only a piece of the puzzle. I want to share what it means to love yourself, HOW to love yourself and have confidence, cultivate powerful friendships and relationships, and share my journey as an entrepreneur and leaving my full-time job to pursue jobs people would call me crazy for pursuing.

In order to help YOU be true to you and become all you were created to be, I must do the same for myself!

So, Jules, what does this mean moving forward?!

I have a lot planned to help you all continue to live a Strong and Sexy life -- and I plan to provide you all with a buttload of new content to help you do just that!

Stay tuned friends...

This is only the beginning :)

Be back soon to fill you guys in.

In the meantime, stay STRONG and SEXY!

xo,

Julie

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