Welcome to another edition of myBody+Soul news. In today’s broadcast, we have breaking news that Hollywood has lost its spot as the number one place to learn how to become a rising star. Now taking out the title is Sally-wood. Yep folks, you heard it right here.
Sally-wood is the one-stop place for the life inspo you’ve been longing for, and that extra kick of motivation you need to help get you get on track to reaching your goals. And the best thing is, you don’t even need to fork out thousands of dollars to purchase a plane ticket to visit this mysterious place; all you need is some Wi-Fi connection where you’ll be able to have complete access to your very own life coach, Sally Fitzgibbons.
And as you friend the professional surfer on Instagram and begin to dig deep into her feed, you’ll realize two things: one, she somehow never looks stressed or upset, no matter what; and two, she never ever looks cold.
Now, while the first is pretty impressive given we’re in the middle of a friggin’ cold winter (yes, we are slowly dying here), it would be an understatement to say we desperately need her advice on how to beat this chill.
But building up your immunity to bare the cold and avoid catching the flu this season isn’t that hard at all, according to the Under Armour ambassador.
“Exposure is key and to work up to it, have your warm shower and then the last 30 seconds put it on cold and try and hop into it,” Sally exclusively told myBody+Soul.
Okay, we take that back. It sounds hard AF, but it does make perfect sense.
“You might only last ten seconds, but build up that tolerance and just connect with your breath when you’re in that cold environment, and then slowly and truly it doesn’t feel that cold anymore.”
See, now you can tell mum that exposure is good for you whenever she tells you off for not wearing a jacket.
The professional surfer also says fueling your body with the right foods is just as important to surviving the next few months without having to carry a portable heater wherever you go.
“Make sure you get your good fuel in as well, so getting in all your veggies and your variety of colours. Build up your immunity from the inside out and you should be good to go.”
Yes, unfortunately you do have to listen to mum when she tells you to eat your greens.
If you’re stuck for ideas on how to fuel your body correctly, Sally reveals what an average day on a plate looks like for her.
“I wake up and we train pretty early so you’re not really up and eating a big meal, so I’ll eat a Blue Dinosaur protein bar and about a litre of water, and head out to a surf session. Then we get back around mid-morning and go for the post-eggs, roast veggie vibe. “
After another training session during midday, Sally then whips up a smoothie bowl with frozen banana and isolate protein powder, which she then goes crazy with the decorating, and even arranges all the nuts and seeds into “a little smiley face.”
“Dinner is pretty quick like a fish, chicken or meat, and just a big colourful salad”, which is then followed by a “lemon and ginger tea at night.”
Now, advice we also terribly need ASAP is how she manages to always look like she’s just won the lotto.
First and foremost, if you think your life is stressful, times that by about 100 and you’re left with the life of a professional surfer.
To steer her brain away from any negativity, her top tip for making life easier for herself is just remembering to live in the moment.
“I just see my life as this story – it just keeps telling with the events and travel and just doesn’t have a finish line. Instead, you’re just trying to improve and better yourself.”
To do this, she focuses on her passions and the things that matter the most to her.
“I think it’s just trying to keep up with the pace of the present, so just be right where your feet are and just being calm and in the moment – like not worrying about things you have to do.
“Sometimes to just relax I walk down to the beach and just sit and enjoy for a second so you’re not speeding off into the future. It’s crazy to be able to go to the ocean for so many different reasons – for competition, my passion and love, and just for complete calm and clarity as well, so it’s a pretty neat friend to have.”
And if you’re looking to master some mindfulness techniques, believe it or not, Sally says the best place to do this is actually the airport.
“Finding the rhythm of your breath is so important – sometimes to make good decisions you just need to stop and listen to your breath, clear your mind. At times you can even meditate in the water.
“I find because I travel so much, even sitting in the airport, which is the most chaotic place in the world, you sit in a quiet corner as you watch chaos hover around you. That’s one of the places you can strengthen yourself in meditation and you can try and create that bubble.”
She also advises you to step back from reality once in a while to re-evaluate your dream goal.
“Surrounding yourself with the right processes to get you to your happy place – your place where you have enough control that gives you freedom, so you’re in control of ‘this is how I do this’, and ‘this is how I’m bettering myself’.
“But remember, it’s just as motivating to chase a big dream and not know how far you are from achieving it, so it’s important to have a healthy amount of fear.”
While these few things do take time and patience to learn how to do, you can start making a change to your life by simply adopting her life motto: I can and I will.
“With a can-do attitude you will go out there and go for what you’re after. Having the right terminology with the way you communicate with yourself; if you just listen for a sec and try and not chase perfection.
“Earlier on in my career it was all about being perfect and making everything perfect, but the more you chase perfection you find so many holes along the way because you’re looking at what you don’t have all the time. So just trying to rephrase that and see the beauties you do have and go from there because again, once you surround yourself with that language, you feel empowered.”
If you’re worried you don’t have that strong and positive mentality like Sally, just remember, “you can and you will.”
For more on this topic, these are 7 motivation tips from experts that you need in your life. Plus, the benefits of working out in the cold will surprise you.
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