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Sofa Butt's Got Me Feeling Aware

How's your booty feeling on this Tuesday? Sore? Tight and bootyfull? Sofa butt-ish?

I can't remember where I heard or read the term "sofa butt," but I've been using it ad naseam since it entered my vocabulary.

Sofa butt occurs when you sit on your a** for so long that it starts to shift around, conform to the couch, and generally look less like a peach 🍑 and more like a pancake. And, it's scientific. Sitting too much changes the shape of our butts.

According to Dan Giordana of Bespoke Physical Therapy, "An anterior pelvic tilt (tight hip flexors) can make your booty appear flatter." PT speak aside, a flat booty is not something I wantーespecially if work is the culprit.

Enter "15 Minute Prevent SB Breaks." These are now legitimate tasks on my to-done list.

What I realized as I stood up to take a recent SB break, is that I'm only having to take them because I'm letting my work prevent me from being active...which is silly because I can work from anywhere, and yet I still stare at my screen from my couch as if my couch was the only thing providing motivation.

It also occurred to me that I could actively think about working out less and generally feel better about myself if I was consciously more active throughout the day. I admit I let how my 🍑 looks on any given day influence my confidence. So, a few weeks ago I decided I wanted to start being more conscious of my activity throughout the day so that I don't have to feel self-conscious about my body and daily activity level when 6 pm rolls around.

5 Ways I'm Trying to Be More Conscious About The Reality That is Sofa Butt

Daily toning moves

These can be done with or without weights so it can be considered working out or merely moving depending on your mood. I follow the Tone it Up girls because they give me 5 moves and I don't have to make any decisions. This is great because I've been described as indecisive once or twice (read: all my life). Sometimes I do them all at once,; sometimesI do them throughout the day.

Feed and Foam Roll

I started this new thing where if I'm at home and want to look at Instagram, I have to be on my foam roller. It's a wizard for releasing tension and loosening those muscles. Plus, it means I'm not sitting on my kitchen chair staring at all the workout photos on Insta while getting sofa butt.

Walking/Standing meetings

All the Silicon Valley start-ups do it. Group bike meetings, casual meetings while strolling to the cafeteria, etc. They're great in theory. The problem is that I'm a company of one and my cafeteria, aka kitchen, is 10 feet away. So, I'm starting to take calls standing up.

Taking the living creature that stares up at me all day begging to go outside, outside.

This is Jake. He's a master of snuggles, playing catch with himself, and puppy eyes. Especially when he wants some sunshine. In the past, I've always looked at his potty breaks as quick jaunts to the grassy area across from our condo. Lately, I've been using it as an excuse to take a 15-minute walk. If you don't have a dog, email me back, and I'll send you a picture of Jake's puppy eyes to motivate you to get outside for a few minutes. Trust me; they're effective.

Dance Breaks

Hillary Rushford of Dean Street Society is known for taking dance breaks on her live trainings. I thought they were cheesy at first, but hitting play on a song you love and dancing it out for ~3:49 is a great way to get the blood flow moving through your legs and booty again.

Here's the deal, sofa butt is real.

The insecurities that come with how our bootys should look are real, too.

The fact that between work and sleep we're either sitting or prone for 70% of our days, making us inactive to the point that our ancient ancestors would think we're the laziest people ever...is also real.

Fortunately, being conscious of sofa butt is not only make my booty look more like a peach, it's also making me feel better too. Wanna join me? Start adding 15 minute SB breaks to your to-done list.

xx,
Alyssa

P.S. Have more ideas? Send them my way! Peachy bootys are something worth talking about.

P.P.S If you work in an office where you may look weird doing some of these things, encourage your co-workers to do the same, then you won't look weird ;) Good bootys all around.


Stop Stalling and Get Started: Your Permission Slip to Leave Perfection Behind

Stalling...

This site had many a name before I decided to go with my name. My wallet wasn't happy with my indecisiveness as I bought domain name after domain name, each time thinking I had landed on *the* idea. My man, a king of acting swiftly did not understand my hesitation. I had 2 logos made for one of the potentials and I designed a site. I *almost* hit publish. And then I'd get cold feet. The search for perfection was killing any sort of progress.

Starting...

The problem with starting something new, is that it involves the sneaky little word "starting". This word, that so eloquently symbolizes diving into the unknowns, is often the most difficult obstacle we face on the road to any new project we dream up. Self doubt, self-induced anxiety, and feelings of overwhelm creep in and overtake what was previously (and still should be) excitement. The excuses we make to avoid getting started seem logical enough, but they hinder us from conveying, well, anything. From my experience, they’re usually excuses tied to perfection and they usually stem from the frenemy of getting started--fear.

Fear of what people will think, fear of seeming dumb, fear of not seeming perfect...

Fear = Distraction

Fear is our greatest distractor. Fear by itself is a distraction in its own right, but it's an even greater demon because it masks itself in other distractions--choosing a domain name, perfecting the logo, choosing colors, finding the extra money, feeling like everything has to be perfect, feeling like you don't actually know what you're talking about.

When fear is running the show, we let each and every distraction permeate our field of focus before we've done one tiny task to help us get there. It's called stalling... I know because I've been doing it for a year.

Sound familiar? All too familiar? Here are the 2 questions that finally helped me open the can of worms surrounding my fears so I could get started…

Who decides what perfect is? And when is perfect “done”?

Perfection is our greatest antagonist

As I opened up Instagram for the 3rd time in an hour, as I so often found myself doing, (yet another distraction), I was forced to think about our media-centric lives, how everything we see is refreshing continuously. Our digital world is constantly evolving. It changes shape on a daily basis, and we aren't in control of what's going to change. This is what led me to the question above.

As a millennial (who so millennial-like hates even using the term millennial), I can't deny that we were taught to value perfection over failure. As a generation, this obsession with perfection has led us to avoid anything that could, even remotely, be seen as failure. But really, who decides what perfect is? And when is perfect "done"? The only logical answer I could come up with is this: Perfect is an illusion and there's never an endpoint, it's never done. If we value learning and self-betterment, our perceptions of perfection must constantly evolve, which really means the notion of perfection has been rendered obsolete. Perfect is nothing. It's less than zero. It therefore, shouldn't hold the power of being our greatest fear.

What has been holding you back? Are the list of things that just ran through your head, actually stopping you? Or is fear masking itself as all those little things? I'd be willing to bet it's the latter. So throw out those excuses you’ve been collecting and get started. You don't have to be perfect to be heard. 

3 TIPS FOR GETTING UNSTUCK & GETTING STARTED

Ask yourself: What knowledge am I taking for granted?

If you’ve been stalling for a while chances are you've begun to forget why you’re really good at what you want to start. Or, you’ve talked yourself into thinking you’re not actually all that good at it or you aren’t the best person to be creating around whatever ‘it’ is. Stop doing that. If you, like me, think you need permission to be an expert on something you're passionate about, stop doing that. There's your permission. Instead, think about what knowledge you’re taking for granted.

ASK YOURSELF:

What is the topic that is so easy for you to talk about that you instantly start rambling, get all giddy, and probably unintentionally become a bad listener out of sheer excitement that you get to talk about this topic? That’s what you should use to get started--write about that, create around that. Chances are, it will grow into many more ideas.

Stop putting every other task imaginable ahead of your goal.

Right behind getting caught up in perfection excuses, comes the time excuses. I hate to break it to you, but if you're running around putting your clients first, the chores first, hell, even cleaning the toilet first and calling it ‘being selfless,’ you might be confusing self-inhibition with what it means to be selfless. Putting everyone else first isn’t being selfless if that’s what’s stopping you from chasing what you’re after.

Here’s why self-inhibition masked as “being selfless” is damaging:

Other people can’t support you if you don’t get started. And killer opportunities can’t present themselves until people see what you’re up to.

DO THIS:

Build yourself into your priority list and stop stalling. We kicked the excuses to the curb, so stop letting distractions increase your opportunity cost.

Take a 10 day comparison break.

Most of us look at our social media feeds daily (read: multiple times an hour). And if you're anything like me, when you’re trying to start a new project your feed viewing increases so you can see what other people are doing to get it right. It seems like a rather harmless idea, but it definitely isn't. The more we look, the easier it is to feel like everything has to be perfect, like we aren't good enough, like we'll never look that put together. It increases our fears of needing to be perfect. But we threw perfection out the window, remember? The only advantage the other people have is that they’ve gotten started--they began the process of learning what works and what doesn’t. What you’re seeing on their feeds is the result of that.

DO THIS:

Take 10 days and avoid looking at other people’s feeds so you can jam on your own. Lay out a plan of what you want to post for 10 days and see what happens as a result. Remember, it’s a process of evolution.

This isn't first grade, you don't need a permission slip to get started. You are your own permission. Grant yourself the permission to succeed and to fail. If you do that, nothing can stop you because you've squashed your greatest detractors--fear and perfection.

Here's to getting started,

Alyssa

I'd love to hear what you think in the comments.