Flashback Friday – WHY

•WHY?•

The other night during a meeting, we were encouraged to revisit our WHY, and I’ll confess, it had been a while since I paid any attention to WHY I workout, WHY I eat sensibly, WHY I manage my stress and emotions, WHY I share all of that with you all…

I’d love to act like I just GREW UP and realized it’s time to take care of myself… but truthfully, there was something MAJOR propelling me into action.

The dreaded D word – Diabetes. (And yes, I DO still carry my original A1c around with me to remind myself how far I have come!)

Many people know that when I made an appointment with my primary care physician to get my blood sugars checked out after fairly alarming results at a work-sponsored health fair, I simply expected a stern “get your carb and candy habit under control”… I DID NOT expect to leave the office with a Diabetic diagnosis!

And so after that seemingly crippling information processed through my brain and my emotions, I sprang into action, because I’m a LOT of things, but PASSIVE isn’t one of them!

I plugged into LEARNING more about food and nutrition, I started doing workouts I ENJOYED – ones that left me feeling ENERGIZED, not annoyed, I plugged into a COMMUNITY of others just trying to be their best selves, and I made small but super MEANINGFUL changes to how I handle things mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

My ongoing challenge group and the community have played a HUGE role in keeping me accountable to healthy habits and I am so GRATEFUL for such a safe, uplifting, empowering place!

If YOU need that kind of love, motivation and support, we got you and would LOVE to have you; you are NEVER alone in anything you are dealing with, and we are ALWAYS better together!

You know where to find me 💕

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Wellness Wednesday – Feel Good

Isn’t that all any of us ever want is to FEEL GOOD?

We move our bodies to feel good, stay loose, stay fluid.
We fuel our bodies with foods that make us feel good – if something doesn’t agree with our body, we don’t eat it, or we do sparingly and with the realization that it may upset our belly.

We work to keep stress at bay so we can feel good.
We do things we enjoy, with people we enjoy, so we can feel good.
We live, we love, and we laugh, so we can feel good!

Feeling good is the ultimate goal, so don’t be afraid to do the things that get you there.

It’s different for everyone, so do YOU!

Tip Tuesday – Fitness Journey

Just starting out?

Then my number one fitness tip is for YOU!

You don’t have to push play and go full speed right away! If you haven’t been active in a while, your focus should just be on doing what you can and building a fitness foundation. If you feel you can go balls to the wall, great, but often people try to do too much, too soon and it makes them feel defeated, which DEFINITELY does not motivate you to keep going!

It’s perfectly fine to start with a few minutes of exercise and work your way up to a full workout. Five or ten minutes of exercise a day is better than zero minutes! Try to add one minute each day until you can do a full workout.

Just show up – you are worth it and you CAN DO hard things! 💕

 

Make It Work Monday – Phish Saves The Day!

Monday didn’t start out so great – one of the moves in my workout triggered a bout of dizziness, so the rest of my workout was spent trying not to trigger that again, and it’s just not the way I wanted to start the week, you know?

But life happens.

So I did what I could in my workout, and realized it’s no reason to let the rest of the day suck – the day was literally only 4 hours old at that point, which meant I had 20 hours to turn this ship around!

A delicious coffee and an awesome commute almost completely covered by one of my fave Phish jams – Sand @ Big Cypress 12.31.99, and my mood was instantly boosted!

What will you do to make Monday awesome?

 

Sunday Vibes – Balance is KEY

So when I post things like pics of lasagna, or last nights cheesy as eff au gratin, it usually gets me a private message or two from well meaning (I hope?!) people who ask if as a Diabetic, I should be eating that?

For me personally, I’m fine with indulgences like that because I go to great lengths to make the majority of my nutrition cleaner and healthier, so those treats are just that – treats.

They are the exception, not the rule.

I don’t believe in deprivation, I believe in LIVING life while we have a life to live, and YES, that includes things like cheesy potatoes and cinnamon rolls, too!

The rest of my life is balanced out enough between my nutrition and my fitness efforts that I don’t order a side of guilt when I indulge – I ENJOY it and recognize it as the TREAT it is.

Balance means different things for different people, but I love that so many people follow my journey!

Therapeutic Thursday – Acupuncture

I can be a stubborn person (she said, in the understatement of the year! 😉)
I will sometimes get an idea of something in my head, how awful or horrible it might be, and completely cut off the possibility of it being beneficial.

I don’t love being closed minded like that, and I actively work to be more open minded.

Acupuncture was one of those things. I heard for years all the benefits, but all I hyper-focused on was •needles• being stuck into my body •voluntarily•, as in not to check my blood sugars or anything like that.

When you get as much blood work done as I do, voluntarily being poked with needles can be DAUNTING.

But… I FINALLY relented when I realized I needed help managing what was quickly becoming depression, and I’ve never looked back. In fact, I look forward to the release acupuncture provides!

The needles don’t hurt, my acupuncturist is freakin’ amazing, and the benefits are WORTH opening up your mind towards.

I remain so GRATEFUL that although it took me a while, I gave acupuncture a chance; it’s a safe, healthy release for the multitude of emotions.

Have you tried?

Wednesday Wisdom – The Path to Inner Peace…

Rafiki with the wisdom!

Sorry for the language, but… 🙌🏼

It’s true, and its such a valuable lesson to learn… not all things are your problem to address. Realizing as such is powerful AND helps you control the stress load you take on, which as we know, contributes to EVERYTHING, such as handling illness, disease, keeping yourself healthy… everything.

Stress is a real issue (spoken like a true Diabetic who realized first hand what stressing over everything was doing to my health – nothing good!)

We have enough on our plates without absorbing everyone else’s issues too!

Make this your mantra 😊