Fuck Yeah Friday – No Bad Days!

• NO BAD DAYS •

Look, we all have bad MOMENTS.

Life does that. Maybe it’s life’s way of showing us how AWESOME we have it the majority of the time? 😉

We don’t have bad days. We may have bad moments that we LET become bad days, but that’s a choice. It’s a mood. It’s dwelling.

But the likelihood that all 24 hours are bad? Not buying it!

So do me a favor next time something isn’t going as planned, or something less than ideal happens… try to recognize it and isolate it as the moment, not the day.

I challenge you to find something good that happens on “those days”, because it’s there. We just let ourselves become so absorbed in the BAD, we can’t see the GOOD.

Don’t let one thing ruin the potential for other beautiful things to happen, which if you are sour because of XYZ, either they WON’T happen, or they WILL but you will be too upset to realize ‘em!

No bad days, just bad moments. Don’t let ‘em last 😉

(For the record, I’m working on this myself!)

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Fuck Yeah Friday – 175 Mile Challenge

175 miles.

There was a time when I would have looked at the number 175 and seen what felt like 175,000 and said NO WAY, without even ENTERTAINING the idea.

And then there was a time I would look at that 175, seen 175 and maybe considered it, but still been DAUNTED by the idea of running 3 figures worth of miles, VOLUNTARILY. Like hello, are you CRAZY?!

And then there was a time where I would see that number and break it down. I would see it as something HARD, but attainable. I would see it as CHALLENGING, but exhilarating.

I would feel CONFIDENT in myself, and I would BELIEVE in myself, and I would just RUN. I would finally FEEL like the limitless being that I am.

Remember, I wasn’t a runner even 2 years ago… I hadn’t run 175 miles probably in my whole life, never mind in a condensed span of time.

And wouldn’t you know it this challenge would take place during, for me, one of the more brutal summers of memory. 😩

The humidity and the poor air quality really combined for a powerful 1-2 punch against me. Not just occasionally, but repeatedly and relentlessly. And I honestly did what I could to fight back… I ran shorter runs on really bad days or longer runs to try to make up for it on those few days that the air wasn’t suffocating. (Those days felt so few and so far between!)

But acquiring those miles wasn’t worth feeling like I was dying, and I needed to freakin’ breath, so sometimes I had to wave the white flag and accept that I was gonna be behind the pace I had hoped to at least somewhat maintain. I had to rest. And these moments were hard for me, as my resolve and my determination really are formidable. It can be tough to talk myself down into a rational state of mind sometimes. But I knew, and came to accept, that these hard decisions were the right decisions for my body, for my health and well-being.

If I was gonna do this, I was gonna do it the smart, sustainable way.

I’ll be honest, sometimes it was so fucking frustrating. But it meant finding pockets where I could do it and not die.

I always walk Roxy at least a mile after work and I figured hey, that’s at least 60 miles! Oh but often it was too hot to take her very far and we had to backyard it… aka not acquire mileage.

And even Curveball got in on the game – if Magnaball was any indication, I would have averaged 7 miles a day for 3+ days at Curveball… well over the average of 2.5/day this challenge broke down to. But I didn’t get to explore those grounds and accumulate THOSE miles, either. 😔

Life happens, but man did I feel up against a wall. Sometimes the resistance I was facing was spirit-breaking.

And this challenge technically ended in August… but I had already come that far, and fought to be as many miles in as I was, so what was I supposed to do, just stop because the deadline came?

No! This was MY race… I would finish on MY terms. I would rather FINISH it LATE than leave it unfinished – eff that!

When I decided to do this challenge, I aimed to run 100 of the miles and walk 75 of the miles. (Obviously, this was before I realized Mother Nature wasn’t gonna grant me ideal running conditions for most of the days. That realization didn’t actually come until I was well into battling for these miles.)

I came up a little shy, running 96.23 and walking 78.8 and I’m perfectly fine with, and incredibly impressed by that! I ran 96 freakin’ miles in 3 months time – that’s a huge increase! 🎉

I learned a lot about myself in this experience… and I think I’m gonna save that component for another day!

 

Fuck Yeah Friday – 6.05 from FINISHING!

After the combined 4.55 I accumulated today on the beach and then with Roxy, •6.05• miles is what separates me from FINISHING the 175 mile challenge by my (amended, due to the brutal summer we had) completion date (tomorrow!)

And thanks to my girl Sara for knowing I’m full of shit when I say an extra day added to my deadline isn’t a big deal (it’s not, in the grand scheme of things… but like she said, I am WAY too close not to just DO IT!)

My body is tired but I can see that finish line, it’s right there! And that’s what I need to keep my eyes on to power me through those 6.05 miles!

“Will she do it?”

Stay tuned! 😉

 

Fuck Yeah Friday – Finished LIIFT 4!

Dun dun dun DOOOOOONE!

It’s a CELEBRATION! 🎉

Another program started, another program crushed! 😍

And YES, it’s a big deal in my world because it wasn’t too long ago that the idea of a program start to finish intimidated and terrified me… when you lean into your fears (what if I fail? What if I have nothing to show for it? What if I can’t keep up? and so. many. more) and do it anyways, good things happen! You learn your true inner strength; you learn you are a freakin’ warrior!

When YOU are ready – I’m here! I got you, I’ll show you that YOU can do anything and everything too!

Full body HIIT might have nearly toppled me, but we did it!

Now THAT’s a Friday! 🙌🏼

 

Fuck Yeah Friday – Celebrate Your Hard Work

There is nothing wrong with celebrating your growth, your efforts, your progress… there is power in reflecting just. how far. you have come.

When I think back to a time in my life where I was weak and actually HATED my body, to now where I feel strong and have learned to LOVE my body… I get emotional.

I work so hard and I’m GRATEFUL to do so, because there was a time in my life where I COULD NOT do so; I couldn’t even hold my purse without pain and back spasms, so my consistency and gratitude stems from KNOWING what it feels like to feel HELPLESS, and I’m honored to show up for myself every day, and I’m PROUD to celebrate the hard work I put in – and YOU should celebrate YOUR hard work, too!

Fuck Yeah Friday – Setting Up For A Comeback!

Some people expressed surprise that I was at Summit this year because I guess I’ve been kinda quiet on the ‘helping others’ homefront…

It’s a lot of moving parts but it’s mostly that it’s clear I need to focus a little more on my own wellness right now – I tend to pour my heart into OTHERS and put myself on the back burner and it became clear that wasn’t working for me.

And in all honesty, I felt like a hypocrite talking about anything wellness when despite all my efforts, my own health felt like it was in the tank.

But here’s what I know. Giving up won’t help. Making excuses won’t help. Blaming other things or other people won’t help.

What DOES help? Accountability. Support. To know I have a tribe of people who have my back, who can remind me I’m bigger than this; remind me just how damn far I have come. To encourage me to keep going.

My success group provides all of this for me and I’m so grateful for it!

And so consider this a “rebirth” of sorts – I’m still focusing on my own journey, but I want to do it with YOU, together. I want to help YOU. Whatever you are battling, we are stronger TOGETHER!

I’m ready – are you?

Fuck Yeah Friday – Program Completion Swag!

If I may be a materialistic person here for a sec… I LOVE these shirts we get for completing a Beachbody program!

I love a tangible reminder of the tears, the sweat, the effort, the grind, the highs AND the lows. I just love it.

It’s a nice little prize in addition to the FEELING of accomplishment, of knowing no matter how many times you may have wanted to quit and throw in the towel (guilty…) because something is HARD, you didn’t quit, you kept going and you completed it.

I have said many times how the timing of this programs release was absolute perfection for where I was in my life, and I am especially so grateful to this program for lifting me out of a serious depression, showing me what I am made of, giving me a worthwhile project to focus on, and helping me {{ HEAL }}

Have you ever completed a program in its entirety?