Wednesday Wisdom – Listen To Your Body!

When your tiny but mighty legs send you a message, you listen! Or at least I do… now!

(I didn’t always…)

My little legs are feelin’ it all today – the program I’m doing, the much more frequent runs, and just life in general can be taxing on our bodies, you know?

And so while I normally run on scheduled rest days to incur some mileage for the 175 mile Summer Challenge, my body needed the break today, and I’ll honor that.

In my group, we talk a lot about sustainability, which means striking the balance between pushing ourselves but also listening and making smart decisions, and I’m proud to have come so far in my journey that I can honor and appreciate •listening•

Do you listen to your body, or do you tend to keep pushing?

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Truthbomb Tuesday – My .02 cents!

Actual message I received:

“I just LVE all you’re posts! Have you ever considered starting your fitness journey?”

So a couple of things here, the first being I get what this person is trying to do, but the problems are 1) it’s clearly a generic copy/paste message, and 2) if you are gonna SAY you love all my posts, please realize that I’m gonna know that’s nonsense the second you pose your question, because while I try not to be ‘in your face’ about my fitness journey, it’s at least evident I’ve STARTED my fitness journey.

Sorry, but messages like that ring extremely hollow and inauthentic to me, and I think we as a society, as entrepreneurs, as network marketers… as HUMANS, are better than feigning interest in someone without being bothered to at least take a quick glance at their page.

Come to me real or don’t come at all ✌🏼#truthbomb

Just my .02, you may keep the change – and if I’m being honest, 3) your*

Mythbusting Monday – Water While Exercising

• MYTHBUSTING MONDAY •

Myth:

“Drinking water while exercising will give you cramps”

Truth:

I certainly wouldn’t recommend chugging it, because who wants to jump around with a belly full of liquid? But sips here and there to hydrate you and replenish yourself during a sweat fest will not normally give you cramps.

You should be drinking water before, during, and after exercise to prevent dehydration. Failure to do so can lead to headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and cramps.

Stay hydrated! Mine is empty, time for a refill! 💦

Self Love Saturday – It’s Been A While Since…

The answer to this mornings query (“I am doing something today I haven’t done in 15 years… any ideas?”) was… actually letting my stylist do more than just cut my hair!

She added some “babylights” after a 15 year hiatus from letting anyone do anything colorwise to my hair, because 15 years ago I had a really bad experience with someone dying my hair pitch black (I had asked for my dirty blonde hair to be dyed chocolate brown…) and it took a lot of time, money and energy to fix it, managed to begin the destruction of a friendship, looked absolutely atrocious, and ruined my hair for a while (I was losing clumps left and right), so it’s been a LONG TIME since I was comfortable doing anything, but my current stylist did a fantastic job and I love it!

My hair has been super healthy for years now and I was VERY hesitant to do anything that might change that, but it was time for a little change (and because she did it properly, it won’t affect the health of my locks!) 😊

Do you do anything to your hair? Have you ever had a bad hair experience?

Diabetic Life – Switching to Type 1 Treatment

The saga continues…

Bloodwork today has me down to 6.8 from 7.3 in May, which is good. We have no idea what’s making the difference, but I mean, I’ll take it…

But starting now, we are treating my Diabetes as Type 1, not Type 2 as we have been for the last 8+ years.

Which means more needles. 😩

But Type 1 would make a LOT more sense, so while I do not at all LOVE the idea of needing to inject insulin into my body daily, I am opting to do so because doing everything right and not only seeing no progress but seeing things get WORSE is one of the most FRUSTRATING things I have ever experienced, so much so that I will VOLUNTARILY inject myself every single day if it means it will help me get back to controlled Diabetes instead of spinning my wheels.

I’m a lot of things, but a fan of “hamster-wheeling” isn’t one of ‘em!

So I’ll go back in a month to see if this new path of treatment is helping and we will reassess then, but I actually already feel a lot better knowing it’s likely not something I’m doing or not doing/consuming or not consuming that was contributing to such disastrous health results.

Fingers crossed this sets me on the proper path 💕

Wednesday Wisdom – Reflection

Ahhh, reflection…

My 35th year had some tough moments. But it also contained moments that served as reminders that I am strong, I am capable, and I am worthy.

It showed me I can rise above, with grace, and find safe, healthy, beneficial habits to incorporate into my lifestyle.

•It showed me it’s okay to CRY, it’s okay to FEEL, it’s okay to ask for HELP, and it’s okay to HEAL•

It showed me that I’m okay, and it inspired me to continue to grow into an even better me, and what better of a fresh slate than another trip around the sun? 💕

(post run GLOW)

Make An Impact Monday – Hearing Loss

I don’t like to think I can’t do something. Telling me I can’t is basically just ensuring I do, I will…

But… the same way I couldn’t be in the military, I wouldn’t be very successful at being a telemarketer, bartender, customer service rep, waitress…. You know, jobs made INCREDIBLY difficult by a profound hearing loss.

For years I wondered how I was going to supplement my income to get myself out of debt and my student loans paid. With such limited options, I never felt like anything was really a good fit, and the only one that was – retail – would mean working all weekend like I did in my teens and 20’s.

And I considered it, but I weighed it out – was it worth it to sacrifice weekends and having free time for my family and friends? It might be better financially, but spiritually and emotionally, was it worth it? My heart told me no.

So I kept looking.

I truly felt trapped, with minimal options, all because my ears don’t work so well. That was a hard pill to swallow sometimes.

I kinda fell on this opportunity by accident. It was never supposed to be a way to supplement my income, until it was. I went into it wanting a discount. But something shifted and I asked myself “was this the opportunity for someone with seemingly limited options like myself?”

This opportunity has touched and enriched my life in so many ways, from keeping me accountable to unearthing my self esteem and my confidence, empowering me, and helping to supplement income, so I could get out of debt.

I have long said that I totally understand how people who haven’t lost a major sense can’t fully relate to the additional layer of struggles and frustrations someone who HAS suffered such a loss faces. So I understand that some people may balk when I say there aren’t as many opportunities, or that this is the best one for me. It is. And I want to show more people that it could be the opportunity for them too.

Helping people has helped ME.

It’s incredibly powerful to go from feeling trapped, like I CAN’T do something, to feeling like I CAN, to finding a way to make it work, and taking control of my future, instead of letting my ears hold me back. I am grateful for my steel-will, modern technology, patient friends, family and teammates, and the ABILITY to FIND a way.

Obstacles are your opportunity 😉