Super Bowl Sunday – Go Patriots!

Again, I don’t usually workout on Sundays, but when I do you better believe my outfit selection is intentional!

I know tonight will be a late night as we are heading out for the Super Bowl, and I know I’m gonna be partaking in some indulgences, so rather than have to get up super early and slug my way through a 45 minute workout, I got it done today so I can stay on track!

I’m on week 6 of an 8 week hybrid; I did not come this far to only come this far! This is when planning ahead helps, so tomorrow I can sleep in a little without feeling guilty for skipping!

Let’s effin’ GO Patriots! 🏈💕

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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 💕

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!

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?

 

Truthbomb Tuesday – My Reaction Is My Path

•The way you treat me is your path. The way I react is mine•

This has been one of the hardest, but also most worthwhile lessons to learn.

Realizing that people can (and sometimes do) whatever they want, feelings and consequences be damned, is a tough pill to swallow…

But there is power in remembering that while we can’t control the ACTIONS of others, we can control our REACTIONS.

Thursday Thoughts – Growth is Radical

I went to an old former workplace the other day – I started my time there a little over 16 years ago when I was a 20 year old baby, and I haven’t worked there in over 11 years…

I ran into a few of my favorite coworkers, one whom hadn’t seen me in years, and she was just gobsmacked (and gushing, because she’s the sweetest little lady EVER) that I look exactly the same and when I said something sassy, she remarked that I am just the same as I ever was… and it alarmed me a little how quick I was to correct her and say “oh no, I have grown, I have evolved, I am no longer anyone’s doormat, and if the shit this place – customers, contractors and coworkers alike – put me through then were to happen now, there would be a lot more hurt feelings out there courtesy of ME.”

And she was just stunned. And so proud, she got tears in her eyes and she was just so blown away by how I found my voice, my confidence, my self esteem, and my sense of self worth. The two of them were A L W A Y S trying to instill my sense of self worth, they were ALWAYS trying to coax my confidence out of me.

And I don’t mean to sound rude or self righteous, but there were MANY, many years where I just did not stand up for myself; I tolerated mental and emotional abuse, and it was often my coworkers who stood up for me and got hell raisers on their way.

So it’s freakin’ empowering to see how I have grown!

I don’t love that there was a period in my life where I felt it was causing conflict to stand up for myself… but it just means I can look back now and realize how truly far I have come – it inspires me, and I won’t be going back to that shy, meek person who never was sure of her own worth.

Growth is freakin’ radical as eff, feel me?