Be fully alive…

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A Healthy Summer Plan

18881856_10213530642520268_7167955277931614515_nYesterday (photo) was gorgeous out! Today it’s cooler and overcast. As usual the spring weather here is unpredictable and always iffy for outdoor fitness (aka running). I’m not one of those run in any type weather people, nope not all.☀️🔥 I get dehydrated fast in super hot weather,🌧️prefer watching the rain fall from my window in wet weather and am a ❄freeze baby in cold weather. Sooooo I’m thankful for other ways to get my days dose of fitness in on days like that.

I do go the gym occasionally, but going out to the gym is usually a more planned event with me and Keith. I’ve been training myself to get workouts done earlier and earlier in the day so heading out to the gym can be inconvenient as far as I’m concerned. I’d rather get my workout done and over, get my shower in and get on with my day.  On Demand and at home workouts are perfect for these times. On Demand though has it all. Cardio, strength, yoga, recipes & more. There’s something for everybody’s style, levels & taste.

Plus, you gotta mix it up when it comes to working out. Changing you routine to include cardio + strength + stretching gives you the best overall body conditioning. Strength training and yoga helps runners be better runners. Strength training & cardio give you that continuous calorie burn through the day (why it’s good to get it done in the a.m.) and yoga helps to repair and relax all those muscles you worked.

I have a summer fitness plan in place to do with my team. We even have a nutrition plan set. Having health be #1 and focused on before summer even hits will help us stay focused on staying healthy when all the summer temptations start hitting. This will allow us to indulge once in a while but not lose focus on staying healthy and not letting a day of a little indulgence turn into a week of unhealthy choices. When that happens I know that steamroll effect. You indulge, feel guilty, indulge again and again, let exercise slip away and before you know it you feel like you messed it all up, so why even try. I’ve been there and done that, I don’t want to go that route again. And that’s where accountability steps in and saves the day. Because I have a group of people all focused on the same thing, being healthy and staying on track. The group helps me to stay inspired 😘

 

Here’s the schedule I’ll be on after the 8th of June.

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  • June 9th to June 11th – I’ll be doing the 3 Day Refresh. The refresh is a 3 day cleanse that comes with a meal plan and guide to help rid your body of toxins and to get you ready to make good changes with your health & fitness + BOD Yoga Studio. No running these three days, and no heavy workouts. On the refresh you should either do zero workouts, light walking, or light yoga. During the refresh you are supposed to eat a prescribed meal plan and that meal plan doesn’t give you the extra calories for heavy workouts.
  • June 12th to June 18th – Shaun week on BOD (daily schedule) + my run training 4 days a week.
  • June 19th to July 9th – I plan to continue with Shaun T, but with Insanity Max:30 + my run training 4 days a week
  • July 10th to July 16th – BOD Yoga Studio + my run training 4 days a week
  • JULY 12th THE LAUNCH OF SHIFT SHOP
  • July 17th to August 6th – Round 1 Of The Shift Shop + my run training 4 days a week
  • July 7th to August 27th – Round 2 Of The Shift Shop + my run training 4 days a week
  • August 28th to September 17th – Round 3 Of The Shift Shop + my run training 4 days a week

This has all been an evolutionary process for me. It was a slow crawl back. I’ve had to admit a lot of my frailties and fears along the way. I abused my body with food and I abused my body with lack of exercise. Having a desk job and hobbies that kept me on my butt quite a bit made it even worse. It’s been a lifestyle change, not a diet, that’s been the key to getting me healthy and fit again. And accountability to myself and others is what will keep me there. I owe it to my loved ones to be the healthiest best version of ME that I can be.

PS… If you want to join us, it’s never too late, just drop me a message if you’d like to know more about any of the programs I’ll be doing. They’ll all be on BOD which is the sweet part of it. I can take it on vacation with me and do it in my hotel room via my laptop!!

I’d love to get to know my readers more, what do you do for fitness?

Down 4!

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Coincidence, I say no.
I admit, when I finally ordered and received my Shakeology last month (mid month), I delayed ripping open the bag because I still had some of another brand shake and hate being wasteful. I never really lost weight with that shake, but I bought it and it tasted ok, but didn’t help with anything. I’ve been back to drinking Shakeology on a daily now, a bit over a week. I also stayed faithful to daily fitness (BOD & run/walk/run) and continue to learn and work on healthy  meal planning.

I’m happy to say I lost FOUR pounds this week! Yayyy for Shakeology This was a game changer for me twice before. And twice before I decided cost was more important than my health and walked away from Shakeology to search for a “cheaper” daily shake. During those times my weight fluctuated and snacking was ALWAYS an issue.

I’d been dancing this dance for two years with Shakeology. And when I go back to it, I feel better, lose weight and don’t snack like I was my whole life. My body gets the vitamins and nutrients I KNOW (doctor said so) I lack. I despise taking pills. With Shakeology I don’t have to swallow pills that I choke on and gag over (sorry for tmi), instead I drink a chocolaty shake that gives me the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients I need + curbs my hunger + keeps me from snacking on unhealthy junk + gives me a desert like drink – every single day!

3rd times a charm and I’ve learned my lesson. Shakeology stays a part of my daily health plan. There are always ways to find money for things we want so for the things that can add to our health, it should be wayyyy easier to find a way to afford it.

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So how did I find the money for Shakeology?
Cut back on spending on clothes. Half my clothes buying is because of yo-yo weight loss/gain. Instead I now limit what I have with kind of a core piece wardrobe, things I can mix and match. I’m tired of buying clothes in four different sizes. and it made no sense. It was wasteful money spent. I know what healthy weight I need to be at. I know when a doctor says I am obese, I MUST fix that, permanently. So why am I buying a bunch of clothes I KNOW should be eventually WILL be, too big on me anyway?
Cooking more meals at home. Less eating out. Not no eating out, but those times could instead be planned as something special. When I cook at home I know what ingredients I’ve used. Keith and I now, cook most meals together. So not only does it help the budget, it’s added quality time with my hubby! We’ve made health and nutrition a joint mission we’re on. Instead of him doing his thing and me my own thing, now it’s a team effort. This keeps us from sabotaging each others goals!
Starbucks was an every time we (me and the hubby) were in the car going somewhere stop. First, that can add up to a whole lot of calories + a whole lot of money for a drink, a drink! So yeah, we still do Starbucks. I save it for my girls day out me and my besties here do a couple days a month. And hubs leaves his as an occassional lunchtime treat. AND Shakeology now comes in Cafe Latte (vegan too) and so we make frosty cold Starbucks type drinks right outta the blender 😉
Being a coach I get a discount & if you are military – active duty, reservist, confirmed veteran or military dependent, you get coaching fees waived!
Prioritising health. Nope, this isn’t a money saver. But this is something we all HAVE to do. Or should do. In my 20’s I didn’t worry about gaining weight, high blood pressure, cholesteral levels, etc… And even into my thirties I avoided thinking about it all. After all, I felt fine, right? Well it’s an inevitability that all things catch up with you over time. Years of eating double cheeseburgers, soda pop, smoking, being a couch potato, or even just being naturally thin so thinking your immune to the effects of a bad diet and little to no exercize WILL all come back to haunt you. It’s sad that when we’re young, if not educated about the repricussions of things, or just ignoring the advice of “older” people what will happen will result in years of abuse on our bodies. Abuse with food, smoking, alchohol, and not moving enough to keep our finely tuned bodies in good working order. We have to make our personal healthcare a priority. For ourselves AND for the people in our lives!

Too often we blow small amounts of money daily because of stress over not having what it is we realllllly want. At least that was me. Spending money as instant gratification. And half the time I didn’t even realize how much money I spent on things that would give me immediate gratification to make me feel better over what I felt I couldn’t achieve or attain. Any of this sound familiar? I’ve been working on this issue and realize that I needed to pull my big girl panties up and go for what I really want, no matter how big a dream or how long it may take. Because I AM capable and I CAN achieve whatever I set my focus on achieving.
If you want to try it, try it for a month, with regular exercise and healthy eating (I can even hook you up with eating plans)! You can always cancel so, drop me an email, if you want to talk more about it!

 

Todays’s Shakeology Recipe

1 serving Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
½ banana
1 cup coconut milk
lotsa ice
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Be Alive!

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We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.<<<

Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

This (past) Sunday Blog Share

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So as you’ve already read, Saturday was an amazing day spent with yoga and nature!! And it was amazing, BUT, I came home Saturday night and quickly realized either I was having a very bad allergy moment, OR I was starting a pretty rough sinus infection. It ended up being the sinus infection and I spent most of Sunday, doing nothing.

So without further ado I give you This (past) Sunday Blog Share

 

Lifestyle With Sarah gives some pretty rad uses for, Baking Soda, Vinegar and Lemon 🍋!

So what are you waiting for 🙃 , go read more about

Baking Soda, Vinegar and Lemon 🍋💛

 

Stop And Smell The Roses

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You’re moving along pretty nicely on your training run and about a mile in your leg starts cramping. Not badly, not movement threatening and not to a degree that it’s going to cause damage. But it hurts. And your mind starts making that little hurt into a big hurt, it’s messing with you. The pain gets bigger and suddenly you know you just won’t be able to finish (in your head). *sigh* so you hit pause and come to a grinding halt, squat down to take some pressure off, and then you see them and smile. Beautiful spring flowers in bloom, rising up to meet the day, fighting the odds against their stay. And you think about this for a brief moment and then stand up.

Hmmm, no more pain. Or is there, and for a brief moment my mind was distracted by the spring blooms in their glory under the shining sun?

Yeah, the mind will play that way with you. And maybe you really do need to stop because of a real injury, but maybe, just maybe, it’s bigger in your head. So instead of giving up, just hit pause

🌹 stop and smell the roses 🌹

 

Sunday Blog Share – How To Be A Positive Thinker

 

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I stumbled across the blog, Discovering Your Happiness who had written part 1 about How To Be A Positive Thinker. I think working on self improvement is huge, not just for myself or selfish reasoning but because of what I put out into the world and how my vibe affects the world around me.

I used to be nothing but a negative thinker. My glass was always half empty. But that’s exactly the point, my glass was staying always half empty. And of course I always blamed that on outside factors and never looked within.

I’ve been working on that though. And actually my blog is part of that ongoing personal positivity project. So I love coming across other blogs that are putting out something that can bring focus to changing my perceptions and focus towards good energy.  So I’m participating because small steps like this can brighten my horizons and create a more positive spin on life 😌

  • Write down three things that went well & explain why they went well.
  1. My last run – because I’ve been putting the training and conditioning on my legs.
  2. Playing cornhole for the first time – because I stepped out of my fear of doing new things in front of others and just did it!
  3. Putting on a shirt I bought that never fit because it was too tight – because I’ve been working on better nutrition, found a good program and am being consistent with it (no more DIets are ever needed), and have lost 8 pounds!

 

  • Write down three things that didn’t go well & explain why they didn’t go well.
  1. Making dinner last night – because I was tired and unprepared
  2. The last yoga balance poses I was trying to do – I just can’t get it
  3. Trying to re-arrange the office – ahhhh nothing fits the way I want it to!

 

  • Write down three things you are grateful for.
  1. My hubby
  2. My kitties
  3. Good health

 

  • Read back over what you wrote, sometimes what seems  super-dramatic in your mind will suddenly seem much more minor when you actually read it out. Was it really worth all that negativity?
  1. Dinner ended up not all that bad. I was just grumpy tired. My hubby ate it all up and enjoyed it and so did I.
  2. The balance poses I will eventually get. I weak legs that are getting stronger and as I practice more and gain leg and core strength, I WILL get them!
  3. The office is too small for all our stuff. It’s not the end of the world. I could get rid of stuff, or just find ways to make the room “feel” bigger 😀

 

Thanks for the good read and personal development exercise Discovering Your Happiness!