There aren’t too many things we can control. We have no control over the weather. We can’t control what other people do. We can’t control what we hear, see or even sometimes what we think or feel.
This is the reason why I love working out so much. I can control how hard I push myself. I can control how many reps I do. I can control how much weight I take on. I can control how fast or slow I move. I am in control!
What can you control?
What Can You Control?
The other day I took a yoga class and afterwards one of the teachers said to me, “You have a beautiful practice.” I felt so complimented. My yoga was “beautiful” to another person. The word I heard was beautiful and that made me happy. Then as the day progressed I realized that the word “practice” had a larger impact on me.
As a personal trainer, a mother, a friend, a partner, a human – I practice. I make mistakes. I fall and fumble. I get things wrong. I misunderstand many. Shoot – I misspell even with spell check. I laugh when I think I have gotten “it” right because I know soon enough the forces beyond me will humble me to keep practicing.
So I keep practicing, not to perfection but to participate in living a loving life full of forgiveness and skinned knees. Those of you who think you have perfected “it”, let me know how that is working for you. The rest of us, what do you practice?
What Do You Practice?
I had the biggest smile on my face while finally running. I ran for twenty minutes straight. My run started slow for ten and then I finally built my speed up to my average pace for seven minutes. The last three minutes I couldn’t resist pushing myself so I increased the speed every minute. Eventually sprinting the last one minute.
It has been over two months of rehab but I feel good about the choices I made. The choice to wear flip flops during the winter. The choice to spend my money on chiropractic and acupuncture care. The choice to foam roll my calves. The choice to work on my diet. The choice to rest. Most of all the choice to focus on all the other parts of my body that felt strong and healthy. It was challenging but we always have the choice.
What do you choose?
What Do You Choose?
When Are You Ready?
Spring is coming and all that it signifies like change, transition and most importantly tank tops and shorts. Have you been taking care of yourself? How much time do you spend sweating? Are you drinking enough water? What has your diet been like after the holidays? How many hours of sleep do you get? Are you still saying, “I am going to start taking care of myself when…”
We can make all the excuses in the world. When will you be ready to make your health a priority? When will you make the commitment? When will you invest the time?
When are you ready? I can answer that – NOW! Don’t wait for tomorrow. Don’t tell me you will start Monday. Do it now. Today you are ready!
“Unbelievable, thought you wanted to live by a peaceful mantra…. What a load of crap.”
That was the text I got the other day and it got me thinking. Peace is a disposition or an existence that a person works on maintaining under any and all circumstances. We can all find peace when things go our way. We can all be peaceful when there are no struggles. We can all be at peace when people around us are kind and loving.
Unfortunately that is not the case. Peace is an active state that we must work to obtain, to keep and to not allow anyone to steal.
So when you get an angry text, a mean email, an bad phone call, someone cuts you off, a stranger is rude- you are just being tested.
Can you you pass the peace test?
Can You Pass The Test?
I tell clients day in and day out, “Before you throw in the towel, before you drop to the ground, let me help you.” What I hear a lot is, “I can’t” and really what might be the honest statement is, “I won’t”.
“I won’t go to a place that is uncomfortable.”
“I won’t allow you to see me struggle.”
“I won’t let you help me.”
“I won’t let you see me weak.”
If I can’t be the one to take you those uncomfortable places…
If I can’t be the one to empathize with your struggles…
If I can’t be the one to support you…
If I can’t be the one to see you vulnerable…
Then who will?
I am the person that will see you through your path of change. I am the person that won’t judge. I am the person that will be there. I am the person you can trust. I am here.
Who Is There For You?
Who Is There For You?
I am just coming off of seven weeks of no running because of Achilles (back of ankle) sharp pain. Four weeks of not wearing socks and athletic shoes. The pain has subsided enough for me to do 10 minute runs at a 12min mile pace.
I rested. I stretched. I foam rolled. I got acupuncture, massage and chiropractic care.
Now I am doing one legged squats to build back the ankle stability. I have even started one leg assisted jumps. The ankle is weak but no pain. I am aggressively foam rolling and it is PAINFUL but its a good pain. I take the foam rolling pain over my injury pain any day. This pain is a good pain. It’s breaking up adhesions. It is releasing tightness in areas that cannot be stretched.
Do you want to join me in some good pain?
Is There Good Pain?
One will clean your body (detox) so that you can process nutrients effectively, heal efficiently thus giving you overall more energy. It aids in joint care, helps digestion and can boost immune system.
The other will give you fast energy but will dehydrate you, worsen anxiety, increase heartburn, spike sugar levels. It’s not good for people with high blood pressure, diabetes or osteoporosis.
Both drinks cost around the same and are known to give you energy. One is good for your overall health and well being and the other not so much. One is helpful to many the other is limited to few.
Which Do You Choose?
Which Do You Choose?
I get all sorts of feedback about early morning workouts. Some dislike waking up while it still dark outside. Others comment that its too cold. Most say its just plain crazy for getting up so early.
In this picture – what do you see?
I see the chance to start over. I feel the newness in the misty air. Like the earth washed the slate clean for us. It is exciting to be the first to walk a path that eventually others will follow. It’s energizing that I can start my day giving to myself. I see opportunity to be better.
What do you see?
What Do You See?
Where Do You Shine?
My son, who you see here is the first to go to the “dark side” when things don’t go his way. He doubted his readiness. He fought me on preparing for his speech. He complained about the community service that he had to do. He did all that and guess what, he kicked butt!
Sometimes we give the ones we love the hardest time. It seems the way of behavior that we “shine” in front of our peers more so than in front of those who support us. We tend to push away from those who want intimacy and walk towards those who don’t even know us.
Here is my son trying over and over to break a board. The same child that says, “I can’t make pancakes”. Go figure – Where do you shine?