Inspiration Thursday

15 09 2011

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday again! This week has flown by but I’m SOOOOO ready for this weekend! 🙂 Since it is Thursday it’s time once again to link up with Gussy Sews’ Inspiration Workshop! This weeks inspiration – Favorite Shop.

I don’t do as much shopping as I would like to be able to do. 🙂 But, there are few stores that are my fav other than the obvious (Target, Macy’s, Ulta…)

 

 

 

One of my favorite and most inspiring stores is IKEA. They have some of the most practical solutions for small spaces and organization without sacrificing style. I mean, who else offers chic styling while providing everything you would need for your home or a specific room without breaking your budget? And, even when I don’t purchase anything, I always walk away with a new idea or inspiration for my home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another favorite and inspiring shop is Barnes & Noble. From the moment I walk in the door I can sense the creative possibilities from the myriad genres, authors, styles etc. My first stop is (of course) the Starbucks counter where I order my venti soy no water chai tea latte (zen in a cup).

 

With latte in hand I begin to walk around until I end up in one section or another perusing whatever selections I feel led to. You see, inside of me is an author waiting to get out. 🙂 One day I just know I will write a book of sometime (until then, this blog is my writing outlet 🙂 ) I get so inspired by the DIY section, the Language section, the Self-help, etc etc etc. I could spend hours looking at recipe books, or fiction, or history… Reading is my passion, and B&N helps me get my fix. 🙂

 

 

What inspires you? What shops have you been to that fill you with inspiration to the point that you want to go and do something about it? Personally, I have to be careful not to replace food addiction with a shopping addiction. 🙂 BUT I do like to use “inspiration” trips to stores like I mentioned above to fill my time with something productive and useful rather than destructive and self-harming (i.e. over-eating, negative thoughts, etc). This journey I’m on is about self-discovery NOT just losing weight and getting skinny. So, where does your inspiration come from?

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: I have not been solicited by or received anything in exchange for mentioning these stores on this blog. I’m just sharing my opinion as a consumer.





Inspiration Thursdays

8 09 2011

I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more intentional with this blog. I want it to encompass all of me, not just my weight loss and health efforts. Some of you may know that I have a crafty side, and love a good DIY project, scrapping session, making bows, etc etc etc. One of the crafty blogs I follow is Gussy Sews. I recently discovered her Inspiration Workshop! and want to dedicate each Thursday to a blog about the prompt of the week. I think it will be fun to take the prompt, and show a little more of myself on this blog, as well as tie it to my health and wellness journey. 🙂

This weeks prompt is Inspiring Books. I am an avid reader, mostly for pleasure. I enjoy all kinds of books, and usually read before bed, or to relax during the day. My favorite place to read is at the beach. It is so nice to lay out with an enthralling book with the sounds of the ocean in the background…

One of the most inspiring books I have read is Rules of the Red Rubber Ball by Kevin Carroll.

About two years ago I heard Kevin speak, and he is one of the most engaging, dynamic speakers I’ve been honored to hear. His book is easy to read, and very inspiring. My favorite quote from the book is “Commit to your passion and adversity won’t derail you” (Carroll, Kevin. Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life’s Work. [New York]: ESPN, 2004. Print.)

You often hear the question, “If money wasn’t an issue, what would your dream job be?” And I bet each of us could answer that question in a heartbeat. We get so wrapped up in our day to day lives that we often lose site of what we are most passionate about. We get stuck in a rut, go about our routines, and all too often resist change, even changes we want.

I know for me, the changes I am trying to make in my life revolve around health and wellness. Am I passionate about it? Not so much… But the results and the things I’ll be able to do when I reach my goals ARE what I’m passionate about, so in turn, I need to re-direct my passion, so to speak in order to achieve those goals.

What are you passionate about? What’s keeping you from it? What can you do to change that?





Starting the week off with a BANG!

6 09 2011

The last couple weeks my cardio and point tracking goals have fallen by the wayside. I wanted to focus on those two things this week, but was a tad concerned because it was a holiday weekend. Finding the time Making myself exercise over a normal weekend is hard enough, but a three day weekend? Unheard of. 🙂 So imagine my surprise when I decided to go and walk the “loop” Monday morning! 

Including the walk from my neighborhood (and back) it was 2.37 miles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This walk took 00:52:35. Not my best time, but it was SOOOOO hot it was rediculous. Even at 10am! Next time I will definitely bring water (duh!) which I’m sure will help because the last half mile I was really having a hard time due to the heat and thirst. (You’d think I would know these things since I’ve lived in Florida my WHOLE life. LOL)

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I did track points yesterday and I’m tracking today. This week is off to a great start! 🙂





Whirlwind of Change

1 09 2011

It never fails… Just when I think things are calming down, and I’m getting into a routine, something comes along to prove me wrong. I get that becoming comfortable often means becoming complacent. But seriously? Being the planner control freak that I am, I like to know what’s going on, when it’s happening, and what my role is to the letter. Unfortunately, life likes to throw 90 mile an hour curveballs at me on what feels like a daily basis.

I have several big HUGE unknowns in my life right now. I also have several “knowns” that are just out of my control at the moment and are driving me BONKERS! Just when I think I’m going to be able to tackle one of them, something else pops up and smacks me in the face and says, uh uh uh…

To top all of it off, I’m sick, again. I have a horrible flu like cold thing going on and I’m achy, congested and have a massive headache… Fun times!

This week I’m trying to focus all of my energy and control freakish-ness on making good choices, staying positive, and drinking LOTS of water. 🙂





Here we go…

29 08 2011

Last week was a turning point of sorts for me. My attitude and outlook have significantly improved – not just about food and exercise, but life in general. I had to deal with some heavy emotional and mental challenges, and I had to come up with a game plan of sorts. Certainly not an easy task, and I’m far from having all of it settled, but my outlook is better and that’s what is important, in my mind anyway.

So, let’s recap last weeks successes and where there is some room for improvement:

  • I did not track my points consistently each day, however, I am about 98% sure I stayed within my range based on what I did eat and my activity. This week the goal is to TRACK all meals so that I am 100% sure 🙂
  • I worked out for 30 minutes on two different days… almost there! My plan was to do some sort of activity over the weekend and that did not happen… so, this week I’m aiming for M/W/F and if I’m up for it I’m going to try going back to Bickram Yoga on Saturday since they have a $5 community class the 1st Saturday of the month (also, how is it September already?!?)
  • I blogged twice last week and while I had the best intentions of sneaking in that third blog, it just didn’t happen. This week, I’m starting out early with a Monday post and am hoping to crank out AT LEAST two more this week 🙂
  • Yoga/Meditation just didn’t happen… but I did get in an AMAZING nap yesterday. I know, I know… that doesn’t quite count, but it sure felt good!

Of course, as I was typing all of that out, I had the usual negative thought track begin to play in my head. BUT, I stopped it dead in it’s tracks. Did I accomplish each goal 100%. Nope. Am I ok with that? Absolutely! Last week was a better week than I’ve had in a while, and to top it off I’m looking forward to what I’ll be able to accomplish this week. What I am having a hard time with is I have a ton of ideas and things I want to do, but I want to remain consistent  with these goals before adding new ones. I think I’ll just start a list and sprinkle them in here and there as I feel appropriate.

Here’s to a great week!

 





Flexibility

25 08 2011

I can be very good at coming up with goals for myself, but when it comes to sticking with them I find myself lacking. One thing I’ve realized about myself is that while I can be very flexible with others, I am NOT flexible with myself. While I have grace for others, anything but perfection is unacceptable when it comes to me. With this in mind, I’ve been trying to take baby steps towards a more self-loving nature. I’m trying to erase the negative self-talk. I’m working toward setting not just realistic goals, but goals that are achievable and also have some built in flexibility.

When I created my original Goals page, I had very good intentions. The goals were certainly achievable and realistic (lose 10lbs a month, etc). But they weren’t working for me. So I started thinking. What do I want to see in terms of my health and wellness? I want to make exercise a part of my DAILY life; I want to set aside time for meditation/yoga so that I can keep centered and relieve stress; I want to lose weight.

Taking all of those into account I immediately though, “Ok, my goal will be to workout 5 days a week, stick to my WW PP plan, and also fit yoga and/or meditation into at least one day a week.” And then I got discouraged. Yes, my end goal is to have some sort of activity every day, but it’s not exactly realistic to expect myself to go from zero workouts a week to five. Baby steps, right? So here are my goals for the next four weeks (at which time I’ll evaluate how things are going and make changes accordingly):

  1. Stay within my PP range ever week (very reasonable, especially with weekly points and activity points)
  2. A minimum of 30 minutes of cardio 3x/week or more
  3. Blog 3 or more times a week (I snuck this in because blogging helps keep me focused, accountable, and connected)
  4. Yoga and/or meditation at least once a week

These are goals that I can live with. They are challenging, but not intimidating. They are reasonable, achievable, measurable and doable. My intention in these next four weeks is to accomplish each of these each of the four weeks. More than that, my intention is to at least have the intention to meet them. 🙂 If I go over my points one day here or there it does not mean that I scrap that goal. It means that I assess the reasons behind going over and see where I can make changes so that the following day, week, etc I do not have the same trouble. If I only get in two days of cardio and not three it does not mean that I avoid the gym because I failed anyway. It means I need to assess the reason why I missed a day. Was my schedule out of control? Did I overcommit, or was I just feeling lazy? And most important, I need to plan the following week differently so that I can fit in the 3 workouts.

Do you see the trend here? 🙂 The intention is enough. I do not have to be perfect and reach every goal 100% of the time. If I am striving for 100% but fall short for whatever reason, it does not mean I have failed. It simply means that I need to keep pushing forward because I can always do better.

The point is, we are all so hard on ourselves. And while goals are so very important, it is even more important to have meaningful goals that allow you to develop into the person you want to become. Goals are not the end all, be all. We need to love ourselves, wherever we are in that moment. We are good enough today, just as we are.





Depths of Despair?

24 08 2011

The past few weeks have been incredibly difficult for me on several levels. There are a few HUGE things in my life that are out of my control, and don’t seem as though they will be resolved for even a few weeks more, if then. Being the control freak that I am, I could not get past the unknown. I could not honestly say that it would be ok. I could not for the life of me see any sort of positive outcome.

During that time I wasn’t sticking to my WW plan, I was making poor really bad food choices, I wasn’t working out or even walking. I even began to feel physicall ill. I was exhausted, feeling lightheaded, my skin was super dry and I had patches that were really itchy. The stress I was holding onto had begun to eat at me physically.

Sunday I had a mini-meltdown. I was over all of it. I was sick and tired of all the crap and just needed some good news. As Anne Shirley would say, I was “in the depths of despair”! My sweet, amazing man came to my side, rubbed my back, and reminded me that things are good. We are together, we have a home, I have a job. Life could be a lot worse. At that moment, I didn’t really want to hear that… It kind of annoyed me actually. (Sorry John! lol) BUT he was right.

I have an incredible life. I have a great family, a loving partner, a roof over my head, and a job that I love. I am a very lucky girl. Could things be better? Of course! But then again, they could certainly be a LOT worse. 

This week I’ve tried to be intentional in my eating. I’ve noticed (once again) that my body has a really difficult time processing sugar and refined carbs. I’ve changed up a few things and tried to stay away from those things and I’ve noticed a real difference in how I feel. The wooziness and exhaustion are gone. I’m sleeping better, and I’m feeling more rested when I wake up. I’m hopeful that continuing to eat right better as well as getting some exercise in will help to make me feel better physically AND mentally.