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Day 40/100- Round 2 Fight!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hey Guys! I apologize for the space in the blog, I've been on a roller-coaster of learning experiences some good some not so comfortable but all around I'm wiser.

So let's have a moment of honesty here on this journey of 100daysofgoodness...it's a struggle sometimes! I know...you're like what?? What happened to the crouching tiger hidden dragon guru of wellness attitude?? Well it's here...but overcoming something is (almost) NEVER accomplished in one round!

What's the struggle you ask?? ME.

I live with me.
Work with me.
Eat with me.
Sleep with me.
Work out with me.

and sometimes...worst of all...I LISTEN TO ME! Not the sweet, good encouraging thoughts...I'm talking about those failure thoughts. Those self-defeating thoughts...ever have those??

So these last 2 weeks it's been a super huge gloves-on match against myself! I'm getting right-hooked and upper-cut left and right!

"You didn't spend enough time with your kids today" Failure!
"You're a work-a-holic" Fail!
"You didn't eat perfect today" Fail!
"You didn't have enough water" Fail!
"You look puffy today" Fail!
"You think you're making a difference but you're not" Fail!


So if this is my internal conversation, then we add the stresses of life, what is my outcome going to be?? Frustration. Insecurity. Lack of Gratitude.

THAT's Failure!

When you beat yourself up so bad that you have lost before you've begun? THAT'S Failure!

Does this sound like you too?? Let's work on this together...

Write down your list of instances where you felt you failed. (Like I did above) And now write down your successes and/or details behind each supposed "failure" side by side...


"You didn't spend enough time with your kids today" Truth: I helped them with their homework. I made them dinner. I helped teach my daughter learn how to read. They went to bed with full bellies and knowing that they are loved.

"You're a work-a-holic" Truth: I helped make things run more smoothly today. I helped people.

"You didn't eat perfect today" Truth: I wasn't perfect but over 90% of what I consumed was within my goals.

"You didn't have enough water" Truth: Hey, I gotta work on that!

"You look puffy today" Truth: Because I didn't have enough water!

"You think you're making a difference but you aren't"
Truth: Total lie. I helped several people get closer to their goals today. I helped my children understand things today. I helped my business take another step. I was sweet to my husband. I worked out.

You see the difference?? You see how our minds literally work against ourselves if we let them? Why should I allow my mind to stamp all of those wonderful accomplishments and beautiful moments as failure??

The way to silence those negative voices of "failure" is to fight them with the truth. And replace them with positive voices!

This is going to sound funny but I want you to go do this RIGHT NOW! ok...finish reading..then go do it..

Walk up to the mirror. Smile. Look yourself right in the eyes and say "I like myself!"

No, I'm not kidding. When you smile your brain responds with feel good chemicals. When you affirm yourself, your body responds and your mind begins to change.

I don't care if it's the truth right now. It needs to be the truth in the very near future. But it won't be if you don't ever make the time to start convincing yourself of the TRUTH! Take a moment, look yourself in the face, and say what you like. Tell yourself what you're proud of yourself for. And tell me what difference it makes...and from now on..

Be good to yourself.

#100daysofgoodness#

  
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MELLYBEANS0919 9/18/2014 2:01PM

    Right on! I've done that exact writing exercise before and it's helped so much. Keep at it! You are NOT failure, you are human. A lovely one too.

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TRUETOMOLLY 9/18/2014 11:56AM

    Awesome! Well, not the negativity on yourself and struggle it has been over the last 2 weeks. You are so right on this blog. Thanks for sharing and I'm glad you're back at it!

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Accomplishments

Friday, August 29, 2014

So I wrote a little blog a few days ago about choosing to gear my thoughts toward moving the scale down a little bit. I'm not ready for my weigh in, it's not until Monday. But I have been strength training again. I've trained 3 times this week. Low weights, high repetitions for endurance (my body LOVES it) and some cardio intervals as well. I haven't done yoga this week YET! But I will for the remainder of the week. I'm feeling that my muscles need that release.

Nutrition has been great. Juicing, eating fresh foods from the earth. Avoiding meat for 20 days now. I've found some staples that I really love:

Larabars (pb cookie and blueberry muffin heated up for bkfst. YUM)

Naked veggie juices

Celery and apple nutribullet smoothie (migraine fighter)

Chickpeas, Avocados, black beans

HUGE SALADS YUM :)

Nut/seed mixes

I am still consuming coffee. It's something I really enjoy. I have a cup in the morning that I never finish. Then I'll have a cup in the afternoon. Some days I slim it down to 1 cup and others I don't have any.

I've given up on grains. I really don't like them much anyway. I like quinoa sometimes and rice from time to time (in the past) But bread, I could care less about, pasta I'm not interesed in either. On this 100 day "cleanse" I'm not consuming grains at all and I don't even crave them.

I do, however, need to consume more water. Especially at work.

Migraines are still gone.
I have more energy.
More focus.
My digestion has become normal.
Clothes are fitting better (always a plus)
I have more endurance

Now I just need to integrate a little more of this healthy lifestyle into the lives of my children. They eat relatively well but could definitely benefit from consuming more fruits and vegetables.

Well friends, off to carpe diem. Have a lovely one!

xo


  
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ALLIEALLIE2 9/12/2014 11:01AM

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TRUETOMOLLY 9/7/2014 4:35PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! I'm so proud of you. i really need to pair down on my carbs, so hearing this is inspiring. Where the heck do you find blueberry muffin larabars? That sounds amazing.
Miss ya girl! Message me more about this casting call. Is it similar to a Biggest Loser show on a much smaller scale with participants size?

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MARINEMAMA 8/31/2014 7:19AM

    You are RAWKING it! WTG. I have to have my morning cup of joe too! emoticon It's yummy!

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/29/2014 1:35PM

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Day 20/100- Reflections

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today I wake up feeling reflective, insightful, and deep in thought. Peaceful and ultimately hopeful for what today will bring. In these reflections I find that over the last 20 days I've learned that:

I am finding peace even in the stressful times

Caring about what I consume means I'm caring for myself.

Saying that I have no time is an excuse to be negligent of what my body truly needs.

Waking up in the morning with enough time to enjoy it before I seize the day allows me to set my expectations for that day and take in quiet experiences that I would have missed if I hadn't. Not to mention, spend a little extra time with the ones I love, my family.

Teaching others is a passion. Helping others is my cause, my purpose.

Giving of myself is the ultimate goal. But I can't know what to give if I do not know myself.

I am so thankful for what I have begun to learn on this walk. I can look back 20 days ago and see this frazzled human being who was unsure of what steps to take and frustrated with herself for not being in control of her own life. Lack of control is an illusion. We always have control. It's just a matter of whether or not that we pause to recognize it.

Take control of those things that you haven't. And take a moment to reflect on those you have. You'll realize they're one in the same. It all comes down to choice.

Be good to yourself.

#100daysofgoodness#

  
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TRUETOMOLLY 9/7/2014 4:36PM

    Refreshing!

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/29/2014 1:36PM

    emoticon Great blog once again.

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It's a 2 Blog Kinda Day...

Monday, August 25, 2014

So I just started strength training again today. And I feel motivated. I feel like for the first time in a long time I have gained control of my nutrition. I want to start making slow strides toward making that scale move.

One day at a time. Will give an update every Monday.

That is all.

Here goes...

  
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MELLYBEANS0919 8/25/2014 11:48PM

    Fantastic! emoticon

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KNEEMAKER 8/25/2014 10:52PM

  Marvelous Mondays so Keep on Keeping on! emoticon

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Day 16/100 "Relieving the Pressure"

Monday, August 25, 2014

It's interesting what you learn when you strip away all of the excess from your life. It really allows you to distinguish between the things that you like and the things you're doing because other people have pressured you to. (Even if it's inadvertently)

The last 2 weeks and 2 days I have stripped my diet down: No meat, dairy, alcohol , grains and just a little bit of caffeine here and there. I've been eating meals that are lush with nutrients and antioxidants. I've had energy in ways I've never experienced before.
And I learned...

The whole drinking thing is so overrated. In my own time, I don't even have a taste for it. Even on the most stressful days.

Grains...I REALLY don't like them! (Surprising...b/c I thought I was a carb addict).
Cheese..I like, in small amounts.
Coffee...is not going anywhere, I like it. The type of coffee may change though. Sugar...only crave it if I haven't eaten in a while.
Salt, eh, no biggie.
Meat I've never had much interest in but I always subscribed to the thought that I NEEDED it if I was weight training...turns out I don't...gasp! Controversy! Read "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and it'll all make sense...

I also stripped down my activity. I focused on very light cardio like walking or Zumba and I've been doing Yoga at least 5 days per week.

I learned...

Zumba is fun.
Walking sucks.
I miss weight training.
Yoga is the best body medicine in the WORLD. (For ME)

You discover so much about yourself when you allow yourself to to come out from under the pressure of what your family thinks, of what society thinks, of what your peers think. Even of what you think...

Ask yourself,

What do I like?
What don't I like?
What do I believe about myself?
Do I really love myself?
Do I believe that I am valuable or worthy of respect?
What am I doing because people will judge me if I don't?
Who's pressure am I succumbing to?
Am I respecting by body? My beliefs? My preferences?
Am I in the forefront or on the back-burner of my life?


Then begin to adjust accordingly. I know, easier said than done in some areas right? But if you don't do it, who will? If you don't respect you, no one will. If you don't give yourself rest, no one will. If you don't pursue your desires, no one will do it for you. Take the time to consider yourself, respect your desires and truly enjoy your life.

YOU GOTTA DO YOU.

And while you do, be good to yourself.

#100daysofgoodness#

  
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A_RARE_BEAN 8/26/2014 5:43AM

    Great blog, insightful and motivating. Thanks for sharing!

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/25/2014 11:47PM

    I am loving all the insight you are having. It is really beautiful. I think these questions are good ones to ask.

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