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Saturday, April 28, 2012

How To Find Your Motivation When You Have Lost It

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This week has been the most difficult from a motivational standpoint in my training for the Half Marathon. I watched myself not workout and eat incorrectly. I sat with my guilt and repeated words of frustration, disappointment and criticism to myself over and over again. Last night I struggled for the first time with not having a plan with what I was going to do this weekend with my running. I had fallen so far behind this week that I wasn't sure which run to do....long intervals, pyramid, long run, sprints....which one?!?

Even crawling into bed last night I was confused and felt bad about myself. But then somewhere in the middle of my guilt and tossing and turning I decided that tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life. Yesterday does not matter.....all of that guilt.....bad food choices.....not working out does not matter. What matters is today.

I will not try to make up for what I did or did not do last week. I will start today fresh and new. Moving forward just like we do when we run. We move forward.

I also forgot why I am doing all of this.



I learned a lesson last year.....I learned just how amazing our bodies are. How hard they work for us. How they can save our lives even in the face of death.....they are magic. Just sitting here reading this your eyes work to register to your brain, your heart beats, your lungs move air, your kidneys filter, your muscles hold you up, your blood flows and this list goes on and on and on.

I decided last year that I would move from mentally stressing myself to look thin and beautiful and eat like a bird to RESPECTING my body.

I try to remember that the food I put in my mouth is what fuels my amazing machine. I know that exercise is respect for my heart and lungs and muscles. Today, I will remember that I am only human and it is my job today to do the best that I can. Tomorrow is gone. Poof! All we have is now. Make the decision to respect yourself today. You are a beautiful amazing creature. Decide right now that today is going to be the first step in the right direction. No more tomorrow ONLY TODAY!

TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! Start today doing something you have always wanted to do. Something small....even if it's just eating some extra vegetables. Going for a walk. Writing down 5 things you are grateful for and FEELING that gratitude. Allowing yourself to relax. Whatever it is do something today that moves you toward the rest of your life in a better way.

I have included a video and it is only 1 minute long. Please watch it. I didn't post this to make you feel sad. I posted this to help remind you that you have no excuse to not decided to get up and respect your legs.

Thursday, May 1, 2012
Defining Moments: Phrases

Someone recently shared his life story with me.

He broke down 3 defining moments by phrases. A key phrase in that moment that shifted his thinking and changed the course of his life. I thought this was a good exercise and was a bit more challenging than I thought.

I rememered the locations but not the phrases........I woke up at midnight last night and POOF there they were.

Defining Moments in my life......

1.
"Shoelaces"

2. "Look This Way Forever"

-- and --

3.
"We Can't Leave"


On a side note, I went to Disneyland after work this week and had a magical time. There is something so pure and grounding about seeing the joy and excitement of kids and allowing yourself to feel the same excitement.

The Disneyland parade had me feeling like a little 10 year old girl. Alice In Wonderland reminded me of how much I loved that movie growing up. I thought about my parents that took me there as a child. I rode the rollercoasters and experienced joy, observation, thrill and laughs. Topped it off with unhealthy food that was somehow guilt free. There are a few places on earth that take you to a different place. Maui was one and Disneyland is certainly another. :0)

Check out this kid I caught on tape getting amped up for the parade! LOL
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The Importance of Giving Gratitude Daily

Giving gratitude is a topic that I feel very passionately about.

I first discovered the power and importance when I listened to The Secret (see picture w/link below) when I
drove from Seattle to Spokane. I won't go into all of the revelations just from listening to the recording but I
will tell you that Gratitude was the most important thing I took away.

It taught me that to feel feelings of gratitude will put you on the wave length to receive.

To appreciate the now and what is here is important BUT to feel honest gratitude for what you don't have yet is even more important. I will explain by telling you what I do every day.

I have a basic notebook that I designated as my Book of Gratitude. Almost all evenings before I go to bed, I will write sentences that start out like this:

"Today I am so very grateful that....."

and I continue down the page until it is full. I list out things in the day that I have been grateful for and then I begin to imagine all of my desires and things that haven't even happened yet! I list those out just the same way.:

"Today I am so very grateful that...."

I started doing this about 10 months ago. I started feeling gratitude for living in California. Feeling gratitude about finding affordable living. Feeling gratitude for a job that would be the perfect fit. Feeling gratitude and envisioning traveling. Feeling gratitude for completing my Half Marathon with ease.

I flip back through the pages and get chills at how many things have manifested. I am not sure how to put into words the magic and power that this holds but I ask you this:

"What do you have to lose?"

Here are my Gratitude's for Today:

* Today I am so very grateful that I have found focus and for staying on task at work all day.

* Today I am so very grateful that I have so many happy customers.

* Today I am so very grateful that my car has provided me with stability and will continue to run for the next 2 years with ease and minimal maintenance.

* Today I am so very grateful that my lungs & heart will receive a run of appreciation on the beaches of So Cal.

* Today I am so very grateful that I have found my soul mate and best friend.

* Today I am so very grateful that I am presented with the opportunity to go to The Dodgers Game to share an educational and fun experience with my company and customers.

For those of you who know me, many of those things are currently true and others are things I am giving gratitude for before they happen......which is which? :0)
Monday, May 14, 2012
The Importance of Giving
I read that if we give we shall receive.

I also read that we should not sacrifice for another because that puts us in a mental space that tells us 'there is not enough for everyone'. Instead we need to believe there is plenty and sometimes the distribution is askew. Thus, we give.

If we give, the channel to receive opens. We are telling the universe that we are open and available for more and we allow the transmission of energy to move. I am referring to financial and supportive. Again, we need not give to the point where we sacrifice. And by sacrifice I don't mean you sacrifice a latte or sacrifice those new jeans you wanted but don't need. I mean you put yourself in a truly uncomfortable place......not paying a bill or emotionally supporting someone to the point of not getting sleep and etc.

But if we can all manage to do this, think of what a beautiful world this would be. It allows you to give to someone in need but it also allows you the benefit of the excitement that you will receive something back. I know the whole give without expectation but come on......we all like recognition for what we do and I think that is OK! We need recognition....perhaps if we all started getting recognition for giving we would be doing it more often.

This month I gave twice. I did once to a family member that needed it. He didn't ask or expect it but it felt right for me to do. And the other time was to a stranger. Aimee Copeland. I read her story and felt something inside of me telling me that her family need it more than I did. I feel good for what I did. This is something new for me and I could see myself getting carried away and crossing the line so I need to make sure to control this new effort. But I am excited about it. I challenge you to find someone that does not expect it anything from you and just give them something. Whatever your heart tells you that they need.....money, groceries, a tank of gas, a cup of coffee. Unexpected and something that takes you just a little bit out of your comfort zone.

Today my message is still about gratitude. I realized something today.....as I was driving home I was thinking about all the great things that happened today and realized that it really wasn't the greatest day I have ever had. BUT because I am seeking out and looking for things to be grateful for it changes how I feel. When I feel grateful I feel like every day has been amazing. I am slowly training myself to do this and my life is changing because of that. Yours can too, I promise. Try it. :0)
Friday, May 17, 2012
3 Things to Kick Start Your Weekend
Do these 3 things today and your weekend will be AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

1. Drink a HUGE glass of water RIGHT NOW!
Just pound it or whatever you need to do to get it down. Your body loves it! It makes you not as hungry. It takes away your headaches. It gives you energy to work out. It makes your skin look beautiful. Just 1 glass do it right this second!

2. Walk for 20 Minutes outside TODAY!
Set your watch. Put on some headphones. Listen to music or a podcast or whatever you need but go outside for 20 minutes and just walk around the neighborhood and give your mind a break. Breath the air. Look around. You never know what could happen. You MUST appreciate what you have (ability to see, smell, hear, walk, breathe, listen) in order to feel happy. Appreciation and gratitude = HAPPINESS! It is seriously that simple. Go outside even in the rain. You will survive. Here is what I PROMISE.....you will not get back home after that 20 minutes and say "I wish I didn't do that" GO!

3. Write a handwritten Thank You Note
Write on a post-it, a card, a piece of paper, on a mirror or whatever. But write a few words to someone that you are thankful for. It could be your significant other, a customer, someone in the office, a neighbor, a friend, a family member or even a stranger! It can be a simple "Thank you" with no name or as detailed as you wish. Surprise someone with recognition and gratitude for what they do! Slide a little thank you note in your mailbox for your mail carrier even! But take a few minutes to this.

I
PROMISE if you do these things today it will put you on the right channel to have the best weekend of your life.