Back to basics with this positive message about transformation and dealing with haters.
I grew up in a very unhealthy household. My parents were overweight smokers. No one ate vegetables or exercised.
I really wanted a reason to escape my horrible home life so I joined the track team. I could kill 2 hours after school. Something shifted in me when I started running. I felt free from my horrible home life. More importantly I felt strong and powerful. I realized I could change my destiny. I was not going to be the overweight, smoker. I was going to escape and be a badass!!!
So can you!!!
You can change your fate, your destiny your health! You have that power!!!
So, Let's talk about really committing to your health.
If you're not exercising most days of your life, you're not taking care of yourself. This is a must, an absolute. YOU NEED TO EXERCISE!!!!
Let's chat about what's happening when you don't...
People who are inactive have an increase risk of breast and colon cancer. You're risk for these diseases is reduced by 40% when you move your ass.
Physical activity helps prevent insulin resistance. You can prevent the most common disease among adults, just by moving your body.
Sedentary people have the highest risk of heart attack. Think about driving your car with your kid and bam! Chest pain, dizziness! Seriously, get your ass moving!
Lack of physical activity causes you to lose lean muscle tissue. This makes it difficult to maintain your body weight. So if you're not exercising, you will gain weight. You will be bigger, heavier, weaker. Your metabolism will continue to decrease.
These are the facts people.
You will sleep better.
You will look better.
You will want to have more sex.
You will have more energy.
You will be happier.
Having kids and and too many kid activities is NOT a reason to not love yourself. Being a mother is more of a motivator. You must be healthy to be the best mother and you must lead by example. Treat yourself how you want your children to treat themselves.
Being healthy is not selfish! Get that out of you head now!!!!
Taking care of yourself is s necessity!
Now go!!! Get your ass moving! Be amazing!
Whoa…Last week was a bitch! I can’t sugar coat or even pretend it did not suck beyond words. I had to fly my daughter across country for a 6 hour surgery (her 8th). It’s heartbreaking to see her fear and anxiety. I am as close and connected to her as I can be…reassuring, calm, patient, glued to her side every step. She’s brave, strong, scared, courageous, thoughtful and worried through the entire process. Then you see her reemerge strong, smiling, confident, curious, happy, joyful and grateful. Yes she is grateful in her actions always.
Watching her bounce back after 48 hours is like watching a flower bloom. She’s so amazing. And when she’s in that place, I can relax a little because I know she’s going to be ok. We’ve made it through one more time. Except this time, I began vomiting and had a 102 degree fever. I’ve been in bed for 2 days, pretty damn sick with the flu. On top of this, I have had almost zero physical activity in 1 week. I exercise 6 days a week - it’s my job - it keeps me sane - healthy physically and mentally. So, at this point, I’m feeling pretty low. Down, weak, and spent. Yes it’s been a tough week!
So, I knew I wanted to write about our experience this week and what it’s shown me. Self reflection, knowledge of yourself and feeling your feelings, are all things I reinforce in my blogs and are tweaked when you go through challenges. This last week all I kept thinking was, I want to get back home to our amazing life!! Then I saw this quote today. “If you’re not obsessed with the life you’re living, change it!’ OK, YES!!!!
Now I’m not saying my life is perfect by any stretch - I have major challenges. My financial obligations with my business and my children are overwhelming. I live in a very tiny house and my kids share a bedroom. I have zero money for vacations because it all goes to fund our trips to Boston for my daughter’s surgeries. I don’t have a salary or an employer who pays me when I have to take time off to be mommy or because I’m sick. If I don’t work, I don’t get paid. It’s a long list, but you get the idea.
What I am saying is “I love it!” I love that I get to do what I love. I get to be with my babies and all the people I love everyday. I get to help people and make a difference in their lives. I get to live in the most amazing place and see and smell the ocean everyday. These are the things that make me obsessed with my life. When I am away from it, all I want to do is get back to it!
If you are in a life you don’t want to live, go get another one. No, it may not happen overnight, but take small steps. Make little changes. Start showing gratitude. Tell someone you love them. Search for a new career. Ask someone on a date. Go for a run. However tiny the step, let it lean you toward what you really want. Your life, the one you’re obsessed with, is waiting for you. Go…Be amazing!
This is the Face of a Warrior.
She’s sweet, smart, beautiful and brave, beyond words. She has endured eight surgeries with grace and courage never mind a complaint. But, a few days ago, she came to me with tears in her eyes. She’s now expressing fear and anxiety for the ﬁrst time ever. She has always been very go-with-the-ﬂow about it all, but she’s growing up emotionally and I better have my shit together so I can help her navigate through this. This is a battle she has to ﬁght for years to come and she needs to be equipped to deal with it emotionally. I need to let her be sad, scared, mad and frustrated. The goal is not to “make it better” like parents often want to do. The goal is to allow the expression, to validate the emotions, to be compassionate and to simply be present.!!! If I can navigate her through this, I can give her the tools she will need to handle most of the hurdles she will have to face in life! I believe to live a full life, to be vulnerable, to accomplish great things, to kick ass as a human, you have to stumble, fall, get your heart broken. If you have not experienced these types of things in your life, you’re probably living in protection and trying to avoid pain and suffering which is our natural response. But to truly live a full and present life we can't avoid pain and suffering, we can only develop the tools to persevere, to rise above and grow stronger!! This quote by Cheryl Strayed hits the nail on the head: "Parents teach their children how to be warriors, to give them the conﬁdence to get on the horse to ride into battle when it’s necessary to do so. If you didn’t get that from your parents, you have to teach yourself". I’m going to teach my children - it’s my job. It’s hard, it’s so damn hard. I can’t make this go away for her, I can only give her the tools. The tools she will need. She is a WARRIOR and so are you. Now Go... Be Amazing!