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Happiness is Contagious--Spread the cooties!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

I had 6 women participate in my PiYo class today. They all loved the new routine. I had their limbs shaking by the end of the 45 minute workout. It truly is an awesome feeling, helping others achieve success. They're helping me too by keeping me accountable.

I was feeling sluggish and crampy all morning. I wasn't that motivated to workout this afternoon, so I made myself go down a few minutes early to get my head in the game. That seemed to work. As soon as I walked into the gym, I found peace. I scolded myself a bit, "You are the teacher, don't let on that you don't feel 100%" The weather is rainy and cold today so I knew that everyone coming through the doors would be in a dreary mood, I reminded myself. I made it my goal to energize the group. By default, that gave me energy without even realizing it. It's great how that works, isn't it?

So next time you don't feel like working out, turn the focus onto someone or something else. Don't focus on how miserable you are, rather focus on how miserable someone else is and do your best to be happy around them. Happiness is contagious, after all. That little mood shift will go a long way for both you and the other person.





  
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BEACHCALSIX 12/4/2014 4:42PM

    I did NOT want to go outside this morning. It was foggy and dreary...but once I forced myself outside it was really nice! The weather was in the 70s, it was the best run I've had lately! Thanks for the reminder! Gonna keep pushing through the cold season!

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BEINGERIN 12/2/2014 3:03PM

    Thanks for the great message! Exactly what I needed right now.

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Exhaustion Run Amuck

Monday, December 01, 2014

I'm sure you feel the same way I do today. Tired, exhausted, and a little heavier. The carbo overload from last week is definitely taking its toll on me today, my first day back to work. I feel like a slug. I can definitely feel the extra weight I packed on over the course of a week's stay-cation. I don't like it at all.

I brought my gym bag into work. My goal is to get out on the trail today for a run at lunch. As the clock ticks down to noon, I find myself coming up with a list of excuses not to go out:

1. It's my first day back, I really should work through lunch to catch up.
2. I'm so tired, I don't think my legs would last long.
3. I'm so tired, I don't think my mind would last long.
4. I'm starting to get hungry and it's not good to run on an empty stomach.
5. My period started so I know it's going to be a bad run.
6. I don't know if I remembered to bring my socks.

I'm sure more reasons will pop into my head if I let them. But I won't. Instead, here's my list of reasons why I NEED to run TODAY!

1. I haven't been running since the Color Run 5k 2 weeks ago.
2. The temperature is actually supposed to get above 60 degrees!
3. The endorphins will keep me going throughout the day.
4. The workout will rev up my metabolism which will help burn off that turkey weight.
5. The fresh air will be invigorating and will help me think better in the afternoon.
6. I may not be fast today or go very far but at least it's something.
7. If I run today, I'll be able to put a check next to today's date for workout completed!
8. If I run, I can avoid the guilt I'll feel later when you eat left overs.
9. If I run, I can avoid the guilt of not going.
10. If I run, it'll get me out of the office for a few minutes--FREEDOM!

Okay, so there are a lot more reasons to run than to not run. I guess that means that I'm running today, even if I have to borrow a pair of socks from a gym mate.

  
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BEACHCALSIX 12/4/2014 4:40PM

    Thanksgiving left me feeling so BLEH. Slowly getting back on track...until Christmas hits!! :D

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BEINGERIN 12/1/2014 12:48PM

    Love this. It sounds a lot like my thought process this morning. I will be out there at lunch time too. I am sure we will both come back to work feeling much better!

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MCJULIEO 12/1/2014 11:59AM

    Excellent blog! You ROCK!

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PiYo & Color Run

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

So, as promised I am making some changes in my life. Today, I downgraded a few apps that were helping me run my Beachbody business, so I won't be paying for those services. I'm going to keep my Beachbody coach subscription so I can keep getting the shakes discounted, because they are helping me. But who knows, I might find something cheaper over the next few weeks.

I just finished teaching my PiYo class. I had a lot of new people this week and it was great! They all walked in nervous and left with huge smiles on their faces. It made me feel awesome. A few even came up to me afterwards to thank me and tell me how much they enjoyed it. Everyone was sweating, including me! I loved hearing them groan during the abs section. I know I worked them good and it felt awesome!

Gosh, who would have thought I'd be leading fitness classes? It still blows my mind, even after teaching 5 weeks in a row.
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We haven't been hit with the cold blast yet, but they say it's coming tonight. I'm actually looking forward to it. I don't know if I'll be saying that on Saturday when I have to run the 5k Color Run. It's my first Color Run. I'm trying to get excited about it but I haven't been running a lot lately, so I know my time is going to be bad. Still, the atmosphere should be fun. I'll be going down by myself, which will be new for me too. Usually hubs comes along to support me, but this time I'm going to tell him to stay home. It'll be too cold.
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I'm also on day 3 of my 21 Day Fix. It's going okay. I've been under a lot of stress lately, which has depleted my appetite. The 21 Day Fix has helped keep me accountable, but I'm also going to start using the Sparkpeople app to make sure I'm getting enough. I don't want to end up in the hospital again. That's so embarrassing.
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REALITYCHECK86 11/14/2014 11:45PM

    I can't wait to hear about the run! Sounds fun, I've never been to a color run before. I'll have to try it out sometime. Glad you're enjoying your class, it sounds very rewarding! Stress is just one of those things we all have to figure out how to cope with in our own way. I hope you can find some ways to relax. And definitely don't end up in the hospital!!!


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Back to Basics

Monday, November 10, 2014

I've been struggling for a month to stay active and stick to my clean-eating plan, so today, I'm going to focus on the basics. What does that mean?

It means, spending some quality at the place where my journey truly began: Sparkpeople.

I've been so focused on my Beachbody business that I haven't been able to focus on me or anyone else. I'm trying to prioritize my life, which as you all know, is ridiculously difficult. There are two areas in particular that I need to focus in order to succeed. The first is my marriage and the second is me. Honestly, I think all my cloudiness and funk can be contributed to my ailing relationship with my husband. Once I get that figured out, I think I'll be much happier and be able to press forward.

My husband gets homesick every year around this time. I try to be as supportive and understanding as possible, but it's hard, particularly when he thinks it's appropriate to point out every little thing that I do that annoys him. Sometimes he gets really angry and will have outburst out of nowhere--I never know what's going to set him off. Last year we even went to couples therapist. That helped for awhile, but everything relapsed when we came back from Ireland.

I feel guilty, because I know he's only staying in America because he made a vow to me and now we have a beautiful son. He feels trapped and I am the cage.

The last few weeks, I feel like we've drifted apart emotionally. And then last night, he suggested that he sleep in the basement on the nights he has to work so he can get some sleep. We've talked about this in the past and I've told him he could do that if he felt he wasn't getting enough sleep before his night shift, but now I worry that sleeping in separate beds 80% of the week will make us drift apart physically. It's hard enough having a physical relationship when you're losing that emotional connection.

I know I have to bring this all up, but I'm scared. This conversation could be a breaking point in our marriage. Something needs to change though, because this stress is not good for either one of us or for our son. Something, or someone, is going to have to give. I'm willing to surrender to make him happy. I've learned that I can't make him happy, he has to be responsible for his own happiness. But he can't do that if he keeps focusing on the little annoying stuff. I honestly don't know what he likes about me anymore. I can't remember the last time he paid me a compliment and that's just sad.

Sorry, I'm just talking out loud. This blog has given me courage to say what needs to be said. We'll see how things go.




  
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REALITYCHECK86 11/14/2014 11:40PM

    Hey, I just now saw this post. I'm sorry that you're having relationship troubles. It's got to be hard for him to live outside of his home country if he loves it there. I have had my fair share of relationship troubles, but for the most part we make it work. I hope you guys can work it out, or that at least you can come to the best decision for all of you. It's good to get stuff out, blogging is an excellent outlet if you need it. I just wanted to offer you a little support from Arizona. Good luck and stay strong for that adorable little boy.
P.S. if you ever need to vent I'm here to talk.
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I'm a Fitness Instructor!!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Say what?!

That's right, I passed my PiYo certification class on Sunday and I am now an instructor at my gym! My gym director just announced to the class that I would be brought on as a new instructor. I am super excited. I don't think I've ever been this proud of myself. The birth of my son is up there but this is darn near close.

When I started my journey 6 years ago, getting a fitness certification was never a consideration. I never thought I could do it; never thought I could ever be strong enough or thin enough. But through Beachbody I've discovered my passion for helping others lose weight and stay in shape. I also learned that you don't have to in the best shape of your life to inspire or lead others. That passion and love for PiYo drove me to sign up for the certification class.

I was so nervous. I had no idea what to expect, but my game plan was to go in acting like I knew what I was doing. It worked.

It was a very long day, but so much fun. It was my first time taking a PiYo Live class (I've been using Chalene Johnson's DVDs). I definitely got a taste of the Kool Aid and it's soooo delicious!

The course started with an hour introduction, then we went into the hour and half PiYo workout. We worked up a big sweat! After lunch we spent time going over cuing, which meant repeating moves over and over. My legs are still sore. Eventually we broke down into smaller groups so we could do mock classes.

The hardest part about leading a PiYo class will be talking and staying on point in the music. I've been listening to the CD on repeat to get a feel for the phrases. I'm slowly becoming more and more confident. I just have to get in front of a group! That could be happening as early as Friday. ahhh!!!

It just goes to show, don't ever tell yourself you're not good enough to do something. The person who says "I can" and the person who says "I can't" are both right. The sky is the limit!

So what's next for me? I think I'll get my general PT certification. I have a connection with a PT contracting company. I was contacted by them last week about becoming a PT Director! The position sounded amazing but I don't know if I'm quite ready to leave my cushy government job yet. I feel it coming though. A change. Something fantastic!


  
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NEWBUTTERFLY76 10/11/2014 4:40PM

    Awesome!! Congrats!! There is a class up my way in December. I'm eye balling it. Seriously!! Lol!!

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REALITYCHECK86 10/10/2014 9:05AM

    YAYAYAYAYAY!!! Congrats, you should be proud of yourself!! I can tell how excited you are just reading this blog, and it makes me excited for you! I don't think I would ever be brave enough to teach a class, but I guess you never know right?! "The person who says "I can" and the person who says "I can't" are both right. The sky is the limit!" I love that you added that! Very wise. I can't wait to hear how your first class goes! Way to go!!
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FITWITHIN 10/8/2014 6:02PM

    emoticon on your accomplishment! I'm going for my Zumba Instructional License and I'm, so excited. Enjoy and keep celebrating! emoticon emoticon

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