Moving your body

The Stress Slide

Posted by on Jul 2, 2010 in Authenticity, Challenges, Connections, Conscious eating, Food and Drink, Moving your body, Self worth | 0 comments

I started gung ho with Health Coach Team this month: my goal to loose these final five pounds, increase my strength and muscle tone. First week I gained. Second week I lost what I gained. Third week I lost a half-pound. When I strained my hip I really felt down and I had to take a few days off from exercise to rest it. So there was no surprise in my fourth week I found what I’d lost! There is a powerful difference between these two mindsets of finding and losing instead of releasing—I’m ready to let it go forever! Here’s what happened: stress. During my weight loss journey my life was fairly smooth sailing even last year when Jeff was laid off I didn’t panic, I knew we’d be okay and saw it as an opportunity. When we moved mom into our home in November I had no idea what it was like to be a full time caregiver. OMG! I stress over everything, and when I’m not stressing I feel guilty—there are so many emotions at play in caring for an ailing parent. When I added the limitations and worry about my hip I hit overwhelm. Once the stress took over I slid out of my healthy habits and right back into eating emotionally and starting the vicious cycle of feeling overwhelmed, sad, tired, depressed and eating to feel better. But I didn’t feel better I felt worse….so I’d eat some more and feel lower than low. And then I stopped all my exercise routines because what’s the point I’m pitiful. You get the picture!  The key to stopping this cycle? Awareness. I saw what I was doing and knew what I needed to do. I simply had to decide using stress as an excuse was no longer serving me. Yes, it let me have a pity party but it didn’t solve my challenges, it only compounded them! As long as I am looking at my life from these perspectives: ‘I don’t deserve this’ ‘It’s not fair’ ‘Poor me,’ then that leads to unhealthy choices. When I shift into gratitude and how blessed my life is I am empowered to make choices that support my aliveness and give me the energy to face those challenges with possibility instead of negativity. This   week I have shifted and I feel happy about my choices, my productivity, and the balance I’ve created between work and play. I’m content in roles I’ve chosen as wife, mom, daughter, partner, caretaker and friend. My mantra: I release all stress in my life along with any excess weight on my body. Please share any practices you use to manage or avoid stress. I know I need all the help I can...

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The Right to Bare Arms

Posted by on Jun 22, 2010 in Authenticity, Books, Challenges, Connections, Moving your body, Self worth, Sports | 0 comments

    I am always thrilled to receive an Amazon delivery box on my doorstep—especially one I didn’t order! 😉 Sharon you are always so wise and thoughtful and right on in your gift giving, thank you.  Sharon sent me Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy by JJ Virgin.  Here’s the JJ Virgin Arms Treaty and my intention for my not just reading but doing this book:      We hereby resolve to: Abolish forever this phrase from your vocabulary: Do my arms look fat? Stop the madness of wearing cashmere shrugs over sundresses when it’s 98 degrees outside. Drop the sneaky way you slink into the background of family pictures so your arms don’t look bigger than those of the guys in the photo. End all the excuses you have for not going to the beach because there is no Spandex for arms. Put to rest your resentment of famous actresses with toned arms. In other words, don’t be a toned-arm hater. Stop staring at your little three pound baby hand weights and wondering why a thousand biceps curls seem to do absolutely nothing. Be a part of a movement where women know they have the right to bare arms and bare them proudly in the sunlight and in the moonlight, thus allowing fresh air to touch skin that hasn’t been uncovered or felt a breeze in years. I’ve pulled my hand weights out from under the bed and dusted them off; set up the rowing machine where I will trip over it; and even taken my before arm photos to compare to the after pix I’ll take at the end of summer and dare to share.  Let’s go gals—we have the right to bare...

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Planet Fitness

Posted by on Jun 10, 2010 in 31 Days of Self Care, Authenticity, Challenges, Moving your body, Self worth | 2 comments

I am resistant to change. So what else is new—I’m a human ‘bean’ as SARK would say! After two years of working out and losing weight with the help of our local YMCA I was not open to the thought of attending another gym. But my budget couldn’t stretch to accommodate the Y anymore and I wasn’t using any of the amenities like classes, daycare or the pool.     Internally I made the shift to be open to change before I was even aware and as soon as I did that people in my life told me about Planet Fitness—three people actually over a period of a month. Synchronicity? The Law of Attraction? The Universe tapping me on the shoulder? Yes, yes, and yes. They mentioned how inexpensive it was and how non gym-like it was. My inner critic warned me not to fall for it, ha a gym that’s non gym-like. As in the people there are not walking around showing off perfectly formed abs and quads? Sure. Despite my critic I went to take a look. I was greeted by a young woman who was attentive, but not pushy, and was fine with me walking around and looking. It was a busy morning and although there were lots of people working out there were still plenty of machines and space. The facility was particularly clean, the layout inviting and mostly…they had me at PURPLE! Counters, walls, and many of the machines are purple which is a power color for me—it energizes and inspires me. A huge arrow inside the front door asks you to: Leave your egos here! The vibes felt right and although I did see several perfectly toned bodies I didn’t get the swagger feeling from these folks and there were definitely more normal looking bodies like mine. Planet Fitness operates as franchise opportunities and this location is owned and operated locally and that appealed to me. Once I read their mission statement, a giant purple and yellow sign over customer service, I was willing to commit to ten bucks a month and have shifted easily into my biweekly visits: We at Planet Fitness are here to provide a unique environment in which anyone – and we mean anyone – can be comfortable. A diverse, Judgement Free Zone® where a lasting, active lifestyle can be built. Our product is a tool, a means to an end; not a brand name or a mold-maker, but a tool that can be used by anyone. In the end, it’s all about you. As we evolve and educate ourselves, we will seek to perfect this safe, energetic environment, where everyone feels accepted and respected. We are not here to kiss your butt, only to kick it if that’s what you need. We need you, because face it, our planet wouldn’t be the same without you. You...

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My New Health Coach

Posted by on May 30, 2010 in 31 Days of Self Care, Challenges, Conscious eating, Food and Drink, Moving your body, Self worth | 0 comments

I participated in a Considerably Huge telesummit series of free coaching calls over the past three months. In April Debbie Schroeder and her partner, Lynn Smith, from Health Coach Team spoke about feeling your best to achieve your best and gave some great tips and information for weight loss, fitness, and self care.  Under stress I’ve realized I have been taking infinitesimal steps back into my old habits of eating emotionally, sitting instead of moving, sleeping but not feeling rested, making unhealthy food choices. You get the picture?  I’ve gained three pounds so far this year and I realize that may not sound like much but that’s exactly how we gain weight; so slowly that we don’t notice until it’s ten pounds or more! It’s a red flag that I’ve slipped in my support systems and need to put good habits back in place. Enter Debbie and Health Coach Team, we had a discovery call so we could connect and I could share my progress so far along with the challenges I’m currently facing. Debbie and I hit it off and I have signed up for three months of web-based coaching with one phone call per month. Health Coach Teams coaching agreement states: The coach’s role is to accelerate the client’s progress by providing greater focus, awareness of choice and accountability. Here are my goals for the summer; I’m saying them in print as a demonstration of my commitment to reaching the next level of fitness for myself: •    Lose the final ‘five’ pounds•    Participate in a Walk/Run (crawl) challenge locally•    Practice strength training that I will embrace/enjoy•    Trust myself to become strong and fit What do you do when a red flag is raised? What helps you get back on track with your fitness and...

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Me an employee?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2010 in 31 Days of Self Care, Conscious eating, Food and Drink, Inspiration, Moving your body, Self worth | 0 comments

I’ve taken a part time J-O-B. Don’t panic it’s a positive move for me and it’s not replacing my being a business owner. I wanted to make a bigger commitment to give back and inspire others to lose weight. It’s a company I believe in. I am now a trained receptionist for Weight Watchers and if you are a member who visits the Six Gun or Heathbrook Plaza meeting locations in Ocala, FL on a Friday or Saturday morning, you may be lucky enough to have me greet you and weigh you in! 😉 I’ve enjoyed the face-to-face interaction and laugh often with members and co-workers. I set my terms for becoming an employee and gave an availability that would work for me without overpromising myself—which is a direct result of having high standards in my practice and knowing my value. Employee is a new hat I’ve donned on my journey and my intention is to connect with and motivate women to live their best lives now!  If you do stop by a meeting I’m working you might overhear me talking up the Weight Watchers Walk It Challenge on June 6th. Come out and walk three miles with us—or find an event near you. Didya know Jennifer Hudson is our new spokesperson; doesn't she look FAB!?  Just...

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Walking Your Talk

Posted by on Apr 16, 2010 in Authenticity, Challenges, Current Affairs, Inspiration, Love, Moving your body | 0 comments

I met the amazing and inspiring Jaime Renaud in 2002 when I signed up for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer from Boca Raton to Miami in April 2002—walking 60 miles in three days. Both my aunts are breast cancer survivors, but I was also walking in memory of my dad who died of cancer the year before at age 75. Jaime was walking for her special friend, Terri, who lost her fight to breast cancer in 2001. This walk was a celebration of Terri’s life and their friendship. Little did we know this walk would bring us together as kindred souls and create a lifelong bond of friendship between us.  We both lived in Ocala, Florida at the time and my mom, aged 71, also joined our team along with Amy Fejes from Lakeland. We kept each other going through practice walks and pooled our fund raising efforts and held a dinner and silent auction at a local café. What fun that rainy night was!    Eight years later Jaime is dedicated to being ‘In It Until She Ends It’ and has created the Appalachian Trail Girls Team (AT Girls), since she now lives in Millinocket, Maine, and is walking the Avon Two Day event in New York City on October 16 & 17, 2010. This time Jaime is walking for her friend, Rocky, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer—the name Rocky simply exudes ‘survivor’ doesn’t it!? The AT Girls’ slogan is “DO IT FOR THE GIRLS!”  Let’s help Jaime and her team ‘do it for the girls’; yours, mine, and ‘the girls’ of all of the women we love!     You can join Jaime’s team or donate here: Each team member commits to raising $1800 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and Jaime’s personal goal is $2000—that’s only twenty people committing to one hundred bucks each! Are you ‘In It To End...

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