So I just got home from a long weekend in Colorado. Usually, when I travel, I eat out every meal and I end up feeling bloated and awful, even though I choose the best foods and try to stay on track. But you know how it is…you end up starving and the “good for you” choices end up not looking or sounding good, so you decide “just this once” I’ll eat this or that. And before you know it, the whole weekend has passed and you’ve had several “cheat” meals. Then you get home and the struggle is real to get back on track. We’ve all been there, right?!
But I’m so happy that this time was different! For you see, my brother and his wife just had beautiful twin girls! And that whole going out thing became a WHOLE LOT more difficult! Add in a rambunctious 3 year old and it gets even more difficult! So we spent our weekend visiting and cooking all our meals at their house. Which, believe me, was MUCH preferred! So this time, it was super easy to stay on track and enjoy the weekend without feeling awful the whole time!
I also got in a couple bodyweight workouts at the hotel with my nephew. Usually, I like to try to find a crossfit gym to drop in at, but I knew I wouldn’t have time this trip. But no worries…the bodyweight workouts I did were enough to get me moving and sweating and feeling the burn! And it inspired my nephew to get up and get moving too. His version of butterfly sit-ups looked WAY easier than mine! Hahahaha. I could have used this weekend as an excuse to relax and be lazy, but that isn’t me. Working out is relaxing for me!! And it didn’t detract from my weekend of visiting family either! Plus it helps that my family knows how crazy I am without my workouts!! :)
This was a much needed weekend away from some of the things going on in my life. I needed the time away to reflect on things going on in my life and to focus on the bigger picture. Because family is really what it’s all about. I enjoyed my one-on-one time with my nephew so much, and I loved getting to snuggle and cuddle with my nieces…they are such little angels! God Bless my sister-in-law for being able to handle it all while my brother is away at work! Plus he is amazing when he gets home and immediately starts helping and pitching in where needed! It definitely takes a village!!
I came home with a much clearer head and purpose for where my life is going and where it should be. My focus has been off and unclear for a bit, but I now know where it should be. That’s such a good feeling to have…knowing that all I had to do was take a step back and away from it all to really help it become clear where I should be focusing. I’d definitely recommend that for anyone!
I’m excited for being back on track and having set goals that I’m working towards. I’m even more excited to be back on track with God as my focus. For too long, I’ve strayed away from Him and I know that He is exactly where I need to be. I finally feel at peace knowing that He is at the helm of my ship…I hand Him all my anxieties and worries and rest peacefully knowing that whatever is going to happen is exactly what is supposed to.
I hope you all had an amazing weekend, as well! It’s weird talking about my long weekend while we are heading into another weekend here in a couple days. But I’m not complaining! I only have to work two days this week :) Then I have another busy weekend of attending the Crossfit Level 1 Certification training. I’m so excited to get this training under my belt and get on my way to achieving my goals!
Have a great rest of the week, and enjoy your weekend!
With love and wellness,
Ooooh – how could I forget?!?! Here are some pictures from this weekend!!
So I completed my ten days of meditation a couple days ago….it definitely became a habit! I’ve kept it up and plan on continuing to do it every night before bed (or as needed). I’ll admit, it was tougher than I thought to add in meditation every night…there were many late nights, especially while I was traveling, where all I wanted to do was crawl in bed and pass out. But I still did my meditation…every night. Even if it was only a 3 minute meditation, I still managed to get them in! So if I can do it at midnight (when I had to wake up in a few short hours), then anyone can do it!!
I’ve noticed a few positive changes since adding it into my routine. First, and the most obvious, is that I’ve been sleeping better. I fall asleep faster because my mind isn’t racing with millions of thoughts, and I sleep through the night. I wake up with a clear mind and my thoughts are much more positive throughout the day, as well! That may not mean much to some people, but it’s amazing for me. I have so many things to be positive for, but it’s often difficult to maintain that positive outlook all day, every day. Meditation has helped me maintain that focus.
Another positive change I’ve noticed is that I’m much calmer…my anxiety is not quite as crazy as it can be. I have a bad habit of overthinking things and going over everything in my mind again and again. It. Drives. Me. Crazy. Meditation has helped calm that down. Another side effect is that my thoughts are much clearer. They aren’t all jumbled up and all over the place. I can’t tell you how amazing that is! I seem to make decisions much easier, and I don’t go back and forth over what I should do, or worse, trying to figure out what is “expected” of me.
I’m so happy to get back into meditation and to have these amazing results, just in a few short days. I know this is something I will continue doing and continue seeing great results!
I traveled to Charleston, SC last week, my home town. It seemed to fly by! I had so much fun and visited with a lot of friends I hadn’t seen in awhile. I also got to see my family, which is always a plus! And yes, I kept up with my meditation while I was there. My aunt even asked me about it! I hope she gets into it and sees the same great results I have!
It’s been nice to be home and get back into my routine. I missed my kitchen and cooking and eating healthy. Like I said above, I had a few late nights so I wasn’t getting my sleep and I was eating out every meal (obviously), so I know I didn’t always make the best choices. Needless to say, I’ve had a few breakouts as a result. But I know they’ll clear up now that I’m getting home and getting back into my normal eating habits! The real takeaway is that I had an awesome week and enjoyed my time away! Because in the end, we only live once! So we may as well live it up :)
I hope you all are enjoying your weekend, and are getting some much needed rest and relaxation!
With love and wellness,
PS – I had to throw this picture in because I think it’s hilarious. Meditation will help keep you calm…dating a crossfit chick helps too :P
You know what I did today? Nothing. Yes, you read that right. I did absolutely nothing today…and it was everything I absolutely needed. I slept in until 0830, which yes, is sleeping in for me. I took my time getting out of bed and making breakfast…I had nowhere to be, so I wasn’t in any rush.
At 1130, I was thinking I should take a shower and get ready…get ready for what, I’m not sure, but that’s what I thought I *needed* to do. But instead, I laid down on the bed and slept for 2.5, almost 3 hours! I didn’t realize just how tired I was until I almost immediately passed out. I still feel like I could go back to sleep, so the rest of my day will be spent relaxing, probably taking a bath, and getting ready for the week. And I’m completely okay with that.
I’m definitely still learning/re-learning the value of self-care. I was so busy yesterday running around and completing errands that I didn’t have a chance to rest; plus, I worked on some stuff for my business. It felt never-ending. So having a day to rest and rejuvenate is exactly what was called for.
What about you? Have you taken some time for yourself this weekend? I promise, it isn’t selfish and the world won’t stop turning. But it will rejuvenate you and give you a sense of inner peace that we all (namely, you) so desperately need!
I hope you enjoyed your weekend and start your week off on the right foot.
With love and wellness,
So our house had a little mishap today. My boyfriend’s 5-year old daughter was playing with the husky, Eli, with a massive rope toy. She was swinging it around, hitting the coffee table and sofa. I asked/told her twice to stop and get away from the furniture. Both times, she moved away from the couch, but after the second time, I walked back into the kitchen and the next thing I heard was a loud crash. I immediately knew what it was based on the sound. I walked around the corner and the tree was on the ground. I immediately knew some of the ornaments had been broken. See, this year, we used my small 4.5′ fake tree because we were in the process of moving (Scott and I moved in together) and knew we wouldn’t have time for anything else. On that note, we also only used my ornaments because we knew exactly where they were and wouldn’t have to get anything else from the attic.
I have to admit, I was devastated cleaning up the mess. My heart was broken as we picked up the tree and all the little pieces of the broken ornaments. I have LOTS of pug ornaments that I’ve accumulated over the years (thanks mom and Court). I wanted to cry. But I realized as we were cleaning up, me and Scott and his two sons, that this mess…this disaster, had brought all of us together to work together to clean up. Scott and his oldest son helped find pieces of the ornaments and glue them back together. In all, we actually only lost one ornament that had shattered into several pieces. The ones we glued back together, while they may have a little part missing from here and there, are still usable. It actually turned into a fun afternoon putting everything away and figuring out what pieces went to which ornaments.
But in going through this, I realized how much I have grown up (yes, it’s taken me a long time to realize that, LOL). In the past, I would have been so angry and upset and crying and been very ugly about the whole situation. In fact, I think Scott was more upset about it because he knew how much my ornaments meant to me (they all have some sentimental value of some sort…I have lots of them with my pugs’ names on them…luckily, none of those broke). I told him, “It’s fine, sweetheart. The tree is fine and the ornaments are just things. She’s not hurt and the dog’s not hurt and nothing is seriously damaged. It’s okay.” And I really meant it.
I don’t know why I felt the need to share this with you all, but it’s part of my 2015 resolutions. I want to focus more on the positives in my life and stop complaining so much. I have so much to be thankful and grateful for. I could’ve been angry and upset and made the situation so much worse. Scott’s daughter was crying and I walked up to her and told her that it upset me that she knocked the tree down, but that I was glad she was okay. I wiped her eyes and helped her blow her nose and got her something to drink. I calmed her down and in the end, she came over and helped us put the ornaments away. And that, all of us, working and laughing together, is what I’m so grateful for. It made it all worth it.
Bad things happen…mistakes happen. That’s life. But it’s how you handle it that really makes you who you are. Focus on the good things that come out of those mistakes and you will be much happier. And on the plus side, our Christmas decorations are down and we can get them stored in the attic :) One less project for this weekend.
I hope you all have an amazing weekend and focus on all the positives in your life! Write down one to two things a day that you are grateful for and you’ll start to see a positive shift in your attitude and your life.
With love and wellness,