Archive | June, 2012

Getting in the Game

27 Jun

For any real change to come in your life you have to have a strong motivator. This is oftentimes that ‘rock-bottom ah ha’ moment where you realize you aren’t where you want to be or who you want to be and that in order for you to get there you must do something to change that.

When I first started running and making healthier lifestyle changes, it was because of a moment in my life where I was unhappy with myself. I was asked to be in a wedding and was one of the curvier girls (compared to the stick thin girls also in the wedding) and was down on myself for having to order a few sizes larger than I thought I’d need. I was also worried about looking ‘hippy’ in the bridesmaid dress and after realizing my issues stemmed much deeper than being in this wedding…I made change happen.

This starts with a few things. Being motivated isn’t a single thing that someone says, “hey I’m going to dramatically change my life tomorrow…” although that can happen, in order to stick with it, it must be more. It must go deeper.

Something needs to spark the desire. For me this was a chain of events that lead up to one ‘ah ha’ moment where after lots of tears, I said to myself – I can’t do this anymore. I need to change. I need to find my happiness and be the best that I can be – healthy physically and emotionally.

Refocusing on goals. After my lowest point and having a spark in me wanting to change, I had to refocus my goals. My goal was to no longer sit back and let my life pass me by, it was to take charge, get healthy, and feel alive. Refocusing your goals will help you add fuel to that spark of desire and take it further. It will put meaning behind the change.

Envision. Envisioning is the next important thing to getting motivated (and staying motivated). Once I set my mind to something, I can make it happen. The mind is the most powerful thing that we have. If you really want something, and you imagine having it, there isn’t much that can stop you at that point.

Embrace change. Embracing change is another important factor to not only getting motivated but staying motivated. If you resist change, you will go nowhere and that spark will burn out. If you embrace change, you allow yourself to face challenges with power and strength. Like the saying, “If you do what you have always done, you will be where you’ve always been.”

You have to do it for yourself. When it comes to making personal growth, it always has to be for yourself. You have to want it, you have to do it, and you will receive the benefits that come from your hard work. Taking responsibility for your life and holding yourself accountable is where success is. If you have the desire, have goals, envision your goals, embrace the change, but if you do it all for someone else, you won’t succeed. You have to want it for yourself.

Realizing these general steps and finding ways to accomplish each one will set you up for nothing but success. Although much easier said than done, it can be done. You can take control and change your life.

*Stay tuned for more specific motivation tips towards running goals and healthy eating goals.

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Living for the Weekend

26 Jun

Happy Tuesday everyone! After a sort of stressful week last week, I was in need of some summer fun.

This past weekend we started it out by having dinner at my mother and father-in-law’s house with my husband’s family. We grilled out and sat out on the deck. The weather was beautiful, mid 70’s, sunny, perfect.

So into the hockey game he climbed up on the railing with excitement…this is basically a weekly occurrence during the winter in our lives 😉

All the while, my crazy, hockey fanatic, ‘fan of the year’ (yes, they give out that award…) husband watched the NHL first round draft. Of which a favorite player of ours that plays on our local USHL team was chosen 14th in the first round. There were also 2 other players that got chosen in the first round and one from last year that got second round pick. This was very exciting for our small town team in only its second season in the USHL. They actually showed our ice arena on a few of the clips of him playing, it was pretty cool. David will be so excited when he reads that I actually mentioned this on my blog…be on the lookout for lots more hockey talk once September rolls around as it’ll consume our lives.

Saturday was another great day, although cloudy and a little chillier, we went swimming. Although I froze, had goose bumps underwater for a few hours until my lips turned blue, it was a lot of fun! We went with another couple that we hang out with and really enjoyed ourselves.

Later on Saturday, we took my nephew’s 4 year pictures, my other nephew’s 6 month pictures, and their family pictures. The weather wasn’t ideal, it was gloomy and I almost asked to reschedule, but they turned out very nice.

While in college taking all kinds of art and photography classes, David purchased a pretty nice Canon camera which we’ve started to finally feel comfortable using. We’ve taken my sister’s family pictures since my oldest nephew was born. And with the help of Facebook, we’ve had quite a few requests coming through to take more family/senior/engagement pictures. We both love doing it and make a great team! David takes the pictures while I set up poses/ideas and guide the subject and then edit the photos. Then we went and had some amazing taco pizza…a very nice Saturday!

On Sunday, my college friends and I decided to do a girls day. We were going to go tubing on a river nearby but Iowa is in somewhat of a drought (ok, not officially but we haven’t had a good amount of rain in a long time)…so the river was so low that they told us it’d take 7+ hours, without stopping, to float down stream. We decided to go to a water park about 90 miles away instead and since we were all coming from different areas of Iowa, we met there early Sunday morning.

We had the best weather! It was 80’s, sunny, blue sky, not cold at all in or out of the water.

It was so nice catching up with them. In college, I lived with a group of 7 girls throughout my 4 years and we know each other so well. We joke and tease and have serious conversations – which have changed so much over the past few years. It went from roommate drama, homework assignments, and tests to jobs, bills, and recipes. I miss these girls so much and whenever we are together, it doesn’t feel like any time has passed!

I love summer and this year it’s going so fast. I find myself wishing time away a lot so I really tried to live in the moment and enjoy the company around me. It was refreshing to say the least!

Now almost half way to the next fun weekend filled with lots of time to spend with my nephews…another fantastic pastime! But because I’m trying not to wish time by, tonight’s another night of marriage counseling…cough+cough…sand volleyball (Marriage Counseling is our team name as we are 3 married couples who oftentimes bicker throughout the games) – wish us luck, we need it!! {hehe}

Optimistic

22 Jun

After a long talk with my mom (thanks Mom, I love you!), I realized how I was letting my negative mind take control and turn every little thing into more of a bigger deal than what it was worth.

I also realized that the last post was honest and really sincerely how I was feeling this morning. All of the ups and downs are part of this journey and as hard as they are on my emotionally and mentally – as long as I don’t let them take me down, I can overcome them and move on.

So as my mom has lost NO hope, she has give me a burst of hope and optimism that I temporarily lost with this ONE, small setback. She reminded me that my body won’t let me down…and I must continue to trust it.

This struggle has left my husband and I feeling so helpless but with the power of our support system around us, we will all get through this and move on from it. Thank you, again, Mom! You are the greatest ever! ❤

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As negative as I was this morning, I am going to turn it around…starting NOW….

Here’s 20 things about me:

1- I love dogs of all kinds, big, small, old, young…you name it, they steal my heart.

2- I want to travel to Hawaii sometime in my life. A girl I know from college lives there now and her pictures/videos she posts of her travels are just incredible!

3- I love the color pink

4- I really like DQ Blizzards

5- I love to cook new recipes

6- and try new foods

7- I could live in my flip flops any time of the year. In fact in college, we had tunnels that ran across campus that I would literally wear flip flops even in the dead of winter.

8- My favorite season is fall. I love pumpkin flavored anything and the smell in the air, and my birthday is in October, making it even better 🙂

9- I would love to bike more.

10- I’m not a very good swimmer.

11- I love weddings. Everything about them from the colors to the cake.

12- I wish I could travel back in time and see how things were 100 years ago, I think it’d be a huge eye opener.

13- I’m working on appreciating things more, everything…even the tiniest things we take for granted.

14- I’m not very organized. I don’t match my socks and they are thrown in with everything else all mixed together…but most of the time I know where things are even if they are in my own organization manner.

15- My husband does a lot of the cleaning (love you!)

16- I’m a tad on the OCD side when it comes to things at work. I double or triple check everything before it goes to print.

17- My mom’s mashed potatoes have no competition…same goes for the rest of her cooking (best ever!)

18- I now refuse to bake bread. It never gets done in the middle and burns on the outside…

19- I love grocery shopping.

20- I love music…I have it on at all times at work and in our house (especially now that we don’t have Dish and I’m done with the Vampire Diaries…)

With that, make today a great one because you only get one Friday, June 22, 2012 in your life…