Attack Or Be A Victim

 

 

 

webmail.motivated-fitnessHey there!!!

 

How is the day going so far? Are you excited for the week ahead, or are you sulking because yet again, the weekend has come to an end? Are you ready to ambitiously attack the day, or thinking about how many cups of coffee you need to consume before you find yourself comfy and cozy back at home?

 

Guess what? You are in charge of your life! Yes YOU. Right now you get to choose how would like your day to unfold. Sure, you cannot control every aspect of the day, but waking with a positive mindset will empower you to own how you react to what comes your way.
Every Monday we are flooded with tons of memes on social media that are filled with rainbows and unicorns wishing you an amazing day. Or, angry cats not wanting to be disturbed and flipped over dogs exclaiming, WHY? WHY? WHY?

 

The choice is yours my friend. You can choose to smile at a stranger or stare blankly at the ground. You can choose to curse out your boss in your head after a meeting that didn’t pan out the way you wanted it to. Or you may choose to strut out of that terrible meeting rocking that fabulous outfit you worked your tail off for. And hey, if it suits you, go ahead and flip your hair back while you are at it. IT IS YOUR CHOICE. But you have to own it!

 

So have you decided yet? Are you going to be a victim of this day or are you going to make the day yours?

 

Are you a miserable little feline or an ecstatic mystical unicorn.

 

Wishing you a Healthy Ever After!

~ Tiffany G. 

Fab Friday 7/10/15

I am making it a point to post every Friday about the great events and accomplishments through out the week. I want to share with you, and remind myself, of the great accomplishments, moments, and things I have learned. It is not easy being an entrepreneur. It is not easy to be a caretaker. It is not easy to remember to care for yourself, connect with your friends and to have patience and faith. I hope this helps you as much as it helps me. Here is to Fab Fridays!

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Best moment: Getting to spend time and catch up with grade school friends this afternoon and evening

 

Goal accomplished: I finally folded my laundry

 

Drinking: Lemon Ginger Tea

 

Listening to: Hunter Pence hitting a grand slam

 

Working on: My blog schedule and programming for tomorrows clients

 

Wishing for: The a nice clean apartment of my own

 

Loving: My new stretch class at the beach

 

Hoping: That more people will allow me to help and coach them and share my experiences with the battles we struggle as our loved ones (especially parents) fall sick.

 

Needing: A haircut!

 

Feeling: That I have the ability to shape and mold the life I desire. I understand I cannot control certain things, and although I want to I should focus on where I am going in the future.

 

Exploring: Ideas for my product that will help other people care for their loved ones which will teach them how to care for themselves as they have to care for another person. It is the one, if not the most, difficult task to care for someone who is sick. It is something that nobody understands unless they have been there themselves.

Embracing the Summer Solstice

Recently I was checking out a blog of a fellow Fitpro that I follow. I really loved her occasional posts talking about her current feelings and her acknowledgment for her present moment. I encourage you to stop and do the same, if not daily, at least weekly. This morning, on the longest day of the year, I sat out on the back porch overlooking the beautiful SF Skyline, put on some music and embraced the day!

 

Drinking: Lemon and honey tea. It calms me in the morning and sets the tone for the day.

Reading: The Entrepreneur Roller coaster and next up, Millionaire Mindset

Wanting: A mini vacation and the peace of mind that my dad will be okay. His Alzheimer’s has become much worse the past few months and every day is unpredictable.

Watching: I have access to Netflix for the next week so I have been catching up on Orange is the New Black

Listening: Tim Flannery station on Pandora. It is great for writing, thinking and just being.

Smelling: The fresh air of the morning and the trees from the park next to me.

Wishing: That there was more peace in this world, the days of racism to be truly gone and everyone can live freely as themselves and sexuality and gender identification was a non-issue.

Enjoying: The summer weather and the long days.

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Loving: The little munchkin I am watching and his sweet kisses 🙂

Hoping: There is a cure for uncontrollable diseases and more support and rights for the families that have to watch loved ones suffer.

Needing: A pedicure!

Feeling: Calm after the storm. Don’t let a bad day or week turn into weeks, months or years. GET OVER IT!

Wearing: My KISS THE RING Giants hoodie and PJ bottoms. 

Exploring:  New ways to add WOW into my business. Each day strive to be 1% better then you were the day before.

 

Wishing you a HEALTHY EVER AFTER!

Find Your Courage

For months I have been wearing my glasses because every time I put my contacts in my right eye would become irritated. It started off small and I thought I just kept scratching my eye. Working in fitness and spending a lot of time outside it made sense, or at least I tried to justify that it did. I thought if I let my eye “rest” it would eventually go away. Well it didn’t. I eventually reached a point where the white of my eye would be completely red.

 

Reality check. If something is wrong, it will not just go away. You have to face it and fix it.

 

I decided to try my contacts again one last time for my friend Bri’s wedding. I had a new dress, new jewelry and I wanted to celebrate my friends’ big day without having to worry about my glasses falling off my face on the dance floor.

 

BIG MISTAKE!

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My eye was red within two hours and forget the new outfit I was excited about and as much as I tried to enjoy the wedding I was in pain and looked like I belonged in a horror flick.

 

I found myself in the ER a few days later (which still took a lot of convincing) and that visit was followed with multiple eye doctor appointments, two different antibiotics and another two weeks of not being able to wear contacts. When I showed the eye doctor pictures of my eye from before I went to the ER he said I was lucky for two reasons.

 

  1. I can still see.
  2. The infection didn’t spread to my other eye.

 

The lesson I learned from this is to not only listen to your body, but if there is a problem don’t run or hide from it. Face it no matter how scary it may seem. My fear of the eye doctor, which contributed to me avoiding getting it checked, could have made my situation so much worse and as long as it took me to come to my “senses,” I could have lost one of them.

 

So face your fears. Be COURAGEOUS. When you deal with a situation early on you increase the chances of a positive outcome.

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Wishing you a HEALTHY EVER AFTER.

Where Energy FLOWS….

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I am sure happy that February has come and gone.

It started off with a bang uniting with all my Mastermind Teammates. The Mastermind Retreats always come at just the right time. Justt when you feel like you may be getting a little stale, and confused and then you arrive and positive energy is abundant and flowing through the weekend. At the end of the retreat I was excited to come back home with my new ideas, renewed positive mindset and pride in where I was heading with my company.

However, just as easily as things go up, they can just as easily come down.

My dad has been battling Alzheimer’s for the past 3 years however was only officially diagnosed this past August. If you haven’t experienced the disease I believe it is one of the worst ones to watch a loved one go through. Cancer is tough, I know because I lost my Mom to it, but with Alz you watch someone complete lose who they are. There are days my Dad doesn’t even recognize me and it started happening more often when I got home from my retreat.

I am not going to share with you all the details and stories right now but I am going to say that “Where focus goes, energy flows.”

As I became increasingly more frustrated with him and his disease (which I cannot change) things in my life did not function as the usually would. In turn, my computer had issues, I forgot meetings with friends, I was unable to sleep, unable to focus on the positive things and people in my life.  I was disorganized because my brain was fogged down about the things he was doing and angry with him about behaviors he also has no control over.  My energy was down, things weren’t going my way and I felt like I too was getting Alzheimer’s.

 

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In reality, I lost sight of the things in my life that I CAN control. I am sure you have all experienced a similar scenario where something rocked your world and you lost focus. It probably took you some time to get it back. Maybe you are still struggling with it.

I want you to take a moment to be grateful for what and who you do have around you.

Take a moment to breathe and accept that there is a reason you are struggling right now.

Take time to think about an area in your life that you can control and how you can be your absolute best in that one area.  Write down the steps it will take to get you there.

Focus on that one are and take it one day at a time.

See how things unfold.

Wishing you a Healthy Ever After,

~ Tiff

Is it a Marathon or Sprint?

These past few months have been crazy and I am sure many of you can relate. We just finished the holiday season, kids were in and out of school, families were in town or you traveled to them and now it is time to regroup and refocus.

 

It is normal and human to take a step back and focus on the next step we will take. It is essential for our own success. If I asked you if life was a marathon or a sprint what would be your answer?

 

When I was first asked that question I thought it was a no brainer. A marathon. I intend to live a long life, accomplish many things and when I am tired or feeling down I will dig deep and push through. It took me many years to realize I was wrong.

 

Life is a series of sprints. You have to slow down to speed up. Operating day to day through pure grit will eventually cause you to breakdown. It’s unhealthy and not sustainable.

 

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I am not perfect. I get caught up in the rat race and then it takes something big (i.e. car breaking down, flu etc.) to wake me up and realize I need to get back to my “When Life Works Well List.”

 

When I make this list my priority and follow it daily I am more productive, focused, and feel as though I am at the top of my game. To learn more about When Life Works Well List click here.

 

 

Think about the times in your life when everything seemed to flow perfectly.

 

How did you start your day?

  • what was your mindset when you woke up?
  • What time did you wake up?
  • What morning rituals prepare you for the day ahead?

 

What did you do for yourself on that day?

  • Did you workout?
  • How many meals did you eat? What types of food did you eat?
  • How much water did you consume?

 

Where did you focus your attention that day?

  • How much time did you spend working?
  • Who were your surrounded by? What types of personalities do they have?
  • Did you take breaks and refocus?

 

How did your evening play out?

  • Did you have dinner with your family/friends? What time?
  • Did you prepare for the next day?
  • How did you wind down that night?
  • What did you do right before bed?
  • What time did you go to sleep?

 

Tips:

  1. Make sure you wake up and go to bed at the same time each day.
  2. Plan ahead. Plan your meals. Write out your to-do list for the next day.
  3. Schedule in your workouts and your break time. IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE BREAKS!

 

 

Life is a series of sprints & it’s vital to catch your breath in between the moments of mayhem!

Leave your tips or what works best for you in the comments section below and share with your friends.

Define Your Safety Net

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Back in the era when the Golden Gate Bridge was built it was estimated that one worker would die from falling for every million dollars it cost to build that bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge cost 35 million dollars to build, which would mean that 35 people would be expected to fall. However, Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer behind the bridge, did not want to be a part of that statistic. Strauss invested 130,000 dollars, depression era dollars, to place a safety net under the bridge.

 

Nineteen people feel during the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. All nineteen lived. The net allowed the workers to work faster, more efficiently and fearlessly. They were not concerned with falling, dying or taking risks.

 

I take risks but I also second-guess myself, which is something that I am working on. I need to learn how to trust my gut and go forward with full force. However, sometimes I don’t understand what makes me forge ahead and what makes me stop in my tracks.

 

For example. I have a fear of heights. This isn’t just a fear it is a full on phobia. Yet I have climbed half dome numerous times, cried my way to the base of the dome each and every time, and even bought a carabineer and harness the last time I was there like I was actually going to go up the cables. I have climbed MT. Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world yet I can’t even sit in the upper deck section of AT&T park.

 

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The peaceful start!

This Sunday I went on my usual Sunday stroll. I love having Sunday mornings to myself and living in Pacifica there are beautiful trails, beachside walks, and cliffs that overlook the ocean. I set out to hike around Mori Point where you can see the Farallon Islands in the distance. I went up a familiar path and I reached a cliff that I had visited numerous times before and then I decided to take a trail I had never been on and explore something fresh and new. Other people were traveling on the same path so I felt very comfortable. I had my music going, I was feeling good, the fresh air on my skin seeped into my pours and awakened my soul. As I proceeded along the trail I came to a turn around loop and along with a slightly narrower trail that led to the top of another cliff. I thought about turning around but something told me to keep going and so I did.

 

As I progressed up the trail my phobia set in. I couldn’t look around at the beautiful view because I was terrified of falling. I had to keep moving and fast. I needed to get to the top where it was flat and safe. I scurried up the trail and when I reached the top I had to sit down. I was hyperventilating and on the verge of crying but just then a couple came up that same trail I was on and stopped to take pictures. I forced myself to pull it together.

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Trying to pull it together to enjoy the view.

 

After some water, deep breaths and changing my playlist to a more upbeat station I made my way down the trail on the other side of the cliff. It was wide, it was safe and the views were amazing and just when I thought I was in the clear and almost down I realized I was wrong.

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I thought I was safe….

 

The trail narrowed, the drop became steeper and the phobia arose again. At one point I found myself scooting on my butt down a section of the trail until I reached a flat portion with a drop on both sides of me. I was walking so fast I may have well been running but in a matter of minutes I was back down at ocean level and was able to catch my breath.

 

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If you have been to Mori Point you know it is not scary. Many of you probably walk that same trail with your children however phobias are difficult to deal with. They are more than a fear. They are paralyzing

 

I share this story because even though I know I don’t do well with heights I decided to attack the path anyway. I know I have a lot to share about health and fitness and want to empower people to live a healthy ever after however I have a fear of moving forward in areas of my career. The thing is if I fail, if I fall, I will not plummet to my death into the ocean. I have friends, colleagues, a mastermind team, a safety net of people that will support me, pick me up and help me get to the top of the mountain. I need to work on not letting a fear cause me paralysis. I need to attack my career in the same way I attacked the cliffs on my Sunday stroll.

 

What is it that you have wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to make your move? If you had no fear, how much more efficient would your life be? Would you quit the job you hate? Would you pursue your passion? Find your safety net, the people that support you, that love you, and that will hold you accountable. Tell them your goals. Together we can overcome our FEARs.

 

Wishing you a Healthy Ever After!

Play Your Best!

When Throw Back Thursday (#TBT) and Flash Back Friday (#FBF) started popping up on social media networks I didn’t get it. Actually, I was annoyed by it. I don’t know why I was so adverse to the idea but eventually I caught on to the trend, accepted it, and started to participate.

 

Over the past few months I have spent more time going through old photos, which has stirred up deeper feelings. It reminds me that who I am today REALLY is because of all my prior experiences. As you post old photos have you thought about hose memories? Each of those moments has shaped your life and has an affect on your life. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day minutia in this game of life and ignore the journey that has shaped us into the human being we are today.

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Look at me in this picture. I was scared $#!tless. I was confused. I didn’t even want to smile for the camera, which was unlike me at that age. You see, mom signed me up for basketball when 8 years old because my birthday missed the cut off date for softball. When my mom walked through the front door and broke the news to me that I wouldn’t be able to play softball with my friends tears began to pour down my face. What my 8-year-old self couldn’t see at the time was that basketball would have such a positive impact on my life and help shape me into the woman I am today.

 

I didn’t know anything about basketball at that time. I was the tinniest person on my team, hence the #1 jersey that was too big for me and I was terrified of going to practice because I would get tangled up in the colored pennies when we had to split into two teams.

 

I don’t think anyone could have predicted that the girl in the picture would end up being the starting point guard for her college basketball team that made it into the Sweet Sixteen her senior year.

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I know I didn’t.

 

All I know is that I grew to love the game. I worked hard, and although I was not the most skilled player on the court I knew I could out work anyone. And I eventually learned how to put on the colored pennies correctly!

 

Many times in my basketball career I was told I wasn’t going to get anywhere. I wasn’t fast enough, I wasn’t tall enough, and my free throw shot looked funny or my left wasn’t good enough. I wouldn’t allow myself to hear any of it. I was going to do whatever it took to play the game I loved. I left everything on the court each and every workout, practice, and game.

 

There are many times I fear where my career and life are headed and the nay-sayers seem to be more abundant and louder. And even though some days it is more difficult than others I have to be reminiscent of that little Pistol I was throughout my basketball career who wouldn’t let anyone deter her from her dreams and ended up accomplishing more than she could fathom. It may be decades later but I still have that same heart and drive and I can accomplish anything I set my mind on.

 

We are all capable of more and it is our duty to show up every day, play hard and leave it all on the court.

 

What will you do to play your best today?

Are Your Surroundings Causing Stress?

Last week I was telling my Mastermind Coach that I felt like I was out of control and unorganized.  I was having trouble thinking clearly and getting things done. I would start on one project, get distracted and then start on a different project. I was going in circles, working my tail off and had nothing to show for it.

 

Then it came crashing down. Seriously. My closet organizer fell apart and broke and things were pouring out of my closet.  Great, just what I needed. But in fact, it was exactly what I needed.

 

This incident forced me to step outside my work and focus on my environment. For about a year now I have hated my room and have been unhappy with my office space but didn’t know where to begin. Given the circumstances I had no choice but to start.

 

I spent the weekend buying new shelves and storage spaces for my closet. Everything came together nicely. I even purged old clothes I haven’t worn in years and once my closet was set up just they way I wanted it, I moved on to the office. I reorganized, shredded papers, scanned important documents and added some plants. From there I moved on to the trunk of my car where I keep all my workout equipment. I put things in the appropriate cubbies, cleaned up and refilled my first aide kit and bought new mats for the inside of my car. Everything felt brand new.  Everything.

 

They say we are a product of our surroundings, well if our surroundings are busy and chaotic, then we will be busy and chaotic.

 

Once all was said in done I felt at peace. I have slept better the past few nights then I had in months. I feel better and most of all I have been more productive and inspired.

 

Take a look around the rooms or spaces you spend most of your time in. Is there something you can fix or upgrade to make you feel better or get more accomplished?

 

Don’t contribute to the chaos life throws at us. Control what you can in your environment and you will be able to see and handle things much more clearly!

 

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Be You BRAVELY

“Surround yourself with good people. People who are going to be honest with you and look out for your best interests.”

Derek Jeter

 

 

Ahhh, I believe that this is one of the most important and game changing lesson I have learned thus far in my life. And even though my life has change in so many positive ways since implementing this it can often times be scary.

 

This quote doesn’t just apply to your friends or immediate social circle. It applies to your job, your social networking, business groups, masterminds and social activities. Where I often times find myself feeling uncomfortable or doubting my capabilities is when I put myself out there in regards to networking events, building my business and my writing.

 

This week in my Mastermind group our theme of the week has been “WRITE.” Basically we are encouraged every morning to write whatever it is that comes to mind. It doesn’t matter if it is good, bad or blog worthy, we are encouraged to write to clear our mind and sharpen our focus.

 

Maybe it was serendipitous, maybe it was the universe giving me a kick in rear, but it just so happens that the week where our theme is to WRITE I had to life events occur that will have a positive impact on my blog. First, I was invited and attended a blogger event put on by POPSUGAR and second, I was selected as a SWEAT PINK ambassador. Both of these opportunities were huge accomplishments that I worked hard for however often doubted my capabilities. Initially I was ecstatic about both opportunities but after the excitement wore off the fear and doubt set in.

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For the past few months I have been struggling with my blog. I re-did my website and hit a writers block. I hesitated to write they way I used to, which was to be raw and authentic and instead tried to write what I thought people wanted to hear and I didn’t think they wanted to hear about me.

 

As the nerves set in before the POPSUGAR event I almost backed out. Yes. I had driven to San Francisco, battled downtown traffic, paid for parking and I almost got back in my car and drove away. But I dug deep and went to the event.

 

I am not going to lie, it was intimidating at first but everyone was super friendly, open, encouraging and all around awesome! Some people had been blogging for years, some just started, but all of us immediately formed a bond over a passion collectively have in common. We shared experiences and gave each other advice and what one person may be extremely knowledgeable about another person may have another special skill to offer.

 

One of the biggest pieces of advice a fellow blogger shared with me was to share MY STORY.  She reminded me that we all have a story and our followers follow because they can relate to us. So instead of assuming what people want to read, write from the heart.

 

That set me at ease. If I had not attended that event I would not have met some amazing new people whom I can now contact and ask for advice or talk through some of my writing issues with. It would have held me back in many ways but I took a scary chance and I grew from it.

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What area in your life (talent, skill, passion etc.) have you doubted yourself and ended up holding back? I encourage you this week to set a time in your calendar when you can actively do something in that area. Week after week schedule that time and see what happens. We all have the capability to create IMPACT.

 

As for my blog, I am going to continue to share my stories, adventures and lessons learned. I hope you enjoy and if there is anything you would like to hear more about, please drop me a line and don’t forget to follow me here for more inspiration, motivation and hopefully some laughs J

 

Wishing you A Healthy Ever After.