Ultimate Reset

Ultimate Reset: Week One

I have almost finished WEEK ONE of a 21 day Reset Program.  Before I started many people told me that the first week would be the most difficult.  They warned me I would be tired and my body would be going through a lot of adjustments but I didn’t think much about it. The recipes were pretty familiar from when I used to compete (lean chicken, fish, veggies, etc.), the water plan seemed intense but I drink water all day while working (or so I thought), and I prepped all my meals on Saturday to keep things simple during the week. I was ready to go!

 

Well, the first week was definitely tough. It didn’t make it any easier that Monday night I got very little sleep due to a family emergency.  Monday and Tuesday I found it challenging to meet the water requirements and was full from drinking so much water that I could barely eat lunch or dinner (but I did). As the week went on I still struggled with water and became more tired and had some headaches from weaning myself off of caffeine.

 

I have learned that even though I eat healthy most of the time, my portion sizes are larger than they need to be and that I need to slow down when I eat and pay attention to how my body responds to what I am consuming. I swayed from the menu one night last week to go out to dinner with my dad. I made a not so healthy choice and boy did I pay for it. I could have picked something else on the menu and I knew that type of food has hurt my stomach in the past so WHY did I choose it anyway???

 

After six full days I woke up this morning with no coffee cravings and haven’t had any temptations for sugar products.  I feel less tired today, less bloated, I am down a few pounds and eager to begin WEEK TWO!

The Ultimate Reset: My Quest for Six….

Yesterday, as the 49ers were preparing to win their 6th Super Bowl I was preparing for a victory of my own kind. I want to get my 6 pack back. Yep. I used to have one. I had one for a long time and for the past few years I would say to myself “Oh, it was so easy back then.” I was younger, had a better metabolism, I didn’t have to worry about a job or other responsibilities. At least that is what I thought.

2008 Fitness Show


As I reflected on the years where I was in my best physical shape I realized that things seemed easy because I was prepared! I prepped my food on a weekly basis. My workouts were scheduled each day and I followed a morning and evening routine. My life wasn’t necessarily easier. I had balance work study, basketball, and training schedules while earning a degree in Kinesiology. After graduating I worked at 3 different locations in the city, ran a few half marathons, competed in fitness competitions and still managed to generate enough income to pay for city living and the parking tickets that came with it.  I was busy, I worked hard, I had fun, I stayed healthy and it was easy because I did my work early and that made all the difference.

Yesterday, as most of America was shopping and getting ready for their Super Bowl parties, I was shopping farmers markets, prepping meals for the week, configuring my schedule to allow for some down time and activity time around my work schedule. It takes 21 days to create a habit so follow me as I embark on this journey and get my abs back in the process. Okay, the abs would be a nice byproduct but my ULTIMATE goal is to hit the RESET button on my life and stick to healthy productive habits.

 

 

80/20 Which One Are YOU?

If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved”

This past weekend I ran my first race in almost a year. It was a 10K trail run which I normally love but given the circumstances I have been dealt this year I had not been running and lost the love and the peacefulness that I once experienced.

My friend Ami was the one that encouraged me to sign up for the race. I had every intention to train, to get out and run, I even downloaded training plans so I wouldn’t have to design a program myself. But the past few months my training was sporadic at most.

The night before the race my mom ended up in the ER again. I thought about backing out of the race however by this point I had also convinced my client Heather to sign up and I really felt that it was time I take ACTION for myself instead of always doing things for others. I needed this run.

With 4 hours sleep I found myself at the starting line for the race. I knew there were going to be hills involved but I didn’t understand how many hills and the degree of elevation. In hindsight, maybe it was better that I didn’t know.

At the start of the race I was caught at the front of the pack running at a pace that would be impossible for me to maintain for the full 6 miles. The trail was so narrow and slick which made pulling off to the side not a safe option so I kept running, and running, and hoping that I didn’t trip and fall.

Eventually the trail opened up and I was able to pull to the side, slow down my pace and begin to catch my breath. Then the hill came. Not hills. Hill. 1,100 elevation for approximately 4 miles. Crap!

I tried to keep running at the base of the hill but my hamstring tightened up so I began to walk hoping it would loosen up the faster I walked. When there was a bit of flat land I ran. Another hill came and I walked. It went on like this for the full 4 miles and I was grateful that I had a great playlist even though my conditioning was hurting!

I began to become comfortable with the fact that I wasn’t going to break records on this run but this instead was going to me a motivator to get my running career back. Suddenly I began to notice that as I was run/walking the people that were running at a constant speed around me were not getting much farther ahead of me. I was keeping a decent pace with my fellow competitors. Immediately I felt even better.

After the 4 mile hill it was now time to run down, and that’s when I took off! I picked up my pace let my legs flow underneath me. I crossed the finish line and to my surprise I finished 4th in my age group! Not bad for not training. And to think I almost didn’t run the race and I contemplated giving up at one point. 80 percent of people fail at things in life because they never start or they give up, that day I was part of the 20 percent and I hope to be part of that group everyday.

The race was a lot like life, sometime you have up hill battles and you have to dig deep and do what you can, other times you are going full speed towards goals, everything is falling into place and you get to enjoy the ride. But you will never be successful at either if you don’t commit to ACTION!

What is a Workout?

This weekend I was over at my parents house going through old boxes of pictures, books and other miscellaneous things when I came across this article:

WHAT IS A WORKOUT?

A workout is 25% perspiration and 75% determination. One part physical exertion and three parts self-discipline.

A workout is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. The mark of an organized, goal oriented person who has taken charge of his or her destiny.

A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind and toughens the spirit. Workout regularly and your problems diminish and your confidence grows.

A workout is a wise use of time and an investment in excellence. It is a way of preparing for the challenges in life and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary.

A workout is a key that helps unlock the door to opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physical and mental fitness are the triggers that can release it.

A workout is a form of rebirth. when you finish a good workout you don;t simple feel better, you feel better about yourself.

Make your workouts your priority this week and see how your life shifts!

I Wanna Be A ROCKSTAR!

 

– a famous singer of rock music

– a performer or composer or fan of rock music

– a person who sings

Growing up I always wanted to be a ROCKSTAR. I remember at a young age singing at the top of my lungs in the mirror and to every song at my dance recitals. I have to say as of late I am awesome at singing in the shower and even better with the windows down and stereo full blast while on the freeway. Other people may have a different opinion.

And while I used to think that being a ROCKSTAR came required funky clothes, lots of accessories, a go against the grain and do the unthinkable attitude I recently learned a different definition of a true ROCKSTAR.

rock– One that is similar to or suggestive of a mass of stone in stability, firmness, or dependability

star– To do an outstanding job; perform excellently

My mom is a rock star. Nothing in her life has ever been easy and you will never hear her complain about it. She may complain about other things such as who the Bachelor should have picked or who deserved to go home on Dancing with the Stars but she takes set backs in life in stride and overcomes the seemingly impossible.

She has already battled cancer twice in the past and three months ago was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Early this year she started feeding herself through a feeding tube because she was unable to swallow and today she will have a tracheotomy to help prevent backflow of salivia into her lungs so she can continue to live the life she loves even if it requires spending extended periods of time in the hospital to get the job done.

Other people may have thrown in the towel and given up but my hasn’t lost her fighting spirit. She is strong, dependable, and excels through any adversity. She has given me a great life and has surrounded herself and me with some amazing people that have kept us going through this rough patch.

When I grow up I still want to be a ROCKSTAR just like my mom!

 

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Keep Calm & Excel On!

It is summer, we are just about half way through the year and at a time where things are supposed to calm down and allow us to relax why do most of us feel like things are at the highest level of chaos?

While most of the time we think of summer as a time get away, take a vacation, sit by the pool kids our out of school, we are running from one summer camp to another. Schedules have changed, new responsibilities arise and sometimes we find that we have taken on too much instead of taking care of ourselves.

Take the time to write out your priorities and what you want to accomplish in the second half of this year.  Do you need to focus more time on health, gamily, yourself? Take your 5 top goals and then write out what is holding you back from achieving them. Slowly begin to eliminate these negative factors from your life and watch how things pan out.

Don’t wait for life to slap in the face to make you realize that things need to change. Do your work early and make the necessary changes now!

 

You deserve to get what you want.

Live for Today

In an instant everything can change. The things you took for granted are no longer available to you. The moments you so carelessly rushed through are now the times you wished you could savor. Tasks that were once so simple are now incredibly difficult, or worse, impossible. We all realize this can happen but it’s not until we get hit by reality are we able to step back and look at the bigger picture.

My mom is a two-time cancer survivor. SURVIVOR. And did I mention two-time? Yep, that’s right, two different types of cancers! At 5’2” she is the strongest, sassiest, most stubborn person I have ever met. And I say that with the utmost respect. This woman has been through a lot in her life and can take on anything however, the treatments that had saved her life is now what has posed threats on her health and well-being.

My mom just recently retired and was so excited to be able to finally travel to all the places she wanted to visit with my dad. But for the past two years her health has been struggling due to complications of  past radiation treatments and she couldn’t wait for the day to feel healthy again so she could travel, visit with friends, and not worry about her health issues. The past few months have been filled with doctors visits, speech therapy sessions, out patient procedures, the talk about what she was going to do once she was healthy and most recently an ER visit.

Although the outcome from the  ER episode and last weeks surgery wasn’t what we had hoped, she can now begin living her life and traveling to places she has always wanted knowing she will be getting healthier and each day.  For the time being she may not be able to enjoy some simple things in life like drinking a cup of coffee or splitting a meal with friends, but the survivor in her will keep fighting to get well and overcome this set back. Reality has reminded my family there is no time like the present moment and even though there will some tough times ahead this is just a bump in our life long journey and we can’t put off until tomorrow the things we want to do, see, and accomplish today.

Don’t wait to live your life. Take advantage of every opportunity. Don’t live in fear, have the COURAGE to face those fears head on and bring them down.  If you want it, go get it. If you can dream it, you can do it. You never know what may happen tomorrow so live for today.

Appreciate your health. Appreciate life.

Wherever you choose to go, go there with all your heart.

A few weekends ago I celebrated my birthday. I had the luxury of celebrating with old friends and making new friends. The weekend was off to a great start and I couldn’t be happier with the direction my life was heading and felt that everything was also coming together for those around me. Friends were getting married, others were getting engaged, one found the place of her dreams then to find that she also won a home makeover, and my college buddies were making a film which I was able to be a part of. For myself and all those around me, life was good.

For the past three months I have been able to focus solely on my business and although I wake up at 4:30am most mornings my spirit is much higher, knowing that I am following my heart and love what I do. Each week I am getting closer and closer to my career goals and I know that the life and the business I have been dreaming about is that much closer to coming to fruition. I am proud of myself for taking a leap of faith and walking away from my 9-5 job.

But no matter how old you get, how much confidence you have, how sure you are of your dreams, there are always people there that will try to bring you down. As my birthday weekend came to an end I was told by some loved ones that I am not where I am supposed to be in life for someone my age. “You should have this together by now. Why don’t you give it up and get a “real job.” Please, can someone tell me what is a “real job?” And who are they to decide where I am supposed to be in my life, what possessions I should own, or what my personal life should look like at this moment in time?

I take a lot of pride in what I do. I motivate and inspire people to push themselves beyond what they perceive possible and educate them while doing so. It is a job, it is hard work, and I love it. To these loved ones, I should be working in a place where the paycheck is consistent, I should clock in and out at designated times, and I should answer to a boss and not be my own boss. I understand that this is how the majority of our country operates and that is perfectly fine. All those positions need to be filled, and the people in those positions work extremely hard to provide a valuable service to our everyday lives, however that is not how I operate.

I need flexibility and the ability to be creative. I thrive off of developing new programs, finding new ways to bring fitness into peoples daily lives and I need to interact with people on a daily basis. That is what makes me tick. That is what helps me get up at 4:30 in the morning instead of hitting the snooze button.

I truly believe that at this very moment I am right where I am supposed to be. I will not let anyone doubt me or deter me from what I have set out to accomplish. Any obstacle that stands in my way is there for a reason. It’s a challenge that I need to overcome to truly appreciate what lies ahead. I believe in my vision and I will not give up. I am determined to make it happen.

Yesterday we lost a legend, an innovator, and someone who changed how the world would function. He did not let any one bring him down or challenge his dreams or visions. He stuck to his guns and made it happen.

‎”Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on his Tombstone – from the beginning – to the end.

He noted that first came the date of his birth and spoke of the following date with tears,

but he said that what mattered most of all was the dash between the years.

For that dash represents all the time that he spent alive on earth –

and now, only those who loved him know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not how much we own, the cars – the house – the cash.

What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard – are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real –

and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more –

and love the people in our lives, like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,

remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is read,

with your life actions to rehash

Would you be proud of the things they say –

about how you spent your dash.

– Linda Ellis

Fitting in Fitness

I have heard it all before and, to be honest, at times I have been guilty of this myself. Excuses. I’m too busy. I’m too tired. I forgot my shoes. I can’t workout today, but I will do it tomorrow.

Guess what, all these excuses grant you an exemption from what you need to do. But your health, fitness level, and well being will not take care of themselves. In fact, they will get worse. It becomes increasingly more difficult to make improvements and see results the longer you put it off.

Even though I work in the fitness industry, I have had my battles with my own health and fitness. Recent events made me more aware of the importance of “today.” I lost my aunt a few weeks ago, unexpectantly. Two of my close friends have parents that are currently battling a cruel and unfair disease. Another friend of mine was diagnosed with Rumethroid Arthritis in her early 30’s. Watching people become inept to complete certain tasks, enjoy simple pleasures, and be physically as they once were makes one more conscious of what they are capable of doing today.

We can all set aside 30 minutes of the day to incorporate exercise into our lives and you don’t need a gym to achieve this. You can do this in your own home, outdoors, with your kids or with your significant other. Don’t be afraid to get creative with exercise. For example, two weeks ago I was packing my suitcase to attend my family’s annual vacation. As I was packing, I pulled out my workout shorts and looked down at my TRX. I reached down to put it in my suitcase and something stopped me. I thought to myself, “I need to get my workout in while I am gone, but this is family trip and due to recent events I should really focus on spending time with them.” That’s when I decided to be creative with my workout.

Instead of doing a typical routine I decided to revert back to my childhood and have fun. I was going to play on this vacation. I splashed around the pool with my little cousins, treaded water and played Marco-polo. I incorporated interval training and worked on my agility while playing lazer tag and running from roller coaster to roller coaster with my family. I engaged my upper body while challenging my loved ones to skee-ball, air hockey and a big screen version of Fruit Ninja. I engaged my core and strengthened my lower body while honing my snow skiing skills and skate boarding talents on Alpine Racer and Top Skater. And I strengthened my soul by laughing a lot!

Now this may not seem like much of a workout, but I was able to get my heart rate up, I kept my body moving and when I returned from vacation I felt refreshed. It was easy to keep my previous momentum going! Plus, creating new memories brought my family closer. Bottom line, I found a way to get it done. You never know what may happen tomorrow, but right now is always here.

No more excuses. It’s up to you to make it happen. JUST. DO. IT.