Realistic & Steady

When the road seems tough and you feel like you just can’t take one more step. Detour. Stay releastic, hard is ok, but giving up isn’t. Remain steady in your journey and don’t lose sight of your why and always find grace for yourself and others. jrs

What the plank!

Back in March, I rededicate myself to wellness. It sounds a little like a baptism of some sort! I made a conscious effort to get to classes; spinning, bootcamp, zumba, yoga. The smorgasbord board of aerobic activity I’d say. There were days when I was at work thinking I don’t want too, but I remembered how good I felt when the class was over. Who really after working all day wants to plank, throw a tire or lift weights. The more consistent I got in doing classes, the easier and more enjoyable they are. What do “they” say it takes 21 days to create a habit. Well, I think it takes a lot more than that. I love the people I go with, location is convenient, the center is awesome, I feel great doing the classes and my workout clothes are comfy. It takes a lot more than 21 days. The discipline of getting to the gym grounds me. Make yourself a priority, it’s not selfish at all because you are investing in your future. Take it one plank at a time!

Hustle and bring a helmet! 

A couple years ago, I came to accept that as much as I wish I could enjoy leisurely running, competing races in the heat and freezing cold, it’s not happening, I hate it! Hate is a strong word, but I hate it! Playing various sports throughout my life, running was essential, but it had a purpose,  “get the ball, get the rebound, get under the ball,” words spoken from the sideline, I got it, with the occasional,  well more so than not, “hustle, Jennifer.” So, I hustled to get the ball, the basketball, the rebound, however the hustle wasn’t always pretty,  I forced myself because I was part of the team and had a purpose.  I accepted the truth and leisurely running wasn’t for me and tried out spinning and loved it, so I thought!

Blessed with extremely flat feet and bunions, I guess that’s why everyone was telling me to hustle because I was so busy  trying to get my flat feet off the ground! I took my blessings and tried out spinning, loving it, until the near death of my feet from plantar fascitis, that is another story to come, stay tuned! I get back on the bike after not riding for awhile after my near plantar fascitis fatality.  I head to a spin class with a friend, wearing my inserts in my sneakers protecting the hustle, towel, water bottle, good to go! 

The class wasn’t packed, but nicely attended and thankfully no one in front of me which  gave me a clear view of the instructor and plenty of room. I get on the bike, making adjustments, ready to go. Checking my seat of course, making sure my butt is comfy and weights nearby because we’ll be hopping off the bike to do intervals, thinking this is a great idea, especially for my newly healed foot. Spinning requires sitting and some jumping. Did I say jumping or falling forward feeling totally out of control. What? That’s what happened, “up on 3”, got it, did it, but all the sudden the handle bars become loose, I fell forward and they come out,  the instructor runs over, I get my foot out of the pedal, put the bike together and hop on with fresh, new bruises and decide I’ll finish, but no more jumping.  I felt myself falling and completely out of control, let go and accepted the fact, my bruises weren’t pretty, but thank God, it could of been worse. Hustle, I could hear in my head,  so the class can go on, hustle up and get back on that bike! 

Fire into the Balance

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Resulotions, hmmm……Well, I resolve to be the best version of me this year.
Resolutions, I feel like are something that is said and repeated, but it’s the action that is put into it to keep the resolve. Like anything, it’s work, but work can be a harsh word, so I like to refer to it as a plan of action. Your  plan is your guide to how you conquer your resolve and yes it’s a learning process. A couple of years ago, I attended a workshop with an awesome facilitator life coach, Christa Tinari. She did a great job teaching us how to map out our vision for the new year and creating tangible goals and habits that would lead to our vision. We created a vision board which for me was so helpful into putting my plan into place.
I thought, it would go like this, my vision is to lose weight and by week 2 I would be on my way. Not that easy. It’s a learning process of changing habits and learning along the way. I am thankful for that vision because it led me to being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance which was a complete roadblock to my vision that I had no idea was there. I am thankful to remove that block and keep going getting closer to my vision by changing habits along the way.
My vision for 2016, drum roll please….it’s a collection of small ideas that I am able to envision due to the fact that I’ve worked hard on creating balance, my vision a couple years ago. I continually work on balance, but finally feel centered which took a lot of time of learning how to say yes and make the time to do what truly matters and sometimes that was saying no. My vision this year is to live fierce without doubt. I have all the tools because of saying yes and no in building balance, but now it’s about breathing fire into the balance and my vision board is envigorating. I have learned that your vision may take a little longer than a year, but that’s ok, we are all making steps to our better selves by keeping our vision in mind. Happy New Year!