Sunday, August 21, 2011

Gaining Control....

Hello friends - I have not blogged lately mostly because I haven't really had much to say.  I am working a lot, I am working out a lot and in the middle of that I am spending time with my family.  I feel like there are not enough hours in the day to do all of the things I want to do.  So, I have been making time for the most important: the work that pays me and makes sure we still have a roof over our head, the working out that makes sure I keep up with my body and the training for the 10 mile in October and above all - the people in my life that make it all worth it. 

The most important two are these faces: who would not want to wake up at 5:15AM every day to make sure that they had time every night after work to spend with these two little people! 

Inspiration at its finest!
 I find myself feeling down about not being able to keep up with the laundry, folding of said laundry, cleaning the house, and just generally making sure our home is a peaceful place to be.  There are days when I feel like I need to take a week or two off from work and spend them at my house going through stuff, throwing stuff out, getting stuff ready to sell on Craigslist or a garage sale and I am not even sure if that would help! 
I think for me working out has really helped me not go totally nuts over this stuff!  Honestly, as much as I try to come off as put together and knowing what I have to do each day - there are days I don't know my head from my "you know what!". 

I am not really sure what the point of this post is - maybe just needing to purge some emotions that are in my head right now.  It's hard to feel like a success in one or two areas of your life when you feel like you are failing at so many others!  I am not going to talk about all of the areas I am referring to - they are personal and I am just not ready to go there on such a public forum. 

The biggest lesson for me is that no matter how uncontrollable some of the things in my life are - there are certain things I can control.  I can control what I eat, how I feel about what I eat, when I workout, when I rest, when I snuggle with my babies, when I walk with my babies, when I smile, when I laugh and when I cry! 

What do you do or say to yourself when you are feeling out of sorts? 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

One Breath, One Step Event Recap!

This last Saturday was another PriorFatGirl event!  I was so excited to get together with my friends and meet some new people as well.  The one person I was really excited to meet in person was Mary from Fit This Girl.  I have been reading Mary's blog for quite awhile and following her on Twitter and she is just amazing.  Mary actually was our featured speaker for the first part of the morning session at The Beat Coffeehouse in Uptown.  Mary talked about breaking through barriers on your healthiness journey.  My favorite take aways from Mary's presentation were surrounding yourself with people who have done what you want to do or people with similar goals to yourself and CONSISTENCY.  We need to be consistent with our choices.  Instead of looking at a choice that you have made as good or bad - ask yourself if it is consistent with your goals and where you want to be. 
Mary is a personal training and wellness coach here in the Twin Cities - I highly recommend getting in touch with her if you need that extra boost on your journey! 
Mary - Sharing her knowledge

Jen, a PriorFatGirl took the second portion of the session to talk about relationships and how they change when we start/continue on a healthy lifestyle change.  Jen has had some personal experience with this and I have as well.  The biggest take away for me on this topic was to not force others to change with you.  This is your journey, not theirs.  If you have a relationship that is showing some strain, talk to the person about it, don't ignore it.  Make an effort to find something else that you have in common that you can still connect on and go from there.  If you get to the point that a relationship is not salvageable you need to move on.  It's okay to be sad about it, but moving on is the best thing for both people involved.  I have not really "lost" any friendships at this point, but there are definitely some relationships that have changed since last year.  But, I was already kind of used to that because it happens when you have children too!  : )

Jen - telling it like it is! 
 I really had a great morning listening to Jen and Mary share their experiences and knowledge with all of us.  Some days I really feel like I have this new healthy lifestyle thing under control but there are many days when I just don't.  Events like this, meeting up with other bloggers (who are now my friends) and people who are on their own journey's really helps jump start me and remind me of what my goals are and where I am headed. 

After the morning session at  The Beat Coffeehouse some of us headed to Minnetonka for a "Comfort Foods" cooking class with Stacy Klone from KitchenWerks.  I will write a post about the afternoon as well - lots of great information to share! 

Thank you again to Jen at PriorFatGirl for continuing to make healthy living a priority and sharing your passion with us!  And to Mary at Fit This Girl!, I will be talking to you soon lady - thank you for sharing your passion to help people with all of us as well!  You both are truly inspirations!

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Difference One Year Makes

So today I was going through some old pictures and uploading pics from our recent trip to Duluth.  Wow.  That is all I can say.  I was floored by what I saw.  Last year at this same time we went on a family trip up to Brainerd.  I was curious what the difference was from then to now.  Wow.  Again, that is all I can muster.  I knew I had worked hard and made some pretty big changes - but wow.  I knew I was fat, I knew I was not as happy as I could be, but wow.  I turned 36 years old last Monday and I am honestly probably the healthiest and fittest I have been in a really long time.  Heck, I could even be in better shape than I was in my prime in high school/college.  I put a family pic from this years trip and a family pic from last years trip side by side.  Take a look - and tell me if you can muster something other than "wow".  (I also think its pretty funny that we are each holding the same child we were a year ago and they were both just as cooperative!)

7/26/2010                                                                                               7/26/2011