Livin for Livi – Love always wins

About 2 months ago a woman from my home town (just a few years younger than me) lost her daughter due to a drunk driver. She has been sharing Livi’s story with everyone. She was a kind, loving little girl who loved to help people. Without knowing how big it would become she started the #livinforlivi movement and it’s been amazing. It’s so easy. Just be nice. Be kind. Help someone. Pay it forward.

Love always wins

#livinforliviAlivia’s Mom posts “all I ask of all of you to do is Live for Livi.  Give for no reason, love , share , make someone smile and just be kind! Oh and NEVER Drink and Drive!”

My first act for #livinforlivi

I saw a post on Facebook recently about “lunch shaming” for kids whose lunch balances at school are too high. Who knows why these parents haven’t kept up with it? It doesn’t matter.
I asked at school and I was able to pay off the balance for several families. I don’t share this so that everyone says “Look at her being generous” I share this because I want everyone to do something nice for someone else. I don’t know who these families are that I helped. I don’t care. I’m just glad I was fortunate enough to do it and I hope that they pay it forward in some way.
You never know what battles someone else is fighting and how just a small kindness can turn the tide for them.  

 

If you want to join #livinforlivi check out the group her mom created. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LivinForLivi

Music Can Soothe the Soul & Mind

Music soothes the savage beast

A few months ago I started listening to personal development podcasts in the morning while getting ready. Before I used to listen to music but I decided this was a better use of my time. Lately I’ve been thinking that music has its importance too.
I’ve been struggling with my anxiety and confidence lately so the last few days I decided to listen to what I call my anthems in the morning. These are songs that I really connect with. They speak to me. I feel stronger after listening to them. I sing along with them, loudly (I can’t sing so I know it sounds terrible but I don’t care!)

My Anthems

These are the 4 that are on my “Anthem” playlist right now.
Let it Go (yes the one from Frozen) by Idina Menzel

The lyrics of this song resonated so strongly with me I cried in the middle of the movie theater. You can read more about that here.
Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave From the TV show Nashville

This one really hits home for me with my anxiety and helping my daughter fight her OCD. I keep getting stronger and if you push me I’ll push harder!

This time it’s goodbye trouble
I feel the light at the end of this tunnel
I get stronger with every step
Come Hell, come high water
You push on me I’m going to push back harder
I got a whole lot more than a little bit left
Oh, so don’t put dirt on my grave just yet
Oh, don’t put dirt on my grave just yet

Roar by Katy Perry

Things can hold me down but I’m always going to get back up because I’m a fighter!

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake your ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

I’m taking back my life and proving that I’m going to be alright!

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

They are my anthems. What about you? What song hits home for you?

Choices

I’m Human

I’ve been sharing a lot on Facebook lately about how I’ve been struggling with making the right choices.  Many might wonder,

“Why are you telling us this?”

“You’re the Coach!  You’re supposed to be perfect!”

Heck no!!  I’m HUMAN!  Everyone makes poor choices and falls off the healthy lifestyle wagon from time to time.  That’s called LIFE!

Not in it for the short term

not short term lifestyle change choices

If I was in this to just focus on losing weight this month or just doing this 30, 60, whatever day program then yeah I could probably be perfect for that time period.  But is that livable?  NO!  I’m in this for LIFE so I need to make it livable.  Things will come up in life where for whatever reason we can’t or just don’t want to, make the right choices.  And that’s OK!

 

Example

For example, yesterday we celebrated L’s birthday with her friends. There was pizza and cake. The stress and anxiety the party caused me led me to make very poor choices. Boy did my body feel it last night!! I’m not beating myself up for it, it’s life, I’m human. But I am moving on and today is a new day and back on track!

The important part of a healthy lifestyle is to make the right choices MOST of the time!  And to get right back on track after making some poor choices.  I love this saying

eat like crap smash phone choices

 

Just because you make one poor choice doesn’t mean you need to continue to make them.  The longer you take to get back on track they harder it will be.

Make the choice TODAY to be healthy!!

I’d love it if you took a moment to comment below with a healthy choice you made today!

What’s your why?

What’s your why?

Have you been asked that?  “What’s your why?”  Why are you trying to get/stay healthy and fit? What’s your motivation?

Before

I was always trying to get skinny.  I wanted to have that body society says we should have. Yes I needed to lose weight to be healthier but that wasn’t why I was doing it.  And more often than not, I wasn’t enjoying the process or getting good results.

Now

When I started using the Beachbody programs and products they talked about finding your why.  So I dug down deep and I found it.  I’m doing this because I need to be strong and to set a good example for my girls.

My Whys

I don’t want my girls to grow up with the weight problems I had.  I want them to be healthy. I don’t want them to get picked on or to stay strongmiss out on things because of their weight.  I remember many times missing out on something because of my weight or my knee problems (or using them as an excuse).  It’s not about them being skinny, it’s about them being healthy and happy.

I want, no need, to be strong both physically and mentally. With my own battles with mental illnesses and my daughter’s I need to be at my best to fight our demons.  In October 2016, I drove across several states with just my daughter to take her to an Intensive Anxiety/OCD Treatment program at Mayo Clinic (you can read about that here).  If I’d have had to do that in the past I couldn’t have.  I wasn’t strong enough.  I was worried about how we’d both handle it but we did better than I thought we could.  I know if I wasn’t feeling at my best things would have been a whole lot harder on us.

I’ve got a strong why now and now I enjoy the process of being healthy (most of the time!) and I get results!

What’s your WHY? Comment below and tell me! I’d love to hear from you!

Back to Basics (I fall off the wagon sometimes too)

Time for some honesty

As I’ve shared previously, I’ve been on a healthy living journey for about 18 months now.  It’s not always easy and I fall off the wagon just like anyone else.  I’m only human after all.

I’ve been going through the motions for a few weeks, probably months now. Things have been rough at home.  My husband has been working late most nights.  G’s OCD has come back just about as bad as before we went to Mayo Clinic (you can read about that here if you are interested). Thankfully, now we have the tools to get her back on track but doing all those exposures is exhausting for her and me.  This leaves me open to falling back into my anxiety and depression, which leads to my bad habits.

I’ve let it get the better of me. While I’ve been getting in my workouts they’ve been half-assed and my eating has been WAY off track.  I’ve resorted to comfort food way too many times.  I don’t know why I believe the peanut butter when it tells me it will make everything better.  What?  I’m the only one who can hear the peanut butter?  I can tell that I’ve slacked, both on the scale and in how I feel.

New day, new attitude

portion fix containersBut that ends today!! I pushed hard in my Hammer & Chisel workout this morning (notice all that sweat on my shirt?) and I got my Portion Fix containers back out. No more half- assed workouts and no more “eyeballing” portions or resorting to comfort food!   Yes, I’m having issues in my home life but that should be a REASON to work out and eat right, not an EXCUSE! I need to be strong to help my little girl and myself!

 

Why am I sharing this?

– For accountability! Yes, I’m a coach but that doesn’t mean I don’t need help.
– Because I’m human! I fall off the wagon too. diminishing intent
– To show you that you can start or start over too, at any time!

You don’t need a New Year or month or whatever. Just a new day! What have you been putting off?  Start now!

Want to join with me? Contact me today and we can do this together!