12 Months to Health (58)
I am so grateful for the opportunity that we have with being able to provide a great place to train for everyone. It is so awesome and fun to know I could be doing many other things in this world and I get to do this. I can honestly I never get up bummbed about going to work. I love what I do.
The only thing that can get in my way sometimes is that it can interfere with m own workouts. I get distracted with making it a great place to workout, employees, members, etc. I have to find my edge to get in there and not do that. I guess it is a common word used, Boundaries.
I did however, stop and take a minute for myself today. I could of shot right to the gym, but I decided to take my moment for the day before I headed in and I tell you I felt much better all day. I had some coffee with a girlfriend who is very sweet and makes me laugh. Just some girl time is always great for the soul.
I tell you I didn't realize how tired I was. Coming up here to the mountains and just having some down time with my family has been so nice. It really hit me today how tired I am. I feel like maybe I should say here for a while to get rested. I know everyone knows that feeling. I definitely need to plan more short getaways more often. I honestly cannot remember the last time I did this for nothing other than to relax. There is nothing like the hot springs.
I have found out some great news this week. My father, who has been on the healthy heart eating plan ever since Christmas, went to his annual check up with his heart doctor. He just received his results back and the doctor is completely thrilled. His Cholesterol which is usually very high every year he goes is down to where the doctor wants them. He is looking to take him off the long term medication in 6 months if this continues. I am so proud of my Dad. I gave him the challenge and he did it. He says, "Tracy this has been a lfe change for me". How awesome is that.
This weekend I am spending some time in one of my favorite towns in the mountains. Glennwood Springs is about a three hour drive from where I live. It is so pretty. I will try to take some pictures today and include on the blog. This is the place my parents brough my sister and I to learn how to swim. We camped up here a lot. This place just holds a special place inmy heart.
There is a beautiful outdoor hotsprings pool hear. My son calls it the hot pool and cold pools. We came up here for some relaxation and family time that is needed.
I am actually up at six on this vacation and headed into the workout room. I am drinking a cup of coffee having a homemade blueberry muffin fromthe diet and an apple, as I am typing this blog. I am going to grab a great workout and then off to my room to make a protein drink. I am doing it and getting there. It is my time.
I am learning to seriously take some time for myself. I have a friend that I have been sharing with that is very wise. It is important to be careful who you share your inner most feelings with. It needs to be with someone you trust with wound judgment. Anyway, she has challenged me to take 30 minutes per day for some down quiet time for myself. She told me to stop and ask myself what do I need today. So I am in training. This is a huge challenge.
I have been on overdrive for so long. I have completely come to the conclusion that I have a tendency to just keep going and going to the point I am completely physcially and emotionally wearing myself. There is no great quality of life. It is just conquer, conquer, conquer. It feels very strange to stop and enjoy life. So wish me luck. I am grabbing some music, maybe a fun read and just going to relax even if I have to drive to a park and sit. I am actually really enjoying this.
I am very happy to say, "I did it." Man did if feel great. I got up this morning with purpose. I woke up and put my workout clothes on before I went downstairs. Then i had some fruit and a coffee and immediately went down and exercised. I am so fortunate that my husband supported me in this. He hung out and waited for my son to come down. It was great.
Man I need to definitely get my cardio going again. 20 minutes total today of cardiovascular exercise. I did a little back and arms today. Then about 20 minutes of Yoga to get my range of motion and to elongate the muscle tissue. I felt awesome all day. Guess what it is on tomorrow.
I know that this is such a simple thing it would seem. It is all about taking control. I hope I am going to overcome this. I am working hard on it. I have always been the type of person that just pushes hard forward. I am always trying to get ahead with my work or whatever comes my way. One thing that I am realizing is that once I am ahead another thing comes along that I power through. There is not quality just hard work that never ends. If I am not careful I am going to get to the end working my life away. I am learning to stop and enjoy the journey.
I have been reading this book called "Wired for Joy" by Laurel Mullin. I got to tell you that it has such great information. The book is about what each individual is wired for. What I mean is have you ever noticed there are really negative or really positive people. Well, this talks about what the affects of both are on the body. It is overwhelming the disease that comes from negativity because the brain responds. It doesn't know between just a negative thought and surviving a bear attack. The brain responds the same. It automatically goes to the lower back lobe of the brain and releases chemicals into the body.
However, when other thoughts that are positive the brain also responds releases different chemicals. The book introduces EBT which is Emotional Brain Training. This training actually teaches each individuals to stop the pattern of negative thought patterns and how to turn it into the other directions. The data on the individuals that have been successful in this lifestyle is overhwelming on their health and well-being. I am still only in the first part of the book, but so far so good. Either way, I love the title and it is definitely something I am interestied in.
Today was one of those days where things just seemed tough. Almost like walking through mud. I got a lot done. Maybe it was just my perspective in all of these things.
I probably just need a very good night sleep. I know I should feel better in the morning. I need to get up at six and just hit a great workout and start my day with some readings to get my mind set right.
Tonight it is snowing outside. We might get between 6 and 18 inches of snow. I am sitting in front of the fire. I am not sure I am excited about that much snow but how peaceful and relaxing is this. I love it.
I was reading an email from my son's teacher and I love what it had to say. She had to repromand the class for some not so great behavior in the library today. They had a discussion and this is what she said:
One of life’s most important lessons – in my opinion – is that having a “good name” through our actions and behaviors and choices is irreplaceable! Please talk with your student – I know many were being good – they always are! Discuss how important it is that they remember others will judge them by their behavior – especially bad behavior quickly.
I completely agree. I think I can take it one step further. What are you thinking about judging about yourself based on your behavior. I know I am not perfect but I know that I always try to do what is right.
Well I had another power week. I am officially taking tomorrow off. Whew! I am tired and ready for a break. I am bound and determined to become more balanced. I just am not going to not work myself to the bone anymore.
I am Christian and my Pastor Retired over a year ago. I think Ifinally have a place that I am comfortable with. I am looking forward to that. I have always gone to church and when I don't definitely feels like something is missing. They have Sunday school, Awana, I am looking forward to it. Again, it is all about creating balance. With my faith being such an important part of who I am, this is a huge peace to bring back into my life.
Tomorrow I am also going to grab a really great workout with cardio weights and some Yoga. Should feel really great.
Well it is Day 230 on my Journey to Something Better. When i started this adventure I didn't know what something better was i just knew I didn't want to be where I was at any longer. I was talking to a close friend tonight and I told her what a blessing my blog has been. It has made me stop and collect my thoughts to learn about myself and where I am headed. More importantly I learned what i didn't like and what I wanted to change. I don't know who wrote the following saying but it is brilliant. If I don't know what is broken, I cannot fix it.
So many of us just ride the ride of life without stopping to check under the hood or to ask for directions. I have always believed that when you focus on something you can always make it better. This has been a life lesson to blog or even just to journal. This definitely takes discipline but I have got to say I was definitely ready for something like this.
I have learned more about myself in the last 230 days. I still have a long way to go, that is just the journey of life. I want to experience so many more things in this lifetime. I am getting rid of the dead weight called the baggage of life. I am lightening the load so I can keep going on my journey. Anything that is weighing me down or not contributiing to where I am going just doesn't need my focus anymore. It is so easy to get distracted on issues and things that just really don't pertain to our own future. I know by doing all of that, I am in a much happier place.