My feet are dragging . . .

When people say “If I only knew then what I know now” makes me wonder why they aren’t using that wisdom now.

 Rob Liano

Luke and Candess

Luke and Candess

 

As much as Luke Brady prepared me before he left on vacation, I didn’t follow through.  At the gym he went over all my exercises and weights  and wrote them down.  Today I have a training appointment with Luke and although I am looking forward to getting back on track, my feet are dragging.

What I did do while he was on vacation. Weights at home, Yoga at the Yasodhara Yoga Center, road my recumbent bike and walked Domingo at least once a day. Nevertheless, it was not enough!

Previously, I blogged about accountability and this is a great testament to my needing to be held accountable. Although my feet are dragging, I am ready to get back to it!

Wish me luck!

(And for all my clients who I hold accountable and know me to be a tough counselor or coach; this is your one chance to call me on walking my talk!)

Iwannabeaskinnybitch!

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Listening to my Body!

”Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.”


– Frank Gillette Burgess

I started the day today with working out at the gym with my trainer Luke Brady. It feels great to become stronger, but I have to be careful. As I wrote about in my book, when my energy was low, I worked out four or more days a week at Curves trying to increase my stamina and to become stronger. The problem was, my adrenals were shot! This plummeted me down into a health crisis and I could hardly do anything for about a year.

Luke and Candess

Luke and Candess

After my first full hour of training with Luke on Friday, later I realized I was wiped out. Today, although we had an hour scheduled, I knew it was too much. We both agreed that 30 minutes of weights and then some stretching worked better. Love the child’s pose!

Child's Pose

Child’s Pose

Several years ago, after wiping out my adrenals with too much work and then too much working out, I was really afraid to exercise. That is when I gained all the weight and ultimately didn’t feel healthy. Now, as I work out at the gym, I feel like I am honoring my body by listening to it and knowing when it is too much. I want to push myself to become strong and build muscle, but when I feel light headed and dizzy and  know it is too much. Today I can make up to my body by listening and honoring her!

Luke and I have both been on the same page as far as my workouts go and I feel really supported by him. It is really nice to have him to talk with and validate my experiences and give me the gems of knowledge he has as a professional athletic trainer. It’s all good!

Iwannabeaskinnybitch!

12 Weeks to Self-Healing: Transforming Pain through Energy Medicine


Grateful for Getting Results

“What other people think of you is none of your business.”      – unknown

 

As much as this quote can be helpful: at times, what people think of me is important! The journey to health, eating less food, making healthier choices and working with a personal trainer is paying off.

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One of my clients today said she could really see a difference in the changes in my body. Last week in one day, three people commented on how much thinner I looked.

It truly feels good to get this feedback. What feels great is how my clothes are fitting. I like that my waist is coming back and when I walk I feel lighter. 

My tendency is to be loving and kind to myself and have positive self-talk. I also enjoy becoming my best Self!

Hope you are following along and seeing results too.

Today would be a great day to use your journal to start a gratitude list.

  1. I am grateful that I am clear on my path toward health.

  2. I am grateful that Domingo reminds me to walk every morning.

  3. I am grateful I am motivated.

  4. I am grateful I allowed myself a personal trainer.

  5. I am grateful that I can use humor and laugh at myself.

  6. I am grateful when I crave sugar I am happy to choose fruit.

  7. I am grateful organizing a drawer distracts me until my craving passes.

  8. I am grateful I have friends who are supportive of my journey.

  9. I am grateful I can be honest with myself in my journal.

  10. I am grateful I use my journal to process feelings that may cause me to eat.

Your turn!

Iwannabeaskinnybitch!

 

 

 


Not Giving Up!

“It’s probably my job to tell you life isn’t fair, but I figure you already know that. So instead, I’ll tell you that hope is precious, and you’re right not to give up.”          ― C.J. RedwineDefiance

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 This series of blogs called iwannabeaskinnybitch.com began July 30, 2014. This has been my journey into health, exercise and weight loss after having a breakthrough in the journal class I was facilitating on the Fifth Chakra – The Power of Communication. You can read the whole story in this blog, but it ended with clear communication with mySelf and getting a personal trainer for exercise.

 Well, I just about lost it! I was on a great path, being motivated and eating well and losing weight. Then I had some oral surgery which involved Hydrocodone, the withdrawal from Hydrocodone. Ugh!

 Even though, Domingo walked me daily and we took some incredibly beautiful long walks. The day I was scheduled to go back to the gym, it was a rainy day. After a series of really hot days, I really wanted to just curl up and read.

 I could see how I would have found all kinds of excuses not to go to the gym. Then I would be upset with myself and possibly give up on the process all together. 

Luke Brady

Luke Brady

My scheduled appointment with Luke Brady was a godsend! I looked forward to his reminder text and showed up wimpy and disheveled. I just about lost it – I almost gave up. Instead – I left the gym energized, feeling hot, happy, motivated and back on track.

 

Whatever your struggle to get healthy, whether it be changes in diet, increasing your movement or educating yourself about your body, mind, Spirit connections – invest in yourSelf! Don’t give up!

Iwannabeaskinnybitch!

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Staying on Track

“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.”    

 ― Tom Hiddleston

It is easy to start something and not so easy to keep at it. Often something happens that breaks your stride and you fall off. You move from feeling successful to feeling like a failure and then give up.

What if when something happens, whatever it is, it becomes a ‘wake up’ to transition?

That is what is happening to me. In this instance, I have blogged daily about my progress to health and weight loss since July 30th.

The first several days were in a word document and then posted on August 8th.

It has been over a month now and I hit my bump in the road.

Candess healing a quail that hit her windshield.

Candess healing a quail that hit her windshield.

I was doing well when I had the oral surgery and was on hydrocodone. I weaned myself as soon as I could because as a chemical dependency counselor (and a woman of many hats!) I knew the risk for dependency. It has been the last couple days that I realized how much pain I was really having.

This shifted my high motivation to blog and exercise, but it also solidified that any change in my life (and yours) is not an ‘either/or’ process, but just that, a process.

The two ways I have motivated my experience have been 1) hiring a trainer (Luke) and 2) blogging my experience.

Truly, with this downward shift in my energy level and upward shift in my pain level, I am so grateful I had these who checks in place!

I have given myself a couple days to rest and took this week off from the gym. Nevertheless, I am still on track, feeling stronger (in body) and I am losing weight!

My blogging has given me the impetus toward my goals and kept me on my path.  Already on course, my transition now is to blog once or more a week and focus on sharing the gems. I will increase the time I spend moving, whether it be walking, dancing, gardening, or having fun with Luke at the gym!

Thanks for reading and keeping me accountable!

Iwannabeaskinnybitch!


Your next Step . . .

“Continuous improvement is not a one-off project or ‘flavor of the month’ . . .  it is a constant and never-ending commitment backed up by action. ”  –  Author Unknown


Wherever you are on your path, what is important is that you are going in the direction you want to be going. 

I realized this in the journal class I taught this week. I found myself writing that I am happy, happy, happy and it is because I am on “my path.” What I meant by this is that I have in place what I need to continue in the right direction. In this case, a commitment to working with an athletic trainer and a commitment to this blog. Everything else will fall into place. 

Whenever you are working on health and fitness, be it weight loss, weight gain or building strength, you have to start where you are and move into your next step!

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Often I see people who are promoting diets, exercise, and health plans that are so far ahead of where the consumer is, there is no way they can envision themselves being successful. Therefore they spend a lot of money and fail. When you find your mentor or your muse, even if they may be far from where you are, also find others who are only a few steps ahead

People are more successful when they find support from people who start with them right where they are, and build to the next step. 

Health and fitness become your lifestyle, one step at a time. Find the support you deserve.

Iwannabeaskinnybitch!


Guilt – Motivator or Deterrent

“Everyone needs a dog to walk them!”

This morning I looked at my calendar and there was a dilemma. I could fit my exercise in between clients in the afternoon, but I wouldn’t have time to shower afterward. Being in the north, I don’t adjust so well to the hot summer heat. The easy solution would be to use my recumbent bike instead, but then Domingo wouldn’t get his walk.

Rarely do I succumb to guilt, but in the case of walking Domingo, it’s difficult to avoid. Those beautiful, lovey, brown eyes turn into intense directives and he nudges me out the door.

Mom, let's go!

Mom, let’s go!

Gratefully today though, I see he is still satisfied from the long walk yesterday. His 12 years are catching up with him. I’ll take the bike and finishing reading Cracking India!

So in the case with Domingo, guilt is definitely a motivator. It is interesting the many ways we can be held accountable and motivated. Help me out with some more.

1. Athletic trainer!

2. Committing with each other on this blog!

3. Being a good dog mom or dog dad!

Iwannabeaskinnybitch!