Posts tagged ‘busy’

October 23, 2013

It’s Okay!

Its OK3Do you feel the pressure lately? Always? I’ve been doing pretty well with the ol’ balance game lately, but something happened to me yesterday. I walked into a store to fulfill some to-do list items and saw it. The Christmas section. A dagger of panic struck me and sucked me into a “running behind” feeling; almost like I did something wrong because I hadn’t yet thought about the holidays or decorating for Christmas. Then I looked to the left and saw the Halloween section still on steroids. I felt some relief. You realize we do this to ourselves, right? I started to wonder how much of the life pressures I feel are self-inflicted? Sometimes, it’s okay that we haven’t… fill in the blank. Does the world end? Chances are, no.

For the remained of my day, situations kept happening that elevated my concern. Internally, I replied, “it’s ok.” After a while, I made myself laugh because of how often I had to “talk myself down from a mini-panic.” I’ll share that I may have a problem here, but I am on it. So, in my A-personality, planning nature, I made a list of reasons it’s all going to be okay.

It’s okay if your house isn’t decorated for every holiday.

It’s okay if you skip a year of holiday cards.

It’s okay if you don’t post ‘Happy Birthday’ on Facebook for everyone.

It’s okay if you don’t check your email, social media, or voicemails on the hour.

Further more, it’s okay if someone waits for an e-response for more than a day. If it’s really important, they should call.

It’s okay if you spill something on yourself. Instant conversation starter!

Repeat to yourself, “It’s not devastating.” 9 times out of 10, it’s not, and if it happens to be that unfortunate, still say it to calm yourself a bit.

Its OK2It’s okay that you had to cancel. Apologize once, sincerely, and don’t make it a habit.

It’s okay that you’re milking another week out of your hair color/highlights; Create new up-dos.

It’s okay that you missed a workout. That becomes your rest day, and you’re still on track.

It’s okay if someone misunderstood you. You can’t control other people. Address if you feel it’s appropriate, or just let it go. Chances are, it’ll pass without effort.

It’s okay if you trip; laugh immediately. You’ll feel better.

Its OK

It’s not okay to be mean. Don’t be mean.

Peace friends—Lacey

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May 1, 2013

Strength Training in a Cardio Body

I’ve been focusing on strengthening my muscles lately–specifically my upper-body. I challenged myself to 100 push-ups daily in April, and sitting here on May 1, I’m proud to say that I can see (and feel) a difference in the strength of my arms. Can you believe I think this has helped me become a faster runner? Crazy enough, I ran a 10k this morning at my fastest time yet. But I spent the month working on strength? What gives?

Strength IS Sexy–and quick too. I averaged around 10 miles a week in April, but accomplished 3,000 push-ups (About 30% modified on knees) and became a faster runner. Who knew?!

What’s the challenge for May? I’m kinda hooked on this strength stuff, so I plan to attack the plank. I say the challenge is going to be: May Plank Meditation Mornings! Who’s with me?

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April 21, 2013

An App a Day…

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What do they say? “An App a day keeps the doctor away?” Maybe not just like that, but with the myriad of technology tools available for fitness-minded people, it’s a wonder weren’t not the leanest, fittest country on the planet.  Sadly, we’re closer to the fattest and most-unhealthy in terms of nourishment and activity level. Some Americans feel that you have to pick a side–fitness-focused with a strict diet or simply unhealthy. It’s possible to create a fit and fun lifestyle tailored toward your personal preferences and needs. All it takes is some creativity and some “App”lication. There’s an App that will count calories for you, act as a personal trainer, do both, or show you the closest trails, gyms, and food resources to fit your lifestyle. 

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My new favorite is an App that will inform you of substitutions for favorite recipes! Did you know you can use almond flour is you want to try gluten-free cookies? Arrowroot is an excellent fill-in for corn starch! If a recipe calls for breadcrumbs, opt for grinding oats in a food processor or chia seed/flax seed in a coffee grinder. You can actually make brownies using puréed black beans! It’s an amazing App for my picky-eating family too. Someone can’t stand onions, break out the garlic, leeks, and/or celery. 

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As a holistic nutrition student who opts for the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle from time to time, another favorite App is Filibaba Meals. The built-in timer is a nice addition to a wide variety of mouth-watering, animal-void recipes. To confuse everyone around me, I follow more of a “flexatarian nourishment plan” meaning that although I have my personal beliefs about food sources, I try to remain flexible so not to set off an anxiety attack in myself and/or my family members and friends. 
As a travelista (logging around three to five flights monthly), I’m stuck resorting to almonds and herbal tea (no cream or sugar) most trips, as some regions, towns, business associates still only offer standard American diet basics. No harm, no foul–we all move at our own pace, and I’ve always felt that the person/party with the pickiest preferences should bring their own provisions.  It doesn’t seem right to be frustrated when a location doesn’t have my personal preferences available. After all… I’m the guest. That’s why you’ll always find a baggie (or two) of almonds and/or cashews in my travel bag. 
However, no matter your location, use the App, Restaurant Finder to locate food options around you, save favorite restaurants at specific locations, and read/write reviews for restaurants, so fellow travelers can get their diet needs met too. (By the way, check out HMSHost’s new App that allows you to order food from airport restaurants and have it delievered to your gate. brilliance! Now deliver my TSA-approved favorite hairspray, hair cream, and perfume to my gate and I am set!)
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Sort of like how Google makes us all smarter, the growing number of fitness and nutrition-related Apps available allow us to remain proactive in our health and wellness journey. Since none of us have extra time to research best food options or find creative ways to get a workout in, let technology work for us. Plus, this makes me feel better after I gave technology so much grief for keeping my clients glued to either their television sets, iPads, or iPhones too long, thus stealing precious time away from their day–time they could use to workout, prepare wholesome meals, or visit in person with family and friends for some positive affirmation time. 
 
The next time you click on the App store from your smart phone or find yourself perusing iTunes to update your workout music mix, consider searching fitness and nutrition apps. Lets make technology and our smart phones, pads, and computers work for our health and wellness goals, so we can free up the time spent in doctor’s office waiting rooms. 
 
Some personal favorite Apps:
Fitocracy (compete in fitness quests with other challengers)
GymPact (if you enjoy a little gambling and competition) 
Runkeeper (every traveling runner’s best friend) 
Healthy Desserts by Green Kitchen (For when the sweet tooth strikes and won’t back down.) 
Eat Right for your Blood Type (food suggestions based on your blood type) 
Whole Foods Market Recipes (obvious) 
 
After you choose one or two favorites, check-in with your App daily for optimal results. The last thing you need is more dead weight–on your body and in your App library.  In health–Lacey 
 
November 24, 2012

Savor the Moment

Hi there! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. My holiday was joyful, slightly stressful, kind of relaxing, mildly active, and over too quickly. This description seems to fit a lot of my days lately, and I’m not sure I like it! I try my best each day to enjoy every moment, to savor tastes and experiences, to remember the details of things, the feel of loved ones’ hands and hugs, and my soul’s ebb and flow as these gathered pieces are documented inside my memory. I never know when I’m going to need these pieces again, but I continue to gather them and store them within reach. I’m a noticer of things and a writer. Often these identities are interchangeable. However, you don’t have to be a “writer” to be a noticer. You just have to pay attention.

Life moves so quickly, and as a productive member of society, you are expected to accomplish a ton of things—make a living, feed your family, pay your bills, maintain your relationships as well as your Facebook status, get enough exercise and adequate sleep, and—oh, nurture your inner life. Sometimes I get so busy with the grind of daily life that I look back at the week and I can’t even remember what happened! The very worst part is that I’ll be trying to survive day by day, thinking that I need to check in with my friends and see how so-and-so is doing, and suddenly there’s NEWS. A close friend is suddenly pregnant . . . or getting a divorce . . . or has just lost a parent . . . or is finally getting married. And I didn’t even notice. I feel like I’ve missed an important piece of their life, and I have! I try to avoid this terrible fix by slowing down and paying attention, checking in with my peeps and scanning their horizons for situations that I should be attentive to. This always involves stepping away from my life and breathing in air less manic than my own. One of my very favorite ways to gain some perspective is to crack open my well-loved copy of Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy.

I discovered this book when I was in college, and I fell immediately in love with the whole thing. First of all, it’s a pink book, for goodness sake—who wouldn’t love that? But the inside really got me. It’s organized into daily entries, each beginning with a quotation. And if you haven’t noticed yet, I love quotations. The book celebrates the sublime magic found in everyday life by encouraging the reader to notice even the smallest moments in her surroundings. It introduced me to the concept of a gratitude journal and invited me to write down five things I was grateful for each day. It gave me small doses of its message to savor the world and inspired my creativity. It’s no coincidence that this time in my life was happy, full of possibilities, with a gleam around the edges. I realized that by my noticing small wonders, time seemed to slow down and my friendships glowed.

So, when you find yourself getting super busy and start to wonder where the time has gone, be aware that you may be missing some monumental moments in your or your friends’ lives. If this bothers you, I hope you will stop and breathe deeply. Gaze around you and drink in the view. Be thankful for your blessings and the fact that you have this day to do just that.

XO, Brooke