Back to Center: Health & Fitness Updates

Hey friends!  Oh boy, how time does fly…

I’ve really missed blogging – the problem is, the more I put it off, the less I feel I have to blog about.  That being said, I gotta start somewhere with a new post, because I miss y’all, and I miss my little blog.  So here goes – my health and fitness update (with a little bit of spirit thrown in there for good measure).

I’ll start by saying that 2013 is turning into a year of self-realization for me – and we’re only 3 months into it 🙂

I’m not sure exactly when the turning point happened, but earlier this year, I realized that I haven’t really been living up to being my authentic self.  I’ve been reeeally good at acting like the girl that I imagine people think I should be.  I want to go further into this thought in another post, but for now, I’ll just say this:  I’m coming to realize that I don’t need to be anyone other than ME.  And I don’t need to do things just because I feel like others expect me to do them.  In fact, those perceived expectations are all just in my own head.

So, I’m making conscious choices to spend my time doing things that I truly enjoy and that nurture the real me; not because they are a chore, or a challenge, or because there’s some kind of prize waiting for me at the finish line.  This applies to my health and fitness choices too, as you can imagine.

That’s why I quit the gym.

What, what!?!  Well, technically I froze my membership.  And here’s why:

  1. I love, love, love getting fresh air, walking my dog, and being outside (and dammit, it may be freezing outside here in PA, but spring will be here soon, I have faith!).  I want to start running and walking outside more as the weather gets nicer.
  2. I’m trying to get myself back on track with my budget (that’s a whole ‘nother post) and I want to save a few bucks.
  3. I really haven’t been inspired to hit the iron like I used to.  It just doesn’t seem like where my heart is right now.

Instead of the gym, I’ve been getting up really early in the morning and doing a short session of yoga before the sun comes up.  It feels glorious.

And, get this:  I’ve been meditating.  This is probably the most centering, enlightening thing to have happened in my life in years.  It’s amazing, seriously:  15 to 20 minutes a day of sitting in silence and quieting my mind has helped me to feel calm, centered, and confident for the rest of the day. The daily routine of meditation is allowing me to gain the clarity and focus that I’ve been craving.  It makes my spirit happy 🙂

*Note:  If you are interested in starting a meditation practice of your own, I highly suggest that you jump on the tail end of the free 21-Day Meditation Challenge for Perfect Health, hosted by Deepak Chopra and Oprah.  Amazing.  Trust me 🙂

Also on the fitness front, I’m excited to start TurboFire soon – I ordered the set a while back and am anxiously awaiting to get it in the mail!  I think it’s going to be a great way to get my booty moving and to lean out in time for summer.  The reviewers of TurboFire all say it is so fun  and I can believe it – Chalene Johnson is such a ball of energy!

*Another note:  Chalene wrote an amazing book called Push: 30 Days to Turbocharged Habits, a Bangin’ Body, and the Life You Deserve.  I love this book!  In fact, it was the inspiration for this blog!  It’s written with a health focus, but Chalene so clearly outlines how to set and achieve goals that I recommend it for anyone looking to achieve a sharper focus in that area.

And the final thing, that’s not so related to fitness but is related to health, is that I’m planning to go off the pill.  NO, WE ARE NOT TRYING TO GET PREGNANT!  However, I am ready to stop taking synthetic hormones, which have been in my system for the better part of half of my life.  Crazy, huh?  Again, this experience will probably deserve its own post or two, so if you’re interested in my journey as I get back to living as the authentic “me,” sans fake hormones, let me know 🙂

*Final note:  I’ve been reading a book called Taking Charge of Your Fertility, which is full of information and support for women wanting to take a natural approach to birth control (or getting pregnant).  

So…that’s where I am.  I guess I had a lot more to chat about than I thought I did 😉

To anyone who may still be reading this little blog, please let me know:  Have you ever entered a period of your life where you had a shift in perspective?  Where you realized you were neglecting your authentic self?  How did you get back to center?

xoxo (missed you)

Status Check on Goals: November

(Also known as the longest blog post everrr)
OK, I realize it’s been forever since I’ve checked in on my goals – well, at least officially checked in on the blogosphere.

However…I really have been diligently working towards achieving each of the goals that I listed back in January on this blog!  Aaaand, I’ve even put some thought into my goals for 2013 😉

It’s hard to believe there are less than 2 months in 2012.  Crazy, right?  Since we’re getting so close to the end of the year, I thought it would be good to do a little recap of where I am to date:

{ Health }

Goal:  Partipate in a fitness competition
I really wish I had given myself more than one fitness goal to achieve in 2012.  Particularly because I really felt lost after I completed my fitness competition back in April.  I’m still a little lost, to be completely honest!  But, I’ve been getting my booty to the gym and have basically just been in maintenance mode for the last several months.
Health Goal:  COMPLETE, baby

{ Habitat }

Goal:  Organize my house
The goal of organizing my house has probably been the most time-consuming out of all the goals I listed.  Every weekend, I’ve spent a little time organizing areas of my home, and in all honesty, it’s about 90% complete!  Yaaaay!

There are a few embarrassing spaces left to be organized.  Namely, our garage and our basement.  They are not small projects to complete so I’ve been putting them off until the end, which of course has delayed their completion.  Now that we are getting into the colder months (I’m looking at snow falling outside my window as I type this!), the garage project may be delayed until next spring.  However, I hope to finish the basement before the end of 2012.

Side note: Would anyone be interested in seeing an “organized house tour” series for the spaces I haven’t shown yet on the blog?  Maybe I’m a voyeur, but I love seeing how other people organize their homes.  LMK!
Habitat Goal:  In Progress, Nearly Completed

{ Happiness }

Goal #1:  Train Pickles (my doggie)
Pickles is definitely a work in progress, but her behavior has improved tremendously in recent months.  I have been taking her on loooooong walks and listening to Cesar Milan’s audio books on my iPod while we walk.  I really believe in his approach of “exercise, discipline, and affection, in that order.”  I think this has really helped improve our little canine maniac’s disposition.  I also discovered that our little dog is the BEST running partner!  She just runs and runs and runs and never tires out.  I plan to continue running with her!
Happiness Goal #1:  Complete!

Goal #2:  Go on vacation with my husband
We had such a nice vacation to Riviera Maya earlier this year.  It was exactly what I needed at the time, as I was transitioning away from my former job and really needed some mental relaxation.  I’d love to travel more in 2013, even if it’s a short weekend getaway.
Happiness Goal #2:  Complete!

Goal #3:  Make 5 new friends
This may sound like a silly goal to most people.  I’ve struggled with meeting new friends since moving to PA years ago…let’s face it, the older you get, the harder it is to meet new people, particularly when you don’t have kids (that seems to be how most people I know expand their social circle).  That being said, I feel blessed to have met so many great people this year and to have strengthened relationships with people I know.  And I consider anyone reading this post a friend, so you can add yourself to the list 😉
Happiness Goal #3:  Complete

Goal #4:  Make more money
This is such a point of frustration for me.  I used to make pretty decent money, then I made a career change a couple of years ago and have been playing catch-up ever since.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever get back to the salary level where I used to be, which is just so annoying.  Money isn’t everything, but I work hard and dammit, I want more money!  I will say, I am making more money now than I was at the beginning of 2012, so for now I’ll consider this one…
Happiness Goal #4:  Complete

{ Hobbies }

Goal: #1  Take better care of my skin
I really think this one deserves its own blog post.  In recent months, I have been suffering from annoying skin issues, and I’m not sure if they are product, environment, or hormone related.  Who knows.  I did just start a new skin care regime which I will try to post about later this week, if anyone’s interested.  I’ve also decided to go have my skin checked for any possible skin cancer issues.  Overall, I’ve taken much better care of my skin this year but this could definitely be improved.
Hobbies Goal #1:  Work in progress

Goal #2:  Pursue my hobbies
I didn’t clearly define what my hobbies are when I set this goal, which I guess is why I didn’t make too much progress with this one.  I did start taking ballet, which has been an adventure 🙂  I’ll be re-evaluating this goal for 2013.
Hobbies Goal #2:  Work in progress

Goal #3:  Become more involved in social media
It’s pretty pathetic that I work in marketing and create clients’ social media campaigns, but I can’t even bother to keep up with my own Twitter account, right?  I have definitely become more involved in social media this year, but there is room for improvement in 2013.  (By the way, connect with me!  The buttons for my social media pages are right over there to your right –>)
Hobbies Goal #3:  Complete

…and finally, the “Push Goal,” to start my own business.
This is still hands down absolutely something I want to do.  The stars just need to align for things to work out for me.  I haven’t forgotten about my push goal, and I still feel like it will push me towards achieving all of my goals and more!
Push Goal:  INCOMPLETE (for now)

I’d love to hear about goals you have achieved in 2012 so far, and if you’re already thinking about 2013 the way I am.  I’m a big believer in making your goals public – so ‘fess up!!  😉

Status Check on Goals: June

Can you believe we are halfway through the year?

Time is flying and I need to check in on my goals for 2012! (If you’re new to my blog, I’m working towards achieving specific goals in 2012, and I believe that the more I keep myself accountable by checking in on this blog, the more likely they are to be achieved! Oh, and hi!  Thanks for visiting :))

{ Health }

I participated in the Fitness New England Ms. Bikini competition on April 28th and placed 4th for my class!

(That’s me on the left 😉 )

…and now I’m actually considering doing another show at the end of August.  Informal poll:  should I do it?!?

{ Habitat }

I’m still working on getting the casa organized!  It will be a year-long project, I fear.  I would like to start posting more about my little organizing projects, so stay tuned!

{ Happiness }

We went on vacation at the end of May, 2012!  What a friggin’ blast!

{ Hobbies }

I’m adding a couple of mini goals to my Hobbies list:  I want to teach myself more about graphic design and I want to learn more about our DSLR camera that stays permanently on the “auto” setting 😉

What goals are you currently working towards?  List them here and make them public – you’ll be one step closer to achieving them!

Status Check on Goals: April

My goal with this blog is to keep it real and check in with the universe once a month on my progress towards achieving my goals for 2012!

Here’s my status check:

{ Health }

Can you freaking believe that I’m a little over 2 WEEKS AWAY from my competition?  Holy moly!!  This week’s check-in pic (I see no difference from 2 weeks ago, boo):

{ Habitat }

It’s been so fun to see my 40 days of spring cleaning post make its way around Pinterest…how cool!  So I have done a lot more spring cleaning and organizing, but alas, I haven’t kept my bloggy friends updated.  (but here are a few house pics to keep myself honest):

Guest Bedroom

Our Kitchen

From another angle...

Sparkly clean oven!



{ Happiness }

We have enrolled Pickles in doggy day care!  She’s going 2 times a week so she can learn to be a little more social with other dogs.  So far, all is well 😉

And T and I booked our vacation to Cancun in May!!  OMG I can just TASTE the margaritas now…

I’ve been so fortunate to make some great connections to new friends through Cathy Savage Fitness…and I’m looking forward to meeting so many inspirational women at the upcoming show in Connecticut!


{ Hobbies }

If you happened to catch my vlog earlier this week, I mentioned this nifty “luminizing black mask” by Boscia that I purchased.  Because, well you know, I’m trying to take better care of my skin.  And apparently I’m trying to scare the sh*t out of my husband if he walks in on me in the bathroom:

Tip:  DO NOT try to be frugal and put just a thin layer of this mask on your skin.  I don’t care that this mask is ridiculously overpriced at $35 a tube – schmear that stuff on like you mean it.  Otherwise, you’ll have the same experience as me, shortly after taking the above photo, trying desperately to peel tiny strips of black elmer’s glue mask off of my skin and fearing that it would take my actual skin with it.  Not pretty 😉

Well that about wraps up my status check for the month…

What goals are you currently working towards?  List them here and make them public – you’ll be one step closer to achieving them!