This Week’s Inspiration

These are the inspirations that I have seen this week online:

Blog – Leveala      Great tips on blogging and growing your social media following:)

Saying – I have been doing a lot of soul searching this summer and I have decided that I need to focus on positivity so that the negative and toxic thoughts and actions out there don’t consume me.

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Article – As a society, we focus more on negativity and we have to consciously think about and work at being positive and having positive thoughts.  We have to hardwire our brains for happiness. How To Wire Your Brain For Happiness

Blogger – Cynthia Spillane of The Craft of Laughter…I reached out to her to ask A question and she has been my go to ever since.  She has shared her ideas, tips, enthusiasm and support.  Thank you for your help Cynthia!!

Product – I cannot say enough about the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ blender.  It can blend, crush, mix ANYTHING.  It is super fast and when making smoothies there is not one ice cube or fragment of an ice cube left at the end.  Just smooth drinking.  It is loud, but it gets the job done so fast, it really isn’t a problem to me.  If you use your blender often, replace it with this and you will not be sorry:)

Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL640 Blender

 

Follow your Passion and Mission

I have done a lot of soul searching this summer.  There was a ton of negativity and one-upping going on where I work.  One person said it was a toxic environment.  I was not looking forward to having to go back to that less than inviting environment. I decided to become a Beachbody coach because I love researching nutrition and also enjoy trying out different types of fitness classes. I was happy and excited about it.

I set up a website for the business, I added a blog to the website. I researched getting followers for all my social media spaces. This made me even happier and more excited. I’ve not been doing this very long & I’ve met great people who are friendly, supportive, well-mannered and kind.  It has been such a boost to my mood and motivation. I feel like I’ve found my passion. I love to share things that have worked for me with others and this is the perfect outlet.

So if you look at the venn diagram below, I feel that I’ve checked off the “you love it” circle, the “you are great (okay good) at it” circle and “the world needs it” circle.  Hey…3 out of 4 is pretty, darn good.  The sticking point is the “you are paid for it” circle.  I am not quitting my day job, but I am enthusiastic about the opportunities out there.  I have seen lots of people become successful at this and I will not give up.  When you find a passion and a mission, it is definitely a goal to make it your profession.  Think positively…keep working hard…go for that goal!!!!

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You Matter

So, here’s a scenario for you… someone approaches you and seems very endearing and kind and you think to yourself, “Wow…what a great person!  They seem so real and genuinely interested in me as a person.  This is someone I could really make space for in my life.”  So you get all excited and think about things you could do together or maybe suggest to them because you hit it off so well to begin with.  They may even invite you to a jewelry or skin care party.  You go because you really genuinely like the person and may even buy some products from them.  You say that you’ll meet for coffee or lunch soon.  Then a couple of days/weeks/months pass and you see them and they don’t even seem to know you or know anything about you.  Has this happened to you or someone you know??  Does this make you feel really sad, angry, betrayed??
Well, it has happened to me and you’d think I’d learn my lesson about people like this, but I don’t.  I’m a trusting, caring person so I think that everyone, in turn, is the same way.  They are not.  I have to repeat this mantra to myself A LOT….don’t place your expectations and beliefs upon others.  That is not to say that there aren’t wonderful, loving, caring people out there, because there are!!!  I am the type of person to want to form a trusting bond with people who I have a connection with…those connections are not disposable because someone has not done anything for me lately.  Those connections matter & the people involved matter too.
I have wanted to break into the fitness/nutrition business because I want to share things that I have learned as a regular, every day “I need to get fit and eat better” person.  I have researched and tried many products and suggestions so I have knowledge about many different topics.  I am not an expert, but if I don’t know it , I’ll try to find out the answer.  I want to be able to support, motivate and help others who are in the same boat as I am.  I don’t want to pressure people into doing things that they don’t want to do.  I want them to be happy with what they are doing, happy with their results and happy to try harder each day.  No shame, no judgment.  I don’t want to be that person who friends others because I know they can help me financially with my business.  If they decide to sign up, GREAT!!!!  I’m all for it.  If they don’t have the money right now,  that’s fine too….I’ll support you any way I can.  If you need a sample, let me know…I’d be more than happy to share.
I hope that I find others out there looking for what I have to offer.  If this sounds good to you or someone you know, check out my website www.thistledewfit.com.  If you just have questions or want suggestions, I will be happy to help.  I want to be the resource that I look for in others.  Thanks for taking time to read my blog:)

 

 

Welcome Home Wednesdays

Good Choices

I saw the saying below this morning & it really made me stop and think. In my journey to be healthier, does what I want right now get me to what I want most?

      Let’s break this down….I am out to dinner and I order a salad. I’m on vacation and my body is craving vegetables because I had something not particularly good for me the day before. My son orders french fries, which are actually not very appealing to me right now. At the end of my meal, there are still french fries left over. Do I grab them and eat them because they are there and I don’t want them to go to waste? Do I want them NOW because they are looking good? Will eating them get me to what I want most….a fitter, healthier me? No, no and no. Wow…I felt really good about my choice and I hope that I can continue to make the same choice if this scenario comes up again because if I keep making that healthy choice over and over, it will become a habit.
     Next, there is a marathon of my favorite show on TV.  I LOVE this show and missed some episodes so this would be a great time to catch up on a rainy day.  I’ll get sucked in and all of a sudden 4 hours will have passed in zoned out glory.  Do I watch this marathon because it looks good now or do I go do a workout and DVR the show for another time so I can get to what I want the most…a fitter, healthier me? DVR and workout…another good choice.

     That’s not to say that we are ALWAYS going to make the perfect choice.  We’re human and sometimes we give in…that’s okay. Everything in moderation…even moderation as the saying goes. However, if we really stay present in our choices and think them through, this behavior will become habit and there we are on the road to being fitter and healthier. Go forth today and make the best choices for yourself!  You are so worth it.

Healthy Vacation Tips

So my planned vacation landed right smack in the middle of starting a new eating/fitness program, figures, right??  I made a lot of gains last week and I don’t want to lose them all.  Well, I don’t have to lose the gains.  Vacation doesn’t mean an all-out food blitz, but you don’t have to deprive yourself either.  Try some of the following tips:
*Buy fruit, eggs, yogurt, eggs to keep at your rental property.  If they are there for you, you won’t want to waste them and they are cheaper and better for you than going out for every meal.  Also, if you feel like snacking the fruit will be a much healthier option.
*When you do go out for meals, opt for a salad or fresh vegetable side instead of fries.  Even a baked potato, minus sour cream and extras, is better than fries.
*Walk, walk, and walk.  Opt to walk wherever you can…the beach is perfect place to do lots of walking.
*Plan some exercise-centered activities, such as hikes, kayaking, paddle boarding, bike riding.
*Do some mini workouts that take a small amount of space, see below.  A mini workout is better than no workout at all.  If you have space, a DVD player and more time, you can bring workout DVDs.
*If there is something that you are really, really craving, have it and just cut back somewhere else AND walk even more that day.
*Your body will tell you when you’ve had ENOUGH.  I know that if I eat badly for several meals, I feel icky and my body CRAVES healthy food.  Also, I have found that drinking water really helps clear out those blah feelings until you can readjust and eat better.
I know that these are all simple, common sense ideas, but sometimes we don’t think about them when we are in the middle of a glorious, relaxing vacation.  Hopefully, at least one of them will help you.  Enjoy your well-earned vacation!!!

What’s in a name? – Blog Challenge Day 4

So you may be wondering…Thistle Dew Fit…interesting name…what is up with it??  Well….MANY years ago, I was on vacation in Vermont and I saw a flower shop called Thistle Dew.  I thought it was the best name and always had it in the back of my mind if I ever opened a business.  It is a play on words to this will do or this’ll do as in “yeah, this will be just fine…it’ll do”.
I’m not saying I am settling by saying…eh…this is fine…this’ll do.  I am saying “YES…I’VE DONE MY BEST and this WILL do.  It is not trying to be average, it is trying to be the best I can be and accepting that my best is the best that I can do.  Your best might be different and THAT’S OKAY.  Also, sometimes things come up in life that you don’t agree with or you have to accept for what they are.  Those are also times when you can say “this’ll do”, I can deal with it and move on.
The other thing I observe about actual thistle dew is that the thistle is very sharp and pointy, yet very beautiful.  The dew can lay on the top of it and the little dew bubbles don’t pop…they stay strong in their dew-ness.  That’s how I feel I need to be sometimes…even in the face of sharp critics, I must stay strong like the dew on a thistle.  Wow…that sounds deep and motivational, doesn’t it??  LOL
Just some thoughts on the name of my title…hope you enjoyed the explanation.  Off to be as strong as the dew on a thistle!!!!

My Abbreviated Story

A little about my story….I have always loved researching ways to make myself a better person.  Who doesn’t want to be a better person, right??  I joined a gym on New Year’s Day 2013 because I wanted to try spinning.  I tried and still LOVE spinning.  I also signed up with a personal trainer and LOVED it.  This made me want to learn more about fitness and nutrition even more.  I have read many books, articles, visited websites…lots of information.  I even looked into becoming a registered dietician (my profession is teaching).  I thought, I know soooo much about children; I’ll be a pediatric nutritionist.  I also felt that I love to help and motivate others and I shouldn’t limit myself to only children.
Fast forward, the gym I joined closed:(  I started taking barre and boxing classes.  I still take the barre classes which I do LOVE.  My boxing class suspended for the summer and I wanted something else to add to my fitness routine.  I found a wonderful Beachbody coach who is wonderful, uplifting, and kind.  I started that program last week and I’ve also become a Beachbody coach myself.  I feel that it will only add to my fitness and nutrition knowledge.  Thanks for joining me in my journey.
I’ve lost 12 lbs since the end of April and want to continue to get stronger and fitter.  I hope that I can inspire others to do the same.  I’m no spring chicken, but age is just a number so let’s get our sweat on and our healthy eating on and LET’S DO THIS!!!!

Life is too short for boring workout clothes!!

Nothing will motivate you to workout more than a new outfit.  I highly recommend buying a few, new workout outfits before you start because you will want to wear them and they may get you to work out.  As you reach different goals, you can buy yourself a new tank or leggings as a reward.  Much better than a food reward.  I have never been and will never be a size 2 so I have a very strong opinion of workout clothes companies.

     My favorite, hands down, is Athlete.  Great selection, big size range, great quality, pretty reasonably priced, cute/fun clothes.  They are owned by the same company as Old Navy and Gap.  I have an Old Navy card and can earn rewards for shopping at any of those companies plus Banana Republic and Sierra Trading Post online.  You can earn $5 and $10 rewards that can also be used at any of those companies.  They also often have additional %s off, sales, clearance…online store is great.  Free shipping (I think) when you spend $50.
     I also like TJ Maxx/Marshalls.  Inexpensive, cute workout clothes.  Not as big of a size range and quality is not as good.  They also have workout accessories:  yoga mats, weights, water bottles, headbands, etc.  If you have a TJX card, you can also earn rewards.
     As I’ve said before, I am NOT paid by any of these companies.  They are just my personal favorites.  I hope this was helpful to you.  Have a fashionable day!!

 

 

Hot, Hot, Hot

Boy…its it hot today!!!  I am not a heat person…I think it’s easy to get warmer than to cool off.  Just my personal opinion.  Make sure that you are hydrating when it is hot.  By the time you feel thirsty, you are already on your way to being dehydrated.  I have read that a good rule of thumb for how much water you should drink is take your weight, divide it in half and then drink that many ounces of water.  Just a quick tip and easy to remember.
Often when it is hot, the last thing you want to do is work out.  You gotta do it!!!  No excuses.  I have my workout room in our basement, which is always cooler than the upper floors.  I also have a large fan in the room (no central A/C).  Of course, gyms are usually air-conditioned so that should actually be a motivator.  Again….REMEMBER TO KEEP HYDRATED!!!  You will feel better after the workout and can go on with your day.  Not a good idea to run in the heat and if you have to, go early in the morning or after the sun goes down.  Common sense ideas.
Salads are a great meal for a hot day.  Make all your protein that you’ll be putting in the salad at once and store in the fridge.  When you want a salad, your protein will be ready to go.  You can also cut up the additional vegetables will the protein is cooking so that all you have to do is toss everything together and eat.  The hot idea lately is to put all the ingredients for your salad in a Mason jar and then just add the dressing and shake.  Pour into a bowl and there you go…instant meal.
Hopefully, you are staying cool wherever you live.  Take it easy, stay safe and enjoy your summer!  It goes by way too fast.

Kill the Workout

Made it to the weekend…yessssss!!!!  I have been trying a new workout program called the 21 Day Fix and it is no joke.  I have done 3 of the workouts:  total body cardio, lower body and my favorite so far, the dirty 30.  They are all 30 minutes long and they WORK YOU OUT.  I did legs 3 days ago and my legs are still sore….a good sore!!!  I also LOVE going to Barre classes, which I have been doing for 7-1/2 months.  Those classes have definitely made me stronger and it is a great workout.  I wanted something else to do the days I don’t go there.  These videos are awesome.  I have been doing spin, TRX, boxing and barre for 2+ years now and the 21 Day Fix workouts still kick my butt.  I can’t wait to see what the other workouts are like.  I also like it because every day is different and you work different muscle groups.  Stay tuned for my new and improved fitness journey!!!!  Thank you for checking in and enjoy the rest of your weekend:)

**Update 8/30/2015:  I’ve decided to cut ties with the 21 Day Fix…yes…we are breaking up…cue sad music.  I found that the workouts were great, but the instructor just got on my nerves too much.  Also, she was very condescending to the woman who was doing the modified exercises in the videos and I cannot tolerate that.  I found myself getting aggravated every time I did them so I put the whole thing on Ebay and sold it.  I am NOT a quitter, but there are so many more  great programs out there, I knew I could find something that I liked better (see my awesome, online workout post).  My former personal trainer is opening a gym in a little over a week, so I know that that will become my home away from home PLUS I want to support her because I’m so proud of her.  If you are a 21 Day Fixer, I am glad that you found something that works for you and I would never negate a program that others have had success with.  It just isn’t the program for me.  Best of luck in your fitness journeys!!!

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