Monthly Archives: February 2014

One of the greatest gifts in life is – you can choose to believe in fear or you can choose to believe in the best version of yourself.


New Pants and I Need a Donut (No, NOT the Kind You Eat)

Check out my new digs!!  Many of you know that Lululemon is my first and one true love, but every once awhile I’ll happen upon a pair of leggings that are too fun to pass up!  Sometimes having a new pair of workout pants, new shoes or that fun shirt you’ve been eyeing is the thing to amp up your workout a bit more.  Don’t you feel good going to the gym sporting a new find?  For me – 9.9 times out of 10 you’ll find me in Lulu day in and day out, but these leggings happen to be Nike that I found at Academy in Franklin!  Too much fun!!  

(So, I just HAD to include the picture on the left.  You’ve got one dog in the background behind me and one walking out the door…  hilarious.)

I might as well try to look cute since I haven’t been able to work out for a few days now…  Talk about hilarious…  If you’ve been to my class this week, you’ve heard the story, but if you haven’t – then here it is.  Drumroll please….

Sunday night the bf and I went to out for dinner near my house.  We had a lovely meal and then started walking back to my place.  I don’t know what possessed him (still trying to figure it out), but he decided that it would be a GREAT idea to pick me up like a baby and take off in a 12.5 sprint.  Wellllllllll something went awry and let’s just say I ended up breaking his fall on the concrete that laid 6’3 feet below me.  My badonkadonk and the sidewalk became one. I couldn’t move.  All I could do was roll around on the cold, hard ground and yell “DON’T TOUCH ME!” in sheer agony for probably 3 minutes (but what seemed like an eternity) while he stood over me wondering what the passing traffic was thinking of me writhing around on the pavement on 12 South.  Finally I was able to get up and hobble back to my house all the while cursing him not so under my breath.  

Back at the house the bruise started to form on my right cheek (butt cheek that is).  And by BRUISE I mean HUGE KNOT. I let him feel what he did to me.  He immediately started laughing which then led me to start crying and storm off into my bathroom yelling “You don’t understand!!  My job requires me to move and to be active!  This isn’t funny – it hurts!!!”  And now I’m sitting here laughing, typing this, seeing him in my mind standing in my kitchen cracking up even more at my dramatic exit to the bathroom.

Let’s rewind a bit – Friday Dave and I went to hit some golf balls before I had to teach and I was SO sore and SO tired I should have never gone.  I ended up breaking his $400 driver…oops.  I’d like to think it’s from my sheer strength.  So, payback is a beeatch…as I would come to find out on Sunday night.  However, I have told him my pain is worth more than $400.  I haven’t been able to sit right, bend down, sneeze, run (much less walk correctly) or demo exercises for my clients and classes since “the incident.”  However, this blog is ultimately about fun leggings and being okay with RESTING.  That’s truly where I’m going with this crazy story.

So many of us just go, go, go and run and workout and think we HAVE to workout 7 days a week, maybe twice a day sometimes…  Our bodies need rest, and it’s okay to be okay with that.  I always say God has to make me sick or injure me for me to slow down!  But honestly, since becoming a little more clear with my life and my outlook, I appreciate the rest and know that I need it.  

So, for the next few days me and my frozen bag of peas, my new pants, and my donut (which I wish it was a chocolate covered Krispy Kreme hot off the press with sprinkles) will be taking it easy and not feeling guilty about it!  Your body and your mind can always use a day or 3 or 7 off, and you’ll be better from it in the end even if it takes you a few days to get your groove back.  Be okay with being still, my friends.  I’ll leave you with a quote from William Wordsworth that says it all …  ”Rest and be thankful.”

The ‘box’ is just one avenue to pursue excellence in preparation. Training is hard. Life can be much harder. Start and/or finish your day by giving your mind and body the training to handle life’s great obstacles. – Jason Swanson

Upside Down Bosu Squat

This week’s move is the Upside Down Bosu Squat!  My amazing client Cari Johns Isham (she JUST got married – woohoooo!!) makes it look REALLY easy, but it’s not.  This requires balance, core  and leg strength to keep the bosu steady in order to perform a proper squat.  If you have access to a bosu – flip it over and step on top – use a wall or someone else to help you steady yourself.  Once you’re on, widen your stance and SQUAT!  Think of sitting back and keeping your heels down.  If you don’t have a bosu around – just try squats with weights in your hands and tap your toosh to a chair or bench.  Keep your knees in place and your heels down.  At the bottom of a squat – if you’re doing it properly, you should be able to wiggle your toes off the ground.  Think of sitting back like you’re sitting in a chair. Doing a squat on the bosu is going to engage all of your leg muscles and your core!  Go for it! Work dat booty!!!!

Follow Up – You Are Worth It

The response I had to my blog about depression and losing weight was truly overwhelming.  Thank you to everyone who commented, responded and emailed me!  I had a lot of women emailing saying that they share a similar story.  I didn’t know when I wrote it that so many people would read it.  Some things are just meant to be said, I guess.  I’m glad it was on my heart, and if it moved you in some way – I’m grateful and honored.  

I had a lot of questions regarding losing weight and I wanted to follow up with a few answers.  To me, it was never about losing weight.  I never said – I’m going to lose 10, 11, 12lbs…  I’ve known for a while that if I dropped a few I’m sure I’d feel better, but I never went in thinking “I have to get to THIS number.”  No.  What happened is I addressed the problem inside – in my heart and in my head and then everything else started falling into place. Once I was able to see and think clearly again – I stopped thinking negatively, stopped overeating, stopped thinking I needed sugar to fill me up…  It literally was ONE DAY AND ONE DECISION AT A TIME.  Once I was clear again I was able to see and KNOW that each positive decision ADDS UP.  Every positive decision snowballs into another one.  

My depression had been building over years.  But when I got out of my publishing deal in April then spent 6 months writing my ass off, getting cuts and meeting after meeting I just couldn’t get a deal…I started going down.  So, essentially I didn’t (and still don’t have) a full time job.  I felt worthless.  I felt like my music didn’t matter and the work that I’ve put into this business for 8 years meant nothing…  That’s when it got bad.  When my life seemed mundane, I didn’t feel like myself, I was numb to all feelings and bed was the one thing that made me feel somewhat okay… I knew I needed help.  I talked to a counselor at my church, my doctor and got on a low dose of medication.  All of these things helped ME immensely, and led to finding more positive habits. Finding what works for YOU is super important.   What works for me may not be for you.  

I also want everyone to know that I’m not “fixed.” I might gain weight back, I might be sad some days… I still struggle daily, weekly…  Some days are better than others, but this life is a JOURNEY.  We don’t just take a pill and everything is ok.  We don’t just take a pill and lose weight.  Those are not healthy, sustaining actions that will truly make changes.  To me, it’s about making choices, each one building on the next and eventually leading to awesome habits and a healthy lifestyle.  Each and every day is a new chance to be better, improve and seek balance.  We are beautiful messes and works in progress.  Don’t be scared to look inside, take chances and trust yourself.  YOU ARE WORTH IT.  

(This pic was taken a few years back.  It’s energy is how I want to feel each day of my life!!)