It Doesn’t Have to Be All or Nothing

Back in July, I squealed with glee and did a happy dance in my kitchen when I learned that my tiny hometown was getting its very own Crossfit box.  As soon as it was announced that “Crossfit Alma” was coming, I signed up.

And after nearly 2 months of workouts, I thought Crossfit had taught me some very important life lessons. Lessons that I shared over on the uber cool, super awesome Dubya Wife’s blog.

But tonight I realized that Crossfit has taught me one more thing………

The WOD at our box tonight was a doublet of Russian Kettlebell swings and pull-ups. We would start with 20 reps and pyramid down to 12 reps. My coach told us that women were to use the 50 lb kettlebell.  Well, a few swings into the routine I felt a twinge in my back.  Without missing a beat, I switched to the 35 lb kettlbell and kept going.  I finished the WOD  and felt great. Didn’t I feel bad that I hadn’t done the WOD exactly as prescribed. NOPE…not one bit. I pushed myself hard and did the best I could.

That’s when it hit me.

This journey of living my healthiest life doesn’t have to be all or nothing!

For years, I have thought if I didn’t follow my workout schedule to the letter, eat 100% according to plan, take my vitamins daily, stretch, foam roll, and whatever else – then I was failing and that was license to just throw in the towel.

Now, I finally realize – it’s okay to have pizza with my parents on Tuesday nights (and it’s okay if I enjoy that 3rd slice) because I know that I eat clean the other 90% of the time.

I finally realize that it is okay to skip a run in favor of a rest day – even if it is not on my plan – because listening to my body is far more important.

I finally realize that one day of not taking my multi-vitamin is not going to derail all of my efforts. 

I finally realize that for me the healthiest life I can live is one that is balanced.

Today I can run faster (and longer) than I could when I was running 6 days a week.

Today I can lift more weight than I did 2 months ago and more than I have ever lifted in my entire life.

Today I am stronger and fitter than I was at 18 years old, or even at my lowest weight.

I have no idea how my balanced living approach will impact the scale. But truthfully, I don’t really care. I still plan on stepping on it once a month just to ensure that I remain in the healthy weight range for my height. Beyond that, I no longer see value in that number.

And for someone who spent most of her teens and 20’s chained to the scale that’s a HUGE thing.

 

#GoDW: Admitting my Failure

It’s been pretty quiet around the blog – and normally when healthy living bloggers are quiet it means one thing…..that they’ve fallen away from the healthy  habits that they’ve developed.  And while that is not true in ever instance, it is in mine or at least partially.

I am still following my training plan which includes 3 weekly run, an aerobics class, 2 days of weight lifting and some yoga thrown in for good measure. But my Paleo challenge has fallen apart.  I did great for the first 20 days of February. Then I got lazy. Add in some minor marital drama and it is a recipe for finding me reaching for my favorite non-Paleo comfort foods.

Yes, even after years of hard work, therapy, and this blog I still have moments of emotional eating.  At least now I recognize them for what they are, figure out what triggered it, and move forward.

Nothing different this time.

I plan on finishing out February with as many Paleo meals as possible but will likely eat some non-Paleo items as well. After all my baby girl has her 3rd birthday party this weekend (sniff – how is my baby 3???) and will want me to share her cupcake with her (she eats the icing and I eat the cake). I will push the reset button on Sunday, March 3rd and move forward.

Your turn:  How do you handle slip-ups and setbacks in your healthy living journey?

Musing on a Monday Morning

Good morning everyone!  How is it Monday already?  I swear time goes by much fast on the weekend than it ever does during the week.  But no complaints from me – in a bit I’ll head to a  job I love, and at week’s end I’ll be heading to Amelia Island, FL for the Zooma Run 5K and Half Marathon!!!

Today’s post is going to be one of those inward focused, belly-button gazing as Mizfit likes to say type of posts.  On Saturday, the hubby and I took our daughter to a birthday party of the daughter of our high school classmate.  As it happened, there were several high school classmates in attendance some of which I had not seen since graduation – nearly 13 years ago.  Towards the end of the party, I found myself conversing with a former classmate and he posed the question “So what are you doing now? Last time I saw you…you were planning on ruling the world.”

I made some witty comment about how ruling the world interfered with my time at the spa and had opted for a day job instead.  But I left the party wondering if I had somehow gotten of course from my dreams and had failed to live up to my full potential.  As I turned his comments over in my head, I realized something.  I hadn’t gotten of course of my dreams – I had just adopted better ones. 

I applaud those people who are in positions of power – governors, Senators, even the President.  But that’s not for me.  Truth is, when I was barreling along that path, I often felt lonely. Now instead of ruling the world, I intend on changing it – making it a better place than it was when I came into it.

I’ll likely never gain lots of fame or fortune.  But each day I share pieces of myself with you, my readers, which has allowed me to form deep and lasting friendships.  I practice the principles of healthy living which shows my daughter how to live a healthy life.  I strive to show kindness and compassion to others – in hopes that they will in turn show kindness to others.  All little things……but little things that I believe will add up to a BIG impact.

This isn’t really about ruling the world or changing it.  It is simply about understanding how you define success.  And for me success is not about the number of page views I have, the number of Twitter followers I get, or if my name ever appears in a national newspaper or magazine.  If I can brighten the day of just a single person…then my life will have been a life well lived.

Over to you, how do you define success?  Is the life your living now different from the one you envisioned for yourself at 18?