Gratitude

gratitude

I feel as though people or experiences are brought into your life for a reason.  They teach us something about others and ourselves.  Sometimes learning about others makes us feel not so alone in the world.

When I started Zone 360 at Ultimate Fit Zone I was shy, unsure of what I was getting into but knew I wanted to do something for myself.  Through that experience I gained new friends and made connections with people going through the same thing.

I met Lauryn who is my age and struggles with weight and eating.  We met through class and pushed each other to go further.  Eventually we started talking via Facebook complaining about our sugar cravings and how burpees are evil.

Tonight I let her know I’m happy to have met her.  I think it’s important to show gratitude towards people who are part of your life in a positive way.  I think we forget to appreciate those around us who are good for the soul because we focus too much on the negative.

I also think it’s good for us to show gratitude to ourselves.  Thank yourself for choosing to do good things for your mind and body.  Not many people have the luxury to make healthy choices so be thankful.

 

 

 

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A Week of Highs and Lows

In the last month I have completed three 5K’s, run four times per week and have a social life outside of work and running.  Summer at the Jersey shore can be exhausting with people going out all the time.  I’m not complaining but I think it finally caught up with me.

I took six days off from running after my last week’s 5K.  I really needed to just not be anywhere!  I didn’t want to get up early in the morning and I didn’t want to leave the house after work.  I just wanted to veg out and hang with my dog.

This break came at a price.  I felt like crap!  I’m not sure if it was the exhaustion or feeling crappy because I wasn’t doing anything.  Either way, I was back to running this morning and things have turned around.

So, what’s with the highs and lows? 

Early in the week I got some pretty bad news that my family is facing another challenge (out of respect for my family, I won’t divulge).  I immediately sank and thoughts of family tragedies started to fill my head.  Does God really only give us what we can handle because frankly, we’re tired.

Luckily, I have some pretty great friends that I can talk to.  They offer words to try and look at the positive.  And some, take me out on motorcycles!

 bike

This was my high for the week.  I’ve never felt more alive and appreciative of all that I have.  This kicked my butt back into gear.  I admit, I might have a new addiction 🙂

My final thought:  We all face challenges throughout our lives but how we handle them reveals our character.

Don’t Worry About A Thing

This past 4th of July was the best yet.  I was one of the lucky people whose company closed on the 4th and 5th so I was able to enjoy the moment without thinking about work.  It’s always hard for me to enjoy myself fully because I’m always thinking about what I have to do the next day and I don’t want to get out of hand.  Fortunately this weekend taught me to live!

On the 4th my parents had a great party with lots of tanning, swimming and food.  The next 2 days was a recovery to again lay by the pool and relax.  Saturday night I was invited to a jewelry party of Chloe + Isabel products and it was great!  The hosts did a great job and I bought a cute necklace as well (see below). The best part about it is that I can wear it as three necklaces or one!

necklace

I was also happy to spend the night with my good friend Chelsea…

chelsea

Afterward we went to Asbury Park for some cocktails.  I think I had more than some because I never made it to the family breakfast the next morning….woops.  I did end up trying some oyster shooters at the raw bar which was deelish!  Oysters aren’t my thing but they go down really easy with some spicy bloody mary.

raw bar

I didn’t have any plans for Sunday but out of the blue I got a text from my friend Mike who invited me up to Sea Bright for the day.  Normally I wouldn’t go because it’s pretty far to enjoy myself without thinking about prepping for work but I’m on vacation, right?!  So I threw caution to the wind and went and ended up having a great day!  First we stopped at Woody’s in Sea Bright for lunch and then the Ocean Place Tiki Bar in Long Branch.  It was a perfect afternoon of catching up with friends to end the short staycation.

tiki bar

I’m sure you’ve caught on by now that I look at everything as a lesson.  This weekend I learned to not worry so much and to enjoy myself more.  I’m also reminded about the important people in my life who love and care about me no matter what.  ❤ you….

After this busy weekend, even Reilly was pooped!

reilly

As I was writing this blog Bob Marley’s song came to mind which summed it up perfectly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mACqcZZwG0k

“Don’t worry about a thing,’Cause every little thing  gonna be all right.

Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,’Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”
Rise  up this mornin’,

Smiled with the  risin’ sun,

Three little  birds Perch by my doorstep

Singin’ sweet songs Of melodies pure and true

Sayin’,  (“This is my message to you-ou-ou:”)

Singin’:  “Don’t worry ’bout a thing,’Cause  every little thing gonna be all right.”