Monday, December 8, 2014

Sometimes

Have you heard the saying "Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield"?

I've been feeling like the windshield for quite some time, just cruisin along, no real problems other then a few minor issues (aka bugs). I was feeling good, and was just coasting in my comfortable little bubble, then SPLAT. I found myself identifying with a bug.

Life happens, but when it doesn't go your way, it's a big old slap in the face. It usually comes out of left field and is totally unexpected. Obviously we'd avoid these splats if we could right? Well we can't. I've been really focusing on personal development lately, and trying to figure out how to handle the rough times. Those SPLATs if you will. There've been a few splats this week, and I'm sick of them. Flat out sick of 'em.

I have a hard time recovering from the unknown, and I wish that I had a better way of handling things, but I just need to realize that life goes on. Mistakes, falls, successes, regardless...life goes on. I have GOT to stop sweating the small stuff and let myself enjoy the little things again. I know what I need to do for that to happen, but I've got to do it. That's the kicker. I've got to do it. Guess we'll see if I find myself on the windshield side of life again soon. I'm sick of being the bug.

What do you do when you find yourself on the down side? Do you have  a trick of pulling yourself out of a slump? I've been in a slump with this little corner of the interwebs, and I'm climbing my way back out slowly but surely. I decided to stop caring what people think, and just start writing for me again. I think I was more successful at blogging when that was the case anyway.

Well, time to make some plans. I foresee some big changes in my life. It's time. Who's with me?

Much love, much attitude,
Heather

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

This statement is SO true in my life. If I don't write something down, it will NOT happen. This is true in so many aspects of my life, and since I've started focusing on my health, it's even more relevent.

Beachbody as a company is very focused on working to better lives in every aspect. They encourage their coaches, and their participants to read personal development books, and to work on areas they might be weak in. I for one am a pretty disorganized person (I can practically hear you nodding your head from here hubs, don't give yourself whiplash!). I've got a cluttered life, a cluttered bedroom and a cluttered mind half the time, so I'm doing everything I can to prioritize.

When I started picking up personal development books there was a recurring theme in most that I was drawn to. Organize your time. This is something I've known that I need to work on for a long time, but apparently didn't get the kick in the butt until I was willing to make big changes in my life.

The book Eat That Frog was the biggest eye opener for me. It talks about how to organize your day, and what tasks to take on first. Here's some of the tips and tricks I've learned, and feel free to comment below if you have anything I should add!

*Set goals for yourself.
 Figure out what your goals are, then fit in daily tasks that will help you reach those goals. One of my goals is to be a top Beachbody coach. I know that to reach my goal, I have to commit to workouts daily, drinking my shakeology daily, develop my mental and physical health, and truly be proof that these products change lives. I want to improve my life, I want to help others do the same. Find your passion, and work for it.

*Pick a planning method.
I'm a paper planner girl. Plum Paper Designs makes amazing planners for just about any use. I have my planner set up in half hour increments so I can plan out my day in blocks of time. That's the type of regiment I need, or things don't get done. If you're not the type that needs that type of scheduling, there are other options. Use a task listing app on your phone, or use a piece of paper. Regardless, find a method that works for you, and USE it!

*Plan your day out!
Take some time each day, and plan out the next day. It will let you look at the tasks in front of you, figure out some time frames, and give you an outline for your day. This isn't to say that your day can have no flexibility, but when you have your outline, you know when you need to wake up, and your day can fall into place from there.

*Take on the biggest tasks of your day FIRST.
This is the whole premise of "Eat That Frog". It's based on the saying by Mark Twain, "If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, that will probably be the worst part of your day." This makes SO much sense to me! Get the rough parts over with, and the rest of your day will go so much smoother.

*Never give up.
You can buy all the planners and notebooks and apps in the world, but they don't do anything for you if you don't use them! There are days I fall off track, or something happens to throw my day for a loop. Be flexible, pick up where you left off, and start over tomorrow. The world isn't perfect, so don't expect your planning to always work out.

The fact of the matter is, if you don't plan, you aren't reaching for your true potential. If you fail to plan, you really should just plan to fail. If you have a set time to be at work, you don't blow that off do you? Working out, taking care of your mental health, and fueling your body properly shouldn't be any different. Set an appointment with yourself, and don't cancel.

Much love!
Heather

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wow. Just Wow.

I really can't even begin to wrap my mind around the blessings in my life. I have fallen in and out of good habits, but I'm feeling so renewed. I'm not even sure where to begin! My mind is just REELING with how everything fell into place this weekend.

I'm not the type of person that enjoys large gatherings. I feel SO out of place, and so inadequate. I think that's why I love blogging so much. I get to hide behind a screen, and really think about what I'm saying. It's comfortable for me. I get to exist without risk. When my coach asked if I'd like to come to a big coach get together for a whole weekend, I panicked a little bit. Me? Around a bunch of people I've NEVER met?! Wow. I don't know about that. I had to think really hard on it, and I'm glad I chose to go. I really think it was JUST what I needed to get back on track and realize that I have dreams, and the only way to reach them is connecting with people.

I was blessed enough to get myself to go to a Beachbody Coach Retreat for the whole weekend. One of my coaches rented a couple of cabins in Island Park, Idaho and 35 coaches from my team were able to come! It was AMAZING to finally meet some of these people in person. I talk to them every single day online, but I'd never met most of them. I can honestly say I came away from this weekend with some of the best friends I've EVER made. I never expected that to happen, but it did. I learned so much about myself, my team, and how much alike we all really are. It's crazy how many people on my team felt the same way I did about coming, and felt the same way I did when they were growing up.

I am so thankful that these people were put in my life. I don't know what I'd do without them now. I think I've rambled enough for one day, so I'll be back tomorrow with more detail of what we did on our retreat!

Wow. Just wow.





Monday, October 13, 2014

Surprising Lessons

I never really thought about what kind of thoughts it takes to make improvements in life. Beachbody is a company that's all about positive life changes, and personal development. Before, I just flowed from day to day, "trying" to make good choices and improve things. It was never a dedicated effort, and surprise! Things never changed.

I'm a procrastinator, I'm an excuse maker and I'm a specialist in never learning my lesson the first time. When my coach told me that I needed to read personal developement books, I kind of blew it off. I read, but I never really READ you know? Then the hubs started reading them. Funny thing is he was getting the real purpose of the books and he's not the one that needs the books.

What does this tell me? That obviously I was missing the point. I'm the one with issues, not him, so why was he getting more from these books? He was connecting the message with his shortcomings in those areas, even though they're fewer than my own. My surprising lesson was then learned. I need to realize and own my shortcomings in order to work on them. No more brushing those things under the rug. I need to see these problems if I ever hope to move forward. I'm glad I have people around me that can show me these things.

Best part? He didn't have to be a jerk to get me to see that I was fooling myself. Win win right?

Friday, October 3, 2014

No More Detours!


I'm the queen of excuses ya'll. If there's a way to avoid certain things, I'll find it.

I've been doing SO much better with eating well, and working out, and with my attitude that it's not even funny! I've been using the program PiYo for the last like 90 days, but I've seen a plateau in my weight loss. My inches are still falling off, but not the pounds dang it. It's time for a change!

NO MORE EXCUSES NO MORE DETOURS

I've avoided the harder workouts like the plague because I didn't feel like I could do it. I was afraid to fail. I had a big Ah-ha moment a week or so ago, and realized that you can't make progress without PUSHING yourself. I've been coasting comfortably with both my workouts, and my work. I've chosen the detour. The easy path. No more. I need to push to see my progress!

This means, no more missing workouts just because I've been working the night before, no more eating like crap just because I "deserve it" from a hard workout early in the day. I'm just sabotaging myself!



Heard the saying you can't outrun your fork? They say that for a reason.

Who's with me? I'm ready to push myself to my limits. No more coasting. No more easy way out.

Excuse me while I go kick my own trash with my FIRST workout of Les Mills Combat. I forsee pain in my future. It'll be the best kind of pain though! Make today the best day you can make it!! 



Much love,
Heather

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Insomnia Sucks.

So, funny story.
Last night I could NOT sleep. Like sitting awake at 1AM for no reason kind of couldn't sleep. So I did what the logical types out there would do. I cleaned the kitchen.

After a seriously deep cleaning of the kitchen, I STILL wasn't tired. Then what?! I read a bit of my book. That was nice. I decided after that (around 4AM) to try closing my eyes again, and finally fell asleep. This would be fine, had I not had tons of things to do today!

When I woke up, I did what any sane person would do. I ate breakfast, and loaded up on caffiene! Here's how I did it...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Happenings Today!

Well it had been a relatively low key morning just hanging out with the pups, so I decided that I wanted to go on a nice long walk. I had some little stuff to pick up in town so I figured, why not?

Me and my pup headed out thinking it was only a couple miles to town... Uhh found out it's four miles EACH way. To say I'm tired is an understatement! I'm pretty impressed that I made it to town in an hour! Me and Koda stopped and got a well deserved drink, then headed back.

I was going to come home and do PiYo this afternoon, but I think burning over a thousand calories walking definitely counts for a good workout! Since we're on the subject of working out and making healthy choices...

I have a huge fitness group starting soon!! My coach is letting all of us coaches intern with her for a giant bootcamp style group! This will be open to all fitness levels and will consist of at home workouts, eating well, and staying accountable with the group with daily check ins. These groups have changed a lot of lives for the better! If you'd like more info, I'd love to talk to you! I'm only allowed to bring THREE people with me into the group, so the first three to commit are the lucky ones! (You can message me on Facebook [link in Contact page], or email me at attitudefitnesshd@gmail.com)



Much love!!