Journey Towards Joy: Body

And by tomorrow…I meant in a week. Ooops!

So this brings me to how I wanted to start by saying…my work schedule has been very unpredictable. This is ok, but hard to plan things in advance. Sure does keep me on my toes and make me creative about scheduling laundry and working out and such.

The cool thing is that is makes me creative about my use of time. I have a membership at a regular gym, which I use and I like a lot, but it also has given me the freedom to try new things.

For example, I have attended 2 spin classes- SUPER fun. I have been able to work out with my kids. One kid is a track athlete and has gotten me on the track for sprints.

AND, after 5 years of wanting to try, but never being able to hit the schedule right, I checked out Rowing (Crew for you East Coasters or Brits). I was pretty nervous. Pulling on a ERG is similar but not…and then…

This happened.
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It wasn’t as scary as I thought but I did feel very pressured not to screw up…even though we only stroked a total of about 40 times. It’s definitely a cool feeling and I’d like to give it some more time. Gliding across the water feels amazing.

My encouragement is to TRY SOMETHING…anything. If you want to keep your body moving, you have to find something or things you like or enjoy. And that can change, and that’s ok. Don’t get to your 80′s and be full of “I wish I had” or “I shouldas”.

I don’t hate Crossfit, I’m just trying new things. And you should, too. Exercise shouldn’t be a drudgery.
Now get out there…

With Love, and Burpees!

Journey towards Joy: Spirit

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It’s so interesting being in my 40′s.

As I get older sometimes I think I was pretending at really living and now, I truly want to DIG in and LIVE.

I’m cherishing friendships and excited to meet new people.

I’m caring for my body, not just working out but really thinking about where I want this shell to take me for at least 40 more years.

I’m feeding my spirit and my soul.

Today I spent some time in meditation and quieted my and listened to my heart. My sacred word I focused on was Joy. Joy has always been one of my favorite words. It supersedes happy. Happy is circumstantial. Joy has depth and fills my cells. Even in really crappy times, joy doesn’t fade. It’s not necessarily a smile or excited body language, but deep knowledge that everything will be ok. After the storm, there will be sunshine. It gives me hope that through pain and suffering…when everything is dark and seemingly hopeless, if we can quiet ourselves and pull from deep within, the joy is there.

I encourage you to quiet yourself daily, for even just 10 minutes. Find a quiet spot, or use headphones and hide in the closet, if the littles are going crazy. There are a million guided meditation mp3′s and You Tubes. Some are prayer and some are self-reflective, there are lots to choose from. They are especially helpful if you have a hard time focusing on your own and your mind wanders, as I do. Give your spirit a boost. As you replenish your own soul, you are now able to give to others in need of hope and encouragement. And couldn’t we all use a little help from our friends now and then?

With love and burpees.

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Two things that may be killing your metabolism and fat loss.

I’ve noticed in my 40′s that my metabolism has slowed. And it wasn’t a gradual thing. It was like an all out sudden slam of the brakes.

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(Mammoth Lakes, Duck Pass Hike 2013)

I had gained a little weight when I decided to power lift but, I just figured that went along with the style of training. Maybe a little, but then it kept going up. I mean not like 100 pounds or anything but I’m pretty sure I weighed more than I ever have…even during pregnancy.

So I began to research and found the two things that I really lack. My diet wasn’t terrible. I only eat dessert or sweets occasionally and keep the bread to a minimum.

Are you ready…?

Here they are:

1. Lack of planning
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2. Waiting too long between “meals”.

I know from the time I did figure shows, eating every 3 hours maximum was a requirement. But, I forgot why. The main thing with figure and body building diets is to keep the fires burning ALL the time. The only way to do that is give the machine fuel. You don’t wait until your car dies on the freeway to decide to gas it up, at least not on purpose. Why do we do this to our bodies?

So, as I regroup, I know my lack of planning sucks. Two things I hate: shopping and cooking. Great. That’s helpful for planning ahead. So, what I do is make it as easy as possible for myself. I buy easy, clean foods. Apples, berries, almond butter, sliced deli meats or chicken sausage (no nitrates), ground beef, green beans, jicama, nuts, sprouted grain bagels, whole oats…the list goes on. While I do have to bag up, or cut some things- generally it’s all grab and eat. My kind of cooking. This leads to #2. IfI havn’t planned, then I’m unprepared for the next meal and I don’t want to try to think of something to make.

So, comes…

Waiting too long to eat. I’m pretty sure starvation diets only work if you starve A LONG time. And who is going to do that?

In order to burn stored fat, your body needs the fuel and nutrition to run itself. If I decide to eat a nice breakfast at 8 and then oops! forgot to eat again until 3, I’m in starvation mode. So, my body starts reserving the fat it has and burning muscle to survive. Then, I’m SO hungry I stuff whatever n my face I can as fast as I can…ANYTHING will do. So, I’m not really fueling my machine. I’m pouring sugar or alcohol or whatever into my gas tank. Curbing the immediate hunger but not giveing my metabolism anything to work with. Plus, now my body has to work to purify the crap out of it and really can’t be bothered to burn fat, most likely using some of that crap to store a little more fat for further instances of my stupid eating choices.

Let’s wrap this up.

Prepare what you need for at least 3 days in advance. Make it easy on yourself. Use a crock pot, freeze extras, or buy things that you can throw in a container and go. Sometimes it doesn’t work out the way you thought…I usually have a shake on hand or a bar (use sparingly) for emergencies.

Make yourself eat something between 2-3 hours apart, even if your hunger signals aren’t going off. That’s usually a good sign. By the time your stomach is telling you to eat, it’s probably too late and bad choices are about to happen. A handful of nuts and a half of an apple is better than waiting hours and eating a double double burger with animal fries and a shake.

One last thought, if this is new for you, don’t stress about WHAT your eating as much as having a plan and eating SOMETHING at regular intervals.

With Love and Burpees,

There is hope.

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Some days I feel old. Like, I know I’m really not, but dang it…it seems like I should know what I’m doing with my life.

I have a new opportunity to branch out from my usual circle and broaden my reach. I’m excited and scared all at once. It’s kind of like a moment of truth. Do I actually have any knowledge at all?

I hope so.

WE shall see.

Stepping out from the safe zone…

GET. BACK. UP.

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I’m healthy. As far as I know.

I’ve been doing some version of Crossfit since 2008. I’m not gonna water it down, I miss the Crossfit of 2008. But, that’s not my point here.

I’ve been trying some other fitness venues, just to change it up. I was asked today, “have you gotten hurt doing Crossfit”. Sigh. Why is this the only thing non-Crossfitters know about Crossfit? I decided to answer like this,

“No, I have never been hurt, because I’m not stupid. I know when my body tells me something is sketchy, I stop. I go lighter, I do something else. Often, not always, people who get injured, don’t listen to their bodies. They push themselves past their ability or knowledge. They don’t allow coaches to coach them. They serve the ego over the education. I can’t afford to be injured. The one time I had an issue, I stopped. I lightened up. I did yoga for a month.”

So, am I trying to make you do Crossfit? NO. I don’t care if you do Crossfit or even LIKE Crossfit. You just need to be smart. If you like Zumba, you go do Zumba. Be smart. I bet someone has sprained their ankle doing Zumba. Do you like basketball? Be smart. I’ve heard a time or two someone has blown out a knee playing basketball. And on and on…

If you want to get fit, you have to enjoy what you are doing…at least a little bit.
Crossfit people have a saying,”It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun.”
I disagree. Why would I keep doing something that ruins my day?

I like the saying much better…”Become comfortable with the uncomfortable.”
Even when it’s difficult, you keep going.
That’s how you grow.

If you don’t like where you are going, do something different. Take a risk. So, you might fall on your face. GET. BACK. UP. You might cry, or scream or bleed. That’s ok. No one is going to fight for you harder than you.

As long as you have breath in your lungs, you didn’t die.

GET. BACK. UP.
Shake it off.
Move forward.

I’m here. In my stretchy pants.

The holidays happened. It’s not like we have a choice whether December 25th comes. We can embrace it or ignore it or even some level in between.

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I embraced it. At least the gluttony was on level 11. I’m not sure where this post is going exactly but I will tell you this, I’m getting over it.

Does anyone else really care that I ate my weight in snickerdoodles? Most likely, no. It’s my butt on the line here.

Literally. On the line of “will it squeeze into the jeans I formerly could call my ‘fat’ jeans”.

The thing I know, is that I’m healthy. Even if I’m not at the weight that makes me breathe a sigh of relieve because no, I didn’t sledgehammer my scale. And, yes, I do step on it from time to time. I know I’ll pull it back in and stop eating sleeves of Ritz at 3 pm. (I’m not making this up, although I wish I was.) I always learn a little about myself during these times and that’s good.

This time I learned that I need outside support. I need my husband and my friends to say “hey, put down the gummy bears and get a grip”.

Ok, let’s do this. Back on track. It’s a lifestyle, right? And the last few weeks have been a lifestyle full of family and friends. It’s not all about that bass, Meghan. Life would be super boring without some treble.

There is a time and a season for everything.

Much Love,

Just put the pants on.

I had the opportunity to have a wonderful weekend away.

I was with 40 women and we sang, talked, hiked, swam, had cocktails and simply had a lovely time.

It was a a beautiful weekend, but then the end came.

As we drove back home, I began to panic a bit.

I left all my responsibilities. No coaching. No new customers. No follow up with current customers.

Enter: DOUBT.

I thought…what if no one wants to talk to me, or come to my classes, or order Thrive next month.

So, I got up this morning ready to train a client, and the stink of doubt was lingering in the air.

As I got ready to go, I just kept thinking, “I don’t know if I can do this anymore. My neck still hurts. I’m probably not going to workout again.”

Then I pulled out my workout pants. As I pulled them on, I felt my mindset change.

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The simple act of putting on my workout pants caused that doubt to lift. I stood up straight.

Maybe I wasn’t completely feeling it, but I took on the attitude that I did believe I could do it.

So, on those days when doubt creeps in and you’re not sure you can do it…just put the pants on.

Whatever “the pants” are to you…get out of bed, get dressed, stand up straight, brush your hair…do the action and the feeling will follow. You cannot just WAIT for it to happen. You must take at least one action towards the goal.

Now, figure out what your “pants” are and put them on.

Go listen to my 24 Hour Recorded Call (641)715-3579 Code: 581833# When you’re done, let me know what you think! Thanks!!

Positive-Pants-On

You deserve it. I mean it.

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Let’s talk about how you think of the things you do everyday and the way it makes you feel.

First, I have a few questions.
1. Do you put off taking time to relax? I’m not talking about an afternoon at the spa. I’m talking maybe 10 minutes to sit quietly and think about who you are or sleep?

2. When you make plans, is it always with someone else in mind?

3. Do you often deny yourself things you like (either tangible or intangible) because you think it will bother or inconvenience others?

Score yourself.

Yes to 2 or more…you might have a guilt problem.

Now that you have answered my very scientific quiz, let’s talk about it.

I’ve noticed over the years that I deny myself lots of things. Sometimes it’s financial, we just can’t afford it. But, most often, it’s because I don’t feel worthy or that I deserve it. I am constantly thinking about what everyone else wants or needs, but it’s not as selfless as it sounds. It’s more like a martyr but without the cause. I don’t deserve a nap. I should stay awake and finish the dishes, or work on gym stuff. In my mind, I’m never doing enough to allow myself a time away.

I used to say that it was genetic. I see a lot of it in my family history. More recently, though, I’m starting to think it’s more of a chromosomal issue. Most women take their jobs very seriously. Whether it’s being at home taking care of business with the household and kids or a job outside the home – women have a lot to prove. Then add in a significant other , and or maybe a child or two and you have a recipe for some serious sacrificial living with no benefit on the other end.

After reading Brene’ Browns book “The Gifts of Imperfection” and more recently “Daring Greatly”, My eyes and heart have been opened and I have been challenged. The challenge is to truly believe “I AM ENOUGH”.

No matter what I do all day, I AM ENOUGH.
If I work at home as a mom or a CEO of a big company, I AM ENOUGH.
If I make my bed, or sleep in an extra hour, I AM ENOUGH.
If the dishes get left for 2 days, I AM ENOUGH.
If I have to get a babysitter to get things done, I AM ENOUGH.

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Please stop beating yourself up. Take what comes each day, be true to who you are and try to grow a little. But, if you don’t, it’s ok. Sometimes it’s growth to just be able to allow yourself a nap. Trust me, I still have major nap guilt.

Let’s be a new breed of women who aren’t always trying to measure up to each other, or some other unreachable standard that someone has set. Be the best version of you you can be for today, and then do it again tomorrow.

Get your capes on girls, it’s time to fly.

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What’s Thrive and why are you taking it?

I’ve been getting this question a lot. So here’s the long version…

Thrive is a supplement system that fills in nutritional gaps we have on a daily basis. You don’t have any? Riiiiiight. We all eat so perfectly and have no deficiencies.

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I’m a trainer and a coach, I do Crossfit and lift heavy stuff. I hang out with a lot of people who do as well. I see a lot of supplements being taken. Random supplements that someone once took and said they liked…the taste of, or someone gave them for free. Good, solid scientific plan, there.

Really? Your main basis for taking something is if it tastes good? I mean, sure that’s a perk and no one wants to eat stuff that tastes like crap, but come on? At least a little research…

So, A few friends were talking a lot about Thrive. Friends I believe and trust not to lie. If some lady walked up and handed me the Thrive system, I would be wary. And I was. I sat back and listened. I watched. I scoffed and made fun. What’s so bad a bout coffee, I said. Well, nothing inherently. But anything you MUST have, is an addiction.

I began to see more people having results beyond the “mommy who needed energy”. Things that apply to my business were happening to people. Joint pain going away, headache relief, better sleep and digestion. No wonder people hd more energy. Their body wasn’t always fighting off the crap that was going in.

So, I became intrigued. I bought a week’s supply to try.

In the first few days…I realized I hadn’t missed my coffee at all and no headaches with the caffeine decrease. I was sleeping better with almost ZERO restless leg symptoms. (If you are not familiar with this, it is ridiculously frustrating) I stopped taking ALL my other supplements. My digestion has improved greatly…I won’t give you the gory details. My workout recovery is awesome. I am still expecting more from the product and will let you know my findings as they happen.

So, now that I’m sold why not just sit quietly and enjoy? Why tell everyone and risk becoming an annoying salesperson? When you have watched person after person take random supplements that they have NO IDEA what will happen from taking them, and not get the results they hoped for, you might be inclined to tell a few people about something that is actually working.

I have been taking it for 18 days and I’m committed for the full 8 week Experience. Will I continue? Most likely. This feeling of control and knowing exactly what I’m getting is empowering. My body deserves it and I deserve to have the strongest machine I can.

I understand skeptical. I understand questioning and the comfort of status quo.

But, when you’re ready to see if it works for you, I’ll be here to answer questions.

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Monday Mom: Farewell to childhood

Don’t mind me, I’ll be in mourning over here.

Did someone die? Well, not really. I’m dying slowly – at least the part of me that is a mother.

It finally hit me, my days of mothering are numbered. This identity I was thrust into almost 19 years ago is slipping away.

Yes, I’ll always be their ‘mother” but the actual act of mothering and nurturing is coming to an end. It’s like I’m being phased out. Did you watch the video above? That’s a pretty accurate representation of how I feel. My usefulness is waning.

But really, I’m not going to sit around and cry about it or become one of those mother’s who can’t cut the cord. I won’t put my kid as my profile picture on social media. I am pretty sure I can let go. That’s not to say I’m crazy happy about it, but I know it must be done.

It’s weird how as we parent and watch each milestone slip, we never think how they take us one step closer to these moments. That first step, tossing out the car seat, their first day of high school…and on and on, are all steps toward the moment when you let them go. When you finally say “you’re on your own” for real.

So I say to you, be aware and be present. Everyday you have milestones and moments to cherish before your little ones become big and independent. Talk to them. Hold them. Cheer for them and guide them. One day, you will hope they can do the same for you.

I’m look forward to the part before I become a grandmother…hopefully awhile away. For now, Jared and I are excited to hang out and find adventure as a couple. Riley has 3 years of high school and then who knows what could happen…

Maybe this…

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