Completely Random Saturday’s — Coffee Talk — Running, Yoga, and Healing

Good Morning & Happy Saturday! 

Day Before, my Virtual 5K with Running On The Wall. 

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This is my Swag! Love it ALL! OMG those sandals are to die for. And the shirt is so soft and perfectly fit. But I will tell you more after my virtual race tomorrow. Sunday Runday’s are on a big-time comeback for me.

Long story short + *disclaimer I was offered a chance to run a Virtual Race a month, tell about it for a sawg pack like posted the above, once a month for a year. (Can I get a heck YES?!) Talk about some running motivation! This opportunity came to me last weekend at the Seabrook Retreat, during my brief spot of internet, after a horrid attempt at a run. What really stood out to me was the thought, perfect timing! because, I had actually cried after a asthma attack at the beginning of a beach run. I made it to top of steps and kept on going back to the house to get calm, I didn’t think to bring a inhaler, I have only had a asthma attract a couple times in my life. And, this was  at the very beginning of the workout. (TOTALLY WILL HAVE A POST ON SEABROOK with For The Glow….It was an amazing, life-changing trip that deserves a whole blog post for itself, just like my Running recap will be tomorrow!) 

To add to that *Disclaimer, all opinions are my own. I would totally do this, get a bunch of friends from all over the world, to Virtually race with me. With that amazing quality of “Swag” involved and it’s cheaper than a real race and if the weather does not cooperate and you can sort of pick your own date close to that of the event time.

And then I cried, and cried, and cried, in a nice warm shower. It wasn’t just the attack, it was the fact I gave up and I really need to make running and consistently running back in my life.

So, I seen the opportunity to run a virtual race and commit for a year…. I was all over that…. DONE! It said run, walk or crawl! So, my first race will be my starting point basically!

Oh man, it looks beautiful out, but Oh man, my allergies really “turned on” this morning. I am really contemplating the weekly allergies shots. It feels like every season is a season that I have a different allergy.

So, for me “right now” running outdoors is what completely flares my allergies up is out of the question. It sucks because it would be optimal outside running weather! (Shhhhh I am a fair weather runner!) Lucky for me, that’s exactly why I joined the gym!

And, the beauty of a Virtual 5K!

I just got done doing something totally crazy…

Ready for it…

I did my “own” yoga workout early this A.M. No planning ,just flowing this morning. Giving lots of extra attention to what I have been working on healing and stretching what needs to be stretched. I finished…..

… and I just sat there. And, then I meditated for a while no time limit, just until I felt like stopping… and felt this overwhelming sense of gratitude, that I just did something very special for myself.

I have not done that in a long time. My body is so happy right now.

I truly believe that everyone should take their yoga & meditation practice HOME with them!

Also, side note I had to get in and get some Spa Time at Espri Corps Ame’ I told her what hurts where, and had the most AMAZING Massage, and then did an AMAZING Infrared Sauna treatment. Another light-bulb moment from Seabrook, I needed to fix my back and hips AND clear out my lungs or I won’t have any good workouts!

Now I have no plans today except cleaning in my PJ’s! Yes, I took a shower and put new PJ’s on, because … it’s freakin Saturday! It’s my planning day and R & R “personal” spa day.

Anyways, gonna enjoy me some “Wonderful Saturday!” 

Have a BLESSED DAY,

Laurie~*

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Thankful Thursday — Back to Basics

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful for….

Life.

Good Morning. If you read my blog you would know, I complained in the past, a lot about “SUPER” early morning wake-ups! Lately, I had been waking up around 9-10 A.M. My sleep schedule is all messed up and it feels like the days have been flying by and I am just not getting anything done by sleeping in that late, when I am waking up so late groggy . This morning I woke up around 4:45 A.M. and got out of bed a little after 5 A.M. A perfect time in my opinion. I had been on one extreme or another. Need to find my middle ground and start waking up on my own, somewhere between 5-6 A.M would be ideal.

I decided, I am in desperate need to get back on a  sleep schedule with early wake-ups and get my motivation and energy back!

I am still grieving the loss of my Mother In Law. I really didn’t know that it would hit me so hard. Ever since my Mother in Law was released from the hospital straight to my house, at the very beginning of January, I feel like my “LIFE” has been on hold. There has been non-stop stress in my life, and that needs to change. My Mother and Father in Law, have not lived more than five minuets away my entire marriage. I did not grow up here. When I was seventeen I got on a Greyhound Bus to go visit my future husband and family in Washington State from Michigan and never really looked back. I took on his family as my own with all the family drama and love, that come along with it. Now, with both parents gone, I feel lost. I have ALL of her stuff in my house, her things, literally take up three rooms in my house.  I have not been able to “deal” with her stuff yet. I think I sunk into a little bit of depression. I’m lucky to keep up on the dailies and keeping the main areas clear. However, moving forward has been harder than I could ever have imagined. It’s felt like I have been overwhelmed and stressed out since this year has started.

My daughter just had foot surgery a couple days ago and is non-weight bearing for 6 weeks and at least three months recovery time. Then she will do the other foot. So, now I am taking care of her. And, trust me she is more work than my Mother in Law was while she was dying. I feel like I just haven’t had a chance to “Just Breathe!”

This morning, while everyone is sleeping, I finally feel ready to get back to life. I am ready to enjoy life. I am ready to live each day to it’s fullest. I am ready to take back control of my home, health, and other responsibilities.

Moving Forward…..

Goals, Dreams, Life, Success, It’s MY time. Time to get back to putting myself first. The first step is just “showing up!” The second step, “showing up!” And, the third step, “showing up!” I am still on Spring break, and ready to “deal” with all the stuff of my Mother In Laws. This is going to require a LOT of work and a BIG yard sale.

Back on the Mat and back on the road! Signing up today for the Bloomsday Marathon in Spokane Washington. It’s at the beginning of May, so I am starting my training NOW. I have 38 days to prepare for this. Working out everyday, and stopping stress eating is one of my main priorities. A daily session with my Yoga Mat to avoid injury and get myself centered and grounded again is TOP Priority!

One day at a time!!!!!!

Daily blogging is also on my priority list. Also, my own personal writing, some awesome freelance opportunities, and continue writing my book. I’ve had days the past few months, where I couldn’t even bring myself to turn on my computer. Also, there are some awesome giveaways, and a total blog “make-over” coming SOON!

As ALWAYS, my plate is full. But, full of wonderful things to look forward to. Accomplishments to achieve and GOALS to focus on, to keep me busy and LIVE my life with the intention of finding balance and just jumping right back in with 110% effort to accomplish what I want and need!

So, Thankful Thursday! I am thankful that I have a renewed focus and new appreciation of living each day to it’s fullest.

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Question of the day!?!?!

What are you Thankful for today?! What can you do today that your future self will thank you for????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting Weekly Intention’s Sunday #NoExcuses

Weekly Intention’s —-

I Intend to have an amazing week!

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Spending some quirt time this morning, mentally preparing myself for my week! Planning is KEY! I have something to look forward to, a little getaway to Seattle this weekend! Which means I have to get super prepared!

Planning workouts, meals, (again) working on my time management skills this week.

TOTALLY looking forward to some away time!

Been having a ME morning! Gonna go take a hot detox bath &, mani/pedi and get everything organized and scheduled!

Plan for Success!

Include time for myself in my weekly plan! I am making everything harder on myself than it needs to be.

Wrote out myself a weekly “Pep Talk” in my journal this morning!

Monthly Intention’s —-

Get back in the swing of life with all the recent changes!

FUEL MY BODY RIGHT!

Meditate Daily.

Exercise Daily.

Every week work on my writing, block some time EVERY DAY for personal writing. Personal Goal is to work on getting something published! This month focus on articles. Let some of my creativity out! This IS my ME time!

Each week stop waiting until last second for homework assignments.

Have FUN! (Figure out what that is again!?!)

Take some weight off. I know what to do, just have to DO IT! No specific weight goal or anything, just do what I gotta do and it will come off. Let’s just say this extra weight want off my body just as much as I want it off!

Set routines in place.

Have a great month!

Give myself some Grace and remember to Breathe in and Breathe out!

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P.S. Happy Football Sunday! My Superbowl picks, Seahawk’s Vs. Pats! ❤

 

 

Friday — Finding My Way Back — To Loving Me

Happy Friday~*

O.K. Stop…… I am pushing the RESET button!

WARNING!!! Early morning rants & raves  & random thoughts!

So, Life happened & major changes happened. Taking care of my Mother in Law and having her in my home is a lot more emotional and a lot more work than I had thought. Not that I thought it would be easy, but I really didn’t “know” what it would be like, until it happened…….

If you don’t know, I just went through a super MAJOR life change within a week! Pretty much since the 1st my Mother in Law (from only a mile away,) had been in and out of the hospital with Liver Failure, until this last time where she was vomiting blood. Which was bad, they call it end stage Liver Failure, because her liver just not functioning and she is bloated like having twins from a really tiny 64 year old lady. Well, Friday night Bother and Sister in law (who live 5 min away) decided that she was moving in with us. And, out of the hose she could Alcohol and lived with a lady who is a pill popper. Well, I anticipated a couple days to get house at least cleaned up and at least started clearing to make room for her. Nope, Saturday morning Brother in Law calls says, “we are doing this now.” If you already heard this story I apologize(It is 3am after all.) Well, honestly anyone “just stopping by and being in my house” is something of my re-occurring nightmares. Much less a Bro in Law who is “judgy” and hasn’t been in my home in years even though though they live close. My home was never “clean” enough for them. In my heart it was never “clean enough” for me, I just didn’t know where to begin with clutter. And, cleaning and keeping it clean. I’m a “Stash N Dash” kind of girl! which never solved the problem, just created more problems.

Anyways, long story short, (lol) my brother in law, and husband cleaned out two of my STASH rooms while I worked on the rest of the house Saturday + The garage to get ready to my MIL’s crap. It took a few dump trips and god knows what they got rid of, but as far as my New Year’s Resolution of getting organized and keeping the house clean…. I got a huge jump start. As mentioned before I am going through a kind of clutter program, 8 weeks using a Feng Shui way of getting rid of clutter for good, dealing with emotions, holistic healing, and space clearing and creating more energy, not just in the home, but in general. It’s been one of my favorite websites and email news letters (not fitness related…but def wellness related,)for over a year, and I went through The Artist Way Book with her Group. Dana Claudat whose website, I swear, The Universe guided me to over a year ago, has been a life changer. The Tao of Dana, has been my inspiration for so many things. I knew the second I found the website that I had been searching for this for years.

Last few days, besides being busy, I am physically and mentally exhausted. I am not used to having someone around all the time, so I haven’t been getting my workouts in at home even or meeting my friends at the gym. I got off track on my detox that I was doing and basically… quit taking time for myself. I didn’t give up, LIFE just happened, now it’s time to move forward. Between taking care of my Mother in Law and trying to keep up on what was already done to the house, there have been nurses in and out, physical therapists etc. I’ve been trying to keep up on school work and just maintain the house from what has already been done. Well, I still have lots and lots and O.K. LOTS of work to do to the house so it’s not so much damn work all the time. My closets, drawers, and some other rooms, I get to work on now, at my own pace and get back to doing The clutter program, Catalyst Camp, the way I wanted to, on MY terms!

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But, first I have to get back to some MAJOR Self-Love, Self-Care, and putting ME first. Because. quite honestly, I got burnt out and drained emotionally. This is where……. I PUSH THE RESET BUTTON!

First, getting off-track with MY FAVORITE challenge of every New Year, (basically a real food detox,) The Resolution Challenge, from For The Glow, felt really defeating for me to give in and give up. Back and forth to the hospital, all my food prep was going bad and eating out started happening and I’m not going to beat myself up over this, however, I am going to re-start!

Ingesting “junk” in my body and not getting my workouts in, is simply not an option, I had already gained winter weight. So, now this is MY TIME to prioritize and get back to some great Self-Love and start treating MY Body like the temple it is. Getting more sleep, getting my ME TIME, Meditation, writing in my journal, and striking a balance in my body, home, and everything in my life is now TOP priority. I need to take care of ME in order to care for others.

I have everything thing I need.

I have the desire.

I have determination.

I have the resources.

I HAVE the time.

I don’t think I can, I KNOW I can.

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YES! So, let the clearing begin, from my insides to my outsides.

It’s time for me. It’s time to strike a balance in all areas of my life!

It’s time to DETOX my life. I had a set back with all the super craziness, now I am friggin READY!

 

Just Another Random Sunday

Happy Sunday!

I have to admit, I wish there were more Sundays in the month!

I have a week and a few days left in this quarter of school! I am SO looking forward to my break! This whole quarter has been about keeping up, catching up, and I will welcome the break! So, I can not feel behind during the Month I am off! I have big life changes coming soon… I am excited about upgrading this blog and re-designing it. Also, creating another blog! Changes are scary! I think that’s why I’ve waited so long. I am excited to start the next AMAZING chapter in my life! The time is now…

Time for me to follow my dreams and “Do More Than Just Exist!”

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I choose all these things! Yup, sure do! I really do feel gratitude each and ever day. I feel like I am totally evolving as a person. I feel it with everything with me, that the future is looking bright and good things, and good life changes are coming my way!

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Today, was my last day in the Deepak & Oprah 21 day Meditation challenge and I am so grateful for the last 21 days! If you have not done one of these free mediation challenges. I can’t recommended them enough.

Regardless, of being on a meditation challenge, I meditate daily. If you don’t know where to start just search You Tube or look up a app for guided meditations. My personal challenge is increase my time in silence following guided meditations.

I started my Bodypeace Journey Discovery! So far it’s been a real emotional roller coaster. Good thing I like Roller Coasters. The book written my Heather Waxman and Kasey Arena AKA Powercakesis really helping me deal with my own issues. It’slike the last piece of the puzzle that is my life. I’m changing. I can feel it.
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Working on relationship with food. While I may love food, food doesn’t always love me back. I’ve recently discovered how bad Wheat, Gluten, and Sugar is wreaking havoc on my body from my Doctor and Physical Therapist. Unfortunately, I am coming to to terms that I need to give it all up for good. My personal health depends on it. I’ve literally been having a slight breakdown over this. I mean Wheat is in everything. And, when I spend so much effort to eat healthy, I have got to stop they cycle of self sabotage.

Be on the lookout for more food posts as I make this Lifestyle change. I’m not going to call it a diet. This is a permanent change. Also, I will be sharing more about my BODYpeace  discovery.

“With Every breakdown comes a Breakthrough!”

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Truth!

I experience this frequently! I would recommended this book Ito everyone. I think we all need a better relationship with our bodies.

I’m not gonna talk about the media, I’m sure we all know about this topic and can agree that we really need to get it though that these images are not real.

I am working on showering myself with self-love, so that I can give more love!

That is all, wishing you all a wonderful week ahead. And encourage you to take some time for YOU. You deserve the best!

XOXO,

Laurie~*

 

 

 

 

 

Thankful Thursday!!!

Happy Thankful Thursday!!!

Good Morning! & Happy Thursday!  It’s almost the weekend, which really (almost) means nothing to me. Most of my homework is due on the weekends. My husband works shift work so, he is not always home on the weekends. My kids are older and they are busy off with their friends and stuff. But, I look forward to weekends all the same. Even if they mean, being more productive on the weekends. ❤

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This week, I had a breakthrough that I talked about a little bit, but I needs to be incorporated in things that I am Thankful for! I am Thankful to MYSELF for taking the time for Self-Care! I worked out Monday and realized, my body is just not right! I have known this for a long time. But, when I took a step back and admitted there is a problem that NEEDS to be fixed in order for me to move forward in my life. I live with Back/Hip pain! It’s always there, I don’t even always acknowledge it. In fact, most of the time, I just go on with my day and pretend it’s not there.

I do workouts I shouldn’t be doing until the problem gets fixed. I mean REALLY fixed. After Monday’s not so awesome workouts, I declared this Yoga week and Fix my back week! I’ve happily  & thankfully, made it to yoga every day! I started yesterday, with Physical Therapy, with a friend of a friend, who specializes in Cranial Sacral Therapy and holistic health. I’m pretty sure by the time I am done, that statement will read, physical therapy with MY FRIEND, not just a friend of a friend. Anyways, I knew the second I made the appointment that I was doing the right thing for my body and I have waited too long. Suffered too long. She seems to think a lot of my back problems come from my gut. Which makes sense. And, I have hip problems, because they are out of alignment. I knew about my hips. Ever since I broke my leg a couple years ago and was non-weight bearing for 4 or 5 months. My hips get sometimes up to two inches off! When it get’s really bad, I see a chiropractor, and I get a massage once a month. However, I have not fixed the problem! I go for a couple visits, until I feel better and then stop. But, this time I chose to do the Physical Therapy AND Chiro AND Massage, until I remember what it is like to live without back pain. Also, it will allow me to do the workouts I have been avoiding due to pain. This is a major act of Self-Care for me! I HATE appointments! The exception is massages. But, the results don’t last long for me. I also have scoliosis. Anyways, sorry that got a mile long. The point I am trying to make is, I finally admitted that it’s a REAL problem and I am REALLY gonna fix it this time.

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Spread Kindness To One Person a Day! I love this! I think that I do. I can always practice, being more aware of my actions and feelings and work on this! This world really does need more kindness!

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Be Kind, for everyone is fighting their battle too! How true is that!!! You can never know what a person is really going through!

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What ARE YOU Thankful For today?

I could list a million things! But I will keep my list to 10!

1~* My Friends, online and IRL!

2~* My Family! Online and IRL! By blood & by Soul attachment!

3~* Ohhh… I have a massage in three hours!!!!

5~* Being KIND to myself. That is always not so easy being a Wife and Mother! Because, guilt creeps in! Y’all know what I talking about. All these co-pays for me getting fixed could be Christmas presents for my family! Dang Mom Guilt!

6~* My home. While some people don’t even have a home, I need to be grateful for this.

7~* Yes, coffee and Fuzzy socks always make my list.

8~* The holidays are coming and I don’t feel as stressed out this year!

9~* My daily writing. It is helping me work through a lot of my issues.

10~* Last but not least, just that I feel like I am on the right path! I have came a LONG way in terms of self-growth! My dreams are in sight, I just have to take it one day at a time with steps towards them MOVING FORWARD!

Anyways, please leave comments and tell me what YOU are thankful for!!!

XOXO, Blessings to all!!!!!

Laurie~*

Tuesday #RealTalk

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Happy Tuesday!!!

Personal Update! I’ve been on another little blog time out! One of the main reasons; I am working on myself! Taking time for self care, focusing on homework, focusing on studying for CPT Exam and Studying for my glowFIT instructor training, and trying to keep up on schoolwork & get N’ my workouts in! I feel great about everything! I just had writers block again! I’m still working through The Artist’s Way! Which I am loving, in week 7! On one day a couple weeks ago I got these really cool journals on my Artist Date! I also got a New Yoga Mat! Got these to inspire me on my new journey and keep me engaged and focused! I’ve been a little overwhelmed lately and trying to find my “Balance!” Let’s just say I am a total work in progress!!! Meditation and Yoga are keeping me sane while I have been a little “under the weather” to boot!
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My Mantra for each New Day! Leonie Dawson Baby-steps! I got this! My morning pages are helping me get to the root of my issues! I can’t possibly say enough good things about them, even when I don’t want to do them and don’t want to hear what they are saying! ❤
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Sometimes…. I just have to take a step back and look at what is really going on. I am finding my confidence again! I’ve been frustrated lately, but I am feeling much better now. This Virgo is grateful that Mercury Retrograde is over with! It’s time to get ME right!

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I love IG! Feel free to add me @lauriev767

One disappointing thing that happened recently is that I got a new phone with the worlds WORST camera! So, I haven’t been happy with pics that I have been taking. I am gonna try to figure out how to take better pics. I have a LG Optimist if anyone has any advise on this matter! Man having a new phone is kind of emotional!  I had to remember passwords, think about what I lost on my old phone, it was just a pain in the @$$! But, at least the battery works more than a hour! I try to keep a gratitude attitude about it.

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OK…So what to do when you have too much on your plate?!?!? Take on a BIG HUGE challenge! A totally different kind of marathon! This is huge for me! I am participating in NaNoWriteMo !!!! Write a novel 50,000 words in the Month of November for National Write A Book Month! I am so excited about this, and it will have nothing to do with Health and fitness. I found local groups with this website, lots of fun activities and local write ins! Basically that’s 1667 words a day and I am going for it! If your interested in participating with such a awesome challenge… Add me as a Writing Buddy LaurieV.

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Yup, so that’s what’s been going on in my corner of the world!

XOXO,

Laurie~8