As this year comes to a close I can't help look back at what has transpired over the last year as most of us do and as we think about this past year there is possibly a few emotions that may arise in reflection. Maybe a sense of success, failure, triumph, regret, motivation and on and on it goes. Regardless of what that year entailed whether good bad or indifferent its now past. Its something to build on for the new year.
As some of you know I personally moved not once but twice over a period of 12 months! We aren't talking a neighborhood move or next state move we are talking East coast to West coast and then back to East coast again! And as I look back at so much transition in my life I don't really have any regretful emotions at all even though those moves affected us quite a bit financially as well as emotionally, physically and spiritually. We were practically out of debt except for our auto loans before we left and now we are way in the red and still have the auto loans! LOL! Had no one! all our family and friends were here. Still I have no regrets! You say what? Why not?
Why no regrets because if you just keep wondering about something and never do it then it haunts you, especially if the opportunity knocks on your door more than once.....so you take it as a sign and move ahead with it.....only to find out maybe it wasn't a sign or maybe it was...only you know. But the point is......if its on your mind day after day, month after month and YEAR after YEAR.....then maybe it needs to be addressed. You will not know the other side unless you go there.
Many of us desire to be the best we can be but how do we do that with so much baggage hanging off us whether it be work, health, diet, weight, family issues, financial or spiritual? First of all know that you will never arrive to perfection but you can get to satisfaction! :) Satisfaction in knowing that you balanced work and leisure for more enjoyment, that you dropped weight and built muscle to be able to stand taller in that new size feeling healthier; that in your discipline & budgeting you gain back a sense of control all by 1) making a decision 2) setting up a plan with goals 3) working that plan making those goals by L I T T LE B A B Y steps!
Thats right baby steps....that is all too real to me this year as I have crossed over into Grammy town now with the birth of my daughters twins. They are currently 2 months and its amazing what transpires in 2 months! Bigger, more alert, make new noises, see better, can track you, bigger poopey diapers and louder cries! LOL! Anyway...all this to say.......you CAN do whatever you put your mind to. A new year is coming....but don't stop there or end of January or February.....keep re-evaluating at the end of each month for the changes in the next month. Accept good and bad and learn from it and use it to make the next step forward.
Did I have a fantastic year? In fact I did even with all the changes, financial pressures, losses & gains....you know why? Because I acted on it, even though I was afraid, tired, unknown, embarrassed, determined but most of all willing to take the chance to try it, do it, make it happen and press on using what I experience to make a better baby step.
Remember alot of baby steps put together can take you to a goal, desire, triumph or dream. Will you take some baby steps with me in 2013? Lets make a difference together wherever that baby step is you want to be.
Many blessings in 2013, thanks for being in my life
God Bless You!
Warm Greetings from Tucson! I've been here 6 months and I must tell you it was a harder transistion than I thought it was going to be for sure. Looking back on the last 6 months.....Months 1 & 2 was intriguing learning the land, people and adjusting to the weather and altitude. Months 3 & 4 were very hard for we had no one, we left all of our family, friends networks and connections we have known for years to zero! That is a challenge in itself for sure emotionally mentally and physically even though I attempted to reach out to to get to know my neighbors join Meet up groups for connections and resources......only did things start to connect for us in months 5 & 6 where things started to feel like we were connected here.
My activity was still a dull roar with a couple more 5k's and a St. Patty's Kiss me 17k run, tons of hiking but felt I was in a rutt I was never coming out of....so I signed myself up for Browns Boot Camp and finally went with shoulder injury to boot in March. All I can say is WOW!!! My first day was a fit test so we have something to measure by at the end of the month. Boot camp was for 4 weeks. 2 min pushups, 2 min sit ups and timed mile run! That first day was a major realty check for me for sure. Just getting into the boot camp was humiliating enough to say hey....here is a trainer gone wild that needs help......yeah....I ate the embarrassment pill and signed the dotted line.
Day 2 of bootcamp I begin to cry inside for so many reasons, guilt, embarrassment, disgrace, yet also for the hutzpa to do it, how good it felt, the fact I was doing it regardless....so many thoughts and emotions (I will spare you the long desortation).
Now after 2 months of boot camp (yes I signed up for another month!) I feel like the Angela I was 10 years ago before everything changed and was once alive again! The girl from the Worcester Fitness Club was alive again! The one that kicked everyones fanny including her own! The one people would run from LOL!! I now am doing my own 12 week boot camp at home and getting back in the swing with teaching at a local club again in June and working on opening a Nutrition Shake shop! I'm on fire and still have more body fat than I should but I'm heading in the right direction with determination and full force to get it down and maintained and continue to help others!
The most important thing I want to share with you after all this is......just start! Just do it! Stop procrastinating with excuses......count the calories, find out what you're eating and what your burning and flip it around. You.....YOU can make anything happen that you put your mind and ACTIONS to.... write me let me know what you did! :)
Well its been a while since I've been on here!! My apologies.....life just takes ya sometimes! Well after my last bang/harrah before departure I slid in a half Marathon in New England on Oct 2, 2011 at Hampton NH Smuttynose with my bags already packed to hit the road for cross country trip out west to Tucson, AZ for my new residence!! The race was obtainable for I did recover from plantar fasciitis from my last half marathon in Worcester June 2011 yet I was exhausted from all the packing and all the goodbyes. Yet my daughter Carie and I managed to pull it off anyways with rain and all for at least half the race. Actually she made me to be truthful...I would have rather walked a bit more but she pushed me and I slowed her down :) So proud of her I think its 15 months earlier I had encouraged her to start running and do some races with me and now she is 50lbs lighter and now faster than her mom! Thanks to her I had a very memorable time and great laughs as we crossed the line with 4 rain jackets we didn't start with for shelter and reminders.
Now I've mananged to gain 5lbs with all the parting parties before departure coupled with family and friend visits as we traveled cross country living out of a suitcase for 2 weeks. Thank God our belongings arrived and now here I sit writing with a view that reminds me of who my creator is. Its just beautiful here and what a place to live for the active lifestyle my husband and I like to live.
It is now Friday afternoon and once again I started this past Monday the New look to go with the new move :) I also started a weight loss support group for I've found that as much as each of us would like to start something on our own its usually difficult to complete without accountibility, desire and a motivator!!! You need those around for fortification that is for sure. Die hards that want similar goals and passions to walk along side of you as we spur each other on.
I once was told you must have a plan to work toward your goal and you must a goal to work your plan. Well my goal is to be 20lbs lighter by the end of 2011 while training for a full marathon to attempt to complete in Jan 2012 here in Phoenix. I won't do it unless this weight is off! Any one know why???? Did you know with ever step its 3xs your weight in impact on that joint?? Ask Carie how much easier it is for her to run and how much better she feels! So thus the goals, plan is to do train running and cross training with biking and Zumba (thats another story right there) and weight train at least 2-3 times a week as well as not last or least.....eat healthier.
So signing off to all, stay tuned and please feel free to contact me at anytime for anything! Remember you can't get anywhere if you don't at least start! Why don't you start with me and start to move towards that New Look! :)
Here it is Jan. 1, 2011 and as many I too initiate a new beginning desiring to succeed completion of future set goals. If I could share anything from this past years experience is that I learned you can really do anything you set your mind to when being consistent is involved. Not extremes but continue adherence one foot in front of the other mindset and before you know it you have arrived. Its when natures scale of balance is tipped one way or the other your desire is to get off. Slow steady and consistent in anything builds character to weather those things that cross your path unexpectedly but yet is not strong enough to shake you but to continue to push on through.
I am nothing but what I have come to is by many somethings that make me....me. What somethings are in your life, should some not be and should some be added back? And when all else fails there are many who stand beside you that you may not know but after a small greeting and time of sharing... a bond of support or encouragement to get you through to the next place.
Should you find yourself struggling and just don't know where to turn first cry/pray out to your creator then to a fellow man/woman in human form as he created us to do, share love and carry each other step by step. I of course am always here to help in any way I can for I know YOU CAN DO any and all things you put your mind body and soul in to. I myself 30lbs extra completed my first marathon in Oct 2010 at 48. We will do this together.
I pray you have a very blessed encouraged goal succeeding year for 2011.
Well here I am only 5 weeks and 3 days away from my first marathon at 48! What was I thinking! I was thinking I should have done this sooner is what I was thinking! When I was much younger! But hey..... I just will jog along step by step the the finish line no matter how long it takes I will finish :) What makes people do things like this....get off the couch and on a bike or run or join the gym? What causes someone to quit exercising and become a couch potato? What makes you do what you do and keep doing it? For me right now its to say I've done one....help put me back in better shape.....to hopefully go back into the fitness field full time maybe? I love doing this and inspiring people to rise above what they could ever imagine they could do! that is the best high ever! whats yours?
Hello everyone! Welcome to my first every blog! Exercise has not always been in my blood....my gym teacher use to say to me during class....your awful red in the face to you want to sit out a while....of course I would say no! And he said I had two left feet! That was many moons ago and here I am at 48! training for my first marathon Oct 17! I've always had weight issues and still do.....but I think after all these years wisdom is finally setting in! LOL! Although I might not have had the body of an athlete I still had a heart and desire to help someone who just couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel and give them hope! soooo.....here I am still wanting to make some small difference in this world! Would love to hear from you!