Associations 

 
I have been hearing this and seeing this everywhere lately. I’m re-reading “the compound effect”and the author Darren Hardy adopted a lot of his theories from Jim Rohn.  I definitely want to read one of his books next.  

I think this principle is really something to think about.

You can never be truly happy if you surround yourself with negative people. You won’t grow in your career if you surround yourself with the people who always find things to complain about instead of the people pushing and achieving.  

Just like you are conscious of who your children hang out with, good or bad influences, are you as aware of the people you hang out with?  

Make a list of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Do you challenge each other, support each other? Do they influence you to be a better person? To do more and be more?   

Now the hard part.  If they are NOT moving you in the right direction, are you willing to disassociate that person from your life?   Phew, what a rough thought!

One thing I am so grateful for are all the people I have met through coaching. our beachbody teams and community pages online have been wonderful. Although we may not have physically met, it is amazing to have a network of people who will keep you honest, keep pushing you, and always try to help you achieve whatever you set your mind to.  

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Mindful Morning 

I have been doing a lot of soul searching and reading lately.   Trying to be a better mom.  It is not easy.

Social media is misleading.  People always tell me, “oh my you do it all, how do you manage?!  You’ve really got it together!” 

 Um, hardly!  I try but I’m not perfect and there are moments when I lose it.   

I loved this quote from Jillian Michael’s Instagram this week.

Just this morning I was trying to clean up from breakfast, my daughter was playing with these hydrated little balls that go everywhere.  I asked her to stop and she didn’t want to.  Needless to say, those little balls went everywhere and in the process of cleaning up we also spilled milk.  I lost it and yelled at her.  It wasn’t her fault completely.  I could have handled the situation better.  I apologized for snapping at her.

One day at a time, one hour at a time…one minute at a time?  We are all doing the best we can! 

  

Fitness Friday

OK, I guess it’s time to start!  I have been so hesitant to actually begin but sometimes you just have to take that leap and figure it out as you go.

A few months ago I read the book the Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.  I seriously loved that book so much I am reading it again.  Confession, I don’t actually have time to read so I listen on audible during my commute into work.

In the very beginning of his book he wrote that his dad religiously got up and exercised every morning and he could set his clock by his father’s workouts.  Rain, sleet or shine, he was out there doing his old school military presses and dead lifts.  I thought, “Man, I would love if that was me.  I could never.  I hate getting up in the morning.”  Then I caught myself.  Why couldn’t it be me?  I’d just have to do it.  I’d just have to try!  So a few months ago I set a small goal for myself to get up before my family and do my workout before everyone woke up.  Just try for 1 week I told myself.

The first thing I did was tackle my excuses.

  1.  I am always cold in the morning and I know I hate changing out of my PJs.
    • I slept in my workout clothes with sweatpants and a sweatshirt on over it.
  2. I have no motivation to get up.
    • I put my phone next to my bed and in the morning when my alarm went off I went into our motivation group and looked at all the amazing things people were accomplishing.  I also went on instagram and searched some hashtags like #noexcuses #fitfamily #hammerandchisel or any other fitness program I was planning on doing that day.  It lit a fire under me to get it done so I could share my own success

After one week of rising before the rest of the house I was hooked.  I can’t say I do it 7 days a week, but more days than not I am up, have exercised, showered, and dressed before I hear the little footsteps coming down the stairs.   It has been a good 5 months now and I relish those quiet hours in the house just for me.

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I am currently doing the Beachbody Program called Hammer and Chisel.  Today was Max Hammer.  The premise is to fatigue your muscle with movements for 1 minute, then use max weight for 8 reps.  I love it.  I am seeing serious gains in muscle definition.

Last night the kids stayed up a LITTLE bit later than usual because we rented the movie Hotel Transylvania 2.  It was so cute.  I swear those movies are made for adults as much as for kids.   The little ones woke up, we got them dressed, had some breakfast, and were out the door.

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Jimmy is liking this stuffed Cheetah that we won at the boardwalk this past summer.  He wanted the cheetah to eat breakfast with us this morning.  Then he played with the Sagi bobble head.  I think Sagi was telling the Cheetah he needed to push harder.  Jimmy even stole some of my shakeology this morning.  That kid loves it!  Today’s flavor was cafe latte with banana, coconut extract and some cinnamon.  YUM!

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Have a great Friday everyone!