#perfectinthismoment : just as i am right now

This week (Dec. 4-8)  Melissa Scott, one of my fabulous yoga teachers, and Gather Yoga Collective have teamed up to sponsor #perfectinthismoment.  The idea behind the challenge is to encourage us to remember that we really are perfect in this very moment, just as we are.  Our world is full of “perfect” images that we are supposed to emulate.  Look deeper and you find that many of the images are photoshopped or not so “perfect” by media standards after all.  The challenge supports body acceptance right where you are, right now.

I have certainly struggled with body acceptance throughout my life.  I have all the stories about being teased, taunted, belittled about my body and appearance.  I have fought a lot to overcome the stories that others want to make me believe and that I often think are true.  I know that being thin isn’t the cure all answer though.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to be thinner but I am not as obsessed with it as I have been at times throughout my life.  I strive for health and to be strong more than anything else these days. As a health educator I understand the risks of not caring for myself and I am doing everything I can to improve my health.  There are many components to this equation, however.  I have a lot to say about these components but won’t write about all of them in this post.

Over the past several weeks I have noticed a shift in my thinking.  I’m concentrating more on what I am doing rather than worrying about how I compare to what everyone else is doing.  I am often in the gym or studio with men and women who are much younger than I am, though the 6:15 am crowd at IronTribe usually has a number of athletes in my age range as well.

I recently joined Barre Code, a new challenge that totally terrified me.  I had wanted to try it for a while but I really didn’t think I could do the workout.  I contacted Cat Noble, the owner, and she was incredibly supportive and encouraging.  I’m not great at it because as anyone who knows me well knows I am just kind of an uncoordinated klutz at times.  It will take me a while to get the hang of the workouts but I will.  I have been the oldest person in the room at every class I have been to so far.  But I am ok with that and with wondering what I am supposed to be doing at the moment. I am surrounded by strong young women who are taking care of themselves. That fact makes me happy.

For now my goal is consistency and being a little better than I was yesterday. I only have to keep up with myself.  I don’t have to worry about what anyone else is doing.  For now I am #perfectinthismoment

Look for the hash tag on Instagram and Facebook and join the challenge.  You don’t have to be a yoga teacher to join.

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One day at a time: daily choices

It’s been a while since I posted anything.  I’ve been traveling quite a bit and have been off track a bit.  Traveling makes it difficult, though not impossible, for me to remain on track.

Every day is a choice, a chance to make choices that will be healthy for me or not.  Sometimes I choose not to be healthy.  I am aware of that and know when I do it.  Right now I am trying to get back on a consistent track to make healthy choices.  It is a difficult time of year because of the holidays – and more travel – but it isn’t impossible.

Over the weekend I did some cooking and prep for the week.  If you have read my posts, you know that is one of the main things that helps me be successful.  I had this great salad for lunch today.

I have food prepped for a few days and have some vegetables from my CSA boxes over the past few weeks that I will be preparing for this week and for the freezer.

The other thing I am concentrating on is getting back to IronTribe at least four times a week.  Over the past seven years one of my huge transformations and lessons has been that my day improves if I work out early in the morning.  I know this is true so I need to get up and do it.  This is my goal between now and the end of the year – get up and go.

I will keep making my choices one day at a time.  I have found that is really my best strategy.



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Week 8: Not over by any means

It’s been 8 weeks since Sam challenged me with a new CATtitude.    I’ve been to IronTribe 22 times in that period, even with a 5 day trip and a week plus of illness.  I started the Transformation Challenge that overlapped this challenge.  I began riding my bike again and went back to the pool.   I have also cooked more at home.   More importantly,  I’ve remained in the game mentally.

All of that is great but I still haven’t been perfect.  I’ve had some bumps along the way.  The biggest one was getting sick due to allergies that lasted about 2 weeks.  I also had some events to attend.   Overall, I did fine with those though.  One thing I have learned on this journey is that most people don’t care at all about what you are eating.  They are more concerned with what they are eating.

Something I have been learning is not to be so hard on myself when I do have a bad day or miss a workout.  I can start again…and again.  Also, while I am trying to lose weight that I have re-gained,  I am not obsessing as much about weight loss.  It will come off if I remain consistent in my healthy choices.

I just finished cooking for the week.  This is one of my key factors for success.  I have to be prepared.   I also need to schedule my workouts because there is a far better chance that I will show up if they are on my calendar.

It’s all a process and a journey though.   Each day is a chance to prove that I can keep going and make a small change that will lead to larger change.  Consistency  – Accountability – Tenacity.

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Week 6-7 : The good, the bad, the ugly

I missed posting last week because I was out of town.  It’ s been a bit of a rough time for the past two weeks.  I woke up Sunday,  Sept. 10 without a voice and feeling awful.  I have finally learned to take it easy when I feel sick so I spent the day between bed and the couch.  I still didn’t shake whatever it was though. On Friday I finally hit on the right kind of allergy medicine but the cough is still lingering.  Needless to say,  I haven’t worked out much the past two weeks.

I also went out of town for five days to a conference.  It was a great conference and I did fairly well with eating.  There were good choices and they provided vegan/vegetarian/GF options for every meal offered at the conference.  Downtown Raleigh has a lot of great options for meals that I didn’t get during the conference.  I had a great kale salad the first night I was there.

During week 6 I did manage to work out a few times and I did the check in for the transformation challenge.  I also taught three yoga classes.

Of course, my yoga mat went with me on my travels.

It wasn’t the best two weeks but it wasn’t the worst.  I’m back home and on track to finish strong this week.

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Week 5 – When in doubt

It was Friday and I was tired.  I was debating what to do.  It was a beautiful 79 degrees outside and I had my bike with me.  I should ride.  But I really didn’t want to for some reason.  Really, I wanted to swim.  It was the first home game weekend so surely the pool would not be crowded.  I debated back and forth with myself for a while but I knew that phrase – when in doubt, swim.  I had not been in the pool for almost two weeks due to my schedule and the weather.  It was time.  I’m glad I chose the pool last Friday afternoon.  I had one of the best swims I have had in a long time.  There were quite a few people in the pool but it really didn’t matter.  Everyone there was sharing lanes. It was a good way to end the week.  

It was kind of a crazy week.  I made it to IronTribe twice.  I also taught yoga twice, which reminds of what I am passionate about all over again.

This week begins the Transformation Challenge at IronTribe.  My 8 weeks overlaps with this challenge, as I have mentioned.  I’m looking forward to the challenge and seeing how much progress I can make this time.


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Week 4 – Some days…

I’m half way through my challenge with Sam.   Week 4 was a little rough.  Between the beginning of the year events and not feeling well, it was not quite the week I hoped for.  It wasn’t awful though.

Week 4 was more about self-care than anything else.  I rarely take a day off but I did last week.  I slept a good bit of the day before a friend stopped by later in the afternoon.   I needed the day.  It’s Labor Day and I have not done much over the weekend.  I had lots of plans but I needed some rest and down time.  Life has been hectic and I have finally learned that it is ok to stop and slow down.

Rain and storms got in my way last week too.  I didn’t get to the pool at all because of my day off one day and a storm the other day I usually swim.  I did get to ride on Friday though.  I also made it to IronTribe.


I tried some new recipes this week and pulled out some old ones.  Cooking works better for me than just having the ingredients.  I just finished up the farro and chickpea soup today.

It wasn’t the best week but it wasn’t the worst week either.  I remained committed to the process even though I slowed down a little.

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Week 3 – Hello new year!

It’s a new year. What, you say?  No, it’s August!  It is for me though, and for many other people.  The academic year began again this week  For me that meant several events to attend.  Some of them conflicted with my normal schedule and some of them had food so I had to make choices.  I did ok but I didn’t make the best choices 100% of the time.  I am not beating myself up for though and that is a big difference from the past.  I know that a meal that isn’t perfect here and there is not the end of the world.  The key (back to the CATtitude), is consistency.

Last weekend I had quite a few stray vegetables left over that needed to be used up so I made up a soup.  It wasn’t bad and it was a good way to use the okra.  Okra gave it some texture and thickness that it would not have had otherwise.  It wasn’t great but it wasn’t awful either.  It helped to have the soup to grab several days this week.   My go to for breakfast is oatmeal or a mixture of steel cut oats, barley, and quinoa that I cook in the crockpot in large batches.  My mistake this week was that I ran out.  That left me scrambling for breakfast two days because I didn’t have time to cook more during the week.  I did discover that I can batch regular oatmeal and freeze it.  I am going to cook some more this weekend and prepare.  This morning I already made a batch of the steel cut oat mixture for the week.

I missed a couple of workouts during the week because of my schedule but I will be back on track next week.  I did make it to IronTribe three days,  rode my bike twice, and swam once.  I also taught a restorative yoga class and practiced yoga several times this week.

The bike continues to be a work in progress.  It will just take consistent riding to get back to the mileage I was doing a few years ago.  I am riding between 13-17 mph fairly consistently.  The thing is that I am not sure how many miles I want to do.  I rode about 20 miles this week and that felt about right.   The regular route I used to ride a few times a week is 24 miles.  I would like to ride that route again on a regular basis.  I know I can.  I just have to decide where my priorities are right now and where I will spend time.

The Transformation Challenge is coming up at IronTribe.  This is a six week challenge for athletes to measure progress.  It begins before the 8 week commitment is over but it will be a good bridge for me to keep me going, especially with the travel I have coming up for work.

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