Putting Your BEST Foot Forward

When It Comes to Getting

Your Exercise On

There are 2 places I cannot go on an empty stomach; the grocery store and the gym! My hunger has me low on energy, cranky and most of all HUNGRY. I do not get a proper workout and then I am putting junk in my grocery cart. It is just SABOTAGE!

I say, “I love a good challenge”, but challenging myself when it comes to working out is completely on another playing field! I repeated the same cardio routine week in and week out. I either went mediocre with strength training or on interval overload! I either went light or heavy with weights. My body learned to adapt to that routine pretty quickly!

I could be on Myth Busters with this myth I kept telling myself! I thought the answer to all my problems was in working my core and ONLY MY CORE. I had mythed myself into believing that once my core was in top shape the rest of my body would follow suit! I had a laugh at myself on that one.


Working It Out

There was two other obstacles to overcome; breathing and posture! As long as I made it through the workout with minimal damage to my person I was doing good. I suffered my fair share of injuries as well as seeing those stars that gave me one heck of a workout headache and a hangover the next day. I truly feel better during my workout when I pay attention to my breathing and my posture!

I just needed to get the lead out of my arse and put my time and energy on exercises that burn more calories! I actually enjoy exercising and now I find my time working out enjoyable. I am so not going to make progress if I treat the gym environment like a giant couch! I have to continue pushing myself and challenging myself to make progress and see results.

The biggest lesson I have learned is to focus on myself when working out! I no longer watch someone else do an exercise and then start doing that same exercise. I have to do what works best for me and my body!


Putting One Foot In Front of the Other (Photos by RSheridan)

Remember to Keep Mixing It Up and Have FUN When It Comes To Working Out! Remember to Nurture and Nourish You and Your Body!


Counting Blessings

Keeping It Simple

Do you think about the importance in HOW you live your life?

I do! How I see myself and how I measure myself, especially my self worth matters in how I live my life. It goes way beyond these three questions too! 1) Am I good enough? 2) Have I achieved enough? 3) Did I earn enough? Enough already, right!

At the end of the day what matters the most to you is what is truly important! It is the SIMPLE that you encounter every day that you fail to notice and that at times has the bigger impact in your life than anything else!


B-E-I-N-G

The Basic Questions

What questions do you ask yourself on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?

My Top 2

  1. Who and What Do I Love?
  2. What Did I Learn and/or Experience?

There is nothing better than giving and receiving LOVE! You reap the benefits and the rewards when you come from a place of love. Love has such a range of emotions and feelings all wrapped into one! Love takes courage and bravery as well as patience and trust. Especially in yourself!

The learning and life lessons are so important to experience growth as a person! You can learn something from everyone you encounter on a daily basis. You can learn by doing too. You just have to be open to the possibilities and embrace the opportunities! Remember to learn is to take risks and make mistakes too.

Do you know you grow everyday through each and every experience? It can be a baby step to a GIANT LEAP. It can be simple to challenging.  I have to remind myself to appreciate that growth because it means I am learning and experiencing life!


G-R-O-W-I-N-G

Another Set of Questions to Ask Yourself

  • How Do You Share and Connect?

I enjoy sharing and connecting with myself and with other people! It is inspiring and motivating. It is those teachable moments that help you learn, grow and experience in yourself and in living your life. Who knows you may impact someone’s life for the better too! 

I strongly believe in connecting, especially with yourself and your greatest someones! It is that sense of being valued as a person at a deeper level. It is that sense of belonging at another level. It is about building each other up, supporting one another and gaining life experiences together!

You have a story to tell that is unique to you!

  • How Am I Being Challenged?

I am talking about how you challenge yourself! I am not talking about struggles and problems. I strongly believe in being challenged because it helps me learn, experience and grow as a person! I want to put the best me out there each and every day.

A little vulnerability and humility is good to have to when you are challenging yourself! It is about taking risks, stretching the old comfort zone and here is a BIG ONE asking for help. It is about having a sense of humor and a good laugh at yourself at times. You will be AMAZED at what YOU CAN DO!


L-O-V-I-N-G

The BEST Question To Ask Yourself Is . . .

  • What Are You Grateful For?

It is pretty bad at times that I have to remind myself that a) I am enough and b) that I have enough when it comes to living the life I want! I am practicing gratitude, becoming more aware and just being more mindful in my life. I am so blessed in what I do have and I count those blessings too!


L-I-V-I-N-G (Photos by RSheridan)

I am not saying that you have to interrogate yourself under a bright bulb every day, week or month, but remind yourself to REFLECT on the GOOD in your life!!!


Wrapped Up In the Good Life

Life Is Good!

When life gets me down I envision those “Life Is Good” sayings! I tend to gravitate towards those t-shirts when out shopping. It makes me smile and sometimes laugh out loud! It reminds me to keep life simple. There are times I just need to let go and let myself be me for a while!


FUN and Good Times!

I made the decision in 2012 to go on a journey of self and have learned some interesting and some amazing things about myself throughout the process!

My Top 5 Insights

#1 – Letting my guard down and showing more of who I am.

I certainly could do with letting my guard down to be more open and to just live and love way more than I already do! I feel when I am guarded I do not show other people who I am really and truly. I think it helps me interact, communicate and connect with other people better too. There are times I need to find that balance between strength and vulnerability! It helps me grow as a person and for the better too.

#2 – Being in the moment and enjoying the process.

I focus way too much on being worthy, right, correct, or perfect that in doing so I start to lose myself and who I am! I want to get wrapped up in life, but not in that way. It is not about the next thing or the final destination. It is more about enjoying the process throughout the journey and stopping along the way to take in those moments and make those memories, milestones and experiences!

#3 – Tuning into my emotions, feelings and thoughts.

I am a work in progress when it comes to release and surrender, especially when I have no control! I am human and I have to accept myself for who I am and what I want to do in living my life. There is certainly no instructions, directions or roadmaps handed out at birth, so I have to just figure it out as I go! This includes being able to ask for help, guidance and support from within myself and from other people too. This includes being positve and having good intentions to reap the benefits and rewards in all that life has to give me!

#4 – Handling my fears, doubts and negatives.

I need to follow my heart and not my crazy mind! In believing and trusting in myself I am able to have a better grip on my fears, doubts and negatives and instead focus on the good and the positive in my life. I have to be open, accept and experience the ebbs and flows, the ups and downs and the opposites too! I am so worthy of love and happiness.

#5 – Discovering my STRONG again.

I am discovering my STRONG from the inside out! I am taking care of myself and my needs. I am going a little easier on myself and slowing down a bit more. I am being a little more loving and a little more kinder to myself. I am asking other people in my life for help, guidance and support. I am learning, growing and experiencing each and every day in living my life to the fullest!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Love, Laughter and Living the Good Life!!!


Good Health

Do Not Worry, Be Happy

One day eggs are good for you and the next eggs are BAD!
Sugar is toxic, so QUIT the sugar, especially white sugar!
Margine vs. Butter; the Battle Continues!
Soda is so EVIL, even diet soda or no calorie, no sugar soda!

I have to draw the line! It just confuses my mind and if I feed into that I am confusing my body too. I do not want to think in terms of good for you, bad for you and really do not go there for you. I believe that in controlling and policing myself and what I eat is a disservice to my whole being!

I think eating too much of anything is not a good health practice! Instead I think in terms of moderation when it comes to cooking, eating and practicing good health!

I am done feeling guilty because I enjoy something, especially food and eating! I am done stressing and worrying about the foods I eat too. I usually eat junk when stressed out. That is where my mindset kicks into the unhealthy and potentially destroys all the hard work I am doing for myself and my whole being!

I know when I limit or even remove certain foods those are the foods I CRAVE THE MOST! Instead remove the “bad” or “really do not go there” labels from those certain foods. I would rather cut back than abstain with certain foods too. Plus there are healthier options available now to make healthier choices!

In creating a healthier lifestyle I had to be really open with myself and look at the whole picture, including any issues with certain foods! I have had to make changes that led to certain foods no longer being an issue. Some things were a quick fix while other things took some time to work out. It takes some patience on my part, but it is a freeing experience in some ways too. I feel good and my whole being is reaping the benefits!

I am about nurturing and nourishing my whole being for good health! I make sure to eat nourishing mixed meals as well as balanced proportions too. I am learning to be more open in trying new foods. I am learning to be more flexible to make tweaks and adjustments as needed.

What I Do For Good Health . . .

  1. I am working on eating enough food; calories to support activity level.
  2. I do take the time to eat breakfast.
  3. I am learning to eat meals at regular-timed intervals throughout the day; helps in not having my blood sugar swing up and down.
  4. I am trying to eat enough protein too.
  5. I am working on adding in those healthy fats; hello! nuts, seeds and salmon.
  6. I have struggled with the hormonal balance and now the metabolic balance creeps up on me every once in a while.

I also make sure I find that balance between work and play and having some FUN! I make sure I am being active and getting exercise. I make sure to get my 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. I am a work in progress when it comes to keeping the everyday stressors on the down low!


Cheers! C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s To Doing What is BEST for You and for Your Health!!!


A Shot of Energy

What Gives You a Boost Of Energy?

There are days I swear my arse is 2 inches from the floor because I am just dragging and super low on energy! The Coffee IV drip is not working. The caffeine jolt and the sugar high are no longer cutting it. I am looking for anything and everything that will just give me a boost of energy!


Good Fuel for the Body

I am not looking for that boost of energy that has me crashing in a few hours though either! No thanks to the surge, crash and burn!

My Top 5

  1. Being With My Greatest Someone and Someones.
  2. Taking Time For Myself.
  3. Traveling, Adventuring and Exploring.
  4. Getting Outdoors.
  5. Reading and Writing.

How Do You Maintain and/or Sustain Your Energy Throughout The Day?

I have made a change in my lifestyle over the past three years to create a healthier way of living! I am finding that balance and that level of activeness that works best for me. This includes connecting better with myself, my needs and my emotions, feelings and thoughts. I want to explore and experience more, which inspires, motivates and energizes me even more!

For me it is about . . .

  • Being more, doing less.
  • Finding that work/life balance.
  • Getting my 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.
  • Finding that moderation that works best for me.
  • Nurturing and nourishing myself in a healthy way.

I have to get my 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night or I am just cranky and pretty much worthless! I am in a better mood when I nurture and nourish myself, my needs and my whole being. I am a better person when I can escape the 8 to 5 and have a little fun and play time. The greatest lesson I have learned is to do what works best for me!


Climbing . . . Exploring . . . Living the GOOD Life!


Breaking FREE!!!

What Do You Struggle With?

My Top 3 Struggles

  1. Disruptions
  2. Distractions
  3. Gratification (NOW!, not later on)

These 3 are an energy drainer and a time sucker! I am on the fast track to burn out some days, weeks or even months.


Beeing In the Simpler Life

For me it is about . . .

  • Hydration and craving water elements.
  • Breaks and learning to breathe. Talk about a great energy booster!
  • Music and moving and dancing. Talk about a great stress reliever!
  • Natural light and soaking it in (in a healthy way of course). Talk about a mood lifter!
  • Green and the many benefits. Talk about a pick me up!
  • Citrus and its scent boosting powers.
  • Trail mix – nuts, seeds, berries, and dark chocolate. Yes, please!
  • Stand up and sit less.
  • Surround sound system of the good and the positve!

Simply I just need a shot of inspiration and a spark of creativity to give me a boost of energy! Especially of the good and the positive. Having the support of your greatest someone(s) helps too!


Have a Great Day! (Photos by RSheridan)

What Gives You a Boost of Energy? Please Share, Love to Hear!


Enough IS Enough

Letting Go . . .

Sometimes I just have to release in order to let go!

Of What Is Bothering

I feel it is important to deal with what is bothering me! Otherwise it will just fester and grow and grow. It is the things that just bother me that get me going and start to ruin my day! I try really hard to brush it off and continue on.

There are times where I need to take 5 and just chill! I can focus on my breathing and slowing my mind down. Breathe in the good and positive and breathe out the bad and negative! I can relax, reenergize and just get on with the rest of my day.

Of the Negativity

I do not care for those negative thoughts that keep creeping up on me! Some things are in my control and some things are out of my control. I have to just deal with it head on, shut it down and then move on. I need to refocus on those things that are serving a good, positive purpose in my life instead!

I reflect on what makes me happy and gives me pleasure and joy! What am I looking forward to today? It is about taking care of myself and being good to myself too! It certainly helps me make healthier and happier choices.

I need to do what is best for me as well as do what I love to do too! This comes from tuning into my inner voice, following my heart and tapping into my gut instincts. It usually guides me in the right direction too!

Of the Past

The past is just that the PAST! I may not forget, but I can forgive and choose to live in the present moment. I feel the hardest part to let go of is the guilt and at times the shame. However, once I acknowledge those feelings I need to let those feelings go. The greatest part of today is getting to start a new day!

It is so freeing at times to accept the past and surrender to the past! It is so healing to accept, surrender and just forgive, especially myself. I know for me it helps me move forward once again. I think about all the possibilities just waiting out there for me too!

I do not want to hang on to years and years of baggage, especially mental and emotional baggage! I would rather deal with it than continue pushing the crud into the back of my mind that is already crammed to the ceiling back there. If I do not deal with it, I know it will rear its ugly head and it usually does that at the most inopportune time too!

Of Being NOT Enough

I do not have to be all and do everything! I am so ready to let go of the perfectionism and doing everything perfectly. It is draining and demotivating. I am ENOUGH and I am so WORTHY!

I need to give myself a break and not be so hard on myself! I need to take the time for myself for some much needed self love and self care. I prefer to live my life on a learning curve because at least I know I am alive!

It is about learning, growing and gaining experiences! It is about making mistakes and celebrating successes. It is about gaining life skills and coping skills. I want to take the time to enjoy life and really experience it too!

Of What Is No Longer Serving

What can you let go of starting today? What is holding you back or no longer serving you and your needs?

I am learning to connect better with myself and my emotions, feelings and thoughts. It gives me the permission to accept and forgive as we1l as surrender and to just LET IT GO! It is such a healthier and happier mindset for my whole being too. I have to let go in order to continue moving forward in living the life I want!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Life IS Imperfect and YOU Are ENOUGH!!!


You Are Grounded

Feeling the Burn Out!

When living the crazy life becomes too much just ground yourself for a while! Your whole being will thank you for the much needed break and down time.

ESCAPE

Your physical self as well as your mental self need to escape and get away from it all! Especially when I start losing myself  as well as my grip on reality. I think this is one reason I travel, adventure and explore. It gives me the opportunity to escape and escape I do at least once a month!

BREATHE

It is so important to know how to breathe! It can be healing to your whole being too. I know when I connect with my breathing I start to feel more grounded from the inside out. When I feel grounded I find my perspective and I know that everything is right in my world once again (or at least okay)!

I know at times I all need is a break to just breathe! I enjoy taking my hour lunch break away from my desk during the work week. I love having 30 minutes to myself in the morning and then again in the evening! I have found a great outlet and an even better release by getting my exercise on too.

RECHARGE

You are no good to yourself let alone anyone else if you do not take time for yourself to rest and heal! I feel so much better when I take the time for myself to unplug, uncharge and unwind for a bit. I feel rested, recharged and reenergized. I can focus on my overall health and make sure I am making those healthier choices too!

CONNECT

I prefer to be around others who motivate, inspire and energize me when feeling burnt out! When I am feeling on edge and burnt out that last thing I want to deal with is unnecessary drama confrontation or conflict. It is just one more thing I do not need to add to my already full plate. I also prefer to connect with myself and take the time I need for myself, my needs and my whole being!

When I am connected with myself I am able to be aware and act with mindfulness! I can use my energies to motivate and inspire myself and other people. I really want to spend quality time with my greatest someones, my passions and my life! I start craving that connection, interaction and communication at times.


(Photos by RSheridan)

COMPASSION

I need to share compassion and kindness with myself as well as with others, especially my greatest someones! I want it to be a give and take as well as helping and being of service to others. I know when I am not being a loving being that I need a good grounding to find that love, kindness and compassion from within myself again! I believe I am more open to the opportunities that come my way too.

Here’s to Blowing That Tunnel Vision Wide Open – Ground Yourself, Slow Down and Just Enjoy the View!!!


Sitting It Out

On the Bench

Do you ever feel like you have been benched?


I will take this one!

I have! I start having feelings of rejection, jealousy and betrayal. I start thinking to myself, “Why is everyone else getting what they want and not me?”! I especially have these feelings when I am being faced with a major decision or a major resolution in my life.

No matter how you go about it you cannot make it happen, right! I have tried affirmations and visualizations too. I am learning to let go a little more, especially of trying to control everything and anything in my life to make things happen!


Finding Calm . . .

I am learning to be more open to the possibilities and opportunities and just be a little more too. I have to believe and trust in myself that it will happen in time as well as be in that place to accept it! I am such a work in progress when it comes to having patience and letting things unfold and happen in due time.

I find it a little disturbing that it is the little things that irk me and set me off at times! Also, for no reason at all too! Maybe that is my sign to stop and figure out if I am going in the right direction or not. Maybe I am being shown the next step on my path. Who knows, but it stops me in my tracks or at least slows me down a bit!


Finding Peace . . .

I realize life is not meant to be easy, but why make it any harder than it needs to be! I find it hard to release and surrender, especially with the unknowns in my life. I want to be in charge and in control, however; that is not always possible!

I think part of this comes from not dealing well with messiness, confrontation and conflict and just want to get it over as quickly as possible and move on. Just rip the band-aid off! Then just add in worry and stress to the mix. Sometimes your sanity and health are more important than making things happen by forcing it!


Connecting To My Whole Being (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Sitting It Out In Order to Get Back in the Game of Life!!!


Taking Your Sweet Time

Sometime Today, Please!

I am all for slowing down and taking my sweet time! However, there are times I go there and turn into a procrastinator. I either let things slide or try catching up. I cannot seem to get started and if I do I cannot stick with it and start thinking about the next thing! It is way more than just being lazy.

#1 Reason – My Inner Perfectionist is a Control Freak!

Plain and Simple – Perfectionism can make one a Procrastinator! Everything and Anything has to be PERFECT. It is exhausting, it wastes my time and it is just plain silly for my sanity!


PERFECT Bunch of Grapes

#2 Reason – Stressed Out and Just Plain Frustrated

The main reason I procrastinate is because I am stressed out and just plain frustrated! I do not want to do something, so the next best thing is to hold my ground and keep putting it off. I hope that it just DISAPPEARS if I wait long enough! I do not necessarily give up, but just go away for a while already.


Thinking About Paradise . . .

#3 Reason – Disruptions, Distractions, Busyness – Oh My The Craziness!

I blame my procrastination on disruptions, distractions and busyness! Then you throw in the craziness and chaos. Pretty much go into protection mode and screw everything else for a while!


Look! Squirrel with Cookie.

#4 Reason – Tired and/or Bored

I am pretty good at playing the tired and/or bored card at times! I feel like my brain just decided to turn itself off. Nope, not happening, not going to work today! There is just no clarity in my muddled and sleep deprived brain. Good Luck with getting my two feet working let alone prioritizing or multitasking throughout my day!

I have very little to no patience, so I do not do well with boredom either! There is nothing that zaps my energy faster than being bored. If I learned anything growing up it is not telling your mother you are bored and then throw in that you are tired too! I think this is the main reason I am a questioner, a challenger and a tryer of new things.


Won the Race – Now Time for R&R (Photos by RSheridan)

Remember The Turtle Did Win the Foot Race With the Hare!!!


An Hourglass

Imagine!

An hourglass measures the passage of an hour of time. Imagine as you age the two bulb sizes get smaller, the neck width increases and the material gets finer! Time would just fly by, right. I find myself wanting more time, especially when the sands of time slip through my fingers!


Sands of Time

Why was I in such a hurry to grow up as a kid! I find myself grasping for one more minute and looking to hoard another hour or two. I think to myself if I could just buy more time I could do XYZ. There are days I am not sure if I am watching the clock or the clock is watching me!

Clocks are everywhere! I think about the one at the gym that is SUPER BIG with OVERSIZED red numbers. I have next syndrome (i.e. where do I need to be next?, what is the next thing I need to do?, etc.)! I get more than a little panicked and stressed out when I am running late. The anger starts to set in and everyone is in my way. I am so OVER it most days!

How can this be a healthy let alone a happy way to live?

I find myself wanting more time, but I fear I would just be greedy and waste that extra time as quickly as possible!

I think of that movie In Time where people have been genetically engineered to be born with a digital clock, bearing 1 year of time on their forearm. At the age of 25 a person stops aging, but their clock begins counting down; when it reaches zero that person “times out”. Imagine thinking 74 or 85 years of age is considered young and in the prime of your life today! I hear the clock ticking . . . do clocks really tick anymore.

Are we time poor or time wealthy? Is time and currency one in the same?


Beautiful Sunrise

How do you make more time for yourself then?

I think about a mime in his or her imaginary box claiming his or her space within that imaginary box! I want to claim my own space for myself. It helps me center myself and become more aware and mindful. I know this is where I am right now and to connect with myself from the inside out!

I CRAVE certain things because I need to take the time for myself, my needs and my whole being! It certainly helps me align myself mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually!

  • Getting outside and being with nature.
  • Reading and writing (the physical of the book or pen in hand too!).
  • Being creative.


Nature


Reading and Writing


Being Creative – Capturing the Light (Photos by RSheridan)

Ask Yourself These 3 Questions:

  1. How Do You Spend Your Time?
  2. Do You Need More Space With Yourself?
  3. How Do You Create That Balance Between Time and Space For Yourself?

More than likely you will discover a few SURPRISES in your answers to these questions! Then you can go about making changes for the better. Remember to make small changes for the best results, especially in doing what works best for you and your needs!

Now I Am Thinking of the Tortoise and the Hare . . .


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