Round Is A Shape

Okay so I know I’ve been MIA.  I haven’t had motivation to write I guess.  I think the last time I wrote anything it said something like “Hello June.”  Soon it was goodbye June and hello July and the vicious cycle continued.  I find myself saying “They’re only so many hours in the day and you can only do what you can do.” It’s partially true but quiet honestly, we make time for what we really want to do or don’t want to do. Never thought I would find time to do nothing.

Anyways, this summer has been some what productive. I have been working out in my garage with a few friends, my husband calls it “Garage Pilates” but really, it’s  a mix up of pilates with Jillan Michaels with a dab of circuit training.  I’ve done more push ups this summer than I have in the last year!!  It’s been good for me.  I’ve also been logging in low mileage and beyond that…..that’s it.


With that being said, I am sad to say I’ve put back on a good bit of weight that I had so proudly lost.  It started with Christmas candy my mother made 2 Christmases ago. And I made an attack plan post Christmas with high mileage involved. I was prepped for beast mode. Then my Dad passed away and I don’t remember much of the rest of 2014. It’s a blur.  I wouldn’t say I binged my way through the year or self-soothed myself with food. I just didn’t pay attention to what I ate.  I ate whatever.  No mindfulness or care. I just ate.

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I am grateful for very supportive friends because through the blur they kept me going and encouraging me to keep moving forward. Even if they knew what they were doing or didn’t, they helped me to keep moving forward.  I did a half marathon that should have been a full and I did  another half marathon that should have been faster. But I finished.

You know, I always thought I was so big and bad and tough and could weather anything. After several rounds with life I’ve learned I’m not as weatherproof as I would like to imagine myself to be. Over the last several years life has thrown some serious upper cuts and sadly I backed into my corner to sit till I saw an apporpriate time to reemerge. The younger version of myself would have kicked my butt from here till the next state if I’d had known I would one day have a spirit of fear and defeat. How awful!!! I’m working on it. Maybe that’s the part of growing up and going through the trials and tribulations of life. Learning to be weatherproof (or some version of it). Anyways, I’ve hidden from you guys because I was so disappointed with myself for A. not weathering life a little better and B. not keeping the weight off.  I jusitified a lot of it by saying “Oh, I don’t need to share everything.” Or “I’m just not that into the blogging thing anymore .” I’m so full of crap.  I was lying to myself and hiding at the same time.

So I’ve recommited myself to the good fight. To be a better version of myself. Happier, healthier and stronger.


So I guess all that’s left to say is……

Recipe For Creating Successful Habits

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hab·it noun \ˈha-bət\: a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way

1rou·tine noun \rü-ˈtēn\: a regular way of doing things in a particular order

I’m a firm believer in creating habits in my life and keeping them. Another way you can look at this is routine. Call it what you want but either way both are extremely important in accomplishing a goal.

Good habits and routines come in an array of shapes and forms and trust me when I say, no two sets of SUCCESSFUL habits ever look the same. For instance, I have a friend that gets up rain, sleet, cold, hot, humid and early to go biking or running EVERY morning. It’s  second nature. 5 a.m. the alarm goes off and by 5:30 this person is out the door for their morning workout. It’s never missed. I have another friend that also gets up at 5 a.m. has her quiet time with the Lord, drinks her coffee, eats breakfast and then wakes her family at 6:oo a.m.

Then I have another friend who is always a recipe for confusion and as much as I love her the best way I know how to describe it is……………it’s like a basket of leaves blowing in the wind. She never knows which direction she’s going, always trying to figure out what her day is going to be like. She might get up at 7 or 8. She might have a plan for the day or she might not. She might have a couple of appointments for the day or she might not. She sometimes knows where all her things are that she needs everyday or she might not. The words habit and routine are not really well known to this person.

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I think most of us can identify with both sets of people. I, myself, can. I know that if I get up at 5 a.m., get dressed, and at the gym by 5:30 that I can get in an hour be home by 6:45 go straight to the shower and start my day. Meanwhile, I’ve already packed my bag for the day the night before so that mentally I’m prepped for the day ahead of me. I also know that I keep a planner that I write down any reminders, keep the important bills to pay and any list I might need (grocery list, to do list, where to go, who to see, who to call).  This reduces the chances of getting all I want to accomplish plus it pushes me that much closer obtaining my goals.  My goals to lose the little bit of extra weight, my goals to reach my monthly sales, my goals to train for a race. My goals are constantly changing and evolving (just like life normally does) but with habits and routines, it makes it easier to reach them..

I also know that if I sleep till 6:45 there’s a 90% chance a workout that day won’t happen because I like spending time with my husband after work. If I workout after work that delays dinner or if I workout after dinner that I don’t get to spend time with my husband. I have to choose what is important to me.

So how do you create habits?

1. Identify your goals. Don’t have a long term goal? Start with just this week. What would you like to accomplish? How about saying, just this week I want to workout before work. Great, so now you have a goal. We have a starting point.

2. Create a schedule. Now I know if your like me immediately you felt the pressure of a schedule suddenly weighing down on you. All the what if’s suddenly came streaming in and you think, “But want I just feel like a failure if I don’t keep to the schedule?” Nope. Because you’re going to remember that schedules are always evolving. It’s like a really good road trip. You have a plan of where you want to go and what you want to see but if for some reason you want to make a detour and see the world’s largest ball of yarn you can. After you’ve seen it proceed back to your planned route and continue on to your next planned event.

3. Plan for it. Personally I like to write down on a sheet of notebook paper, 12 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Then I fill in the blanks, even with the simplest things of sleeping. We all have the same amount of hours in a day, it’s how each of us spend them determines our outcome.  I know that I work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  I know I typically like to be in bed by 9:30 p.m. and from there what I do determines how successful my goals are based on the habits I created.

I also like to keep reminders on my bathroom mirror, fridge and dashboard of the car (who needs to see the speed) so that I know what my goals are so that I can stay on task. I also like to keep a bag (purse, whatever you want to call it) that has all that I’ll need for the day so that I don’t get caught off guard without what I need.  Planner, healthy snacks, water bottle, phone charger. Planning really keeps you on routine to help you create habits  reach your goals.

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Habits are created. Habits created turn into routines. Successful routines equal goals reached.

Jerry Seinfeld has been known to take a yearly calendar to help create his jokes. He knew that to have better jokes it meant spending time creating more jokes. To do that he had to create the habit of writing everyday. So he decided to take a yearly calendar and every day that he wrote he would draw a red X on the day. After a couple of days he had a what look like a chain. The goal was to not break the chain.

Some people use MyFitnessPal to keep up with their food  they eat while dieting. I do. I love when it says, Brandy has logged in for 7 days. I love seeing that. I don’t love seeing, Brandy hasn’t logged in for 7 days.

Habits are created. Some habits are bad and we create those. It’s been passed around that it take 21 days to make or break a habit.  So just as quickly as you make one, you can break it as well. It just requires a little effort and planning but in the end it makes for such a successful outcome. And success is what we’re all shooting for right?

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