Wise Words to Live By

4 Apr

Today I was searching for something to remind myself of how I want to live my life. We are constantly tied into the minutia of the day to day and forget to stop and ENJOY our lives. While going through some things I came across an old post on my Facebook page. It is a column I came across last year and while in the transition to my new life (being back in SD and teaching dance full time) I needed the reminder. Today is another one of those days I just needed to read these.


I believe this is something we should all read at least once a week! Even if just in passing I think it helps remind us of so many very SIMPLE life lessons. I bolded/italicized my top 28 (since I am 28 years old).

45 Lessons Life Taught Me

Written by Regina Brett, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio 

 (she wrote this a few days before turning 45…one lesson for each year)

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but YOU.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive but don’t forget. 

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Thinking I’ll make a ’30 lessons’ list next summer…purely based off my own experiences…

What life lessons would be on YOUR list?

Friendly Fitness Friday!

29 Mar

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m gearing up for a killer morning workout right now! I’ll be heading out shortly to go join a couple girls with our trainer, Fred. He’ll be kicking our buttts….errr upper body I mean….wait where was I? I apologize as I just got distracted by the smoke detector going off (at 7:30am – neighbors please don’t kill me) from the egg whites I was cooking…OOPS

Anyway! This week has been a great gym week for me. Today will be the 4th day consecutively getting my butt in! WOOT WOOT! New motivation from those freaking measurements and the 3 year anniversary mark. I’ve decided to start sharing my workouts. 1) To keep me accountable to get in the gym 2) to provide a little motivation to any readers and 3) to provide workout ideas for those that might need them.

I had a couple friends ask about speed training or weight training this week and so it inspired me to give a little more of what I do, and how I’m working on getting back to lean profile I like on myself.

Monday –  off day as I teach 6 dance classes

Tuesday – Legs (mine are STILL sore!) – I warmed up with an easy mile warm-up, and then we got into it. We did barbell squats (5 rounds – 15 reps each), a superset of squats on the machine, lunges across the gym and single leg hamstring curls (5 rounds), and then ended the hour out with a superset of 2 minutes of kicking the punching bag (1 minute each leg) and plyos (2 rounds). I rounded out with another easy mile after and oh boy were my legs jello.

Wednesday – my 3 year anniversary of the start of my journey to fitness. I rounded out a day of teaching with a sweaty 60 minutes on the mill. The first 30 minutes were for speed training.

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It didn’t end up with a very fast overall pace since my first mile was slow, but the second two miles were under 9 minutes! Trying to improve my half marathon time to FINALLY get under 2 hours and I know speed work on shorter runs is the way to go! At least that is what I keep hearing and reading EVERYWHERE!

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The second 30 minutes on the mill were all a walk. I kept it at 4.0 but played with the incline. Unfortunately, because it was just with my Nike+ sensor it didn’t register the hill climb (dang it), but it was a really good session. I worked it all the way up to a 12-15 incline during the final 10 minutes. Not to mention my legs already killed from the previous day!

Thursday – It was another cardio day. I told myself I was going to go run on my break between classes…best intentions I swear. But I got home, was starving and after I ate I was tired (knew that would happen..boo). So I listened to my body knowing I’d get off from evening classes at 6:30 and could head to the gym then. I NEARLY talked myself out of it…it had been a long afternoon including one of my little one’s peeing themselves in class….never fun…but I kept repeating “You never regret a workout” AND this one “You’re only one workout away from a good mood!”

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And thank goodness it worked. I pulled in another speed workout on tired legs. Logged 2.5 miles at an average 8:42 pace

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Rounded out the 30 minutes with some incline walking and then hopped on the elliptical for 10 minutes to smooth the legs out. I also did a short abs series but nothing crazy.

Friday – All I know is it is upper body mania today. I’ve been told flipping tires, sledge hammers and slamming ropes are involved…I may cry (but is it weird I’m VERY excited for it?!) I’ll write this weekend on exactly what it was.

AND before I sign off for this entry I wanted to send some friendly Friday Fitness love to some other bloggers out there! If you’re looking for inspiration/motivation check these awesome bloggers out and make sure you tell them I sent ya! 🙂

They’ve got some awesome stuff happening in their lives and some great giveaways you should check out!!

My Skinny Jean Dreams

Mindy’s Fitness Journey

Melissa Running It

Peace, Love and Low Carb

How did YOUR workout week go? How are you holding yourself accountable to your goals?

3 Year Anniversary – My Journey

27 Mar

Today is a day of great importance. I didn’t even realize it until I was sitting down to lunch. It is the official 3 year anniversary of when my weight loss journey began. It is not the anniversary of the day I actually began my healthy eating/working out….it is the day I hit rock bottom. The day I made the choice that my life could not continue as it had.

This is me 3 years ago celebrating at my cousin’s wedding reception.

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Finding Balance in the Chaos

19 Mar

I wrote earlier this week about how sometimes life just takes over. Yup, this indeed is the truth. Especially in my life. Coming to accept this and embrace it is my newest journey. I’ve always loved being a busy person, but with the switch in careers this year it has been a process in adapting to an entirely different type of crazy. A new type of busy. Where you’re never truly off duty from work. I am constantly thinking of a new creative idea to use in my tiny tot classes, finding inspiration in new songs for new routines, choreographing, scheduling events, planning tryouts, etc. etc. etcetera.

When I moved down to San Diego and began the new career (literally from ground zero) I knew it would take time to adjust. I knew life would be different. But I think I figured I’d be able to get it nailed down after 6 months or so. I mean, I’m smart. I adapt well in new surroundings. I know how to pick things up and run with them. Well, I should’ve known that this was an entirely different ball game. I’m building a career.  A life. It takes time. So again, acceptance is key!!!

This week I feel like I’m working through it! Teaching my classes, getting in my workouts (an HOUR long ab session with my trainer today…oof…kill me), a few meetings on top of it all, and a nice evening walk with the roomie. Tomorrow I have gym plans (running and legs day…now that my legs have decided to feel semi normal after last weeks killer leg workout and runs!). The rest of the week seems to be shaping up to get good workouts in, good classes, and the building of more amazing things to come. I am EMBRACING the chaos and working through it, in it, around it. Making the chaos my normal and knowing if I don’t embrace it and work with it that I’m never going to get anywhere!

Not to mention RECITAL costumes started arriving today! The next few months will be prepping my little dancers for recital time. EXCITING! Nerve wrecking too! My first official year as a recital teacher. Not gonna lie, the spring has brought out a LOT of little dancers and my classes are POPPIN! Most classes have 10+ kids in them and so that means lots of BIG numbers in recital. #BLESSEDLIFE #DREAMJOB

Funny how the things that bring such craziness can also be the things that bring you such joy, love and happiness.


What in YOUR life causes chaos but brings you joy and happiness?


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