Renewal Project 2015

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At the beginning of the year, I launched a personal project called Renewal Project 2015. After a year that took me for a whirl in all aspects of my life, I felt I needed to renew myself to a state where I felt like me again and to a better me. This involved deep commitment to renewing certain aspects of my life. Here are the areas of my life I felt needed renewal and how I was feeling at the end of 2014.

Physical: Despite being a personal trainer and a healthy lifestyle coach, I had put everyone else’s health above my own. As my clients, students, and challengers were getting healthier and more fit, I suffered from a hip injury, making running and most cardio activity painful, and made excuses regarding exercise and my nutrition to where I had lost some of my leanness and put on 10 extra pounds and 10 extra overall inches.

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Spiritual: Despite constant personal development through various books, audio, and other sources, I felt my spirit was in turmoil. I had been visiting a church I loved, but did not go for several months. I felt beat down in my spirit while struggling with some extremely personal issues all while trying my damnedest to remain positive and upbeat to the outside world.

Business: Despite my training and teaching locally growing, I let my Beachbody business fall apart. This hurt the worst because Beachbody is the reason I am in the field I am in now. Beachbody is a core reason I am the person I am now. Beachbody has led me to people, opportunities, and experiences I would have never had without it. I truly love the company I am aligned with, and I was pushing it to the wayside.

Interests: Over the last year, I had pushed interests aside. I stopped writing regularly (as you noticed if you have followed my blog for some time). I stopped creating…crafts, photography, designing, you name it. Running, partially due to injury, had become a chore instead of my desire.

Relationships: I am a person who deeply believes humans need and innately desire connection. Over the last year, I had lost or pushed away many friends and family. True colors of people I thought I knew were revealed. I received a blunt, long lesson in conditional/unconditional love and the human flaws of judgement, stubbornness, and resentment. This lesson started to make me jaded and question my true quality of trusting everyone. Now, I know I am far from perfect, but I am aware and have been working to learn and accept my flaws. But this arena of my life was now in a whole new light.

Now, in 2015, I am focusing intensively on these 5 areas in my life. Every 4-6 weeks, I will be posting my personal updates for you to follow along if you wish. Stay tuned tomorrow as I reveal the changes I have made and the progress results from the first 6 weeks of Renewal Project 2015.

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Success Saturday: Christy P.

I’ve known Christy since before high school, and we reconnected a couple of years ago on social media. I’ve seen her progress continue, all because of her amazing dedication to her goal!

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1. Why did you decide to lose weight/change your lifestyle? (Any and all
 reason)

In August 2013, I decided I wanted more out of life. I wanted to feel better, have more energy and have more confidence in myself. I was tired of coming home after work everyday and taking a nap.

2. What exercise did you do? (List everything)
 
I started out walking in September. I added a community ed exercise class (it included step aerobics, kick boxing and strength training) in October. I joined a gym in November that offers body pump and Zumba. 

3. How did you change your eating habits?
I use my fitness pal to track my calorie intake. I cut out soda’s all together. I only eat red meat every once in awhile. I either eat baked tilapia or chicken and sliced turkey. I have increased my vegetable and fruit intake. I eat breakfast now and I have added snacks to my day. 

4. Did you use any nutritional supplements?
 
The only thing that I have used is Spark. I started using that about two months ago. 

5. Did you have support? (Group, friend, online community, etc.)

Yes, all of my family and friends have been very supportive. I also follow many pages on FB.

6. What do you feel is the top thing you’ve gotten out of your journey?

Not to give up on your dream because of a few unhealthy decisions or days. 

7. What is your next goal?

 I still have a ways to go so I just want to keep up my steady pace and boost my strength training as I go. 

If you have a success story you would like to share, please contact me at jockinaskirt@gmail.com

Gratitude Journal

This post was spawned off a post on my personal FB page, with friends wanting some clarification on how I started my gratitude journal.

I started journaling again heavily in November since I was struggling with several deeply personal issues, and it helped…to an extent. Yet over the past weekend, I started a gratitude journal following a format from Craig Ballantyne, editor of Early To Rise, and it’s been helping me shift focus from word-vomiting, so to speak, to taking life in fully and being thankful for the little things on even seemingly not so great days or moods.

My special journal for gratitude. Bright, cheery, and always easy to find.

My special journal for gratitude. Bright, cheery, and always easy to find.

Craig posted about it on earlytorise.com a while back. I had saved the post for future reference to just buy his journal (a.k.a, his black book) he offered, but I realized I needed a shift in my journaling asap because I wasn’t making the progress I felt I needed to make. I picked up the nearest notebook, pulled up the bookmarked post on my phone and read about his GODDA approach to journaling. I’ve termed his approach the 5×5 format, and within days…it’s helping in little things and big things, even just slightly. Here’s how I’ve formatted my journal pages.

At the top of the page, I date it for the day that is ending or for the day before (I often journal first thing in the morning.)

The First 5:

G (Gratitude): Your individual gratefulness for one thing in your life.

O (Opportunity): This is your “Get To” place.  An opportunity or more than one you are looking forward to, in any aspect of your life.

D (Did): One thing you did that made you feel accomplished

D (Do): What important thing you will do

A (Appreciation): Who do you appreciate in your life for the day? I’ve started listing at least 5 people and short reasons why I appreciate them that day. This can be anyone!

The Last 5:

Here, I have a numbered list of 5 things I have accomplished/achieved for the day. On days where I have kid-focused days (better known as school holidays), I make sure I write down activities, jokes, stories, etc. about what we did that day as well as actions I’m working really hard on with the boys, like “I didn’t yell that day” or “I didn’t get bossy with T”. I do the same on lazy days because being relaxed and chill is a huge accomplishment for this on-the-go mom.

The 5x5 Format

The 5×5 Format

I truly hope that if you begin a gratitude journal and use this format that you find it easy and beneficial. I know if I ever meet Craig Ballantyne in person, he’s getting a huge hug from me. Ha!

Reduce Heat…

Reduce Heat

 

Many conversations in my house this week have revolved around the topic of anger and intense emotional states as well as actions taken during that kind of emotion. We’ve talked about how we feel, things that happened to cause anger and intense emotion, what should have been done, what could have been done, etc.  One of these such conversations happened while I was cooking one of dinners this week, and the mantra was manifested in our house.

Reduce heat and simmer. 

It’s the simple idea of cooling down before you irrationally do something or say something that could be harmful to you, the person involved, even affecting people you may not realize that could be affected.  We’ve all heard it before in many ways (think before you speak sound familiar?), but this was one of those moments that just made it click, you know? 

We’re all human. To feel is human. To get angry is human. To get emotional is human. That’s the joy of being human. But the GRACE of being human is to recognize that you can change everything by

Reducing heat and simmering

Emotions can cloud words and actions. Speaking and acting in that intense state won’t convey what you really want to convey. Let peace settle in before you react. 

Reduce heat and simmer.

On a physical sense, being angry and intense just stresses your body out. Your body uses all your energy feeling so much that it’s totally drained for any positive action, except maybe sleep. Not to mention potential digestive issues and headaches you can be prone to with prolonged emotional intensity. You can’t be the best you can be holding all of that it…so, let it go, release it, or as in the house of the Jock in a Skirt…

Reduce heat and simmer.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope this post finds you ready for the holiday surrounded by friends, family, and gratitude. I hope you are happy on your journey, and celebrate this holiday by remembering what or who brings you value to your life.

Over the last month, I’ve been working on ideas to update this site for you, my readers, so after the long wonderful holiday, you will slowly see the changes coming.  Again, I wish you an amazing Thanksgiving.

 

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The Weekly Chase #5

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The fact that this post wasn’t scheduled to post Monday morning should give you an idea of how my week kind of is going! It’s been insane…all in a good way though.

Last week’s list of goals:

Goal #1: Make sure I get my cross-training and yoga in along with my 3 marathon training runs. I was spot on with my running and cross training. I probably could have used another yoga session though.

Goal #2: Eat clean and eat as plant-based as possible. I did okay with eating clean, but not really with plant-based. I really wanted the meat. But the beer over the weekend …  I earned those carbs.

Goal #3: Wake up early. This is getting more difficult as my schedule demands increase along with my training mileage. I’m all about getting enough sleep right now.

Goal #4: Book, Focus, Build, Consistency. I read. I focused. I built. All on a small forward scale.

This week’s list of goals:

Goal #1: 3 yoga sessions with my 3 training runs. My hips are aching for some yoga….so this is a must.

Goal #2: Eat clean and eat as plant-based as possible. Revisiting this one again to really focus on eating plant-based.

Goal #3: Schedule self-assessments. I’ve been going through a pretty major part of my mental and emotional, heck, even spiritual, journey. To keep the right frame of mind, I find that self-assessing on a daily and even sometimes multiple times throughout the day, I stay right where I need to be to be the best Carin I can be.

Goal #4: Book, Focus, Build, Consistency . Same business goals for the week too. Keeping the same goal helps keep me consistent. We all know consistency is key!

What are your goals for this week? Please share!

One Word Wednesday: Strength

Strength

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What does “strength” mean to you?