Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Moving, Stress, Life

The Marina, GTMO Cuba
Moving back to the U.S. has been so challenging. I will have to classify this as one of the most stressful moves we have ever had. We have moved with him, without him, with an infant, with grown kids, across the state lines and across the states... they are all stressful in their own way, but this time around things just didn't fall into place as they should quickly enough.

I guess that's what happens when you move from the simple, few options, slow pace world of Guantanamo to the extreme opposite world of Washington DC.

To make matters worse for me I have not been teaching fitness classes, at least not to a group.  However, I have been focusing on taking additional courses and getting certified to be a ProTrainer with FiTOUR, Yay for me!! I have applied for jobs and hope someone will give me a chance to show them my stuff.  By the same token, I'm not desperate.  I am taking my time and know that the right job teaching or otherwise will present itself at the right time.


We finally have a house. We have an address.  Whew! It took so long to get it all together. I was so stressed with the process of buying this house I thought I would have a breakdown. I can honestly say that many times I just felt defeated. I wanted someone else to come in (say the Housing Office, a distant cousin maybe) and make some decisions for me.  I am surrounded by family and friends right here in town and many more at the touch of a button, an iPhone button, but still I felt like I was alone in making decisions. Bottom line, I was sweating the small stuff.

I reached a point of enlightenment. Took a deep breath and smiled, it also helped that I started reading funny books and watching funny TV shows. I felt the weight of my stress leave my tense body and just rolled with what was presented to me in the moment. I did not worry about past decisions, did not worry about the "what ifs" and focused only on present time. I had to do this for me because I know my kids will appreciate having a mommy who was here with them, in the moment.

This is our move-in week! I am so excited I could hardly wait to see the moving truck pull up to the house.  Yes, I am looking forward to unpacking. I'm looking forward to fall decorating because it's just not the same without the 50 degree weather. I'm looking forward to Halloween, fall foods, and getting settled.  The more excited I get, the more excited the kids get to move...AGAIN!

"Sad Girl"

STRESS is your body's way of responding to demands. It isn't always bad.  When I'm preparing for a long run (10K or more for me) or a job interview I feel a certain level of stress.  My senses are heightened, I work harder, move faster to get things done=good stress.  Then there's the bad stress.  That's when I stop functioning, can't sleep, feel muscle aches, and can't think.  That kind of stress we MUST recognize and correct ASAP!  I want the adrenaline rush of the good stress that will help me unpack and get my new home settled in less then a week, guaranteed.  In fact I probably wont sleep but it will not be because I'm upset but because I'm so excited that I just need to keep going.

To help me now and in the coming months I started reading a blog called Abundance Tapestry where the author, Evelyn, helps her clients find peace within themselves.  I ran across one of her recent articles, actually, I get her updates delivered to my inbox and just recently received this one "How to Meditate Easily." I read through it and realized she was addressing me. Not being able to shut my thoughts down, that's where the problem lies.  I can probably only mediate for a few minutes at a time before my brain begins planning something but I'm working on it. She has helped me in the past, probably during other moves...ha ha! But this time I am really feeling the love.

So I must ....

-continue to exercise!
-continue to eat healthy!
-make time to play with the kids and meet the neighbors!
-make time to relax, wind down and sleep!
-make time to meditate!

Stay Well!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Running to work!

"running trail"

I have been out of work for two months now and literally feeling a little lost and somewhat insignificant. My passion is to work with people, help them make and reach goals, make them sweat! 

While I'm in this very long state of transition I have been running. Doing Pilates and core strength. I have to do something to maintain my sanity :-)

I hope to start teaching again soon or I just might stop random people at the store or the street and making them GET DOWN AND GIVE ME 50!!

But seriously, I have to stay active on my own. Must stay motivates and strong!

What types of exercises do you do that do not include a gym or equipment?

Off for a walk... Through the store of course!

Stay Well, 


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Say I CAN, Say I WILL...

I was thinking....

"When you recognize that failing doesn't make you a failure, you give yourself permission to try all sorts of things." ~Lauren Fleshman, American track and field athlete

We are so darn hard on ourselves.

We start our day thinking we're going to fail and therefore there's no point in trying.

Sometimes we just don't bother to give ourselves a break.


It's something we just do to ourselves. So how do we stop the cycle of negative I cant's?

Well I think one way is to begin by changing those pesky words in our minds.  Start saying I can but don't set a time limit.  Don't say I can next week because that's just setting yourself up to fail. Instead say I can and I will (health permitting) and then just go do what you set out to do.

When I speak with someone who wants to lose weight, lots of weight tomorrow I remind them that it is NOT possible to lose a lot of weight or body fat over night, rather take your time and go at it slowly and you'll find yourself feeling healthy before you notice the weight loss.

Magazines with perfect everything in pictures are most damaging.  Perfect marriages, perfect husband, perfect kids, perfect homes, perfect skin and body.... come one people. Seriously now. NO ONE IS PERFECT! No man, no woman, no kid.. no one!

The grass is always greener on the other side. Then you go to the other side and find out that it's astro turf! Ha! 

  • Start by loving who you are and what you have. 
  • Keep in mind that some of things we complain about are "first world problems."
  • Write down goals, share them with friends and family. Let them know what your plans are for improving...whatever it is you wish to improve.
  • Be proactive, plan in advance and plan with a positive goal in mind.
  • Don't ever say I cant or I'll try just say I WILL!

Believe me. I've spent some time living the military life, married to the same guy, and raising 4 kids. I have had my share of "I wish I had her life" moments and then found out I was glad I didn't have her life.

It's time to forgive yourself a little more and give yourself a break. Learn to love yourself and you will become a much happier you.

Love this quote:

Stay Well!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Guantanamo Bay Cuba

Celebrating our world Tuesday.  These are but a few of the 1000's of photos I have from our tour in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Enjoy!

Childs play in the waves at Windmill Beach

A quiet day. Marine Site inlet.

Bouy 6 on the bay.

The docking pier at the Marina.

Sunsets. Always beautiful.

If you wish to learn more about life in Guantanamo Bay visit

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Wellsphere(r) Healthy Living Tips

I love getting healthy living tips in my inbox. I like how it gets me going, gives me new meal and exercise ideas and just motivates me to do what I know I need to do or just motivates me to move.  I'd like to share one of my favorite emails... Wellsphere(r) is a website full of great information about many different topics relating to healthy living and wellness. Go check it out. You'll like it too.

Healthy Cooking: Focus your entrée on vegetables
Select a vegetable main dish, and add other foods to complement.

Exercise: Try interval training
Do bursts of vigorous or intense activity for 2-3 minutes, followed by 3-4 minutes of moderate activity. Repeat.

Organic & Sustainable: Watch for pests:
Watch for the Japanese beetles to arrive when the morning glory vines start to climb.

Weight Loss: Applesauce is a fat substitute
In a baking recipe, use applesauce in place of 1/2 the fat to create a low-fat baking recipe.

Fitness for Moms: Set an example
Your children take their cues from you, so show them how important it is to make regular exercise a part of their lives.

Healthy Eating: Avoid packaged foods with added sugars
Check the ingredients for any kind of sugar, sucrose, glucose, dextrose, corn syrup, honey, and fructose.

Strength Training: Sore is normal
It's normal to feel sore when you first start strength training.

Read more healthy living tips at

Stay well,