Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

First, this morning I am thankful that I gave my Bootcampers the day off and was able to wake up two hours later than any other Thursday of the year.  :)
What stands out the most in my mind this morning was reinforced with a baby's tee shirt that I just came upon on Pinterest. ( this quiet morning has allowed for me to discover Pinterest) It said, "I am why we can't have nice things".  That's it right there... I am thankful that my "nice things" are the 3 most amazing people in the whole wide world.  I am thankful that our lifestyles allow for us to teach our boys to dream and reach big but keep each day and hour simple.  Yesterday, we made their "what I am thankful for" turkeys.  Pierce's first feather was "Kade".  Kade's first feather was "Pierce".  Without a second of thought, they were first thankful for each other.  Next Kade said, "wood".  Of course I LOL'd! "Kade, why wood?" As I wrote it on his next feather he said, "We wouldn't have our house without wood, Mom!".  They continued their feathers with "Mom, Dad, everyone, Pinella, and Oliver, and toys".  But the top two warm my heart and remind us it's what holds the home together, not the house...that really counts. 
We must look into the future, and teach our children to do the same.  However, more importantly I think we should try to live in the moments that make up each day, so that when we get to the future, we have less regrets of being preoccupied while living our lives.  Kids teach us that, and sometimes that's why we lose our patience with them . They are just living in the moment and being thankful for  the simple things like wood and toys  ;)

Friday, November 18, 2011

MMMmmmmmarathon Prequel ;)

A lot of my job as a personal trainer, and group fitness instructor is helping my clients find ways to "heart and mind over matter" whatever the obstacle at hand is. We can all be just a little bigger and stronger than anything that lies in our way as long as we think we can.  I do owe a lot of this- sounding like an old inspirational CD on repeat- to my Mom. She is the one that helped me chant, "I think I can", as I did anything that was difficult for me from as far back a I can remember. As I grew into a pre-teen and she was still trying to make us all sing, "I am woman, hear me roar" while trying to put up a tent together....It all became corny and cheesy to me.  And there were definitely times, even a short ago as when I was in labor with my two boys, that I wanted to throw something at her head for being SO positive when I felt SO low.  But ya know worked!! Always.. "it" works.  Being "glass half full" will always accomplish more than "glass half empty".   For the next two weeks and one day, I will think of and repeat to myself every positive, inspiring, motivational saying that I have heard from my Mom or anywhere else in my 28 years.
Maybe tomorrow I will not feel this nervous. This week, I have been very nervous about my morning on Dec. 3rd. I know my body is strong, which I am so very thankful for. I know I WILL cross the finish line and get my medal.  I also KNOW it will be hard! The running books, blogs, etc. are right one thing for sure... Marathon training is every bit as much for your mind as it is for your body.  Three, Four, heck maybe even 5 hours of running is a long dang time!
So...why do it?  to make a long answer short...  Why Not??!!
I think life challenges keep us human, humble, and limitless.
I sure hope I finish as strong as my Pierce can!! ;)