The Year of Learning How to Surrender

In past years I had tried making New Years Resolutions, but to no avail they never stick.  So I decided to do something a little different this year.  I would think of a word that would help define my 2016.   It took a while for me to figure it out, but the word came to me last night.  The word for my 2016 is: Surrender.

The last couple of months have not been the easiest for me health wise. Nothing too serious and it isn’t life threatening, but it is very annoying and there are days where I feel like the health issues control my life.  Last night was one of those nights, but it also was different because that was also my breaking point.  It was clear, I needed to surrender and let it go.  I suck at that, always have, but this is the year where I am going to grow in that area.  It’s not just going to help in health issues that I may have, but also other areas of my life, whether that be in relationships, or jobs etc.

So the motto for the year for me is “Let Go, and Let God” and remember that I cannot control every little thing in my life.

An Ode to the Annual Food Coma

To say that I am beyond stuffed from all the eating I did today would probably be the ultimate understatement of the year.

Even though the food is always a big hit when it comes to Thanksgiving, it is never the most important thing.  For me, it is a day to reflect on the things that I am thankful for, and a day to reflect on what has happened over the past 11 months.

I was talking to my friend tonight as we were working on dinner and we were telling each other what we were thankful for and I realized I have a lot to be thankful for.

First of all, I have a roof over my head and I am able to live in LA and pursue my dreams. I am also thankful for my family and friends that are there for me and support me in anything that I set my mind to.

I am also thankful for the job that I had with Wag for a few months.  I may not be working there anymore, but my time there left an impact in my life and I met some pretty awesome people that have impacted my life in many ways.

I am thankful that I have good health. It may not be perfect, but it could be worse and I am thankful that it is not.

I am thankful for a certain someone who has been a positive influence in my life and helped me grow and step out of my comfort zone in ways that I did not expect.

I am thankful that I found my voice through writing and for starting my blog earlier this year.

And last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for all of you, my readers, who put up with me randomness and are there for me when I need to vent and voice my opinion on things.  Thank you all.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

What are some things you are thankful for?

The Road to a Healthy Life

My best friend Heather Schultz just uploaded a video today talking about her fitness routine and as I was watching the video I thought about what I do to stay healthy and fit and what I can do better.

I have never really been one of those people that exercised on a regular basis. Growing up my parents, doctors, and physical therapists would always get on my case about how much I did NOT exercise and how much more I should. I can basically chalk it up to the fact that I was just plain lazy and the fact that I did not like how much it hurt to stretch. But as the years have gone by I have noticed how important it is for me to exercise because it will ultimately help my muscles.

Over the past six months or so I have found myself exercising and stretching more. I tend to exercise with Heather in the mornings and kick some ass by listening to Billy Blanks and doing Tai Bo. I have found though that while the cardio is always good, the stretching is the most important for me, especially the leg lifts (which believe me can be a pain in the ass, but no pain no gain right?)

Eating right is also an important factor. I will admit that I have eaten out a lot in the past and most of the time it has been crap food that is not good for me. But over the last few months I have been more cautious about what I eat. I will make sandwiches, have some Lean Cuisine, or make a salad with some kale, tomatoes and carrots. I have also been a huge Pepsi drinker and I have cut back on my soda intake and substituted it for carbonated flavored waters. The only time that I will have a soda most of the time is when we do go out to eat, and even then I make sure that I have something more on the healthier side to eat.

So, now, I am going to turn the tables onto you and ask you what you do to stay healthy. Do you eat well? Do cardio? Run? I would love to hear your stories. Please leave them below! 🙂