If you remember, as we started on this journey together, we talked about all the self-defeating thoughts that might creep into your head, as you start down this new road and try to meet new challenges and goals. We've spent a LOT of time shooting down these excuses and ways you talk yourself out of stepping up and becoming a better person, saving what I think is the most deflating obstacle of all...that little voice in your head that constantly says "I can't!"...for last.
I struggle with this one, too. It seems that whenever I start to gain momentum on something I've been working towards, whether it be triathlon training, a new work-out, or even this blog, and am just about to leap to the next level, the chatter starts in my head...just when I need to dig a little deeper, work a little harder, ask a little more of myself, I hear the whisperings of "I can't!" start in my head. It's weird how that little whisper becomes a loud echo that reverberates through me, until it physically manifests with me giving up on myself.
It's amazing how much of our power we give away to something so small...how we let it so completely deflate us...
Hello, all! Project Supermom's Facebook page now has over 100 fans!!...a milestone in the pursuit of a dream. Join the fun at http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/p...3845776?ref=ts. I look forward to continuing on spreading the word. Before I do, my deepest thanks to my husband, for supporting my frequent bombardment of Project ideas. Also, to my gal pals...my closest for your enthusiastic encouragement, those newer for your suprising support...I appreciate your props. Lastly, thank you to my very young son...when in doubt, I just have to look at you to find the motivation, my beautiful boy!
Think about it...the voice inside YOUR head is the one that you hear most often. You are alone with that voice all day long, day in and day out. If you allow this constant chatter to take on a negative tone (I hate myself, I'm ugly, I wish I had this or that, I'm fat, if only I looked like that, I can't, etc.) you will just continue to hold yourself back. So, what to do? When those negative thoughts start to creep up, squelch them, and think of something about yourself or your life that is good...I am sure there are plenty of examples you could pick from, if you'd quit feeling sorry for yourself.
No one and nothing can make you happy but you, no matter how much you want to place that responsibility on someone (spouse, family, kids, friends) or something (more money, a nicer car, a bigger house, a luxurious vacation) else. Let's work on changing the dialogue...
Me, enjoying a famous Fenway Frank in Fenway Park, during a private party for our conference group. And, no, I didn't stop at one! People couldn't believe I would eat a hot dog, being that I'm a champion of healthy living. But that's the point of livng a healthy lifestyle...I make the right decision on what to eat, most of the time, but there has to be room for treats...something so many of us think we have to live without, in the name of being healthy or dieting. You cannot live your whole life restricting yourself from enjoying the occassional indulgence. Where's the fun in that? So, I took full advantage of the situation, and had a couple beers, popcorn, fries...and, it was when I happily started in on my second hot dog that this picture was taken, as proof that this Supermom eats healthfully, works out hard, has a goal weight to attain, but is capable of setting all that aside for a brief moment to treat myself, along the way!
Looking for a way to get motivated about working out or just trying to jazz up your routine? Join Beachbody Coach and fellow Supermom, Trisha Cavanaugh, for the Fit by the Fourth challenge! Talk about a great way to jumpstart your summer fitness and nutrition plan...and, oh, did I mention that the challenge is FREE? Simply follow the instructions below to sign-up and join. Don't have any Beachbody DVDs? See Trisha to order one (I live and die by P90X) that will fit your needs or see if a buddy or your local library has copies. No idea about Shakeology? It's a shake mix used in smoothies; the chocolate is good, and Trisha can suggest recipes for you to try...she may also have samples, if you ask nicely. Don't want to spend the money? Okay, join us for the competition anyway, and reward yourself, if you hit your goals. Not interested in this at all?...well, whatevs! Here's the information:
A 7 week summer "get fit" challenge which begins May 17 and ends on the Fourth of July. Workout, get healthy, and feel great by Independence Day. It is motivation, accountability, and friendly competition...all participants benefit!
1. go to https://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/s...ingRepId=37009 and get your FREE Team Beachbody membership...it needs to say TRISHACAV will be your Coach.
2. order Shakeology or your favorite Beachbody workout program if you don't have one under your Beachbody membership
3. take "before" photos and measurements of your biceps, thighs, and waist.
1. email me your photo and measurments once a week (so by the end I need to have 8 photos of your "transformation", including your "before" and "final" photo)
2. replace Shakeology with one meal everyday
3. workout to your favorite Beachbody program with appropriate rest days
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An early happy Mother's Day wish, from Project Supermom, to all you supermoms out there...may you soar!
Dieting, in this country, seems to be more focused on quick, dramatic results, rather than a sustainable plan. So, if we don't see a 10-pound weight loss within the first couple of weeks, we feel like we've failed. Then, it's back to the drawing board, bag of chips and Mountain Dew in hand, to nurse our bruised ego and to look for the next weight-loss magic formula that will transform us into lean machines in just days with minimal education, effort, or thought required. Of course, judging by the obesity stats, in this country, this won't get us the results we want either, and the cycle just continues.
It's not about a quick fix. You need to start thinking of a plan that you can live with for, well, the rest of your life! Because this is what we're talking about here...a LIFE-LONG path filled with healthy habits. You may drift off to the side of the path (vacations, illness, injury, holidays, etc.), but it is still there, headed in the direction you had wanted to go, once you get back on it. Taking care of yourself is a long road that you will travel on for the rest of your life!
Well, here we are...all done shooting down some of the excuses ("I can't blah-blah-blah") running through your head, at the mere thought of starting down the road of being healthier...of being happier. Still hearing that negative chatter? Flip back through some old posts for a refresher on overcoming those hesitations, and let's do this!
Getting to first base is as simple as getting familiar with your caloric intake versus. output. Yes, I know that all these diets and pills and magic formulas want to make it SOOOO much more complicated than that, but it really is as simple as being aware of how much you're shoving in your face and how much of that you are burning off. You can probably guess that eating better costs less than eating garbage, while exercising gives you more wiggle room to work with...a natural progression towards a healthier lifestyle.
So, how do we know our calorie alotment? There are numerous free calorie counters on-line that will figure out your intake needs, based on height, weight, age, gender, and activity level. Here's a link to one of the calculators that I've used (thank you, Trisha!): http://teambeachbody.com/eat-smart/n.../caloric-needs. Once you get your number, start to pay attention to the calories in the foods you're eating and compare to your actual intake needs. You may be surprised at the very vast difference between what your body actually needs and what you're giving it...surprised at the high caloric cost of foods that don't even fill you up or make you feel good...maybe not so surprised at how those "little" splurges really add up. Get on base, so that you can start closing that gap!
My first full triathlon competition is a stones' throw away. I have experienced so many new and powerful emotions lately, getting ready for this race, having never really participated in athletics...overwhelmed, excited, jittery, anxious. I feel the weight of what I'm about to do, resting on my shoulders, although not in a bad way. I have put in the training...my equipment is primed and ready to go...I have that somewhat calm realization that my moment is here.
This is not just a race to me. It is the culmination of so many things, mostly the undeniable truth that no matter how bad I put myself down in my head, I have gotten myself here and am about to do something I have admired, from afar, for a long time...something I never thought I could do...that I could never be this girl...that this dream was meant for someone else...somebody more capable...somebody stronger...someone better. But, here I am. I learned what had to be done, laid out a plan to get me there, and put in the work...I committed my MIND! I finally, for once, gave myself the chance to prove to MYSELF that I am capable, I am strong, I can be better, and that I can achieve my dreams, too!
"I can almost see it...that dream I'm dreaming" --The Climb, Miley Cyrus
Race day was full of craziness, chaos, pain, fear, doubt, mistakes, exhileration, relief, and joy! My times were 21:06 swim, 51:48 bike, and 31:17 run...I have completed my first triathlon...I am now a triathlete! This realization was something I quietly mulled over, scrubbing poop out of my son't bathtub, that very evening...another first for me, I might add. I laughed at the irony of the day being filled with two milestones, both of which being badges I could wear with honor...both being war stories I will reflect back on throughout my life...both very much highlighting that balance between me and motherhood.
It is being able to find that balance that makes us supermoms. So, I ask, what is your "triathlon"? As you're knee-deep in motherhood, what are you doing to train for your own race?