I Choose FIGHT!

For those of you new to my story, I’ll bring you up to speed. In 2012 I began a journey that saw me through a significant weight loss, and more exciting, a tremendous life transformation.

I’ve been on this wild ride for almost six years and I’ve experienced a multitude of highs and lows. Keep in mind, I’d previously gained and lost weight throughout my adult life…more like a roller coaster than the yoyo thing, really.

So my history was to lose the weight and then, for whatever circumstances, gain it back, plus more. It was a cycle that left me more ashamed and further defeated each time. Until 2012!

This time was different…SO different! I didn’t just focus on the food this time, so not only did I have the support of a dietitian, but I regularly met with a trainer and a health coach. Work in these areas were key to my lasting success…know how I know? Though I’ve gained back some of that weight over a longer period of time, I’m continually turning toward the issues instead of away from them. Here’s what I mean…

I’ve been taught to mindfully pick apart my behaviors, to pinpoint what needs to be fine-tuned. So lately I’ve noticed that creep on the scale, trending in the wrong direction. I’ve found myself feeling uncomfortable in my own skin again. In the past, I would consider these failure, I’d further busy myself with distraction, give up on me, and proceed to emotionally eat myself back to where I started and beyond.

One of my key, lifelong struggles has been to try to do it all. I know that when my calendar is relatively clear, I’m more in tune with myself. But as soon as I take on too much, spread myself too thin, that whole busyness thing…well, my progress collapses.

Now that I’ve been equipped to pull back and observe self, I’ve noticed some areas I need to revisit to hone a more positive outcome. Number one, I looked at my recent schedule to find there has been a ton of travel combined with a new job and countless epic things going on with my kids…none of it bad, but I have to retool to find myself in all of it, to regain the balance I know is just right there!

Number two, my diet has been off the rails. Am I seriously still dealing with this struggle?!? I could list the reasons, but they would quickly appear a simple laundry list of excuses. It is what it is. I’m on day three of journaling my food and although I hate it more than almost anything, this has to be another big priority for the time being. No excuses!

And number three, though I’m good about staying active, it’s time to refocus those efforts. Again, lots of reasons…frequent injury/arthritis associated pain, the onset of menopause kicking my ass, the reality that I’m older than I was when I started this journey…again, these could be looked at merely as excuses. I’m not going to give up because in doing so, it will all get worse! I’ve been fruitlessly arguing with myself over this part for too long…what a waste of time and energy!

I’ve considered returning to work with a trainer for a while. My strength training has become less and less and I realize it is KEY if I want to turn everything around. I stopped meeting with Kasi about 18 months ago to finally aim for autonomy; when it became clear the ship was sinking on my own, there was only one thing to do. I’ve committed to meeting with her once a month to buoy me back up to a place I can confidently breathe. If I employ that higher level of watching the watcher, I see that this is not failure, this is survival at its best!

Yesterday was our first session back together. My previous apprehension about it is gone. I know I made the right choice. Friends, we can either wallow in the poor me, I can’t do this hard thing alone flight response, or bite the bullet, ask for help, grab someone’s hand and courageously choose to fight together.

Though it can be so, so tough…I’m renewing my vow to choose FIGHT from here on out. Forward really is the only option, an important way for me to put my Best Foot Forward.

Win-It Wednesday New Year’s Edition

Happy New Year, Friends! I was truly inspired by each of your giveaway entry comments…your goals and intentions for 2018 motivate me to move forward with similar aspirations. It’s time to announce the lucky winners for today’s New Year’s Win-It Wednesday!

I want to take this opportunity to thank each of our generous contributors; many thanks to our friends at:

Aurorae Yoga

OOFOS

Rollga

 

Our lucky winners are…

Aurorae Yoga mat, tote & beach towel: Tina 

OOFOS choice of one pair recovery footwear: Julie 

Black & Gold Mix Rollga Warrior foam roller: Missy

Congratulations, Winners! I will email each of you for contact information. Many thanks to all who entered.

Now let’s all get with it, to put in the strong work and focus it will take to achieve our goals and intentions for 2018…putting out Best Foot Forward!

Set Your Intention with Aurorae

Friends, we did it…we survived the hustle and bustle of Christmas! If you’ve stopped by in the past few weeks, you may have caught one or more of my Carla’s Favorite Things posts where I highlighted some of my favorite products for gift-giving suggestions. I purposely held off on one more because this idea is for YOU!

Perhaps you didn’t get quite what you’d hoped for for Christmas. Or maybe (especially if you usually end up buying for yourself) you didn’t get much of anything…this recommendation is just for you! And the timing couldn’t be more perfect!

Those of you who’ve been following me for a while know I LOVE the mindfulness practice of yoga.

If you’ve seen posts on my Facebook page, you know I have a couple pretty sweet yoga mats that come nearly everywhere with me, like to the pool…

Last year, Aurorae generously provided me with a yoga mat, bag and towel in exchange for a review. You can check out what I thought about them here.

That was over a year ago, and that towel still goes on vacation with me because it takes up such little space in my suitcase and dries super quickly!

I have two of Aurorae’s amazing quality mats now and love taking them anywhere I go for a few moments of peaceful retreat…whether it’s here in my neighborhood…

Or on a soulful getaway…

The luxury thickness and durability stand up again and again wherever I go!

As I stated earlier, the timing could not be more perfect for you to peruse the many products on Aurorae’s website.

Why? Now that the demands of the shopping, wrapping, decorating, card writing, mailing, baking, parties and sleeplessness have subsided, it’s time to come back to you. To set an intention for yourself in the new year. If you already practice yoga, a new mat, bag or towel might be just the treat you need to return to your mat with renewed enthusiasm.

Or perhaps you’re brand new to yoga; Aurorae has everything you need!

Setting a new intention with Aurorae is a wonderful way to put your Best Foot Forward in 2018!

Namaste.

Win-It Wednesday Aurorae Yoga Winner

Happy Win-It Wednesday, fellow Friends! I want to take this opportunity to thank the generous folks at Aurorae Yoga for providing the fantastic yoga prize package to help celebrate FIT BFFs’ 3rd Blogiversary…thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

I’m thrilled to announce the winner of the Aurorae yoga mat, Hawaiian Island Afternoon aromatherapy spritz, yoga flip flops and yoga Mat Sack…

Congratulations to Amy P!

I will email you for shipping details, Amy.

Many thanks to all who entered. If you did not win, but are still interested in these and many more amazing products, stop by Aurorae Yoga’s website to see what a wonderful assortment they offer.

Stop back later today when we will continue celebrating with another Win-It Wednesday giveaway!

Win-It Wednesday Aurorae Yoga

Yeah, I know it’s Thursday, I’m running a little late. I couldn’t let FIT BFFs 3rd Blogiversary pass without giving away some gifts.

So here’s the plan…let’s do some fun giveaways for the next few weeks! We’ll start with an incredible yoga gift package from the generous folks at Aurorae. I was so excited when they agreed to provide a prize pack for the occasion, but when they sent me one too, I couldn’t wait to put it to use. I’ve reviewed some of their amazing products before; you can check that out here.

Because I’ve had the pleasure of using Aurorae’s yoga gear in the past, I knew I was in for more of the same. Check out this gorgeous mat I took to a mindful location yesterday…

I enjoyed a peaceful meditation and some sun salutations on cushioned luxury. Aurorae also provided me with their delightful Hawaiian Island Afternoon Aromatherapy Spritz. The delectable scent had me wishing I could drink it…it smelled that delish! A few squirts of the spritz brought me back to the swaying palms and trade winds; the island was calling, Friends!

The experience was exquisite, and when I was finished, I slid into this divine pair of flip flops. These are designed by Aurorae, “… to make your walk as peaceful and mindful as your yoga practice.”

As promised, walking was as if I had never left my yoga mat…ahhh, the comfort!

Friends, here’s the great news, you can enter to win an Aurorae prize package including the yoga mat, aromatherapy spritz, yoga flip flops and one of these fantastic mat saks to make your practice conveniently mobile!

This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US. To enter, simply leave a comment below mentioning a topic you’d like me to discuss in an upcoming post. Want more entries? You can:

Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, July 18th at midnight Central Time. One winner will be randomly drawn and announced Wednesday, July 19th. Good luck, Friends, and NAMASTE!

 

Win-It Wednesday Aurorae

Happy Win-It Wednesday, fellow FIT BFFs! Last week I reviewed some great products from Aurorae. If you missed it, you can check it out here. 

Thanks to the generosity of our great friends at Aurorae, we have partnered to give away their versatile multi-purpose sling yoga backpack…like the one I reviewed to one lucky reader.

I’m a big fan of this bag and know you will be too! But, Friends, that’s not all! The winner of our giveaway will also receive a bottle of Aurorae’s extraordinary scented organic yoga mat wash and microfiber cleaning towel. How awesome is that?!?

To read more about the wonderful active lifestyle and yoga products available from Aurorae, drop by their website here.

To enter, simply leave a comment below between now and Tuesday, May 2nd, midnight central time, sharing what makes you calm in this crazy-paced world, .

You may enter only once on the blog, but can earn one extra entry for doing each of the following:

  • LIKE the FIT BFFs Facebook page if you are new to the page
  • LIKE the Win-It Wednesday post on the FIT BFFs Facebook page
  • COMMENT on the Win-It Wednesday post on FB
  • SHARE the Win-It Wednesday post on FB

Giveaway open to US residents only. Randomly selected winners will be announced here on Win-It Wednesday, May 3rd. Good luck!