Within the last couple of years, my family and I have been through a ton of life changes including big changes such as, moving to a different city, paying a Mortgage for the first time :) and childbirth (growing our family to 4)!  We have also been through littler (still hugely important) changes such as health & nutrition, fitness and just the simple growth of our family as a whole.  It is all life changing no matter how you slice it.  I’m sure most of you reading this can relate, even if you haven’t been through such changes in your own life, but different changes.  All it takes is ONE day to change the rest of your life and that day can be something so small to others yet so huge to you.  This feeling of change and how it affects you is all that really matters…right?  I think so…  It’s not what other people think about it…it’s what it means to you and how it makes you feel!

I read one of the most simple yet powerful quotes recently and would like to share it.

If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.  -Buddha

Gosh, I could probably rant about what this quote means to me and all the ways it has affected me, but that won’t do much.  What I will say is that I think it is extremely powerful and has a simplicity to it that grabs me and inspires me to get on that “path or direction” if I’m not already on it.  It really makes you think!  Are you facing the right direction?  Are your days filled with things or people who truly make you happy?  If so, keep on keepin’ on my friend.  That’s something people look for their entire lives and it can be right in front of their nose if they just stop to notice.  Usually change starts with YOU, not anything else…just YOU.  Look no further.  Find what it is that makes you happy, go get it and “KEEP ON WALKING!”

This life is one shot to make it exactly what I want.  I have quickly learned not to spend all of it wasted on things or people who don’t add the richness and enlightenment I need in order to stay on that path.  With that being said, I am proud to have Matt, my family members and all of the wonderful friends and beautiful people in my life who DO add so much richness, light and LOVE.  You know who you are.  Thank you for that.

I am so incredibly proud and excited about this years health and fitness goals Matt and I have which is my reason for sharing it here.  We have both always been into living a healthy lifestyle, but as anyone can attest, it’s just not as easy as we’d like it to be, seeing as how we have an incredible LOVE for food!  All types.  Yes.  No one who is truly fit will say that it came easy.  I’m just not buying it.  It takes an incredible amount of dedication, focus, drive and HARD WORK.  That’s why it’s called a “workout” folks.  Do work, get results.  Do great work consistently, get GREAT results.

BATB- our first competition

Cleans. BATB.

This year I am trying to set a few goals for myself (and us together) so we can look back and feel accomplished in this area in our lives.  It’s a big deal to us and it makes us happy when goals (big or small) are hit.  Fitness (or getting into shape, staying in shape) IS JUST NOT EASY!  Period.  So, to hit any type of goal that you have set for yourself, be it fitness or not, is just outright amazing.  Hell yeah!  Keep it up and remember how that feeling made you feel for motivation for the next goal and inspiration for that growth to keep on growing into something more and more GREAT every day.  I like the idea of having personal goals, fitness driven or not, but this all stems from wanting and willing to grow and transform into the best version of ME there is.  This type of growth is something I will strive for my entire life.  I’m committed to that and happier than ever to say so.  My BoomBOX Crossfit coach, Eric Salsedo said it best in one of his blog posts,

Let’s never lose focus on why we started crossfit in the first place, I’m always trying to remind people in the gym to not only work on goals, but growth!  What happens when you meet a goal?  Will you have that sense of accomplishment?  Probably, but was it as good as you thought it would be ?  What happens now?  Is it over?  Do you just stop?  If you focus on growth, it never ends… Attempt to just grow and evolve into a better you.  The growth process never ends and the best thing about it is that it will never give you a false sense of accomplishment.  Always look to grow in all aspects of life…

Matt and I both really liked the way Eric put it.  Growth and “balance” play a similar role whereas I think having balance is an important key to successful growth.  Part of a healthy lifestyle is having the right balance.  I’m working on better day-to-day “balancing” (or juggling) as we speak, but it’s just not something that is accomplished overnight and you’re done.  Finding balance in your everyday life is a constant.  It takes time, effort, the willingness to change, patience, faith and CONFIDENCE.  Right now, the balance I am seeking is a smooth way to intertwine work and play, not only with the kids, but with my husband and my friends/family as well.  Attaining that type of balance is hard!  We always have so much going on all the time which is a perfect example of balance (or imbalance) because most of the reason why we’re as busy as we are is because we are tying to balance our BUSY social life with our kids’ schedules, our personal schedules, etc!  It can be overwhelming at times and we come to the realization sometimes that maybe we are too busy.  Just realizing that is the first step in finding that center again and re-focusing on the things that matter most to us, hence; finding a better balance.  Like I said before, it’s a constant effort to find this medium, but worth every stride.

So… this year, it is my plan (so far) is to complete at least 3 (three!) 5K’s (running/jogging) and to do at least 1 Mud Run.  At the end of the year, I want to look back and say that I gave it my everything and whether all goals were hit or not, I hope I can at least say that the growth attained along the way was nothing short of worth it.  As of today, I am signed up for Chelsea’s Run at Balboa Park on March 2nd with a group of my amazing girlfriends in honor of Chelsea.  It’s for a great cause and feels good to accomplish an organized run/walk at the same time, especially when doing so in support.  I WILL be running this, which is a personal goal within the goal itself, as I have never completed a 5K having run/jogged the entire thing.  I have also signed Matt and I up for the Pendleton Mud Run in June with a good friend of ours who does them quite consistently.  So needless to say, it will be a challenge for us to keep up, as it’s our first Mud Run, but we’re ready for the challenge!!  It’s right up our alley and we’re ready to kick some ass.  Looks like I’ve got a few more runs to sign up for as of now, but I think those are hefty fitness goals for 2013 as it is, so I will stick to the plan and anything accomplished outside of these personal goals is a bonus :)  A big bonus.

I will be sure to post pictures from these events as they unfold, so be sure to check back ;)

Please feel free to share with me your personal goals, lifestyle changes, motivators, success stories, etc!  I am easily inspired and would love any chance at change, the opportunity to grow and/or new ideas.  I get motivation and inspiration from all avenues including friends, family, my children, the internet, television, Facebook, Pinterest… all of it!  I’d love some from you ;)

Hope you enjoyed my LIFESTYLE page.

Much love, and happiness!!


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