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On The Move!

Hey! Hey! I’ve been hard at work attempting to become a self-hosted site and the time has come. This blog is now moving to BananaBuzzbomb.com. Although I still have some work to do, it is now live and kicking. 

Please update your readers, favorites, subscriptions, or what have you. I hope you continue along on my journey!

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

Hate Your Job? Quit!

Your job is a significant part of your day-to-day life.  If you’re miserable with your job chances are your life is miserable as well.

I’ve been trying to rid my life of toxins and stress over the past 2 years.  One thing  I did to achieve this was quit my job.  Not only did I quit my job but I totally switched “careers”.   Although I don’t see my current situation as perfect, I’m moving in the right direction.

If you hate your job it’s time to move on to something else. If I can do it, you can too!

Choo! Choo! The Decision Train Is Rolling!

I have been having minor wig out moments recently.  As you know, I have some OCD-like tendencies.  I like to feel like I have control of the situation.  If I don’t, enter my wigging out.  I know the future is uncertain.  Heck, tomorrow is not guaranteed.  However, I was at the point where I didn’t know what decisions to make or how to implement them since my future is so uncertain. 

On top of that my head has been spinning about planning a vacation for our 10 yr wedding anniversary, creating a race schedule, figuring out a training schedule, getting a coach or not, deciding if I want to join a triathlon team, keeping up with all of my jobs, and becoming a FitFluential Ambassador. Believe it our not, most of these are somehow all interconnected.

As Elphaba would say: It’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes, and leap.  So I did.

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For well over a year we’ve said, “Let’s book a trip to Italy.”  Well, we finally booked it!  This past weekend D and I booked our flights to Italy to celebrate our 10 yr wedding anniversary.  It’s always been my dream to travel to Italy.  Having married at such a young age, having little time to savor our wedding, and having very little funds, a honeymoon wasn’t in our cards.  Thankfully after 4 yrs of marriage we were able to go on vacation and have since been on several wonderful vacations.  With that being said, we always say that we choose our vacations to “make up for our missed honeymoon.”  This definitely fits the bill, as either of us has been to Europe.  We’ve spent countless hours researching, trying to find the best places to stay, which fit into our budget and style.  We area beyond stoked to head to Italy in just a few short months.  I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about this in the future.

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As for creating a race schedule, figuring out a training plan, and deciding on a coach…well that’s still a work in progress.  This is my first off-season as a triathlete and I’ve been kind of like a deer in headlights.  What do I do?  I’ve just been rotating my workouts to cover all of my bases.  Then, adding in trying to train for a half marathon put another spin on it.  Thankfully Laura has come to my rescue and shuffled me along.  I swear I’m beginning to think we were separated at birth or something.  She can read my fears and anxieties as if she’s been through them (maybe she has?) and has provided an abundance of knowledge, guidance, and reassurance just when I thought I was losing my mind.  With her assistance this is what I’ve come up with.  Tentatively I am planning for the Glass City Half Marathon in early spring, have several ideas for smaller triathlons throughout the summer months, finishing up with my “A” race, the Half Rev3, in September.  I plan on focusing on the half marathon throughout the winter months using Hal Higdon’s training schedule, which also includes cross training/strength training days.  Finally, as for a coach/Half Rev3 training plan, I’m still working on that.  I think there’s something coming to fruition that will fit the bill.  I’ll fill you in on that when it becomes available!

I already posted that I have chosen to join the Team Red, White, and Blue Triathlon team, so that’s not really any news.  This was one of the first decisions I made and it helped get the decision train rolling.

Lastly, I have to keep up with my jobs along with adding in FitFluential Ambassador duties.  As you guessed I am a very organized person.  Keeping up isn’t necessarily hard, I just have to use any spare time to my advantage and optimize any time that I do have.  Making lists and crossing off items definitely helps.

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Since I’ve already made some major decisions other things will begin to fall into place.  Now, instead of saying, “What if…” I can say, “When this happens….” I feel more prepared and more in control.  Ahhhh.

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

Where Are You Christmas?

For some reason I am not in the Christmas spirit this year. No matter how hard I try, it’s just not there.

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

You Can Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle Through The Holidays

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through the holiday season can present it’s challenges. As I go through the holiday season this is how I’m maintaining my lifestyle and keeping sanity. I’ve also thrown in a few tips to help you too!

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

Back Bends, Cart Wheels, And Push Ups…Oh My!

In an effort to mix up my routines and bit and focus on some of my weaknesses I’ve been implementing a few things.

Weights - Weights intimidate me. Sounds crazy, but they just do.  If I’m going to do something, I want to do it right.  When it comes to running, each person has their own form.  Although certain forms are better than others there’s really not too many ways you can go wrong.  I see weights as a totally different animal.  I don’t want to hurt myself by having poor form. I have no knowledge of form when it comes to lifting.  I could watch videos on the internet, but I think this is something I’d rather do with a someone in person. Although I’d like to add some weight lifting to my routine, a weight trainer isn’t in the cards at this very moment.  In the meantime my plan is to continue doing research and possibly add some small free weights to my routine.

Plank A Day - Thanks to the #plankaday tweeps on twitter I was made aware of Plank A Day.  I initially started with 15 second planks and am now up to 60 sec0nd planks.  I do about 6 planks a day.  I hope to continue to increase in time and amount of planks as time goes on. This will help strengthen my core and may even help my arm strength a bit.  I also think this may help get even more comfortable in the aero position.

Back bends - I was in dance (Tap, Jazz, Gymnastics) for 11 years.  I was super flexible and miss my flexibility.  I’ve taken the time over the past week to work on getting back into doing back bends.  Holy crap, I can’t believe how hard they were initially.  I’m getting old.  But, I’ve gone from laying on my back going into back bends and am at the point where I can stand up from a back bend.  Today D helped spot me while I went into back bends from a standing position.  Once I get comfortable with that my plan is to attack front walkovers. Like I said, I hope this helps my flexibility.  I’ve already seen a huge difference.  I’m sure this can’t hurt my core, but mostly it’s just fun =)

Cart Wheels - A fellow tweep, Skibba Doo, has the goal of crossing the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Strip At Night Half Marathon finish line with cart wheels.  She was looking for other tweeps to join in.  Unfortunately I can’t make it to the race, but it gave me the idea of adding cart wheels to my mix.  Kind of like back bends, this is mostly in fun.  Just like back bends, after not having done one in years I was amazed how sore I was after I only did a few. Although I don’t expect much out of this other than a smile I can see it possibly helping my core, flexibility, and arm strength.

Push ups - Prior to 2007 running was my biggest challenge.  I’ve been able overcome this challenge and quite obviously run regularly.  Next to running I think push ups would be the next hardest thing for me to overcome.  My ability to do push ups is basically non-existent.  I’ve attempted them many times with no luck.  It’s time to make it happen.  With the help of twitter and D I’m ready to take on the challenge. Today was my first official day on the 100pushups challenge.  I’ll be honest I was hurting and to the point of tears in frustration, but I kept on.  Trust me, I’ll get there.  It will happen.

My push up motto?

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

Before Reaching For A Pill, Make Some Changes!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, although I do have a history of bipolar depression with OCD-like tendencies. Like so many, depression runs heavy in my family.  I believe there is a time and place for medications and personally feel that so often medications are overused.  To many my beliefs may be controversial.  This post isn’t about being controversial.  It’s my hope that it will help people, even if only one person, to re-examine their life to see where they can make changes and become less dependent of medications. 

Let’s go back 15+ years ago. I had a zest for EVERY part of life.  Nothing anyone could do or say would bring me down.  I bounced back from any setback in an instant.  Barring my OCD-like tendencies (that I kept hidden from everyone) and my history of being a worrywart, I didn’t have many cares in the world.  Fast-forward 10 years, to 2007.  My OCD tendencies had become known, they were at an all-time high and my bipolar-like personality had me at my wits end….not to mention my husband too. We had a discussion and felt it was time to talk to a doctor.  I set an appointment, was clinically diagnosed with high anxiety and bipolar disorder, prescribed medication, and sent home.  Within 12 hours I had side effects of the medication.  I was unable to physically keep my head up and was unable to comprehend or complete the simplest of tasks.  After several days I called the doctor and was given a different medication.  The same side effects occured, this time, worse.  Finally, after several weeks I was prescribed a medication my body could tolerate.  Unfortunately after a months time of being on the medication I began to have side effects.  Although my anxiety had waned, I had the attitude of “Meh. I don’t give a shit.” In addition, my phenomenal memory was shot.  I couldn’t remember what I had done from one moment to the next, let alone long-term activities.  Talk about going from one extreme to the other.  At that point I decided anti-depressants weren’t for me and weaned myself off of the medication over 2 weeks time.  Even with weaning myself, the side effects were crazy.  I had the feeling that I’m moving fast but everything around me is in slow motion.  Thankfully, after about a week’s time the side effects were gone and I was free.  I will never go back.

From the get go I wasn’t a fan of anti-depressants, but figured I’d give them a try since my disorder was obviously effecting not only me but my relationships.  In no way am I symptom-free.  It’s a constant battle. One thing is true: Certain things I can’t change, but there are some that I can….so I did/do. It hurts my heart to see individuals suffering from symptoms, even while being on the medications; yet, by making small changes they could make big differences.  Let’s discuss….

Are you on anti-depressants?  Are you drinking alcohol? STOP!  This has got to be my biggest issue.  You’re depressed, are taking medication to fight depression, and yet you put a known depressant into your body?? Why waste your time and money by even taking the medication?  The medication is already fighting an uphill battle, why challenge it even more? 

What foods are you putting into your body?  I’m not going to preach a vegan lifestyle.  However, are you eating and drinking chemical-laden foods?  Stick with whole foods and you’ll see a difference.

Are you surrounding yourself with individuals that love and appreciate you?  If not, it’s time to ditch them and make new friends.

Are you doing what you enjoy?  If not, make time for what you enjoy.  Don’t know what you enjoy?  Seek it out!  Try new things.

Are you exercising? Do it.  But, you say it’s hard?  I know. But it’s worth it.  I’ve been running regularly for 4+ years.  I have had very few runs that come “easy”. Each one is a challenge in it’s own right.  Whether it’s a challenge to actually get out and make it happen, or my lungs or legs are burning…the list goes on.  But in the end it clears my mind and also makes me feel better about my body and myself.  And yes, keep at it, and it will get easier over time. 

Pretty much all of this goes for any medication.  High cholesterol? Taking a medication for it? Still eating high fat foods? Still not exercising? Why?? There are no cure all pills out there.  You can’t expect to live the life you’re leading, take a pill, and expect all of your problems to disappear.  Things don’t work that way.

Like W.L. Bateman once said….

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

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