Monday, July 27, 2015

Well Hello Old Friend

It's interesting that when my mind slows down I find myself always coming back to this blog.  
It's like an old friend that I can call up no matter how much time has gone by.  
It is comfort, it is joy, it is sadness, it is success, it is is me.  
Over the last 8 years it has changed, been in the forefront and then hidden behind the scenes.  Such a perfect representation of my life.  I guess we just go hand in hand Superwoman Spirit and I.  
Being able to write openly on this blog over the years has always been a healing and accomplishing.  
It has brought so many positive things into my life and support when needed.  
At this time in my life I am looking forward to embracing this blog again.  
I suppose even when Superwoman isn't feeling so fabulous her spirit still tells her to keep her chin up, never give up and always keep trying to embrace the beautiful super hero that you are.    
I'm back, looking forward to reconnecting with my old friends and hopefully
 meeting some new ones as well.  

XO Shannon 

Friday, May 17, 2013

I am Alive Well and Furniture Frenzied!

I thought today I would take a minute to let the few of you who are wondering where I have gone that I am ALIVE!   I always have the best of intentions when I start blogging here on a regular basis again, I do, I swear.  However sometimes life throws me a curve that changes that path.  Luckily this time around it's a good curve YAY!

I have been extremely busy in a good way.  When that happens in life you just have to make choices and sometimes give some things up.  For me it's usually this blog (darn it).  For a while I will not be blogging here.  Knowing myself like I do though I do expect that one day when I have time I will decide I miss it again and will be back.  I really do foresee that with my special psychic powers!

My time and effort are still working on being the best healthiest me I can even if my lunch choices do not show that.  It always there in my mind and I know that I will have that moment when I get my shit together again for a while.  Ideal way to do this?  No but it's life and me and the way it works sometimes.  It is a struggle especially when I am busy as I know it is for so many others.  I have realized I take it all in intervals.  Weird I know but it's how I roll.  In the end of it all I just hope it works out that I have more good health intervals than bad.  Thats what its all about right?  More good than bad.  Just doing better than before.

So if you want to see what I am doing for now you can follow me over HERE at our Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks blog.  It's a perfect place for all of you DIY'ers and vintage lovers.  We are also on FACEBOOK and instagram under Reclaim_ologists and on Pinterest.  I know this is not about health and fitness but it's about life, my life and where I am at.

XO Shannon

Monday, February 25, 2013

Motivation Monday... Empowerment in Friendship

This past weekend I spent in Oakland with my friend Susan.  Can I just say AMAZING!  I seriously have had such a good time and feel so rejuvenated and ready to continue on my path of health and well being.  I think the thing I love most about being here is I can 100% be myself.  I don't have to pretend to be republican (insert wink).  Religion is not an issue.  Deep conversation is not an issue.  Dreams and wishes are supported and heard.  More than anything there is someone here in real life next to me for a few days thats "get's it" all of it.  The sense of empowerment that brings to me is just unbelievable.   It is just so nice to.... be. The beautiful thing about having such an amazing friend in my life is that she has never gave up on me.  In her doing that I work so much harder to not give up on myself.

My first 8 mile run ever!

Lunch time ... Not! Sorry Carla you're the Not Foodie
I am thrilled that you carry that title I will not fight you for it ;) 
In all of the years I have been blogging, half blogging or on a blogging hiatus.  One thing I have loved most and wanted to always put first are the real connections I have made with people through here.  To me that alone is the sole purpose of all of this for me.  Such a blessing in my life!  

Carla Me Susan
I finally after how many years got to meet Carla in real life (laughed at her a little) and felt like we had already met.  She is the cutest dang thing ever!  She is just herself and that is so wonderful.  

Susan Kris Me Deb

I also got to meet Kris and Deb.  That was a nice surprise and I am so glad to have had the opportunity. 

If there is anything I could say to anyone who is blogging or reading.  It is never to late in life to make new friends.  It is okay to search out those like minded people that will support and love you for all of your crazy dreams and wishes.  Find people who wish just as crazy and dream even bigger dreams than yours.  Your life will be better for it and so will theirs. 

XO Shannon

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday Weigh In Brought To You By Emotional Eating

This mornings weigh in went pretty much as I had expected it to.  I gained 1.4 pounds this week.  I could go into a whole I don't know how this all happened!  What did I do wrong?!  There is no way!  But it would all just be bull shit.  I know exactly how it happened.  I know what I shoved in my pie hole and I know how many days of exercise I missed.

Gained 1.4 pounds 
I am an emotional eater.  On top of that I am an emotional person.  I feel my emotions, your emotions and just the emotion in the energy around me everywhere I go, it can be exhausting.  I can't help it I am sensitive that way and it can be a good thing but a really bad thing at the same time.  This is something that I do work on trying to keep a handle on and I have gotten better at it but this past week I lost control of it more than I kept it under control.  Emotions alone are why I am here today without a doubt.  I was raised to just tuck it a way and not talk about it and now as an adult it has come out in my life like the Tasmanian Devil!  The difference between now and 10 years ago is that when I catch ahold of it all now I try to work through it instead of tuck it away again.  I am getting better at it but there are just times that are harder than others.  It's okay.  It's life and I know I will not let this turn into 2 weeks.

On a good note tomorrow I leave for Oakland to see SUSAN!  I am beyond excited and cannot wait to have girl time and catch up.  I get to see her show as well and that will be such a treat!  The timing cannot be better for so many reasons!

Oh and one more thing...

Monster Blueberry Muffin

This little monster is 12 weight watchers points!  Yes almost half of my daily point allowance.   Lesson learned.  Do not fool yourself into thinking that it is good for you ever for any reason no matter what!

XO Shannon 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Put Yourself First

One thing I noticed that I do and I am certain so many others do the exact same is put everyone else first.  It's the nice thing to do right?  We have been taught our entire lives to take care of others and to be a female on top of that just compounds everything.  We  turn into mothers that mother the whole neighborhood and football team.  It's a natural chain of events.  It is good to be caring and loving.  HOWEVER there is a fine line in all of it.  If we give and give and give sometimes there is nothing left for us.

So this week our Spark group goal is to take care of ourselves.  Put ourselves first.  That does not mean forget about everyone else but it does mean to take the time to take care of us before we take care of others.  By doing that it helps us all be the best we can be and in turn we are able to give our best selves to all of those we love and want to take care of.  Something that we all so easily overlook.

I challenge you to do the same this week.  Put yourself first.  Do something nice for yourself, take time to enjoy things that bring you joy.  There is only one of YOU and by being the best that you can possibly be you give a gift to the rest of the world.  No one expects you to ever be any different.

XO Shannon

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Going Down Down Down!

Week 6 weigh in and I am down a total of 15.4 pounds!  That is like 2 1/2 babies or a medium sized dog.  That is a lot o' weight to get rid of!!!  My goal is 10 pounds a month so I would like to lose 4.6 more pounds in the month of february that is 2.3 pounds a week.

Down 2.2 pounds this week total weight loss 15.4 pounds
The last 3 weeks or so have given me every past excuse I have ever used to give up.  It has made me realize how easy I have just given up on myself in the past.  Instead of giving up I guess I have gotten mad as hell, determined not to let all the garbage win me this time.  I am finally strong enough to put me first and let the rest all go.  It has been mind boggling to realize how so many beliefs and experiences have held me back for so long.  Not any more!

I know I bring up weight watchers a lot and really I cannot say enough about how much I love it.  There is nothing off limits so you can make it fit into your life.  I have learned how to occasionally have these types of items without it causing a binge or sabotaging my diet.  I have a few tricks that I stick with.

I take a bite of the pita bread then don't eat the rest.  By doing that I am able 
to enjoy my favorite chicken salad now and again. 

2 times a week I am allowing myself a sweet splurge if I want it.  I don't sit and think about it all week or plan it out but if I am somewhere that has something I would really like I have 1 thing and I really enjoy it.  I have to be careful when I eat sugar and make sure I am in a healthy place for it.  
I don't go there if I am emotional if that makes sense. 

I find myself dining out more than I have been.  That can bring up a whole new list of challenges.  So I have my go to places that work for me.  Above is zucchini noodles from The Pizza Factory.  I love that place because you can order anything and replace the pasta with zucchini noodles.  That is the most brilliant idea I have ever heard of!  If I do not end up there I choose somewhere that has fish, soup or salad.  If I keep those things in mind while dining out I always have a healthy choice.  I am learning to stay completely away from mom and pop diners, fast food and anything that is having a bacon fest.  To tempting and the options are just not there.

This is my go to for anything I am craving.  Jerky!  
It is sweet and salty, the perfect fix for me. 

Other than those things I am still not drinking soda and it has been okay missing it a little though.  My next thing to conquer is my salt addiction.  I am afraid that is going to be harder than the soda but I really need to break up with salt too it has been out of control!

XO Shannon 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Motivation Monday... What made you start in the first place?

I am going on 6 weeks since I recommitted myself to lose weight and get healthy.  There have been some bumps in the road but nothing I have not been able to get through.  What I have learned through Weight Watchers has been priceless for me.  I am learning to live, enjoy and lose weight all as the same time.  I have never ever had all of that align up consistently.  So grateful that it finally has.  I am big on quotes and music.  There are moments in my life that one song can define that time perfectly.  I am always on the lookout for inspiration to keep moving forward.  Last week my friend Jenn shared this.

It made me think of all of the times before in my life that I would get 1, 2 or 3 weeks in and give up.  I would lose track of how it felt when I first committed to getting healthy.  As time is going on I can see the flame leaving in some people and believe me I have been there done that!  

If there is anything I can say is just try to find that SPARK you had the day you first said you wanted it more than anything.  

Try to remember that feeling of determination that 
you had to make this time your last.  
Try to remember why YOU thought you are worth it.   
Because you are!

If you need help and motivation please reach out and let others help you along the way.  You never have to travel a journey on your own. 

XO Shannon