African Proverb

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” ~
African Proverb 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: This past weekend I did a Spartan Super race with 5 other people.  If I wanted to go fast, I would have gone alone.  But races are way more fun when you do them with a group of people and you stick together as a team.  The Spartan Super race is 8 miles of trail running with about 25 obstacles that you have to go over to finish.  Some of the obstacles are easy like going over a wall or climbing up a cargo net.  Others were harder like some wet and slippery monkey bars.  It was a fun good time and I am glad that we were able to do it and finish together.  It rained off and on for most of the race and it was pretty humid.  We helped each other through some of the obstacles and that was really cool.  I felt like we bonded well and it was a meaningful experience.  I feel like having events like this in my life give my life more meaning.  And I am glad to have some friends willing to do the race with me. 

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) We empower each other toward greatness.
2) Our adventures are bringing us closer together.
3) We each have something to offer and share.

Pre-race picture
Post race picture! Aroo!
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3 Gems

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“To be precise, there are three gems for healthy life: sufficient workouts, healthy food, and enough sleep.”
– Girdhar Joshi

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Well today we are going back to the basics folks.  Every time something is off with me I can link it back to one of these gems.  If I am eating junk foods a lot, I can tell that makes me more moody.   If I am not getting my workouts in, well then I feel off too. And oh boy if I don’t have enough sleep, you can expect a little bit more grouchy and emotional Matt right there. 

So as we go into this week, don’t let those good habits that you have built up this year so far go to waste.  Yes take time for family and friends and eat some good tasty and delicious food.  Yes, enjoy yourself.  But then on Monday, make sure you are working out, eating healthy and getting enough sleep. 

You are worth it. 
Your body and health are worth it.
You can do this. 
 
AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I am enough
2) I CHOOSE MY OWN PATH and WORTH.
3) I AM ALWAYS DOING MY BEST.


Self-care

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: 
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Taking care of myself is important, not selfish and is actually a gift to my loved ones. Taking care of myself means I’ll have the energy and ability to love others better.  ~Shannon Long

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  This morning I went for a nice, relaxing, 15 mile bike ride.  The weather was a bit cool.  My bike was nicely turned up.  My wife wished me a good time and it was an exhilarating ride. I enjoyed that time for myself.  I enjoyed that exercise.  

I get up in the morning extra early before the family does and have some time for myself. 

I exercise to help me feel better and as an act of self-love.

I used to kind of think this idea was selfish.  Take care of yourself first?  Why would I do that when I have so many other demands and other people who need my attention and love?  I have work to do and I have a family to care for and give attention to.  How could I possibly justify more time to myself? 

Well, think about it.  You can’t pour from an empty cup.  If you don’t have anything left to give you, you really don’t have anything left to give.  I think especially as an introvert I need extra down time.  Extra time to myself to recharge.  I find that doing that daily fills my cup daily and hopefully I can find some extra time on the weekends to unwind a bit.  

I want to show up at work and with my family with love.  I want to show up with energy.  I want to show up with my best self.  Now some days of the week that is not easy because you are tired or something causes your day to be off.  But for the most part, I try to do this.  

What are some of your self-love practices?  Do you believe self-care is important?   

On this Monday be thankful for blessings and take time for yourself.  It doesn’t have to be a lot of time.  Just enough to fill your cup.  Happy Monday!

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY:

1)
I make time to nourish my mind, body & soul.
2) I value myself
3) I am worthy of love & fill myself up with love first.

Dance like nobody is watching…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 

Dance like nobody is watching.
Love like you have never been hurt.
Sing like nobody is listening.
Live like it is heaven on earth.
~ Mark Twain


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Welcome to the best day of your life so far in 2019. 
Why not make this the day you do that thing you have been putting off? 
Nike’s slogan “just do it” is not that far off the truth.


Let’s do this thing called Monday with a little passion. 
Let’s do it with a little fire in our hearts.

How many steps do you actually think you can get in?  
How far down the rabbit hole do you wanna go this week? 
Do you wanna take the red pill or the blue pill this week Neo?


Today on the first day of the week, let’s start it off right. 
Smile.  Take some deep breaths.  And go for it!
What have you got to lose?


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1)
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive―to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love” ―Marcus Aurelius

2)“Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it.” ―Mary Pickford
3) “This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.” ―Maya Angelou

4) “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ―Roald Dahl

5) “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Two Most Important Days…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
This Monday is a brand new day that has never happened before and that will never happen again.

Today you have the unique opportunity to influence another person’s life.

Today is a great day to be alive and to celebrate life one day at a time.

“Do not be discouraged by your incapacity to dispel darkness from the world; light your little candle and step forward.” 
~ Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Today is a unique gift.  Unwrap it.  
Enjoy it.  Explore it.  Play with it.

Today is a gift and there will never again be another Monday like this.  So go out into the world and shine your light brightly for all to see!

That could look like a random act of kindness, a smile, a hug, or it could mean showing others by leading by example. 

So be the change in the world you wish to see.  

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY:

1) I am my own superhero.
2) I am love. I have a purpose.

3) I feed my spirit. I train my body. I focus my mind.

Maya Angelou Quote

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
— MAYA ANGELOU

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Let’s face it.  Sometimes I think I’m a little crazy.  I enjoy waking up early in the morning, doing a little meditation and praying, and then going to work out.  I am a dreamer.  I am a creative type.  I enjoy doing half marathons and running and doing triathlons, and Spartans races and burpees.  Actually, those are normal things for me to do.  But more than that I am a one of a kind

I am unique just like you are unique in your own way. I am amazing just like you are in your own amazing way.  However, I have unique dreams and visions and goals that are not yours.  You are unique.  You are special and you are amazing.

I like to listen to electronic dance music or a podcast in my car on the way to work.  I like to create and write blogs.

When I think about this quote, it makes me wonder and think about how being myself is great.  I was created with unique fingerprints like no one else on this planet earth.  I was shaped and formed me to have a certain way of thinking and certain tendencies.  And I believe I was created to have a purpose.

Don’t be normal.  Be uniquely you.  Be uniquely you and shine your unique light.  Be the light in the darkness this week.

Strike up a conversation with a stranger.  Give some money to the poor.  Live outside your comfort zones.  Ask for things you think are silly.  Ask for help.  Be assertive.  Ask for things that you think are audacious.  Read a good book.  Feed your mind positive and motivational things.  Hire a coach to help you out.  Go to a therapist if you need that kind of help.  Be thankful.  Join a challenge.  Challenge your friends to do a race.  Call a friend.  Call your family.  Tell them you love them.  Life is short.  Don’t waste it.  I will end with another quote that I thought was good this week. 

 

You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.”

~ Sophia Bush


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I am amazing.
2) I am unique.
3) I am loved.

Just Jump In!

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
If you wait for things to be perfect, you walk away with NOTHING. Just jump in and get started.
~ Jennifer Ritchie Payette ~ 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Happy Monday! Thanks for reading my blog. I know there is tons of great content out there and the fact that you are reading this is amazing. I really like this quote because lately I have been just jumping into things and getting started. So far this year I have jumped in and got some life coaching. I jumped into trying some new health products. I jumped into a Love Yourself to Health group and am currently in a 28 day total transformational challenge. I wanted to personally thank Brian Roehling for this quote because she posts quotes like this on her Facebook page every day.

I also wanted to talk about something that I deal with every day that is hard for me some days and takes work most days.  I really try to be positive and upbeat most of the time and that’s an ideal situation when you are sending out a positive email or blog.  But in real life, I am not always that way.  I struggle with things just like you do.  And in an attempt to be more real and vulnerable I wanted to say this.

I have diabetes.  It’s a disease that I have the opportunity to deal with every day.  I have to give myself insulin every day.  I have to check my blood sugars every day.  I have to do a lot of things every day to make sure I don’t go too high or too low.  It’s a balancing act like walking a tight rope.  You don’t want your blood sugars to be too high or too low.  There is a sweet spot in the middle that you can achieve by eating healthy and dosing the properly amount of insulin and getting the right amount of physical activity.
Some days it’s an emotional roller coaster just to get your blood sugars to behave.  And other times it goes fairly smoothly.

Now the blessing in disguise of having diabetes is that I do have to be consistent and I do have to deal with it every day.  There is no vacation from diabetes.  Now doing something every day no matter what can be a good thing.  Like for instance, exercise and working out every day is a good thing.  I usually take one or two days off, but almost every day I get 10,000 steps in.  Thanks, Fitbit for challenging me to do that.  I try to consistently eat healthy because that helps a lot.  I do try to dose my insulin at the same times every day because that also helps.

I am not always consistent 100% of the time, but like to adhere to the 80/20 rule.  That’s eating healthy 80% of the time and then eating some other sweets and cookies the other 20% of the time. After all I, am human.  I struggle.  I crave sweets and I give in.  Over the years it has been easier to say no to some sweets like free office donuts.  But it is what it is.

Is having diabetes hard to deal with? Yes
Is it a blessing in disguise? Yes

I strive every day to have good blood sugars, to motivate others to move and exercise, and stay positive and love themselves. Because all of that has helped me have a great life and I hope that today you can do that too.

Today get some movement in, drink a lot of water, and eat some good healthy foods! Go for it and remember if you wait for things to be perfect, you walk with NOTHING.

JUST JUMP in and GET STARTED!

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I love myself unconditionally and accept myself as I am.
2) I accept that to err is human and I forgive myself for all my mistakes.
3) I am proud of myself and all that I have accomplished
4) I accept myself for what I am and I constantly try to better myself.
5) I love my body and take good care of it by all means.