Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

- March 28, 8:30 pm marks the start of an hour with the lights off, promoting our decision to take action on Global warming. What other ways can I take action now and beyond the hour marked out for tonight? How can I minimize my impact on the environment and make it safer for me to live in and those around me? What good habits can I live now that will leave a positive impact on my children and the generations to come?

I can check around my home to see if I have any extra lights (equipped with energy saving light bulbs) on that I am not in need of using. I can maximize the daylight that streams into our home and turn off all the lights as soon as the sun comes out. I can turn down the heat in my home (although it is already at 18 degrees Celsius) and put on a sweater and slippers. I just put a load of dishes through the dishwasher (energy star rated) and when it hits the dry cycle, I turn it off and leave it open to dry. I can also hand dry the dishes with my dish towel and put them away. I am also doing laundry and I just hung up a load to dry and loaded the washer (front load) again with the water temperature set to cold.

We can all make a difference in the little, positive things we do. Many little steps lead to one great journey. Keep on steppin'.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Time to kick it up a notch

Have you ever caught yourself wishing and hoping for results and wonder why nothing was happening?

I caught myself doing just that and realized it was time to start thinking about what I was really doing and then do what it is I need to in order to get the results I want. I was just letting things happen and not taking control of the situation that I had the ability to change.

I had signed up for the Fit Yummy Mummy New Year's Transformation Challenge in January. You get 12 weeks to do your best at achieving the goals you set out to accomplish. I put down my goals and then I got to work. For the first 4 weeks I would say that I was focused on getting the results I wanted to achieve. I could see more definition and my shape was changing in a good way and I was pleased to know the work I put into it was evident. Then I got sick. And being in rest mode got to my head. I stopped focusing on my goals I set at the beginning of the challenge and put my focus somewhere else. Granted, that there are many things going on in our lives at this time, when being sick was over I didn't pick back up with the intensity that I had before. For just a total of 90 minutes a week, 30 minute workout 3 times a week or even 15 minutes a day I could have had a full workout. I was working out but not with that UMPH that makes it fun for me.

I was recently inspired by the advice of Vince Delmonte of No Nonsense Muscle Building and being that he has competed in fitness competitions I can say that he knows what he is talking about (taking the advice of a fitness model champion never hurt). I have followed his info for over a year now and I saw the before photos. What he has to offer works. And now with his advice, I can apply it to my Fit Yummy Mummy workouts and I have already noticed a difference in my tone and strength. Some tips I had already been doing from before and in the Summer Transformation challenge, but it is always good to be reminded of what works. And now I feel like I am back at where I want to be with my fitness journey. I am excited to see what the next notch will look like.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Looking for fast results?........But wait!

You could miss out on the "meat" of the journey. WHEN you finally reach the result of all your efforts and succeed in achieving your goals, look BACK at the journey that you went through and ALL that you have gained through persevering THROUGH the struggles, trials, and pain. Be grateful that you not only received your reward for the work you have consistently and passionately put in, but you became RICH with knowledge, wisdom, and experience. The wealth of what you gained through the time it took to achieve what you sought after is wonderful refinement that will last.

Today was the pinnacle of what I have been working towards for almost a year. In a matter of 5 minutes, the heart of neglect and disdain have met it's match with love and concern. I look back and see that everything has been set in place for this beautiful (frosty), winter day to be remembered as one that brought a family united, an injustice righted, and hopefully a hurting situation healed.

It has been very painful....spiritually, emotionally, and definitely physically, but I know that it will not remain undone, but the work that NEEDS to get done will get done. Even when others figured I had given up, I kept going. I don't want others to have to go through the pain I have gone through and suffer quite in the way I have. SO I say to you, fight for what you believe in, keep going after your goals and dreams, do what is right, love your neighbours as you would love yourself, and NEVER give up.