Essential Support

It can be difficult to start something new or make changes in your life.  Whether it is starting a workout program, a change in dietary habits or venturing out to try something new, all can be challenging to start.  As if starting wasn’t daunting enough, add to it trying to maintain these changes for a prolonged period of time.

If you are like me, many things get thought about, started and then slowly (or fast in some cases) stop.  How many of us have started a workout program, went strong for a while and then stopped.  Oh and don’t get me started on dietary programs! I have started and stopped those more times then I can count.

The greatest thing to keep me going is, accountability and support. From my personal experience, if I don’t have accountability and support from those closest to me, many of my life changes go by the way side.  The greatest accomplishments in my life are achieved when I have accountability and support.

Accountability is one piece of the puzzle.  But bigger than that (for me) is support.  If the people closest to me are encouraging me, interested in what I am doing and cheering me on, that drives me to stay strong and move forward.  It can be extremely difficult to try something new and maintain it, as well as, have to justify yourself or move forward alone (that’s a recipe for failure).

Recently, I’ve dove into a life of essential oils (shocker, I know). Bringing essential oils into my life is something new, has involved some changes, lots of education and involves those around me (we breath the same air).  This new venture, I hope, is the beginning of something much bigger and in order to do that, I need to support of those closest to me.

So let me say that the support and encouragement I have received from my husband as I try to enhance our health and wellness through essential oils has been a driving force.   Having him along side of me, reading the books, educating himself, adding to my business ideas and wanting to use essential oils to enhance his health and wellness, has been amazing and so incredibly encouraging!

I’m no expert or professional but I am here to tell you my personal experience and that is, when you want to try something new, venture to a new challenge or make a life change, having support will make it easier.  Having a team behind you seems to make things easier, more attainable and much more enjoyable.

I highly recommend everyone to try something new, something that can be life changing and health enhancing.  Have a conversation with those closest to you, build a team, rally the troops and form a plan. You won’t regret trying something but you might regret not trying.

And… if it’s essential oils you are interested in, want to join my team or just want to learn how they can enhance your life; I’m here to be your essential support (I’m a really good supporter! Think awesome, happy cheerleader).

Additional Note:  I usually start and write my blogs over a period of a few days to weeks. I jot down things here and there and have several ideas going at once.  Then one becomes complete and I post it.  This one in particular, I started at the beginning of the week.  Little did I know, it would mean more now than when I started.  I hope in reading this it can help anyone out there needing to work on themselves or need some change in their life.  That you can find the support system you need to move you to a wonderful, heathy life.

Here is a little carry case that I filled with amazing essential oils for my husband to take while he is away (and yes, he will use them). 

 

 

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Out Of My Comfort Zone

About 5 months ago, I signed up for a crossfit competition as part of a team of 4 (2 girls and 2 guys).  And this started a whole journey unto itself.  The goals I set with my trainer were all focused around being able to perform to the best of my ability, at this competition.  We signed up for the amateur division based on the “criteria” of what you needed to be able to do, such as pull ups and weight amounts for things like cleans and deadlifts.  But, I had A LOT of work to do.

I knew I was going to be the weakest link of my team.  I had two badass guys (whose biceps looked like they had grown every time I saw them) and an amazingly strong girl who was a powerlifter (dare I say turned crossfitter now). And then there was me, all of 100lbs, who had been doing crossfit for approximately 6 months.  But off I went, day in and day out, training as best I could, to be able to keep up with my team.

Preparing for this competition, I knew that physically, it was going to be hard. Heck, I die doing one WOD at the gym and these would likely be more intense and, not only one WOD but, several in one day.  So to prepare, all I could do was train hard, every time I was in the gym.  But I wasn’t sure how to mentally prepare for what I was about to do.

Over the past year, I have been through some life changing situations that have made me second guess who I am.  I have been treated, by some people, like I am lesser or not as good as them.  So in my journey to remodeling my life, I have been working on myself and making sure that I don’t feel lesser and that I feel confident with who I am.  All this work has been for me and within me.  I haven’t yet put myself into a situation where, if I failed, I would be held accountable to others such as on a team.

My crossfit training has made me stronger mentally and physically but it has been all for me.  If I fail at a lift, I don’t worry because I can try again another time.  But in a competition you only get one chance. And being part of a team, you only have one opportunity to do your best and “pull your weight”.  So to say I was nervous, is an understatement.

I did all I could do to mentally prepare.  I pushed myself into situations that were out of my comfort zone knowing that what doesn’t kill me, will only make me stronger.  And I went in with an open mind, a positive attitude, a whole bunch of nerves and a calming sense of belonging to an incredible team, a great gym and an unbelievable support system from my family and friends.

So off I went that day, to battle 4 WOD’s, on a sandy beach (very different footing than the gym floor), on what was probably the hottest day of the summer (so far) and with thousands of people walking around and WATCHING.  I did my absolute best and my teammates were incredible. We worked so well together and pushed each other to strive to be our best that day.

The day didn’t go as perfectly as I had pictured it going in my mind.  I fell down in the sand, twice, in one WOD.  I also failed at three attempts at a clean and jerk which meant my partner couldn’t take over until I made the lift.  At which point,  I may have had a bit of a meltdown.  BUT with the support of my family and friends I took a moment and finally made the lift!  Only to then make two more at that same weight!  The feeling of being there, doing something that I love, surrounded by an energy that could pump anyone up was incredible. I had my Mom, friends and teammates cheering me on and I made new friendships in the process.

This competition allowed me to be myself, be proud of myself, be proud of my team and to feel good about where I am in life and where I am going.  It has showed me that being out of my comfort zone really isn’t that scary or bad at all.  What more could I ask for?

It never gets easier; you just get stronger, mentally and physically.  And by putting myself into this situation I realized that I don’t need to be perfect or the best, I just need to try. I am so glad I decided to do this and was able to experience this.

I hope along this journey I have been able to help you get out of your comfort zone, take care of yourself, to do something that you have always wanted to, try something new or to branch out with something you are already doing.  If I can do it, you can!

Looks like its time to start training for the next competition (in September).

 

 

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Stay calm and focused. You got this!