Stop Rushing

by | Nov 8, 2017 | Blog

It has been an incredibly rushed couple of months. I’ve rushed through my actions. I’ve rushed in my communication. I’ve felt rushed & hurried in my thoughts. It’s been shitty at times, but it’s also been a phenomenal chance to practice slowing down. It’s been a great chance to practice being grateful & present instead of frustrated and distracted.

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It felt like it was never enough. There was never enough time. I was never productive enough. Never focused enough. Never eating clean enough. Never sleeping enough. Everything in my life was not enough.

Except that was just a perspective I chose.

When I’d catch myself in a frenzied moment of rushing through everything that needs to get done, I’d try to remind myself to slow down.

Sometimes, my boyfriend or my sister would say, “Hey. Stop rushing. Relax. There is no fire.

I’d challenge myself to reframe my “not enough” thoughts.

Having a lot of work to do isn’t a burden. It’s a huge blessing. How fortunate I am to have a lot of work versus not having enough.

Preparing for ASCEND is a gift. The event will have a greater impact if I’m preparing for it calmly, patiently and with gratitude for every thought communicated than if I’m preparing for it by rushing & merely trying to get things done.

Can I eat cleaner? Always. But instead of getting all huffy-puffy about choices that could have been better, how about I focus on how I can take great care of myself for the rest of the day?

Having 15 priorities in a day isn’t a burden. And being irritated and rushed doesn’t help them get done well. It just makes me miserable. Alternatively, I can take a deep breath and fully enjoy what I need to do next.

Slow down. Stop rushing. Stop freaking out because you have a job, a family and things to take care of.

Your blessings aren’t burdens and you’re wishing away your life by rushing and creating days of checking off boxes.

When we rush, we are less happy & less effective.

We are often impatient and dissatisfied. What a terrible way to live.

Slow down. Smile. Be present and do the next thing.

Ah, today’s workout. Talk about a rushing kind of day! I’ve had to be so intentional about slowing down. I have several dozen things I want to get done before my Punta Cana trip but I also have a doctor appointment, dentist appointment, appointment to fix my iPhone X, two visits with my chiropractor and I need to return clothes I bought for ASCEND but didn’t end up wearing.

It was an easy day to justify not going to the gym but I don’t make choices based on what is easy. I make choices based on what is right.

I didn’t get there in the morning but I made it to the gym after my doctor appointment.

27/21 Calorie Row
21 Power Cleans (135/95)
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24/20)

Rest 4:00

27/21 Calorie Row
21 Power Cleans (115/80)
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24/20)

Rest 4:00

27/21 Calorie Row
21 Power Cleans (95/65)
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24/20)

This format of workout is one of my faves. 4 minutes go by so quickly & then I’m ready to push again! A great workout!

On the food front:

My early morning is brought to you by Picnik Butter Coffee! I drink the cappuccino flavor because it has the least sugar. I bought a 6-pack from Thrive Market before ASCEND and still had a couple bottles left.

After my workout I stopped at Chipotle Mexican Grill and got a salad with steak & guacamole – no rice, no beans. It was so good!

Dinner was a repeat of yesterday – that sauce I made last night was so good I had to make it again! I started by roasting a bulb of garlic and then I added a few roasted cloves in the Vitamix with bone broth & cashews. Oh, and salt. Salt was needed. It was freakin’ yummy!

I poured the sauce over plain chicken thighs & broccoli. Super tasty!

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