A former co-worker at AOL of mine recently shared that she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She moved away quite a few years ago but with the help of social media, we have kept in touch. We weren’t super close, but I had many conversations with her while we worked and have always liked her. The news has struck a chord and I can’t get it out of my mind. Maybe that’s what’s causing my funky mood. Scotty and I both have some post traumatic stress from his cancer treatment. I never know when and what will cause the feelings to come rushing back to me…
Even though the cancer is gone, the CANCER never goes away…
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that one in eightreceives a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime?
Like with most cancers, we can all do our part in prevention that revolves around living healthier…
- maintain a healthy weight
- eating healthy including lots of fruit and veggies
- limiting alcohol
- no smoking
- practice acts of kindness
- decrease stress in your life
Here are some resources for information and support:
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A friend shared this quote by Marilynne Robinson and it continues to stick with me from the NYT Magazine:
“We were positively encouraged to create for ourselves minds we would want to live with. I had teachers articulate that to me: ‘You have to live with your mind your whole life.’ You build your mind, so make it into something you want to live with. Nobody has ever said anything more valuable to me.”
Let me take a minute to talk about the latest ramblings in the CrossFit community that relate to body image. Many folks are upset because The Box Magazine published an altered version of Camille LeBlanc Bazinet on their cover. Since body image is already a very sensitive issue in this community to begin with, I believe it was poor judgement by the magazine’s editors for photoshopping Camille. Does this magazine not know its audience??
And many folks are like who cares –if she is ok with it, then who are we to be upset?
I get that point but disagree with it because they are contributing to much bigger problem with body image and women. The community around CrossFit are some of the biggest proponents of changing body image misconceptions with showing real, strong women. So, to see this is just another example of how much work still needs to be done for the sake of the younger girl’s growing up. They see enough altered images and I would just have expected higher standards from a magazine that caters to women who are breaking the stereotypes – that’s all. The multitude of images that misrepresent women over and over and over again, contributes to a really f’d up women’s sense of self. It’s disappointing to see them join the crowd. I will show them my feelings by no longer supporting their magazine –as I have done with other mainstream mags as well and I encourage you to do that as well. I truly believe in being the change you wish to see in the world…
As a social media professional, their handling of the situation was so bad and added more fire to the fury: 5 Lessons to be Learned From the Camille Photo Controversy
In other matters…
I’m not sure it’s the changing of the season, the weather or the settling in of my new routine, but I have begun to feel unsettled and antsy. There is nothing ‘wrong’ in my life, but I don’t feel as if everything is ‘right’ either. As I start to try to figure out what’s going on, it’s also amazing to think about how much change has gone on in my life the past few years. Change in jobs, change in friendships and social circles, change in goals and perceptions. My kids and family have changed – Don’t you wish sometimes that you can make time stop??!! I know it’s a lot of deep thinking for a Monday morning for sure…
I know that change in general should be welcomed with open arms – it makes it easier to deal with but sometimes, it hits me hard and I go down with a thud – no worries, I get back up again.
Here is some information about Seasonal Mood changes: 10 Tips For Getting Through Seasonal Depression
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- Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat.
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When was the last time you actually spent time creating something? For me, it had been a very long while. This weekend I met up with a few of my girlfriends and we attended a painting class at Painting with a Twist. The idea is you get a group of friends together and get a step-by-step instruction with an experienced local artist. Everyone paints the same painting -but what I loved about the result was each of our masterpieces was completely different. We all see things differently.
When I finished my painting, I was filled with such a sense of pride and when I walked in the door at home, my son didn’t believe I actually painted it! And I keep sharing pics of it to my friends because –well I think it’s so awesome and I DID IT! It also got me thinking about things we can all do to feed our souls, make us happier and satisfy our desire to see something through.
According to 50 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Self-Esteem, doing something creative can help improve your self esteem and can help improve depression. What I realized as well is that most of us don’t make anything regularly. We buy and consume. The moral of the message is get out there and make something -Paint, design landscaping, craft, knit, sketch, sew, build- if you want to feel better!
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Everyone knows that person who leads with their tales of how life has done them wrong. You meet them, say hello –and within the second or third sentence, they have already begun to over share and you are left feeling a bit awkward. Or the person you’ve known that is the Eeyore of the world. Everything is Hard…(say that in the Eeyore voice). My advice to handle them — keep them at arm’s length and don’t let them dull your sparkle. If that’s not possible, then refer to my brother’s advice, given years ago to me: Treat them like a visiting ambassador in your home.
Whenever I start to lose my shit over someone, I try to put that saying into practice and realize the interaction, visit will soon be over.
I’ve been so tired getting used to my new routine with full time work so I decided to try going to some evening workout classes instead of getting up super early in the AM. I’m not sure if I like working out so late in the day – I prefer to get it over with before my full day starts but just like circumstances change, my workout routine needs to be re-evaluated from time to time.
Since I was burned out from CrossFit for a while, I want to make sure that I am listening to all the signs my body is giving me and add variety to my overall routine, which includes taking extra rest days here and there. I had dinner with a friend this weekend. We were talking about taking our age into account when we create expectations from our workout routine. She and I both agree that we just can’t recover enough when we do heavy HIIT and some strength training 5 times a week.
I think that’s what contributed to my burnout and constant shoulder impingement. I am finding boxing a good mix –of cardio and body weight and am still looking to add in barbell work to a lesser degree. As much as I want to keep up with the young’ens that I workout with, I have to realize that it’s just not physically possible. Don’t get me wrong – I am still pretty kickass in shape but I just need to refocus and reset what I expect to get out my workouts. And also figure out a way to add my yoga sessions back in — I miss them terribly.
On a different note: The sunset pic I took last night had no filter. It looked like a painting but it was real. It was breathtakingly gorgeous and it reminded me that I need to stop and appreciate the beauty around me.
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It’s the First Day of Fall! This is one of the best times of year to live in Northern VA. The leaves change and the scenery looks like it’s out of a painting or something. It’s also a good time to head to a farmer’s market. If you are local to Ashburn, VA – the farmer’s market will be opening at One Loudoun through October 25th.
Unsure of what to look for there? No worries – I found some info about what to buy: WHAT TO BUY AT A FALL FARMERS’ MARKET: YOUR WEIRD AND WONDERFUL GUIDE TO FALL’S WACKIEST PRODUCE
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Monday: Rest Day
Having had to deal with my husband’s cancer battle has given me the gift of perspective. From diagnosis to treatment to learning to live a new reality post cancer is a very real and scary thing- the post below hits home for me. Please read it and learn from someone who had to face the ultimate harsh reality of cancer…
Embrace your loved one and if they cannot embrace you back, find someone who will. Everyone deserves to love and be loved in return. Don’t settle for less. Find a job you enjoy, but don’t become a slave to it. You will not have ‘I wish I’d worked more’ on your headstone. Dance, laugh and eat with your friends. True, honest, strong friendships are an utter blessing and a choice we get to make, rather than have to share a loyalty with because there happens to be link through blood. Choose wisely then treasure them with all the love you can muster. Surround yourself with beautiful things. Life has a lot of grey and sadness – look for that rainbow and frame it. There is beauty in everything, sometimes you just have to look a little harder to see it.
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Since I switched things up last night and went in for a boxing class, I took today as a rest day.
A huge part of staying fit is exercising your mind by constantly learning new things and challenging yourself. That can mean trying to master a new skill, learn a new subject or adopt a new behavior. Whatever it is — it’s jarring the established connections already made in your head. There’s a bunch of research out there about how learning new skills keeps your mind sharp while you age.
I’ve been doing research on what FREE online education classes are available. It’s no surprise that you can find practically any subject and topic imaginable. No Excuse List lists sites ranging from languages to cooking and Business Insider listed out The 12 Best Free Online Business Courses To Take This Fall. I encourage everyone out there to pick something they want to learn this Fall and go for it.
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Rest Day – Thursday
Boxing – Wednesday