Goals are Hard

Yesterday my friend Stacey sent me a text to see if I wanted her to grab my race packet for the Labor Day 5k.  I had completely forgot about it, not to mention I can’t even remember the last time I ran.  I did some with my daughter to help her prepare for her first 5k, but it wasn’t much because she isn’t a runner and struggled to do the walking and running.  (but she really did well when it came time for the race)  So without hesitation, I was like, YES!  I’m going!  Then I sat there and thought…what am I doing?  I’m going to be SO SLOW, it’s gonna put me in a bad mood and ruin my weekend.

Well, last night I spent some time praying and eventually told myself, “Elyse, you set this goalsgoal to do this race and even if you forgot and don’t feel ready, just do it anyway!  Who cares how long it takes you.”  I do go to TRX strength training 3-4 times a week, so it’s not like I’m not exercising, I just haven’t been running.

Getting ready this morning I just kept thinking, you are just gonna run the best you can.  It’s only a 5k…you’ve got this!  I drank my NingXia Red, put on some Young Living peppermint essential oil and headed out the door.

When I got in line for the race I was the calmest I have ever been before the start of a race. I felt peace in knowing that finishing this race was my goal, not getting a certain time.

During the race I pushed myself, I found some people shortly before mile 1 that I was keeping pretty good pace with so I challenged myself to stay with them.  Another goal set right in the middle of the race…and I did it!  I pushed hard to stay close to them, and you know what?  I was within seconds of my fastest time ever for a 5k.  My timing chip didn’t catch my start time, so it was just the clock time when I looked up my race time, but that’s ok.  I know I started about 30 seconds in, so I am so happy with myself!

I set goals for myself, and I crushed them!  I have worked so hard this past year to achieve goals in my life, and today was no different.  I am about to start some new goals in my life, and following through with this race is giving me the push I need to keep going!

Do you have goals that you are going after?  What helps motivate you?

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Super B…super Me!

Not too long ago someone asked me how I could possibly have so much energy with all that I do?  Working from home, homeschooling my children, pursuing this healthier version of myself and going to 3-4 TRX classes a week, running, multiple activities at church, and of course taking care of my children and running a household!  You know, we pursue and do everything that the Lord puts in front of us.  Have you heard that saying that the Lord will never give you more than you can handle?  Many times I question that!  (I think we all have our moments)  I took the time to really think about her question before I responded.  It took me a few minutes to realize that ever since I started taking better care of myself, and taking Super B every morning, my life doesn’t seem so busy.  It doesn’t seem like it’s more than I can handle because I have the energy to handle it!

Super B is a comprehensive source of the B vitamins essential for good health, like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B12, biotin, and folic acid.  It even includes minerals that aid in the assimilation and metabolism of B vitamins.  I realized that even though I was working hard to eat a healthier diet, getting a better source of B vitamins really gave me the energy I needed to “handle it all” so to speak.  🙂  Now I don’t go a day without it!

What are some ways that you like to boost your energy naturally?

*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

 

Need a Bottle of Energy?

Have you ever seen small children running around and playing endlessly while having such a great time?  You look at them and think, if I could just bottle up a little of that energy I could do so much more in a day!

Now I’m not big on sports drinks, energy shots, or caffeine concoctions, but I will try a more natural approach to getting more energy so that I can be more productive in a day.  I have always felt like I never have enough time or enough energy to get everything done that I need to in a day, so I decided to give the blend Young Living makes called En-R-Gee a try.

I wasn’t sure if it would help me at all, but I figured it couldn’t hurt me either.  So I applied a drop to each wrist, rubbed them together and then rubbed them on my neck.  Then I inhaled for a minute or so from what I applied so that I could breathe in the aroma of the oil.  It was a little invigorating right off the bat, but I thought maybe that was all in my head.  I was headed to the gym even though I didn’t want to go, so I was trying to give myself a boost.  Directing VBS this last week with very little sleep, then visiting with a close friend who lives out of town until 1 am has left me a little exhausted.  But, I’m bound and determined to continue making more positive and healthy changes in my life, so I had to go.

I began walking on the treadmill, and was feeling pretty good.  All of a sudden I thought, you know, I’ve been doing really well with a faster paced walk, maybe I should start the Couch 2 5k app!  This seemed a little crazy to me at first because I was so tired, but something lit a fire in me, and I powered through it!

I was amazed!  I have used this blend before with mixed results, but tonight those 2 little drops of En-R-Gee pulled me through!

En-R-Gee

En-R-Gee’s whole purpose is to increase vitality, circulation, and alertness.  It contains Rosemary, Juniper, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Idaho Balsam fir, Clove, and Black Pepper.  Each of these oils have little jobs to help bring you the energy you need.  Rosemary helps you overcome mental fatigue, Juniper detoxifies, cleanses, and improves nerve and kidney function, Lemongrass increases blood circulation, Nutmeg supports the adrenal glands for increased energy, Idaho Balsam fir is stimulating and calming at the same time and empowers and motivates one to go forward and achieve goals, Clove is a powerful stimulant with antioxidant properties, Black Pepper stimulates the endocrine system and increases energy in all systems of the body.

If you’d like to continue to learn more about Essential Oils, visit the Oils 101 tab at the top of the blog.  You can also contact me via email or in the comments section with any questions you might have.

“Ninja Juice” kicks it into high gear!

NINGXIA RED v1.1

 

This stuff right here…this NingXia Red stuff…I just have to say IT IS AMAZING!  My kids call it “ninja juice” and I think that name is quite fitting.  

I began two weeks ago with a NingXia Red 30 day challenge, and I have begun to notice that my energy level has rocketed to a whole new level.  It didn’t happen overnight for me, and it wasn’t some miracle change, but I used to want to always fall asleep around 2pm everyday.  Now I am able to get so much more done in the afternoon because I don’t hit that slump.  

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One of the biggest changes in my body I noticed was that my hand no longer hurts.  I injured my hand by falling on some ice back in February, and I’ve been dealing with annoying pain from it ever since!  It wasn’t excruciating, just bad enough to not open jars by myself, have a terrible grip and drop things often, and just generally be bothered by it.  Now I am experiencing very little pain, and have been able to open jars with no problem!  It amazed me!

If you would like more info on NingXia Red and how to get some, just shoot me a message, I’d love to help you!  Give it a try, what have you got to lose?