I'm totally a self sufficient machine. I either handle it, delegate it out, or restructure so I can get it done. We’re talking smooth running machine! Okay, that’s not true at all. If my head wasn’t connected to my body I’d literally get in the car, put the car in reverse, and then wonder why I couldn’t see? I’m a mess, not a hot mess, but a controlled mess. A hot mess is being everything that I am, but not showering. I shower, everyday. A controlled mess would be kinda like a functioning alcoholic. They’re intoxicated, not wasted and falling down, but you can smell the alcohol oozing out of their pores, they’re definitely happy, yet they still rock their day as if they were totally normal. So there you have it, I’m a controlled mess who secretly wishes I could function as an alcoholic by day. Wouldn’t that be the life? Luckily for the world, I’m not that talented and definitely couldn’t multi-task that life.
So anyway, back to my story...
Do you ever have the best intentions to be organized? Like when you buy your brand new 2017 planner for the year. You buy an 8 pack of the new colored gel tip pens too. You get home, open your shiny new planner and set all 8 pens next to it. Then you decide which color belongs with each task. The kids activities will be in purple, your bunco night in blue, your meals in green, and your workouts in red - because hey, we never miss our workouts. You have it all right there and it’s a freakin’ work of art! You know you’re going to keep up your design & planning process each & every month. Why wouldn’t you? You have colored gel pens!
Yep, this is totally me! I just did this not even 2 months ago. I have a silver glittery calendar and when you open it up you’ll see each day’s workout in a different color for the workout program, Insanity. I even have little stars around my recovery day because well, it’s a star filled kind of day! I made it to recovery! Yeah! That deserves lots of stars and, you guessed it, they’re all in different colors! Love my gel pens!
If you pulled $1,000 out of your pocket right now and said, “go find your calendar and this money is yours.” I’d have to cry. I have no clue where I put the damn thing. And forget about the gel pens!! I’m sure they’re with my daughters never ending supply of crayons we can never find? Does anyone else have that problem? There’s like 30 crayons in a box and I swear I’ve purchased at least 8 boxes over the 4 years I’ve known this kid. Do you know how many crayons we currently have? Two! Two flippin’ crayons. And one of them is broken.
I only know this because my daughter pulled the two crayons, a screw driver, Gus Gus a Cinderella glass figurine that’s missing an ear and my two 5lb metal weights out of the couch cushions tonight. WTF?! No wonder I hate that couch, now I know why it was so uncomfortable! Two 5lb weights, seriously? I didn’t even know they were missing?
We all start with good intentions and then our mornings, afternoons and soon the whole damn day has gone by and we’ve done nothing on our list. Someday’s I look back and think what the hell did I do with 15 hours? I know I went to Target (duh), had my coffee, did we eat? I’m sure we did. But what did we do with all of that time? And why am I so tired?!
One of my good friends told me today that she had all of her Christmas shopping finished and, get this, all of her presents are wrapped too! Meanwhile, over in Kristi’s magical glitter-sparkle world, I’m speed walking from store to store getting my bicep workout in from all the dang bags I’m carrying just praying they don’t bust open Home Alone style.
Did you know I literally sat on the toilet at the outlet mall today and checked my instagram? I just wanted a break, a peaceful break. I was in there for like 10 minutes! Who pee’s for 10 minutes?! It was actually very nice, no one bothered me, I was in a stall so I couldn’t be distracted. Just the lovely sound of water running and an occasional toilet flush. It was actually quite pleasant now that I look back on it.
Anyway, my point is, we’re all different. We all have our systems in place. Some are a little more chaotic than others, some are a little more organized than others. I”m all for improvement and next year! I’m totally writing in my calendar in the color pink “START SHOPPING NOW,” on November 1st! Get your list ready early next year, Mama is on it! I’ll let you know if I find my calendar, and someone should probably remind me to write THAT down.
We don’t have to have it all figured out. As a super high stressed individual who feels the need to control everything in her life, this year it finally hit me, I don’t have to be a crazy psycho path all the time. I can go with the flow. I can sit in the outlet mall’s bathroom for as long as I want. What’s the saying? “Stop and smell the….” wait...that doesn’t apply here. You get my point.
We can’t always do everything the way we want to everytime. In a perfect world yes, but life isn’t perfect. We can’t control every little detail so there’s no need to stress over the small stuff. Will I get all my gifts wrapped in time? Of course I will. That’s what gift bags are for. Shove it in the bag, toss in some tissue paper and voila your done!
I have been making improvements to my daily schedule. I can tell you that on the days I get up early and get my workout in, those are always hands down, guaranteed, my more productive days. The other days when there’s no workout, I feel as if I’m constantly playing catch up. I’m finally learning that just because I’m not a morning person, I’m better if I start each day as if I was. Fake it till you make it! That’s my slogan at 5:45am!
Most will say, “Oh I can’t workout that early, I just don’t have the energy.” That’s okay, the best time of day to workout is the time when you’ll actually do it! If your routine is to hit play during your lunch hour, or when the kids take a nap, or when everyone’s in bed, that’s great! The point is, you hit play, you got your body moving and you do what’s best for you and your body! No one ever said, “Man, I wish I never did that workout today.”
With 2017 rapidly approaching everyone will be making their New Year’s Resolutions. I’m totally guilty of it! I make a goals list every year and have it in my phone on my notes app. It’s a great reminder to keep me on track for the year. Do I hit everything? Nope! But I try. The point is, when it comes to feeling good about yourself, health and fitness shouldn’t be a New Year’s resolution. It should be a daily resolution.
Did you know that a 30 minute workout is only 2% of your entire day! 2%! With stats like that, there’s no way you can say “I just don’t have time.” Make the time. You’re allowed to make a 2% investment in yourself. That’s a better return than any savings account will give you!
My Mom and I are starting our New Year’s off right! We’re taking our 2% and putting it on our calendars (I’ll find mine before January 2nd, you’ll see!). We’re starting a workout program called 21 Day Fix. It’s 30 minute workouts that you do every day for 21 Days. The idea behind the program is that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. It comes with a very detailed eating plan. It’s not strict as in, “you must only eat this or that.” But it’s kinda like weight watchers, except there’s no point system. So you can eat whatever you want, but once you’re out of containers for the day, then you’re done. So if you eat clean, you get to eat more containers.
But, Kristi Rae, what containers? What are you talking about? The program comes with different colored containers all measured proportionately. So for instance, a RED container is 1 cup and that 1 cup is designated for protein only. Green is also 1 cup and that’s for veggies. Yellow is for carbs, purple is for fruit and orange is for dressings and seeds. Based on the calculation chart that it comes with I will get to eat 3 reds for the day. It tells you specifically based on your current weight and where you hope to be at the end of 21 days. It’s kinda cool actually.
Combine eating clean with working out 21 days in a row and you’re bound to feel 100% better! And…you’ll probably lose some inches as well! The point of this program is to develop a healthier lifestyle and make it a habit.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of my Mom. She’s been working with her container system & drinking her Shakeology, which helps curb her cravings and keeps her full for about 2-3 hours. She’s been doing her best to eat clean for the last 45 days or so. Those of you that are lucky enough to know my Mom, know that she loves her glass of wine and won’t miss a meal out with friends and family. She’s basically living her life, making better choices & eating better with the help of the portion controlled container system. She has recently added pushing play to her lifestyle & has been doing a workout program called Slim in 6. At 66 years old she’s getting up and pushing play! I’m SO INCREDIBLY proud of her and EXCITED to say that she has lost 13lbs!!! 13lbs! That is INSANE! When she told me I almost cried! I was so excited! It just goes to show you that health can be achieved at any age.
I’m counting down the days till January 2nd and measuring our progress together! We’ll be on the challenge group app together and would love for you to join us. Let’s get 2017 started right with 21 days of a new habit!
Message me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about the group & pricing on programs. 21 Day Fix can be streamed for as low as $9/month, you just have to ask me how.
"Merry Christmas you Fabulous Animals!' Did you see what I did there? I took it right back to Home Alone and substituted Filthy with Fabulous? Did you notice? Know what line I'm talking about? No? Only me? Okay... Apparently I've seen that movie one too many times. Love you all! Muah!