Losing Perspective…….And Finding My Way Back.

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I participate in one of the hardest sports most people have never heard of.  Tower Running!  Or better understood as Stair Climbing.  What does that mean exactly?  Well, climbing tall buildings across the country..like Willis Tower aka Sears Tower, The Empire State Building, Stratosphere in Las Vegas, well, the list goes on.  As of this past weekend I have now completed my 14th competitive climb which first started on April 20, 2013.  I am currently ranked 3rd in the US.

And yes, I’m an addict.  I love everything about it.  I love racing, but training for it is what really stirs my soul.  The challenges you face climbing up buildings is like nothing else I’ve experienced.  Your heart rate goes up, and pretty much stays there, you start feeling the “burn” in the quads, your breathing gets harder and harder, and as your body wants to quit your mind must take you to the end.  It’s an incredible physical and mental workout and I’ve found that it’s impacted my life in ways I never envisioned.

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to climb the new One World Tower in NYC for the 2nd year in a row.  We climbed 104 floors/2,226 steps!  The combination of emotions for 9/11 and the competitive aspect takes you to a place that’ s hard to explain.

While I finished 5th overall female and 24th overall, with almost 700 participants, it wasn’t my best race.  With a time of 19:36 I was disappointed, as I expected to climb it about a minute faster….but my mojo just wasn’t there.  It was the first time I’ve ever woken up and not experienced those pre-race nerves.  Was it because I fought a chest congestion thing for almost 3 weeks?  Is that why I was so tired the day before?  Why didn’t I go a minute faster?  Why didn’t I push harder in the end?  Why…I kept asking this immediately after seeing the results.  After a day or so of being “disappointed” in myself, I was more disappointed in my attitude!  So what if it wasn’t my best race!  How lucky am I that I have two legs to take me up that building!  How lucky am I that I didn’t lose my life in that building.  How honored and grateful am I that I get to be involved with the incredible Stephen Siller Tunnel To Tower’s Foundation. http://tunnel2towers.org

Basically, I lost my way.  I lost my perspective on what’s really matters and realized how much I take for granted.  It’s the simple things in life that we so often forget are the most important.

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~ Anthony Robbins

 

Simple, Healthy & Delicious!

Simple, Healthy and Delicious!  That’s my motto for everything I eat, including when I travel.  It’s not as hard as one may think and I will be sharing future posts on how that works for me.  In the meantime, I’m going to share with you one of my at home favorites!  One of my favorite recipes that falls right in this category is my poached salmon!  I happen to love salmon and the great thing about poaching is it’s such a simple process.  I don’t like to take away from the flavor of any food I eat, but instead, enhance it.

I always cook the fish at 425, usually between 15 & 18 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Keep it simple, lemon juice, salt, pepper and whatever seasonings you enjoy. Salmon is usually basil or dill and garlic.  The bags are a good size so you can slice up peppers and onions and throw them in there as well.  You could also do a separate bag of all veggies.  Just remember your root vegetables will take longer.

I purchase the bags through Amazon, but your local Whole Foods or similar store may carry them.  FYI, I’m currently not affiliated with Amazon, just providing you the link so you can easily access these bags!  Some of you may like using parchment paper, I don’t…remember, simple, healthy & delicious!

http://www.amazon.com/Paperchef-Parchment-Cooking-Bags-Pack/dp/B00E4MRH74/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1463005660&sr=8-2&keywords=paper+chef+parchment+bags

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Monday, Monday, Monday!

 

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So many people dread Monday morning.  The start of the work week, 5 more days till the weekend, job and family responsibilities, you name it!  Basically, how to juggle it all and find balance.  I have always looked forward to Monday morning.  Crazy as it sounds, to me it’s always been a reboot!  Let’s see what I can do different this week, what can I accomplish, be it personal or professional, or both.  

For many years my career was consumed with traveling, staying in hotels, business lunches/dinners, and not being home as often as I liked.  And when I got home, I just wanted to chill out.  Since then the dynamics have changed, which has opened up a whole new set of challenges in my life.  Before, I had places I had to be, responsibilities via my job, conference calls and someone I reported to.  

Now, I am accountable to no one but myself!  Not to say that the many hats I wear don’t come with responsibility, i.e, preparing a workout  for a client, finding the right wellness events  for my husband’s automotive dealership to partner with, my education and growth needs, both professionally and personally.  Of course, then there’s the household responsibilities we all tackle.

And let’s not forget our relationships!  Be it children, spouses, aging parents, friendships….all of this sometimes feels like way to much for many of us to wrap our arms around.  Ahh, so what’s the solution?  If there is one thing I’m certain of it’s that I don’t have the answer!  But what I do have, is a space like this to help each other “Embrace A Full Life”!  And I believe what that entails, starts with good nutrition, physical activity, sleep, (yes, sleep), and taking care of yourself mentally, spiritually….wherever those paths lead you.  I’m looking at this blog to be a little about my journey, which will include some of my daily challenges, ideas, tips, recipes, workouts…you name it.  Let’s get this party started! 

Check out this great new Justin Timberlake song which I think is the perfect way to kick off the week!  Thanks to one of my favorite bloggers & friends, Jen of www.peanutbutterrunner.com, for sharing this.  It’s too good not to pass along!

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!  I’m so excited to start the week with my very first blog post!  Hang with me as I figure all of this out.  I’m a health and fitness fanatic who is passionate about living a balanced and healthy life! I do this by living life to the fullest, by eating well, feeling well and doing well! Join me as we all share fitness ideas, simple, healthy & delicious food, and overall wellness tips.  I’m looking forward to sharing in this journey!