Archive for ‘Self-Gratitude’

April 4, 2011

Motivational Monday – Creating New Boundaries

Ben: “Sometimes I feel like my brain is battling my body when I run.  And I don’t know whether it’s more important to listen to my brain, which says go home, we can’t do this run today, or my body, which says we’re fine – keep going.”

Me: “I totally get that.  I think it’s really important to listen to our bodies, but I also don’t know that we’d ever see growth or reach our potential if we didn’t push ourselves past our comfort zones.”

One day, over eight years ago, I realized that I couldn’t keep up with my cousins. Not only could I not keep up, I couldn’t even pretend to keep up anymore.

We would go to the cane fields to run and then train at the gym, and all I could do was walk (and I don’t mean power walk, either).  I always told my cousins that I’d meet up with them at the end of the run because I didn’t want to hold them back.  Sometimes they’d jog circles around me just to keep me with the group, and other times I’d wander around six-foot tall bushels of cane, singing to myself, until the rest of the crew came back together laughing and covered in well-earned sweat.

Back then, my reality was limited. I didn’t think I was athletic, or even healthy, to be honest.  When friends asked me to go to the beach I’d refuse and make up silly excuses like, “my grandma needs me to help her check her blood sugar” (for years I would only go to beaches where I knew I wouldn’t see classmates with only my family members).  I didn’t have the energy nor the self-esteem to play sports or even socialize much.  If you would have asked me what I was capable of, I would have told you that my mind was capable of anything, but my body had definite limits.

That day in the cane fields pushed me to try something I felt was impossible; later that week I signed up for Curves and talked to my mom about the diet that was working for her.

Fast forward a few years to my college days.  My reality before college was simple island life.  College life was a dream, but I really didn’t know if I could actually do it. Leaving home was rough, but I made friends quickly and easily in Oregon, which made me feel like a good and worthy person.  Yes, college life was hard, but it was also so very freeing!  I was allowed to recreate myself, and I was doing it!

It was that energy that gave me the self-esteem and confidence to step into the [testosterone-filled] weight room for the first time alone. Especially on a college campus, where the majority of women stay within the cardio room, I didn’t feel like it was possible for me to lift with the men, even if I already knew how to work all the machines.  It was also that energy that got me to Aotearoa/New Zealand, helped me find the greatest friends a girl could ask for, and complete a three-day trek.

About 16 months ago, I told Ben I wanted to try running, because it was always an impossible feat in my life, and I wanted to see if someone like me could really learn to run.  Turns out – just like everything else – it’s possible!  :)

The string of simple leaps of faith that have unfolded in my life have changed me and made me realize that nothing is ever as big a deal as I make it out to be in my head… so I might as well live big! Making the impossible happen is what life is all about.  Pushing the boundaries I have set for myself has brought incredible rewards and made me realize that I have unlimited potential.

To this day, I continue to push myself to recreate my boundaries.  This morning I tackled another impossible feat: interval training!  I did 3 miles of intense, heart-bursting Farklet training as the sun rose over Haleakala.  And you know what I realized?  Sprinting in Vibrams feels just like flying!

I feel as though I should state, just for the record, that I don’t mean to encourage pushing yourself when you are feeling injured.  As always, listen to yourself and learn to understand the fine balance between healthy and unhealthy ways of pushing yourself.

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? What have you always pushed aside because it seemed impossible?

If you are catching up on the Motivational Monday series, here’s what you’ve missed:

1) My tips for taking control of your own destiny

2) Caitlin’s post on eliminating negative self-talk and fat talk

3) My tips for making time for health and wellness

4) Tips on setting attainable goals

5) Therese’s post on getting from there to here without going crazy

6) A reminder to stay open to reevaluation

7) Fueling your body, mind, and spirit well

8) The importance of accountability

Motivational Mondays are meant to offer you tips and tools to help you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  What would you like to see for Motivational Mondays? Would you like to be a contributor? Comment or email me at and tell me your motivational story, who motivates you, and/or your tips.

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February 28, 2011

Set to Succeed

Happy Monday! I have been feeling spread thin lately, so this weekend was the perfect time to practice saying “no, thanks” and catch up on me time Smile.

It was blissful!  I was able to create in the kitchen, get most of a research paper done, clean up a bit and spend time with the hubby and ‘ohana.


[My cousin Cory, his wife Jina, and my niece Jaylen came for the weekend – we had an amazing pool day!]

My cousin time this weekend was bittersweet because we were celebrating Lance’s going off to the Air Force tomorrow.  He’s always been the baby of us all (even though he’s now taller than any of us!), so it’s hard to see him go.  I can’t tell you how proud I am of him for his brave and adventurous spirit, though!  We’ll be seeing you again sooner than we imagine, Lance.

Aside from a few laps in the pool, Ben, Zak, and I completed a successful 4 miler in our Vibram Fivefingers this weekend [Zak wore his Nike Frees].  Four miles in the Vibrams felt GREAT aside from the insane blisters I got from the seams Sad smile.  I’m also super bummed because my right “shoe” has some faulty stitching and now there’s a hole on the top piece of fabric.  I know that there’s a warrantee on the shoes, but I’m trying to figure out a good time to send them back.  I hope it doesn’t take them forever to send me a new pair – I really enjoy my barefoot runs and was planning on racing a 10K in them in two weeks!

I also got to try out my new kettlebell and Jillian Michael’s “Shred It with Weights” this weekend [I’ll definitely be doing a review soon!].  I’m really excited about having a kettlebell at home!  Today I’m sore in places I never imagined possible.

I’ve thought a lot this weekend about creating a less-overwhelmed-and-more-excited life again, and I’ve devised a plan to [hopefully] create more balance for myself:

  1. I’ve set myself up to take two mornings from work off per week. Sure, less hours equates to less pay, but honestly, I’d rather have my sanity than any amount of money at this point in time.  I’m incredibly fortunate to have a flexible boss who understands and supports my school/work situation and is willing to let me come in a little later on a couple of days so that I can function better [and ultimately be a better worker for her!].  I’ve had to prioritize and get a few projects done earlier, but it will be well worth it to be able to get enough rest and do some research in the morning!
  2. I’ve got everything written down in my planner now. I know it sounds silly, but sometimes – when every moment from 6 am to 10:30 pm is taken – it’s necessary to schedule in showering time [don’t judge me].  I’m going to have to check that planner every single morning and keep it up to date [writing it down on paper keeps it from floating in my head].
  3. I batch cooked and have multiple meals sitting in their perfectly-portioned containers in the fridge for the week. Having healthy meals on hand helps to keep me from binging on crap.  Plus, it’s one less thing to worry about on a week night.

Ultimately, I’m going to be lessening the work hours even more to create more harmony and simplicity, but that is a story for another day Winking smile.

Cheers to starting the week right!

What steps do you take to ensure a balanced, happy life?

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