Capacity Full

Posted on by Melissa Burton in #14in2014, Balance | 15 Comments

Busy is good, right?  I’ve been busy and it’s been a good busy – I attended a fabulous yoga event hosted by Murad Skin Care and Fitness Magazine last week, was announced as a FitFluential Ambassador (so happy) and I just came home from Bloggy Boot Camp/Women Get Social yesterday.  Being around amazing women and getting a chance to feed your mind, body and soul in new ways is always inspiring to me.  I was ridiculously anxious to recap some of the meaty tid-bits of these events and share them with all of you but when I sat down at my computer, I got a message from Google Drive telling me that my storage capacity was full.  I couldn’t even download another image.  I was angry.  I freaked out.  I started crying and then I realized that this might be a sign:

Overworked, overburdened, time out

Yes, I could pay for more storage and just keeping going but I didn’t like the method nor the madness.  My “holy crap I’m soooooo busy” mentality meant that I was just bulldozing ahead to get tasks done, without really taking the time to do things right.  I’ve been doing a million things lately and few of them very well so I need to make a change.

I’ve gotten a clear sign from the tech gods that I need to slow down and get myself organized with my life, blog, business and family.  I‘m not giving up this blog, I love it (you, the reader and the amazing people within the blogosphere way too much to leave)!

However, I do think I’m going to scale back my posting schedule for a little while.  I want to be a better version of myself.  While I know I can’t do it all, I do know that I’m not the blogger, entrepreneur, friend, family member and “athlete” that I want to be (I’m having a ton of trouble referring to myself as an athlete but since I have the LoziLu Mud Run and the SoCal Ragnar Relay in the next month, I’m going with that description for now).

As we enter into the last third of the first quarter of the year (do you like my math skills there?), I realize I’m failing miserably at meeting my #14in2014 goals and if I plan to get anywhere close to meeting them, things need to change now.

Again, let me be clear.  I’m not going away.  I may just be posting on an irregular schedule for a little while.  I’ll still be active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and hope you’ll stick with me there.  Who knows, maybe this will be the time that I’ll delve into Google+ and Pinterest and find you there?

 

Watch this space.  I know there are great things coming soon enough.

 

 

Tell me, what’s your best computer organization and/or time management tip that might help me get through this transition period faster!

 

 

 

Friday’s Featured Female – Melissa@MelissaRunningIt.com

Posted on by Melissa Burton in Fitness, Food & Nutrition, Friday's Featured Female | 10 Comments

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.

Today we end the “Month of Melissas” with one of my running and fitness inspirations – Melissa@MelissaRunningIt.  I found Melissa’s blog through a Twitter #runchat feed.  To find out that Melissa was a runner, a parent, lived in California and was closer to 40 than 30 (Melissa recently entered the 40 Club) made me smile.  Melissa’s writing was different than anyone else I’d ever encountered –  the honesty, determination and humanity showcased while sharing her thoughts about running, weight lifting and body image clicked with me.  Melissa also has a uniquely positive outlook on how faith and fitness impact the health and happiness one unearths in life.

I find Melissa exceptionally motivational and inspirational not only because she looks fantastic, has run more races than I can count or because she can probably crush me like a bug (the girl has serious guns) but because she lives with heart.  I admire that she sometimes takes a step back from fitness and blogging because real life requires her presence.  Not everyone has the strength to tear themselves away from the pull of their need for fitness or the rabbit hole of social media but Melissa does and is always honest about when she does and usually why.  I was lucky enough to meet this fabulous lady at FitBloggin’ in June (despite the fact that we were both at the Self Magazine Oakley Women’s VIP Progression Session in San Diego last April) and she’s as gorgeous in person (and personality) as she is online.  Melissa is a woman who takes charge of her own destiny and makes you want to do the same.

Sooooo, have you met Melissa?

Wow, how special am I that I get to round out an awesome month of Melissas? I’m thrilled to be here and a very happy birthday month, Melissa.

All She Wants Is…

See what I did there? Cue the Duran Duran for Melissa and keep reading. If we haven’t met yet, you’ll soon find that in my house, there’s me, the mr. and a couple of teenagers that think they are running it. While I’m not alone, per se, running is very much all me. I started running a little over two years ago and in my first year, I ran just over 300 miles. In 2012, I more than doubled that with 720 miles. Last year, I’m set a goal to hit the 1,000 mile mark (though I came up just shy of it). The increase in miles made me a faster runner, and since I’m not a wicked fast runner, the longer distances meant more time on my own. Unlike the actual lyrics to All She Wants Is, all I wanted was to get into a shape that was a little less round. But everything comes at a price. So, I thought I’d share some of the lessons that no one really pointed out to me when I first got started.

 

Motivation starts (and finishes) with you. Whether you live alone or are managing a household, you have to be the first to make a move. If  mr running it kindly “suggested” I get back on track with something that resembled the svelt, healthy girl he once knew, I would have firmly planted my butt on the couch and had a few more candy bars. Seriously. Don’t tell me what I need to do, because then I won’t want to do it. Real mature, I know. had to be the one to say enough is enough. I’m tired of being tired. I’m tired of having my ribs dig into the fat of my side when I drive. The scale read the same as it did when I was nine months pregnant with my son (did I mention he was 16 by then?). That was what it took for me. When you think through your fitness goals, what is the motivation behind choosing those goals? Is it an upcoming event, an offhand comment someone makes, or a health scare? What makes you finally say: today is the day I’m going to get after it? If you don’t know, ask yourself what you want your life to look like in ten or twenty years from now.

 

MelissaRunningIt, runner, half marathon, Holiday Half Marathon

 

Why do you run, or lift weights, or do Zumba, or do whatever you do? 

When I started running, I didn’t do it because I loved it, I did it because it was the greatest calorie burn I could manage in the least amount of time. Once I got past the ugly huffing and puffing stage of running a miserable mile, I decided I wanted to run a half marathon. Somewhere between sucking on my inhaler like a crack pipe and a variety of overuse injuries, I was hooked on running and the race bling. Run all the races!!! became my mantra. Last year I decided to participate in a #13in2013 challenge and ran thirteen half marathons.  so. much. fun. By my last race of the year, though, I was pretty burnt out. I missed sleeping in until the sun came up on Saturday mornings and making breakfast for my family. I missed lifting weights that were heavy for fear of being too sore to get in a good run the following day. As much as I loved running, I had to step back and evaluate. I realized running had become work and I’d come to love the running community family far more than the run. Why did I start running? Oh, right, to drop fat. Yep, did that. I dropped 20 pounds and overall was much healthier than I’d been in years. Do you love what you do? I see people running and at the gym and there are always the few that look oh so miserable every single time I see them. No doubt there are those workouts that kick your butt, but if you’re headed to your workout with the feeling of dread all the time, it’s time for a change.

 

 Change is good.

When I attempted to plan my 2014 race calendar, I just wasn’t feeling it. There were a couple of races I’d registered for, but I noticed I’d made commitments to people rather than being committed to the run. I wanted to keep making forward progress, so I decided to get back into the gym. It was intimidating, for sure. Having a plan and being intentional with my training was still something I needed (go figure, kind of like training for a marathon). I connected with a couple of ladies on Facebook and I’m pretty excited for this new season. Since Melissa was so awesome to invite me as a guest blogger, y’all are getting the first progress photo of the year. Not quite an equal trade on awesome, I know. Ha. But I digress…  Change is good, even when it doesn’t seem noticeable. The scale didn’t change much between these two photos – seriously, it was just a two pound difference – but when I had the mr take photos, I my point of view changed and I could see the difference.  Change is good, even when it’s a small change.  Something as simple as putting pen to paper to track meals and workouts made me more aware of what I was eating and how hard I was (or wasn’t) actually working out. I got out of my comfort zone and am seeing the value of changing up my game plan. When’s the last time you changed up your workouts? If it’s been some time, what’s something you want to try but have stayed away from? (For me, that would be Zumba. It looks so fun, but I know my mama didn’t give me anything that shakes like that!)

MelissaRunningIt, January Progress, weight lifting results

 

If you’re still reading, then you get a gold star for letting me ramble. While these seem simple enough, I wish I’d heard them earlier on when I first started to get my health back under my control:

 

Only I can find the motivation to get started. No amount of pep talks, body image talks, or well played infomercial is gonna find your inner mojo for you.

 

Love what you do! If you don’t find joy in it, it’s time to move on, or at the very least, take a break. It’s hard to move forward with anything in life if all you see is work.

 

Change it up. Over time, our bodies adapt to any given activity done on a regular basis. If you’ve been doing the same thing for some time now and aren’t seeing results, it’s time for a change. Get connected with Melissa to evaluate your nutrition – that’s 80% of the equation! Find a trainer, get a workout buddy, someone that will help you with a specific plan to get you moving toward the results you want.

 

Moving forward, I know I’ll be assessing, evaluating, and adjusting and I look forward to hearing how you do the same!

Melissa Running It (http://melissarunningit.com)

Twitter @melissyk (http://twitter.com/melissyk)

Instagram @melissyk (http://instagram.com/melissyk)

Facebook Melissa Running It (http://facebook.com/melissarunningit)

 

Spill it – name one of those things you’ve been avoiding but really do want to try.

Virtual Coffee Catch Up Date

Posted on by Melissa Burton in #14in2014, Duran Duran, Fitness, Uncategorized | 23 Comments

I’ve been slacking off a bit when it comes to my blogging.  Things have been a little busy and since I’m not one of those “whip out a quick post kind of bloggers”, I’ve taken a page from Christine@LoveLifeSurf with a Virtual Coffee Catch-Up Date today.  I know we should all have more of these IRL but until we can, this will need to suffice.

 

Suspended Coffee

Image: Philippe Lin

 

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you’re dealing with the weather.   – - – - I know my East Coast (and my Mid West) friends have been getting hammered by the #polarvortex.  This might be one of the only stretches of time that I haven’t missed NYC.  I don’t want to rub salt in the wound but California has been glorious lately.  Many Los Angelenos are freaking out about the forecasted rain storm (people really don’t know what to do in the rain here)  but it’s desperately needed.

 

beach view, Amtrak train, Los Angeles to San Diego

 

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you if you had any advice on gaining fitness stamina quickly. – - – - The reality that I”m participating in the SoCal Ragnar Relay on April 4th and 5th is beginning to sink in.  I”ll be running this relay with 11 amazing women including Amy@It’sAllAboutTheJourney, Jill@TreeFitness, Carrie@FamilyFitnessFood, Gillian@That’sG, Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries, Debbie@LivefromLaQuinta,  Jamie@FitApproach and Kia@BodhiBear and I’m more than a little intimidated by these athletes.  I’ve trained for 4 half marathons and gotten injured 90% of the way through the training program so I’m doing the anti-training plan and running when I want (maybe it’s not smart but I’m trying to trick my back into thinking we’re NOT training for 12 miles in less than a 48 hour period).  I’ve had a few crappy, labored runs but I’ve had a few decent ones too.  I was very proud to have conquered an exceptionally challenging course at the LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K last weekend but I need to get myself running more often and I could use some motivation.

 

LA, running, #LAChinatownFirecracker10k

 

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you if you’ve ever run a mud run before. – - – - I’m super excited to be an Ambassador for the LoziLu 5K Mud Run coming to Pasadena on March 22nd but I’ve never done a mud run before.  I’m planning on wearing some old shoes and I’m ready to get dirty but I’d ask for tips on how to deal with being muddy and hopefully not injuring myself for my Ragnar 2 weeks later. BTW, my code: CRJWB can get you 10% on any LoziLu Women’s Mud Run nationwide!

 

LoziLu Women's Mud Run, LoziLu, 5K, Mud Run, Pasadena, LA

 

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how your 2014 fitness and health goals were coming along so far. – - – - I’d tell you that some of my #14in2014 goals were right on track (an Ambassadorship and featuring great women for Friday’s Featured Female) but most of them were not (reading books, revamping the blog and meeting SLB since it looks like there will be no Duran Duran tour this year because the new album is potentially slated for late 2014).   If you having some trouble getting your exercise and healthy eating on track, I’d suggest possibly joining the MAMA SHRED that I’m working on with Bobbi@NHerShoes, for 6 weeks of meal and exercise plans suited for busy women (not just mothers) for some focus before the 1st quarter of 2014 passes you by.

 

Mama Shred, nhershoes.com, Bobbi McCormick, health, meal plans, fitness

Mama Shred 2014 with nhershoes.com

 

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you if you are a Mac or PC person. – - – - After nearly 7 years, my trusty Dell Inspiron cracked at the hinge and it was one of the signs that it was time to get a new computer (the battery life dying after 2 hours of use should have been the straw but I’m frugal and that wasn’t enough for me).  After hemming and hawing, I decided to get a 13″ Mac Book Pro and it’s definitely a transition but I’m getting there.  I’m having fun decking out my new baby too (I’m kind of in love with my chevron keyboard cover).  I’m on the hunt for a Duran Duran sticker to put on my snap case (did you like that HLTW reference Duran friends?) and I desperately need a protective sleeve and carrying case so I don’t damage this computer while traveling as I’ve done before.

 

Mac Book Pro, chevron

Bright and shiny computer

 

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you about how work was going.- – - - Since blogging and nutrition/fitness/wellness are my business, I’d tell you that I was pretty busy with LoziLu and the MAMA SHRED but that I’d also be attending 2 conferences within a week.  I’m super excited to be attending Women Get Social/Bloggy Boot Camp in San Diego this weekend (to get my blogging skills up to snuff) and next week I’ll be attending the Natural Products Expo West and will hopefully be getting the scoop on the upcoming trends in food and natural products for 2014.  I made some predictions last year and I can’t wait to see if this year will really be the year of the cauliflower (among other things).

 

Bloggy Boot Camp, Women Get Social, SITS Girls

Image: BloggyBootCamp.com

 

Natural Products Expo

 

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you about your family. – - – - I know I’m really lucky to have a great husband, son and puppy.  They made my birthday and Valentine’s Day so wonderful.  They’re always so supportive of the work I do even if it means that I don’t make a regular paycheck (Allie@VitaTrain4Life wrote a great post about this recently) but they see me happy.  They’re understanding of my time away from home, odd hours working or getting my fitness in somehow.  I know I need to work harder on being more present with them so they know how much I love them (I’d likely ask you if that’s an issue for you too and how you deal with it if it is).  I’m looking forward to March and April when we have friends (who are like family) and my in-laws coming to visit.  It will be crazy but wonderful to have them all here in California.

 

Family Photo.jpg

 

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you about what you watch on TV/Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu etc. – - – - Even though I don’t sleep as many hours as I should, I need to wind down by watching something on my iPad before I go to sleep at night.  We cut the cable cord last year and make up for it with iTunes Season Passes for shows like Breaking Bad (when it was on) and Mad Men (can’t wait).  NetFlix/Amazon Prime/Hulu Plus are awesome and feed my TV addiction well.  Right now, I’m a little hooked on Friday Night Lights (after getting hooked on Parenthood, I decided to give this show a try) and starting House of Cards – Season 2.  I need to catch up on the last episode of Downton Abbey and I can’t wait for the return of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and Orphan Black.  Like I said, I watch a lot of TV.  I’d ask what you watch so I could line up my next show.

 

Friday Night Lights, TV

Image: tchuntfr

 

By this point, we’d probably have chatted for awhile and we’d both realize the time.  If we’re blogger friends, I’d apologize for not keeping up to date with reading and commenting on your blog and I know I’d likely apologize for talking your ear off (as I’m known to do), then we’d both be out the door saying we’d text or email (I don’t answer my phone often) to make a future date to catch up again soon.

Until next time!

Which topic do you think we’d chat about the longest?

Tunes For Tuesday – Feargal Sharkey

Posted on by Melissa Burton in Music | Leave a comment

Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy

 

Today’s Tunes For Tuesday is the 1985 hit by Feargal Sharkey, “A Good Heart”.  Feargal Sharkey was part of the group The Undertones and also worked with Vince Clarke (of Yaz, Depeche Mode and Erasure) but he’s best known musically for this #1 hit penned by Maria McKee of Lone Justice about her relationship with Tom Petty.  Oh what a tangled and incestuous musical web we weave….

This is a fun pop song and the video is so 80′s stylized it makes me laugh.  Feargal has some great swinging hair going on though, take a look:

 

 

Did you know and love this song back in the day or was it just me?

Friday’s Featured Female – Melissa Dell@MelissaDell.com

Posted on by Melissa Burton in Friday's Featured Female | 6 Comments

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.

Today’s Melissa is Melissa Dell@MelissaDell.com and BlingDivaDesigns.com.  I got the chance to meet Melissa (read: talk her ear off) at a holiday party in 2012 when she was invisibly pregnant.  She’s now the mother of 2 children under 3 as well as a wife and business woman.  Melissa was blogging before blogging was cool and I’m glad to have her share a bit of her wisdom today.

 

Tell Your Head To Shut Up

 

HA ha, did I get your attention? I think, as women, one of the biggest challenges we face is telling our head to shut up. How many times have we had on-going conversations (in our head) that we’re not ____________ enough? Insert any word – pretty, smart, tech-savvy, witty, funny… Anything fits. Why do let one organ control the entire body? It’s ridiculous. Would you let your left foot guide all that you do? No. That’s bizarre! You have to let all the parts contribute to the end result.

 

But so many times the brain gets in our way and it holds us back. It makes us worry that we’ll fail, we won’t succeed, and everyone will judge us. But everyone, I think, has those moments of self-doubt. It’s moving beyond that and listening to where and how our hearts might guide us.

 

For me, my heart was guiding me towards the SoCal Lady Bloggers group. I was a member, and during a weekend was viewing the tweets being sent out by Carolyn West, one of the co-founders. She was in a session discussing collaborations, partnerships, and what works. I had already been thinking about wanting to play a more active role in the group but wasn’t sure how or why.

 

After that weekend, I drafted a message to Carolyn, starting off that she doesn’t really know me or what I have as skillset, but I was feeling this need to connect with her and the group. I feel that message was the launching point. I was nervous sending it out there for the possibility of rejection. But guess what, she didn’t. And it’s been almost a year since that message was sent and we’ve done so much with each other.

 

So my advice? Listen to your heart every now and then. Step outside your comfort zone. You won’t know what can become of it.
Melissa Dell, Bling Diva Designs, So Cal Lady Bloggers

Melissa Dell showing off her Bling Diva Designs.

Thank you Melissa for inviting me to be a guest blogger!! Happy Birthday Month!

 

If you want to catch up with Melissa, you can find her at the following outlets:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/melissa_dell

Blog: http://melissadell.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/melissadellfan

Instagram: http://instagram.com/melissa_dell and  http://instagram.com/blingdivadesigns

 

What did you do the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?

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