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Before and After - My Shower!

motivation Oct 03, 2017

Before and After - my shower!!!

I shared the photo below in my private fitness accountability group this morning. (I reserve the BEST for them! )

But then I got to thinking about how we all like to show our "highlight reel" to the world. We are so afraid of judgement and not living up to some stupid standard we've invented in our crazy minds. So we hide the real stuff.

It's basically because we want people to like us!!! But of course they won't like us if we wear glasses or have a pimple (although I'm too old to get those anymore!) or have too many wrinkles or have old age spots on our arms (These have replaced the pimples!) or look fat in our outfit or our hair is messed up from sweat or just not washing it for a few days....

Why are we so afraid to JUST BE and share THAT?!!!

Our egos are so powerful. They make us think and do crazy things. I understand it but that doesn't mean I can easily quiet it.

It made me post the picture below in black and white because the color one...

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Hanson Makes Us Happy

family laughter Oct 03, 2017

Thought I'd do a little reliving of my Sunday night with my girls...

I hope this little video makes you happy today. It's of poor quality but I want to share it because it so captures the essence of our amazing relationship. <3

I cherish the moments I spend with my two daughters. And now that they are adults with their own lives, these times get rarer - especially times when it's just the 3 of us.

This video shows a few of these cherished moments doing what we love - singing and dancing to Hanson songs.

We love music in general but it's hard to explain what this band has done for our life.

We've traveled to many places to see them (Orlando, San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis, DC) and for many years - I think our first concert was in '97 so that's 20 years.

Hanson makes us happy. Hanson makes us love music. Hanson brings us together.

My kids used to be "closet" fans. At first they hid their love because being a Hanson fan wasn't cool. But at some point they just...

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Once My Alarm Went Off, I was Out of Bed and On My Feet

motivation Sep 09, 2017

This morning I set my alarm for 5:30a after going to bed around 12:30a. I had to get up that early in order to get my workout in and get my meals packed for the day.

I knew I would not want to get up so I decided I was going to apply the 5 Second Rule. Have you heard of the 5 Second Rule? (And it's not about picking up food after you've dropped it on the floor!!!)

It's a great technique I learned from Mel Robbins. If you haven't seen her TED Talk "How to stop screwing yourself," google it and watch it! It's awesome!!!

Once my alarm went off, I was out of bed and on my feet before 5 seconds was up. If I waited longer, my brain would've talked me into sleeping "just a few" more minutes.... I know because it happened twice last week. :o

I got up, went into the kitchen, made & drank my pre-workout drink, got my shoes on and THEN GOT IT DONE. (Hint: Sleep in your workout clothes to make it easier!!!)

That was the hardest part - the first few minutes going from bed to...

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My Two Favorite Things in the Whole Wide World

family Aug 27, 2017

If you know me, you know my two favorite things in the whole wide world are my 2 girls. The best job I ever had and the best moments of my life are those that have been spent with them. 

They have made me a better human being and that continues as they make me want to reach higher goals by the example they set as the awesome individuals they are. 

They are my sun, moon and stars.  And they always will be. 

So when I get a few special hours with them, l am in Heaven. My best friends. The two most amazing, kind and fun people on Earth!!! My Nikki and Kori

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Thankful for What I Have

family Aug 22, 2017

Weddings are a great time to celebrate not just the love of the bride and groom but your own!#thankfulforwhatihave 

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You Are the Average of the 5 People...

family motivation Aug 21, 2017

As I got ready to head into my new office for the 2nd day, this quote came to my mind. Have you ever heard it?

I think it's quite powerful and very accurate. And it got me thinking it's one of the reasons I was excited to get back into managing technology projects. The people I get to be around end up making me better!!!

I remember when I was in my mid 30s working at the 3rd largest internet provider at the time, AOL. It was known as America Online then.

I remember thinking that I was out of my league being amongst all of the brilliant minds there. I felt so lucky to be around such smart people who were making history.

Once again I got lucky. I get to work side by side with some super smart people. And when this quote came to my mind this morning, it made me realize that this job is EXACTLY where I need to be. 

After 2 days spent with my new coworkers, clearly my average has been raised big time!!! And my brain kinda hurts from it! LOL! #surroundyourselfwithgreatpeople ...

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It's Amazing How Busy Life is With Little Ones Around You

aging health motivation Aug 21, 2017

I have a new appreciation for all you moms & grandmas who manage to get in your at-home workouts with kids at home!!!

These 2 critters just left to head back home this morning...  The house is strangely quiet, and I will miss them like crazy but it's time to get back into my regular routine.

It's amazing how busy life is when little ones are around and how little you seem to get done! But I wouldn't trade my time with them for the world!!! <3 <3 <3

Truth is that I went totally off the rails with my eating and exercise over the past couple of weeks so I am actually looking forward to digging in and being super ON POINT over the next 3 weeks with the ladies in my online fitness accountability group.

I've eaten out way too much, included too much alcohol in my meal plan (vacations & wedding oh my!), and either skipped my workouts or chose the easiest ones to do.

Now it's time to get serious, commit to ONE 21 DAY PROGRAM, stick to the prescribed...

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Happy Birthday Nikki Johnson!

aging family health Aug 15, 2017

I became a mom 35 years ago today. I was only 23 years old!  So it's hard to believe I was ever not a mom. 

The picture below does a poor job of showing how incredibly elated I was. Maybe I was a bit tired or a bit scared - probably a bit of both. 

Back then you did not find out the sex in advance and, truth be told, I wanted a little girl so badly. 

It sounds silly because, for your first, you'd think it wouldn't matter. But I so wanted a perfect little girl.... Obviously I knew deep down I'd love whatever came out, but I braced myself for a boy. 

I was over the moon when the doctor said it was a girl. They whisked her away to the neo-natal unit because she was 3 weeks early but I was never worried. I knew she was perfect and I knew my life would never be the same!!!

Happy Birthday Nikki Johnson!!!! Thanks for giving me the best job I've ever had!  And thanks for breaking me in before your sister arrived! 

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Block Party Success

family Aug 15, 2017

Block party success!!! 

I just have to give major kudos to my hubby for an awesome neighborhood party we just hosted at our house.

I love how he loves people and takes the bull by the horns to make something happen. My whole life I've always been the DOER but sometimes you just want someone else to take the reins.

He planned this whole party. He asked me to do the flyer bc he's challenged with technology but he told me what to put on it.

Then he hand delivered the flyer to every single person. If they weren't home, he went back. He wanted them to have an in-person invite.

He never asked me what we should eat. He planned it all. He ordered it all. He paid for it all. And it was delicious!!!!

They all just left and they said over and over how wonderful it was that we got together and let's do it again soon.

It was an awesome time! But it's all because of him. And I love him for it. 

Now it's time to wine with my favorite guy!!!!

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Rugby is in Our Blood

family motivation Aug 15, 2017

There are some things that are just so much a part of your life... they have made you who you are. This is the game of rugby for me and my hubby. 

Him as a player and me as a fan of men who play rugby. I don't know what it is about rugby players but I find them to be of a unique breed of man. 

Sexy. Strong. Friendly. Loyal. Fun. 

Such great qualities! Such great people!!!

My high school had a rugby team so it's been in my life since the mid 70s - a loooong time! I think I chose my college based on the number of cute rugby guys that were going there! Shows where my priorities were!!!!

I first laid eyes on my husband on the rugby field. I remember that moment so clearly. And that moment changed our lives forever. 

So here we are once again... Player and fan. He's with his buddies again. He's playing in an over 60s division. He's in his element. 

Who would have thought we'd still be here 40 years later?!!!  #rugbyisinourblood

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