I will never forget: September 11, 2001

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From a friend’s page:

At this moment 13 years ago, millions of Americans went to bed quietly, with no thought that the next morning their world would change forever. That night hundreds packed flight bags they would not live to open. Thousands slept with loved ones for the last time.
One never knows what a new day has in store. Let us live each day to the fullest and never miss a chance to let this dearest to us know of our love for them. So tonight if you have someone in your life that you love, TELL THEM.

Never Forget.

I was at Walt Disney World and worked quietly at my restaurant while everyone was quiet glued to CNN that was on every channel. I will never forget how scared I was the first time hearing the fighter jets fly over the MGM Studios, as I walked from Indiana Jones to the Doug Show. Everyone frozen (cast members and guest a like) and looked up in the sky. I wish that this nation would again pull together and help each other out, this day; September 11; should be a day of remembrance and a day of giving.

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When do you workout?

That is always a HUGE question that people ask others when they want to start their own personal health & fitness journey. I personally feel that there are many factors to when someone workouts, including their job, friends, home life, and for me when I feel my best.

I am a morning person, have been for my whole life and I truly enjoy working out in the morning. I enjoy it so much so that if I don’t workout by 11am it won’t be happening that day, it throws my whole schedule off. Piyo, Les Mills Combat, Running, Body Pump, Body Flow, you name it I will do it in the am without that much of a push.

Now, years ago I joined a gym with five wonderful ladies and we would workout at all hours of the day, but mostly at night. I 100% could go back to working out at the gym at night if I had a support group of gym buddies looking forward to working out together. That was the really nice thing about joining with five other ladies, there was almost ALWAYS someone free to workout with. Yes, I may have been the gym rat of them all, including going out drinking until 3pm and running on a treadmill at 8am because I promised to meet one of the girls. The trainer’s never let me live that one down, for the tequila was pouring out of  my body and you could smell it.

This brings me back to I truly feel it’s personal and YOU have to make it work for YOU! If you don’t then it’s not going to work for you, and you are setting yourself up to fail. When do you workout and why?

Here are some great articles too:

What’s the Best Time to Workout

5 Reasons Why You’re Not to Busy to Workout 

Hate Working out in the Morning, three reasons to stay in bed. 

 

Why to research where you get your essential oils from

Rather get your oils on amazon or ebay? Not only is the chance pretty high that you will receive a tampered with doterra oil, but you are also not really saving as much as you think you are… because you could be earning up to 35% in points plus 25% percent off retail price with a wholesale membership… I know it is nice to save money, but is it really worth jeopardizing your health?

I can help you get started with a wholesale account… just message me on my facebook page or check out my retail page: http://www.mydoterra.com/alissasmith/

From a fellow #doTERRA essential oil user:

“I know of a lady that bought Frankincense essential oil off of Amazon, because she was wondering exactly how Amazon or eBay sellers could offer our oils for less than we are paying as wholesale members. Fact is, this lady works in a lab. She took her Amazon bottle, and a brand new bottle of Frankincense she got in her loyalty rewards order, marked them, and took them to the lab and analyzed them. The Frankincense oil she got off the net was diluted to about 1/3 of what our Frankincense tested at. They had diluted with jojoba oil! Now we know how they can sell for so cheap. We need to stop people from being able to do this, because it is hurting all of us by putting oils out there with the doTERRA name on them, that are not as potent and powerful as the real thing. I hope this opens other’s eyes to ordering oils off of Amazon! You get what you pay for!”

We all want a bargain, but it’s not a bargain if it is diluted, tampered, or not 100% essential oil. doTERRA has a wonderful way to get essential oils at wholesale or below wholesale costs, plus I offer lots of extra goodies for new wholesale members. Don’t “bargain shop” for something like essential oils – I did at first and they burned my daughter’s legs and I hear countless stories from others as well.

September Goals

It’s Labor Day or September 1st! Where as this year gone? If you are like most people who I talked to this weekend at the Rock n Roll Half Marathon, we were all wondering how time is flying by so fast this year! Don’t worry I will post a recap of the race this week, short version HOT, STEAMY, HOT!

It’s time to post goals, I personally have not been doing well with goals this year, but running/ walking all those miles yesterday gave me plenty of time to think about what the heck I am doing with my life and if I want to keep on this path for the rest of the year. True inner reflection is a huge step for me, and I only find myself doing it when I am at my lowest points in life, which is a shame for I really need to do it during the high times too that way I can learn how to keep the high times going.

Here are my goals:

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If you read my post a couple of days ago you already knew most of them. I added in the 100 miles in a month challenge which will help me with my Baltimore Half Marathon training, along with a 30 day photo challenge. I am doing the photo challenge from the ladies over at the Shrinking Jeans.

You are all my backup for if I slack on any of these goals, I only choose a couple this month because I truly feel that I can complete them, but they will also challenge me. Follow me on Instagram at alisue2 for daily updates!

What are your goals for September

Feeling like a chicken with my head cut off…

I am bouncing off the wall this week! Between the Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon this week, a great friend coming into town to run the race with me, tearing apart the house cleaning, and really starting to study for my Personal Trainer class. 

First off, I am on a new book in my Ace Fitness Personal Training and just DEFINITIONS is 15 pages!! 15 PAGES! I am completely feeling overwhelmed right now, but I am going to break it up and learn it! It’s all muscles, and body systems but I feel working in the hospital as helped me a little bit more then if I was starting from scratch. 

Second, I am scared to death about the half marathon this weekend. It’s my first race since hurting myself in May, and I am just worried that I will hurt myself while out on the course. I am lucky that my chiropractor is going to be at the event and he is going to be taping up both my knees & my compression pants will help. There is just a little voice in the back of my head is still talking *you are going to get hurt* 

Third, while my friend is in town I have to work, it’s only four hours, but still not cool. If it was an important job, where I was a leader and people looked to me I would be okay with working. Currently I feel like my job is fluff, and it doesn’t matter if I am there or not. Do I feel like the patients care if I am there or not, yes some of them do, do other… I feel sometimes not at all. 

My light in this mess of a week is Chalene Johnson! Right now I am listening to her live on the beachbody youtube channel. She has two new podcast which are both so informational & inspirational~ 

Thank you for my crazy thoughts! Now off to study! 

 

 

 

Revamping my lifestyle, end of summer inner reflection on life

This past weekend I took time for a major inner reflection of my lifestyle and what my personal goals are for life.

I sat down and took a long look in the mirror reflecting on if I am where I want to be in my life at this time. We are working on starting a family and am I happy where I am at, that I am fully am to bring a child into our lives. My answer was truly a slap in the face, because no.. I have been tons of talk/ planning but am I truly doing my plan, and I am not.

Jrod and my two year anniversary is coming in 2 weeks and I am exactly 20 pounds heavier than I was on my wedding day. Is this the best/ healthiest me, NO! , and know I need to get my butt in gear and fully change my lifestyle. It’s hard to see Jrod eat everything he wants and get to workout while at work, he has lost more weight than he gained in Texas and is back to his Navy Seal/ Hawaii weight. Sigh…

Tonight I listened to the first two podcast of Chalene Johnson’s new podcast Turbo Charged Life, and they were amazing. She completely touched on things I am have been thinking about changing in my life, and feel I now have a better plan.

This is a perfect month to work on myself because Jrod already warned me that he will be checked out for the next three months playing Destiny.

Goals for the rest of the year, all of these are self-improvement:

September:

read two self improvement books

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

and

Tranquilista by Kimberly Wilson

Restart my half marathon training for Baltimore Half Marathon in October

Restart PiYO training by Chalene Johnson, I got through a month of it before I got really sick for two weeks. At the time I had lost 10 inches overall, so I feel this is 100% a go! Also my running and knees improved by leaps and bounds.

Lastly I am going to be super studying my ACE Fitness Personal Training items, my test is the week before the Baltimore Half Marathon so it’s time to get really going on this.  My overall goal with this is to become a personal trainer along with getting my group fitness certification so I will have a job that will travel with us on our Navy adventures.

My overall goal for September is to better my health, along with myself as a person.

What is your personal reflection that is happening with summer coming to an end?