Be Full of LOVE

Be full-full of thanks and gratitude for everything you have and are going through. Be mindful of others and how they act, who are they and what they are not. Take and absorb the traits of others that you wish to be. We are attracted to others because they have traits that we want in ourselves. Be fully aware of what you are doing at every moment. I just tucked my son into bed and as we talked I was very much in that moment. I was fully aware of that too. It was like I stepped out of myself and saw us and reminded myself to pay attention and feel the moment and enjoy it and I did.

I have also noticed that in my life I have met people and I have strongly gravitated to them because of certain traits they possessed. I didn’t realize it at the time but I did and now I can see in myself certain things about my family and friends that I really admire about them. Then on the flip side maybe also a little bit of what I consciously try not to be. I am sure I am looked at the same way so that was not an insult in any way. We are who we are. Wouldn’t it be great if we were all born with a job title on our birth certificates so that we didn’t have to spend all of this time trying to figure it out….ha! Mine would say: Adrienne Lefcakis (I have no middle name) born April 15, 1980 Pittsburgh, PA “Future Personal Trainer and super loving person”. Or could they at least have a disclaimer that says: “God loves you and everything will always be ok-promise.”

Be very grateful for all of your past experiences. People really do come in and out of your life for very good reasons. Once you realize its ok to let go and take that person and those experiences to help you keep growing-you will be a much calmer and smarter person. They are put in your life for a reason at the time and taken out at a time. It is all part of a master plan and a great one at that. You just have to believe that everything will always be ok. People can change, people can be sorry and realize what they have done in the past was wrong. I really don’t like the phrase “people don’t change”. I do believe you “can’t change people”….they have to do that on their own. We almost can’t blame each other for the way we act in particular situations because it only happened like that because of who we were in the process of realizing this concept. So my point is, don’t hold grudges, don’t put blame and hate. Just accept it for what it is now and make the best of it! Make it awesome! Love really is what makes the world go round. Once you choose love as your path I swear things get easier and easier to sail through.

Just some things I’ve learned along my way…..

xoxoxo-A

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Watermelon-Goat Cheese-Beefsteak Tomato Salad

I really could not love these 3 things more. So why not put them all on the same plate!

No recipe needed. I just added red onion with balsamic/EVOO and a touch of honey and fresh basil. Look how pretty this is! If you have not tried this combo I promise you are missing out on a little slice of heaven!

Some facts about Watermelon:

  • Packed full of important antioxidants.
  • It is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A.
  • Perhaps the greatest reason of all because its summer and all I do is sweat…. Watermelon is a fruit that is rich in electrolytes sodium and potassium that we lose through our perspiration.

I rest my case.

Enjoy!

A

Lovely Lower body workout

Ok-so this is a typical “leg day” for me….which was today…and oh look I know exactly what I did because I wrote it down! Yay!

At my gym they could not have made it easier to follow….4 of the 5 machines are in a row right there waiting for me to crush them. Hip Adduction, Hip Abduction, Glute machine and Hamstring curls. Boom, boom, boom and boom.  You can see how I increased the weight by 5 lbs each set (except for the glutes and quads).  With the quad machine I like to go light and do lots of reps-don’t want to bulk up that area. My hamstrings are not that strong so I keep it light on the weight for now and try to just increase a little each time. The  kettle bell squats I did at home when I got back and before I went running. I had high hopes of running 45 min outside but after 25 I thought I was going to die in the heat so I stopped so I didn’t! I rest for only about 30 seconds between each set and about a min before I start the next machine. I like to get in and get out. I warmed up for 5 min on the elliptical then I stretched. I also stretch a little in between machines if I feel I need it. I also, of course, stretch when I am completely done after running. I will prob stretch later this afternoon too. I love to stretch! Stretching is sooooo important to make sure you don’t injure yourself. How will you continue being awesome if you pull something because you didn’t stretch enough??? It is also important to make notes on what you liked, what you didn’t, how you felt-good or bad- and clearly its important to keep telling yourself you are awesome! (That was my note to myself today because I loved everything that I did)

Now go crush some legs!
xoxoxo-A

Staying Focused daily~because tomorrow may never even come~

Stay Focused! Rule #1 when trying to achieve results. Write stuff down. Keeping track and setting daily goals is the best way to go.Rome was not built in a day. I use a BodyMinder to keep track of what I am doing to my body and what I am feeding it. Its like a “To Do List” for your body. The most important part of you. The part that allows you to go and do and enjoy life.  I know it can seem overwhelming to keep track of all you have to do in a day and now I want you to write down your workouts and what you ate? Seriously? YES, seriously!!! It will help keep you accountable and get results. It gives you an outline for each day, including columns for how much water you drank to how intense your workout was and a meter to grade your goals met for the day.Of course it also helps you keep track of cardio, strength training and calories. I don’t want you to worry about where you are going to be in 2 weeks or in a month or 2. Where are you today? Where will you be tomorrow? What steps are you taking today to achieve the results you want? I have used this and then stopped and I assure you that it is better to use than not.  You can look at it and be proud of how awesome you are. It’s right there on paper as proof!

 

DFTBA!