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Find Your Spark

 
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Happy Thankful Thursday! 👋🏾

I am a proud ambassador for @momentumjewelry and this motivational wrap is dedicated and will be going to my oldest daughter! So get ready, here goes the proud mama stuff. 

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My girl runs for the University of Pennsylvania and is a walking brain! She’s a hard worker and can fight her way through anything. 

Before she left San Diego in 2016 she was named the top female athlete and most decorated high school runner of all time in San Diego. Now she is becoming at top Ivy League runner! 😆

She has worked hard for everything and can clearly see where she is going. 

One thing that we do before and after every one of her races; we discuss strategy and mindset. She still calls me today before and after every meet. If there is ONE thing I tell her before every race...”Don’t worry”, focus, run hard, have fun and learn from the experience! . . . win or no win

If you have a young athlete in your home and “THEY” WANT to be an athlete encourage them everyday to put in the work, envision being the best and have fun! It’s not about the win, it’s about finishing, learning and feeding their soul. My girl LOVES running and learning. I am so proud to step back and witness her greatness (win or no win). She’s amazing!...I’m NOT gonna 😭 😉...I'm not crying! 

  • PUT THE WORK IN. Listen to the coaches, learn why you are training the way you are and work hard.

  • LEARN. There are no mistakes in life. What happens is what happens. No one can turn back time so learn from what YOU think is a "mistake". Write it down. Practice not to do it again. MOVE ON.

  • HAVE FUN. The training is the hard part, the competition will be the fun part. Testing your skills, focusing on what you want and pushing through the negatives to get to the positives. This is what you worked hard for.

  • FEED YOUR SOUL. Sometimes you see other athletes work so hard but never get over the hump. They only do so much to get by. It's the athletes that are hungry for the win, they are hungry to feed their soul because their sport is everything. Those are the ones who succeed, whether they win or not, they are happy with who they are and how their hard work paid off.

#findyourspark 

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

 
 
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The day after Christmas

I went for a nice, medium size run in Los Angeles. I was there visiting my sister. I lived in Los Angeles 10 years ago for nearly 14 years and it's nice to go back from time to time. On this particular run, right before I hit my last mile, I happened to look down and see the words "You are Beautiful". Of course, I had to stop, take a picture, soak it in and then share! This little painted circle with one little phrase really made day.

This past year hasn't been so beautiful for me. In fact, for the past year I have been told in several different ways that I am not so beautiful through conversations, texts and emails. There were days where it hurt and other days where it was just a Tuesday...because I had become so use to the negativity.

Now, as you know, beauty is not just skin deep...it's all about how you feel inside. Your personality, your presence and what you show to others; that's what makes you beautiful. Some days are not so great but that doesn't mean the beauty from within YOU has to die.

To be beautiful...

  • Take care of yourself from the inside out. Eat the right foods, fuel your mind with positive and encouraging books, music and words. Keep your body at it's best and remember, everybody bodies is different so...
  • Be YOU! Embrace who you are and live with a purpose. Allow your purpose to change and grow with you. Know who you are and what you want out of life and...
  • Don't let anyone dictate who you are. Social media, friends or even family members. You are the only person who holds your happiness in the palm of your hands. You happiness is not in half of someone else, that's ALL YOU, BOO! So own it.
  • Surround yourself with beauty. Art, words, scenery or a beautiful environment. The beach is the ULTIMATE for me. Scared to get in it and live near it but I absolutely love going to the beach and soaking in all of it's beauty, mainly because the beach is also so POWERFUL. 

Whatever beautiful is to you, make sure it is a part of your life. Welcome beauty into your life, no matter how big or small it may be. The light from a candle, a small detail in a painting or the beauty of laughter...they can all bring the love for beauty deep into your heart and make life better and more beautiful.  

 

Fueling your Young Athletes

If you have active kids, you are probably knee deep in kids sports. The practices, the traveling schedule, carpools and making sure they have all their gear ready for game day. It all adds up but the one thing parents tend to fall short on is what those little gremlins need to eat before, during and after the game.  Kids have to be properly fueled in order to play at their best. Below are some quick tips to fuel the athletes in your house and it's worked for my girls for over 10 years!

 

Feed your young athlete approximately 1-2 hours before competition.  

This gives the body plenty of time to digest and feed their little muscles. If time is of the essence, a quick protein snack 25 minutes before practice or a game will work too!

EARLY Saturday games = Bed time the night before is a bit earlier so they can rise and shine to fuel their bodies well before the game.

Early to Mid-afternoon games= Healthy breakfast (scrambled eggs, whole grain toast and grapes) and lunch (good old fashion PB&J or half a turkey sandwich w/spinach, mustard and a slice of cheddar cheese).

Late-afternoon games= Light afternoon snack (peanut butter and crackers, low sugar protein bars or fruit with crackers/bread)

Evening sports=  Nothing heavy. Again, simple sandwiches without a lot of dressings and a side of carrots would be perfect before a late game. 

Good food choices include the following:

  • Whole grain breads, pasta, cereal, bagels and even pancakes.  
  • A modest amount of low-fat protein in pre-game meals like low-fat milk, yogurt, an egg or chicken (grilled, not fried like high fat chicken nuggets) are great choices.  
  • Juices with low acidic levels, applesauce, grapes and bananas can keep kids moving throughout the game and particularly for the second half.    
  • Last, keep your kids hydrated.  Dehydration is uncomfortable, slows down performance and at times can be dangerous.  Here are suggestions I wish I had when I was a young athlete.

Pre-game: one to two cups of water (20-30 minutes before performance.

During the game: stay hydrated preferably with water or a low sugar sports drink.  Many sports drinks out there have too much sugar and can upset the stomach.   

After game time:  drink as much water as possible and refuel with a low sugar sports drink.  AVOID sports drinks that contain over 5% (approximately 14 grams) of sugar / soft drinks and juices can contain 10% sugar (about 25 grams).

You want your kids to be successful in sports, so start early and teach them how to take care of themselves by teaching them good eating habits on and off the court or field or "whatever they play on"! Happy Competition, Lil' Ones!

Good luck! Nic

Motivation Friday

I have seen it time and time again. People trying to get in shape to be someone they are not. It pains me to see it and to watch it unfold because at the end of the day, you are still you and the other person is who they are. With society feeding our heads with what is perfect and what is not, I understand why people feel the way they feel about themselves. Only if they could see themselves through someone else's eyes, it would make all the difference in the world.

I love watching people set goals that are realistic and smart. Taking each step at a time and understanding where they are right now, how they got there and how they will pull themselves out. This goes for life too. I am not perfect by any means. Marriage, relationships and motherhood are extremely challenging. I have not always been that person to set realistic goals for myself. I tend to get caught up in the "dream of things" only to fall flat on my face and having to start all over...a g a i n. 

Don't make that mistake. Understand who you are, where you are RIGHT NOW and map out a plan to get to the next level. When it comes to your physical fitness, if you are a couch potato, don't go out and run a marathon tomorrow to break yourself in. Take one step at a time, stretch, plan and execute with help from those who truly have your back.

When it comes to your body, feed it WELL and with good food. Don't abuse it with drugs, alcohol and bad food. This is the only body you have and in order to enjoy life, you need to be healthy, alert and strong. So, up those green vegetables, fruits, carbs, proteins and drink lots of water.

Last but definitely not least, take care of your spirit. Whether you are a believer or not, believe in yourself, take time to focus on you. Clear your mind of all the craziness in life for about 10 minutes a day. Breathe in and out, be at peace, pray, think of all the positive things in your life and start each day on a positive note. Love yourself first, so you can easily love others.

Remember, Fitness for the mind, body or soul is not about being someone else, it's about being better than you use to be. Happy Friday!

#move2improve