Health and Fitness, Hobbies

My First Challenge Group!

I am really excited about having joined the Beachbody team and having hosted my first free challenge group! Finding the discipline to push myself through a workout routine has always been hard for me, so being the coach of this challenge group really helped to hold me accountable and build up the discipline I need to achieve the results that I want!

Before starting my own challenge group, I joined in on another coach’s group just to see how it was done. Her group was amazing and I hope that I did at least half as well as her!

My group was a multi-program group, which basically means that each participant was free to choose whatever regimen they felt they would best benefit from. This could be as hardcore as “complete the 21 Day Fix” program, or as simple as “drink water every day!” My role as a coach was simply to motivate, encourage, and hold each participant accountable during the journey. I posted little blurbs each morning that (I hope) were inspirational, and every Sunday I checked in with each participant personally to make sure that they were doing okay and to see if there was anything I could be doing to better serve them.

For my workouts, I decided to do Flat Abs Fix with Autumn Calabrese for the first 11 days. After that, I switched over to Shaun Week – which took me a few extra days to complete because we were busy moving! I used Beachbody on Demand to complete my workouts, which is an excellent resource in which one may find all kinds of workouts for all kinds of people. It is amazing!

It felt good to get into a challenging workout habit. I was also drinking Shakeology during my challenge group and enjoyed the extra boost of energy in the mornings after drinking it.

While I did see some physical results over the past three weeks of the challenge, the best result for me was the return of my ability to breathe normally, and the development of longer endurance.

If you were a regular reader here before my short hiatus, you already know about the medical issues I faced after giving birth. Being hospitalized with a blood clot was not fun, but it gave me a taste of what life could be like in the future if I don’t take care of my body now.

I spent a year and a half looking in on Beachbody and feeling skeptical about it before deciding to join. What I love about Beachbody is that it doesn’t make empty promises of quick weight loss or fitness solutions. There aren’t any easy fixes. Beachbody recognizes that health and fitness take work, are a way of life, and that fitness goals are more easily achieved when one has a support group that offers accountability and inspiration.

I’m excited not only to be on my own health journey, but to be able to help others on theirs as well!

Keep in touch with me and follow my progress here on the blog, on the Facebook Group TeamAdvance, or on Instagram @teamadvance_ !

And if you’re looking for any support or accountability, I’d love to serve you in that way!

Let’s do it together 🙂

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General, Hobbies

Ch-ch-changes!

Whenever I have a little downtime, I have been reading and note-taking as much as possible about how to get started down a path toward entrepreneurship. Honestly, I’m kind of a late bloomer. So many of my family and friends have already started accomplishing their business goals, and although I have long had business goals I never considered myself “business-minded” enough to be able to actually make something work. Better late than never, though, and I promised myself that 2017 would be the year to make stuff happen. So I am going to make stuff happen. 

That’s going to mean some changes for this blog, though! And I’m not entirely sure what that will look like, just yet. So, until I figure it all out – I will be taking a short break from blogging. 

I love Thisblindmouse and have had it for 5 years! But it’s mostly been a hobby blog – meaning that I’ve kept up with it as a hobby and not as anything that helps me to accomplish professional goals. I am unsure of whether to simply transition it, or to start completely fresh with a new blog all together. We’ll see. 

I don’t expect this to be a long break, maybe just 2 or 3 months  (which – lately – seems like the amount of time I’ve been taking between posts, anyway!) But I have been doing a lot of brainstorming and am ready to start taking steps in the direction that I want to go. 

Many Thanks to anyone who has ever kept up with me, here. And hopefully we’ll remain cyber buddies regardless of what’s next for Thisblindmouse! 

Ta-ta for now! 

Hobbies

Baby Steps

In my last post, I talked about wanting to share my nature photography with others – and I am happy to be able to say that I finally set up an instagram for my photos and their accompanying anecdotes. 

It’s a small thing, but it’s also a big thing. I am not generally such a transparent person, and I have decided to be more transparent in sharing my photos and what they mean to me. I am also proud of myself for just  doing it, instead of only thinking about doing it and analyzing it to death. 

So, if you follow me here but also have an instagram – check me out @thiswholeearth! 

I look forward to crossing many of my other goals off my list this year, as well! 

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A year of execution 


At the risk of seeming like someone who only does things because they are trendy, I want to share the fact that I really enjoy photography. I always have, in fact. My mom bought me a Polaroid camera when I was younger and I used to love taking pictures that printed out immediately (though the film was expensive so I tried not to waste shots). My mom has always believed that I would one day become a photo journalist, and who knows? Maybe I still could. 

Now that everyone seems to be into photography, it’s hard for me to be openly interested in it without feeling like I’m just buying into the hype. One things that sets me apart from most people I know, though, is that I am less interested in photographing people and more interested in photographing still life, landscapes, or scenes of nature. 

There is something so peacefully profound, to me, about photographs in which an inanimate object or a part of nature is at the forefront. 

One of my goals for 2017 is to start taking myself more seriously in terms of setting out to execute the various ideas that I have been holding onto. I have a wonderful imagination and am quite ambitious, but find it hard to get ideas from being a lightbulb over my head and into reality. 

I’d love to start a small photography business in which I can share my love of nature and still life with whoever crosses my path. This year, I won’t just daydream about it, I am going to do it. 

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Back To The Gym…

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Mondays and Thursdays are my new gym days. My husband hangs out with the kiddo while I get to go work out in our community gym (which is pretty nice, by the way). Today was my first time heading in there, and man…

I do not know what I am doing.

I didn’t recognize most of the machines and felt like an absolute fool in there. At first that was okay because I was alone. Then, the “regulars” started flooding in and doing their thing. And I just kind of hung out in the corner, hoping no one noticed me trying to figure out what kind of machine I was using and how to use it. Also, I almost died on the treadmill.

After my near-death experience, I decided to get off the treadmill and try something else. So I went to a machine in which I pulled weights, using a triangular, elastic handle-bar. Afterward, I did a few sit ups, and finally to another machine that I couldn’t really figure out well enough to get anything out of it. I tried the spin bicycle, too. It was mostly an exploratory trip.

I’ve never really been a gym kind of girl. I always have liked going to classes and working out in groups. In fact, fitness is one of the only things that I like doing in a group. Working out alone is boring. But I went. I went to the gym. And I’ll keep going and eventually things will get better.

I look forward to progress.

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The Road Back to Good Health

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When I was younger, I used to climb trees, roller skate or bike ride, race the boys in the neighborhood, and play high intensity outdoor games that left me excited and out of breath as I returned home for dinner in the evenings. I took ice skating lessons, dance lessons, and lots of hikes through the “woods” with my neighborhood friends. In high school, I took dance class, ran track, and was part of the step team. In college, I ran track, played tennis, and learned how to teach aerobics courses. As an adult, I’ve found enjoyment in Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Barre, and anything that involves dancing. I guess what I’m trying to say is –

I used to be in such great shape.

I have always enjoyed being active and it isn’t until recently that I am realizing just how active I used to be! After having a baby and getting through a pulmonary embolism, I was told to slow down on the physical activity for a bit. But, I think I am starting to get back to the place where I can resume an active lifestyle. And, I can’t wait!

In the past, I wasn’t being intentionally active – I was just doing what I was interested in. This time around, I want to be more intentional about reaching certain fitness goals. I hate being in the hospital, taking medications, and having regularly scheduled blood tests. But, what I hate even more is how restricting the experience is. I can’t eat some of my favorite (healthy) foods because of the medicine I am taking. I can’t work out the way I want to until they are sure that my clot has dissipated. I can’t travel, sit, or lie down for too long without thinking about having to keep my blood circulation flowing. I have always been interested in health and fitness topics, but this experience has really taught me the value of making sure that I keep my body healthy.

Being in good health is a priceless treasure. If you’re already in good health, do whatever you can to keep it that way. If you’re not, do whatever you can to get back to it. I certainly look forward to getting myself back on track.

And I’ll be blogging the journey, of course.

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Ashvalia – An Intro, Pt. 2

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I first created the world of Ashvalia when I was seven years old. I am now in my early thirties, and over the years Ashvalia has been through more changes than I care to document. In its current state, Ashvalia is a small world in which four nations reside. The northernmost nation is called Jiveraenia, the Eastern nation is called Idwanistad, the Western nation is called Nevalis (or Venice), and the Southern nation is called Imjaa. Most of my stories and writings are set in Imjaa, although the other nations have gone through some development as well. In order to understand the stories that follow, there are some pieces of background information that are important. What follows is an excerpt from one of my journals, meant to set the stage for the rest of what I will write about Ashvalia.

“Unbeknownst to the masses, there exist hundreds of portals deep under the Atlantic Ocean. These portals lead to what is known as the Seasphere – a vast ocean that on which many alternate worlds can be found. The expanse of the Seasphere is not (nor will it ever be) known, but each of the discovered worlds can be accessed through channels that lead into each world’s coast. One such world is called Ashvalia.

Time, in Ashvalia, passes extremely quickly and is measured using two methods. The first is method, called Calendar, is useful for setting appointments, recording history, reporting events, tracking seasons, and staying connected with other nations and worlds. The Ashvalian year has only 20 days. The first five days make up the Spring season, the next five days make up the Summer season, the following five days make up the Autumn season, and the final five days make Winter. Each day is made up of twenty-four hours, and there are no months.

The second method, called Biological, is used to mark the progression of one’s passage through the stages of life. A person can live an entire lifespan – from infancy to senior adulthood – in a Calendar measurement of three to five years. Instead of birthdays, which would happen once per year, Ashvalians celebrate aging ceremonies – which happen every set number of days*. A person spends so many days in infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senior adulthood before crossing into the next stage of life. Because no one has ever lived longer than five calendar years, a generation is said to be five years long. The rapid passage of time creates, in most Ashvalians, a sense of urgency about enjoying and cherishing life. However, cultural ideas about how to enjoy and cherish life vary vastly between each of Ashvalia’s four nations.”

Knowing this little bit of background will help to make sense of what Ashvalia is (an entire world, not just a country) and why time seems to move so quickly (and why some of the dates don’t sound like they make sense) in my stories/overviews.

Here’s hoping you enjoy following along!

*[Beginning in 2005, I would play “The Sims 2” and use my game-play to create and write stories that were set in Ashvalia. In “The Sims 2”, a person’s life-span was as follows: 3 days of infancy, 4 days of toddlerhood, 8 days of childhood, 15 days of adolescence, 29 days of adulthood, and your remaining lifespan (senior adulthood) was based on how good of a life you had given your sim up until that point. Since many of my stories were based on my sims, I ended up adopting this time-system for Ashvalia]