Xcel2Fitness – Training with a Purpose

I met Barbara Gederian Muckel, Director of Xcel 2 Fitness, at the Beast Bootcamp race, a local obstacle 5k, a few weeks ago after writing about her amazing program for Hometown Happenings. A program that helps to develop confidence, team mentality and grit in grade school age boys. After an instant connection I was so excited to hear there was a way I could support X2F by doing what I love! X2F has a Dream Maker opportunity where you can support the program and raise money by posting about your training for an upcoming race, and I just so happen to be training for one (well, now 2)!

Signing up to be a Dream Maker while I train for the Spartan Sprint AND the Wonder Woman Half in June allows me to help a great program in the process (and keep me accountable :)). This is a program I know my son would have loved, and brings teamwork, confidence and encouragement to our kids when they need it most!!

Follow me on my journey to the Spartan and 13.1 in support of Xcel 2 Fitness!! If your school has X2F, look into it, if your school doesn’t know about X2F, please inquire, and if you just want to support a fantastic program, please donate!! Thank you from the X2F team and ME!!

To read more about X2F and to check out the fundraiser click here: Xcel2fitness 🧡🦋

Keep Your Head Up

Every day is a learning experience, every day I continue to work on my confidence, self love and worth, and every day there are still challenges I believed I had conquered that I face that surprisingly hurt deep.

As difficult as those moments can be, they remind me of just how far I have come, how far of the mountain I have climbed, and that while I may have tripped, I’m still standing.

Our journeys through this life are ever evolving, and while we may get stuck or face a battle we thought we beat, we have to use these moments as reminders of how much we’ve grown, and just how far we’ve come so we can breathE them in and breathe them out, and then let them go and move forward toward our goals and live our truth.

There are going to be times where you think to yourself, “why?” and feel discouraged or even frustrated with yourself, but these are just speed bumps to remind us of the long road we have traveled, and that we still have so much more to see.

Keep your head up, your heart open and remember just how brave you are, how strong you’ve become and how much you have left to accomplish. You got this and so do I 😉🧡

Keep Your Head Up

Every day is a learning experience, every day I continue to work on my confidence, self love and worth, and every day there are still challenges I believed I had conquered that I face that surprisingly hurt deep.

As difficult as those moments can be, they remind me of just how far I have come, how far of the mountain I have climbed, and that while I may have tripped, I’m still standing.

Our journeys through this life are ever evolving, and while we may get stuck or face a battle we thought we beat, we have to use these moments as reminders of how much we’ve grown, and just how far we’ve come so we can breath them in and breath them out, and then let them go and move forward toward our goals and live our truth.

There are going to be times where you think to yourself, “why?” and feel discouraged or even frustrated with yourself, but these are just speed bumps to remind us of the long road we have traveled, and that we still have so much more to see.

Keep your head up, your heart open and remember just how brave you are, how strong you’ve become and how much you have left to accomplish. You got this and so do I 😉🧡

Push Through and Just Keep Going

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The light, the gift, the true nature of our individual being is within each of us, and I believe it is our responsibility and our mission in this life to share these truths with the world. To find these gifts within ourselves may take many attempts that can lead to success, and to failure, but in these successes and in these failures, we learn lessons that teach us understanding, love, forgiveness and how fear can send us astray. If we are blessed with these lessons and have the strength and the ability to see inward and recognize our path, we must move to the direction of this truth.

While I truly believe sharing these blessings is our purpose in this life, there are many times that walking this path is exhausting and our minds tells us to stop. I have had many moments in my life where I just couldn’t or just didn’t want to anymore. My mind would tell me it wasn’t worth it, the time and energy were just too much. I would sink into the comfortable, drown in easy and sit back and wait, hoping what I desired would come to me with little or no effort, and curse when it didn’t. I would think to myself “if this is what I’m am meant to do, why is it so hard, why do I feel pain, or heartache, or disappointment”. These are the moments that I needed to dig deep, to shut out the games my mind would play and to move forward no matter the weight of what was holding me back.

I sat at the volunteer table at Mile 22 of the Chicago Marathon last week and these thoughts of my own life journey cluttered my head. As I cheered the thousands of tired, drenched and physically and mentally drained unique individuals on to the finish line, I didn’t make the connection to my own struggles until now. I had watched the agony on the faces of those who passed and the smiles of those who understood they were almost there. I could relate, maybe not physically in the moment, but mentally on my journey.

To push through, to stay strong, to keep going no matter what mental games you are playing will get you to your true path and purpose of this life. Even when we don’t feel like it, even when the effort seems to outweigh the reward, we must push forward. We must continue to share our gifts and our light for we may not see the rewards in the moment, they will be revealed in the end.

Believe in your truth, and even when it’s difficult to keep going, keep going. Let your heart be your guide and remember how it beats when you shine the light from within.

Much Love,

Lisa J