DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS!!



Monday.  Don’t they always carry such a negative stigma?  


Well, today was quite different and for so many reasons, that I can’t really narrow them down.  


It started off just like any other Monday; I was too-tired, after not getting enough sleep and then had to rush out of bed and into my too-busy day.  But this day seemed a bit different.  It had a calm about it.


I don’t know how else to describe it.  My morning class members were full of smiles and positive feedback.  I was able to push through my own workout with enough energy to feel like I was achieving some noticeable results.  It was then that I noticed how my day was going into a positive “shift”. 


I was approached during my workout at the gym by a fellow body-building competitor.  He had been training with a woman, who I could tell right away that she was into fitness competing.  Her body was lean and very defined.  The man who approached me started off with; “what are you training for?” which really made me smile inside, since this meant I LOOKED like I was training for something!  Exciting!


He congratulated me and introduced me to the other “team” of competitors around him, who were also training for events.  Chalk one up for Team Kathy! =)


I also noticed, as I went through my day that my emails were getting answered, phone calls were going through and my general feeling in terms of my attitude were simply, calm.  Where did it all come from?  How did some days just turn out “better” than others, in all ways?  


My meal plans changed a little today too.  Breakfast stayed the same but during my day; I was able to add a few fruit selections to my meals.  I felt happy.  I felt silly.  And instead of letting the goodness of all the feelings pass by; I relished them all.  


It’s days like today that make life worthwhile.  Most days are spent just “going through the motions” to get as much done in as little time as possible.  I thought about how today was such a positive day and maybe it had a lot to do with the fact that I took time out for myself this past weekend.  I was able to get some menial tasks done that would have taken up too much space in an already busy week.  


I noticed that although there are still deadlines and chores and commitments that must be met; the fact that today I felt able to just “let” things happen, without having to react in either a positive or negative way, was freeing.  


I smiled more.  I made eye contact with others.  I made small talk.  Acted silly in front of my kids.  This all made the day truly enjoyable.


And so now it comes down to my training.  I am completely certain that although the thought of “just competing for the experience” sounds great and politically correct; one thing is standing out in me.  


I want to win!  


I want to do my complete best and enjoy every step and every meal and every workout so that the day I walk up onstage; I KNOW I’ve done all I can!  No regrets!  


So, with this, I wish you a truly awesome week ahead.  Don’t settle for less (so says Leandro of BBL) and don’t let anyone push you around. 


Stand up for yourself.  Stand proudly and walk tall.  No matter where you are in life today; you are a star.  Smile and strut your stuff.  Act like the stage is set and it’s “your’s” for the taking.


That’s where I’m heading and I’d love you to join me!

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