I was extremely excited to attend this year’s BlogFest and IdeaFit Conferences in Los Angeles, California with friends and fellow bloggers. A full weekend of learning and an overwhelming exposure to inspiration and support. Admittedly, months back when the speakers were announced, I gushed at the thought of getting an opportunity to listen to Gabrielle (Gabby as we know her here in Tallahassee where she attended college) Reece and her insight into life, family and fitness and fitting it all together.
As Shannon and I sat in our session on Friday awaiting her arrival into the room, I was overwhelmed with excitement when I introduced myself and that I was from Tallahassee (hence from that moment on myself and Shannon were known as “Tallahassee”) and she threw up her arm and said, “Scalp ‘Em”! Her days as a Florida State Seminole volleyball player have long since passed, but knowing this inspiration before me at some point had lived in our little city was really cool! I remember standing next to her and thinking, GOOD LAWDY, she’s tall!
For the next hour I sat and really soaked in everything that Gabby offered up as advice for each day ahead. These 9 things really resonated with me and I took the time to jot them down as something to refer back to when I’m at a loss for determination or purpose. Being able to replay her accompanying message to these points in my head, I’m certain, will help keep me in check when I need it.
- Know what your high cards are and play those
- Life, getting it done
- Personal accountability
- It’s not personal
- Do the best you can and get over it
- Learn to breath and understand the breathe
- Functional movement
- Acceptance is a big part of life
- Work as hard as you can, but have fun
Each one of these 9 points have so much inspiration and meaning for me, that I cannot yet form words to express exactly the degree of impact they have bumped me to get my sh*t together! I have been on a hamster wheel just running along, seemingly without a specific purpose or how to get “it” done. After this talk I was well on my way to figuring out just how I was going to devise my plan to get what I want and to where I want. No longer accepting anything less than what’s best for me and my family and working hard to achieve the best I can be. I don’t usually post a “me, me, me” post, but this one my friends, it’s putting it in writing as my first step to moving forward in the right direction.
After an amazing talk, Gabby invited us to join her for her 45-minute HighX workout that she leads in Kauai, HI when she is there in the winter with her husband and family. 13 stations of butt kicking, calorie blasting and sweat pouring work! Just 10 minutes in I was totally dripping with sweat and my muscles were screaming. Variations and progressions for every fitness level with recovery stations, cardio stations and strength to keep your body guessing. It’s a great concept that I may be throwing in to some future classes if given the opportunity!
Coming this week, my long-awaited healthy condiment alternative, Tomato Jam. All the flavor without the “junk”! Stay tuned . . .