You Can’t Have It All

Thank you all so much for your kind words when I hinted I might be ending my blog.  The truth is I’m not sure I want to end it…but what I do want is for the blog to be enjoyable, my primary focus to be my faith & family, and to not get caught into the blog world trap.

Many of you may just be readers and I’m sure there are also fellow bloggers that are reading too.  To be a successful blogger it takes time, it takes energy, it takes ME.  And I love it…I do!

I love sharing my life even the lows and when I hear from a reader that I’ve helped them it is ALL WORTH IT.

But when I spend countless hours working on the blog…it isn’t worth it.

When the boys wake up early and I get mad (yes like angry, mad) because ‘I have to get this blog stuff done’ and you aren’t supposed to be up yet…it isn’t worth it.

When every weekend it seems I’m at my computer working on blog stuff instead of with my family…it isn’t worth it.

When I get caught reading blogs, comparing myself, my body, my food to other bloggers…it isn’t worth it.

When I see another mom blogger doing ‘IT ALL’ I need to stop, she isn’t me, I don’t see all of her life the stress…it isn’t worth it.

I’m rambling I know thanks for letting me think out loud...and trust me there is SOOO  MUCH MORE IN MY HEAD that I could word vomit for hours.

What I do know…I will keep blogging when I can.  I want to keep in touch, I want to share my highs and my lows. I want to inspire you all to CREATE YOUR BETTER TOMORROW. I want…I want it all. BUT I have come to realize really quickly the past week (I wish I would’ve seen it sooner) I can’t have it all.  And for me I listened to Lindsay…I wrote out my priorities.

#1 God

#2 Daniel

#3 Kids

#4 Family & friend relationships

#5 My work 

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I have ALL I need right in my own home RIGHT now.

See where work and blog falls?  #5…and it wasn’t holding a #5 position in my life. So I’ll be here, I’ll be blogging when I can (thanks Carla, your blog also helped me to realize #5 couldn’t be #1),

but I will not be mad when my boys wake up early…I will be blessed for MORE TIME with them.  

When my boys don’t nap I won’t be mad I can’t blog…I will play with them more.  

When my husband is home and not working…I will not blog all day…I will be in love with him.

 When it is sunny out and I want to go dig in the dirt…I will…and I will not work.  

 

 

How to Manage Shin Splints

Welcome to our Wild Workout Wednesday link up! This will be the last week :( I link up with Angelena Marie from Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Annmarie at The FIt Foodie Mamma, and Michelle at Fruition Fitness to bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try. Make sure you continue to join them for a wild workout each week by reading along or grab the button and link up if you have a fitness or healthy living post to share! It has been great getting to know these gals but as I simplify my life, focus on faith and family, consider my blogging life…I am saying goodbye to Wild Workout Wednseday for now!

BUT don’t dwell on the sad goodbye…I’ve got a great guest post for you today! I had the great opportunity to try out the Original Worm…guys this thing ROCKS!  I’ve been suffering with some low back pain (thanks boys I’m sure this has something to do with you 😉 )…and this little roller has been a lifesaver!  So I invited Karen, the creator, to take over the blog today!  ENJOY!

WORM THOSE SHINS

HOW TO MANAGE SHIN SPLINTS

 

As we push our bodies to our physical limits to run faster and longer, and,  get stronger, we often find ourselves with pain, muscle aches and chronic overuse injuries.  I know, I’ve competed in rough water swimming,  triathlons and running events, and have participated in many sports including boxing, rowing & yoga.   I have and still do push my body to extremes.  

For years I used tennis balls, foam rollers and other muscle rolling products for relief & recovery. Most were poorly constructed and not very comfortable.  I knew I could come up with a product that was comfortable, flexible, strong and portable.  I wanted to create a therapeutic aid that would relieve more areas and hit more trigger points at once.  The Original Worm was born!

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Shin splints can be sooo painful! Take care of your body!

For those of us who run (and other athletes participating in sports that involve running), we often experience pain along the shin, anywhere between the ankle and knee, the dreaded “shin splints”!  While rest, icing and anti-inflammatories are some of the treatments often recommended, many opt for self-massage to help reduce the tension and pain in this area.

The Original Worm is extremely effective tool for working out shin pain.  It works to provide trigger point release by simultaneously massaging the anterior, medial and lateral shin while comfortably hugging the tibia.  In other words, you are rolling the muscles on both sides of the shin bone instead of rolling across the shin bone as is the case with most other foam rollers.


“The Original Worm is a great tool to help relieve pain caused by shin splints and should be used as a part of a broader program to correct the biomechanical cause” says Kyler Brown, DC.CCSP of Austin Sports Therapy.  “The Worm’s multi-ball surface area, combined with the padded, firm structure underneath, makes it safe to use without inflaming the connective tissue surrounding the tibia.”

SHIN ROLLS:

Single Leg Method:  Start in a kneeling position with hands flat on the floor.  Place The Worm with the middle groove just below the knee on the shin bone.  Slowly roll The Worm up and down the legth of the shin by moving the knee forward and back.  Repeat with the other leg.

Double leg Method:  Place both shins on the outermost grooves and slowly move both knew forward and back simultaneously.  This is also a great core workout!!

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core workout AND pain relief…yes!

It is recommended to roll out both your shins and calves for optimal relief:

CALF ROLLS:

Sit on the ground with one leg straight out in front of you and the other leg bent with your foot on the floor.  Place The Worm under the “meaty” part of your calf, just under the knee of the outstretched leg.  Slowly roll your outstretched leg side to side on The Worm across your muscle fibers.  Continue rolling up and down from your ankle to the knee.  If you want more pressure you can place one leg on top of the other.  For even more pressure, place The Worm on a yoga block.

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I got to try the pink worm…pink makes everything more fun!

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Check out more photos, videos and information at www.theoriginalworm.com

So I’d love to know!  Do you foam roll or do any rolling at home?

 

Note:  Dr. John McDonald, orthopedic surgeon suggests a rule of thumb for chronic overuse type injuries, such as shin splints:  Trying a reasonable alternative therapy is fine, but don’t let the cycle continue for more than six weeks before consulting a physician.

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What You May Not Know About Me

Last week,  I completed the #7daystretch with prAna and Sweat Pink and could not be more proud. We stretched, bended our bodies, minds, and souls and came together to show how we truly #liveinprana!

So in honor of our marvelous #7daystretch, here are 7 things you might not know about me:

  • I am [wildly/strangely/obviously] obsessed with: routine.  It is kind of annoying and I’m striving to not be so type A.  I’m sure none of you could tell I was Type A ? 😉  This weekend has been a true reflection of broken routine and agenda leading to stressed mommy.  I need to stop that now!!
  • I have a collection of:  uhhh nothing really I don’t like clutter so collections don’t mix with me well BUT I would have to say workout programs, workout gear, workout equipment…I have a nice library of options so I can always be switching it up!
  • I am secretly (not so secretly): considering cutting back on this blog all together.  Don’t panic…but this past weekend I just realized it really is becoming more and more like a job NOT the passion project/business it once was and not sure I want that at this point and stage of my life.  Dan has heard me say I may just quit one day so it isn’t SO secret…but just putting it out there that this blog is for enjoyment more than anything….and if the joy isn’t there then… And sometimes I realize that my family is the first to be neglected lately….NOT GOOD!  
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it’s true…sometimes behind the scenes of bloggers we contemplate quitting…

  • When I was 7, I wanted to be: Dolphin trainer…I loved the water and still do love the water and I loved the show Flipper.  Anyone? Flipper?  Come on I know you are out there!  Well, I thought what better job than to be in the water with dolphins!
  • If I could do one thing today, it would be: Take a spa day…me day.  Wake up early, hard workout, slow breakfast, shower…then Starbucks on way to spa. Then massage, facial, pedicure, manicure.  Yep That is it. I look at that and it looks awfully selfish but I need some me time in my life right now.
  • I’ve always dreamt of….:living in the country near family, with my family…DREAMS DO COME TRUE.  And on the roughest of days as a mom I look out our back window and that is what  I remind myself.  I am surrounded by corn fields, moments away from my parents, in a wonderful home with the boys I love more than anything in the world (Dan is included in that group!)
  • My favorite way to travel is: I love to travel on foot!  Ok, ok so I like to fly to my destination ideally so I have more time to explore, but once at a vacation or adventure spot I prefer hiking and walking around.  You can pick up on so many more sites, sounds, people on foot than in car.

 

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