Why I’m Doing #40DaysPresent

Like many people, I consider my phone to be my third hand.

How else am I going to know what’s going on at all moments? How many people liked my last post? What if someone texts me and I don’t respond within 10 seconds?!

It’s been something that I realized, but wore like a badge of honor. If I’m always glued to my phone, that must mean I’m doing something important. It means that I’m in high demand. It means I’m working hard. It means I’m busy.

Right?

A couple weeks ago, Blake said something that got my mind racing. “You come home from work, and then, you are back on the phone still working.”

My first reaction? Um, I think you can all guess that. I was angry. I was appalled that he would think that I would be choosing someone else over him. I was emotional because here I am trying to work two full time jobs so we can have a little bit more money to put on a house.

In a flurry of hand waving and tears, I retreated to our room, trying to figure out what went wrong.

And then it hit me. Even though I was physically sitting right by him, I wasn’t there. I wasn’t present in the present. I was present in the white, blue and grey colors on my phone.

So, #40DaysPresent came to be.

Why 40 days? According to many religious, spiritual and yogic practices, 40 days is how long it takes to break negative habits, and embody new experiences.

Yesterday was my first day. I put a phone usage tracker on my phone,  and was shocked that I spent 5.5 hours of my day on my phone. SHOCKED.

AND that was with me consciously trying to put it down and putting my phone on Do Not Disturb after 7:30PM.

What am I challenging myself to do for 40 days?

  1. Meditate every morning for 10 minutse
  2. Track my phone usage, and to be more cognizant of when and WHY I pick up my phone (using RealizD – free app, no they did not reach out to me. I found them on the app store)
  3. Turn my phone to Do Not Disturb at 7:30PM.

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One of the biggest things I noticed yesterday, is that opening up Instagram & Facebook have just become a habit. So, going forward, I want to make sure I have a reason to open it – what am I hoping to accomplish/feel/find out by opening the app in that moment? Will it add to my present time experience, or will it take away from the present?

Being present in the present. That’s the ultimate goal. Every day is filled with 24 hours, and we don’t get those 24 hours back. We don’t get a moment to press “rewind”, and we definitley don’t get a “do-over”. For me, I want to savor every moment of my life – the good, bad and the ugly, and I don’t want to miss those beautiful moments because I’m tied to a back-lit screen.

You can follow along (or join me), by checking the hashtag #40DaysPresent, or my IG story (which will be LESS populated than it has been, but I will be on there)!

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Snow Daze

Snow days are not “excused” when you’re an adult… 😂😂😂

With #beachbodyondemand all I had to do was push play on one of over 500 different workouts and BOOM!

I chose 21 Day Fix #Yoga today, to help stretch out all those shoveling muscles! Felt AMAZING to move and stretch today for SURE.

I’ve got 3 more spots left in my upcoming 21 Day Challenge Group that starts next week! If you’re interested – let me know!

2017

2017.

I can’t believe we are here.

I started this blog 5 years ago, as a way to keep myself accountable in my journey to healthy. 5 years later, I’ve completed 2 marathons, 5 half marathons, countless 10k’s and 5k’s and am now at a different part of my journey.

I took another plunge straight out of my comfort zone at the end of 2016.

I became a TRX Bootcamp instructor at Turnstyle Cycle (Kendall Square), and a Fixx Instructor at SweatFixx – a new rowing focused studio in Wakefield, MA. On top of that, I’ve decided to kick up my Beachbody coaching business.

Why?

Because I’m passionate about watching people learn to love themselves. Watching a client go through class and struggle with a set – only to see the determination in their face the next time they come in, and then watching them CRUSH what they couldn’t do before is AMAZING. Having someone come up to me and say “I was able to catch up with my kid today, and I wouldn’t have been able to do that without you” is one of the best things I can have anyone say.

So 2017 will be a little bit more reflective on here of that. I’m still recovering from my stress fracture.  I still haven’t been cleared to run yet. But that’s ok. I’m at peace with it. I’ve found that I can see have that training cycle, with cross training, Core De Force, PiYo, TRX, Spinning and Rowing. I found that community that I was missing at the studios where I teach, and the team that I am a part of.

Here’s my promise to you. I will always be here for you, and my resolution for 2017 is just to be a little bit better than I was yesterday.

And with that – I also promise to blog a little more 😉

TGIF, y’all!