It’s Time To Change Your Mind

Did you know that by the time you’re 35, 95% of you is made up of stored memories and beliefs of the past, and your life becomes habitual.

Think about it for a second, from the time you get out of bed on the same side, go to the toilet, feed your kids and animals if you have any, have breakfast, shower, dress for work, travel to work the same way, think about your boss, the amount of work you have to do, how angry you feel, your co-workers who ’push your buttons’, family dramas, how tired you feel, and that you want to lose weight, go for a run maybe you’ll start tomorrow…….. and so it goes on throughout the day.

The thoughts that you have are generally a repeat of what you thought about yesterday. So even though you’re moving forward in your life, you’re actually living in the past on a day to day basis, as your thoughts are the same as yesterday, hence you’re living a ‘Groundhog Day’ over and over again. No wonder people get stuck in a rut.

The various events that trigger your emotions that you’re addicted to, that you conceal and push down, only sharing your day with friends that ‘get it’, but really they just reinforce you being stuck and staying in your ‘story’, or you drown your sorrows in alcohol, cigarettes, chocolate or prescribed drugs etc….. which only pushes the emotions further down into your body.

If these trapped emotions aren’t resolved they will lead to the body breaking down, leading to stress and disease.

You see how you think and feel creates your reality and destiny.

Now I know you probably know this already, and still sometimes find yourself in this constant downward spiral of emotions when you’re having a ‘bad day’. I know I’ve done it.

Same thoughts lead to same behaviours lead to same experiences lead to same emotions leading to the same thoughts…. and on it goes in a loop.

So if you’re not happy with how your life is going, and how you’re feeling then the trick is to BECOME AWARE AND CHANGE YOUR MIND, in the instance you feel yourself out of whack, and put your attention back on what you do want to create in your life – the solutions, the opportunities, not the current ‘problems’

Every time you become AWARE you’re no longer in the ‘known habit’, so the predictable future doesn’t exist.

You see what you focus on you get more of.

E.g how many times a day have you said’ I’m not good enough, I don’t have enough money, I will never get that raise, I feel fat, I’m tired, I don’t feel well etc’ Unconsciously over & over throughout the day, no wonder by the time you come home from work you’re exhausted and stressed.

Put another way – you are who you say you are and you are who you say you’re not.

Your thoughts are THAT powerful and create your reality.

So become aware of your thoughts and your feelings throughout the day.

Start you day off as you mean to go on, breaking the habitually patterns of the past by asking yourself :-

- Who do I want to be today?

- How do I want to feel?

And then BE that person throughout the day.

You can do this, you have the power and energy within you to change your mind.

And remember

Wish It … Dream It … Do It!

Sue xo

Gold Coast Marathon – Wk 17 – Smoke On The Water

Well with only 2 weeks to go, I’ve done as much as I can in my training and now it’s time to taper.

After last week 35km, it was time to start pulling it back. So this week involved a hilly 3.5km, 7km and a 21.5km.

Back in Melbourne briefly for a few days, found me running my long run back along the Barwon River, on probably one of the coldest winter mornings I’ve experienced in a long time.

Wow did nature put on an amazing show though with ‘smoke on the water’, morning mist and the most amazing reflections on the water as the sun broke through the clouds.

It was probably one of the most enjoyable free flowing runs I’ve had in a while, so I was grateful.

Only 13 days to go !!!!!

 

 

Moving On From Feeling Stuck

Have you ever felt ‘stuck’ that no matter what you do, think or feel, you just seem to be firmly entrenched even more.

I think we’ve all been there haven’t we, whether it is with a new health plan, ‘stuck in a dead end job’, in a relationship, stuck with your running, which direction to take your life or business, and/or just plan and simply ‘stuck in a rut’

Think of a car that’s bogged in mud, and no matter how many times you put your foot on the accelerator, willing it to move on, the wheels just spin round and the car gets further entrenched in its rut, refusing to budge.

Getting ‘stuck in a rut’ and spinning your wheels is a bit like you being stuck in ‘busy’ mode, constantly doing stuff, but is it stuff that really matters and is moving you forward in the direction you REALLY want to go.

I know personally I’ve felt like this and especially this week, so below are my top tips for getting you past feeling stuck into moving again.

1. Get Moving

You need to free the ‘stuck energy’. Literally just give yourself a shake up, move your body, go for a run, swim, dance, do yoga, go for a long walk in nature. Whatever you enjoy that get’s you moving, do it.

2. What’s The Worst Thing That Can Happen

Normally it’s our fears that keep us stuck. So if you really look hard at it, what’s the worse that can happen from your situation and can you handle it. Normally it’s NEVER that bad and is all a perception anyway, so is your glass ‘half full or half empty’

3. Look For The Gift

In everything there is always a positive and negative, so ask yourself what is the gift in this situation. By searching for it, you’ll open up your mind and heart to a whole range of possibilities.

4. Give It Up

Let it go, give up the need to control, to always be right, to want to figure it out. And instead allow the magic of the Universe, God etc to work its magic and TRUST that you will always be looked after. You have up to now right, things always work out perfectly in their own way, so start to trust, believe and have a little bit of faith agin.

5. Seek Help

Sometimes you just need a fresh perspective on the situation, to chat through it with someone who’s NOT emotionally involved in your situation. Be it from a good friend, business mentor, coach or healer.

Someone who will help you believe in yourself, to think outside of the box, to remind you how capable you are and to find a solution in the unlimited possibilities.

Gold Coast Marathon – Wk 16 – The Last Big Hit Out

WOW the countdown is definitely on now, in fact just three weeks to go to the Gold Coast Marathon.

So this week how did I prep for my last ‘big hit out’ before the big one.

A lot of daily walking, one thing I’ve noticed about myself being in a new place, I love to explore and most of it is usually on foot. So this week was a combination of exploring my local surrounds in addition to daily walking a friends dog about 3km.

I’ve noticed over the last few weeks, how lean I’m looking, in fact bordering on skinny. It could be the very ‘clean food’ I’m eating combined with the extra weekly running mileage, in addition to the stress of moving interstate.

That said I decided to include more sweet potato and brown rice for dinner and quinoa porridge into my diet…. I was gearing up for my last long run of my training this week and I wanted to sustain the distance and recover well.

IMG_3171Running wise this week, saw me with 2 short local runs of 4km and 7km followed by a 34km run along my now favourite running route – Noosaville – Tewantin – Noosa River – Noosa Spit and Noosa National Park return. The views as always were spectacular and it certainly lifted the spirits and soul, listening to the crashing ocean waves, watching the many paddle boarders and surfers. Pure Bliss.

And best of all, where I’m staying at the moment has a swimming pool. So wading waist high in the cold water was the perfect recovery for my aching limbs. I’ve done this for the past two weeks now after my long runs, followed by wearing my SKINS recovery pants and getting a good nights sleep. As a result I find that I don’t get any general soreness or stiffness at all.

Emotionally it was a challenging week, letting go of the old and welcoming in the new, letting go of ‘wanting to figure it all out’ and bringing myself back to the present, just being and enjoying the moment.

How Leaving My Husband Improved My Running

The last 2 weeks have been one hell of a rollercoaster for me, and I’ve just come out the other side.

You see its been brewing since February, the little thought inside. Things haven’t been good for a while, and then I suddenly saw a different path, something that woke me up, resonated with me.

I had to leave ….. I had to move on.

In the space of 2 weeks, I left my job, put our home up for sale, packed up things into storage, left my husband, and moved interstate to Queensland.

Crazy I know right. Why would I leave everything behind?

Leave the familiar, the comfort.

Change everything at once.

The stress of it all.

What I’ve done is right up there with the 5 most stressful things in the world – death of a loved one, major illness, divorce, moving and job loss.

Now before you start thinking I’m heading for divorce ….. far from it, I love Rod with all my heart and even though we’re apart living in 2 different states in Australia, we’re very much together in our hearts.

I just needed a fresh start, to rediscover myself, to develop my business, to be in the warmth again. To not have to be in ‘survival mode’ on a daily basis to keep my body warm, but naturally to be at a core body temperature, without having to put on 5 layers of clothing on a daily basis.

Really I hear you cry, aren’t you living in Australia though, isn’t it hot there. Yep absolutely and my body has adapted over time, as well as now not seeming to tolerate sudden temperature changes, especially the cold. So I’m following the sun, and my heart, it’s time.

Plus and here’s the BIG plus, like you I love running and running in warm weather just lights me up, and with 4 weeks away to the Gold Coast Marathon, what better preparation, to actually be running in a warmer climate.

So after a bit of an adjustment period, I feel I’m getting ‘ME’ back, feeling in sync with life again, following my heart more, after all isn’t that what life is about.

NoosaBecause of this move, I had the most amazing run on Sunday, check out the views, running alongside the Noosa River and up into Noosa National Park.

So what has all this got to do with me, I hear you cry.

EVERYTHING and NOTHING depending on which side of the fence you’re on.

You see it just gets back to TIME and what you REALLY WANT in life, and if you’re settling for something else.

We all have 24 hours each day, and the older we get, time ‘seems’ to speed up. Are we really ‘living it though’ OR just being a creature of habit doing the same thing day in day out, and not in love with it.

Are you REALLY living life to the MAX.

Are you being the person you truly want to be.

Are you doing the things EVERYDAY that you care about.

Are you spending time with the people you want to everyday.

If yes great, if not then why not.

Have you instead chosen to settle for a comfortable life, that you’re OK about, have dreams and then talk yourself out of making it happen.

You see it’s all a choice, whichever side of the fence you’re on.

People say… oh one day I’ll travel, one day I’ll buy a car, lose weight, run a marathon, start a business, one day I’ll get it all together.

That’s a hell of a lotta stuff you’ve got stored up for your ‘one day life’

If it TRULY matters to you, and YOU know what truly matters to you right, then make a start today.

Step outside of your comfort zone to make that change.

Just one thing, move forward TODAY, get comfortable with the uncomfortable and start living your ‘one day life’ TODAY.

I believe in you – you can do this!

And remember

Wish It … Dream It … Do It!

Sue xo

Gold Coast Marathon – Wk 13 & 14

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks with a lot of change, upheaval and turmoil, as I found myself leaving my job, putting our home on the market, packing boxes, saying goodbye to loved ones and friends and moving to Queensland. First stop a house sit in Noosa, looking after a german sheppard and a husky. Something I’ve noticed about myself is that when my life gets turned upside down, and I feel stressed and emotional, it takes every ounce of me to find the energy for a long run.

So combined over the last 2 weeks I did a total of 60 km, one week of 11km and the second week of 49km. 2 runs each week, no strength training or yoga, as I cut right back on my training as I listened to my body as I found a way through all the stress bringing me back to balance again.

Nossa River SunsetMy last long run in cold Victoria before heading to Queensland, found me on my favourite running route around the Barwon River. It felt good to tap out a 20km run and I recovered well from it too.

I arrived in Queensland last week, and it’s been soooo great to thaw out, and to feel the sun on my body again. Check out this amazing sunset I was blessed with seeing on my first night here.

Being thrown completely out of my comfort zone, staying in a new environment – someone else’s home looking after their dogs, I had to adapt fast, finding a new equilibrium again for sleep, nutrition, exercise, environment and change.

To be honest it’s taken me about 4 days to settle in, adapting and being flexible to my new surroundings and location – finding out where everything is etc. I found a local juice bar to get a freshly squeezed apple, carrot and beetroot juice on the Saturday, to stick in the fridge ready for Sunday’s run.

For this weeks long run I chose an amazing route that took me from Tewantin – Noosaville along the river to Noosa Heads and up into the Noosa National Park. There were many photo stops along the way, as the scenery was so stunning. I was also grateful I did a reckie the day before to suss out where the toilets and drink stops would be on route. I was aiming for 32km on this route, although I was happy with 29km.

Lazy recovery by the pool afterwards, I think my legs were definitely grateful for the cold water immersion.

Noosa Spit Overlooking Alexandria Bay Sue on Coastal Walk Noosa National Park