I wanted to live by example for my daughter so I began to mentally challenge myself to feel positive, act positive, speak positive and BE POSITIVE
I chose to accept the Lean for Life Challenge to make myself and my health a priority. I had just received an increase in responsibilities with my job and would be putting in 60-65 hours weekly though the summer. I manage 30 employees and am also single mom to the most awesome daughter in the world. I knew my free personal time would be very limited. I decided to strategize the little personal time I did have and began going to Jenn’s 5am class on Orchard, routinely.
During this challenge one obstacle I experienced was a frustrating foot injury that took me out of the boot camp scene for 3 ½ weeks. Boot camp had been an extraordinary release for the stress I was experiencing with my job. Without that release and the anxiety of missing class, an overwhelming feeling of helplessness became apparent in my daily mindset. I had to have a “come to Jesus” talk with myself when I began to realize my mood was affecting how I interacted with my sweet daughter and my staff at work. This is where the challenge became a MENTAL challenge rather than a PHYSCIAL challenge. I began to turn the anxiety of missing class into something constructive and began journaling my thoughts and feelings rather than internalizing them and feeling toxic. I wanted to live by example for my daughter so I began to mentally challenge myself to feel positive, act positive, speak positive and BE POSITIVE. By doing this I was able to show her, not just “tell her” that with changing one’s attitude (no matter what the circumstance), you can change your mindset and ultimately change your life.