Entrepreneurgatory

Entrepreneurgatory-(äntrəprəˈnər’ɡəˌtôrē)- Noun

  1. place or state of struggle, suffering and/or misery inhabited by persons who organize and operate a business or businesses taking greater than normal financial risks, while paying their metaphorical-dues before making it to business nirvana, success.
  2. time aspiring business owner spends leading towards entrepreneur heaven.

Fresh into a new year and I’m making up words. In my defense, I needed a word to describe where I am AT. Not where I’ve been, not what I think I may do, not where I want to end up but this special, specific place that I am in right this second. That middle ground when you are between heaven and hell. Between your past and your future. Between where you want to be and where you are coming from. Between success and failure.

When people talk about the secrets to their successes, they always delve into their back story. They talk about the checklist of accomplishments, the awards, the dollars and cents. They use words like “hard work,” “long nights,” and “struggle.” We regularly hear from the successful persons at the top of their game motivating, giving tips and sharing info. But I want to dive into that murky place between struggle and success. What’s swimming in that space so many successful gloss over by saying ‘it didn’t happen overnight.’ What lives in that gray matter between our ears when we aren’t sure of our next move, when the ball’s in our court but we are still figuring out which game we are playing? How many long nights with lost sleep? How did that struggle affect your mental strength, your view of yourself, your vision, and your relationships? I am living all of these questions right now. I am reporting, live, from deep inside a state of Entrepreneurgatory.

Trying for that tree

Entrepreneurgatory is a lonely place on the road to success. The successful will use it for internal motivation but many find it difficult to convey this struggle to those that haven’t experienced this in-between space. This murky middle-ground may not be short term, practical or glamorous but I’m damn sure hoping it at least builds character (at most builds successful businesses!) It’s not easy to break down the real raw details of your fight to convince the fans and haters that you are not an overnight success. What fills those days, months and years between the thought “I’m going to do this” and “I’ve made it?” That’s where I’m living right now.

For perspective, there’s the sleepless nights you’re in a brain fog with no new ideas, left playing Foosball with the old ideas or kicking around things other people are already doing. You are spending days feeling so exhausted because you are overwhelmed and under-producing. The friends and family giving unsolicited advice about life and career decisions because they can’t, won’t or don’t understand your trajectory. There’s the month you spent just working at your part time job so you can pay rent, and not channeling an ounce of extra energy into anything other then sleep.eat.shower. Add to all of this the frustration in knowing this is not where you want to be. The real swirling question in Entrepreneurgatory: what is your next move?

Outtakes… many, many outtakes…in life

Goals. Motivation. Direction. Organization.

My keys to climb out of Entrepreneurgatory.

 

 

Goals: I’ve mapped out my year, I’ve started in on a 3 year and 5 predictions. I’m dreaming big and realistic at the same time. (not easy- I call it my magical reality.)

 

 

 

Motivation: Internally motivated based on my love of giving people the tools to improve their lives through health, fitness and wellness consistency and training.

 

 

Change of Direction

 

 

Direction: I am moving in the direction of sole proprietorship. Owning what I know with the freedom to deliver science-based workouts and regimens wrapped up and served

 

 

Organization: Increasing awareness and accountability by tracking information, ideas and progress digitally and in writing i.e. agenda, planner, calendars, dry erase board. If I write something it increases the likelihood that I will remember and act on it. Now I also include reminders, motivational quotes and to-do items on my phone’s calendar. It’s like having a personal assistant.

 

 

You guys are all along for this ride with me. I know people love to celebrate the success but come on the climb with me, grind with me, work with me, jump wit me.

Play Hard Get Fit.

*L*

 

 

 

 

Quick Buffalo Chicken Wrap

20160512_141652Quick and simple lunch! Every once in a while I just crave some buffalo flavor but I don’t want to revert to fried wings. I love adding some buffalo flavor to a clean slate of baked chicken! This wrap is very high in protein by combining chicken and the chick peas. Sample grocery list here* Chow down!!

Prep Time: 3-5 minutes

Cooking Time: 3-5 minutes

Total Time: 6-10 minutes20160512_141710

Calories: 540 cal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Spinach Tortilla (Mission Brand, Medium sized)
  • 2-3 Small Baked Chicken Tenderloins, shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Spinach
  • Tomato, diced
  • 3-5 Mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Chick Peas (garbanzo beans)
  • 2 Tbsp. Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Ranch Dressing

Instructions:

  • Pre-heat George Foreman grill or skillet to medium heat.
  • On a flat surface, spread out spinach tortilla.
  • Fill in the center in a narrow pile of fillings lengthwise across the equator of the tortilla. This will allow you to roll it up.
  • Fill tortilla with fresh spinach, chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes and chick peas.
  • Top with buffalo sauce and ranch dressing to taste.
  • Fold in both ends of your tortilla at the equator of fillings and roll middle of tortilla away from you.
  • With the seems down, place tortilla on your hot grill or skillet for 3-5 minutes or until golden grown

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Enjoy!!

 

Play Hard Get Fit

*L*

Jump Inside My Grocery Cart

 

20160510_115630*Full grocery list at bottom of page

Grocery shopping is not my favorite. But it is a necessary means to an end. That end being cooking and eating. I like the eating part. Grocery carts are fascinating. Looking inside someone’s cart is like looking into their soul. Ok, too deep. It’s more like getting a Polaroid of their personality. It also makes you think a little. What do they have planned this week? What are they using that chicken stock for? (so many recipes!?) How do coffee and shrimp go together? Should I judge them for their cat food and sriracha? NO! Those 2 things are amazing… separately. I want to invite you to jump inside my shopping cart on a basic grocery trip for me. Granted 20160127_152915I shop for between 1-3 people (depending on how hungry I am), so your quantities of specific items may be slightly different then mine.

Almost every trip my list looks the same. A few anomalies show up based on season, events or guests but my go-to items stay fairly consistent. This list includes small suggestions and explanations. There will be an easy to read, printable list at the bottom of this page!

 

The Starting Line Up:

  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes– (whatever is on sale-roma, cherry, etc.)
  • Mushrooms-baby bella
  • Peppers-red, green, yellow and/or orange
  • Bananas20160301_111035
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Red Onions
  • Hummus– Food Lion Brand Everything Hummus is my fave right now.
  • Stacy’s Pita Chips
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk– Coconut or Almond Coconut Milk is good too.
  • Chicken breast, tenderloins, drumsticks- usually 2 packs (always stay stocked).
  • Eggs– brown (I’ll pay a little more for happy chickens aka organic).
  • Frozen Fruit– 1 bag each trip.
  • Frozen Veggies-1 bag each trip (also make great ice packs)

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The Bullpen: Things I Don’t Get Every Trip-But Very Often

  • Coffee
  • Oatmeal– Just the plain oats
  • BBQ Sauce– Weber’s Brand has no crap in it- DELICIOUS*
  • Rice– brown
  • Beans– kidney, pinto, garbanzo!20160209_152032
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Cheese– feta, bleu crumbles, cheddar, pepperjack…
  • Wine– cheers!
  • Seltzer water
  • Salsa
  • Hot Sauce
  • Seasonal Fresh Vegetables– (aka who’s on sale?) Zucchini, squash, green beans, etc.
  • Avocados– I only buy them when they are about $1 a piece (it’s like an internal rule of mine).
  • Herbs– parsley, cilantro, basil etc.
  • Seasonal Fruits– melons, berries, lemons, limes, etc.
  • Dried Fruits– cranberries, blueberries- 1 bag every other trip
  • Nuts– Almonds, walnuts, pecans etc. (personal preference!)

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*balsamic vinegar and olive oil are always in my cabinet. I shop for them as needed.

 

Almost every meal I make includes most of The Starting Line Up ingredients. The recipes change with the seasons, and if there is a special event, guests or a new recipe I’m trying. Knowing that when I open the fridge I always have that Starting Line Up, I’m able to easily grow a meal from those items. Variations in seasonings are a perfect way to shake up the Line Up.20160401_173448

Example: Using red onions and bell peppers (red, orange, yellow and/or green).

Option 1– basil, oregano, black pepper, garlic and balsamic vinegar. Sautee together.

Option 2- Paprika, cumin, garlic, red pepper flakes and lime juice. Sautee together. Serve. Eat. Wait for someone to clean up. Sleep.

Both options are DELICIOUS but very different based off seasoning! Spice it up!!

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Whatever your goals, lifestyle, or event you are training for:

Plan your meals. Bring your lunches. Have health snacks HANDY.

Play Hard, Get Fit!

*L*

 

Full playhardgetfit Shopping List:

  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell Peppers
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Red Onions
  • Hummus
  • Pita Chips
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Chicken Breast
  • Chicken Tenderloins
  • Eggs
  • Frozen Fruit
  • Frozen Veggies
  • Coffee
  • Oatmeal
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Brown Rice
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Red Kidney Beans
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Cheese crumbles
  • Hard Cheese- cheddar
  • Wine- red, white, pink, all.
  • Seltzer water
  • Seasonal Fresh Vegetables
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Green Beans
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Avocados
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • Melons- Watermelon, Honeydew
  • Berries- Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry
  • Citrus-Oranges, Lemons, Limes
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dried Pomegranates
  • Almonds
  • Pecans

Birthday Smoothie

In honor of my birthday month, I’ve constructed a filling and festi20160324_182704ve smoothie! All of the ingredients are easy to find in your neighborhood grocery store. If you are using an individual serving blender, like a Nutribullet or similar, I blend for 15-30 seconds and then stop. I take the sealed container and shake it up vigorously. It mixes up the ingredients that may be stuck at the top or bottom. Then blend for another 15-30 seconds. If you are having trouble blending or it’s too thick, add more coconut milk!

20160324_182451Happy Birthday to You!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Ingredients

Combine all ingredients into your blender. Add “milk” until you reach your desired consistency. Top with 20160324_183533rainbow SPRINKLES!!!!!
*L*

Peachy Protein Smoothie

20160301_151449This is an awesome smoothie for post workout and/or a big snack or small meal! What I love about smoothies is not just the taste but all the multi tasking a smoothie accomplishes. An entire meal in one cup, I get need grams of protein in – which helps me recover from workouts and/or life, clean up is faster than fast, drinkable – sometimes you just don’t feel like chewing, AND portable – put a lid on it and roll out!! Get excited!!20160301_152005

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

  • 1 whole peeled orange20160301_152724
  • 1 small peeled carrot
  • 5-7 fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen mangoes
  • 1/4 cup frozen peaches
  • 2 scoops Dymatize Orange Dreamsicle Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond coconut milk

Combine into a blender and add “milk” until desired consistency! Top with peaches or other fresh fruit!

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This recipe was featured on Dymatize during their weekly March Nutrition Month @VitaminShoppe recipe contest @playhardgetfit Dymatize ISO-100 protein smoothie recipe!

Enjoy!

*L*

 

 

Why You Shouldn’t Weigh Yourself on a Monday

You wake up Monday morning, hit the snooze button X amount of times, literally roll off your mattress and saunter lethargically into the bathroom.20151109_063548 During this chain of events, your barefoot hits the cold top of your scale and you blurrily look down at the number… STOP! Monday morning is not the time, place or headspace that you need to be checking your weight. Tracking your weight is the most common form of measurement for health (don’t really agree with that though), but like I said, it’s common. I prefer to just check out how my jeans fit! Whether you are trying to lose, gain or maintain weight, leave that number alone on Mondays.

Monday is a culmination of weekend activities.

Firstly, you’re lacking your normal routine. During the week, usually there are set times that you have to be at work, take your lunch break, pick up kids, teach a class etc. Weekends are a break from that routine and you’re eating habits know that! You’re also not waking up with the same expectations or constraints that a work week has on you. Your sleeping schedule is either more or less then the weekdays. Celebrations often take place on weekends. You are eating at different times, too much or sometimes less then normal. Our willpower has decreased by the end of the week and you are less likely to make smart, healthy food choices.

MondaysMonday sets the tone for your week.

Monday has a reputation for being a downer. Just the word Monday has a negative connotation. Mondays are a day when you are abruptly snapped back to reality and to routine. It’s a disease (case of the Mondays), it’s a description (I’m having a Monday), and an insult (you look like a Monday). Why would you want to layer onto that a number on the scale that will most definitely change your mood? Let Monday be itself and pick any other of the 6 days be your weigh in day.

monday-quotes-sayingsWhen should I weigh myself?

This is personal preference.

  • In the morning.
  • Same day of the week.
  • Not more then 1x per week.

20151109_063514You have tons of willpower on a Monday but you also have some jetlag and resentment from the weekend ending. Your weight will fluctuate throughout the day anywhere between 2-4 lbs. on average. I had a client tell me that they weighed themselves 4 times a day because they did NOT want to gain any weight. Well, stuff goes in and stuff comes out…(human stuff… like air and food etc.). I hope your weight fluctuates daily. I don’t want a person to weigh themselves more then 4 times a month, let alone a day! Too extreme, discouraging and unnecessary.

Transitioning from Saturday and Sunday into Monday is emotional. 20151109_063627You have goals that you want to reach and motivation to maintain. Jump right into your workouts on Monday. Have an amazing sweat session, press the mental reset button and leave that scale alone!

Play Hard, Get Fit!

*L*

 

Surf Camp makes Summer Adventurous

Vacation should include an adventure. An adventure that lets you escape from normal life. Siren Surf Camp with Farmdog Surf School in Nags Head, NC was the perfect addition to a family vacation and to having an Adventurous August.

Working on my pop up on land
Working on my pop up on land

I’ve never worn a wet suit. I felt like I was a sea mammal with my extra coating of blubber, I was so warm and it made me fearless of cold water and wipeouts. I could throw my body into the surf and I had this amazing protective layer to make sure I stayed warm and scratch free. It was a hot mess to get on though. Skinny jeans are nothing compared to the dance I did to get my wet suit on!

We met our instructors. The knowledgeable and teacher-esque, Skyla. She is also a ocean lifeguard so if was a very safe feeling knowing if something happened that she was already in the water with us.  Hannah was all surfer girl-cool in her trucker hat. Then Hailey who was super bubbly and I loved her energy! Each of them were in the surf with us, pushing us into waves, cheering us on and giving us tips and pointers before and after wipeouts!

Each day of camp began with a picturesque yoga sequence facing the Atlantic. Bailey taught our class and was all warmed up because she taught a sunrise class right before ours. We all had a large piece of canvas that we shared. I expected sand to be flying around vigorously during any transition between a warrior and a downward dog; that was not the case at all. She had us do a number of yoga poses specifically for surfing. Hips and shoulder opening. Lots of child’s pose and a little bit of balance. Her voice was clear and likeable, always a good thing for a yoga teacher. There is no equivalent to being able to sit in the sand with your eyes closed, the morning sun on your face, the sound of waves smashing and hustling into and away from shore, and the clarity your mind is able to regain.

Getting zipped up, ankle strap attached and picking up your board lets your body know “get ready!” The water is shallow enough to wade out with your board but the waves are strong and our boards were easier to control while on them and paddling. Can you say shoulder workout!? I loved the challenge of paddling out into the water and digging in and picking up speed to catch a wave. Your focus shifts you are now in surfing survival mode; float and wait for a wave, scan the horizon for a set, pick your wave, paddle for your wave, catch a part of that wave, wipeout, tumble under the water, grab you leash and board, paddle back through waves out to the flat water and then catch your breath. IMG_7024I wanted to catch as many waves as I possibly could which equaled a massive workout for me. Pretty sure my lungs were still being tossed around in the surf for most of the session! Standing up on your surfboard is like standing up on top of the world. It is exhilarating! All the ladies were cheering each other on, we were so excited when we caught waves and just as excited for the wipeouts. At the end of Siren Surf Camp I felt so accomplished and adventurous! It was the perfect addition to summer. For more information, check out www.farmdogsurfschool.com or follow Farmdog Surf School and PlayHardGetFit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.