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Year of YES: What Does It Mean

Published February 17, 2016 by Jasmine

In my previous post I stated that I decided 2016 was going to be my #yearofYES, but what does that really mean?

The #yearofYES is not about saying YES to everything that anyone asks me to do. In fact, sometimes it actually means saying no. #yearofYES is about me saying YES to things that I have let fear hold me back from, saying YES to becoming the best version of myself, saying YES to things that challenge me and force me to step out of my comfort zone, and saying NO to things that no longer serve me or add value to my life.


YES…to figuring out what is going on with my body and my heath. I have a few medical issues that I am trying to get to the bottom of (extreme fatigue, weight gain, low thyroid, high cortisol, and low iron stores), and hopefully figuring those things out will make a drastic difference in how I feel.

YES…to being in the best shape of my life by the end of 2016.

YES…to wearing dresses! In the last 20 years I have probably worn a dress two or three times. I don’t like how they look on me, but that is going to change.

YES…to being comfortable in my own skin and wearing a swimsuit with confidence.

YES…to eating to fuel my body rather than eating to feel good.

YES…to walking by faith, not by sight.

YES…to no longer feeling sick and tired.

YES…to living rather than just going through the motions.

YES…to creating memories that will last a lifetime.

YES…to being a leader.

YES…to completing my first marathon.

YES…to financial freedom.

YES…to  loving myself.

YES…to changing lives.

YES…to achieving greatness.

YES…to living my purpose while pursuing my passion.

YES…to surrounding myself with people who are going to lift me higher.

YES…to defining my own path.

YES…to determining what success looks like to me.

YES…to collecting experiences, not things.

YES…to believing in myself.

YES…to building my days around what is important to me.

YES…to focusing on faith, not fear.

YES…to living a life I love.

YES…to failing forward.

YES…to getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.

YES…to always believing that something wonderful is going to happen.

My biggest YES this year was saying YES to coaching!! I can’t wait to tell you all about it because I am so excited!!







Back to the Road Less Traveled

Published September 23, 2012 by Jasmine

It’s been a long four weeks since these darn shins of mine started bothering me.  Back at the end of August I had decided I was going to stop running for a month, and I had some friends tell me not to stop because it would be that much harder to get started. While that is true, I have never really developed a good running base as I seem to have one injury after another and not enough running time to develop a strong base.  I was eventually forced to take a break two weeks ago. I ran and walked through shin pain for two weeks, before I finally realized it wasn’t going to go away on its own. So I haven’t run or walked the last two weeks, in fact, this last week I have not done any cardio or strength training. I was hoping the shins would be better. I went for a test “shuffle” today, and while they are getting better, they aren’t back to 100%.

I have decided to take my focus off running, and for the rest of this year my focus will be back on losing weight. It’s time to go back to the road less traveled…the road that I know works, the road that I know I won’t have to deal with injuries on, the only road I knew before I ever contemplated running. It’s time to refocus on strength training, biking, stair climbing, walking, and swimming since I would like to do a triathlon (and someday an Ironman). I remember when I first started at the gym and how I was afraid to walk on the treadmill without holding on because I thought I would fall, and how I couldn’t even make it five minutes on the stair climber holding on. Now I am running and can go 60 minutes on the stair climber without holding on. I’ve come a long way, but I still have so far to go.

This doesn’t mean that I am not going to run the rest of the year, but it will not be my focus. If I am walking and feel like throwing in a few running intervals, I will. There will be no expectations, no schedules, no run/walk intervals, and no “running” days. It’s going to be all about me, my focus on losing weight, my focus on improving my aerobic capacity in ways other than running, and doing whatever I feel like doing.

Luckily, I am not signed for any races this fall. I do have a 5k walk/run for Alexandra House this weekend with my mom and my sister. They are both faster runners than I am, so we weren’t going to be running together anyways…I will most likely just walk. I was really hoping to get to do the Monster Dash again this year. It was a fun event, but I also wanted redemption…I had to limp the last 1.6 miles last year because of a very tight IT band. However, it is unrealistic to think I can go from eight one-minute run intervals today, to a half-marathon in  five weeks. I may just volunteer this year.

Happiness = Running