Yesterday I mentioned the concept of validation along with one of my favorite videos. Did you validate? It is a simple gesture that can change a life! More on validation in the Network along with latest food find and recipe! Made it to Seattle safe and sound!
Learning to be flexible... Okay so as much as we are creatures of routine, we must be flexible! I have written a lot about this and how you just have to make things work... It is amazing how we have certain ways of doing things, certain spoons and bowls we eat our oatmeal with, certain blenders that make our shakes absolutely perfect, the right size ice to make those shakes smooth and creamy, etc. The list goes on and on and you know what I am talking about! Then you travel, you are away without your blender, utensils, etc. This doesn't happen often because I am one to bring my Vita Mix with me but when you are traveling and being charged for every pound, you think twice if your 10# blender is really worth it. Sometimes I think it might have been worth the extra dough!! ;)
SO safe and sound in beautiful Seattle, no rain and so green and peaceful! Great times with my girl, who i have not seen in way too long, Andrea Dumon, so Life is great! We made a super yummy GA meal last night. I took over the kitchen and made a delicious Giant GA Salad with greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, toasted almonds and a side of red pepper Tilapia, Brussel Sprouts and Zucchini! IT was amazing and it was a wonderful night of great food and conversation! Nearly 2 years post competition days and here I am with my girlfriend who I met while turning pro at the 2005 USA's and it is 6 years ago, enjoying such similar food! This is lifestyle everyone! There is no ON and OFF there is just Life! Whether you are in the heart of competition, not a competitor, in the midst of a nutritional program to lose a few extra pounds, it is about creating a healthy lifestyle and sticking to it because it is what we know and what we do! Amazing!
With that being said wow, the friendships created and made through life! No matter what you do in life, competition, work related, social experiences, we meet certain people along our journey that come into our lives for a reason! Relationships are what life is about! Creating those relationships with people that will last a lifetime. Sharing experiences, memories, laughing, crying, reminiscing that is what life is all about! Remember to value your friendships with all you have because without them, life just wouldn't be the same!
We will be capturing footage of our journey together from stage to the life beyond and how each experience has shaped not only our friendship but our lives in general! Check back for when the footage is available in Gina Aliotti's Fitness Network.
Here is a quick preview of where it all began... oh the memories and great times! You can never forget where you came from and where you are going but most of all how each and ever experience shapes who you are today!
Have an amazing and Safe Holiday weekend!