When all the Johanna planets are aligned, it's a good good thing. No. Sorry, I'm wrong. It's a FABULOUS thing that I want to shout from the rooftops. I feel alive. I breathe deeper. I smile more. I walk with a lighter step. I'm present in the moment. I'm open to new opportunities and people. I lower my shoulders down, away from my ears. I sleep better. I don't have that clamp of stress around my heart and throat. I'm friendlier. I'm nicer.
And the most important one? I like myself more.
Yup, I like myself more.
When the planets are aligned, I'm on top of my game.
I feel the cells in my body doing their thang, growing and being ALIVE. I feel my blood flowing freely, bringing oxygen and nutrients from my head to my toes. I can feel that on my inside, it's just on. My body's working as it should and nothing, I repeat nothing, is getting in the way.
I'm moving and grooving. Hell, I'm dancing. There's no pain, no aches, no headaches, no bags under my eyes nor pimples on my face.
My solar system doesn't have nine (or is it eight?) planets. There is no fancy pants names for these planets either (Uranus - Really?)
I've got Planet Movement, Planet Food, Planet Sleepytime and Planet Soul.
Planet Movement, and I'm not talking about bowel movements here. Nope, this one is all about getting my tush out of my chair, away from my computer screen and raising my heart rate. On Planet Movement I break a sweat and breath heavily.
Recently I reconnected with my Sunday Funday run group. I made plans to run with a friend. And just recently, I've partnered with a Personal Trainer in a small group, high intensity training program. Her name is Angela Garcia and if you live anywhere near the Seacoast of NH, get your butt to one of her classes. Go now!
There I am, hanging out on Planet Movement but the truth is, you can't out exercise a bad diet.
I'll say it again.
You can't out exercise a bad diet.
While my diet isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, in the past couple weeks I had strayed from what I should be doing - cooking, meal planning, grocery shopping and enjoying my time in the kitchen, trying new recipes.
On Planet Food, my March Madness peeps, our online community and love fest of leafy green veggies, beans, grains and root veggies came together at the right time. I've reconnected with my cookbooks and had a ton of fun trying all sorts of new recipes.
I'm inspired again and I can feel my whole body, from top to bottom benefiting from nourishing, real food. Legit real food that doesn't come out of a box or bag. Yummy meals that make for great leftovers on day 2 and day 3.
And what have I been doing now that I'm spending less time in the kitchen stressing about what to eat? I've been hanging out on Planet Sleepytime. You may have heard that I went on a media fast for the month of February. Which rolled into the month of March. And it's been a wonderful thing.
I wake up rested and so ready for whatever the day has in store for me. MY good night sleep doesn't just mean that my energy levels are super high - all day long. My good night sleep has also made for more QT with my man - both in bed and out.
When was the last time you woke up feeling rested and refreshed?
And then there's Planet Soul. This is the icing on the planet cake (gluten and dairy free of course.) I've been lost on this Planet for a few weeks now. Lost in hugs and laughter and great jokes with poorly delivered punchlines and cousins and aunts and uncles and snowball fights and sleepover parties and giggles.
Planet Soul is populated with amazing family and friends for whom I would walk on water. Lately this planet has been filled withe skype dates with far flung family members, birthday cards and generous gifts from loved ones. It's been a planet filled with vitamin D, tan lines and Puerto Rican traditional meals. I feed my soul on this planet.
It's been awhile since the Johanna planets have been this aligned. And it's taken a concerted effort, some focus and some work. My solar system is an investment and commitment - of energy, time and money.
But it's so worth it.
My life now? I sleep like a baby and wake up rested. My energy levels require no outside help (no thank you caffeine nor sugar) and remain high all day long. My body feels strong and I've lost the bloat that creeps up when I put my good eating habits to one side or go 2 days or more without being active.
My man and I are totally connected and in sync. This means lots of QT, a whole other layer of happiness and well, ya know.
But I couldn't have done it alone. Did you notice?
Running buddy so that I would actually run. Personal Trainer pushing me harder than I would myself. March Madness online community inspiring me with their dinnertime stories and meals. Friends and family calling to talk. My man who reminds me to take a break.
Take a minute to think about your planets. Are they aligned? Which planet of yours isn't aligned? You know what life is like when those planets are aligned. It's blissful and peaceful and makes you go "ahh..."
I've had such an amazing few months getting myself back on track and I want you, yes you, to have a similar experience.
And you know exactly what I am talking about. Whatever you have nagging you, what you know you SHOULD be doing better, let me help you make it happen. Yes, me. I'm on your team.
Because as you can see from my experience, you need people on your side to make it happen. Accountability buddies, trainers, coaches, whomever.
I've created space in my life for three amazing people who are ready to say yes to themselves, their health and their happiness. Yup I'm making myself available to people who want to get the control back over their schedules, energy levels and moods.
Because of the love, energy and time I invest in each of the people who hire me, I'm only taking on three new clients right now. I want you to get the full Johanna experience and treatment.
Curious? Want to learn more? You know that your planets aren't aligned but you want them to be? Thinking that you would like to work with me, but aren't exactly sure what that means?
Hit reply, tell me what's going on with you and we'll find a time to chat and see if I can help you.
But you have to act quickly because I'm not keeping these spaces open for long. This isn't an opportunity to dwell on.
To the planets, and beyond!