The Power of a Plan

Good news! My gym’s Wednesday BodyPump instructor showed up today!

I didn’t doubt she would be there (she actually once taught a class after throwing up in a trashcan 10 minutes before, so I’ll never doubt her dedication), but after the Monday teacher’s no-show, it was nice to get back in the BodyPump groove.

I took the class after spending 20 minutes on the elliptical doing cardio with Ryan. It was nice to start my day talking with Ryan about my concerns going into work.

As I alluded on the blog yesterday, things in my office are going a little crazy right now, and I can’t help feeling the heat. I’m looking toward the light at the end of the tunnel and creating a plan of action to handle the current situation. Having a plan makes me feel so much better. It gives people direction, goals and something to work toward to rectify a situation.

I realized my desire for a plan in the face of a stressful situation when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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I was terrified, sad and so worried… until we had a plan. Once I knew that we were actively fighting her disease, I felt like we were doing something positive to work against something so negative.


The return of the bagelwich!


Today’s breakfast was a bagelwich made with a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel thin, Colby jack cheese and raspberry jelly. Plus an apple on the side!

I wanted something warm and fast because the temperatures this morning were a little chilly due to last night’s rain. A hot and toasty bagelwich did the trick!

Stella & Dot Giveaway Winner

Thanks so much to all of you who entered yesterday’s Stella & Dot necklace giveaway! I was so excited to see so much enthusiasm and had to laugh when husbands and boyfriends popped by to help with your chances. You guys are scrappy!

Using the random number generator, the winner of the giveaway was…




Congratulations, Chea! Please email me at with your mailing address and the number of the necklace you would like to receive.

Hope you all have a great day! Open-mouthed smile


  1. Chelsey says

    I hope you have a great day today, Julie!! Your positive attitude and the fact that you actively plan how to deal with the recent increase of stress at the office will help you get through it! 🙂
    I love reading your blog, it puts me in the best mood. Positivity is quite the force to be reckoned with!


  2. says

    Coming up with a plan always makes me feel better, too. Even if it’s just writing out what I want to accomplish one day, or listing my priorities, feeling like I have some organization in a stressful situation takes a huge load off my shoulders. I hope today goes well for you!


  3. says

    Having a plan makes everything SO much better.. like a weight lifted off of your shoulders!

    I wish there were BodyPump classes near me. I’ve read so much about them and know I would love them!


  4. says

    Plans are so important! Especially in long distance relationships… I’m so glad you’re mom is OK!

    My bootcamp teacher was a no show last night…Must be something in the air!


  5. Tara says

    I agree with you, having a plan makes things feel so much more at ease, and a stressful situation a little easier. Good luck with your work situation!
    PS – Love reading your blog. This is the first time I’ve commented I think 🙂



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