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Avoiding the Blorft

“Blorft is an adjective that means completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum. I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.”
-Tina Fey, Actress and Comedian

POINT TO PONDER:
What type of investment could you make in your physical, mental, spiritual and emotional bank accounts that will allow you to feel your best so you can give your best?

ACTION ITEM:
Decide how you will invest in yourself this summer.

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

A few weeks ago I found myself unmotivated and tired. Despite partaking in my usual pick-me-up rituals of iGnite, rest, and a clean diet, I couldn’t shake my lethargic state.  After dropping off the children at Mother’s Day Out, my skin began to crawl. If you haven’t heard of “skin crawling,” it’s a term my mom always used when she was having an out-of-body stressful experience that was usually caused by me or my sister. So, as I was driving down MoPac with crawling skin, it dawned on me that maybe the mysterious rash I’ve had on my hands for six weeks and the bizarre and annoying itching I’ve been experiencing at night just might be stress related, which meant one thing — I MUST GET AWAY!

Despite the urge to drive to Fredericksburg and check myself into a bed and breakfast and call my husband Russell (who was in California for work) and give him an aggressive wake-up call, I decided to call my calm, cool and collected dad and proclaim my decision to treat myself to a getaway. As my wise father usually does, he just listened, which was all I needed.

Then, last week when Russell’s travel for work ended and he was home, I decided it was time to kindly and gently make him aware of my feelings. I really dreaded this conversation and was beginning to feel guilty. I was literally having to pump myself up with my motto, “YOU. CAN. DO. HARD. THINGS!”  Ultimately, I knew that if I didn’t communicate my feelings, our relationship (amongst many other things) would suffer. So, upon looking at the master family calendar together and first allowing him to tell me of all of the dates he would be traveling (yes, that was strategic), I began to explain that my fuel tank was on empty and I needed a few days alone to recharge my battery. Despite warning him not to take my comments personally, he did, and only heard “I want to get away without you,” which was not what I was saying. After twenty minutes of heated, but much-needed, conversation, we worked it all out and Russell understood my needs.

The fact was, if I didn’t do this for myself, there was no way that I would be worth two cents for months upon end, for anyone. If I hadn’t communicated my true needs, I would continue to be a passive aggressive martyr and my stress would eventually lead to resentment, a compromised immune system (which I think has already happened) and illness — which a very dear and wise friend reminded me that had our moms communicated their feelings and needs and taken occasional breaks, it’s possible that some of their health issues like depression, thyroid disease, high blood pressure and obesity could have been avoided. And as for my ongoing, let’s call it “unpleasantness” that Russell has mentioned, well…it was directly connected to my needing a break.

So, three weeks from now I’m hopping on an airplane and heading to my favorite getaway spot, Santa Monica, California where I will get a few nights of uninterrupted sleep, enjoy walks on the beach, inspiring sunsets and quiet time. This is just what I need to avoid ‘blorft’ and to recharge my battery so that compromised and irritated Neissa can be replaced by the loving, passionate, level-headed and fun Neissa that I am at my best.

With summer and family vacations around the corner, I want to remind you that vacations with family and children are most often not vacations, rather they’re an investment in your family. So, my question to you is, what type of investment do you plan on making in your physical, mental, spiritual and emotional bank account that will allow you to avoid ‘blorft’ and feel your best so you can give your best?

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Stay Active While Away: Your Go-To Travel & Vacation Workout

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Who says that staying in shape has to go out the window when you’re traveling? The energizing effects of starting off each day of your vacation with a quick 15-20 minute pick-me-up workout will have you enjoying the escape even more.  Staying active while away requires nothing more than 15 to 20 minutes and two light, inexpensive and easily packable tools: a jump rope and an elastic resistance band.

We’ve made things easy for you! Toss your jump rope and elastic band in your bag (together they weigh less than 7 ounces!), follow this workout created and demonstrated by iGnite founder Neissa Springmann three times per week (resting at least one day between workouts), and you’re good to go.

Repeat Exercises #1-5  three times with 30 seconds of rest between each exercise.  

Total Time: 15-20 minutes

Exercise #1: Jumping Rope
1 minute

  • Form: Stay light and on your toes
  • Benefits: Great cardiovascular exercise that works all muscles
  • Don’t have a jump rope? Jumping jacks are a great alternative.

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Exercise #2: Push-Up
1 Set of 10-15

  • Form: Position arms wide at a 90 degree angle, chest falls between arms, tighten core and firm glutes to protect the lower back and look at the tip of your mat (don’t allow your head to droop).  To decrease difficulty, drop to knees.
  • Benefits: Works chest, arms and core (when tightening the abdominals)

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Exercise #3: Squat to Shoulder Press
1 Set of 20

  • Form: While holding the handles of the resistance band, stand with feet hip width distance apart (6 -12 in.) on your resistance band. Squat, while keeping weight in the heels, eyes forward and chest open.  Come to standing while pressing the resistance bands above the head and firming the glutes. For less resistance, alternate arms.
  • Benefits: Works glutes, quads, hamstrings and shoulders.

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Exercise #4: Plank
30 seconds – 1 minute

  • Form: Position body so shoulders and elbows are in alignment. Look slightly forward while pulling shoulders away from your ears, firming glutes and pulling abdominals up and in.  If lower back bothers you, lift glutes higher or drop to your knees.
  • Benefits: Works all core muscles (abdominals and lower back) and shoulders.

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Exercise #5: Alternating Lunge
1 Set of 20 (10 each leg)

  • Form: Start standing tall and looking forward. Step one leg out in front, making sure the ankle and knee are in alignment, with the back leg bent and the heel lifted up toward the sky. With a strong core and eyes forward, push off the front leg and come to standing again, to then alternate legs.
  • Benefits: Works glutes, hamstrings and quads.

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18 Great Summertime Movies

If there’s a perfect time for watching light, fun, feel-good movies it’s summer.  So on your next night in, pour yourself a glass a wine, maybe invite over a girlfriend or two and sit back, escape and be entertained — these get our vote for some of the best summer movies of all time!

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1. The Bucket List (2007) 
2. Dirty Dancing (1987)
3. Eat Pray Love (2010)

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4. Forrest Gump (1994)
5. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
6. A Good Year (2006)

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7. Grease (1978)
8. The Help (2011)
9. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

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10. Mystic Pizza (1988)
11. The Parent Trap (1961)
12. The Proposal (2009)

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13. Safe Haven (2013)
14. The Sandlot (1993)
15. Sex & The City 2 (2010)

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16. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
17. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
18. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

Know of others  you think we should have on this list? Share them in the comments section below.