Self-Acceptance in the Pursuit of Success and Greatness

Self-acceptance is easy for some, but very difficult for others. As athletes, we often want to pursue becoming faster, stronger, fitter, healthier, wiser…the list goes on and on. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our pursuit that we forget why we ever got started. For most of us, we began our athletic career because we were passionate for the sport and fell in love with the training and competing. I know I get an awesome feeling of accomplishment when my times get faster, power gets stronger and weights get heavier.

Lately, though I have been struggling with my athletic self-acceptance because I am not at the level of fitness I feel is needed. In two weeks, I will be competing at Tri Fort Worth 70.3 Triathlon and feel as though it is not going to be the performance I hoped for.  (For non-triathlete individuals a 70.3 triathlon consists of 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run.) Training levels have not been optimal ever since March 21st of this year. That day marks the first day of competing for the title of Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The campaign is a 10 week fundraiser where 16 people compete against each other to raise the most money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I have a goal of raising $100,000 in just 10 weeks. This campaign is like having a second full time job. It has been an amazing journey so far and I know it is all worth it in the end, but WOW is it exhausting and time consuming. June 2nd is the last day of the campaign. When June 3rd comes around, I want to look back and have no regrets! As a result of investing the necessary time into this campaign, triathlon training has had to take the back burner. This season, when I struggle with self-acceptance, it has been important to remember that raising money for cancer research is far more important than competing in a triathlon.

Once the campaign is over, the focus will be on other various half Ironman and Olympic races I have lined up. When this year comes to an end I want to ensure that, even though my athletic performance may be less than what I hoped for, my self-acceptance is not impacted. I do not want to settle in my race expectations, but rather accept where I am in the journey of my athletic career and continue to pursue bettering myself every race and every year. Self-worth cannot be solely related to the pursuit of athletic greatness…it has to be found from within and in relation to all the other positive aspects of life we are participating in; such as fundraisers to cure cancer. If you would like to learn more about the campaign, check out my website by clicking HERE.

How to Maneuver NIOSA from a Dietitian and Athletes Perspective

If you have ever visited San Antonio during Fiesta, you won’t forget your experience. Back in 1891, Fiesta began as a one-parade event that honored fallen soldiers from the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.  Fiesta has developed into one of San Antonio’s largest celebrations that recognize the diverse cultures within our city. This 11 day celebration has something the whole family is sure to enjoy.

During Fiesta, one of the memorable events is called NIOSA which stands for “A Night in Old San Antonio”.  NIOSA is a four night celebration in downtown San Antonio. Today’s blog includes a few tips on how to maneuver NIOSA in a way that will hopefully not impact training as much if we approach it with mindfulness and preparation.

Tips for NIOSA

  1. Plan Ahead –It may be hard to believe, but there are better choices that can be made when at NIOSA. Below are a few booths that will provide a better choice when eating at NIOSA.

Frontier Town – Texas Bird Legs

Haymarket – Beef Fajitas

Main Street – Pulled Pork Sandwich

Mexican Market – Fruit Kabob

Villa Espana – Shrimp Parilla

Villa Espana – Baja Fish Tacos

  1. Share – Trying the food at NIOSA is a must. If you are going to choose something less than optimal for training the next day, share the food with friends. Again, be mindful of choices and at the same time, do not fret over eating something unique and a little less than healthy. Smaller portions through sharing is a great idea!
  2. 1 for 1 Rule – After every alcoholic beverage consumed, drink a full glass or bottle of water. We can only handle so much liquid so this will help you slow down and enjoy your night a little more. On a side note from your local Dietitian: the general recommendation is that women have 1 drink per day and men 2. Alcohol and training never blend well so be mindful if you have an early training the next day. try to re-arrange your schedule or get it done earlier so you can relax a little more when out with friends at NIOSA.
  3. No Savings– Often people want to “save” their calories for later when they are going to an event like NIOSA. It can be dangerous to save calories because that may lead to overeating due to excessive hunger. Whereas you would be better off eating meals and snacks leading up to NIOSA and starting the night less hungry with more self-control.

If you are interested in checking out any of the events for Fiesta, click HERE.

Viva Fiesta from San Antonio!

As a fundraiser supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), I created Fiesta medals (featured photo above) and will be giving all the proceeds to LLS. If you are interested in donating to receive a medal, check out my fundraising website by clicking HERE. : Click on “BUY MERCHANDISE” on the right side of the page and make sure to put your name, contact info and a note that says you donation is for a medal so I can get it to you.

Photo courtesy of Jess Baerg, the owner of Two Run Zero. Jess is a small business owner in San Antonio who loves to coach one-on-one or in group settings. I have sent many of my athletes (of all abilities/levels) to her and they all have LOVED her!