JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 323 :: the gym is calling, the gym is calling

21 Nov

Peak performance moment today:  I went back to the gym.

It’s been months. MONTHS! When I checked in at the gym the guy at the front desk confirmed that it’s been exactly 120 days. ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY DAYS! Since I have been to the gym.

That’s hardly peak performance.

I will console myself with the fact that I had a surgery in the middle of that and I have been going to private Pilate classes for physical therapy… but still.  120 days. Ouch!

I will admit, it did feel good to go to the gym.

As I sat in the sauna I counted in my head all the things I have done in the past 120 days.
- surgery
- wrote 120 blog posts
- travelled around the country and back again
- saw Oprah
- went to the Bridge School Festival with a myriad of rock stars (go Flo!)
- raised my Pilates plank from 30 seconds to a 85 seconds (no small feat)

It’s a good reminder to me to not get so upset for not going to the gym.

Because a lot can happen when you don’t go to the gym.
And still… it’s good to be back.

More tomorrow. 


 {what do you want to get back to?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 322 :: friday is coming

20 Nov

My favorite day of the week is Friday. Specifically Friday afternoon. It’s when my mind can pause and wrap the world around it, while I make sense of the week behind me, the weekend ahead and all that needs to happen next.

So, here’s to Friday.
Without it, we may not have peak performance. 

More tomorrow. 


 {what is your favorite day of the week?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 321 :: one minute and 25 seconds

19 Nov

Peak performance moment of the day: one minute and twenty five seconds!

That’s my new record for a timed plank. It’s a full fifteen seconds longer that last week. (And if you’ve been around here for a while you know that I started at a mere 30 second plank after the whole mastectomy surgery trilogy).

It feels good to make these muscles work again.

And all it makes me think is this…
The more you favor work the more it works in your favor.  

One minute twenty five seconds!!!

More tomorrow. 


 {what is your personal best?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 320 :: raking up the year

18 Nov

Well it’s official…. we own a leaf blower. And mulcher.  I suppose this day was to arrive and that it shouldn’t be a surprise.

But still… we own a leaf mulcher. Ack!

As the leaves continue to FALL I am thinking about peak performance and the year this universe had dealt me. It’s been quite a ride. And even though most of the leaves that have blossomed and wilted are now sitting on the ground I know there are a few yet to fall before this year ends.

I’m excited to see where they land (before I suck them all up in our new TORO leaf blower mulching maniac machine and wait for spring).

The seasons are changing. The year is wrapping up. Peak performance is whispering in my ear to soak it all in before it ends.

Which I know really means opportunity awaits. 
What are you packing up or raking up to make room for something new?

More tomorrow. 


 {what is your best season?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 319 :: little miss turquoise

17 Nov

As promised here’s a shot of the finished table as it dries (Brady photo bomb included). Of course it’s not really finished… nothing ever is…

But it’s a good start.

Now she just needs time to dry…. and I kind of like that. Because we all need time to dry if you will, time to age into our best beauty or second chance at a new color… maybe before we hit our peak performance?

So, while little Miss Turquoise here isn’t ready for show time quite yet she is primed to set into her new coat of paint before she begins a new useful life with us.

(If we can keep Brady out of the kitchen!)

And that makes me think that maybe peak performance isn’t a one time shot. It’s not a destination, rather a state of being, a continuous state of mind.

More tomorrow. 

 {what do you need time to do?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 318 :: one year later…

16 Nov

Major peak performance day over here…. for the kitchen table.
It only took me a year to pick out a color to paint the kitchen table that’s been sitting and waiting for a fresh coat of paint.

I have been waffling… What color? What color? What color?
Finally, last week, I had an epiphany… I love the turquoise chest in my office, so why not just go with what I love?

Turquoise it is.

I’ll share a final photo when it’s all dry and ready to go, but for now I am remembering something that I should already know.

When in doubt just make a decision.
Any decision. Any color is better than none.
(And turquoise is pretty wonderful!)

Just do it.

More tomorrow. 


 {what decision do you need to make?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 317 :: surprise sweet treat

15 Nov

So this may have nothing to do with Peak Performance… but boy was it good!

I was hungry. And after complaining about being hungry for well, I don’t know, Justin decided to help out.

So he mixed up everything we had in the refrigerator…. including…

1 Banana
2 Oreo Cookies
Ice Cream
Blackberry Jam
Red Vine (for the straw)

And voila! 

Not healthy at all… but so, so, good.
Sometimes peak performance is just mixing together what you’ve got. Sometimes it bombs and sometimes it’s AMAZING!

But you never know if you don’t try… or maybe complain.

More tomorrow. 


 {what can you mix up?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 316 :: one minute and ten seconds

14 Nov

A lot can happen in one minute. And today, I am happy to report that my Peak Performance moment of the day was one minute and ten seconds long.

Seems like a short little moment at first glance. After all, it’s only one minute plus a few seconds. But today, it was my peak performance plank. 

I have been going to Pilates physical therapy for a few months now. A few weeks after I started my stretching we timed my plank. It was just over 30 seconds. And today, a month later, I hit 70 seconds.

More than double!

What’s the point?  What you focus on expands. What you measure gets attention. What you try, show up for, do, try again, gets better.

One minute and ten seconds!
And that, I think, just may be the secret of peak performance.

What will you try this weekend?

More tomorrow.


 {what will you try this weekend?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 315 :: just a little snuggle

13 Nov

This small moment is brought to you from Pup and Brady.
Sometimes you just need a little snuggle.

More tomorrow. 


 {who did you appreciate today?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 314 :: best future moments

12 Nov

I find the story of people’s lives fascinating. The paths they take, the turns, the twists, where they end up, what happens next. I am always amused by the ironic, serendipitous, just-in-time-moments, and the OMG you won’t believe what happened next.

So I was intrigued when Justin told me about Justine Bateman’s blog:  and her return to college life at age 48. Back to school to be a computer programmer. 

It inspires me in a never give up sort of way. It’s also a great reminder that our next great performance is just around the corner.

Our best moments can always be our future moments.
As long as we stay in the game.
Or school!

More tomorrow. 


 {what will you do next?}

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