Grateful for now + Vega love

by Kim on May 1, 2014

I went to a slow flow yoga class last night, and at the end of the practice, the instructor said this:

Be grateful to yourself for what you’ve accomplished tonight.

She went on to say that we might still have tight spots or areas we still wanted to work on, but it didn’t matter–we needed to reflect on what we were able to do in that exact hour.

It was weird because I’d just been thinking about how sore my shoulders still were. And feeling guilty that I didn’t feel like I’d gotten a “real” workout in.

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It’s so easy to look ahead and focus on what we still need to accomplish. I’m totally guilty of this in every aspect of life.

I don’t know if it’s my recent birthday or what, but I’m suddenly really aware of what people “my age” are doing and how I measure up.

I was listening to the Balanced Bites podcast the other day and thinking, “you know…they’re not that much older than me.” And they both have books published and speaking engagements all over the country (and blogs, and a podcast, and probably a gazillion other things I don’t know about).

I can totally appreciate that they’ve done the hard work to get where they are. Of course. But the funny part is that I bet when they look ahead in life, they see lots of work to do and place to go and other people’s achievements to work up to, too. It’s just the way we’re all wired.

Blogging is another place where it’s easy to compare. That blogger is getting a million hits a day, that one’s flying around the country doing cool things, that one has a book deal.

Or maybe it’s fitness accomplishments. So-and-so has those sweet PRs and has already run however many races this year. (If that’s you, you’ve come to the right place! I promise you won’t find any enviable racing accomplishments here! ha.)

The bottom line is that none of our journeys are going to look exactly like anyone else’s. And really, why would we want them to?

Kim-1063 edit If by “journeys” you mean “arms,” then YES, I want them to, and I will take Jessica Biel’s.

So today, I’m trying to focus on what I’ve been able to accomplish so far in my 29 years. It might not be the exact same timeline others have followed, but I still have plenty to show for my time–and plenty of time to go after my dreams.

Speaking of dreams, what if you woke up one day to find this on your doorstep?

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Happened to me.

The folks at Vega were kind enough to send me two flavors of each of their four nutritious, plant-based bars.
Vega bars

There are lots of things to love about these bars. There are the incredible flavors, like chocolate coconut and chocolate peanut butter (and some fruit ones…but let’s get back to talking about CHOCOLATE). And I appreciate the company’s vision to create a clean, plant-based bar without compromises.

Another thing I love about Vega is that they took the time to create bars that are perfectly tailored to specific daily needs. They have a meal replacement bar designed specifically for those times when you get caught up in a busy day and end up missing breakfast or lunch. There are the snack bars, for throwing in your purse or desk drawer at work. (I have one in the drawer next to me right now!)

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Then there are the sports bars: one to use during longer workouts, like hiking, and one to help you recover post-workout.

Each bar is packed with the nutrients your body’s craving in these exact situations, and with appropriate calorie allotments. All of them include protein and omega-3’s. The meal replacement bar comes with a whole serving of greens, 25 vitamins and minerals, and (impressively!) one billion dairy-free probiotics. And the sport bars include either more protein or more carbs, depending on whether you’re fueling a workout or recovering from one.

Personally, I’m all about the work snacks. Like for those times when it’s 10:30 AM and I’m hungry for lunch already.

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Ok, so this is one of the sport bars. But my job is kind of like a workout…right?

If you’re looking for a new protein bar to check out, I highly recommend Vega!

Disclaimer: Vega sent me these bars, through my partnership with Fit Approach, free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I didn’t receive any other compensation. All opinions are my own and totally legit.

Do you struggle with looking ahead vs. appreciating what you’ve done so far?

What’s your favorite energy bar?

xoxo

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emma @ be mom strong May 2, 2014 at 5:23 am

GREAT reminder. I def get caught up in comparisons and need to remember to just be grateful for what I’ve done!

Ohh I want some of those VEGAs!
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Alysia @ Slim Sanity May 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Such a great post! It is really hard to compare where other people are in life. Just need to remember that as long as you are HAPPY, you are on the path you were meant to be on :)
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Larissa May 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Geez Kim you just freaked me out. I turn 29 in June, I’m already nervous/anxious/overwhelmed at the thought of my last 20’s birthday. I’m definitely not where I thought I’d be in my college days of planning! Not a bad thing… just different. I’m way sensitive to all the “30 things to do before 30” lists – ha! I like your take of appreciating where you’ve come/what you’ve done instead of what you have left to do or didn’t do.
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Amanda May 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

I’ve always been a forward thinker, especially when it comes to starting a family. I see many people my age that have several kids and look forward to the time when I’ll have kids of my own, but I know I have a lot to be proud of right now and that kids will come eventually. But there’s nothing like a good reminder of being grateful to bring you back to the present!

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Kim May 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I think all women have a secret timeline in their brains about the family thing. We can’t help it. But you’re still super young! Plenty of time to crank out 6-7 rugrats. :)

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Amanda May 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

I don’t know about 7 rugrats… I’m thinking more around 4. :-)

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