Saturday, July 7, 2012

I "INTENDED" to post this earlier...

When you leave your workout, yoga class, or other sweaty pursuit do you swing by the Starbys for your daily ritual of a skinny vanilla latte, because you deserve it? That habit and habitual way of thinking can undo every bead of sweat you just worked so hard to develop and drop to the floor. What you really deserve is to to reach your fitness, health, strength and happiness goals. You deserve to refuel with real food that is enjoyed while seated and savored.  

How do you spend the other 23 hours of your day? Do your thoughts, actions, meals, activities, and schedule feed into what you desire for your life?

"I didnt intend to drink the whole bottle of wine! "
"I didnt intend to buy 3 pairs of run speed shorts from lululemon athletica."
"I  intended to only eat half of the carton of NOOSA!"

“If you want to change your life’s
direction, you need to direct your intention, which means first being honest about the thoughts, rationalizations, intentions and attitudes you already have,”
–Donald Altman

Start your day by setting an intention. What is an "intention" ?

Intentions set up action which move use toward an outcome.

Self-help guru Deepak Chopra says intention is really about the “intended outcome.” If your intended outcome is to have a healthier body, you’re prone to eat broccoli rather than Bundt cake when you’re feeling hungry. If you’re unaware of your intention, or if your only intention is to get something in your mouth, you’re likely to make a different choice.

Intentions are the infrastructure for your life. By directing them and by living with mindful awareness you can live a more conscious, mindful life, "ON PURPOSE" life.

Setting intention, at least according to Buddhist teachings, is quite different than goal making. It is not oriented toward a future outcome. Instead, it is a path or practice that is focused on how you are "being" in the present moment. Your attention is on the ever-present "now" in the constantly changing flow of life. You set your intentions based on understanding what matters most to you and make a commitment to align your worldly actions with your inner values.

Right intention is like muscle—you develop it over time by exercising it. When you lose it, you just start over again. There's no need to judge yourself or quit when you fail to live by your intentions. You are developing the habit of right intention so that it becomes an automatic response to all situations. Right intention is organic; it thrives when cultivated and wilts when neglected.

Cultivate it! Think on it! Set it! Gloss up and GO!

Live it up, with purpose!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Carbohydrate Curve!

Let go of the Latte's, Linguine and Lemon Bars!

Bring an understanding to where your carbohydrate intake lands on this carbohydrate curve.

Become more mindful over the next 2 weeks about the food and DRINKS you consume! Use a hand written food journal, a memo page on your smart phone, utilize an online/mobile phone app such as My Fitness Pal, Lose it, or Daily Burn. Pay attention to food labels and portion sizes. What was the processing path the food you are eating took to make it to you mouth?  After you have a few days of data ask yourself; how can I refine, adjust, reduce or eliminate some of the foods that take you out of your goal range.

Simple starters to refine:
  • choosing a meal that starts with protein, add vegetables, healthy fat and a little bit of fruit, nuts or seeds.
  • eat less packaged foods-protein bars,  etc.
  • try not to drink all of your calories/carbohydrate - starbys, wine and meal replacements

OMwork ~ Message me the total carbohydrates for ONE day, and an awareness that was brought to your attention by this task. Follow up explaining how bringing your awareness to this information will be used as you continue to make food choices that meet your goals~

"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts"  -Arnold Bennett

 for the overachievers~

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

power to the PALEOISTA!

Style and Confidence Combined with Eating Real Food

Check out my few favorite lifestyle guru Nell Stephenson."Not interested in the ‘caveman’ approach?  Neither am I. Yes, I’m an athlete, but I’m still feminine. It’s LouBoutins over Vibrams for me, and it doesn’t stop at the shoes! " . Nell was one of the collaborators of The Paleo Diet Cookbook with Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD and Lorrie Cordain. The perfect mixture of chef, athlete and  lover of fantastic shoes. If she loves LouBoutins then I am sure she loves lipgloss!

Monday, August 1, 2011


It can be hard for me and most women to “own” and say out loud something good about themselves but…. I am stronger, more “fit, and leaner than this time last year. WHY is this hard to confess?  Like a typical female my results have always been attached to the numbers on the scale and it’s been hard to recognize when those numbers don’t say what you want. Somehow my brain still thinks I can miraculously weigh what I did in 1997. If I don’t weigh that number then I must totally SUCK as a human.  I can proudly say those moments of scale insanity come less frequently.  “Shift Happens”, through consistent sweat, practical nutrition changes and TONS personal reflection. And of course, saying good bye to the frequent trips to Dolce, Cupcake ala Mode and Connies Cookies. The “2 weeks until Padre Island” eating plan doesn’t work anymore when hormones and gravity start to take over.

My name is Sharon Prothe and I am a diet-a-holic. I’ve done it all. I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers (many pounds lost after tipping the scales at 191 with my first pregnancy). I have snuck into Slim4Life and posed as a “member” at another location to get the miracle shakes. I embarrassingly admit to a program that rhymes with Lenny Traig. I have books by Jillian, Bob, Kathy Freston, and Buddah on how to eat. Where do I  begin to start with all of the ‘exercise” programs and ideas I have adopted over the years.  Yes, I have the Ab Roller,

And finally, I am in recovery. But everyday my battle with food choices and body image "beat-down" can rear its ugly head.  Why success this time? Because there is not a next time. This lifestyle shift was an intentional choice. I am fully supported and I choose to stay the course…

1. I have stayed consistent with my workouts executing their intelligent design and smart programming.

2. Shifted my diet to fuel my performance as a wife, mama, athlete, friend, and yogini with more quality protein, vegetables, a little bit of fruit, nuts and fat.

3.  The mindful shift to being MY best rather than a number on the scale or jean size. The improvements to your physical body happen when you remove them as the #1 goal and focus on your health. 

How did I start…
  • I stopped being stubborn and took the leap and made the changes.
  • I began to think of my body as a science experiment. Obviously,  if I’m not at my best,  then what I have always done isn’t working. I had to do something different, actually everything.
  •  I stopped being afraid to have muscles. Muscles defy gravity. Now I am afraid of the the large cinnamon roll at Waid’s.
  •  I got off the elliptical machine…and started to jump, squat, lunge, burpee, lift, pull-up and SWEAT!
  •  I read more, journal more, pray more, sit and listen more……to what was really holding me back from reaching my goals.
  • I set specific goals for races and trained to compete.
  • I increased my home yoga practice.
  • Gave myself the grace of forgiveness when I bought the “kids” some cupcakes but they never made it home. 
What are you waiting for if you're not living fully and joyfully. Are letting food or weight stand in your way, YOU can change that. GO FOR IT!

"The ICE CAPS are melting!" ~Gina Caputo

Lip Gloss Love, 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Girl on the Run....towards what?

Choosing to be a Girl on the Run(GOTR) when you’re 9 or 39  can look very different or exactly the same. I’ve taken these lessons from the GOTR manual and recently I have realized the type of Girl on the Run I don’t want to be. The type that is always running - herself ragged. My mom even told me the other day, ”you’re no spring chicken” and that I should slow down.  This past spring was my 2nd season as a coach for GOTR,  a positive youth development program that inspires girls to stay true to themselves and live free from social stereotypes. We train for 12 weeks to complete a 5k run with lessons that empower girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, and embrace their gifts! WOW, now that is a girl on the run I aspire to be…not a ragged, tired, exhausted one!
A Girl on the Run doesn’t have to be 3rd – 6th grade to find the richness within these lessons.  I am a 40 year old Girl on the
run, and the same lessons I taught a group of 4th graders I am trying to apply into my life, daily.   

What are you “on the run” towards or away from?  I run miles on the street, run to  Target, run to yoga, run to my CrossFit  WOD in the dark of the morning(usually 2 minutes late  which means I start my day, behind already at 5:02 am), run into the shower .  I run away from discomfort, I run towards peace, I run to Nordstrom for a shoe sale and to the bathroom before double unders.
I see it in the athletes I coach everyday as they almost drive through the plate glass windows into Bootcamp Fitness for the 9:15 am class. Which by the way,  triple’s in attendance by 9:25am because everyone has been running late.   And then, they run out the door to run even more.
What type of Girl on the Run are you?
Are you running ragged or running toward empowered?
How is that serving you in your life?
Below are a few lessons straight from the Girls who want you to Run toward being proud, assertive, healthy, self-disciplined, grateful and humble….just to name a few.
Lesson #1
It’s ok to choose our friends – Do your friends bring out the best in you? Do they celebrate who you are? Where does being a confident person come into the pictrure? Would a self assured girl spend time with someone who enhances who she is or someone who puts her down?
Lesson #2
Standing up for myself – Standing up for ourselves and our values means we are asserative and this is a very strong and brave way to live. 
Lesson #3
Emotions are not good or bad, they are either comfortable or uncomfortable. There are phrases that you can use to communicate these types of uncomfortable emotions and  stand up for ourselves in situations when we are experience things that make us uncomfortable.
The phrases are:
I feel – when you start a statement this way, you are making it easier for the other person to listen to what you are saying.  It lets them know exactly how you feel. Its much better to start with I than  YOU  to keep the other person from getting defensive
When you – You are telling the exact behavior of a thing that is making you feel the way you do. This allows you to be very specific about what is bothering you.
Because – This tells the person how their behavior makes you feel a certain way and gives them a better understanding why you feel  this way
I would like for you to – This explains to the person in a respectful  and non demanding way what you would like them to do differently. It gives them a chance to change the behavior that is upsetting you.
Lesson #4
Valuing what is really important –Anytime we are faced with a tough decision we should remember our values and then do what we think is right.
Lesson #5
STOP, BREATHE, LISTEN and RESPOND – before you make a move you might regret.
Lesson #6
Celebrating Gratitude – Seeking gratitude for our circumstances is a choice. Seeking gratitude provides us with a positive perspective of our circumstances.
Lesson #7
Positive Self Talk – Imagine a bright white light in your body, right near your heart. The light is so bright and when we are feeling good about ourselves it shines out of us- through our eyes, our fingertips, in the way we walk and stand up tall and straight. That white light is the very essence of who we are. It is what makes us special and unique and beautiful inside. Picture a large socket in the top of your head – like an electrical wall outlet. The inside of this cord is really yucky – it's got dirty slow moving liquid  flowing through it. It also has messages coming through it for your brain.  We don’t feel  good with this negative cord coming into our spirits.  PULL that cord right out of the socket on the top of your head.  Plug in the cord that helps us stand tall and believe in ourselves.
Pardon the spelling and grammatical errors, but.....I Gotta Run....Sharon

Monday, April 4, 2011

Finding BLISS with the BARBELL

4 Things Women Should Be Doing in Their Fitness Training—But Aren’t

click on the link to read this great article...

Will lifting weights make me big? No, but what you're shoving down you pie hole will....

If I had a quarter for every time someone said to me they did not want to lift weights because they are afraid of getting BIG, I'd buy a Dunkin Donuts franchise and see them at the counter.  Because... most of them are afraid to lift weights but they are NOT afraid to eat a donut, bagel, vanilla latte, Panera sandwich, cupcake or have 2 or 6 glasses of wine every night before bed. Those items in excess, not the barbell , will make you big. When you cut the fluff from your food choices and follow these principles for fitness your tricep will start to pop out.  You might THINK you are getting bigger when actually, you are getting smaller, leaner and healthier. And really who cares...if you are working out smart, eating well, sleeping, doing yoga, and detaching from the worlds false idea of  a "perfect" body, your heart and sense of self will feel BIG and eventually your ass might just become smaller.

Mike Tyson or Michelangelo


Did you know there is actually a book titled Bad Intentions; The Mike Tyson Story, by Peter Heller.


"In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it."—Michelangelo

People set intentions on all kinds of dreams; to be kind , make a career change, to write a book, lose weight or lose their mom jeans. Sometimes unknowingly we sent an intention on the pathway straight to SUCKY!  I am so stressed, I look like I'm getting fatter, I have no patience with any human or animal, my week is starting out HORRIBLE! When we set a positive intention  and then act on it to demonstrate our commitment, amazing things occur. Intention can also give us fortitude for dealing with tough times. My father recently passed away. My intention is to live through this process with strength and grace. I am tested daily. It’s often not easy, but this intention has helped me maintain composure, peace, and on a good day, a sense of humor. Intention can be used for community or personal issues, global events or daily tasks,  putting down the cupcake or drinking more water.


First Steps:

1. Get clear about something you want and write it down.

2. Share your intention with someone in a way that will supportively hold you accountable to taking action.

3. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention.

4. Acknowledge that you did what you said you would and then, take the next step.

By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others, just what you plan to do. Set an intention to redefine what it means to be serious about your dreams and fully embracing all God INTENDED for  you!