South Jersey Belle

It's all about the attitude.


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Motivation, Transformation, and Determination 

So normally I don’t get very “preachy” on here about goals related to fitness or life.  But recently I’ve had some time to think about how important motivation, transformation, and determination really are. Read along some more if I’ve caught your interest. Otherwise have an awesome day.

The summer is just about wrapping up and soon it will be fall. I proudly completed several mock triathlons and two USAT sanctioned races. I’m started to amp up my running miles again to prepare for some longer runs this fall and winter. I’m happy with my performance and I’ve been learning so much along the way either through self education (lots of new books) or by talking with other athletes. Educating yourself about personal health, nutrition, and training has been the key to my self improvement. The transformations I have been able to reflect on come from internal and external. And the only reason they are occurring is because I want it bad enough to push myself to get out of bed at 5 am. Trust me it’s not always easy. Working on a layover in a new and exciting city can be tough.

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My final residency is coming up for my doctorate program and with a full time job, part time job, and training it doesn’t come easy, but it’s all about time management. My mom recently just got me a bracelet that so appropriately says “nothing great, ever came easy!” How true! There have been many instantces that I can think of when my studies started and I would be so wrapped up in my assignment I would be in tears because I wasn’t completely confident in my work. I’ve been able to work past these issues only because I’ve gotten rid of the fear of failure.

Lastly my full time job-flying. Since being back on the job things have been awesome! I was sort of uneasy transitioning back into things after my injury. The first day back I felt like I had not been on a plane in years instead of months. My second trip back and I was flying to Rome. Talk about being thrown into things. But I love my job and the crew members I get to work with.

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Overall I feel pretty lucky to be in the position I’m in. I love my job, my studies, and I love working out and racing.  Motivation, transformation, and determination have been part of each avenue in my life. Don’t let anyone stop you from doing what you love. More than likely it won’t come easy, but it will be worth it! Rant over go smash some goals.

It’s your choice!

Xo Leann

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When Injury Ensues

Well it’s not the end of the world, but when it happened it sure felt like it. After returning from work, I was sent to the doctor. I sprained my left ankle. It is completely swollen, bruised and very sore to touch or put pressure on. I left the doctors office with a boot and feeling discouraged. I was going through a range of emotions, being mad at myself, sad, angry, and extremely frustrated.

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I’m not an elite athlete, but being active allows me to feel like I’m living a fulfilling life. I’ve seen my own growth and progression of improvement. Each week, month, and year I can see my progress and give myself new goals. A large part of my identity is allowing myself the freedom to be active whether it is swimming, biking, or running. When I am exercising I can put aside all of my worries and anxieties and focus on a happier and healthier me.

Now that I am forced to have my foot up and stay off it as much as possible for recovery I am looking at other ways I keep my mind quiet and stay fit. I’ve considered some other exercises to while I can not bike or run. I think I will still be able to get in the pool if I use a pull buoy to keep my legs still and focus on my arms and breathing. Eventually I think I will be able to focus on more core and upper body exercises as long as I stay off my feet.

I am hoping for a speedy recovery as I look forward to my return to running and biking at full force. I’m visualizing the best possible recovery and being healthier than ever! This time off is going to give me extra time to do research and reading on training plans!

Here’s to the future!

xo

Leann


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Jet Lag is for Amateurs, but Fatigue is the Real Deal!

Yesterday I finished my 4 day trip. It wasn’t so bad! I worked with great crews and the crazies were to a minimum (I’m talking about passengers). I had overnights in Las Vegas, Dallas, and Boston. I arrived back in Philadelphia around 9am-Thursday morning. Wonderful, I have the whole day I thought, I can run errands, do laundry, go to the gym, and get myself organized for the weekend (because you know I’m always on the go). Well after getting to my car I was struggling. So tired. Need more coffee. But I already had my normal one cup I usually limit myself to. There was literally and physically no way I was going to stay away without another cup of caffeine.

I stopped at good ol’ Dunkin Donuts before heading to get some groceries. Ok, my second wind kicked in. Grabbed what I needed at the store and headed home. Plan of action, get the laundry started, take a shower and head to the gym. I never even made it to the gym! I did get (most) of my laundry done. After taking that shower I had a pep talk with myself, ok maybe you just need a quick little power nap. I NEVER nap! I had just travelled across the country and back in a span of four days and the time changes and long days literally were kicking my butt.

Fatigue is defined as weariness or exhaustion from labor, exertion, or stress. Jet lag, on the other hand I can deal with pretty well. Monday I wrote I only had a few hours of sleep, but when I got to Vegas I felt ok. I drank plenty of water, took my vitamins, and tried to eat “normal healthy” meals. Every morning I had van pick ups of 5:30 am so that meant getting up super early to be ready, packed, and downstairs. 3 of my 4 flight days were pretty long. 12 hour duty days are tough. Interacting with maybe 600 or more passengers a day.  17 hours of being awake is the equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05%.  Your IQ is lower and you are easily distracted, both of which are not helpful when working as a flight attendant, as alertness and focus are crucial, especially in the case of an emergency.

As disappointed as I was yesterday that I could not get myself motivated to go to the gym I knew my body was telling my to chill out, which I rarely listen to. As I fully try to recover from this sinus infection it was best that I just try to relax and get back on my normal routine. I’ve got a long run planned for this weekend as the weather is supposed to be beautiful in Philly and pretty sure I have to work at my part time job, while finishing the rough draft of the dissertation chapters. LOL.

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xo

Leann


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Doctoral Student & Flight Attendant

As if I didn’t have enough on my plate between working two jobs and training for races and taking on a triathlon, I’m working on my dissertation. During my four day trip I’ve talked to some coworkers that are impressed with my dedication, but I have to say I don’t feel impressive, I’m doing this for myself, for my future, and because I love a challenge. The photo above is the process I am going through except I haven’t gotten to the printing part (YET)! Many of my friends and family members know I am going to school, but they don’t know what exactly for. So I figured I would share some of the (what I think is exciting) knowledge and research I have been doing. My doctorate is in business administration and my focus is marketing.

Here’s some information on my concept that will be included in chapter 1.

“Each generation wants new names, new symbols, new cycles. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors,” exclaimed Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors (Davis, 2004). Generation Y is more individualistic than past generations and comfortable in a global environment with non-traditional ideals (Testani, 2012). Generation Y’s population has the ability to transform life stages for future generations to come (Testani). The need to understand generation Y’s culture, characteristics, and trends hold precedence in understanding why companies are closing and jobs are disappearing.

Generation Y includes any United States citizen born in between 1980 and 1994, aged between 35 to 21 years old (Lazarevic, 2012). Generation Y currently spends between 153-155 billion US dollars a year (Lazarevic). Generation Y is the largest population in the United States and has experienced the boom of technology, the economic recession, and will continue to shape the economy for the future (Advisors, 2014).  Generation Y is categorized as controlling, technologically savvy, and environmentally conscious (Gurau, 2012).  Generation Y is more educated than any other generation to date (Advisors).

Marketers need to create brand loyalty within the generation Y population, as this population is currently disloyal to brands (Lazarevic).  Businesses benefit on customer loyalty, which can be described as repeated purchase and referring other customers to a company (Gurau). Marketing strategies that have been used on prior generations including pre-depression, depression, and the baby boomers do not appeal to the unique needs and behaviors of generation Y (William & Page). Generation Y looks for more subtle messages, language that gives visual pictures, and ad placement on and offline in appropriate media outlets (William & Page). Businesses are failing because of lack of proper research on a product/service or incompetence to reach generation Y (Schneider & Hall, 2011). The specific problem is that generation Y is not brand loyal, which is forcing marketing agencies to spend more money for products/services than past years causing company closures and the loss of jobs. (Testani).img_3516

Going through the process of researching, reading, writing, repeat, seems almost never ending. Revisions are made almost constantly. I am in my last week of my  qualitative research class that has helped me to continually  develop my dissertation method, design, and research questions. Just to give some background on what I have been working on in the past 8 weeks-

Chapter 1 includes:

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Problem Statement
  • Purpose of the Study
  • Population and Sample
  • Significance of the Study
  • Nature of the Study
  • Research Questions
  • Conceptual Framework
  • Terms
  • Scope and Delimitations
  • Assumptions and Limitations

Chapter 2 includes:

  • Literature Review
    • Historical/Current content
    • Conceptual Framework Literature
    • Methodology
    • Research Design Literature

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Typing out a list of what is included in those two chapters doesn’t seem that much, but I must warn you chapter 2 alone, when done will be close to 50 pages. Being this far in the process I have come to the realization its all about determination. No one else can do this for me, as much as I wish it was possible sometimes. It’s not always fun. I have to give up being social with friends and family sometimes to stay in and write, but in the end I know it will all be worth it.

Time to get sh*t done!

xo

Leann