Danielle Frabutt

Flute Performance and Instruction, Vocal Performance, Health & Wellness

The Power of Positive — February 24, 2016

The Power of Positive

I have to be honest, the last 7 days of my life have been a whirlwind of up and down emotions. The best moments included seeing my cousin while she was here visiting friends and sharing my house with one of my best friends. One of the nights included MPE cooking an amazing meal.

The last couple days have been one relentless beating of life challenges after another. Today, I about cried 3 different times and the tears rolled down my face at least twice. Yes, I am a very sensitive female, yes the moon is full, yes I want everyone to just get along, and yes, even at 30, I want to feel love, value, and appreciation and seek it in the validation of others.  I am human and I love myself and 90% of the time I am kicking butt at moving forward, but some days I just want a hug.

I’ve been pushing for positive interactions at YMI (Young Musician Initiative) and helping kids recognize how to be nicer to each other.  I am also trying to emulate this for them. Knowing that I have had a bad day but I take a moment to tell a kid that I love their sparkly sweater or shoes, or their noticing their haircut connects me with them. It also makes leading them in music that much better. It also makes them want to talk to me and trust me and that above all is priceless.

In order to keep our number up in the spring time, I’ve offered to have a YMI Run for the Zoo training program. It started at the school, without warning on Monday, so we started on Tuesday and really ran our first mile today. We have about 15 min (give or take a few on any given day) to get our run in 4 days a week. Knowing that good rehearsals lead to early recess mean we may have more time to get more miles in. It is definitely a great accountability moment when (8) 3-5th graders know you are training for a marathon while helping them train for a 5k!

I am also taking a few kids to the ABQ Flute Fiesta . They had to submit an essay to me about WHY they want to go. An essay for some elementary school kids includes lines like:

“Playing the flute makes me really happy”

” I want to meet other people who enjoy playing the flute as much as I do”

“My flute teacher’s name is Ms. Danielle and she’s nice and sweet.”

“I want to be better at my flute and play my solo”

These moments melt my heart and are exactly what I need for days like these.

My night of teaching ended with a rehearsal of a freshman and her pianist (a junior) on the Presto section of Enesco’s Cantabile et Presto.  First rehearsal can be rough, but these two ladies capped my night of with a smile. I could not believe how prepared they both were. They made piecing together moments that can be quite disastrous painless and I LEARNED from them.

Thank the universe for the harmonious creation we get to experience. While dodging stress on our little ball of a planet, the moments that matter most are the ones we share in kindness and love.

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1st long run 1st week down, 17 to go ;) — February 7, 2016

1st long run 1st week down, 17 to go ;)

Did you miss it? I’m training for the Rock n’ Roll San Diego Marathon on June 5th, 2016. I can’t believe it, but let’s blame it on the 30 Day Program and how it made me feel so GREAT and feel as though I could do ANYTHING. This will be my 2nd Marathon, after I pulled out of the Pro Football HOF, last year (I needed to mentally heal and spend my focus there).

Today was my first long run – 6 miles.  End of week 18 so there are 17 to go. I love COUNTDOWNS! Crossing off days, crossing of goals as accomplished, and crossing off miles feel so good.

As you saw, my Arbonne Phytosport line showed up this week. Today was the “big day” to really try it correctly. I had the Pre-workout about 30 min before I left for the run. I put the During Workout Hydration in my water bottle, and then the Recovery in my shake.  I made MPE try a sip of the Pre-workout and he really liked the flavor. I’ve never taken anything pre-workout but I do feel like it helps! I was most impressed by the during workout hydration. When I got home I told MPE – it tastes exactly like how gatorade SHOULD taste.  Let me elaborate:

My first Marathon, I had a coach/trainer and it was great. He told me during the marathon to not drink water but walk through each water station and drink the gatorade. While I don’t have digestive issues with Gatorade like some people, I typically do not like drinking Gatorade. In fact I don’t drink ANYTHING with artificial flavors or most importantly DYES. I avoid dyes the most (and high fructose corn syrup…I HATE THEM BOTH). Ultimately, I can taste dyes in “food” that has them, even though they are “flavorless” and I HATE IT. I hate knowing what they can do to your insides. If you don’t know, look it up and STOP eating ingesting them!

During that Marathon, I did what he said even though I didn’t want to. I struggle with hydration and overheating and it seemed like I should really listen to him. While I was on this short long run, I walked every 10 min and took a gulp of the drink. I could taste the proper “‘iums” as I like to call them. I loved it. I felt like it was VERY helpful.  I may be carrying my own hydration this marathon through, but I’m happy to do it because I KNOW that all the ingredients in this product is HELPFUL and not harming me longterm.

I also did enjoy the post-workout recovery in my shake. I could definitely taste the flavor! When I listened to the information on the Phytosport line (during a run earlier this week), I learned about the ingredients and how each product was supposed to be helpful. Recovery is really about helping your muscles recover properly. Most of my runs (throughout the last few years) start by ascending east toward the mountain. Getting some climbing in and then descending back down to where I live. Today was very much the same. Granted, I have been going to the gym lately, but I have not run 6 miles in a VERY long time.  My legs are NOT sore. So I guess the recovery is working 😉

 

Do you want more information on this line? Send me a message, I’d be happy to send you more information, tell you more about how I feel, and help you give it a try!

Two photos of the beautiful day we had here in Albuquerque! This path is so much fun to run up to our mountain! ❤

No More Program… — February 3, 2016

No More Program…

Well here we are 30 days done and over with, but you better believe I’ve got some plans on the horizon and I’m VERY excited.

I started my 18 week “easy” marathon training plan this week. I am running Monday, Thursday, Friday, & Sunday. I know this is a bit of an unorthodox plan, but due to my schedule it gives me some freedom to move somethings around. Wednesdays are my extremely busy days (8:15 – 8:30 at least) so I decided I needed a rest day there. Saturday is a choice day (swim/rest, etc), and Sundays are the long run days.  I’m hoping for my hiking and being outdoors, although today really made me glad I have the gym membership as it was so cold all day.

Oooh… you need to see what arrived:

This is Arbonne’s Phytosport line. It has a pre-workout, during workout hydration, and post-workout recovery. Being that as the heat ramps up I tend to not absorb water well and need the electrolytes, and that  I am training this race as a vegan/vegetarian for the first time, I am looking forward to using these products and having them help me. The last marathon I ran I was eating much more meat or dairy protein than I would have liked, but now I feel like I know what I’m doing with my protein intake and am confident in my judgements!

I also got my bag of Chocolate protein to get me through this month and the next few weeks!

Day 22 – 8 to go! — January 25, 2016

Day 22 – 8 to go!

I can’t believe we are here! Week 4.

Every Monday we are supposed to do a “weigh-in” with our coaches. This consists of weight and 2 measurements. Everytime I’ve ever really tried to keep track of those numbers I do about 7 measurements. I’m not giving you start and finish numbers but I’m going to update you on some changes –

I am down 6 lbs
I have lost about 4″ overall.

Well, I wasn’t doing this to lose weight, I was doing this to focus on redirecting my habits and energy. 2 years ago I was going to run my first marathon. With all my life changes and struggles, I also struggled doing something I love best – running and being fit. I wanted to do an half iron man but my mental state was deteriorating. So let’s talk about my mindset and energy levels:

I feel so good. Yes, that feeling…feeling SO good!

I have an almost intense amount of energy – I pair this with my partnership with such an amazing company. I cannot wait to grow with this already ever-growing health and wellness company.

I’ve been waking up early and going to bed earlier. I’ve gone to the gym at 6:30am a few times both weeks and love working out before I start my day. It is beginning to feel more like MY life.

My mind feels clear, which means I’m able to approach things in a clearer and calmer way. I’m able to focus on what needs to be done and how to do it.  I’m able to analyze emotions and stressors and deal with them while figuring out how to ease them. This is HUGE for me, as I have struggled with this my whole life. My ups and downs can be pretty radical. I can’t believe HOW much this has helped me.

Looking forward to sharing more over the next week – The next Arbonne 30 Day Group is February 1st.  There are some amazing things I will be posting on my Arbonne Facebook Page.  I’d love to help you reach your goals, too.

Happy Monday!
 From this weekend when I had already gone 12k steps by 11am
 On the treadmill I noticed the cellphone the most…I remember having a palm phone that looked JUST like that little etching!

Day 8 – 22 to go — January 11, 2016

Day 8 – 22 to go

Yesterday was the last day of Week 1 and I want to recap my week –

Day 1 I was super nervous but I was ready to go. I made a mistake of working out too much (for the beginning).
Day 2 I felt like absolute garbage all day. I felt like a truck hit me. I felt like my head was going to explode. I was walking around in a fog and really wanted to nap and/or drink something with caffeine in it. Then around 7:30pm the fog lifted.
Day 3 I felt great and had lots of energy and this has continued till today. I wasn’t sure if that “awful” feeling would come back so I proceeded with caution.
Day 5  I started working out again and was getting really excited to do this.
Day 6&7, I had a working weekend, and didn’t touch the coffee or snacks that everyone kept talking about.  I’ve got this….

Honestly, I absolutely feel so great and energetic and wonderful, and there are probably  a lot of adjectives I can add here but that would be redundant. 🙂

The first observation I’m going to comment on is a problem worth having. I have so much energy and am being super productive. However, with this mass amounts of energy along with the approach of a super packed couple of months, I am having the worst time falling asleep. There are so many thoughts and scenarios running through my head when I lay down.  A goal of mine for this year is to get to bed earlier and wake up earlier.  There is nothing better than waking up early (and feeling good about it) and being alone in the dusk-light hours of the day. So I’m a little bummed I’m getting a second wind late at night because I’d like to build this up. It will happen, I hope.

The second problem I’m having is totally personal to me and my body. I do NOT digest protein very easily. A couple years ago I had a Live Blood Analysis done, which is the coolest thing ever and I highly recommend doing this -it’s like a blueprint of your body as it is in that very moment. It is not invasive and immediate, as in you are looking at your blood along with the reader in a microscope.  I discovered during this Live Blood Analysis that my red blood cells were moving along together like little caterpillars whereas our red blood cells should be free floating in our plasma and not really touching.  This isn’t a horrible analysis but definitely something to watch and understand. My blood reader told me that this is related to the fact that my body probably doesn’t make enough stomach acid to digest fats and proteins very easily.  So move back to today and this cleanse and the high amount of protein I’m intaking. This weekend I decided to start taking my Betaine HCI with every meal and Today I decided to eat 2 apples a day.  We’ll see how week three goes, which is when we add in the 7-day cleanse.  I mean, for someone wanting to be healthy and fit, the inability to digest protein easily is a bit of an ironic anomaly.

This weekend we bought the Week 2 grocery list and made some quinoa and black bean burgers for a few friends. They were very delicious but we forgot to make the quinoa ahead of time so they were more like, quinoa and black bean fall-apart bites on salad. Still, absolutely delicious.

Last night we went to our gym and soaked in the spa and I felt like I was getting  a good night’s rest. That was until Guinness woke up scratching and flapping his ears. I had to address some of his issues but was feeling good still about my sleep. Until I had to wake up 2 hours later.

Today I was supposed to weigh-in and measure up.  I’ve lost 4lbs this week and not much in inches but I can feel things changing up inside of me. That’s pretty cool especially with my issue.  I’m starting to get my groove in my workout and have found that being on the bike/stairmaster is the best time to be listening to some webinars and Arbonne training materials.  It’s thrilling to think that I’m making strides to get myself back on track to where I’d like to see  future me being happy, healthy, fit and successful.

 

On to Week 2!! ❤

Day 5 – 25 to go — January 8, 2016

Day 5 – 25 to go

MPE and I have been reading from the book “Rumi Day by Day” by Maryam Mafi. In the book there are 365 entries, each no longer than a couple sentences but evoking some inner thought. Yesterday’s reminded me how much we just keep trading our precious time here on earth for money…

7. “How can I reach for the heavenly skies when all day long I am bound up in the pursuit of earthly profits, fearful of losing everything, unable to let joy into my life?”

and for the reminder we all need to hear sometimes:

8. “Speech is both fire and nourishment an endless bounty and at the same time a ravaging pestilence. Be wary of your speech.”

Really, shouldn’t we all?

Today I woke up cranky. Now, I’ve been feeling great the last two days and really full of energy (especially in the evenings); however, I really wanted to wake up in my own time this morning but the weather had some other plans.  It was cold, and snowy, and icy, and the doorhandles on the car MPE were totally frozen and Mr. California doesn’t know how to de-ice like those of us who had to deal with it all winter long. Since he woke me up asking for a ride all I wanted the who drive there was a cup of coffee. And when I got home, I still wanted that cup of coffee. Well, when I decide to do something I go all in and guess what?  I stood strong. I was not about to break to that cup of coffee, but man was I grumpy about it.

In the 30 day challenge FB group there had been a few postings about having the chocolate shake hot -like a hot chocolate.  I had yet to try this so I decided to grab one of my favorite mugs, fill it up half way with almond milk, heat it up in two 15 second increments and use my little frothing wand (a wand I bought from world market a few years ago to make milk froth for like 1.99),  I added one scoop of the chocolate protein powder, (the wand still stirring and frothing), and topped it off with hot water. I had 2 of these this morning and it was just like a normal morning. No, it didn’t taste like coffee, it tasted like extra creamy hot chocolate and I felt like the adult I always dreamed I’d be when I was a kid and my mom was serving me Cream of Wheat for breakfast. Ok, that one is kind of a lie, I loved Cream of Wheat growing up.

After I stopped being grumpy about not having coffee and moved on with my day, I felt great. I had lots of energy and enjoyed some time at the gym and even made another dinner this week. I know at some point in the near future dinner and food will be harder to manage, but that is my resolution as well: Take care of myself by ensuring I eat well throughout the day, no matter how crazy it gets.

 You see, hot chocolate for breakfast!

These protein shakes are for EVERYONE! and I mean EVERYONE when I say EVERYONE. Just for starters, they are vegan/plant-based, Gluten Free, Soy Free, GMO Free and delicious! I also tried the Vanilla one today with just water and I was much happier with it’s taste and texture.  If you want to know more about this message me. Arbonne is the company, I’ve been looking for and I’m excited to join this fantastic group of people around the world!

 

Day 2 – 28 to go — January 5, 2016

Day 2 – 28 to go

I am so glad I moved all my students from today to yesterday; yet after teaching them yesterday and receiving a 4-legged furry friend and waiting up for 2 2-legged friends, I was exhausted most of the morning! So exhausted and so drained from my detox and my long day yesterday, I experienced “the symptoms”.  

I had my first shake this morning and decided not to but extra veggies/fruits and then went to my staff meeting.  By the end of the 2 hour long meeting, I was pretty much just staring, having a slight headache and not able to see past the clouds in my mind. I came home and ate a salad with, had another shake and snacked on my brown rice crackers and hummus. Slightly averting the headache and cloudiness.  After Arbonne launch/presentation 1, I picked up MPE had some dinner and went back to the 2nd presentation. By the time we got 1/2way through the 2nd presentation/training, I turned to MPE and exclaimed, “I feel amazing”. Who knows? Was it the toxins ridding themselves or my adrenaline rushing through, but I felt better and excited for the future!  

This detox is about ridding your body of foods and chemicals that cause it to work less efficiently. This chart, compiled by an Arbonne detox coach, includes the avoid and the approved list: 

 
 I really can’t wait to keep sharing this journey. 

Day 1 — January 4, 2016

Day 1

1 down 29 to go.

Well I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t craving more than a reasonable portion of apple and almond butter for my afternoon snack, but Day 1 is in the books.  Today I had to step on the dreaded scale, something I haven’t done in over year, and the numbers were high for me and painful to see, but not totally off the charts. I had to take measurements today and even though the scale number was higher than I’d like the measurements didn’t totally shock me. I’m not doing this detox to lose weight, but I’m doing it because I miss that healthier me who had the drive to train for a marathon even in the midst of strife.  I made a tomato soup and had a vegan/gf cheese quesadilla for dinner – the recipe said grilled cheese (still vegan/gf, but the bread the suggested was not vegan. Not that I am a strict vegan – MPE will tell you all day long the truth in that. The dinner was delicious. Actually everything today was delicious.

Breakfast was 1 vanilla shake with 1/2 bag of frozen veggies, daily fiber, and almond milk.

snack was apple and almond butter

Lunch was a chocolate shake with water and digestion plus

snack was a handful of raw pumpkin seeds

Dinner was the tomato soup and quesadilla.

I’ve had more tea than I’ve had in a while with some lemon, lots of water, and more of a mental game with not having coffee.

I won’t do this everyday. Really, I’m not one for sharing every detail but the gist of what I’m doing is laid out now.  Dishwasher is loaded and waiting for our company to arrive. We have a dog pal over for G for the next 4 days and 2 of my dearest friends are making their way through the ABQ.   I taught for 7 hours today, but have tomorrow off of lessons while I learn more about my venture with Arbonne and have my first launch.  I’m ready to sleep and learn more.

Happy Monday!

A New Adventure —

A New Adventure

 

 

It has been a long while since I’ve shared much of my life with you but it is a new year and I’m going to be venturing into some scary uncharted territory. I am creating a few new blog categories because along the way of creating my Studio and developing my professional footprint, I’ve always believed that our minds and bodies need to be healthy in order to better execute our life pursuits.This past year for me has been about developing my mental health. Some drastic, emotionally/mentally damaging changes happened prior to this year and I took the time to really hone in on healing those wounds. I’m not much for talking about my emotions publicly, but I’m very happy to share stories of overcoming battles. That was exactly what 2015 was for me. Through that journey, I was lucky enough to have a companion and a strong family and friend support, and I must not forget my loyal student families. I am overwhelmed with how wonderful the people I have near to me really are to me.

This year I am embarking to up my physical health back to where it was before the demise of my ability to cope with my emotions and use this as a way of helping others reach those milestones as well.

I want to share with you 15 things I have learned through this journey:

1. You have felt no pain like one to come in your future.
2. You have felt no disappointment like one to come in your future.
3. You have felt no joy like one to come in your future.
4. You have felt no love like one to come in your future.
5. You will lose someone and it will hurt worse than anything you have ever felt.
6. You will miss that someone for the rest of your living existence.
7. You will meet someone that brings great satisfaction to your life.
8. You may lose that person, too.
9. or they may be the one to help you through some of your darkest moments.
10. You can accomplish more than you believe you can.
11. You can accomplish  more with an open mind, willingness to learn, and kindness than you ever will be able to with a closed mind or a mean spirit.
12. You are worth every breath you take.
13. You’re work isn’t done here on this earth until the universe, God, or whatever drive you have inside of you decides it is.
14. So perhaps it’s time to slow down, smell the roses, and listen to your heart.
15. If someone outside of you can see deeper into your heart and soul than you can, you need to spend some time alone looking that deeply into yourself.

 With all this in mind here are a few of the things I’m doing that I will share with you:
1. Starting tomorrow January 4th, 2016 – I am starting a 30 day cleanse with Arbonne’s 30days to a healthier you.
2. I have become an Arbonne Independent Consultant and will be launching my business with them here in Albuquerque over the next week. http://DanielleFrabutt.Arbonne.com
3. I joined a wonderful Gym with My Prince (we’re going to call him MPE from now on)  with a 12 month contract so there is no backing out now.
4. MPE bought me a fitbit  for Christmas and I’m obsessed with it -he may be regretting this currently and I swear I’ll become less obsessed with it, soon.
5.I have run 2 times this year (pretty good for only being 3 days in), this also means I’m planning on training for some longer distance races, something I haven’t done in about 2 years.
5. I will blog all of these things, along with my studio accomplishments, performance accomplishments and more, if only for myself.

This kitchen has been prepped for this week of shakes and clean eating and the alarm has been set. Let’s not forget that launch a new business, start studio lessons this week and  I have a 4-legged guest and a couple of 2-leggers visiting. 

 Cheers! and Happy 2016