Well, I think we are in week 20 or so out of 52.
Pilates – School is amazing. I started Pilates about 10 years ago and up until my first teacher training program in 2015, most of my Pilates was at home, on a mat watching classes on Pilates Anytime. Then, in my first program, I was taught exercises at level 1 and 2. I had a reformer with a tower as my only equipment at the time which meant I could do reformer, mat and some cadillac exercises. Philosophically, in my first school I was taught to pick the exercises that the body in front of me needed to move better – strengthen the weak, open the tight, etc. This make perfect sense except it dismissed the whole “system” of Pilates! Which, I now know is HUGE.
Today, I have ALL the Pilates equipment and I’m learning the SYSTEM of Pilates. Each exercise on mat and reformer is in a series and the first prepares for the second and the second for the third and so on. The point of the series is: each exercise is a full body exercise when you complete the series, you’ve done a combination of somewhere between 10-40 exercises that have worked your body in every direction to create a uniformly developed body. In addition, the cadillac, chair, and other equipment exercises were created as places to take a client to uniquely help them with what they need help with to do the mat and reformer work to their fullest potential. The entire point of Pilates is to create a uniformly developed body, to facilitate breathing to detoxify the body and to build a supple and strong body capable of doing whatever you want to request of it. BIG DIFFERENCE between the first school and the second school is the SYSTEM. The 2nd difference is how HARD this new way makes you work – wow. Very challenging but that is what brings the change in the body and RESULTS!!
Results – I’ve had greater results in my body in the past 6 months than I’ve had in the past 6 years. Oh, I got my body out of a BAD way with a bad back…but now, I’m beginning to feel like the athlete I was pre-accident that hurt my back. My clients are greatly challenge by this new way of doing Pilates and I can see their results coming faster and they are getting much, much stronger now. I can also see that they are getting a greater level of satisfaction and enjoyment as well. It was a bold move but the right move. The other day, I realized that if I spent all this time and money on Pilates just for me and Robert – it would be worth it. That’s how much I believe Pilates can help us have a better life by having a better body!
Zig Ziglar – We just finished the 15th cd in the Born to Win program. All I can say is WOW. Absolutely powerful stuff. Life changing for sure. He is Biblically based, morally sound and so encouraging and motivating. His goal setting system is superb and we are just implementing it. Robert and I have experienced improvements in our self-image, positive outlook and ability to see the future and set goals and drive towards them. We finished the Graham Cooke 16 part Developing your Destiny which married perfectly with Born to win. These 2 series have set a foundation for realizing our identity, seeing our destiny and will help us to fulfill our future. Now, we are about to start the 7 habits of highly effective people….It is NEVER too late to adjust course!! You just need to WANT to adjust course strongly enough to apply the principles and change your perspective and attitude. And the fact that Zig, Graham and Covey (author of 7 habits) all line up with the Bible and God’s way of living – well win-win for sure.
Blue Zone Diet – oh the holidays were a struggle. I think one day, at my Mom’s house over Christmas I ate 12 snickerdoodles. 🙂 But, we are on our way. Lots of plants, whole grains, limited animal products and our nutrient dense smoothies everyday. The tide has changed. I’m getting a bit more into cooking and that can only help. I’ve adjusted my mantra about food just a bit: Plants for nutrients, whole grains for fiber, fat for energy, sugar is a limited treat, animal products in moderation, organic as much as possible.
Sabbath – Ahhh….Sabbath. We spent a couple weeks pushing so we could go home for Christmas and sacrificed our Sabbath days. We will NOT do that again. It really is the push of the enemy to not let us rest. The “race” is longer than we know so our pace needs to be slower than we think! We are even more committed to taking a full Sabbath rest from Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown. It is essential. We long to be all that God wants us to be and do for Him all He wants us to do and wearing ourselves out by not taking a Sabbath will sabotage our destiny and the enemy knows it. So, taking a Sabbath is a slap to the enemy and a gift to us. It is an act of trust and also an act of humility.
I know this is long…sorry. Lastly, I want to finish with CCP’s. CCP’s are crystal clear priorities. As you can imagine with Robert’s new business, my Pilates business and school and Glorious Beads – life is FULL. Most people our age are not starting new careers but are winding up the ones they’ve been doing for 30 years!! Crystal Clear Priorities are something I set prayerfully each morning – I listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit about what my CCP’s are for the day. This eliminates a long, never ending “to do list” that constantly made me feel like I was coming up short. It provides me with focus and clarity and allows me to do the BIG things and let the little things go until the BIG stuff is done. It partners me with the Holy Spirit to lead me about what to do each day.The list of CCP’s is usually 3-5 – never more than 5. I can typically get these done EVEN with the “surprises” that happen in life. I feel like I’m doing with God what scripture says: that He will lead us and guide us – we just have to pause and LISTEN!! It gives me peace of mind and best of all it makes me feel FULFILLED. Now, fulfilled is not something I’m very familiar with. But, as I practice CCP’s each day and when I stick with it….I end each day feeling fulfilled. Fulfilled, for me is the sense that I did what was important, I wasn’t stressed, I have peace of mind and I don’t feel crazed/stressed or anxious. I am pleased with the day, pleased with myself. Fulfilled keeps me from being preoccupied and allows me to live in and experience each day more fully all while keeping my eyes on God and my destiny. It’s a bit bumpy sometimes because I’ve not lived this way most of my life..but I LOVE the feeling of fulfilled. I love that God will guide me through the Holy Spirit and this gives me great confidence in my decision of what to focus on and finish each day. Also, I tend to give myself too much to do each day but when I partner with the Holy Spirit – it’s just enough. How cool is that?
Until next time. Thanks for reading. This off the map stuff is exciting and challenging and very rewarding. I’m thrilled we’ve gone “off the map” with God!