52 weeks off the map, Encouragement, Pilates, Plant Strong Nutrition, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

Off the Map – 1 month and 3 days remaining

It is hard to believe that we’ve walked off the map for nearly a year now.  It has been a very exciting, challenging and rewarding journey. This might have to be an annual thing – to walk of the map in pursuit of the best life and continuous growth and achievement in life.

Let me go through some of the categories and tell you, 11 months in what has transpired a bit.

Blue Zones Diet – we selected this approach because it is based on longevity and quality of life.  It is not trendy.  It is practical. The first 6 months were HARD.  Hard to readjust to eating healthy and keeping the mindset that food can heal.  But, sometime this spring, as we persisted in being dedicated despite being derailed frequently, it clicked.  And boom..we are in a very sensible groove of healthy eating – lots of plants, a little meat and dairy, little sugar, reasonable healthy fats.  We also started taking the “POWER TRIO” in March.  The Power Trio = a morning shake of Vega all in one + Vibrant Health’s Green Vibrance mixed with non-dairy milk and frozen fruit + our DNA based custom blended nutrition supplement Utrition.  My weight is steady at 118, my BMI and BF% are in health range.  My bloodwork came back healthy in every way including Cholesterol and HBA1C.  Osteoporosis is a factor and we’ve created a plan that began it’s implementation earlier this week.  Blood pressure is still a mystery but I’m delving deeper into this with both my Dr. and a Nutrition expert that happens to be on the Scientific Board for Uforia Science (that makes Utrition). Robert and I feel GREAT.  His blood work is happening next week sometime.

Pilates – My schooling has been nothing short of AMAZING.  the classical method is truly as powerful as I had hoped it would be.  I am getting stronger and more supple each month.  Robert is coming along steadily and feeling better.  My clients are also progressing wonderfully and really, really enjoying it.  Pilates is based on achieving a uniformly developed body so that you can do all the things you need and want to do in life with vigor, zest and pleasure.  It is detoxifying and is truly anti-aging.

Zig Ziglar/ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Powerful tools to reiterate successful life principles and that methods based on principles WORK to improve life, bring hope and fuel confidence and motivation to pursue dreams. We are both more focused, more accomplished and less stressed.  We’ve started Confidence by Dr. Keith Johnson and Robert is devouring teachings from Grant Cardone while I am reading the infamous book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  So, we press on in our pursuit of excellence.

Walker – the devotional meditation book just didn’t work for either of us.  So, I continue to do devotions very similarly to the past 15 years with the addition of following God’s calendar to help me know His timing, His seasons and this makes finding His will and hearing His voice much easier.  I’ve also been learning more about prayer and the discipline of prayer and the power of prayer.

Sabbath Rest  – Oh my.  This is a game changer.  At first all we wanted to do was nothing.  Then after a few months it evolved and now Sabbath rest is a rhythm.  We usually start at the end of the day Friday and enjoy our Saturday.  Having Sabbath permission to rest and knowing that this is an eternal covenant for Gods’ people.  Thank you God for the gift of Sabbath.

Intimacy with God – Well, here’s the truth, He is always available to us if we will set aside time to be with Him.  I have learned to listen better and to talk with Him more.  And because of that I see His hand in my life more easily.  For instance, I have seen this past 11 month how God will really prepare you BEFORE a situation so you can handle the situation.  Graham Cooke teachings have really helped as well as deeper prayer and journaling.

I have grown as a teacher.  Robert has grown as a businessman and as a craftsman.  We are excited about our future and will keep walking off the map to keep growing and pursuing, resting and setting goals to achieve.  We are more certain of our God given identity.  We see our destiny and God has laid out a road map to get there and in that pursuit the outcome is beautiful – we will fulfill our purpose.  Our marriage is even closer and our focus and direction more honed than ever.  We are truly becoming one in a deeper way as we plan out our maps and roads together and experience the challenges and excitement of being committed to continuous growth and improvement.

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Challenges

As a Pilates teacher I’ve experienced some frustration.  Theres a LOT to learn and I can get easily overwhelmed.  There’s a lot to see as a client moved and I had been frustrated with how little I felt like I could see.  But as I persist in teaching, studying and practicing Pilates myself I can see the method and my understanding of it unfolding so that my clients experience it more fully and receive more of the benefits.

In February, the Lord brought me into a new business as a network marketer selling Uforia Science’ Utrition.  I’m still in “dork” phase with this and sometimes I’m excited about all the personal growth and skill development this will require to be successful and soemtimes I resent it.  But, God handed this opportunity to me..so I will proceed.  I am more than pleased with the product and my clients on it are as well.  We have a few questions and a few things I don’t understand, but I’ve reached out to find answers.

Staying focused and organized.  I tend to believe a lie that says “I can’t think”…well, that’s the enemy telling me that.  So, I’m working on undoing this lie.

I’ve learned a lot of patience this past year – and I needed to.  Now, one of the challenges is to continue to learn the right mindset and make choices  that line up with the right mindset and our destiny.  I am learning a new habit of reflecting each evening on my day so that I can bring to consciousness what I realized intuitively or unconsciously.  This is a behavior and habit of highly successful people.  I’m in process on this.  perhaps it will be on our “off the map” list for the next 12 months.

I hope that you can see my enthusiasm and exuberance also tempered with persistence and patience.  It’s never too late.

( I know this blog is ready for a huge update….not sure when..but I’m aware that it needs an update.)  🙂

52 weeks off the map, Encouragement, Pilates, Spiritual Growth

Off the Map #6

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!

Pilates, Triathlon Training

Remember, tell and believe!!

One morning about 5 years ago  after I “retired” from triathlon coaching and racing, the Lord spoimg_1703ke to me and asked me to take down all my triathlon photos, medals, posters etc. It shocked me  because the Lord had blessed me so abundantly during those years.  Through the tears, I pulled everything down and put it in a backpack I’d received as schwag at a race.  I then put the backpack into storage in a closet.

 

One morning, just 2 weeks ago, as I was praying about my Pilates career, the Lord told me to pull out all my triathlon stuff and put it up in the Pilates studio. Again, the instruction shocked me.  I asked, “why Lord?”.  Oh I love that the Lord speaks to His people!  He said, that putting it up would be a reminder of all He had done for me during my triathlon racing and coaching years and it would bolster my faith, hope and confidence of all he planned to do for me in my Pilates practice and career!! What a difference 5 years can make.

About a day later, I pulled out that back pack and pulled out my memories.  Yes, very emotional.  I remembered so much and the Lords’ hand was in all of it – everywhere!

I picked out some of my favorite things and got a visual in my head of how I wanted to arrange this altar to the Lord on the wall in my Pilates studio.  Today, with Robert’s help, it is up.  After Robert got everything hung up for me, we stood back and looked at it.  With tears in my eyes I hugged him and thanked him for making my vision a reality.  He looked at me and said,” This wall has many stories to tell.”  True! So not only is my triathlon wall a reminder to me, it can be a conversation starter and I’d be thrilled to tell of the Lord’s goodness!!
When I pulled it all down 5 years ago.  I was broken hearted but obedient.  Never did I imagine the Lord would tell me to put it up again!!

Remember all He has done.  Tell of all He has done.  Believe in all He will do.