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.
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.) 🙂