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Beachbody Ultimate Reset: A Yoga Instructor’s 21-Day Journey

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Over the next 21 days, we will be following Andrea’s journey using the NEW Beachbody Ultimate Reset. Andrea is the owner of Sangha Yoga, and is no stranger to the idea of a 21 day detox. To learn more about Sangha Yoga, please visit their site, or their Facebook page.

You can research more information about the Ultimate Reset, on my official Ultimate Reset site.

DAY -1

Spring is the time when some of us feel the need to clean, change, get out and move. Maybe it’s the dreaded “swim suit season” that will be here before we know it, or maybe it’s the act of shaking off those winter cobwebs that has us eager to get something done?

As a yoga instructor, I always advise my students to create a renewal with every practice. Staying in the present moment and working on the body and mind each time we hit the mat, but even I find that Spring gives me the urge to clean out and get going!

Nature has it’s Spring regime. Creatures get frisky as they awaken from a long winter. Plants sprout from the thawing ground and make preparations to unfurl their flowers. Maybe it’s our instinctive nature to feel the need to renew in Spring?

Last Spring I made my renewal by doing a three week cleanse. It was a whole food and supplement supported journey that tested my will power and taught me self-awareness. At the end of the 21 days I lost weight, gained flexibility, increased energy, and had decreased allergic response. I felt wonderful! 

It was the effects of this cleanse that are now leading me to do it again. Beachbody has created the Ultimate Reset. This is also a 21 day, whole food and supplement supported cleanse. After reading the details, it seemed the right thing for me.

The box of supplies arrived today and I am so excited to start, but I also not looking forward to the lack of coffee and chocolate! I looked through the guidebook, with pictures of beautiful and delicious looking foods, decided it might not be so bad. It looks like larger meals than I eat now. It also includes meal planner that sets up the schedule for you so it couldn’t be much easier. I printed out a copy of the shopping list and will be hitting the stores tomorrow for the tasty ingredients.

So, on day -1 (negative 1!) I am anxious. I still had coffee this morning and a few M&M’s this afternoon – no sacrifices so far. I may be playing a different tune in a few days, so stay tuned. I will walk you through the good and bad and I will tell it like it is.

Wish me luck!

Why I Started Exercising and Still Do

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I am up at Daily Fast Fuel today.

Some may think I find a way to work the topic of exercise into all my “spiritual” conversations because I run an online fitness coaching business with Team Beachbody.

While, yes, that is my “business”, as in, “I do such-and-such to bring in an income for my family,” my job as a Team Beachbody Coach didn’t start with that goal in mind, and through my personal journey I have come to an understanding of just how spiritual physical exercise actually is.

I can’t change anyone’s mind as to why I work this topic into my conversations.

I believe passionately that we must do a much better job with the restoration and the renovation of our outer shells – for whether we want to admit it or not, doing so DOES have an effect on the inner shell.

And, frankly, I want to be a steward of the vessel God created. That vessel is ME. And it’s the only ME He is going to give me.

So, check out Daily Fast Fuel today.

2010 to 2012

And if we need to talk further about how I can partner with you to make the physical changes you feel convicted to make, you know where to find me!

2010 to 2012

The Danger of Resting on Laurels

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(This is actually a repost of a piece I wrote August 2, 2010 on the now defunct Cuppa Fit blog.)

How many times have you heard someone utter this statement, excuse?

“Well, I was a big athlete in high school.  So I know the drill.”

“Oh, I used to be an exercise instructor.”

USED to be.

I recently witnessed my husband making this statement.  And it’s true.  He was a huge athlete in High School.  Just as he was a strong athlete, I was a working actor in my teen years.  Paid.  Both of us experienced success back in the day.But we are no longer 18.Now in his 40’s, George can no longer follow the same exercise and fitness training regiment that he did at 18.  Similarly, I learned, the hard way, while working as an actor in my 20’s and 30’s that no one really cared that I played Dorothy in Oz at a children’s theater back in Virginia or that I as a child I had been nominated for an award at a theater in Old Town Alexandria.  And I most certainly couldn’t approach auditions the same way I did as a child actor either.  How embarrassing would that be?  Time to grow up.

So I was running a 5K yesterday and my mind started to wander.  As I was Gallowaying my 3:1 intervals I had a thought.  Brilliant?  Eh.  Nasty?  Yeah.  Somewhat.

There isn’t much of a difference between a middle-aged, out of shape former high school athlete and a washed up former child star.   Both are stuck living off of past laurels.

However, when one looks at former child stars who have actually disappeared for a time only to resurface after having DONE THE WORK and TRAINING to get back in the game, it reminds me of someone like myself who never thought I could regain the level of health and fitness that I had in my 20’s.  Come on.  I’m 40.  Plus one.

Example.  Jason Bateman (meow) had some rough years after his teenage TV career took a dive.  From Entertainment Weekly: Bateman admits to some lost years in the ’90s, but his persistence paid off (Arrested Development, Juno). ”I want to be around for a long time,” he told EW in 2007. ”Now that I’ve got another flash of relevancy, I don’t want to screw it up.” 

You think my secret Hollywood boyfriend didn’t have to make some changes to step back into the spotlight?  You think he approached his craft the same way he did as a child actor?  Um, think again.  He had to grow up. 

I feel like a broken record.  You want change?  You can not do the same thing that you have always done or rely upon what worked when you were 18.

If anything, you will have to work HARDER to reach those fitness goals because our bodies are, well, getting older and are thus slower at metabolizing and building muscle, and all that scientific stuff.

Thus, you need a workout that will really jump start the process.  Time to go back to school.

ChaLEAN Extreme was the magic bullet for me.  And by magic, I mean, it worked.  And by bullet, I mean, it just about killed me on some days.

Persistence.  The word doesn’t describe sticking with the same old plan.  You may need to change directions to keep going.  It’s time to try something new.  Something that may even be uncomfortable and unfamiliar.

Evolve.

Or continue talking about those glory years.  ‘Cause that’s all it is.  Talk. ‘Cause baby, your laurels be wilted.

From the horse’s mouth, folks.  I no longer talk or act like I’m in shape.

I am.  And I continue to educate and learn more as to how to keep my temple kickin’.

In Real Life, I Help Pave Roads

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While reading scripture a few weeks back, I got stuck on the word “A”.

It was located in a scripture that is referenced often, memorized by many, and handed out like spiritual candy when one needs encouragement. I believe scripture to be all-powerful – as in, there is serious spirit-fill caffeine packed in the Bible, only this verse seems to get slung around so often that it had sort of lost its impact on me. Its punch. I viewed it as a decaf verse.  And you know how much I loooooove decaf.

This time, however,  the word “a” popped out at me and wouldn’t stop poking around in my heart until I’d exhausted what the heck it meant.

I’ve been pondering this for weeks now.

Today, thanks to a comment left for my husband under a video blog by Craig Holiday, (we’re both doing an online video series with him right now), I think I’ve figured it out.

A good work. And, road paver. Two ideas whose worlds have suddenly collided.

Our lives are multi-faceted. Family, children, church, work, school, finances, hobbies, service, physical activity, friendships – you can take it from here. Make your own list. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Wow. That’s a long list. In the past, I’d glance at that list and get overwhelmed if all of them weren’t running smooth and steady. Until . . .

God reminded me of Philippians 1:6 : He who began a good work in you – (go ahead, finish it.)

“A” good work.

Not 12 good works.

A.

Not 36.

A single good work.

God has offered abundant LIFE – not merely small chunks or pieces of abundance. But rather, abundant LIFE. And it’s REAL. Full and hearty. Whether that be in the day-to-day mundane comings and goings with homework, and deadlines, grocery shopping, bills, and house repairs, or while on vacation, in school, or on the job, He has promised that life would be abundant. Wherever we may be.  His abundance isn’t for some and not for others. His abundance may not always feel good or seem right. His abundance isn’t limited by location, or circumstance. He doesn’t trick us with real abundance and fake abundance – it’s ALL REAL LIFE. It is present everyday. Whether in Beaver or Atlantis. Whether at Four Mile, or Cafe Kolache. Whether at Dutch Ridge or College Square Elementary.

Only, we tend to get stuck on the chunks, don’t we? Focusing on the ones that are going great. And then on the others that suck. In doing so we risk losing sight of the WHOLE. We allow our chunks to dictate our day . . . I know I’ve been guilty of this. All my ducks are in a row, doing great, swimming in the stream. Then, something goes wrong in one area of my life. An unexpected turn. Suddenly my emotions are swayed by that one surprise, and I begin to despair that ALL is lost. Due to ONE SMALL CHUNK.

So, what about that reference to paving roads?

(Yeah, you knew I’d get to the “road” part at some point. If you are still hanging on, I adore you.)

Think of all those unique facets of our lives as individual bricks, cobblestones, heck, even  asphalt (made up of tiny materials). Only, a single paver does not a road make. (Just as, a single circumstance does not a LIFE make.) Pavers, plural, are necessary to build a road. And further more,  they must be connected to do so.  The pavers, stones, organic material, whatever, must exist together in order for a road to be complete. Leave one out? There’s a divot. Or a hole. An empty space. Like those pavers, the individual moments and events of our lives do not exist in isolation.  In a larger abundant LIFE sense, they are all part of ONE project. “A” project. This is probably the biggest lesson I’ve learned in the past 2 years. Until we refuse to look at the pavers as individual pieces of stone which have no relationship to the others in our life-pile, we will continue to feel scattered. Chaotic. Unsure of where to step next.

The truth of the matter is: The road on which we walk (and that includes the pavers we want, desire, and celebrate, as well as the pavers that we wish wouldn’t exist and would just take a hike and get lost) are the very skeletal makeup of A. Good. Work. And whenever and wherever that good work is located doesn’t matter – it’s REAL. If I am walking, breathing, being, and relating, regardless of circumstances, location, or present company included I am experiencing REAL ABUNDANCE.

George and I have agreed, made a choice, and taken on the responsibility of helping others pave that life road ahead – by walking alongside, and in some cases,before, those who need help to simply construct it. What others may see as disconnected areas, WE see as A. Good. Work. The abundant LIFE that has been promised.

I want to be a road paver. For myself. For others.

Real life is the entire road. Not one stone. Or that solo brick.

Perhaps this idea will take some time to digest. It’s a flip the switch kind of thought – a brain re-calibration may be needed.

Let me encourage you to stop thinking of your life in individual portions. Or sections.

For God has poured out everything you need. It’s all there. In it’s entirety. Some of us just need a hand in laying out the pavers. And then actually walking forward. And others of us need to lend a hand in that construction and follow-through.

So, if you need me. I’ll help you haul some of those stones.

Lessons from Atlantis

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In January of 2011 I made a PUSH goal to celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary with a vacation for me and my husband. Away. Alone. No children. Our anniversary, approaching in September, was the perfect event to fuel my desire to save money to whisk George away. Somewhere.

In February of 2011, I realized that I could, with focused  effort, EARN a complimentary trip for two to Atlantis, via my company, Team Beachbody.

The task looked huge.

But the reward outweighed the enormity of the task.

I set to work, with the goal of completing my qualification for this trip by November.

On November 1, the goal had been crushed.

George and I would be treated to a vacation in Atlantis.

We just returned.

What did this trip teach me?

1. Big goals are worth fighting for – especially the ones which seem ridiculous and “for other people”. I remember, two years ago, sitting in front of my computer looking at photos of Beachbody Coaches who had just returned from Hawaii. I recall thinking the  dangerous words, “that will never be me.” Well, this year, I took the attitude of “why NOT me?”

2. Yearly trips alone with my husband are so important. I had this tiny fear as we jetted off . . . would our conversations revolve around the children? Beachbody? Other events that had nothing to do with us? Just the opposite: we didn’t talk about the kids (in fact, ahem, I do believe we forgot about them for 4 days). Instead, we talked to and about each other. All other topics were gloriously put on hold for the duration of the trip.

With our CEO Carl Daikler

3. The company with whom we surround ourselves is monumental for our personal growth. On day 2, George was struck by the spirit, power, and positive outpouring that he noticed in the lives of other coaches. He connected with several of the men, and made numerous comments on how THIS was the type of environment he’d love to see in the church. He took a few notes from a gifted speaker – not only to use in his Beachbody business, but to take back with him into church ministry.

4. It was Jason Scheff of the band Chicago (a  Team Beachbody Coach as well) who made a statement one morning as we sat on a shuttle on the way to a morning workout with Tony Horton,  that he no longer listens to the naysayers. Paraphrased, he said, “If I listened to the critics – to those 1 or 2 people who chastise me for being a part of network marketing, I miss out on developing relationships with countless others who can benefit from changing their lives through Team Beachbody. It’s a hurdle that we meet often in the world of home business. People.”

With Jason Scheff, post-yoga. I took this photo as a reminder of our conversation.

Only, as Jeff reminded me and as I am reminded DAILY as I chat with the women in my private accountability group on Facebook, our country is shirking the responsibility we have for the very vessels in which we live our daily lives. There is no disputing this fact. Obesity is rising. And with the rise in obesity comes a rise in other medical illnesses. We nervously laugh it off. Not in my challenge group, however. Talk about surrounding myself with women who are SERIOUS about change and about helping others change.

Many will read this and respond with, “Oh there she goes, pushing Beachbody again.”

Those who have been completely supportive of my adventure over the past few years will squeal with me in excitement that George and I earned this trip by helping others get healthy and fit. Those same people had front row seats to my own personal transformation which began in April of 2010. To you, I say, THANK YOU!

Others, will read this and say, “Oh, that’s for other people. I could never do what she does.” Welcome to my world in 2010. I was there. I get it what’s in your head. To YOU, I say, LET’S DO THIS!

"Hey Coconut Man! I'll take one of those!"

I just invested 4 days of my life ALONE with my husband, hanging on the beach with a coconut rum drink in my hand, reading and snoozing in the Caribbean sun. We threw ourselves down crazy-steep, wedgie-producing water slides. We chatted with men and women who are evidence that absurd and zany dreams are NOT ridiculous. We exercised at sun-up every morning with hundreds of others. We didn’t gorge ourselves on “vacation food” but rather, ate wonderfully compliments of Beachbody.

We enjoyed one another’s company, while in the company of incredibly motivating people.

It was a WIN-WIN.

No, I don’t have tons of pictures of Atlantis itself. It’s a resort. You can google what it looks like.

 Instead I have pictures of my husband and I dressed up every night, and tons of photos with friends.

As we’ve learned in ministry, and have also  learned in business, life will ALWAYS be about relationships. And without them, we are not truly living.

 If you would like to see more pictures from our trip, please visit my Facebook page.

Cyber Thank You to Seth Godin

Comments I hear on a regular basis:

  • You are ALWAYS on your phone!
  • You seem to play on FB a lot!
  • Have you ever thought of taking an E-treat?
  • We all need to unplug. Don’t people ever talk to one another any more?
  • You need to relax. Not work so much.

This is not a post to respond directly to these comments.

This IS a post where I will respond directly to Seth Godin for his awesome words in Chapter 3 of TRIBES.

Thank you.

The story goes (and this is a crude paraphrase) that you were on vacation in some Caribbean or beachy resort. (Sorry, Seth, I don’t recall where you were – not that it matters). As you was sitting in the lobby checking  email, two women walked by. They whispered, (not softly enough) how they felt sooooooo bad for you because even on vacation you were stuck working – checking email.

You went on to explain that those of us who have a true passion for what we do, don’t feel the need to take a traditional “vacation”. Whereas the status quo need a to take a vacation from their tedious jobs, and look forward to those two weeks off where they do not have to think about work at all, those of us “purple cows” and “heretics” who are actually fueled, and encouraged, and joyfully engaged in our work, simply revel in connecting with the people with whom we share a common goal – manifesto, mantra. Checking in with people is not an annoyance. It’s a delight.

I felt validated.

I love my job.

I love what I do.

I love the people with whom I work.

Everyday.

Coaches, customers, the folks who work at corporate.

When I check in with my team, my accountability groups, or my customers, it is not because I HAVE TO. They are not a simple “check” on my to-do list. The difference here, is that we are engaged in one another’s lives. These are not just “co-workers”. I have formed some very tight relationships. My work is very far from being boring and dull, and frankly, I enjoy checking my email. And talking with, well, my friends.

A Seth puts it, “Set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”

THAT is Team Beachbody for me.

My job is engaging, motivating, and enjoyable. And, INITIAL contact with coaches and customers, (notice I wrote INITIAL), is most absolutely DRIVEN by electronic communication.

I have no desire to use vacation as an escape from this. I kind of already feel like I’m on one . . .

I understand, that for many, email, texting, and FB, are distractions. They create “trash-can fires” (see all of these posts), envy, and even as some research has shown, sadness.

While I have obviously experienced some of those issues, as I wrote. And wrote, and wrote. I have made adjustments.

And while in the past, I have felt this annoying need to defend myself and the use of my phone – which holds my calendar, my to do list, my contact list, my kindle books, my BIBLE (for goodness sake) etc. . . . . or why I am on-line as often as I am, I will no longer spout off all the reasons WHY in response to someone who is trying to be helpful – at least, I hope that’s their intent.

A simple, “What can I say? I love what I do” will have to suffice for them. And, for me.

Thank you, Seth.

We heretics have to stick together.

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