i wanna be big

you’re a big boy now
mr. porter/

turning 9 today
that’s 63
to me
still just as centered and calm as when you turned 4

(28).

porter2

i named you after a bodybuilder, PORTER CATRELL

though your strength is deeper than BODy

small children
they pull on your ears
fingers closing near your eyes
you don’t react –keep licking their little hands

on the airplane

(under the seat in front of me)
you’re quiet without medication-
only need a “shhh, it’s okay… i love you”/

good boy

a Manhattan dog needs rules.

taught you at 5 months old
no bark in the morning, you’ll wake the neighbors
so you grrrr instead, underbite protruding from your tight black lips

michelle and poerter!

mr. porter, my model
of
ease

you are my display of ZEN each day

you are a big boy now

so zen, michelle bernard with mr. porter

i wanna grow

to be big

as you are naturally

michelle bernard's dog

michelle bernard's mr. porter

show and tell

We’re a quarter of the way through this glorious year, mate!

Remember your big dreams for 2015?

They are worth your attention and discipline!

 

For many of our goals, we need to assemble with groups of like-minded, focused, tenacious souls who simply recognize our greatness and cheer us on.

You and I, we can do that for each other… right here!

 

Here are a few of my beLoved goals for the year:

✘ Publish my book for sale on Amazon

✘ Submit articles to my favorite online magazines like Rebelle Society, The Phoenix Soul, Blackberry A Magazine

✘ Use my TRX once a week

✘ Do scorpion pose

✘ Get THE WANDERING PEBBLE up and filled with art

✘ Make a fitness/wellness video every month!

Expect to see a new VID here every month!

 

So please, join me in fulfilling your passions.

 

What do you want to see come from your vastness of possibility?

 

Tell me.

Then come back through and show me your realized goal!

 

http://www.sculptedbybernard.com

when i open my eyes

when I open my eyes,

before my bano visit,

before the oatmeal in my wine goblet,

before I qualify whether I got enough /didn’t get enough / need more

sleep

(no worry cuz I nap for at least 10 minutes every day!),

 

when I open my eyes

and take a morning breath 

I, then, say

thank you

thank you

thank you

 .my morning ritual.

 

what’s good?  every day.

what’s good?

get centered and listen to your answer.

 

http://www.sculptedbybernard.com

Don’t miss it

It’s happening.

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Don’t miss it.

The rising.

budsSubtle, Photo

yet enlivening.

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Color. Growth. Expansion.

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Take a breath.

Slow the moment down a bit.

Don’t look back.  

What’s back there,

is back there.

Your life is ahead of you.

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Look forward.

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And re-JOY (ce).

Joy. Say it with me. “Joy.”

In all that you do, find it.

Yep, when you’re eating real, natural foods, and sweating + dancing up to 6 days a week, and flopping out

your $50 yoga mat for some good ole stretching’,

do it with JOY.

Joy soothes the mind, balances the body, and gives life a purpose.

Choosing to live with JOY is the healthiest of ALL your choices.

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Besides eatin’ good and exercising often, what else are you doing that gives you JOY?

Life isn’t short. For some, it’s long.

letter to mE

Girl, you have fallen’ into some big ole holes, and I know how much it has hurt you.

I know you can barely breathe down there in your pursuit of “all there is”- down there gasping to create a relationship that validates you, unraveling in a job-change you thought would define you (but is attacking your beliefs about humanity), in the arduous pursuit of sustainable health insurance.

all there is

But you will get another opportunity to choose soon. Really.

In about 5 months you won’t need to keep cranberry juice in the fridge for your vodka and you won’t need to workout twice a day to keep your butt from blowing up because of the chocolate chip cookie dough. 10 years younger me

 

Your angry prayers and creative visualization notebooks will move you to a safer ground.

Don’t stop doing that work!

One thing I learned from you is to state my desired outcome like I know for certain it will happen.

 

Especially when I have no idea how IT will happen, still say IT must.

With no alternative.

 

That worked for you.

Thanks for giving me that.

 

Here’s what I wish to give to you, my 10 year younger mE.  

Stamp these in your belly.

1. Stand with your intuition. When you feel you know, you are correct.  You do.

2. Don’t tell everyone all your detailed feelings.

Explain only when you have established trust.  Folks you can trust will hold your feelings sacred instead of using your life as something casual to talk about.

3. Journal often. Try audio when you’re scared to write.

4. Finish writing ThemKids. It’s really good.  

5. Stop fixing people. Oh God girl, I know it’s your nature, but please stop pushing the fix in your private life.  

It will exhaust you and deplete the enthusiasm you need for your beliefs.

Simply, offer advice if you’re asked, but don’t beg anyone to take it.

6. Respect every woman you see. They are precious. You have so much in common. You do.

7. Protect your spiritual center. Let it expand. It will make you magical.

Life isn’t short for everyone.  For some, it’s long.

Life is precious.
What always amazes me is that we get so many chances to be who we want to be.
Regret isn’t necessary.

You are not going to make a bad decision.

So every time you decide something, be as bold as brass.  It all fits somewhere.

Each year, you’ll see, this life gets more and more meaningful,

and you will learn that sometimes

breaking the conventions and “supposed tos”

is what will bring you the most happiness.

now me. michelle bernard

18 ways to sabotage your health and fitness

18 sure ways

to sabatoge your health and fitness program

 

  1. Have constant conversations and make excuses about how hard it is to schedule a workout

  2. Smoke a pack of cigarettes every day
  3. Buy boxed and packaged and bottled diet foods

  4. Eat what everybody else is eating

  5. Keep boxes of cookies and crackers in your cupboard
  6. Workout 7 days a week because you’re trying to lose weight fast

  7. Skip stretching
  8. Skip strength training

  9. Don’t eat all day so you can have space in your stomach for dinner at the restaurant

  10. Weigh yourself every day
  11. Drink alcohol most days nights of the week
  12. Buy a snickers when you’re hungry (or Kit Kat, Ruffles, Doritos…)

  13. Eat 1000 calories or less per day (you might be able to pull this off if you weigh less than 90 pounds already)
  14. Count calories with no regard for the type of food the calories come from

  15. Drink bottled juices

  16. Exercise while exerting absolutely no effort 
  17. Check your cell phone more than 2 times during your workout (parents are generally exempt because emergencies happen. Everybody else…  your fans can wait for at least 45 minutes to talk or text you.  Life need never be that urgent!) 

  18. Skip a workout because someone asks you to

 

 

We become our decisions. 

Decide to live healthy.

 

Get support.

You are worth it!

 

your trainer,

michelle bernard

http://www.sculptedbybernard.com

michelle bernard- bernardism

 

Whatcha drinkin’?

You are committed to your health and fitness goals to shrink those fat cells plus tone and sculpt a divine form of lovely muscle.

But what if the shiz you’re drinking is holding you back?  

What if your seemingly innocuous beverages are jacking your daily calories and cravings up?

whatcha drinkin? michelle bernard

Today is the day to trash the straight-sugar sodas and the twisted diet sodas.  Don’t you dare believe the hype about the nutrient claiming fruit juices.

First of all, sodas cause you to crave sugar, especially the ones containing the fake sugar.

And a proper portion of fruit juice belongs in those tiny little juice cups we used to use in the 70s [if you’re not yet 35, it’s a 4-6 oz. cup].  Plus, “fresh” juice is the only kind that actually has the full potentcy of nutrients.  Oxygen and light deplete the good parts while saving all the calories for your tummy. Stop buying packaged juice and chew your fruit, instead.

Choose to drink stuff that replenishes your muscles

and rejuvenates your mind.

✌  Directly after I teach 90 minutes of exercise classes (cardio and strength training), I drink 16 oz of coconut water.

YUM!

It provides immediately accessible sugar that flows right into my depleted muscles, plus I get a jolt of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium.

Make sure your coconut water contains 100% coconut water and no other ingredients!

✌  Right after my coconut water, in goes the pure, scrumptious water!  On my exercise days, I drink 75% of my body-weight in water which is 100 ounces.  On non-exercise days, I drink 50% of my body-weight in ounces of water.

Add a squeeze of lemon to alkalize your water.  

I’ve even added slices of lime, grapefruit, or cucumber to give my water an amazing, fresh taste!

 

✌  Tea.  Drink it.  Hot or cold.  Herbal or Green!  Not only will you drink flavor without calories, but certain herbal and green teas protect your cells from free radicals that cause premature aging and disease.

Many herbal teas can have a calming effect and decrease levels of anxiety.

There have been studies to show that green tea increases your metabloic rate for higher fat oxidation – in other words, green tea burns fat.  Although, these reports aren’t absolutely conclusive, the over-all effect of green tea is positive for the general health of your body and mind.

Embellish your tea with cinnamon, ginger root, mint leaves, parsley, cloves, coriander, lemon verbena, or plain ole lemon.  All of these natural leaves, stems, and roots help reduce inflammation in your joints and cells and many aid in fat oxidation.

 

✌  And don’t forget coffee.  Yes, coffee.  

Of course, it’s best for fat-loss when you drink it black or with a splash of milk or almond milk, and maybe stevia for sweetness, although I use one packet of raw sugar or teaspoon of raw honey.

Coffee can improve over-all circulation and research shows it can help your muscles utilize adrenaline and fat for fuel during a workout, sparing your glycogen for more endurance.

One cup of coffee before the workout is one of my yummy favorites.

 

Make the above beverages ⤿ your healthy, sports drinks of choice!

cheers from michelle bernard

your trainer,

michelle bernard

http://www.sculptedbybernard.com