I am a transformational coach and fitness trainer which means I will give clients healthful tools, exercises, and processes that they can use for an eternity.
But here is MY exception: One must be willing and ready to step into one’s strength
with the courage to move past the subconscious limitations.
Strength, power, and courage cannot be given.
It is something we realize.
If you are not ready for the change and improvement that I will help you facilitate,
if you are afraid of moving more than a 5 pound weight at any point in your program,
if you do not wish to see yourself expand, if you complain a LOT, and if you are not ready to look deeper at your personal possibilities and move toward your greatest self, I am not your trainer.
But if you are interested in a steady, safe, and strong progression toward the person you desire to be, and if you have more courage you wish to express,
and if you believe life is worth living to the fullest, I think we are a great match!
And if not, I truly believe you probably will keep feeling exactly how you feel, and you will never be able to have the body or life you desire.
You must BELIEVE and BEHAVE like you’re worth your transformation before it can actually happen.
Thanks Oby for the interview!
Here is my MOvement for November : The Spinal Twist
to re-align the physical and mental energies as we prepare for feasts of food and material.
Movement and breath are gifts worth cherishing every waking day.
They each offer pathways to vibrant health and intuitive expansion.
Dip into this delicious pleasure.
We’re always trying to get there, to make it!
So much self help is focused on teaching us how to help ourselves to more.
Get more. Have more. Earn more.
Maybe we could use a bit of help learning how to feel good about what we have.
What we have.
And not for any other reason than to feel good right now.
Call it gratitude.
Gratitude has become another puffy word, like the words authentic and love.
We toss these words up and fumble to catch them.
Why have they become so hard to hold, gently?
Could we let them sit within our grasp without squeezing so tight and slipping out of our hands?
I invite you to hold gratitude with both hands, with your thoughts, with your BOD and be still. Carry it. See it. Feel it.
Bring it up closer to you. Take a breath.
Maybe you’ve missed something.
Maybe you’ve been out there looking for more when there already exists so much more within you.
Feel grateful not because you’ve learned that doing this will work to bring more to you (though it might), and not because it makes you a good person (though it pretty much could), and not because feeling grateful is a strategy to change your energetic vibration (although it pretty much will).
Don’t feel grateful simply because you wanna ” make something happen”.
Feel grateful because it can illuminate the parts of you and your life that you may have overlooked
(due to all the wanting).
Feel grateful because this moment matters just as much as your next, just as much as 6 months from now, just as much as when you do have the right boyfriend, enough money, perfect abs, a promotion.
This moment is happening. It’s your life.
Be in it.
You and your life are worth Celebrating just as is.
You have made it! Here.
You are already here.
You are more than your BODy.
You are your beliefs.
So here I am, teaching a studio full of exercise birdies of all ages, sizes, and characters who have just finished pumping out 60 push-ups on tippy-toe in sets of 20.
Grumbling and moaning low, they sprawl into positions that might indicate the end of class.
That’s when I speak out…
“We’re doing 60 more.
You might be tired, now. Really.
Your arms might be sore, or maybe you feel like the breathing is seriously tough because you can’t stop choking down the discomfort of burning triceps and shoulders.
But guess what?
I don’t care.
I don’t care how your BODy feels.
I don’t care.
You are more than a BODy.
So, let’s go.
3 more sets of 20 push-ups!”
We avoid it like a pothole.
The discomfort from heartburn after eating a Big Mac and super fries, from the top of your jeans tattooing a red gash into your belly, or your doc snarling and sighing before she hands you your blood work report is discomfort that lasts much longer!!
So get comfortable and start believing that you CAN make strong, impactful, healthy choices for your thriving self!
Believe you are the one who happily smacks the Mikey D bag of sugar and grease to the curb.
Believe that you are the one who spins and turns your world on with your smile then does a Mary Tyler Moore fling of your blood work report into the air.
Believe you are the one who CAN complete 120 push ups.
Believe you CAN, you fine and fit thang!
You are MORE than your BOD.
You are your beliefs.
What do you believe you CAN do, be, or have in 2015?
Back from summer.
Back from creating and revising the my beLOvedBODy fitness programs.
Back to school, this life-school.
And me-feels bubbled up with curiosity and desire to learn and experience as much as an existence can.
So many of us, including the teachers who had the summer off and the mamas who get extra help with the kids from daytime summer camps, lose their weekly workout and self-care rituals during this time of year.
I’ve noticed that this BACK to SCHOOL time either promotes a big-time return to productive weekly habits or a regression away from taking care of personal needs and desires.
Let’s return to productive, healthy habits to fulfill our curious souls. Let’s WAKE UP.
We CAN set life-affriming goals EVERY 8 WEEKS!
SET 3 PRODUCTIVE LIFE GOALS today.
Here are mine
1 To expand my imagination, I’m gonna read 2 books per month.
I’ve started THE ALMOST MOON by Alice Sebold of THE LOVELY BONES and DYING TO BE ME by Anita Moorjani this week!
This has been a frickn challenging goal in the past, especially during times when I’m working a lot.
I’m starting small with the 2-book goal. By January, I hope to make it a 3-book-a-month thang.
2 Get stronger and overcome a fitness hurdle.
My goal is to do 2 sets of 5 chin ups two times per week AND to master the HANDSTAND by JANUARY 2015.
3 CENTER my soul.
I plan to sit quietly or pray for 10 minutes EVERY DAY.
I also plan to read my FAV spiritual text – The SCIENCE OF MIND by Ernest Holmes and listen to MICHAEL BERNARD BECKWITH 2 times per week.
Please join mE.
Make your goals meaningful.
Explore your curiosities and fears.
Make your goals ACHIEVABLE! Let them be goals that you CAN accomplish given your real-life schedule,
even if it means shifting things around a bit.
Let’s do it together.
And let mE know
what are your “big 3” BACK to SCHOOL goals?
Wanna be Startin’ Somethin that commands your passion and devotion?
get your boogie and your sweat on at least 4 days a week.
eat clean, real food.
get your vibe right!
cuz, this is it.
this is your fab life.
and you are worth all the LOve.
They say the sky’s the limit,
and to me that’s really true.
When I first started my daily workout program,
which began as dance performances in Japan!!,
my knees hurt just about everyday.
In my case, I simply did not have any muscle development
in my legs or abs.
My weak leg muscles and heavier BODyweight contributed to lots of pressure on my knees.
People (kinda carelessly) told me I needed to lose some weight and my knees wouldn’t hurt so much.
Yeah, well, it sounded like a catch 22.
How was I to lose the weight so I could exercise without pain, if the exercise was in itself the cause of my pain?
There’s a way, though. I found it.
First, be well informed whenever you have joint pain it is best that you consult a professional physical therapist to rule out a major structural issue that requires rehab.
However, if you are cleared to exercise, by all means – superstar, get to movin’ – mindfully!
Tips for ya
1. Don’t run or jump — instead — use the elliptical, ride the bicycle, strength train, and opt for a low-impact aerobics class.
If the class you want to take is built around fast direction changes, abrupt starts and stops, or stomping — chill. You need to modify all that stuff until your quads and hamstrings get strong enough to support your knees.
Remember, pain in a joint, ain’t good!
2. Do yoga. I’m not a Pilates hater. In fact there are leg strengthening exercises in Pilates that you can benefit from.
Do Pilates, too!
I just recommend Yoga classes because they implement balancing poses and core building that uses the whole body.
Isometric training for legs (holding poses without moving) and holding the body in alignment with core strength will help you become more conscious of how to position yourself properly – they improve stabilization and increase muscle awareness.
Isometric training for the legs is essential to strengthening your knees!
3. Roll out with the foam roller! then stretch — The foam roller is your miracle tool.
It will release all of the tight areas around your gluteus, back, and legs. Use the foam roller to massage the knots and adhesions in these areas for about 2 minutes in each location. Only roll out till you notice the muscle feels better. A little each time is better than rolling till your legs turn to jelly, which can actually be damaging to the tissues.
After you roll out, stretch. You’ll be amazed by how much more flexible you are after using the foam roller.
And here’s a morsel of Extra credit
Your knees might hurt because of your shoes.
Especially when the seasons change, we tend to changes our shoes(consider the heel difference of summer sandals to cold weather boots).
Your physical alignment shifts when the heel height and support from your shoe changes. Your body has to readjust itself from the heel to knee to hip to back.
With the proper modifications and a load of patience (it might take months for you to feel stronger), you can keep movin’ toward your goals.
Listen, BODyLOvers, protect your knees.
Adore your knees.
Focus on keeping them healthy.
Whatever we focus on gets stronger.
healthy spirit to healthy spirit,