Sometimes we have too much pecan pie at Christmas, one too many cocktails on New Years Eve and chocolate overload on Valentine's Day or Halloween. Ya know what? Cool! Do it up, I say. But for me, the ONLY way to return back to a balanced life where I am not always feeling out of control and toxic is to do the occasional cleanse. I practice, in my own life, a 3 day cleanse 2-4 times a year (seasonal is good) and a big daddy, 21 Day cleanse every early Fall/end of Summer. This program works for me. Then I allow myself to indulge, here and there, whenever I want to, the rest of the year. Every day? No. Every week? Ok sometimes, but I try not to. Look, I am not an expert, guru, Doctor, nutritionist or anything like that. All I am is a Mom who has a tendency to OVER indulge sometimes. This is my, personal solution to stay in balance, in check and feeling good in my body all year long, every year. And I have been practicing this pattern and studying fitness and nutrition for about .seven years now. On top of that, I've been practicing Yoga as an exercise, lifestyle, student and teacher for just about twenty years now (teaching for 15). Again, take it or leave it. But I am sharing this plan with you because it is what I have repeatedly found WORKS for me. Enjoy!
On my three day reboot,
I choose to go vegan, dairy, wheat, caffeine and sugar free for three solid days.
I am not a vegan or vegetarian normally. But if you do not know the very specific source or farm of your meats and cheeses, I really don't recommend eating them at all. I go to town on some local, ethically farmed, bacon and steak though, on the regular, because I know and trust the farm. But for this cleanse and when sharing with others all over the place, where I don't know exactly where they can get their animal products, I say just go vegan/vegetarian for a few days (with eggs, but please buy cage free or from a local farmer). Three days people, once or twice a year, no big deal.
I don't like to do a big 21 Day Cleanse in the Winter time because that is when fruits and local produce are not as plentiful or in season (always do as the Okinawans do and try to first eat foods native to, or grow well in your immediate region where you live, if possible, our bodies react the best to this). So in the Winter time, my plan comes to this reboot. I will cleanse usually at the end of New Years or the end of February. This year February was the winner. And here is my plan and what I am, and am not eating for the next three days:
(Most of my recipes come from The Beachbody Ultimate Reset cleanse, week one. If you have never done this cleanse, contact me and I will give you the recipes, one is attached below. If you are familiar with this cleanse, pick your favorite meals from week one. Most important in the next three days, try to avoid all sugar, alcohol, wheat, cheeses, meats and caffeine)
Becca's 3 Day Body Reboot
-Start every day with 24 oz of distilled water or warm water with fresh lemon slice, squeezed.
-Quick cooking organic oatmeal, one serving, splash organic coconut milk, tiny drop of organic, dark, grade A maple syrup, 1 cup of fruit (like berries that are low in glycemic index, blueberries, raspberries, etc.). Cup of hot caffeine free tea.
-Protein shake with water, ice, almond or GMO free peanut butter.
SNACK: Green apple with almond butter
-Seasoned Pinto Beans and Rice (message me for recipe) with a side of steamed veggies, zucchini, green beans, spinach or kale, as an example, seasoned, always organic.
80 ounces of water consumed by the end of the day.
-Start every day with 24 oz of distilled water with fresh lemon slice, squeezed.
-2 cage free/free range eggs scrambled with steamed kale and Herdes or home made Salsa. Cup of hot caffeine free tea.
-Protein shake with handful fresh or frozen fruit, ice and 1 cup of water.
SNACK: Chopped carrots and red bell peppers with homemade hummus (message me for recipe).
-Roasted Root Medley (message me for recipe) with a side of steamed Kale or Spinach, seasoned.
80 ounces of water consumed by the end of the day.
-Start every day with 24 oz of distilled water with fresh lemon slice, squeezed.
-Protein with just water and ice. Cup of hot caffeine free tea.
-Edamame Salad recipe or Lentil Lime Salad (message me for recipe) with a side of Miso Soup (MSG free).
SNACK: half an avocado and carrots or, handful of chopped veggies and a 1/3 cup of homemade hummus.
-Stir-fried Veggies (message me for recipe) with a side of Miso Soup (MSG free).
80 ounces of water consumed by the end of the day.
Important Side Notes to my cleanse plan:*
*I choose to do Yoga as my only exercise for these three days, in fact I find it is a vital piece to the cleanse process. I also try to go to as many massages, saunas or take as many warm salt baths as I can during this time. No heavy lifting or marathon running in these 3 days.
*Seasoning is everything in your health food diet. It makes healthy food enjoyable. But only use Himalayan Pink Salt, Braggs Liquid Amios and/or organic, dried or fresh herbs and spices during this three days.
*When buying distilled water, before you drink, add a dash of Himalayan Pink Salt to get the vital minerals you need that are void in stripped clean water. (Distilled water goes for about $1 a gallon at any Wal Mart or grocery store.)
*Contact me personally if you want to talk about the plant based supplements I choose to add to my daily routine for energy, sleep, joint health and overall vitality, especially during the cleanse, or check them out here: Becca's recommended Supplement Site
Questions on how to tailor this for YOU? Contact Becca here:
What does it mean to be "IN LOVE?"
I asked myself this question while sitting in meditation at my studio the other day. Guided by the amazing Kerilyn, our studio meditation instructor, and she tells us not to run from our thoughts while meditating. Folks often seem to think, while practicing the art of meditation, that they need to work on "clearing their minds, or letting their thoughts come and go, carelessly." She doesn't tell us to do that. So as inevitably they do, thoughts come pouring in, one after the other after the other, almost obsessively and irritatingly when we go to sit and be quiet. This day, I sat with it all, embraced it even. No battles. And amazingly, just pure clarity came in...THAT is where the mind clears, when we don't push any of those thoughts away, we just accept and embrace them.
My first thought was about my alone-ness lately. I am alone a lot these days! Usually, as a sole business owner now, and a single Mom, you would think I am almost NEVER alone. (It feels that way surely at times.) But since my kids' father has been back from a recent military deployment cycle, I have a lot more time than usual to myself to work, plan, clean and organize my life, compared to while he is away. It has been WONDERFUL. It makes me think of the single Moms who have lost a spouse, and who live in the world of-they aren't ever coming home. Life would look much different, I think of that when in my own position, often. We are grateful he has always remained rather safe, ex-husband or not, he's still my kids' Dad and we want him alive.
But dinners lately, when the kids are with Dad, are just me, just my one plate and no pleasant dinner conversation. Sleeping alone. Bathing alone. Working alone. Working out alone. Cleaning alone. Trying (and not really succeeding) to keep the house up alone, on the inside and out....more so on the inside than the out. Traveling alone. Shopping alone. Playing alone. Cooking alone. And again, eating alone.
I was watching my health decline recently.
I saw myself eating barely at all at night time. Why cook if no one is there? I would skip meals (which is VERY unlike me). And here is the fun fact!!!!! I GAIN weight when I DON'T eat. God, you rock, that's a fun trick. No really. When I don't eat regularly, wholesome, healthy and with lots of veggies and protein, I gain weight. Flabby, flab, flab. Yes I do.
So the night before my meditation, I decided to prepare a meal as though some special people were sharing it with me....or the way a whole family would sit for a special meal. I cooked my best steak tips and fresh, organic green beans, I made a decadent sauce to go on top of it all. I set the table. I poured a fancy glass of wine from a bottle I usually would reserve for a special occasion. This was totally unconventional for me. Who am I? It is just me? But I did it anyway, I served myself the way I deserve to be served and the way I feel everyone deserves to be served.
I woke up the next morning a few pounds lighter? Even though the base of my steak sauce was butter and I had red meat, and even ate later in the evening than usual. I know it was because of two reasons, 1- I was loving myself and my body appreciated it and 2- this was a paleo meal and my body loves paleo and wholesome nutrients, and eating more of them, rather than less, or rather than skipping meals. Lesson learned.
I won't skimp on myself ever again.
I went in for morning meditation class and I thought about my night before, my meal alone, my cleaning up after dinner alone, my lighter body, my lighter mind. And I asked myself what it meant to me to be in love then? If I was totally happy right now? Why seek anyone else for love or to fall in love?
So I asked myself, "self, what does love mean to you?"
I was shockingly sad when I saw what answers my mind had come up with. I felt that love translated into meaning two things to me:
1- the blissful, floaty time frame where you are just starting to fall in love, that man hung the moon, he never farts and even when he does it's cute and funny, you can't eat, you can't sleep and you are thrilled with all of it.
2- the ten-years-into-a-marriage love where you hate his farts, his lazy ass beer drinking, good for nothing, annoying, smelly life, empty promises of cleaning out the garage and helping you pick out new wall paint and you really are just two roommates who feel like you got married so you better find a way to keep this thing good, or else you really would both rather move on to something much more exciting but we should probably stay together for financial reasons and the kids..........kind of love. (Gag me with a spoon).
THOSE were my opinions of what defines LOVE. How sad is that? There was nothing to do with self love. It was just the beginnings and endings of relationships that came into my mind, nothing in between. I felt sad. And then I went straight into the thought of the best man in my life, Jesus. What would love mean to him? How does HE feel about love? The words that came up to me were unconditional, never-ending, peaceful, big and surprisingly, CALM. This was no starry eyed, drunk, falling feeling.
This was real love, presence, the BEST kind of love, 100% now, BIG LOVE and the kind that lasts forever.
So I just decided to sit with that for a moment, sit IN that. And then it hit me. I was IN love. I was holding a place of constant love for myself, for others, everyone around me, everyone who I have loved or who has loved me, for every failed relationship, I loved it all, I loved my enemies and I was sitting in the place of totally feeling like I LOVED my loneliness, alone-ness, for it brought me to this very moment and place of huge love and how I had been moved to treat myself the night before.
I realized that it really doesn't matter all that much if I ever find the right relationship. I have a lot of work to do practicing love in general. And that is totally cool. Sure, it would be awesome to find a rad dude who was both rad and successful (it is usually one or the other), find someone who was willing to accept my flaws, celebrate my strengths and I do the same for him, I treat him like the King he is and he treats me like the Queen I want to be. It would be great to travel together, grow together, challenge each other and LOVE one another along with the whole entire world. That yes, would be awesome. But it is not 100% necessary for me now. I have plenty of love and spoiling of myself and meditating on love to keep me busy for a long time.
Have you ever taken 20-30 minutes to just close your eyes and FEEL and BE within love? Try it. I kinda even prefer it over the intoxicating feeling of falling.......
What a wonderful day on Fort Stewart, I recently had. No longer a military wife, I kinda jumped at the opportunity to do this one! I cannot say I miss living or visiting military bases that really kinda always just remind me of concentration camps.....but I am extremely passionate about my country, am super patriotic and I have an undying respect for all those who serve, active duty, reserve, all branches and spouses. So I like to go on base somtimes! -Just not every day please.
I was honored to be asked to do a Yoga practice/class/mini workshop with the Air Force! The Air Force keeps calling to me, for some reason. Okinawa was my first real duty station living as a military wife and the main base there was an Air base, Kadena Air Force Base. I SO LOVED living there. If you are military and EVER get the chance to go to Oki, go, go, GO! -without a hesitation. Kadena is a rocking base with some of the best military facilities, food, shopping, camping, hiking and fun in the entire world. The Army branch there in the Okinawa forces is TEENIE TINY, so it was weird we got stationed there being with an Army guy. And here in Savannah, where I call home now, it is the opposite. The Air Force branch on Fort Stewart Army Base seemed really small here in this giant Army town. But one thing I loved about my experience as a military wife was mingling between the different branches. We are all USA. So I loved hearing the different experiences and stories from each branch and family.
One common stereotype I used to hear over and over was the Air Force was the most out of shape physically of all branches. I am not historical or military-minded enough to know where this misconception came from but let me tell you MY experience:
I was impressed. These men and women SWEAT with me and all did AWESOME jobs with their Yoga that day. I was so happy to meditate, quiet down, stretch out, get barefoot, work, push hard, get their T Shirts a darker shade of grey by the time I left and I was even presented with a gorgeous Air Force coin. They were all in FANTASTIC shape. It was fun.
Some people think fitness is something to be made fun of, or others seem to think it is a super easy solution! And in this (in my opinion) idiotic article by military.com, they have your mindless and simple solution!!! "Eat better and exercise more."
Well, MILITARY DOT COM, if it really were that simple, then everyone would be SKINNY, fit, beautiful, healthy, disease-free, strong and perfect. It goes SO MUCH deeper than that! And if it is such a "simple" problem to fix, then why are all your over weight soldiers and recruits creating such a scary position for you to be in? -as stated in the EXACT SAME ARTICLE: "And, on a far worse level, if the overweight and obesity of our troops is not fixed, we are dealing with a national strategic problem which makes it difficult to defend America from our enemies."
Just fix the problem y'all! Tell your men and women: Make those choices on your own, soldier. It is "SIMPLE." Whatever. It is not simple. It is emotional, it is what CRAP GMO laden junk they feed us and make available in mess halls, gas stations, shoppettes and grocery stores (commissaries). It is stress and cortisol levels creating heart attacks and belly fat. It is the LACK of coping mechanism training on those who endure MUCH fatigue, death, murder, killing, starvation, bombs, terror, snipers, plane crashes, loud bangs and live among and through the darkest most evil places in this world. THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE BIT OF HELP FOR THOSE WHO SERVE. (-in my opinion. It is ALL lacking in the military and sister communities like the Military Fire Fighters, rescue, NCIS and so on.) I know this because I have asked them, more than one, "are there coping mechanisms taught to you once you recover a dead body or endure a near death experience or loss of a fallen soldier or friend?" "NO, none." was always the answer. I have spoken to both fire fighter rescue divers and NCIS crime scene victim employees. They both handed me the same answer.
MIND-BODY-SPIRIT is real. It is not a catch phrase that is meaningless and trendy. It is science and is IMPERATIVE for our total well-being, weight included. The cool thing is, YOGA DOES ALL OF THIS. We need to balance our mind, the way it feels, thinks, is conditioned, processes, problem solves, patterns, triggers, habits (both good and bad), obsessions, our love, our hate, anger, learn to create and happiness and control sadness, we need to help the mind, not fight against it or try to escape it always. We need to help the body stay psychically fit, agile, strong, centered, resilient, preventing injury and illness. And we need a space, place or allotted time in which we can practice our spiritual choices on a daily basis, whatever they are or are not, but scheduled downtime MUST be given, if even just 5 minutes per day. I believe meditation and prayer should be mandatory for all military: atheists, all religions and otherwise. THAT is your solution military.com, and it ain't simple. But I am willing to contribute to that solution. And so I did.
I felt HONORED and so excited to be a part of a squadron that was focusing on wellness week. Teaching these airmen was calm, peaceful and made me want to be a better American. This is a forward-thinking way of being for the military and I am so excited to have engaged in it, however small my impact.
When we know better, we do better, right? Yea. Not really.
I actually go to counseling for this (among other great reasons). I ask my counselor, "why do people go for the bag of potato chips when they KNOW they are an unhealthy food for them!?" THIS is what I seek to learn, both for my own issues as well as my customers. THIS is my question about the human brain, addictions, cheating, lying, stealing, purging, binge-ing. Why do we hurt ourselves when we know better?
He answered me in two ways. Both of which I already knew. And this brought me to the place I also already knew, our work is done inwardly for the most part. WE have to guide ourselves to our right way of thinking, being and doing. But he said, "well one, it is learned behavior, Mom did it, Dad it, Grandpa did it, neighbor does it, we all eat potato chips, so I just do too." He also explained to me that the reason we make poor choices (when we know better) is because something or someone told us when we were very young that we weren't good enough (in some way), so I may as well eat this damn chip, because I am not worth eating right for any darn way. Now those options mainly go for the people who know better, but are too stuck in an ingrained mindset to do otherwise or do better. But more on this piece later.
For now, I mainly want to stress educating ourselves and voting with dollars. Don't eat high fructose corn syrup. Don't eat Monosodium Glutimate. Don't eat GMO's. Don't eat things with more than four ingredients listed on the nutrition label. Don't eat things made in a lab. Why? Educate yourselves with WHY. That is what I work at doing each and every day, educating my friends, family and clients on why I believe these things are killing us.
Then it all becomes a little bit easier to DO BETTER once we know more.
There was an assignment I missed in a leadership training group my business partner is running, of which I am a part.
She asked us to tell our story and share it with everyone who we present our company's business opportunity to. I decided to write a blog and share my story with the world. Do I think it is an amazing story? Nope. I am sharing it because I think it more common than anyone would ever imagine.
I have shared my story a thousand different times in a hundred different ways. I have shared this story or that via vlog on my YouTube page. I have shared this story via private groups where I support my clients. But I am not one hundred percent sure I have ever shared my story totally publicly and on my blog. So here she is!!!
The mountain I have climbed starts as a timid, bored, scared, lonely child. I had very few friends. No best friends. I was not good at hardly anything. I was not athletic. Failed in school. Couldn't sing. I was OK at soccer. I was OK at art. I enjoyed writing and cheerleading and being with people. I liked performing, but I never was able to take dance classes or acting/drama or anything. So I had big dreams in my spirit yet no initiative or tools to enforce them. I felt like I had no opportunities, or opportunities always passed me by. I feel like I never found out about what was out there for me to grab onto, resources, options. From high school to college, I felt like I was in a fog.
I never took the initiative to go alone and learn about what clubs I could join, what groups were offered. I never utilized resources and never had any mentors. I did barely enough just to get by. I thought that was living. I don't recall a coach who I ever looked up to and had helped me out with much of anything. I liked my track coach in middle school. She pushed me a little. I was a middle distance runner and I ran at a slow to average pace. Yay. Go me. Wow. The C or B student. The grey, foggy friend. It seemed everyone assumed I always had it all together and I had nothing together, ever.
I was raised by fantastic parents who loved me very much. My sisters loved me very much. Our house was happy, generally. We were provided for and safe. Christmases were fun. But I always felt alone, lost, confused, unable to fully tap into my expression or creativity. I am not sure if I had a learning disability or do, of some kind? But I always felt (again) grey, half present, uninspired, not useful, not good enough, not valued, disconnected. My lack of performance and lack of dedication in school and in every sport I tried and quit made my self esteem plummet more and more over the years. I struggled with a bully from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Are you ready to keel over yet? Who else needs a change of subject! or a drink? BLAH, but I'll keep going....
Cigarettes, those who smoked them, alcohol and drugs started surrounding me. For a period of my life I considered these things to be the answer to finding more joy or experimenting with my spirituality. Would they help me escape? Of course not!
I remember a turning point in college. I always was very quick to lose my temper and rage, I ran away from things, situations and people easily. I had no patience whatsoever. I found myself at a traffic light. It was red. I was tapping hard on the wheel thinking, "come on, come on, come on." Tension was taking over my body as I could NOT wait for this light to change. I was not even patient enough to sit my due turn at a red light. I am quite sure I had no where pressing to be. I knew I had a problem, and that problem was simply dealing with and living through life in a constructive way.
Shortly after realizing my paralyzing lack of patience and temperament and over all lack of awareness, sleeping through life and never really feeling happy, I FOUND YOGA. Someone who I worked with recommended it to me for my many issues. I believed in God, was raised in a Christian home, but never knew what it meant to be filled with spirit, grace, God's love, joy, awareness, songs of love and peace, conscious living and giving back.
I became obsessed with Yoga, bought every VHS tape (ehem, showing my age), class and book I could find. It made me feel LIGHT pouring from every muscle and cell. I felt like I woke up after a lifetime of sleeping. I studied with every teacher I could find, everywhere I went. I dove into Iyengar Yoga, Bikram, Kripalu, Baptiste, Integral, Yin Yoga, dabbled in the Ashtanga and Anusara styles. I didn't care, any kind, any style, anyone who was into it, I joined them, they joined me. I eventually left college and went straight to get my Yoga teacher training certification. I wanted nothing other than to teach what had impacted me so greatly. Life had color, purpose and felt great for the first time ever.
Battling with what I later learned to be "clinical depression" has been a roller coaster for me ever since. Despite my passion for Yoga, I got soft at it. Marriage, divorce and a second marriage, along with motherhood and being a military wife was enough to throw me way off track.
Here and there I have lost my Yoga flow with life. But it is always there to embrace me when I find my way again. I have been studying Yoga and it's philosophies for eighteen years now. And I still feel like a beginner, a novice.
When I encountered a pretty horrific back injury followed by massive weight gain after my second marriage, I knew I needed serious nutrition and fitness intervention. This was my solution to finding the confidence to go back to my Yoga practice once again. My Beachbody coach pretty much saved my life, by just merely sharing and lightly suggesting her business and free fit club with me. I went, after doubting it for a few weeks. Thank God I did. Beachbody, Tony Horton and Yoga has totally rebirthed me and given me another whole, new, glowing life once again. I have lost a total of nearly sixty pounds on my journey with Beachbody in the last three years.
Giving back through Yoga teaching and my own Beachbody coaching has given me my purpose. The only direction my life has ever taken that seems positive are these two things. I absolutely LOVE being a Mother, but I struggle at it, as I am sure most parents do, we learn as we go. But my purpose is to help people, be a good influence and constantly strive to be the best I can be, flaws and all.
I work tirelessly and relentlessly to earn a substantial income with which I can contribute to or take over (hopefully someday soon) for my family. But my main reason for being alive still today is to give back and help people. Service. There are so many people out there who are silently suffering and confused, need help, support, not knowing if they even have depression, struggling with their weight and seeking joy, but feeling like they might never fully achieve it. I am grateful for my battle with a back condition, dramatic injury, addictions and depression. I believe I have had them all so I can connect with those who are battling them now or have in the past.
1-a tool to calm and control the mind (or “monkey mind”)
2-a tool to gain strength
3-a tool to gain flexibility or physical therapy
No one knows which came first, meditation or Yoga. But many believe that Yoga was a physical art created to allow men who sat for long periods of time in meditation, to be able to do so without their legs falling asleep or their body locking up. The ancients who created it over five thousand years ago, did know the importance of meditation and keeping the body comfortable, strong and vital during sitting, praying or doing still, focused life practices. Yoga was always an oral tradition passed down from teacher to student. No one knows the exact creation or origin of the art and it did not get written down until a man named Patañjali created a book of sutras for the philosophy. The Yoga Sutras were compiled around 400 CE by Patañjali, taking materials about yoga from older traditions. But many believe the exercise art form was created from watching animals stretch or babies moving in such a way as to calm or comfort themselves and also to stretch or prepare themselves for a lifetime of walking (how babies pull their toes to their head or sleep in "child's pose"). Whatever the origin, Yoga became very popular in India, but did not originate there.
Yoga is a beautiful way to finally find a way to build patience, calm the mind or as some teachers call, THE MONKEY MIND and to ease anxiety, balance hormones, adrenals, blood pressure and essentially bring vitality to ALL the systems of the body. Yoga is NOT a physical practice to just stretch out the body (biggest misconception in the world). Stretching is a side effect of a good Yoga practice. Yoga is NOT a practice to do just to lose weight and look good outwardly. Weight loss and a youthful glow is a side effect of doing the physical practice. Yoga is NOT a religion, though it can go very well with spiritual intentions or prayers, which is lovely, but not required. Yoga is NOT a strength training practice, though it does offer fantastic physical strength as one moves through it and practices the discipline. Yoga was created for a whole person or a whole body (which includes the mind) to experience more comfort, peace, youthfulness and joy within the life experience.
When doing any fast paced Yoga practice, one MUST know the basics in proper alignment and form BEFORE moving and jumping around. Once you learn these basics, you can begin to build. You will often see Yogi and Yoginis jumping and seemingly flying around a mat or Yoga studio. So if the general public will often go take classes where they want to sweat, burn calories and build strength and they will sometimes hurt themselves if they push too hard or go too fast too soon.
A long practice of the basics in form can lead the practitioner to one day experience an awakening in their body that is unparalleled to anything I have seen elsewhere. Just like a gymnast. You do not see a beginning gymnast approach a floor routine of jumping and flying around until they know how to warm up, do a cart wheel and a back bend safely and then properly build upon that. Yoga should be handled in the same manner. But sadly, far too often, it is not…especially in home videos.
When I teach a Yoga class, I never know who is going to appear in my class each day and time slot. In America, we do “drop in” formats, so there are all levels coming to all different kinds of classes. So I have to teach three to four different modifications for each pose. Yoga SHOULD be handled like a school, where you begin, learn the basics and then graduate to the next level and the next. But we don’t do it that way in modern society, so we find ourselves hearing a lot of people saying, “Yoga is hard, or I hate Yoga.” It is sad to me. Because it can be so amazing, life transforming and beautiful.
Then we have the fitness industry. We teach aerobics and fitness instructors weekend workshops to offer “Yoga classes.” This really is scary, but I love it at the same time because I love the popularity this art has gained! Everyone needs Yoga! So Yoga’s widespread popularity is good but people should go out and about to classes with care.
My Yoga certification was intensive. We got up at 5am and worked until about 8:30pm each day, in a retreat format, for about 3 weeks. I still was not totally equipped to offer a safe and thorough practice to students even after all that training and my entire time as a student combined. I know I was not ready because I got hurt, myself. But from that, I learned and it made me a better teacher, in the long run. Check out my video on my experience and how I begin to discuss Beachbody’s newest program, PiYo:
My PiYo Review and Warning (also shown in video box below blog post)
If you are going to do PiYo, work with ease and great care. Use your belly strength to guide through the workouts. Ask your coach, or me if you have any questions at all. It is a good program and I hope it gets a lot of people moving in this way who might not have ever worked out or done this kind of activity. But as I say in the video, go find an awesome Yoga class, try it! Keep going. We ALL need it, I promise! It is a passion of mine beyond no other. Just operate as your own Yoga instructor and move as safely as you can, know your limits, challenge yourself safely and try, try, try to enjoy!!!
For copies of my free Yoga tips and practices, please see me at my YouTube page:
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A lot of people have no idea how to run a business from home or for themselves. It is not something that is taught in school. So how do some people seem to succeed so incredibly well while others get confused, frustrated or straight up GIVE UP?
I will tell you how I do it and how I have learned others do it very successfully:
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM GOD.
Does God favor some while not others? Of course not. What I know for sure is that three things really contribute to surefire success, in ANY business. Those are: Faith, Consistency and Bravery.
In order to succeed at my coaching job, I look at reports, numbers, customer lists, friend lists on facebook and constantly reach out to always be active in my community (which is something that is very important to me whether I am in business for myself or not). I always push for moving forward, growing, learning, connecting with people, evaluating myself and striving always for success. I work tirelessly at trying to help my teammates succeed. Those teammates who plug in, will always get as much energy from me supporting them as I possibly can give. So that is nice to know that you always have someone rooting for you. My coach does that for me too. But with all that work and this particular support system in place, in our business, it makes things easier, but most certainly does not assure you success. I make sure I share what is working for me and my team in weight loss and nutrition and that attracts some customers, but most certainly does not assure huge sales goals. And most people love to say, "I would love to do what you do, but I am not a sales person." Well guess what? NEITHER AM I. NO ONE wants to be sticky, icky car salesman. What DOES make huge sales goals for me is prayer. I meditate, pray and read all the time, to make sure I am reaching my goals. INTENTION is everything too. So I pray to God a very similar prayer to this: "Dear God, please place in my life the people who I can best help and please help me reach my personal goals as well." I really, really do believe that is where most of my customers come from, my prayers: answered. My intentions are good and my goals are almost always met. We have to have faith in SOMETHING working in our favor, from outside of us in this Universe. Without prayer, I am not sure I would have recognized or attracted into my life the people who reach out to me for help. And I have wanted to give up on my business MANY, many times before, but prayer and the grace of God has kept me on track for nearly 3 years now in this, particular job.
Consistency is more key than almost anything within success in business or anything in life. I have known for many years now that if you work with a half-assed effort, you will ALWAYS receive a half-assed salary. Working at your goals both in fitness, nutrition and business with extreme consistency is what makes consistent money, consistent growth and complete results. Everyone knows, or should, that eating well 90% of the time will give you a well body. Eating like crap 90% of the time will give you a body that feels and looks totally crappy. This is not rocket science. So I dedicate about 5-6 days a week at building my business. But the cool thing about network marketing is, that when you work tirelessly and hard for a few, short years, you have have a lifetime beyond that of relaxation reaping the benefits of residual income pouring in, once your organization is solid and built up and you have retired after 5 years or less of constant effort. How awesome is that? Pretty flippin' awesome.
The last piece to my line of work is bravery. I have never been too scared to put myself out there. From the very first "before and after" photos I posted on facebook, I had people telling me, "Wow, I cannot believe you posted that 'before' photo! I never could have done that!" Yup. Often times, people think other people around them have it easier than they do. Like life could never be as hard for anyone else as it is for them. But life is hard for everyone. My body image was crap and I looked awful for a long time in my life. I wanted to post those photos publicly so people darn well knew exactly how hard I was working at improving myself. And my MAIN motivation was to show people, LOOK, if I can do it, you sure can too. I am brave about inviting people to join my business, my support groups and ask people for their business and referrals! It is not easy. No one wants to be thought of as a dirty sales person. But I know I am not a dirty sales person. So I ask people. I talk about my business. I share how I want it to grow and I really, really do want to help people! So I let people think whatever they want to think. If they think anything ill of me or if I annoy them, so be it! They can move right along and ignore me. No big deal. But if they DO take the chance to join me and my team, well then they are going to have an AWESOME support system and INCREDIBLE community to be a part of. So I am willing to be brave enough to put my self out there and take that chance on other people's judgments. I sure as heck would rather be selling something for my own business rather than sombody else's business. And EVERY business is selling SOMETHING. Why not work for yourSELF? It is none of my business what other people think of me anyway. An old boss of mine taught me that many years ago and it was the best advice I had ever heard.
Faith, Consistency and Bravery
Do these three things fearlessly and happily each and every day, constantly work on yourself and devote your life to BELIEVING in yourself and your potential, and my friend, you will NEVER fail. Now let's go make a million dollars, shall we?
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