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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Grateful...

Yesterday morning I took my dog Buddy for a morning jog and let me tell ya it was amazing! We haven't been jogging since it started getting cold...so like 2 months or so. And that's a long time when you really enjoy outdoor running. I'm a runner - ha! I may jog...but I'm a runner! Anyways, the feeling of just being out in the open air jogging down the pavement...there is just something about it. Holla at me if you feel me!

Anyways, my morning jogs are not just for exercise. That's a great reason to jog, but my NOW main reason for jogging in the early morning is to get my mind filled with the good stuff. The motivating and inspiring stuff. Now don't get me wrong...there are days when I like to blast DJ Khaled's Out Here Grindin' - that's my running jam!

I do this for the streets...the runners!
Sorry...got a little sidetracked! Anyways, so my morning jogs consist of listening to the good stuff. I like to fill my mind with goodness before it officially begins that way I can be more positive through out the day. But sometimes being positive is trying! My mornings are spent with Eric Thomas aka The Hip Hop Preacher. I never imagined myself someone who could run without listening to music but I now can. I love it. If you've never listened to him...check out his new mixtape. That's right a motivational speaker with a mixtape. The music that was put with his messages are so good. Go check it out here. I have both mixtapes downloaded on my IPhone plus a season of TGIM and anything FREE that I can find of his!



So, the point of this blog is basically to say that one thing I'm so grateful for is the ability to wake every morning and choose to go out in the world and fill my mind with the "good stuff". Ok...make it two things I'm grateful for...the ability to enjoy the beauty of the trees and inhale the crisp fresh air while I'm on my jogs. My jogs are now mediational for me...is that even a word?!

What are you thankful for today?


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 15 - MCM - Body Image



This week we are working on how we love our body or treat our bodies. I'm going to start blogging my answers to the Evening Exercises as my way of "journaling".

Affirmation: My false perceptions of my body are an attack. Today I choose love instead of my ego's perception.

What are my ego's fearful beliefs about my body?
My ego's fearful beliefs are that my body is and never will be good enough. That I will never be comfortable in my body. It will never be "perfect".

How are my negative thoughts affecting my energy?
My negative thoughts are affecting my energy because the negativity becomes the norm. I don't know what it's like to even just like my body somewhat. I've always had a hate/hate relationship with it. I've always wondered why I wasn't lucky enough to have a cute little figure.

How has my ego made me think my body is special (better than others/separate)?
The only time my ego makes me think my body is better than someone else's is when it sees their flaws. Or if they are bigger than me.

How has my ego convinced me to see other bodies as more special?
My ego convinces me that other ladies have a better body than me by making me envy their bodies. Their bodies are how I want mine to look. So I am constantly setting myself up thinking one day I'll have a body like theirs.

How have my fears from the past created negative body behaviors?
My fears from the past have created negative body behaviors by filling my "voids" with food. I will eat when I'm lonely, when I'm happy, when I'm bored or when I'm simply alone.

In what ways have your ego body perceptions from the past negatively affected your behavior?
The majority of my relationship with food is based on my negative thoughts. Food is my comfort.


GOALS Thursday!

Today is my weekly goals day! I write down 10 goals I'd like to accomplish in a year. Every week you write them again but you can't look back at the previous week(s) to see what you wrote. So here's mine! Have you written down your goals?!

Book Updates!

So, I've got a couple of books that I'm going through right now.

This week I've gotten a little behind with May Cause Miracles by Gabby Bernstein. But I'm on week two and it's all about loving your body! I so need this so I'm going to take my time on this one. Today's "Miracle Moment" is: My false perceptions of my body are an attack. Today I choose love instead of my ego's perceptions. So appropriate for me. I have struggled with body image since I was a young girl. As a mom of a young girl, I don't want her to struggle with it. However, the thing is that kids often follow in your footsteps even if you are verbally telling them another thing. They pick up on how you treat yourself and they tend to treat themselves the same way. Here's a little quick vid on Gabby explaining this week's focus:


I also, literally, just started reading Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. One of my friends, April mentioned she was reading it and blogged about her feelings on it over here. I bought this book last year to read with an online bible study, but I guess I just wasn't ready for it. This year is different though. This year my spirituality is very important to me and so I guess it just now makes since. I read chapter one yesterday and can't wait to continue. It's all about how God created us to crave...BUT to crave Him not food, alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. Only to crave Him. Here's another vid for ya!



What books are you reading right now?!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sex and the City...The Movie

Guess what's on T.V. - it is! Sex and the City - The Movie. And I love watching the story of 4 friends who are always there for each other. I know I may sound pitiful, but I long for friendships like this. How amazing is it that you can have girlfriends that you know will always have your back no matter what. How amazing is that these are the same girlfriends that you can tell anything to and know they won't judge you. We all need to have friends...friends that we can trust with our lives, with our kids, with our whole life.

I guess my whole life I hadn't felt that connection except to one other girl. The only problem is that I don't want just one...I want several to spend my life with. I want to be able to go to Ladies Nites or brunches or lunch with my girls. I know that I have pushed away a lot of ladies who could have been friends and that is something I'm working on. 

I know that I have A LOT of work to do when it comes to myself...

Here's to 2013 and making new life long friends!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Manifesting Your Desires...

Sounds kinda freaky...huh?! But it's not...really it's not. We all have the ability to do it. To get what we've always wanted. All you have to do is manifest it. Well how do you do this Stephanie?! GET RID OF THOSE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS! And yes, I know it's hard. I'm the girl whose head only tells her she can't or she's not good enough. Where has this lead me in my life? To a life of negativity and living a life of just passing by.

I don't want to "just pass by" anymore. I want it all. I want to help others. I want to be super duper successful. And let me remind you, "success" is what each one of us chooses it to be. For instance...I want to be financially independent and debt free. To me that is success. To someone else that may not be. I want to be not only a student of A Course In Miracles, but also a teacher. When I can become a teacher that will be success...to ME! But maybe not to Joe down the road.

I've been reading May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein. I HIGHLY recommend it if you are interested in learning how to love yourself and how to stop being so dang negative. You may not be negative towards others, but you seriously are your own worst enemy. We beat ourselves up in a WAY worse way than we'd let anyone else do. And that negative thinking about ourselves has become our reality.



"Your intention creates your reality." ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Till next time y'all...HAVE A MIRACULOUS DAY!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Financial Peace?! Is There Such A Thing?! + Turbo Jam

Financial Peace...two words that obviously don't go together for the vast majority of us. But look no further cause this chica is enrolled in Financial Peace University! You may be asking...so what is FPU? FPU is Dave Ramsey's course on getting your finances right the way God intended you to. God doesn't like the fact that we are in debt, that we borrow money, that we live paycheck-to-paycheck. So why do we? Because we try to live our lives our way and not His.

Starting this Sunday, January 13th I will be going to FPU at my church and learning how to handle our money. Now I've taken this course before and if you work the plan it works. However, if you veer off the path like me you may struggle to get back on which is why I decided to take it again. I need that support from others in the same situation. It's nice to be able to count on others for support!

You know what's funny...as I typed that I was thinking that its the same with health and fitness. Most of us struggle with it so why is it so difficult for us to look towards other for support? We always want to do everything on our own. I know...I'm the same way. Which is why I'll be starting a fitness/health challenge on February 4th. I'm gearing it towards other moms but anyone is more than welcome to join. We'll be doing Turbo Jam together. If you don't what Turbo Jam is watch below!


Our little group will be accountable to one another through this program. If you are totally interested in joining me send me an email here.You can choose to purchase the program alone or as a Challenge Pack. Challenge Packs offer Turbo Jam along with a 30-Day supply of Shakeology. The Challenge Pack is really the way to go!

I can't wait to start this challenge with you! I also can't wait to start FPU!

Cheers!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sunday Super Funday!

So I have to start off with saying that Sunday was the best day of the year so far!! However, I know there will be plenty more to come.

One of my goals for the year is to work on my spirituality. So besides reading books about it I finally took the plunge and went to CHURCH. There is this one church that I've always had my eye on and I have visited maybe once a year the last couple of years. But not this time...this year is sooo different. I just loved being there! There was something inside me that made me feel like this was the place for me. I even cried a couple of times when singing and when listening to the sermon. Now when I say that I don't mean I broke down and everyone was looking at me. But a couple of tears did fall. I felt like it was God's way of telling me that I was where I was supposed to be at that moment. Another great thing is that we were given the opportunity to do a program called 5x5x5. It's all about reading the entire New Testament in 5 minutes a day for a year. And what is disturbing is I can't find my bible! So I downloaded the YouVersion Bible on my Iphone and just did a search and it's on there. So I started TODAY! You should check it out if you are interested and let me know if you start it. I'd really like to chat with someone about it!

Following church I drove like a mad woman to get to Super Sunday! Typically, it would be Super Saturday - but we had to make it on a Sunday. This is a Beachbody event that is done quarterly to pump up all the coaches and introduce guests to what we are all about. I made it there barely on time and we immediately started with our 30 minute workout of Les Mills Combat. It was great...I really enjoyed it. I had not done this before. Once we were all sweaty we got to try a shot of Shakeology. Then the meeting began for about 2 hours. Lots of good info on the upcoming promotions. But the best thing about S.S. was that I won a box of Shakeology and 2 shaker bottles... the big ones! I've been wanting one of those. I gave the other one to my new friend Alecia. It was great meeting her since we've just been chatting over Facebook. I love when I meet people that I can just chat with and not wonder what we should talk about...the conversation just flows.

After S.S. I headed home to my family and the time we spent together that night really was great. I hadn't been with them all day...which rarely happens. BUT if I want my Beachbody biz to go anywhere I need to focus a little more on it. 2013 is going to be my year to take our family to the next level!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

W.O.T.D. ~ 01.03.13

Hey there! So below is my workout for yesterday. I'm going to be REALLY good the next 6 weeks because I'm partcipating in two challenges that end on Valentine's Day.

The first is Tone It Up's Love Your Body challenge which started January 1. Check it out here.

And then I'm hosting a 30-day Shakeology challenge - woop woop! Just replace one meal a day with Shakeology for 30 days and get moving. Your workouts can be whatever you like whether it is a Beachbody program (and we have some great packages that include the workout program along with a bag of Shakeology at a DISCOUNT!) OR you go to your gym, get moving outside...whatever you want! JUST MOVE! We are starting this challenge on Monday, January 14. My hubby will be doing the challenge with me so hopefully your sweetie will join you! Order your ShakeO here.

So after all that are you sitting there in anticipation for what my workout was?! Well here ya go...

After two days of running intervals with the Tone It Up chicas my groin and hip flexors were sooorrreee. So in the A.M. I did the Sunset workout from TIU.


Followed by some short Tara Stiles yoga.

For my P.M. workout I had planned on going to the gym to do another cardio circuit from TIU but my legs still hurt. So I went home and did this yoga video from Tara Stiles. It was wonderful...you should try it out!



Oh hot dang...I almost forgot to mention that I'm also doing Chalene Johnson's 30-Day Challenge. Yesterday's assignment was to come up with 10 goals that I'd like to accomplish in the next year. So here ya go...BA BAM!

  1. I wear a size 6 comfortably.
  2. I am a life coach.
  3. I am DEBT FREE!
  4. I practice my meditation/spirituality everyday.
  5. I quit my J.O.B.
  6. I am a Diamond Beachbody coach.
  7. I make $1500 per week.
  8. I vacation 2 - 3 times per year.
  9. I have a good relationship with food.
  10. I am a teacher of A Course In Miracles.

So what are your goals for the year?! Leave them in a comment below...

Till tomorrow...