Today Is As Good A Day As any….

Today is Tuesday,  but it is my Monday.  Why Monday? Because traditionally Monday is the start of the new week ( OK…it is the start of the work week, Sunday is the start of the new week!) Ok…so today is my Sunday ( Happy? )  Why Sunday? As I said tradition and new week……and new beginnings!  I need a new beginning! For a lot of reasons I need a new beginning, for the purpose of this post, the new beginning I am talking about is my health!

Do you believe in signs? I have been sick for the last 2 days, laying in the same bed for that entire time. The bed’s been fluffed and straightened many times over the last 48 hours. For the last 12 hours I have slept a lot, during the day I heard someone on the TV say ” God told me if I got myself fit I would reach all of my goals”  while the words struck a chord in me; because I have heard Him say that to me countless times, I still did not pay enough attention to it. Then this morning when I got out of bed I was walking into the bathroom when I felt something on my side sticking to my skin, I felt it come loose and fall to the floor, when I turned on the light  to investigate I saw it was a shiny penny!  How in the world did that penny get into my bed? I was not wearing anything that had pockets where a penny would’ve been hiding! For me…..I immediately knew it was God saying “ you heard me, get yourself healthy and all of your goals, personal and professional will be yours! Now what are you going to do?”

So first thing I decided to do is talk to you. Here I am in all my stark honesty ready to tell you what’s been happening with me for the last 5 years or so….hmmmm I guess it is more like going on 8 years! Wow!  Ok…so  I have always been a bit of a fitness fanatic, not in a bad way.  I would do anything if it meant getting out and being active! Me and my kids would go play tennis at night at the lighted courts by our house just to be out doing something. I worked out in many different ways a minimum of 5 times a week and loved it. I was very fit! I ate well and none of this was hard for me or felt forced. It was just who I was. And I loved who I was. I also see that for me exercise is usually not routine it is more just being active.  As a side note, in the last 48 hours I also watched a documentary entitled “Happy” where they talked about longevity and one of the longest living cultures of people are very active, but not by doing routine exercise but by doing what they traditionally love as a culture, like dancing or farming.  Funny that I see that and hear the other thing, 2 things that very much apply to my life.  Again –signs.

So fast forward 7 years and I now live in Indiana (I grew up in and had always lived in California). I am still working out just as much if not more because I am the manager of a women’s gym. I am a little heavier than I was back in California but I am 7 years older and now in my 40’s. But I am still fit and healthy.  Then I decide that I want to pursue other career paths and leave the gym.  This begins the downward spiral that ensues for the next 8 years.  What follows are 8 years of inactivity, sporadic exercise at best. And poor eating habits.  I gain over 30 pounds and am not healthy any longer! I begin years of yo-yo dieting. I lose 25 gain 25, I even lost 48 in my recent attempt and have gained back about 20 of that. And so it continues. I have always felt moving to Indiana was the “death” of my fit life! The cultures are so different! Eating and activity levels are so different! It was more than I could handle and I succumbed to the bad influences!

Look I am not here to make excuses….. I have issues! I know how to eat right and I know how to exercise!  I also have the advantage of loving to do both!  I have come to realize that I have large issues and I am just getting to the point of understanding them, thanks to my studies.  In order to become an Empowerment Coach I must first Empower myself!  In doing so I am learning that I have issues and where they come from. It is amazing to me how deeply hidden these issues can be, but for me what is even more amazing is how easy it is to identify that there is a problem in the first place! Easy for me to say now that I am studying these things! Having said that…..  Why is it easy to identify? Simple! If you are not living your purpose, every day doing the thing that is your passion, then you have some sort of block keeping you from that purpose. Period.  It may be small or large….but it is something! Most often than not we just do not feel worthy to succeed!

We all want to live our passion and we all can live our passion.  If we are not then we need to get to work on the roadblocks that are stopping us from doing so! First and foremost get rid of the excuses! It is not because of so and so or this and that, it is not because of bad influences…..it is US.  We need to accept that, accept that all is within our control and move on! If we need help from a coach, then GO! If we can get the work done by reading or listening to an audio or attending seminars…then GO!  But GO!  DO IT!  We will know when we are on the right path because everything will start to fall into place.

Live your passion starting today! Or at least start on the road to living it! Fulfill your destiny…. everything is within you. God did not put you here without the right tools to make it happen! You just need to wake up and smell the success!!

God has told me more times than I can count,( and yesterday he drove it home once again) that once I get myself in order , fit from head to toe, all of my goals will be mine. Period.  HE is waiting.   So what am I waiting for?

~Peace and Love to you all!

Christine

Are We Destined to Repeat The Past……

Ok…I know…the past does not exist! But for some…it does, if only because they cannot let it go and in some cases ( probably most) they do not even know it!

As long as we are open to change, we are not condemned to repeat the past! What do we need to change? We need to change our way of thinking about our past and the way we react to our past. We need to be willing to be honest with ourselves, honest enough to look in the mirror and really see *US* YOU….the real YOU as others see you. Once we can be honest with ourselves about who we are and where we are headed…… that is the first step to changing our future.

You know what they say about repeating the past??….. According to George Santayana~ “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”  I am not so sure that I agree with Mr.Santayana, I think that it is really important for us to purge our past so that we can move on. Here comes the changing our way of thinking part.….I believe that some of the past plays a huge roll in stopping us from realizing our goals and dreams, no disrespect to Mr. Santayana but I want to disagree with him on this, at least in part….meaning that there are probably some great memories from our past that we are happy to keep in our head/heart that do us no harm, as a matter of fact they can warm a soul on a cold winter night. Then there are some past memories that surface in the form of unforgiveness and grudges…… represented by huge walls and baggage that keep us buried down inside our past so deep, that we cannot get out from under it long enough to enjoy the now let alone the future.

And speaking of the now…..isn’t the now what is really important here anyway? I mean…..now is what is going to help to create the future! So isn’t it the now that we should be concerned with? And if we have walls and baggage that we are carrying around with us that are keeping us from realizing our goals and dreams, stuff that was created by past experiences……then is it not time to address those issues? After all….it is the past that we are trying not to repeat here. If we do not deal with the issues caused by our past….then I can almost guarantee we are going to be in a very similar situation same time next year!

It is time to look in the mirror and get real with ourselves! Once and for all…..what do we see when we look in the mirror? Do we like it? If not then let’s get down to answering the question of why not! Then move straight into forgiveness! Lets start with forgiveness for ourselves, then move on to forgiveness of others. If you are carrying around issues….. anger, shame,guilt…….WHY is it there in the first place? Where did it come from? Did it just materialize out of thin air? No! It comes from a past experience…right? Ok…so…..do not hang onto and remember the past experience that have caused these issues…purge them…let them go!!  Give them over to God and let Him deal with it!

First step…..admit it…second step….forgive…..Yeah..there may be a lot of forgiveness ahead of you, but it is important to get through this! Because this is what is going to let you forget the bad past experiences and start to form a future that is full of all your goals and dreams!

Blessings to you!