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Flex Your Yoga Muscles

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

This is my kind of article. My team knows how much I LOVE YOGA X and how much I encourage doing it emoticon

Try adding a little yoga into your schedule. The physical benefits include becoming more aware of your body's posture and alignment, improved flexibility, an increase in endurance, an increase in strength and resiliency, and improvement in balance, just to name a few. Yoga can have an impact on your mental health as well. It helps promote calmness and stress reduction. Yoga can make a huge difference in your life.

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LSDALOIA 11/19/2009 5:16PM

    Eric,

I'm starting to like Yoga X more and more. It's just way too long, though. One day I'll get through the whole program. I promise I'll think of this blog at least 1,000 times during that hour and a half.

Thanks for the encouragement!

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RAINRUN 10/21/2009 11:14AM

    I don't like Yoga =-P
But I am gonna try YogaX again this round.
I just can't stand the monotony.
TIA

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PURPLEALLY 10/20/2009 7:29PM

    Hi Eric
I'm with you, yoga is great. I try to go to class at least 3 times a week. It makes a difference when I do not go. emoticon

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Your spark

Monday, October 19, 2009

“You are only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Robin Williams

Robin William’s humor and wisdom also extends to his quotes. He is right, we are each given a “little spark of madness,” that little part of the soul that isn’t scared to dream or fly or laugh or trust or dance or sing.

Unfortunately, we live in a world that is often eager to extinguish the spark. I was talking to my best friend the other day and she was pointing out how many “don’t” messag-es we receive in our lifetime. She recounted how as children we are told: Don’t run. Don’t touch. Don’t be mean. Don’t talk back. Then we get older and hear: Don’t park here. Don’t speed. Don’t cross. Don’t drink coffee (or do, then don’t, depending on the latest study). Don’t eat processed foods. Don’t be late. Don’t walk

In the wake of all of life’s “don’t messages,” we must be sure to feed that little spark of madness that still wants to “do, do, do.”

When was the last time you “let go” and had fun for the sake of having fun? When was the last time you let that little spark of madness burn brightly?

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BLABBERMOUTH2 10/20/2009 9:24AM

    Hey, Eric. Thanks again for another thought provoking blog. Believe me when I say that I still have my little spark of madness. emoticon

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2NDCHANCES 10/19/2009 5:35PM

    One of the many things I love about you is that you aren't afraid to embrace that child-like tendency within you to just let go and have fun and not worry about how it may *appear*. Sometimes we ALL need to do that. Not worry about what others may think or say, but just embrace it and GO with it! I have learned to do this more because of you. :)

love you, baby!
xx me

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MAYBELL75 10/19/2009 5:19PM

    Love Robin Williams, he's right we need to let go sometimes

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WON 1st place in age group on 1st 5k run

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I DID IT!!! Won 1st place in my age group (40-44) on my 1st 5k run emoticon

It was pretty exciting for being my first race. As most of you know, I have been doing practice runs for the past 2 months. I am so glad I did. It helped me pace myself. I knew what my time needed to be by the half way point. My pace was 20 seconds slower than I wanted, so picked it up for the last half. It was funny how my breathing would pick up from other runners. I had to refocus and breath my pace. I remember what everyone told me on here (SP), run your race. So I concentrated on that. For the past couple weeks I have been practicing on sprinting the last stretch of the race. So today when I reached the top of the hill, I started my quick breathing and stretched out my legs. It felt really good. There wasn't anyone around me when I reached the finish line. With God's strength and P90X bringing me to an awesome fitness level, I was able to raise the bar for the 40 - 44 yr old age group emoticon emoticon P90X "BRING IT" TEAM for being my inspiration! All of you that have been running in races and doing TRI's motivated me to do this.

The BIGGEST emoticon goes out to my no. 1 supporter's/cheerleaders, Melanie & "Bri". Both of them did AWESOME waking up early this morning and being there for me. They cheered me on and took some AWESOME photo's. I LOVE YOU BOTH emoticon

Here are some of those AWESOME photo's:


1st 5k Run

stretching before the race

I wasn't able to do this before P90X

"BRING IT"

smile for the camera

waiting for the race to begin

and I'm off

finish line

finished 5k run @ 23.37.4 1st in age group, 19th in over all

cooling off

smile for the camera at the end of the race

chit chatting with fellow racer

race t-shirt

My BABY, no. 1 supporter, cheerleader, and photographer

trophy pose

final standing results

An AWESOME experience! Can't wait to do some more next year!

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PISTL67 10/24/2009 3:23PM

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SARAHD33 10/20/2009 9:20PM

    Congrats! You should be really proud!

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TOTS_ROCKS 10/18/2009 4:23PM

    Awesome Job Eric !!! ~ Loving the pics too!! emoticon

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MSTINKERBELL 10/18/2009 9:57AM

    Awesome job!

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2NDCHANCES 10/18/2009 9:33AM

    Baby:

I am SOOOOO unbelievably proud of you!!! Not that I ever doubted you (wink), but you exceeded even my prayers and hopes for you. :) You rocked it out- as always- and not only accomplished your goals, but surpassed the competition in an awesome way! You are *my amazing* ;)

forever & always...
xx me

p.s. can't wait to do it with you next year!! :)

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REBBIE54 10/17/2009 9:57PM

  Eric, your comments are always so inspirational - and now your actions as well!!! Talk the talk and run the walk!!! It was a beautiful day in Tyler today in lots of ways!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAESKATES 10/17/2009 9:42PM

    Yes, I did well also in my first 5K. I guess I shouldn't mention that there were only 3 in my age group of 55 - 59. LOL. It doesn't matter though. I wanted to get below 40 min and I did that at 39:14. That was the best part.

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PURPLEALLY 10/17/2009 8:30PM

    Way to BRING IT to your first race!!!!
Loved the stretch picture--I can't bend like that. emoticon

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ZSAZSA4EVER 10/17/2009 7:14PM

    Congrats!!! That is so wonderful!! I can imagine the feeling of placing 1st!! Great job!!!

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JKSTEIN123 10/17/2009 5:34PM

    The pictures are great. You should be proud. What an awesome acomplishment.

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LORIBBB 10/17/2009 4:13PM

    WOW! Congratulations!

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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/17/2009 3:41PM

    Wow! Congrats, Eric!! The pics are awesome@ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/17/2009 3:41PM

    Wow! Congrats, Eric!! The pics are awesome@ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MONTY68 10/17/2009 3:31PM

    Congratulations to you. I know how you must feel. Isn't it great? To compete for the 1st time and win. What a great accomplishment.
I walked my 1st 5 K today in the 65-69 age bracket. I was pleased with my results. Goal was to complete a 5K before age 70.
Keep up the good race and enjoy.

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SWAL0701 10/17/2009 3:17PM

    Wow, you do have something to smile about. Your first 5k and you rocked it! Congrats! You are an inspiration to me. I'm learning to run at 43yo and hope to do a 5k by next year. You look so happy in your pictures.

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RAESKATES 10/17/2009 3:03PM

    That is pretty exciting to come in first in your age group for your first 5K. Way to go!! Thanks for the pics. It is fun to see it all visually.

Rae

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P90X Classic (Round 1) Results (10-12-09)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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TOTAL 90 DAY RESULTS
Weight...(B)=163...(A)157.2...(D)= - 5.8
Neck...(B)=15 1/2...(A)=15 1/4...(D)= - 1/4
Chest...(B)=36 3/4...(A)=36 1/4...(D)= - 1/2
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed)...(B)=12 1/2...(A)=13 1/2...(D)= + 1
Waist...(B)=34 1/2...(A)=32 1/4...(D)= - 2 1/4
Hips...(B)=35 1/2...(A)=34 1/2...(D)= - 1
Rt & Lt Thigh...(B)=19 3/4...(A)=20 1/4...(D)= + 1/2
Percentage Body Fat...(B)=17.86%...(A)=13.82%...(D)= - 4.04%
Muscle Gain/Loss= + 2 1/4
Total Fat Gain/Loss= - 7 1/4

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One of the accomplishments that I am proud of is the decrease in body fat. Hopefully by December I will have reached my goal of 9%. Then next year I can concentrate on building muscle.

Over all I am very pleased with my results. Thank you God for opening up my mind and providing me the strength to make it through this program. I would like to thank my no. 1 supporter Melanie (aka: 2NDCHANCES) for always being there supporting, encouraging, and motivating, me to do better {{{HUGS & KISSES BABY}}}. Also, I want to thank my P90X TEAM for encouraging, motivating, and making me accountable, every day. I had mixed feelings about being the leader because I haven't been through the program and so many people have. That made me even more accountable. Now I can proudly say I am a P90X GRADUATE!

Thank you all for allowing me to share my P90X journey with you!
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2NDCHANCES 10/14/2009 8:44PM

    Baby:

When I think of all you've accomplished this year since you began your *health journey*, it makes me so very proud. You have done an AMAZING job changing your body and habits, and your drive and tenacity to stick with it- no matter what- just astounds me! Now the teacher has become the teach-ee and you help motivate me to be better and make the right choices. (not that I always do right now, but that's a different story ;) I love that I have been a part of this journey with you and can't wait to continue it and grow and learn even more still- together. Our Jayleigh is going to be one blessed, healthy and fit baby girl with 2 parents who are the same. :) Thank you for always being that loving supportive motivator and encourager that YOU are. You are my hero :)

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xx me

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PURPLEALLY 10/14/2009 5:13PM

    You look great! Awesome job on reducing body fat. Your baby girl is going to have one hot daddy!

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RAINRUN 10/14/2009 3:20PM

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NICKJAROSH 10/14/2009 2:35PM

    Love the results! Congrats. Keep working hard this is just the start!

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JONDECKER76 10/14/2009 12:49PM

    Awesome job buddy! It is easy to see how much leaner and defined you've gotten - and I can definitely see that extra inch around your arms! Way to go!

Get a good rest over the next week - your body will thank you for it!

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SWAL0701 10/14/2009 8:56AM

    A job well done. You're looking good,lean,and strong. Contgrats! I hope to report the same amazing results in couple months. I agree that you need God and the right mind set to make it through. Also, a few good support people. Blessing to you.

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ALNEAGLE 10/14/2009 8:53AM

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Your Abs and Back are definitely more defined! You're looking great!! Way to "Bring It"!!

Amanda

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NSIMON116 10/14/2009 8:38AM

    You look great. The definition in your back is awesome, but i know you can't truly appreciate it because you can't really see it.

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SUMITH2008 10/14/2009 8:01AM

    Are you sure your not sucking in that tummy!!! Don't forget to BREATHHHH!! HEHEHE =) Congrats Eric! You did Awesome Bro! You have excellent muscle definition! I'm just pulling your leg since everyone giving you complements. Can't let you have it easy since your our Leader!! Way to go man.. Hopefully i can reach your body fat % by Dec. *Cheers*

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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/14/2009 7:53AM

    Awesome job, Eric! emoticon

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LILY_SPARK 10/14/2009 7:49AM

    Nice work! It's very easy to see that you're body fat is disappearing!

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SHERLYNN43 10/14/2009 5:59AM

    You did it!!! Way to go! You look GREAT! What's next???

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STEPHANEFANY 10/14/2009 5:50AM

    Good job! Congrats on your accomplishments!! emoticon emoticon

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Job well done, Eric!!!!!!!!! :)

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Do or do not…

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

“Do or do not. There is no ‘try’.” ~Yoda or "Do Your best and forget the rest" ~Tony Horton~

In one of the goal groups I lead, I have noticed how ingrained the concept of “trying” has become. People (especially women) confidently affirm, “I will try.” When it comes to affirming action “I will do,” the words come much slower, if at all.

Most of us are great at setting goals; in fact we are goal-setting experts. We have set goals a thousand times or more. What we are not so great at is reaching them. In order to influence reaching our goals, we have to follow Yoda’s wisdom. We need to replace “try” with “do.”

Committing to a goal for an entire year can be challenging (or even 90 days). Avoid getting so wrapped up in the future that today is lost. What practical steps can you take this week that move you toward your goal? What step can you take today? Journal your answers, making each step realistic, measurable, and manageable. Today do not go out and try, go out and “do.”

While reading this, I can't help to think about baby steps. Think of a goal. Plan out how you are going to reach that goal. Then focus on the the small steps to reach that goal. Before you know it, you will have accomplished your goal.

Another thought that crossed my mind was the conversation Melanie and I had a couple days ago. I was describing to her how quickly my last practice run felt. There is a stop sign that is the mid-point of the run. The first couple times I did the practice runs, I focused on that stop sign. It felt like I would never get there. This last time I focused on the street and my strides. When I did this, that street didn't seem as long and I had cut 30 seconds off my time when I reached the stop sign (that may have been coincidence). I'm sure you get my point, focus on the small steps.

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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/14/2009 8:26AM

    Well said, Master Yoda! LOL emoticon

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RAINRUN 10/13/2009 8:32PM

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good blog!
TIA

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GSCOTTC 10/13/2009 7:35PM

    You have no idea how many times I have preached this. I even use the same Yoda line.

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EVVYSBABY 10/13/2009 5:02PM

    Something to think about - I too am an I will try kind of person.

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PURPLEALLY 10/13/2009 4:49PM

    you are so right
big difference between try and do
focus on the end, picture yourself accomplishing what you want
believe to achieve!

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