Tuesday, September 01, 2009
“I’m getting better every day in every way” Joel Olsteen
Often, we tend to want to do so much, in so little time, we push and push and push and then get frustrated with what we perceive to be shortcomings or imperfections. These imperfections can quickly consume our focus if we let them. Of course, when we focus on our imperfections, we magnify them and we give them more power than they need to have.
None of us will ever be perfect, but we can all progress forward by daily improvement. But we Some days those improvements may be large, and sometimes they may be as simple as sharing an extra smile or word of encouragement with someone.
Remember that when we give up judging ourselves, we have more we can give to others. When we focus on our imperfections we sap our own energy and have less to give to ourselves and to those whom we care for. Today, when you find yourself pushing yourself back instead of forward, recite today’s affirmation.
I am getting better every day in every way.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Did you know the Levi Strauss was originally a tentmaker in the 1850’s?
He used a heavy-duty denim fabric he had invented to make tents.
He failed at his tent-endeavor.
I wonder what we would all be wearing if he would have succeeded?
I have always found “hidden success” stories interesting and representative of how many successes are journeys including obstacles, “failures,” detours, roadblocks, and road bumps. I believe obstacles, “failures,” detours, roadblocks and road bumps are ingredients of success. Challenges teach us to stretch our thinking, reframe a situation, expand and explore possibilities.
If I could redefine success, I would make the definition read: A series of mistakes, small steps, accomplishments, detours, road blocks, dreams, and persistence eventually leading to a desired or discovered goal.
With this definition, perhaps we might expect these “side-steps” and take them in stride versus seeing them as reasons to abandon a goal. These are not steps backward, but required steps toward a desired end result.
Post this new definition of success somewhere you will see it regularly. How could reframing your thinking in this way help you move forward versus step backward?
(Write this in your Catch-All Notebook) and say it aloud at least several times today:
There is no such thing as a setback. Every step, whether desired or undesired, planned or unexpected, is a step toward success.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Every day is a birthday; every moment of it is new to us;
we are born again, renewed for fresh work and endeavor.
According to Issac Watts, I guess a Happy Birthday is in order! Happy Birthday everyone! In all seriousness, isn’t this a hopeful quote filled with the wonder of newness? Have you ever thought about why we are so happy when a baby is born? Or why do we countdown the seconds to a new year? These events speak of new opportunity, fresh starts, hope.
This quote brings us to the very important realization that the same opportunity, newness and hope resides in every day - in every moment. All we have to do is accept it. Today, you could make the biggest change of your life. There is no need to wait.
When you look back at your life, what makes you say “I wish I would have done this differently.” Embrace whatever your answer is. Then today, take a step toward writing a different ending.
P90X "BRING IT" TEAM, this follows along the same lines of "Do Your Best & Forget the Rest"
Every day is a new day to "BRING IT!" Forget about yesterday, today is a new day "B-DAY" to do better.
Keep pushing play!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Disclaimer: I am not recommending this for anyone! HAVE A SEAT AND GET COMFY :)
After finishing my first 30 days of P90X, I wasn't satisfied with the results of the nutrition plan. So I decided to make a change. I was chatting with a sparkfriend of mine (I would consider her as the lovely Andrea as Tony puts it) and the following menu was suggested. A person eats this same food everyday for 2 wks. NO CHEATING! I couldn't believe I was looking at another nutrition plan that recommended eating 12 egg whites. I couldn't do it with Phase 1 of P90X. I didn't know how I was going to do this. So I thought about it and made my decision to do it. I was concerned where I was going to get my energy to make it through the P90X workouts, but I told myself I was going to "BRING IT" no matter what. First couple days didn't really bother me that much. I guess it was because I had all the carbs stored up. According to my calculations of the brands of food I purchased the macros were 11F/77P/12C. About 4 or 5 days later I started noticing my body getting week. My pumps on my strength training was getting less and less. I gave it everything I had, but you can only do so much with the energy you have. I could feel and see myself getting smaller. I was anxious for the 7th day to arrive so I could measure my results. I lost a 1/4 inch in just about all of my measurements. Results indicated that my body was using my muscles for energy. I had put my body into starvation mode. I had mixed feelings about it. I lost fat in the places I wanted too, but I also lost muscle in places I didn't want too. When I first started this, I told my sparkfriend that I could do this for a month. By the time I reached my 7th day, I was eating my words. I was committed to finishing what I had started. Around the 9th day, my body stopped losing the weight and leveled out. I had dropped 6lbs in 9 days. I couldn't wait until today when I could eat something different. The cravings started around the 8th day, but I knew I couldn't give in. It was a very challenging 2 wks. I don't regret doing it. Today was measurement day. Looking at the stats for the 2 week period, doesn't look that bad. Personally, I was pretty happy with it. Needless to say, today's workout was awesome. I fed my body well before workout and I was pumping dumbbells like they were sticks :)
Here is the meal plan that I ate every day for 2wks:
12 large egg whites
1 c raw spinach
1/2 med red bell pepper,diced
1/4 med onion, diced
5 ounces tuna
6 ounces chicken breast
2 c romaine lettuce
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 scoops whey
2 scoops whey
12 ounces chicken breast
1 c cauliflower
2 c romaine lettuce
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
5 ounces tuna
1 scoop whey
2 Wk Results (August 12, 2009 - August 25, 2009)
Weight...(B)=164.4...(A)159...(D)= -5.4 (158 was the lowest I dropped down to)
Neck...(B)=15 1/4...(A)=15...(D)= -1/4
Chest...(B)=36 1/2...(A)=36...(D)= -1/2
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed)...(B)=13 1/2...(A)=13 1/4...(D)= -1/4
Waist...(B)=34...(A)=33 1/4...(D)= -3/4
Hips...(B)=35 1/2...(A)=35...(D)= -1/2
Rt & Lt Thigh...(B)=20 1/4...(A)=20 1/4...(D)= 0
Percentage Body Fat...(B)=17.38%...(A)=16.39%...(D)= -.99%
Muscle Gain/Loss= -1 1/4
Total Fat Gain/Loss= -2 3/4
Here are the picture results. Not a whole lot of change, but you can see some.
I see a difference in my chest area. More slim
My back looks more toned.
I don't see much here. Maybe over all thinner.
Same comment as above.
Not much difference in my arms. I did lose 1/4 inch.
Same comment as above.
I don't see much change here.
I feel like a new person today. Like I mentioned before, I have mixed feelings about doing it. I have learned a lot in the past week about my body and what the correct way is to reach my goal. Another very inspirational sparkfriend is guiding me on the right path to reach my goal.
I can visualize my goal and I feel great about my new plan. I am PuMpEd, SiKeD, and MoTiVaTeD, to "BRING IT" to the next level!
New goal for right now:
1) 9% body fat by the end of December
2) only do weekly weigh in's
3) follow my new nutrition plan
4) continue to log results
5) start training tomorrow for my first 5k in October (I'm already running 10k, just want to increase my time)
6) continue to "BRING IT" to all of my workouts every day
7) continue to lead, inspire, and motivate, the greatest team on SP
New Motto: "Lose body FAT, NOT body WEIGHT"
"CHEERS TO EVERYONE!"
Sunday, August 23, 2009
"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by what you bring to life."
~John Homer Miller~
Optimism is a key that opens doors and opportunities. There is a story about a man who is locked in a room with a closed door. He is frustrated, negative and miserable. "I'll never be able to get out of here with that door closed," he mumbles while sitting and staring at the doorknob. He is so busy staring at the closed door that he never notices the open window.
Negativity causes people to focus only on what can't be, while missing all the avenues that can lead to opportunity and success. Optimism makes people more pleasant to be around and an optimist is bound to enjoy life and live a fuller life than that of a pessimist.
Sometimes our negativity is verbal and directed outward at society or others in our home. Other times we may say negative statements to ourselves like, "I look terrible today," or "I'll never accomplish what I want." These statements are harmful and eat away at our self-image.
Optimism, appreciation, faith and belief are some of life's most important survival tools. We need to practice them and cherish them daily so we can pass them onto others.
Be aware that negative statements often turn into negative outcomes. Look for the positive in situations and encourage your child to do the same.
Each day demonstrate optimism, appreciation, faith and belief.
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