Tracy Boone, Better Bodies Colorado.
Well I have to be honest I missed my post yesterday so I am combining yesterday and todays. Yesterday I fell and twisted my abdomen out at Cherry Creek Reservoir. I am not feeling so pretty good. I slipped on the snow and went right down on my right arm and hip. I am sure it was quite commical but I am really feeling it today.
Today is Sunday and I always talk about my faith. Sometimes life for me can be extremely challenging. I have been feeling a little tired and overwhelmed. I guess I just needed some downtime. The scripture that comes to mind is "Be still and know that I am God." This scripture has comforted me in so many situations. It gives me a sense of calm and rest. I know that God is in control.
I have been preparing some information because I am taking a team into a school this next week for their health fair. We are touching on exercise can be fun, the difference between healthy food and not, what is the importance of water, Food is fuel, and then I am preparing something on self-esteem.
I tell you over the years of training so many people I have found come in with an identity crisis. Either life, or someone else or even themselves has been beat down. So I have developed something for the kids to establish their own belief in themself as well as never to give up on themselves or their dreams.
I have always said, you can teach someone how to workout but if their trian of thought isn't correct they will never be motivated to make it to the gym to do the workout. I always say what is on the inside is a person's true identity. Not what they look like on the outside. It is our job to take care of ourselves to take us where we truly want to be and want to go.
I went to a panel last week and listened to a group of teenagers about their take on how to manage stress at their age. One of the young men stood out to me regarding this issue. He has an illness that very possibly could take his life by the time he is 25. But no matter what the doctor says, He tells them that figure out a treatment I am going to stay in school. He knows who he is and what he wants. He says hey they might just be wrong. I guess my point is not to waiver or let anyone affect you so much that you lose who you are and what you want out of life. Impressive.
Today I lost to one of my family members to a long time illness. I am more concerned about my Grandmother and my Great Aunt than myself. They all were so close. I am happy to hear though that everything in his life was peaceful, settled and resolved before he passed.
I tell you I am trying to live my life as if it was my last. What I mean by that, treat everyone with respect so there isn't anything to settle. To be good to myself and to try and take care of myself the best I can for as long as I can.
One of the most important things I believe for everyone to find is a purpose bigger than themselves. Intentionally find ways to be a hero and make a difference in other lives. Sometimes it is such a small gesture but the fact that someone actually paid attention to that person can be life changing. Be a hero.
My sister showed me that meditation app called "creating inner peace" . It is just a calming meditation. It is nothing strange or odd. Just makes you take a moment to shut down your engines. I tell you the fact I am doing it, I find that I handle things so much better than I usually do. I take time to absorb things before I react. It has showed me what a valuable tool that is. I used to meditate on readings and things like that, but I never just shut down my engines and stopped intentionally just for this reason. It is life changing.
I think also in doing this meditation, it has made me slow down internally. I never realized how valuable that can be. There is nothing like the calmness that I am experiencing. I definitely treat people and myself better as well as making better decisions. I guess this blog today would be about my mental health and how important it is to take the time for myself just to say ahhhhh. Thank you to my big sister, I love you.
I have to say I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to get things done. Lately, I can honestly say i have been giving myself a break. It will get done when it gets done. I still do understand deadlines, but what I mean is that I am getting much more balanced. I am one of those that can work myself to the bone and not even drink any water all day if I let myself. Those days are over.
This is the year that i have put myself on the map. I want to enjoy my life not just zoom through it. I am going to wake up when my son is older and know that I experienced all that I could in his life. I am not going to miss it.
I have to say I am so greatful i have started this 12 months to something better. I am already experiencing "Better". It is about taking my life and getting it under control and where I feel I should be headed. NO REGRETS!
Well what can i say about the Bronco game yesterday. I tell you Tim Tebow is the example of knowing who he is and where his source of strength comes from. He knows to focus on what is at hand and not what others are saying about him. I can only hope that I can somehow raise my son with that very special gift. People can hurt us and sometimes I know we give them so much power in our lives when shouldn't our own opinion of ourselves be more valuable and important to us than anything else. Other than if you are Christian, God is the upmost.
Everything was stackked against him and he went out there in spite of it all and just played his game. Isn't that what life is. Don't we need to play our own game of life. What do we want and are we willing to do whatever it takes to get it. For example: Lose weight, get healthy, eat right, be a good person to our friends and family, stand by our beliefs, etc. The list can go on and on.
Congratulations Denver Broncos. You all played an awesome game. And Tim Tebow, You are an exceptional example as a child of God and a Warrior for Christ. Never change and always just play your game. I know I don't need to tell you that.
I was speaking yesterday about having a defeated and negative attitude. I have really had some personal challenges this year that have really taken its toll on me. But it either up to me to GET UP or continue to be defeated. One decision and one day of a good attitude at a time.
I am a true believe that I need to project a positive attidue with my words no matter what. I don't have to be fake, but I don't have to tell everyone my poblems. One way to change my situation is to help others that have needs. I have been volunteering a lot at the school. I am going to go throgh my closet and my house and get rid of some things. I am probably going to donate to the Samaritan house and Salvation Army.
Today i spend cleaning up the clutter that built up around my house from the Holidays. That always helps a good attitude. And I finally bought a scanner that is going to help me control all of the receipts I have to keep in a much neater and simpler way for my home and my business. Progress. That is all I need is progress.
I definitely find when I don't sleep well I am not as nice of a person. I am trying to have more self control with that but it definitely is a focus for me. I guess I can say that everyday. Everyday I get up and it is a decision to be nice. If you think about it, it is a decision on whether to be a nice and charming person or to just let the day go. I believe you have to intentially be nice. With everything coming at us so fast now it is our duty to stop. When I volunteer at my son's school they do announcements in the morning first thing in order to start the day right. One of the things they say everytime is, it is attitude to have a good day, it is up to you to make that happen.
I truly believe a good attitude will determine success or failure. Lately life has been very busy, a couple of medical thingss have happened to kind of take ahold of me and get me down. Today I heard myself talking and I finally told myself to stop. Stop talking about my problems eveywhere I go. I am not inspiring anybody. It is what it is. There are certain times and certain people to share with and that is it. I am not a victim. Things will turn around I just have to keep the faith.
Today i went to the Chiropractor and was adjusted for the first time this year. Wow I really needed it. I am on the right track with my therapy for my neck. It is feeling much much better.
I have been doing my readings in the bible like I wanted. At least I have a plan for it and it is in place. Part of setting goals is once it is a goal, writing a daily plan so you nip away at the goal a little at a time so it isn't a huge undertaking.
It was interesting, today I spoke to a teacher at my son's school. She is a body type that usually is more suseptable to Osteoporosis. (A disease that is dealy to women that has to do with Bone denisty.) She slipped today and said wow my husband goes to my gym but I just really don't like working out. I politely asked if she wanted me to be truthful to her. When it came down to it she started telling me about how her body isn't as strong as it used to be and how her knees were beginning to hurt. I proceeded to ask her to think about something. why would you dislike to do something that is going to help you live a much more productive life. Or why do you dislike something that is going to benefit you in any way. Look at the big picture. A woman who weight trains increases bone density which results into less chance of getting Osteoporosis. Something to think about.
When looking at setting goals. I want to see what end result I want and then make a plan and a good attitude towards achieving that goal. One day at a time.
Today I went a conference featuring a panel of teenagers. These kids are amazing. They all had a different tragedy and a different story in their lives. I learned so much. Every parent should take the time to do this.
One of the main things that I learned was kids need to hear positive reinforcement more than what they are doing wrong. If they are doing homework acknowledge it. They will take the negative much better if they hear the positive. Also, to laugh.
One of the other was from a girl who just lost her Dad in Aphganistan a few months ago. She said be the person or parent that you would want your child to be. What a statement. That one made me stop and think. This is a lot of what I have been striving for this year.
When I started this project, one of the major motivation behind it was that I wanted my son to be inspired and be proud of who I am. I wanted to be a great example for him. I will share more on this subject. I will post my notes on this blog as soon I as I can make them make sense. Do yourself a favor take time to listen to kids. They are so amazing.