Yin and Yang Training

I am taking my training to a whole new level!!

The last six months or so have been filled with intense circuit training workouts, running, HIIT training and more.  My eating has been filled with lean proteins, sweet potatoes, couscous, quinoa, spinach, asparagus, protein powders, protein bars and some hard core carb cycling.  What has this done for me?  Gotten my body into tip-top stage shape and feeling like a true athlete!!  It’s been a rush and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my results 🙂

Now that I have accomplished my first competition; I was prepared to move straight into the next level with WBFF in July.  I started to train again and began my maintenance eating plan.

Then something happened.

I started my day eating the first few meals on track and then for some reason; would decide the next few meals weren’t up to my standards or preferences for that day and I would grab whatever sounded good; or whatever someone else was eating at that time.  I let it slide for one day; then two; then three….then I started to worry.  Why couldn’t I get back on track?  I set my mind to commit 100% to the meals each day and the same pattern would repeat all over again.

It was as if my mind and body were working against me.  I had less control than I remembered and it was frustrating me, to say the least.

Deep breath…and find out why this was happening.

I realized I was overly taxed in other areas and this was not helping me both mentally or physically.  So, I made the decision to bow out of my upcoming fitness competition.  This is the best decision for my body and life at this time and I feel confident that I will find my balance once again as things begin to settle back into line.

My new routine will be a complete yin to my usual yang.  What is that, you ask?  The two fundamental opposing concepts in Chinese philosophy.  Achieving yin-yang balance helps you to stay healthy, happy and fulfilled.
Yin and yang are two side of dualism.  It is the tail and the head of a coin.  The tail is yin, then the head is yang.  They exist alongside each other.  Just as the earth and sun coexist together; the earth representing the yin and the sun representing the yang.  
Generally, yin is passive, oppressed and feminine.  Yang, on the other hand, is active, bright and masculine.  That would mean all of my high energy past few months would be characterized as intense, active, and “yang” energy.  Now, it’s time to reverse this energy with some “yin”…and I could not be more intrigued by the polar opposite of my “normal” routines!
What will I do, you may be wondering?  I will be using my new yin energy; both physically and nutritionally.  The physical areas will be taken care of by my yoga practice as well as following Beachbody’s new “Tai Cheng” program to improve my youthful range of motion and the ability to help “heal” my body naturally.  The nutritional areas will be improved by first beginning with Beachbody’s new supplement package; The Ultimate Reset.  This is a 21 day nutritional program that is said to help rid the body of any toxins, bloating, and more of the stuff we fight against from a life of eating less than healthy foods and taking our bodies to areas of exhaustion and disease.  
So, wait for my next phase and see how this helps to restore my state of mind and physical energy.  I want to feel invigorated, calm and joyous with my life and state of mind.  If you are interested in joining me on this new challenge; message me today for my group info or just order the package and let me know you are ready to start your balanced life today!

Discipline is Key!!

Is it already the last 2 weeks of April?  I can’t keep up anymore!  LOL

The past few months of 2012 have been a blur and I am so excited for what is coming in the next few months.  If you haven’t been following my recent history; I’ve been focused mostly on competing in my very first fitness competition at the age of 40!  Yes, age is just a “number”!!!  I also have been busy with my at home business and now adding some training time in the gym…whew!!!

First things first; deep breaths and positive thinking.  When things seem to feel like they are out of balance; you have to reassess and find where you can focus only on the things that are top priorities.  For me; that’s my family, my peace of mind/health and fitness/spirituality (or whatever you call it), and helping others be happier and healthier in their lives.

Now, that’s a lot to focus in on and achieve for one person.  So, basically, some weeks or months might look different than the rest of the year…and that’s okay!

I had signed up to run the Ragnar Race with an awesome group of ladies this weekend and since my top priority (family) had to be taken care of; I had to find my own balance and ask to be removed from the group.  Was it hard?  You betcha!! Doing things in line with your priorities is not going to be an easy task and you may even make others unhappy with your decision.  That’s life.  Get over it.  The problem is I am a “people pleaser” and it takes more effort for me to understand that it’s not always going to make everyone “happy”.  I guess that even happened with my recent competition and that is okay too.  🙂

What is going on in your life?  Do you feel unbalanced in some areas?  My best advice; which I’ve learned from the amazing Chalene Johnson, is to write down your non-negotiable tasks and priorities and number them 1-10.  Always focus on the top 3 each day and get those done immediately.  If time allows, you can then move down your list of the next few tasks.  Don’t get caught up in what didn’t get done; just know that you stuck to your top goals and made them your priority.

So, with that; I’m off to the gym to get some work done and then follow with my family time this evening.  I will repeat it again tomorrow and hope that you are doing the same in your life; with your goals!

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” ~ Jim Rohn

Choose Positively!!

My focus for today is: “choose to be positive”!!

How many of you out there are having stressful issues due to finances, family, work, health, etc?  I bet most of you have at least one or more of the above.  So, now what?

Yesterday, I will admit, was an “off” day.  I felt blah…things seem a bit more challenging than before.  I didn’t want to do my workout, I didn’t have energy to do all that needed to be done…but I did it anyway.  Was it as “awesome” as I’d hoped it would be?  Nope…but it still got done and sometimes that’s enough.

The idea for some days is just to keep going, right?  I mean, I know some days, I’ll wake up; refreshed, recharged and ready to kick some booty.  While other days; I just want to pull the covers over my head and kick the alarm clock off the nightstand.  LOL  Although, I may feel different on these days; the tasks at hand still need to get done.

I remember when running my recent “Spartan Race” there was a gentleman in front of us muttering; “one foot in front of the other, brother.  One foot in front of the other…”

I relate to this motto so well.  I’m sure you can too.  When faced with a challenge or overwhelming issues; just stick to the most basic and important tasks and know you are putting “one foot in front of the other”…whether or not your heart is in it…it still must be done.  You’ll look back later and be proud of your accomplishments, either way.

So, for today, choose positivity over negativity.  Smile over frowning.  Telling yourself that you “can” instead of what you “cannot”…and so on…

Who’s with me???