At some point ladies, we just have to get mad. Get mad that a wonderfully created, intricate, powerful being such as you is being controlled by a bag of chips (or whatever your “thing” is)!
Have you noticed that healthy eating does not control you with cravings? Oh but what about this cycle of the things that are not the best; but feel and taste too good; lure you into excess and then become your slave master!
However the things that help you live life well are usually steady, good and faithful, respecting your right to know when you’re hungry and choose what to eat.
So, time for renewed thoughts and action:
There’s is a reason war is loud – just the mere battle cry is enough to intimidate your opponent.
Pretend like you’re in a Disney movie if you want, but it’s time turn around, get loud, set your face and tell that thing: “you are presently an enemy to my fitness and wellness goals and you’re not the boss of me! I’m the one created to rule, not you! I might eat a healthier version of you every once in a while when I decide it’s okay to do so, but not today!!! I’m going to drink a glass of water instead!”
And walk away.
A wise man, Keith Cameron Smith, in his book, The Top 10 Distinctions between Winners and Whiners once said, and I paraphrase: “Whiners ask disempowering questions; winners ask empowering questions”.
You can still be an overcomer even when you don’t have the answers. Just ask empowering questions (questions that assume there is a solution).
How am I ever going to get in shape? What can I do, that I would enjoy, that would help me get in shape?
Sigh.. I need to lose weight. I will enjoy losing weight.
And speaking of something you would enjoy, have you tried Barre yet? It’s a low impact workout that fuses Ballet conditioning and Pilates at the ballet barre – no dance experience needed 🙂 So try our Passion Barre class for a leaning, strengthening workout with tons of inspiration and solutions to help you rule in life.
Here’s a reminder list of 14 of the top reasons to exercise, whether it’s at the barre or elsewhere. Numbers 13 and 14 get us pumped! The good news is, a lot of these are not a secret anymore. You can find variations of these everywhere. So pull out this list and read it when you need a reminder of why exactly what you do is worth your precious time…
1. To Ward off Disease
Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of just about every single health problem known to man, from stroke to heart disease to cancer and osteoporosis. Exercise is also a great defense against type 2 diabetes, which is one of the most widely growing diseases of our time.
2. To Look and Feel Fabulous
Exercise firms your body, balances your body composition, improves posture and even makes your skin glow.
3. To Lose Fat and Keep It Off
Exercise burns fat and prevents future fat storage. If you want to have a leaner, healthier body, exercise is the answer.
4. To Gain Energy
Anyone who exercises regularly will tell you that they are more energetic, less easily irritated and are more peaceful.
5. To Sleep Better
Exercise boosts energy levels, but also wears you out.
6. To Slow the appearance of Aging
You’re going to get older. This is a GOOD thing. But exercise is one of the most effective ways to fight the appearance of aging. When you age your body could lose muscle and bone density, but the loss of both are drastically reduced with regular exercise.
7. To Relieve Back Pain
In most cases, the best thing that you can do for back pain is to move and strengthen those muscles and improve your posture- and you know we won’t let bad posture slip in a Passion Barre class. Consult your physician or physical therapist for guidance.
8. To Ease Depression
Exercise has been proven to reduce depression. Just chalk this up as yet another amazing benefit to exercise. And remember those thoughts we share on the floor? Show up to learn what to do with toxic thoughts!
9. To Reduce Aches and Pains
By strengthening muscles around damaged joints you’re able to use exercise to reduce joint pain and overall aches.
10. To Sharpen your Brain
Exercise has been shown to improve memory and other cognitive functions, and seems to have a protective effect against dementia. A Harvard University researcher called exercise “Miracle-Gro for the brain.”
11. To Reduce Sick Days
People who exercise regularly are 50% less likely to call in sick to work.
12. To Boost Confidence
Being fit, feeling healthy and having energy are all building blocks to having great confidence.
13. To Enjoy Your Lifestyle and Fulfill Destiny
Whatever your passion is in life – your family, travel, sports, work, fashion—it is all more enjoyable when experienced in a fit and healthy body.
14. Particularly at Passion Barre and Karingah – to Stimulate Freedom
Regular exercise gives you so many amazing benefits, as you’ve seen from the above list. And how much more a Passion Barre class designed exclusively to lift the booty; firm up the abs; define the arms and thighs; and strengthen the heart and mind?
All this while making life changing connections with other great ambassadors like yourself; and making your freedom and attendance count toward the rescue of women and children from sex slavery/human trafficking. This just lights our fire!
If you’re in the area, come visit or get started on a program that will breathe life into you.
So our ladies at Passion Barre won’t be second (I’m usually the first, haha) to hear this during our “Inspire” part of class. I couldn’t wait: I heard a man talk about changing your story to an empowering one, and I could barely finish listening to his sentence while these thoughts hit me.
There’s a story that plays in our minds. And for many, that’s really all it is. A story. But we’ve learned that whatever plays in our minds (our thoughts) is what we live out or find manifested to us.
The circumstances that lead to these stories are usually strong with great impression – especially the ones that our major influencers have lived out in front of us; or those proven to us by a scientific or doctor’s report.
But even during a barre workout this concept is played out in it’s simplicity. It’s delightful to propose a new move while many of my students whine under the assumption that they can’t do it – until they do (try), only to discover that they could. It’s the story that every instructor has magic kinesthetic powers and is so far removed from the realities of the average student. Hahaha.
But seriously, these stories develop over a long period of time too, and they become our identity. You hear it rehearsed often: “when I was young”… “well you know once you hit this age, you’re stuck”. But what if there’s something so amazing and stable about that age that gives the added advantage of stability and wisdom that we’re failing to focus on? What if the things that don’t lift and move like before have more to do with the lifestyle that led to that age rather than just a ticking clock?
So, what’s your story? Do you like it?
I remember, with a particular context in my life, I had a great story modeled in front of me. It should’ve been relatively easy for me to make that story mine. And it was until one with an impressive personality but no truthful productivity convinced me over time that my story had to change (the power of influence). So I changed it without knowing… And I did not like what it produced in me, neither did it make me more acceptable to my new storyteller. I fell shorter and shorter of the part I was being asked to play. But thanks to a loving influence with great productivity. I re-wrote the story, and made it better. Thankfully, it’s been productive.
So anyone, seemingly from the top, bottom, or in-between has a story, and they can rewrite it as many times as they need to see the right kind of fruit in their lives. It happens all the time.
What’s your new story?
Be more passionate about you winning than the enemy (or an obstacle) is about you losing.
Hope creates a path… it helps you engage with possibilites, it helps you take actions in line with your expectation. Hope again!
You are the one giving substance to your world through words! – Annette Capps
When the weather is really cold, there are several things people have done over the ages to warm up. For the sake of this analogy we’ll assume in the United States that you can just turn up the heat on your thermostat. After a short while, you’ll start to warm up.
As I sat in my car in the Southern California heat waiting for an appointment, I had my air conditioner on full blast. Then out of concern for idling for too long, I turned it off and it amazed me how very quickly my car heated up and I started to burn up… um, air on please! But it reminded me of how cool (no pun intended) it is that once a certain type of energy is applied to an otherwise heated environment, one can change the temperature in his or her immediate environment. But once one neutralizes that energy, the temperature of the environment presides over him or her once again.
I heard it well put years ago by Jimmy Evans from Marriage Today, and our ambassadors will probably remember us talking about this in class. In a nutshell: there is dynamic energy, static energy and destructive energy. Static energy is really energy “unclaimed or unused” and can only remain static for a time. It will eventually be claimed by another energy force. The easiest one being destructive, because it’s easier to tear down than build up. Picture a neutral object like a pen lying flat on a table. As soon as the table is tilted or it’s legs are wobbly, will that pen go up, or go down?
Pastor Diego Mesa of Abundant Living Family Church also shared a good example in line with this thought: “Thermometers merely reflect the temperature in an environment, whereas thermostats regulate the temperature in the environment.”
So as you gear up to enjoy your summer, be a thermostat in a real sense. Set and regulate the temperature around you. Be deliberate and aware of your state and attitude, remembering that remaining neutral keeps you subject to the temperament of those around you. If they’re happy, the good thing could be that you might feel happier after being in their presence (we’d like to think that’s what you experience after a Passion Barre class :). BUT if they’re down, you might wonder why you’re feeling a low for no exact reason…
And just in case you haven’t heard, here are a couple of quick big Passion Barre and Karingah! updates:
Here’s the sale you’ve been waiting for: We are kicking off a summer special where the “Perfect-12” Package is now $120, instead of $168 for a limited time only. That’s only $10 a class, plus, you can double up on the package (limit to two)! Call or click to take advantage of this sale now for a limited time.
Use Promo. Code 24/7summer when checking out online.
(we gave the sale a great run and alas, it is now over 🙂
We’ve also tweaked the schedule starting with the new month of June!
-Thursday’s evening classes are now at 6:00PM & 7:00PM, instead of 5:30PM and 6:30PM, starting June 5. Please note this and reserve your spot for future classes.
-Now guess what? We heard your request and are opening Fridays for classes!
-The much anticipated “The Lady, The Barre, and Her Tramp…oline” is scheduled to begin on June 13 as a regular class on Fridays at 5:30PM. For this class, a minimum 24-hour advanced reservation and cancellation is required. Classes are open for sign ups online, but space is limited – fill it up and let’s keep this class going, It is a blast (literally).
Feel free to call or email us with any questions or to get on a Passion Barre program that will breathe life into you. If you’re an ambassador and you’ve been meaning to introduce a family member or friend to your fav. Passion Barre studio, now’s the time to do it 🙂
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