A fantastical day….

Today is a fantastical spring day and it reminds me how lucky I am to be alive and to have so many blessings in my life.

I have had to reach deep down  into my soul to find my creativity and inspiration, there is a connectedness to my life that I had overlooked before. I was so busy paddling upstream that I didn’t take the time to look around at the wonders in my path, I was just moving, trying to get to “there.” I didn’t notice synchronicity or unexpected blessings, I kept my head down and just kept competing for my slice of the pie.

I believed the old saying, “only the strong survive.” I was exhausted and running out of steam and suddenly I looked around and found that I had achieved my “success” but I lost pieces of myself along the way. I was stretching for only one portion of my life and I had neglected a crucial element of life; spirituality.

It finally occurred to me that perhaps I could win in my life without someone else losing and perhaps, even, we could both win. So I began to read everything I could find about personal intentions, destiny and integrity. I found that abundance is a greater teacher than scarcity. There is enough in the Universe for me and everyone else, of course, and if I lift myself up then I can reach back and lift someone else up.

Then I thought of all the people who have lifted me up and I realized that I was already blessed in my life, not with material things but with the many teachers along the way who stopped and saw ME and tried to help.  I hadn’t been paddling this boat by myself, I wasn’t alone, and I didn’t have to crush anyone to succeed.  I just had to find my true north and allow my internal compass to lead me to my soul to my destiny.

It is said, “you wouldn’t have the desire if God didn’t give it to you in the first place,” so it finally dawned on me, I am in charge of finding my purpose and making a contribution to the world. I am here to be the best me that I can be and if I have dreamed it then I can make it come true.

Now I see the moments in my life like snapshots of a scrapbook. I take time to see the flowers, the ocean, my family, and the people in my life as sacred beings I am fortunate to know. I take internal and external photographs of the stunning delights I encounter along the way and it is a joy to share them with everyone.

Now when I look around at my life, I see serendipity and chance as a way the Universe communicates with me that I am finally on the right path. New doors and opportunities have opened and I am saying yes to (almost) everything and looking around at the magic in my midst.

Yes indeed, today is a fantastical spring day, Enjoy!

Getting Fit

Earlier I spoke about being “jarred back to life” and how I had become overweight and unhealthy and that was just what was visible from the outside. I fear it was a bit darker on the inside so I started to run, physically and metaphorically to get in shape. I hadn’t really done any really taxing workouts in many years, though I did do Jazzercise in Acton for a few years, I wasn’t pushing myself hard enough.

When winter came last year I needed to start running inside so I joined a gym and got on the treadmill and began to run two or so miles a day and that was really good. I was impressed  and kept my promise to myself  to workout for a whole year, no excuses and to focus on getting healthy first and not a particular size or number.

I knew I needed to expand my repertoire as I turned my focus to toning and shaping, Mark, the personal trainer at the gym, offered to help me reshape my body in  three months, with his fitness philosophy as he tried to build his own Physical Sculpting personal fitness business. I know very little about personal trainers, still I agreed and it was the best decision I’ve made in a while.

If left to my own devices when working out, I would have stopped pushing myself each day. Mark focused first on what I could do but soon he was encouraging me to dig deep down and challenge myself just a tiny bit more each workout. He devised an ever-changing routine that includes cardio, weights, and abdomen work and I never have to do anything other than show up and put in the time. He creates, and adapts the workouts to my specific needs and abilities, always adding more weights or more reps, but pushing me farther than I would have gone on my own. I saw changes in my body right away and in half the time I was spending working out solo.

Mark’s passion about personal fitness changed how I approached working out and helped me discard bad habits that I had picked up about fitness and especially about weight training. He has indeed helped me reshape my body and I swear by his workouts, passion and creativity.

His approach is about a life style change of drinking lots of water, organic eating to nurture and sustain your body since the workouts he devises require that eating properly and having small protein based meals will infuse the body with the necessary strength and calories to workout hard. It’s boot camp for the mind and the body.

I’ve learned a lot about health, fitness, and weight training from Mark, and the many misconceptions that I had about personal trainers, weight lifting bulking you up, and his  intense thirty minute workouts and nutrition. It is his passion, his challenges, his ability to know what I can do before I do, and his commitment to good health that has literally changed my life for the better.

I invite you to tune in as I showcase a few of Mark’s signature moves and the dos and don’t of weight lifting and working out, in the coming weeks.

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