So far the *8 Weeks to Wellness Challenge* has been incredible! I have had the honor of working some of the most remarkable women, who are all making strides in changing the way they think about themselves, their bodies, and food FOREVER!
This challenge began with so many SIMPLE inspirations and I am so grateful to have such a wonderful group of supporters and friends. You all give me such incredible ideas on a daily basis! Special Thanks to Maryellen for the Wellness Challenge Idea! And also to my good friend Tanya who has been added inspiration with her successful studio on the Northshore (if you are ever in Danvers or Andover please give her a visit!)
Part of this Wellness Challenge requires that all participants log their foods everyday. Yes, EVERYDAY and EVERY SINGLE THING they eat. They are held accountable for the amount of healthy/non-healthy foods they are eating and each of them has a separate goal based on their age, weight and height. Each person is measured in 7 different places on Day 1, Day 30 and Day 60. Before and After pictures are also taken.
Each one of these remarkable women are required to meditate, pray, find peace and serenity in the daily stresses of their lives--yes through work, school, children, household chores and the list goes on... Part of the challenge also requires them to wear a pedometer where they log at least 10,000 Steps Per Day= 5 Miles. They are 100% required to get these steps in as it is a CRUCIAL part of the challenge. What exactly does this do? It allows you to realize, "Oh my Gosh, I've only walked a measly 1,000 steps today..." It allows you to see how much physical activity you are engaging in.
So many of us have long commutes or office/desk-jobs. It can be difficult to motivate yourself to get those steps in, but with the challenge--these ladies have been posting pictures of their morning 10-minute walks (which logs about 2k steps might I add in just 10 minutes!) Holding yourself accountable makes an HUGE difference. Each person knows the consequences of failing to meet their daily goals--- it just leaves you with a "not-so-good" feeling.
The other component of this challenge is learning to CONNECT the mind, body and spirit. They are always working together. I see so many gyms and fitness studios market themselves like this: LOSE 10 POUNDS for Bikini SEASON, Get Ready for that Beach Body...
You will NEVER hear our studio tell you to get ready for Bikini Season, simply because we are practicing at a much higher level of awareness. YES, we have a physical body and to honor this vessel is one of the most important roles in our time here, but learning HOW to connect it to the mind and spirit is the ONLY way we will UNDERSTAND WHY we are holding on to weight, or WHY we are constantly getting sick, or feeling sad or lonely or fearful or stuck.....
I highly recommend Louise Hay's Book You Can Heal Your Life. Her belief system has been forever tattooed in my being. She believes that for every physical ailment, there is an emotional/mental ROOT problem. If we forever ignore our bodies, mask our symptoms with pain killers and antibiotics--we are literally telling our body to SHUT UP and we begin to hold on to things that don't serve us--- i.e WEIGHT being one of them.
One client shared a story that she had recently had strep throat. She had been trying to drop some weight and continued to do all the "right things", working out, eating right and so on. She decided to look up what strep throat meant and it affirmed that she might need to speak her truth regarding something. She knew exactly what it pertained to. Putting Ego and Fear Aside, she spoke up--feeling like the weight of the world had been lifted off of her. The next day she weighed herself and had lost 2lbs ;) Coincidence? Maybe :)
This week's mini-challenge for the girls was to write a letter to the NEW SELF they already are in the process of being. This was written by Anne Patacao, one of our challenge ladies. It is so beautifully written, It gives me chills:
My Darling Annie,
I want to start this note by telling you, you are a beautiful , charismatic, caring, loving, giving person. Remember you are exactly where you are meant to be, be patient, focus and stay positive!
You are capable of anything you put your mind to, look at how far you've come :)
Don't be afraid to let go of anything that no longer brings you joy. Take time for yourself and do the things that bring you joy. Be Happy!!! Be kind to others, but remember don't give to much. This isn't the end of your journey, its a new way of life. Continue to evolve yourself into who you want to be. BE HAPPY YOUR WORTH IT! Remember to live your life for yourself .....
"perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."
Always stay true to yourself.
I am so proud of each of you! If anyone would like more information about our next challenge, please feel free to email me! Ando@mindbodybarre.com
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