Day 1 of 21 Day Challenge

Day 1

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Clean out your vessel
Confession
Get the toxic energy out of your life
Get rid of the heart of stone and ask for a heart of flesh
Strip yourself of things that no longer serve you
Write it out….

I have struggled with my relationship with food from a young age.  Food to me can be a distraction.  Having had a history of eating disorders, this is my default when I get overwhelmed.  I binge and then I feel bad, then the cycle starts again.  In the past it was extreme.  I would eat everything in sight until I passed out or I would starve myself for days.  Now it’s a little more subtle.  I will eat mindlessly and binge on sugar.  I’m definitely addicted to sugar.  I’m like the Lyndsay Lohan of sugar rehab.  I’m in and out all the time!
I’m trying to get a handle on this.  The root of this pattern for me is a lack of control.  When life gets crazy, unmanageable, or unpredictable, I tend to get triggered.  Eating disorders are normally a control issue.  When life is out of control, you find something that you can control.  For me, it was food and my body.  I struggled with anorexia many years ago.  Now, if you looked at me I didn’t look anorexic.  At my lowest I was about 108 and I’m 5’4 so I was not emaciated looking by any means.  However, just like all alcoholics don’t look like the guy on skid row, neither do people who struggle with anorexia.  This is a mental issue.  Now, I’m in my forties and I feel great.  I’m feeling the healthiest I have ever felt.  In the past, I would do cleanses and detox challenges to lose weight.  I stayed away from doing them in the past because it was such a trigger for me.  Getting triggered can put me back to the old patterns pretty quickly if I don’t stay on top of it.  I can honestly say that I’m excited about doing this fast for spiritual reasons and to experience great breakthroughs and have more clarity.

 

The bad news is that since moving to Austin, I’ve gained about ten pounds! (Dang queso and Amy’s ice cream) the good news is I don’t feel bad about it one bit. My clothes still fit, I’m working out hard, and I’m enjoying life. When I lived in LA I felt like there was so much pressure to be thin. I’m not down on LA and this was just me. I feel like the culture that I was a part of was obsessed with weight and looks. I feel a little more free here in Austin. I appreciate the healthy, fit lifestyles of the people here without the added pressure of having to be perfect all the time:) So in cleaning out my vessel, I want to empty the dysfunctional thinking of food, my body, and all the stuff that goes with that. I want to focus on health, balance, putting in organic, pure, whole foods in my system and not feel guilty or ashamed of my body.

I just turned 44 years old. I have three amazing kids! I homeschool, run a business, teach fitness classes, volunteer, am committed to my church family, and I’m a wife of almost 18 years! I can still fit in my size 4 jeans from before kids and I practice yoga as much as I can. I have amazing, healthy relationships and have great mentors that I follow. I love what I do, I love serving people, and empowering them to live life to the full. I’m very happy. I commit to focusing on the good in my life because what you feed will flourish and what you don’t feed will die.

**** write down what you want to release from your vessel.Get rid of it.
Hope day 1 goes well for you!

Much Love,

Judy

 

Day 67 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 67

Confession of a yo-yo dieter.  I abused my body growing up.  I struggled with eating disorders.  It was pretty much a control issue.  If I had an event or a show, I would just starve myself until I could fit into my costumes.  I had it down to an exact science.  I remember eating one muffin and looking in the mirror and I can tell you exactly where that muffin was on my body and I would run for hours to get rid of it. I definitely did not have a healthy relationship with food.  Now, I eat well and if I indulge I don’t beat myself up or think I have to spend hours in the gym to get ‘rid of it’.  Life is a journey.  It’s a marathon, not a sprint.  Let’s overcome these unhealthy thought patterns together.  The first step is just acknowledging there’s a problem.  Changing my mindset was a huge part of the breakthrough. The battle is won in our minds.  Change your tapes daily.  Encourage yourself:)))

 

1.) Thursday -Yoga Day!
“What is appearing as poison in the beginning, that will prove nectar at the end.” -Guru
“Prison or Paradise, you decide.”- Lisa P. Yoga Teacher

It took me about three years to LOVE yoga.  I was a hard core gym rat, runner, dancer, and I didn’t really think yoga was going to be that challenging so I never took it.  One day I was at the gym and there was a yoga class.  I decided to take the class because there were no other classes at the time.  The instructor was an older lady and was very gentle.  I left the gym and didn’t think much about it.  The next morning the alarm went off and I seriously could not even move my arm!!!  I was so sore in places I never thought possible!!!  I definitely underestimated the power of yoga.  I didn’t go back until a few years later.  I had given birth to my third child and the last of the stubborn baby weight would not come off.  I heard about Power Yoga and decided to try it out.  I was desperate and it was purely for vanity reasons!  What I realized was that yoga was so much more than just a workout.  This is where I really learned to balance my mind, body and spirit.  I would walk in on some days and swear that that was going to be my last yoga class!  I hated it so much! I had to learn surrender and acceptance and that was a huge life lesson for me.  I also lost twenty pounds:)  So I guess, it works!!!

 

2.) Food- Holiday Clean Treats!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • pinch sea salt
  • 13-14 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (you could also use mint extract or cherry extract, or orange…)

Instructions

  1. Place walnuts and salt in a food processor.
  2. Process until finely ground.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and process until all mixed and uniformly crumbly.
  4. With the machine running, add a few drops of water at a time, just until the mass starts to stick together in a big ball. (Better to add too little that too much!)
  5. Roll mixture into balls or press into a square pan and cut into squares.
  6. Balls can then be rolled in dried coconut, chopped nuts, or cocoa powder if you wish.

Taken from: http://triumphwellness.com/healthy-sugar-free-cookies/
Found on Pinterest!  Yummmm:))))

 

3.) Mantra of the Day!-
Don’t.Give.Up!!!

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you!!!

Day 1 of 30 Day Challenge!!!

Day 1!

It’s the first day of June!  If you are new to the challenge, WELCOME!!!  I congratulate you for taking the step to take charge of your health and fitness.  This is a challenge to help you and hold you accountable to a lifestyle change.  This is not a quick fix fad.  We are going to learn how to make changes that will last a lifetime.  I did not start living this way until just a few months before my fortieth bday. That was only a couple years ago. I didn’t really have an urgency to get fit because I was pretty content with being mediocre.  What I mean is this, I wasn’t huge by any means and I wasn’t skinny and fit.  I ate what I wanted and worked out sporadically.  I grew up dancing and was into dance and fitness in my twenties.  In my mind, I was still pretty fit but in reality I was skinny fat.  I ate processed food and was addicted to sugar.  The most weight I ever had to lose was twenty pounds.  So even though twenty pounds wasn’t that much the problem was in my mental game.  I struggled with body dysmorphia and eating disorders.  It wasn’t very obvious but just like all alcoholics don’t look like the guys on skid row didn’t mean I didn’t have a problem.  I was able to really turn things around by the help of my faith, friends, and family. So, no matter where you are in your journey, I want you to know that it’s not too late and that you are worth it!!!  The only regret I have is that I didn’t get healthy sooner.  I wasted so much time not taking care of my body.  Now, I feel great!  I am fit and healthy and I did it the right way.  There are no shortcuts!!!  Join us and we will walk with you and help you one step at a time:)))  Join our community on Facebook. Bootcamp Barre

1)  Friday is CORE day!
Start out with a good stretch, warm up with some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and work the core.  Check out these exercises!!!

 

2) Insanity Day 11- Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs!
I love this abs workout!!!  It’s fifteen minutes of pure ab work without a single crunch.  I feel like I’m getting stronger.  The first time I did this exercise I couldn’t get through it.  I was definitely sore the next day.  Work your core and tell us how you did!!!

This isn’t the Insanity Abs Workout but check this out and do it!!!

3) Mantra for the Day!  -It’s your Body, It’s your Responsibility!!!!
Take charge and do something!!!  If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired you have the power to change.  Do something EVERYDAY that will get you closer to your goal.  Every time you eat something, ask yourself if it’s going to help you or hurt you from meeting your goals.  You can do it!!!  It’s a daily battle.  Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.  It’s OK!  Champions have a short memory.  You got this!!!

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you!!!  XOXO:)))

Day 12 of Spring Clean Challenge!!!

Everyday you are getting closer to our goals.  Remember that your health and fitness is your responsibility.  Don’t be a victim of circumstance but really take charge of your health and wellness.  When youe think of a certain weight or size as a destination then it’s easy to get frustrated and want to give up.  Everyday is a journey.  Everyday is going to be different.  Some days are going to be easier than others.  It’s OK! :)  You will still be the same person after you lose the weight…be determined to accept, love, cherish who you are NOW.  The weight loss will be a by product of treating yourself well.  You are worth the effort, hard work, and investment.  XOXO!!!

1. Friday- Core day!!!  Just a few years ago, I could barely get out of bed.  I literally couldn’t get out of bed due to unimaginable back pain.  I couldn’t touch my toes or get my shoes on.  As an ex-dancer, you can imagine how I felt about being so stiff.  I remember we had a physical therapy spa tub and I would have to crawl into it in order to get mobility in my back.  I started seeing a chiropractor and she said my core was weak.  Well, I didn’t believe her because you see, I was a dancer!  We take pride in our strong center!!!  Mind you that was a couple decades ago:)  So, I started doing lots of yoga and that coupled with my chiropractor really healed my back.  I had to surrender to the fact that my core was indeed weak and needed strengthening.  Now, I’m about 99% pain free!  I go to the chiropractor about once a month for maintenance but I can’t believe that I am functioning without pain.  So, with that said, go strengthen your core today!!! (Videos will be uploaded on the exclusive page)

 

2.  Food- I want to share a blog post from a friend in regards to the Pro-Ana movement.  Sadly, this is not just a teenager’s disease.  This is something that plagues men, women and children.  Let’s bring awareness to this issue and keep it in the light.  This disease thrives in the darkness.  It’s a very secretive disease.  Eating disorders are rampant among women 35-45 years old.  Keep talking about it.  Healing begins when we can identify triggers and patterns.  Don’t think that you have to ‘look’ a certain way to struggle with this.  It’s so much more of a mental disease.  Please read my friend’s blog on this topic and don’t be afraid to weigh in on this subject. (no pun intended):) Talk about this with your kids.  The victory here is prevention and early detection.
Please read my courageous, daring, beautiful friend’s post…..Pro-Ana

 

 

3. Mantra for the Day: One Day at a Time!!!
You hear me say this all the time.  It’s a daily battle.  We all need the daily motivation.  I know I do!!!

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.” -Zig Ziglar

Let go of the past, stay present and stay connected.  Everyday is an opportunity to change.  Ask yourself, “Are my actions helping me move closer to my goals?”  If the answer is “NO” then get rid of it, don’t do it, and then move on.  Stay accountable on our exclusive page with the community.  Check in and connect.  There is magic in being involved with others successes and failures.  We have the opportunity to celebrate with one another and also feel empathy for each other.  Don’t be shy.  Jump in and you will realize we are all in this together and you are not alone.

Love you guys!  I’m rooting for you:)))

Day 3 of Spring Clean Challenge!!!

Happy hump day:)))  We’re three days in and the detox should be getting a little easier.  The first few days are the worst but if you hang on and persevere, you will see the light at the end of the tunnel:)  Again, the detox is to take away the crutches and the ‘drug’ of choice in our lives.  One of the hardest things to do is to start dealing with our feelings.  When we let go of our ‘drug’, we are forced to really feel.  This is a good thing!  When you are cranky, overwhelmed, angry, irritable, etc…it means that you are human and your heart is beating.  When we choose to numb out and not deal, we are not connected, present, and engaged in life.  I promise you that there will be great clarity and energy right around the corner if you do not give up!!!  You will learn new tools to deal rather than go to donuts, cakes and cookies:)))

 

1. Wednesday- Stretch, cardio, upper body, and close out with a stretch.  Moving and stretching our bodies are an important part of the workout.  Don’t skip it!  Check the exclusive page for videos:)))

 

 

2. Food-Know the difference between emotional eating and true hunger.  When you abuse your body by not eating or overeating then you can mess up your hunger cues.  A baby doesn’t have to be told when it’s hungry.  They will let you know!!! It’s interesting that they start to scream for food about every three hours. We were designed that way.  We need to eat when we’re hungry and stop when we’re full.  When we don’t follow the natural cues, we numb out.  That’s when we eat mindlessly, even when we’re not hungry.  So check out this cool list.  The next time you pick up a snack, ask yourself these questions….

 

 

 

3. Mantra for the Day:  It’s Supposed to be Hard!
If you are asking yourself, “What did I get myself into???” Well, you’re on the right path:)  This is supposed to be hard.  It’s so much easier not to care, to eat whatever you want and to lie to yourself.  You have engaged in really dealing with this part of your life.  So, when you start to whine and complain about how much you want chocolates, caffeine, alcohol, etc…then tell yourself that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be.  Self control is like a muscle…the more we use it, the stronger it gets.  Also, when we don’t use it, we lose it!!!

 

 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you!!!