Journey to Wholeness Retreat Re-Cap!

What an amazing time we had last weekend.  We had a group of women from all walks of life come together for an intimate time of reflecting, dancing, eating, and getting pampered.  For a lot of us, this was the first time ever meeting each other.  By the end of the weekend, you would have thought that we’ve known each other for twenty years!  We didn’t want to leave and the transformation on everyone’s faces was evident!  Everyone looked refreshed and rejuvenated.

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One of the main inspirations for creating these weekend retreats was to help create a place for women to come and be themselves.  I wanted to cultivate a safe, non-judgmental environment for women to come and be heard, to share their hearts, and to be able to decompress.  We can be so busy sometimes and we don’t have the opportunity to slow down and just be still.  In those still moments, we can get in touch with what we’re really feeling and be able to share it in a place of love and empathy.

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Our breakout star of the weekend was Nickey Robin!  Nickey served us tirelessly in the kitchen and bestowed all her incredible knowledge on nutrition and healthy eating.  We seriously feasted on amazing food all weekend!!!  We are so excited to be selling her cook book, “It’s Delicious!  With Nickalicious!”  You can pre-order here….BUY IT NOW!

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Of course, there’s no way I could have done this alone!  I had great support and encouragement from amazing women who gave their hearts and trusted me in this process.  I am forever grateful for all of you!  You know who you are!!!  Every single person who came to the retreat came to give and serve and honestly, that’s why it went so awesome!  It was a team effort and we all benefited from it.

I applaud all the women who attended and took the time to invest in their whole being.  We definitely focused on our mind, body, and spirit.  We cried, laughed, had massages, ate a ton, and built long lasting, bonding friendships.  It was an unforgettable time and I can’t wait to do it again!

I’m so honored to be partnered with Vicki Hagadorn.  Vicki is a certified Grief Recovery Counselor and will be hosting workshops very soon.  The greatest gift you can give yourself is to make the investment in your personal and spiritual growth.  Check out her site here…
Freedom From Grief

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We’re taking deposits for our next “Journey to Wholeness” retreat!  Check out these incredible pictures!   Canyon Lake-Dates TBD! Prices start at $299 to $499!  Depending on availability.  Purchase NOW!  This will SELL OUT!
Purchase Non-Refundable Deposit here to save your spot….



 Thank you to FABLETICS for our swag giveaways!  Please check out this link to get 50% off your first outfit!  Become a VIP now and get discounted athletic apparel for half the price!  Sign up here!!!

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It’s an honor to be in this journey with all of you.  Let’s continue to shed the layers and dig deep to reach our most authentic place!  Let’s dream those audacious dreams and make an impact with our lives!  See you soon!

XOXO!
Judy

Day 20 of 21 Day Challenge!!!

I’m so excited!  I feel great, I’ve lost seven pounds and I’m not craving the bad stuff I normally used to eat.  It’s been super cold here in Austin and the one thing I really miss is going to Starbucks for a hot drink:)  Other than that, I really haven’t missed much.  I’m hoping to stay on course and eat a plant based diet while adding a little bit of chicken, turkey, and fish on occasion.  We’ll see.  I haven’t totally landed yet and that’s OK.  Our lifestyle change should be one that fits our lifestyle.  Just change a few things at a time and keep evolving.  Don’t get bullied into all the fads.  Pick one that works for you and if it doesn’t, adjust accordingly.

 

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Mantra of the Day- Deal with your life or your Life will Deal with You!
This has been an amazing journey so far.  I’ve been really inspired by the team that I’m coaching.  They have grown and have been so diligent during this cleanse.  We have gotten clarity, had amazing breakthroughs, and have done a lot of soul searching.  Weight loss is not just about the physical.  It’s truly dealing with the whole package.  A lot of our bad habits and weight issues come when we have not dealt with our lives on a heart level.  What do you need to unpack and dig out today?  What is lurking in the shadows and hiding in the closets that need to be cleaned out?  There are many tools to deal with our pain.  One of the greatest tools I’ve used is called, “Grief Recovery”.  I’m lucky enough to be really good friends with several Grief Recovery facilitators.  Pain is always underneath grief, addiction, depression, anger, unforgiveness, etc…. Grief Recovery Institute is nation wide.  I have friends in Los Angeles and Austin, Tx that are facilitating classes.  Let me know if you’re interested and I will hook you up!

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Workout of the Day!  ZUMBA

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Love this one!  Turn it on loud and dance!!!

 

Much Love,

Judy

Challenge Group Coming up Aug 24th-Oct2nd

 

****I was tempted to cancel this challenge due to the death of my father but I decided to go on with it.  Frankly, I need the accountability and we were fortunate enough to have Sandi Atmore, Grief Recovery Specialist on board to help us unpack some emotional issues.  Grief is so much more than just death.  Any kind of loss brings grief.  Divorce, loss of a job, a big move, loss of relationship, etc…So if you want to know more about the topic and get accountability for diet, exercise, and feelings, then sign up today.  Spots are limited!

We’re down to the final stretch!  I can’t believe fall is right around the corner.  Some kids have already gone back to school and 2013 has flown by!  Let me ask you a question???  When was the last time you thought about your New Years resolution?  Yeah, that’s what I thought. :)   Most people will look at the calendar and say, “I’ll just start fresh next year!”  Don’t be like most people!  Start now! I want you to have a sense of accomplishment that you reached your fitness goal.  It’s not too late and I’m here to help you!

Join our Fitness Challenge!!!  Sign up TODAY to save your spot.
Beginning August 24th to October 2nd!

***We will focus on:
Meal Planning
New Healthy Recipes
Fitness Challenge
Part of an online community
Dealing with Emotional Eating
ACCOUNTABILITY!!!

 

New Clients!  Join the Online Challenge group for ONLY $40.00!  This will include recipes, menus, fitness challenges, and online coaching.  You will be added to a private group for accountability.  Register here for Challenge Groups!!!  (Online support-can be done from anywhere in the world!)

 

ALUMNI ONLY $20.00 Register here:  (Normally $40.00) Enjoy a 50% discount!
Register here for Challenge Groups!!!  (Online support-can be done from anywhere in the world!)

 

 

 

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It is so worth the fight you guys!  I’m not only coaching this program but I have a real life testimony from doing this program.  I have lost weight, gotten stronger, changed bad habits, have gotten a healthier perspective and have been so blown away by exceeding my own expectations.  I have always struggled with wanting shortcuts and quick results.  The TRUTH is that true change will only come with hard work and discipline.  If I can do it, so can you!!!  I love you guys and I believe in you.  Let’s do this!!!

 

 

Much Love,

Judy Thureson

 

The Show Must Go On!!!

“The show must go on!” Having been in the entertainment industry, I know this mantra all too well.  I’ve “performed” while deathly ill, danced on a severely sprained ankle, danced while hung over, danced while I was nursing a broken heart, and many other scenarios I’m sure.  One thing was certain, I would put my make up on and smile pretty for the camera, or the live audience or whatever it was I was doing at the time.  Many times, dance was a great escape.  It was a reason to suck it up and shut off any emotion I might be feeling.  So, I trained myself not only in my professional life but in my real life to just smile and not deal.  I lived most of my life in this dissociative place.

 

So here I am now, no longer dancing for the cameras but trying to live my life as authentically as I can.  I’m on a journey to self discovery and what I’m learning is that we all desire intimacy.  I heard somewhere that intimacy stands for “into me see”.  To be secure enough to be known in our deepest core and to be loved is what we really want.  For someone to love us warts and all.  I believe we have to get that security from our Creator.  We can’t live it if we don’t feel it.  I believe it’s what each and every single person desires in this world.  To be seen and to be loved.  I am working on something really special right now.  My dad’s passing has fueled my fire and has pushed me off the ledge to finally make this happen.  I’m really excited about it but I can’t give you any details yet.  Stay tuned.

So, as I grieve honestly, I cry when I need to and I laugh without guilt.  Authentic living is to be free to feel.  I’m an isolator by nature.  When I first heard the news of my Dad’s passing I immediately dropped everything, ran upstairs and locked myself in the closet, cried, and prayed.  I have been very tempted to just take off and be alone but in the deepest core of my being, I don’t want to be alone.  I want to be surrounded by love, life, and laughter.  I want to be reminded that I’m still here and my mission is not finished.  I cry with my kids because I want them to see what grief looks like for me.  It’s not about sucking it up and being “strong” but being able to fall apart and allow others to give to me.  That takes being vulnerable to allow others to see me in my weakness.  I keep telling myself that even though this is my time to grieve, I have a responsibility to teach my kids by my example.  This is truly a journey and everything in life was meant to be felt.  We can’t have the joys without the heartache.  I try to remind myself that it’s a good thing.  It means I have a pulse.  As I go through this challenging time, I’m reminded by this amazing quote….

Thanks for listening.  This is therapeutic for me.  I wrestled with whether or not I should go on with my next online challenge group.  August 24th to October 2nd.  I decided to go ahead with it because ironically, one of the topics we’ll be discussing is how to deal with emotional eating and dealing with triggers.  I also have a special guest joining us.  We will have Sandi Atmore, a Grief Recovery counselor on board to help us unpack these issues and give us practical advice on how to deal in a healthy way.  Space is limited.  RSVP today.  Spread the word.  Would love to do this challenge with you.  Sign up here.

Daddy…RIP

I really have no words.  I lost my loving father today and I’m trying to figure out how I feel and how to process.  It’s difficult being so far away and not being in Manila to hold my mom and grieve with her as well as all my siblings who are all over the place.  So here I am alone and reminiscing about the great times I had with my dad.

A few weeks ago, our family had the privilege of being able to go and visit my dad in Manila.  I’m so grateful I had a chance to spend time with him and let him know how much he meant to me.  I was able to resolve the past and be completely present with him.  We had a moment of pure, authentic, connection that I will cherish in my heart forever.  I had the opportunity to pray over him and thank my Heavenly Father for my earthly one.  It was quite special and surreal.  In my previous post, I talk about resolving and mending relationships.  This to me is the most important part of our health.  Our heart health is what drives our bodies to complete health.  Our emotional eating, stress, anxieties, worry, fear, chronic illnesses, can and have been attributed to not dealing with emotions.  Even cancer has been known to thrive and flourish in unforgiveness.  Grief is undelivered communications.  Being present and in the moment is the key.  When you live in the past, or live in the future, you cannot enjoy your present.

So even though I’m heartbroken from the passing of my dad, I feel complete and healed because of the time we had together.  I encourage you to dig deep and start dealing with your emotional health.  Here’s a great resource that can get you started.  Grief Recovery is an amazing program because they actually give you tools on completing your grief.  I won’t be able to explain it and do it justice, just trust me and check out their site.  Grief Recovery.  See if they have a class near you.

Actually, being with my dad during his last days gave me the courage and the fuel to go after my dreams.  I’ve had an idea brewing for a while and I’m really excited about doing it.  Being with someone in their last days reminded me that I’m not promised tomorrow.  Whatever desire or dream God put on my heart needs to be gone after. Even this morning, there were some lightbulbs that went off and it felt like my dad’s guiding hand to tell me that he’s with me and that he supports me.  So, I dedicate this next phase of my life to my dad.  I know you will be happy to know that you raised someone who is not afraid to reach their dreams.  Thank you for being my dad and for loving us so much.  I love that my dad really loved my husband.  He really adored Erik and that makes me happy.  God knows I brought home lots of frogs before my prince charming:)  I’m sure my dad was grateful.

In the spirit of authenticity, I will continue to give of myself in the most transparent and vulnerable way.  I think that is the gift of humanity.  I want to be able to share my griefs, victories, defeats, failures, and complete joys.  I know it’s tough and I want to be strong but really, strength comes from being real.  Thank you guys for supporting our family during this challenging time.

If you are in Los Angeles, please go and support the Zumba Fundraiser that’s being held in honor of my dad next Saturday, August 17th.  There will be a host of Zumba instructors that will give you your money’s worth!  Please continue to pray for our family and if you are able, any donation would be appreciated for medical fees.

If you can’t make it, you can donate here….

 

Thank you….