90 Day Challenge – Day 28

January 30, 2010 by  
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As I wrote the title of this blog I am reminded of the movie called 28 days and Sandra Bullock who is one of my favourite actresses.  If you haven’t watched it it is a fun movie and it is about establishing a new habit in 28 days.  So today is a significant milestone for me because it means that I have overcome the most difficult part of the journey the first 28 days.  Now it is a matter of repetition to ensure that my new habit of exercie gets imbedded at a sub-consious level where it becomes absolutely effortless.

I know that there a number of you that have started your own challenge, please share your journey with us, we want to understand what you are going through to and we want to support you through it.

Have a great night!

MaryC

90 Day Challenge – Day 27

January 30, 2010 by  
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Ok so thanks for the feeback folks, and no I am not working out 3 x a day so I can hit my 90 day challenge in  30 days lol!!! I must have been a little tired last night when I said I was only 4 days away from  90 days. 

On Day 27 it is a Friday night and I did my AB ripper X a fantastic program to build your core strength.    I remember so vividly how difficult this routine was when I was starting out and now I can do the bonus 10 mason jars.

I was skyping with my friend tonight and it was getting late and I said that I still needed to blog and then workout and she said…so are you going to lie about working out?  And I laughed and said as much as I would like to no I am not going to.  It would have been easy, how would you ever know if I did or I didn’t…..well maybe if some of you live in Ottawa you would run into me and notice that maybe I am not showing the results of someone who is working out every day.  I should probably consider turning this into a video blog but honestly you don’t want to watch me work out….it’s not pretty…like the people in the classroom. 

So for now, you will need to take my word for it, and when you commit something to others, commit it to yourself because even if they don’t know whether you have done it or not…..you will.

In the end it is only what you think that matters anyway, isn’t it?

TGIF

MaryC

90 Day Challenge – Day 26

January 29, 2010 by  
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Only 4 more days till I hit day 90 and I must say my inner chatter was trying very hard to sabotage my workout tonight.  I had a long day, it was an excellent day but I was absolutely drained by the time I got home.  I snuggled up  with my daughter and watched TV which I never do and desperately wanted to crawl into bed after I tucked her and my son in.  But then I got this email.  It was from one of our clients who is in our body thoughts coaching group.  She said that she had been reading my blog and it inspired her to commit to a 30 day challenge where she would commit to exercising everyday and would send an email out to the group when she had completed her work out.  Her email absolutely inspired me to get my butt downstairs to my workout gym and get it done.

I just finished Cardio X and I feel exhausted but REALLY GOOD and very proud of myself for having completed it.  Sometimes we do things and don’t realize the lives that we are touching or the impact that we are making in other people’s lives.  Thank-you for sending the email it inspired me and helped me tonight to stay on track.

MaryC

90 Day Challenge Day 25

January 27, 2010 by  
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It is Day 25 and I am only days away  from establishing a new habit.  It is incredible how fast the time has flown.  In Tony’s 90 day program, you have the option of taking every 7th day off or doing the extreme stretch.   Up until this point I have opted to do the extreme stretch however today I will opt for a day off.  With any kind of exercise it is important to give your body a rest, in fact if you were to work out everyday doing the same workout routine your body would become acclimatized to it and you would not achieve the results that you are looking for.

So don’t feel like you are cheating or that you have fallen off the wagon, if every 7 days you honor yourself with a day of rest.

Have a great day!!

MaryC

90 Day Challenge – Day 24

January 25, 2010 by  
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Down to the last stretch of the most difficult period the first 30 days.  Some days it seems tougher to build the p90x program into my day and today is one of those days.  It seems that I have been online working since I woke up this morning and my back is sore and my eyes are tired and my body is saying….go to bed.  But I commit to you that I am heading downstairs to do my workout and I know that when I am done I will have let go all of the troubles of today and will sleep soundly. 

Begin with the end in mind is my motto for today.   A coined phrase from one of my earliest mentors Stephen Covey.  I am focusing on how I will feel when I crawl into bed satisfied that I have met my commitment to you and to myself.

What does the end of the tunnel look like to you?  Visualize it, believe it to be true and do the work that is required to get there, you won’t regret it. 

MaryC

90 Day Challenge – Day 23

January 23, 2010 by  
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I know I am a little late posting Day 23 but I hope you will forgive me cuz I was in transit yesterday and spent 14 hours travelling.  My exercise included running from gate to gate to get to my flights.  I had hoped that my weight training would be carrying around my carry on luggage, but to my surprise I was only allowed one bag which included my purse.  Good news is that everything made it home without any damage, including my 2 laptops.

I focused my attention on my mental actions associated with achieving my goal yesterday.  I wrote in my gratitude journal for what seemed to be an infinite amount of time which ended up being about 6 pages.  Afterward I was in an incredible vibration and could feel my heart glowing with love and appreciation for the amazing life I am living and for the amazing people that I have met and that I am honored  to call my friends.

I was overwhelmed at the amount of energy it brought me to feel this way.  Take some time today to write in your gratitude journal.  Before you start writing, take stock of how your feel  and then think about and write down all of the amazing experiences you have had in your life.  Think about the places you have been, the people that are in your life, your job, your customers, your teachers, your students.  Everything that you can think of that has brought you some amount of joy or growth or love. Once you have done that take stock of how you feel.  Now write down everything that you want in your life, as if you already have it, including your health and your body, your financial status, relationship status- everything that you really want.  But you must write it as if you already have it.  Now take stock of how you feel.  This is the vibrational level you need to be in to attract all that you want into your life.  Make it a point to be in this vibrational space as much as you can and watch the miracles happen.

Have an incredible day!

MaryC



90 Day Challenge – Day 22

January 21, 2010 by  
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Hi folks,

Well it is my last night in Belgium and I opted to forego a delicious dinner to stick to my program!!  But I am glad I did.  Tonight was my ab ripper X routine and was a gentle reminder why I am glad that I am following this program.  This routine was probably the most difficult for me to do at first but I was able to finish it tonight. 

 Slow but steady wins the race.

Sometimes we don’t realize the progress that we are making as we chip away at achieving our goals.  That is why it is important to measure our progress.  I remember being at a weight loss seminar some time ago, and they were  celebrating the successes of some of the members.  One of the ladies stood up and announced that she had lost 1.5 pounds that week.  I thought wow…big deal, but then she proceeded to say that her total loss was 110 pounds!! She had been losing 1.5 pounds or so every week for about a year. 

What are you doing everyday in support of achieving your goal?  Are you measuring your progress?  And if so are you celebrating as you hit key milestones?

Tonight I  will celebrate in Antwerp because I was able to complete the entire Ab Ripper X routine.  How will you celebrate your success?

MaryC

90 Day Challenge – Day 21

January 20, 2010 by  
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Today is day 21 and I can honestly say that it never once crossed my mind not to work out today.  I am not dealing with the internal self sabotaging dialogue which is quite amazing considering I didn’t get home from dinner till about 11pm tonight.  It’s amazing how dinner in Europe is such an experience and oh soooo delicious.  But when I can back to the hotel I changed immediately and did my Cardio X with my new friend Tony Horton.  I was very full when I got home but feel much better now and expect that I will sleep a lot better now too.

So only 21 days into the program and the internal resistance is significantly reduced.  I really feel like I am making progress in terms of establishing my habit at a sub-conscious level.

The lesson for today is to become aware of your thoughts. 

Have you ever observed what you have been telling yourself?   Are you beating yourself up for what you didn’t do in a day?  Or are you celebrating what you did do? 

Do you look in the mirror and say “wow I look amazing” or  do you tell yourself “I look terrible today – I need to lose weight”

What is important to understand is that whatever we are telling ourselves we will believe and we will live into.  When we tell ourselves a lie over and over again our subconscious doesn’t know it is a lie.  So it is reinforced and becomes what we believe about ourself.

So what do you need to believe in order for you to be successful in achieving your goal?  Once you answer this question then it is critical that you monitor your thougths to ensure that they are aligned with this.  Create affirmations that will support your thinking and should you catch yourself in negative self talk, stop yourself and replace those thoughts with your affirmations.

My affirmation is “I have a lean and healthy body”  What is yours?

MaryC


90 Day Challenge – Day 20

January 19, 2010 by  
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There is something really magical that hits when you go from the 10’s to the 20’s as you are counting down.  The goal seems somehow so much closer even if it is only a day closer since yesterday.  I had an excellent sleep last night and happy to report that the bed bugs didn’t bite.  Tonight I am in Antwerp and staying at a beautiful hotel with lots of room to work out.  So I did my Yoga X workout and feel stronger, more flexible and at somehow at peace.

If you are just  joining the blog and starting to workout yourself  it may seem like it is a lot of work but I can tell you at this point I felt absolutely incredible after I finished my workout.  I actually left dinner early tonight so I could do my yoga  – well relatively speaking it was 9:45.  But I didn’t for a moment consider missing it.

So hang in there because you are going to love how exhilerating you will feel when you get to Day 20!

I have been meeting with lots of people from various cultures and companies and I love that regardless of where people come from at the core they are the same.  Sometimes we don’t recognize that all people are people and we create a distant or invisible barrier between us because we think they are different.  

Do you know that we are all interconnected and the it is our energy that attracts or repels us to each other.  As you become healthier and happier the energy that you emit will draw you closer to some incredible people.  The energy that you emit will radiate out and touch others bringing them strength joy and love without effort.

How incredible is that!

MaryC

90 Day Challenge – Day 19

January 18, 2010 by  
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Hi folks, today is day 19 and I am trying to adjust to a different time zone.  I am in Belgium this week and spent a couple of hours briskly walking through Brussels today.  It is beautiful here.  But I must say a 31/2 star hotel leaves a lot to be desired including adequate space to workout.  So planning is really important and something I should have done before I arrived to ensure I would have enough space to work out.  So while I brought my p90x DVD’s , I don’t have enough space in my hotel room so I will need to get creative to ensure I remain on my program.   I am little worried about moving the bed over 6 inches because I am not sure what I will find under it!!:-)

I was upgraded  to a business class flight yesterday which was absolutely incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed the luxury.  Today I am reminded of the contrast that exists in life. 

So today’s lesson is about being grateful for everything that we have in our lives, I had forgotten how spacious my world is.  So as I fall asleep tonight (which won’t be a problem since I am jet lagged) I am going to feel gratitude for my life, for my health, for my wealth for my country for my family, for my friends and for my beautiful home oh yeah and for my clean bathtub too!!!

What are you grateful for in your life?  Think about it, focus on it and you will attract more to be grateful for.

Goodnight, I hope the bed bugs don’t bite me tonight!!

MaryC

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