Listening to Our Beautiful Bodies

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Last week was exhausting. The entire week was filled with late nights and early mornings. On days that I thought I could quit by 8 PM, relax and enjoy a glass of wine, I always found something else to do. For hours. And guess what? I still didn’t get all I wanted done.  Dramatic sigh.

Normally I work out 4-6 days a week. Last week I felt like doing zero. Less than zero. And then I felt guilty. I wanted to work out but didn’t have time and then when I had the time I was exhausted. Spent. I had nothing. I tried everything. Short videos and 10 min work outs on TV. Nothing. I put on my favorite music, kicked up my heals a few times and then said “…” it. Put your favorite adjective in the quotes. J

This from the woman who’s always telling you to go for your fun. Even for just a moment. The one who tells you to listen to what your body is telling you. Quoting the magnificent Louise Hay from “You Can Heal Your Life.” It happens to all of us. Too busy, too tired. It was a huge reminder for me: to not beat myself up, slow down and just listen to what my body was telling me.

And you know who reminded me of this? The fantastic Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser.  I listen to her radio show on Sunday mornings. And SHE went through the same thing last week! She, like me, tried everything to work out. She followed all her own rules. She just didn’t want to work out. So she gave herself a break. She decided to keep eating right and listen to her body and see what she was missing. Sure enough a few things she wanted to fix on “Biggest Loser” came up. She dealt with these issues and the energy came back. Serious girl crush ladies! Love love love her.

We all have people, projects and details in our lives that drain our energy. Sometimes we’re so busy managing these details that the details overpower the more important “energy drainers.“ Our bodies never let us down. Take a few moments to listen to it ladies, give yourself a break if your tired and just be. It’s amazing how quick you can identify the most important “to dos” and fix them. The we can get back on the fun band wagon!

 Recommended reading: 

Louise Hay “You Can Heal Your Life.”

Recommended to do:

Take a nap! Even better…take a nap in the warm sun and let the rays caress your beautiful curves. Heaven…

***Gorgeous Curvy Blissful Woman image can be found at Ivana’s Corner:   http://ivanaj.blogspot.com/2008/02/how-to-make-women-and-men-happy.html

Love, Goddess

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Do We Need Fun Boot Camp?

Gorgeous beach from Dear Chrissy: http://dearcrissy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/

I love Jillian Michaels, the kick-ass trainer form The Biggest Loser.   She has a radio program on KFI AM 640.  I listened to her yesterday and she was really inspiring.  Have you ever done her workouts in On Demand?  She pushes you in a no BS type way.  You know me: “I’m don’t have time for the BS girl.”  My favorite thing that she says?  She says:

“Don’t think you can’t do it.  I have 400 pound people doing jumping jacks.  So can you.  When they say “just take the stairs” to get in shape, it doesn’t serve you.  Your body can do so much more.”

She goes on to say that before you lose the weight you have to realize that you have a problem. You need to go inward to fix the problem first before you succeed in your weight goals.  She thinks like one of my favorite authors:  Louise Hay:  You Can Heal Your Life

I love it because every day I’m bombarded with things that people say I can and can’t do.  Are you?  Lucille Ball was told she would never be a successful actress.   How’d that turn out? Lucille Balls’ Wikipedia  She was rejected time and time again.  She went for what she wanted and became the Queen of Comedy.  She got her own TV show and I Love Lucy still runs on television—60 years later!  That woman was brilliant.  Which brings me to Fun Boot Camp.  When I decided I wanted to bring fun and play back into the world, focus on it and share, people thought I was nuts.  Build a business around frivolous fun and play?  For adults?  Absolutely, yes!  Because people were so resistant to the idea it made me realize I had a winner.  I know that the things I resist doing most give me the most fun, pleasure and joy.

The busier we get the easier it is to put off doing the “fun things” that light us up.  It seems frivolous to take a dance class when we have a house to clean.   I so hear you on that one.  So we resist that fun.  We’re taught it’s wrong to accept a fun sounding offer when we have so many “responsibilities.”  So we resist so we keep disciplined.  Discipline is important.  It makes everything run smoothly.  We’re disciplined at work, with Family, our Health.  (This is a new one for me.  I find that the more I fell in love with myself, the better I take care of myself)

So how do we have “fun” without being looked down at in a “No Pain No Gain Society?”  For me…I giggle at that ridiculous phrase and MAKE fun something I live for.  And since discipline is so important, practice the “discipline of fun.” And I get so much more done!  It’s really amazing.  By taking time for my fun whenever I get a little edgy and impatient, I get more done in less the time.  And I’m happier.  And the “fun” break can be as little as a couple minutes.  So lets start our “daily discipline of fun.”   It’s Fun Boot Camp!  Whoo Hoo!

1.  Dance to an upbeat song and really shake your booty.  Do it with your kids, on your lunch break, with your boyfriend, lover, husband. 2.  If you’re in a store this week, try on something ridiculously extravagant and admire your fine self in the mirror. 3.  Uhm….have I mentioned tickling before?  Find a new spot to tickle on somebody.  I’m sure they will return the favor. 4.  Really play with your pet.  Or find one to play with. 5.  Is there something fun that you have always wanted to do?  Make a list and actually DO them this summer.  Do one today. 6.  Have someone feed you something yummy.  Slowly. 7.  Take a chore that you don’t like doing and make it fun.  I blast the music and dance while I wash the dishes. 8.  Decorate yourself:  Glitter, stickers, favorite lipstick, perfume, and have a little “I love me celebration.”  Eat your favorite food, listen to your favorite music, and write a little poem dedicated to you.

Love, Goddess

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