Today was the last day of my #30DaysOfYoga challenge on Instagram. So I thought it was time to post a yoga update, and maybe a little inspiration to help those thinking about getting started on their healthy journey.
I recently was surprised to learn that some of my friends thought I was just a naturally motivated person. This is false. I had many days, months, years, of being miserable. I was one of those people that said: "I will start Monday." Many Monday's came and went. I never started. I would go for a walk and think "okay! I moved today, good enough!". I would look at athletic people running by wishing I had that motivation. The problem is that I am really not a runner. I kept trying to be. I am not saying I can't be a runner, I am saying it is not where my passion lies.
I cannot begin to tell you how many different club memberships I have had. I join with high expectations of going every day, then after a month or two I get so sick from all the germs, I quit. Yes I too have been a quitter. I am not any more motivated than you. The ones sitting back wishing you could get your rear off the couch or the chair and get moving. I made excuses that I was too fat to do those things. Excuses that I wasn't that bad, I would tell myself I was happy with the way I was. I wasn't. I was hopeful that a new type of food or pill would come out to make it to where I could be a lazy slob and still eat what I wanted. So sad. Looking back at that person, all the lies my mind would tell me, I can't even recognize that person anymore.
That is why I am so thankful I came down with cancer. Without it, who knows how many more years of unhappiness would have come my way. My kind doctor seeing how I wanted to get my life back. So cancer was my "AHA" moment. That moment that changed me.
Truth teller: I still have those thoughts. However through meditation and yoga I have learned that it is my ego talking and not me. The mind is so powerful. If you can channel all of your energy into being the person you want to be, you too can overcome those thoughts. When those thoughts come, I say OUT LOUD; "I am a lot stronger than I know, and if I set my mind to it, I can do anything." Through that, I just celebrated 6 months of yoga every day. You can do anything you set your mind to.
A couple months ago I was sitting in my church (C3 San Diego) and the speaker spoke on the power of saying things out loud. If you are believer or not, you must still be smart enough to know that the Bible is a historical document that has been proven. So even if you are not walking with God, you should be able to take wisdom out of this book. I was SO SHOCKED at how many times the Bible says to say things OUT LOUD. It has changed my life, rocked my world, and sometimes left me in shock and awe at the power of it all. I wish I would have taken good notes and wrote down all the verses. But here is what I learned: The Lord tells us we can move mountains with faith filled words, not thoughts. Even if we have faith as a mustard seed we can move mountains. Our words are like a hose that carries the powerful substance of the water of the Word of God. In Matthew 21:21-22. Jesus speaking again says, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." NKJV
Now in this I believe the Mountain is our troubles and trials. Yes, you have the power to destroy the obstacles or mountains that stand in the way of your progress. Jesus says that with your words of faith are words of power that can remove or destroy any obstacles, difficulty or problem and give you the freedom to live fully and unhindered.
So this last month I have been doing just that. Saying things out loud. Praying out loud (in private). Asking and thanking... out loud. Sometimes my answer has been instant. Other times it comes later, and it makes me smile.
My yoga practice is a constant conversation with God. I know everyone has their own practice. I ask God for power over my mind to to further, stick it out, and receive the blessing. Try it, it will rock your world!
In addition to talking with God, I have been busting my rear, working hard in yoga.After 6 months of only adding yoga to my life ( I already only eat a whole food diet), here is my before and after results.
So don't wait. Your tomorrow starts TODAY. Get up and MOVE. Ask God for strength and perseverance. Don't give up. Hit me up for inspiration and motivation. YOU CAN DO IT!
Please remember to stay tuned for my next book out next Spring; #instafood-The beginner's guide to eating healthy and staying fit.