Motivation Monday on a Tuesday/Recap from Moving & Improving Conference

Posted: July 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Forgive the Motivation Monday fail… I had this all ready to post last night and then realized that I saved it on the wrong computer. Boo.

But! Who says Mondays are the only motivational days? No one, that’s who.

I did it—I decided which race I’m going to run this month. The 2011 Coast Guard 10K. That’s right, I’m going for my first 10K… with only 3 official weeks of training. I can do it, but I have to be smart. No mess-ups like last time. First step to that? Shopping. That goodness this weekend was a little rough so I had extra motivation for a little retail therapy. I bought myself another pair of running shorts (on sale at Target!) because I realized I love those built-in undies; I bought 9 new pairs of socks because all of my old ones are falling apart and have too much cotton in them; a one-piece bathing suit to start going to water aerobics on Tuesday and Thursday nights to give myself a different kind of low-impact workout; and new SPF 50+ sports bras (on sale at Dick’s!) because let’s face it, it’s getting hotter and more humid earlier now and I may or may not start running in just a sports bra.

Playing off my post last week—once you decide what you’re running, how do you train? I plan to run 3 or 4 days a week, anywhere from 1 or 2 fast miles to 4-6 miles a little slower than/moving into race pace. And since I live in the town where the course is, I’ll be running the course at least once before the big day. On my off days/at night, I plan to incorporate more low-impact exercises—walking, biking, swimming, Pilates, and yoga. I NEED to make sure I stretch and sleep—two things that often get side-lined during my busy weeks. And like last time, I will have to be careful how heavy I’m lifting over the course of the next few weeks, which could be difficult seeing as I teach weight-lifting.

That’s the plan. Anyone care to comment/send their opinions?

Moving on. I went to a conference in town from 8am-3pm on Saturday called Moving & Improving. Boy, did I need it and was it worth it! The schedule was as follows: it began with some Yoga led by my mentor Marcia, and then transitioned into the inspirational sessions starting with WooHooing with Rich Lowman, followed by Bridging the Gap: Lifelong Healthy and Longevity with Dr. David Albrecht, Bod-E-Nomics with Wendy Schweifler (who hosted the conference) and Viki Goldberg, Mind Capture with Tony Rubleski, and ended with some Zumba with Marcia.

A fun little cartoon Dr. David showed in one of his presentation slides.

Wow. Just wow. Every bit of it I needed. We had Yoga class on the deck under the cloud-free sky as the sun started to creep over the building. Despite Marcia’s energy, the 50 mins. calmed my soul and took all tension and fear out of my body.

Rich opened the conference with extreme energy and a ton of WOOHOOs. It was great, and what a good message: “Where life is better than good!” Life IS better than good and I (WE ALL) should be telling myself (ourselves) that every single day. A quick summary of what Rich talked about: You create your own reality—what’s it going to be? Your results won’t change until you do. Challenge your fears and norms to achieve better results. Turn your dream into a goal and be positive. Where are you, where do you want to be, and why? And things successful people have/do/are: visions/goals/plans (all written); why/purpose (all written); flow (Be, Do, Have); believe; personal growth; attitude of gratitude; give back. Simple stuff, really, but society has become content with mediocrity and that’s not okay.

Next to speak was Dr. David. He’s in great shape for being in his late 60s and it’s all because of his belief in whole foods. He’s a spokesman for Juice Plus capsules and it was a very interesting segment—I know a bit about nutrition, but it’s always great to learn more, and I didn’t know anything about Juice Plus. His messages were also simple, however, you can tell how most of them have been lost in the fray of our crazy, I-want-results-now-for-little-effort-and-little-money society. In summary: If your lifestyle doesn’t control your body, eventually your body will control your lifestyle. Prevention-base your lifestyle. Study health to maintain your health and place health as a top priority above all. Many types of cancers and diseased can be prevented with a healthy diet and daily exercise. Daily exercise is a discipline of the mind. The Standard American Diet is SAD and is a die-t of processed and packaged foods that fills you up with no nutrients. Whole food nutrition is important because the body is programmed to digest and assimilate real whole food and nutrition is the fuel that maintains, drives, detoxifies, rebuilds, and repairs the human body and every living organism on earth. The real reasons to eat are to grow new cells, repair damaged tissues, provide fuel for daily needs, and support immune system function. I definitely learned a lot from Dr. D.

Wendy and Viki followed Dr. David. They talked about three kinds of waste—your waist size, the money you waste, and your excretory waste. Viki was an RN for 20 years and talked a lot about our omentums, which is the fat that wraps around your intestinal tract, protecting and nourishing them. However, our omentums have become runaway organs because people misunderstand their signals—your omentum gives you the feelings of hunger. When it comes to money, they had one thing to say: “You pay less when you pay attention to your body.” As for the third kind of waste, they had a simple saying, “Clean colon, clean skin.” Basically they reiterated what Dr. David was talking about—we need to eat more whole foods and drink more water, especially since our bodies translate dehydration into hunger and other symptoms like allergies, heartburn, fatigue, and constipation. Yay for local authors!

Last, but certainly not least, was Mr. Tony Rubleski. Fun fact: Tony is one of the authors my audiobook company publishes and I have met him before. However, I never really got a chance to sit down and talk with him, so it was great to be able to do that. Not only is he an extremely nice man, but he’s an amazing presenter and super smart. His presentation was from his third book, Mind Capture: How to Awaken Your Entrepreneurial Genius in a Time of Great Economic Change!,  and was titled “12 Way to Capture the Power of Innovation to Take More Positive Action Within Your Life.” I’m going to list a few of the 12 things—not all of them, sorry—that impacted me the most.

  • Study and read multiple disciplines.
  • Always maintain curiosity as to why things are the way they are.
  • Hang around successful people and soak in their wisdom and ideas.
  • Get into better physical shape to cultivate more mental and physical energy.
  • Build leisure and goof-off time in. You need to have fun and strike a blance.

I’m going to throw out some quotes, too, since Tony rocked a bunch of good ones (yet another reason I liked the guy!). Note: these may or may not have been coined by others, but I heard them from Tony!:

  • “Sometimes you have to be willing to be misunderstood.”
  • “You’ll never arrive – you should always be growing and pushing.”
  • “Laughter is a momentary holiday. Take them every day.”
  • “Surround yourself with people who lift you up and give you wisdom.”
  • “Don’t shoot the messenger, listen and look through.”
  • “We have so much distraction in front of us and too often watch other people’s lives instead of living ours.”
  • “You need the mind, body, and spirit to be worked all of the time.”
  • And his Facebook status yesterday morning: Monday Mind Nugget of the Day: “Anxiety is the negative use of imagination.” -Roger Crawford.

We ended with some Zumba and man, was it wonderful. I haven’t Zumba-d in a while and it felt great to shake it to some fun, spicy music. That and I just love being around Marcia and her energy.

The conference was a success in my mind because I made new friends, developed stronger bonds with already-friends, calmed my mind and body, learned a ton, became inspired and newly awakened, and left with a happiness that was well-timed and genuine.


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