Calisthenics and why I love it!

Calisthenics can be done anywhere with no special equipment…. or none at all! You don’t need a gym to do a few calisthenics. Push-ups, dips, pull-ups, crunches are awesome ways to get your heart pumping. You don’t need a lot of room to perform these types of exercises. Calisthenics are an all over hard core workout no matter what. Being able to lift your own body weight is possible and calisthenics is the way to get you there.

Push-ups, you just need a flat surface.

Dips, you can do with a chair or your bed.

Pull-ups you may need to be a little creative with if you don’t have a pull-up bar in your house. You can always go to a park where there is a pull-up bar!

Crunches, again you can do these various ways but all you really need is a flat surface and some motivation.

Planks, there are a variety of planks you can challenge yourself with. Start off basic with just a forearm plank than advance to a straight-arm plank. I like to use a variety of plank exercises to get warmed up and charged up.

Lunges, why not lunge down your hallway? Maybe lunge on your way to the bathroom!

Squats, you can do free standing or against a wall. Make sure you perform with proper technique!

Handstand push-ups…… I know, I know! These are hard but you can try against a wall. Start with doing half a handstand push-up, in other words once your in your handstand position only bend your arms a little than back to starting position. Trust me, that alone is a workout! If this is clearly not possible right now, work your way up to it. Set it as a goal.

All it really takes is some motivation with determination. We all started at the beginning and beginning is a great place to start. Try making small changes and big changes will appear.

“The real workout starts when you want to stop”  author unknown

“Motivate the mind; the body will follow” author unknown

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Favorite quotes of mine

“You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them”

‘There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were”

“It’s better to know and to be disappointed than to never know and always wonder”

“There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we cant live without but have to let go”

“You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now”

“Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak, sometimes it means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go and move on”

“As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones”

“Don’t think of cost. Think of value”

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Detotoxify your body

I do believe that environmental toxins create havoc in ones mind as well as body. Our body naturally eliminates toxins through urination, bowel movements and sweating. However, have you considered stimulating your lymphatic system to help with detoxification? You can easily stimulate your lymphatic system through touch. Light touch! Simply use a bristle brush to stroke your skin starting from your feet brushing upwards toward your heart. Be gentle with yourself, you don’t want scratches on your skin.

You can also STOP using nonstick cookware. Nonstick cookware releases chemicals into your food…… NOT GOOD for your health. Replace with glass, stainless steel or cast iron.

Sometimes even the simplest little changes can make a huge difference.

“Respect and honor your temple– and it will honor you” Supa Nova Slom

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Highly sensitive people

Well now I have a title. I always thought I was different, and not in a weird way. I’m just not like other people (something I use to say about myself ALL of the time).

HSP’s are highly empathetic, prefer quiete environments, and VERY sensitive to noise just to name a few of there characteristics.  Most HSP’s are introverts but not all. I however, am an introvert.

I have always been one that likes to process things on a much deeper level to make some sort of sense with this world, and the people that live in it. I also like to exercise on my own rather than in a group setting. I really don’t like attention…… unless I’m on stage performing. Go figure!

I can take FOREVER to make up my mind. This is frustrating but so true with me. I am MORE upset than someone who is NOT Highly sensitive when I make a wrong decision. I have made many…… unfortunately. Every part of my being is effected. This can be dangerous to my health.

I am definitely more prone to anxiety. That’s no surprise to me at all for many reasons. I also am not fond of crowds. They’re over stimulating and chaotic.

I also hate bright fluorescent light! They are so hard on my eyes OMG! To be honest, anything that is extreme on my senses is generally to much for me.

I like to think I’m creative and believe I think outside the box. The “normal” logic thinker would consider me NOT logical. Coming from a performance background, I say most performers posses this type of characteristic.

I hate scary movies, always did! I would be up for days with my light on ( soft light…haha) if I watched a horror movie. Seriously!

SENSITIVITY doesn’t mean I’m weak, it means I’m very observant. Most highly sensitive people are very aware of peoples thoughts. It is NOT social anxiety. We are moved by works of art and nature. We are compassionate people. Because we care deeply about everything, it can be exhausting at times.

We are dedicated! Because I’m an introvert, being around people can be tiresome. It’s just how I am. It is part of my personality. That’s not a bad thing. Actually because I’m a HSP, I believe I’m worth knowing :-)

If you would like to know if you too are a HSP, you can take a test online. It’s simple and it’s free! Also, a professional can help you further define weather you are a hyper sensitive person just in case you feel it’s worth looking into.

“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a “hot mess” or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world” Anthon St. Maarten

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Willpower and you

I believe willpower predicts your success….. whatever that may be for “you”.  Think about that for a minute…….

Get right with your mind. Inside your mind is your will. What do you want? What do you desire more or less of. Obviously the way to improve your willpower is to meditate. It’s that simple really. Listen to your breath and “think” thoughts that will inspire and motivate you to either change what you don’t want in your life or better yourself in areas that need to be improved upon. Be committed and consistent with this practice to train your brain. What’s important to you will take president above all else…… PRIORITIZE. Your brain is a muscle that needs working out just like the rest of your body. You wouldn’t go to the gym once and expect changes to your physique. You must be consistent and committed.

“It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not. James Gordon

“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt, or fear. Dan Millman

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Good Stress is possible

Stress can be bad for us if it’s to much stress, no doubt. The fight or flight response is good when we are running from a grizzly bear….. obviously right? However, I’m talking about the modern day “stress” that is different from the fight or flight response. When you feel perhaps challenged, and you feel you have what it takes to meet the challenge…..   go for it, you then will remove fear and have focus.  This is not easy for people who deal with constant fear and anxiety. What is the only reason people have stress? Usually because they care about that particular something that has meaning in there life. This stirs up stress. What truly matters and holds value to you can cause stress, but it doesn’t have to! Commit to something bigger than you and use that value and meaning and turn that stress into something positive. Instead of finding excuses to why your “stressed” get excited about the challenge. Translate the stressful things you are experiencing and use it for you not against you.

“The deepest fear we have, ‘the fear beneath all fears,’ is the fear of not measuring up, the fear of judgment. It’s this fear that creates stress and depression of everyday life” Tullian Tchividjian.

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” Hans Seyle

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Being lovable

Are you? Are you lovable?

I was reading one of Warren Buffett’s quotes;  “The more you give love away, The more you get”.  This one stuck out at me the most. He has a lot of great quotes! I was deeply touched when he mentioned that at a certain age you measure success by how many people you want to have love you actually do love you!

Do you ever wonder this for yourself? I think about it even in my late forties. I observe many who possess financial stability and freedom that comes with wealth…….. are they loved?  Are they lovable?  When you get to a certain age (60’s-70’s-80’s) and you have no idea who loves you “for real” and not your money, than you have bigger problems. The size of your wallet means very little when you can’t find one person that you know for certain that loves you unconditionally.

You can buy sex, but you can NOT buy love….. not true love. How do you get love? Be LOVABLE!

Kind, courteous, respectful, giving, patient, forgiving, compassionate…… need I say more?

“Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you.” author unknown.

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