How to Develop Mental, Spiritual and Fitness Patience
I am writing about this topic this week because lately I seem to lack it. I am the mom of two teenagers and an eleven year-old. Kids test you daily. They question, they object and they rebel. It is part of their growth. As a parent, in the heat of the moment, it’s challenging to acknowledge what they might be experiencing mentally and emotionally over the sting of their words.
Parent or not, no matter what stage in life we are in, our patience is tested daily because our culture and our current reality causes it to be so. Today’s world is so fast-paced. We can get information at a “click,” we speak in short-hand through texts rather than have a conversation, and we want to change our looks instantly with potion, pill or lipsosuctor. (Is that a word?)
With every generation, new inventions are causing us to speed up our lives. This week I want to encourage you to take the next 7 days and make an attempt to slow it down. Now, I realize that you can’t simply take a week off work or cancel all your regular weekly commitments, but you can take moments throughout the week to take pause. It has such benefits for the growth of our minds, bodies and spirit.
Developing Mental Patience:
Recently I had an opportunity to listen to wonderful interview with Darren Hardy the publisher of Success Magazine. Darren is working with the Beachbody Coaches to provide us with online access to the best audio recordings for personal growth and development. He commented that “if you want to have more you have to become more.” He stressed the importance of working on your own personal development daily, even if it’s for only 10 minutes. The one common thread among all the great thought leaders he’s come in contact with is that they are consummate learners. Ask yourself this: How open-minded are you? How willing are you to take the time to learn more about something you’ve been passionate about or even curious about? Here is a suggestion: the next time you want to learn more about any topic, don’t go to the internet, go the library or a bookstore. Rather than turning on the TV to watch something that does nothing for your mind, find a comfortable chair, a warm blanket, curl up and read that book and soak in everything it has to offer.
Developing Spiritual Patience:
Spiritual growth can often be tedious work, one small step at a time. This among all other things for me is always a work in progress. The Bible says: “Everything on earth has its own time and season.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) I believe there are seasons in our spiritual life too. Sometime I have a short intense burst of growth followed by a period of stabilizing and testing. (Like now with my teenagers!!) Problems, habits and hurts cannot be miraculously removed. Believe me, I often find myself praying for miracles but then I am pleasantly surprised to see the answer come through gradual change. We need to be patient with God and ourselves. I am often in a hurry and feel I work so hard for so many things, and yet frustrated by the seemingly slow progress I am making in life. Always remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You may not be where you want to be, but you’re also not where you used to be. I remember when I was a kid I saw t-shirts that said: “Please be patient, God is not finished
with me yet.” God is not finished with you, either, so be patient and keep
Being Patient with Your Health and Fitness Progress:
I am a 46, soon to be 47 year old female. Do I want to look
good? Yes. Do I want to look like I did in my twenties or even my thirties?
Sure I do. (That is one of those miracles I pray for Here is the reality: I
am never going to look that young again. No pill, potion, tanning spray, teeth
whitener, plastic surgery or liposuctor is going to stop the natural process of
aging. What we all need to remember (especially the women out there) is this:
Healthy looking is attractive, young looking just shouldn’t matter because,
truly, no one cares. The real goal is to be a terrific-looking man or woman….of
precisely your age. Guess what? That you can do. You can achieve this with good ol’ fashion daily exercise and clean eating. Does it take time? Yes. Does it take patience? At our age, oh yes. But every day you pay attention to your health instead of your looks you will feel better about yourself. That slow, patient process will make you much more likely to keep the weight off for the long term and provide a quality of life that allows
you to do things you want well into your 80s. The quick fix is just that;
quick. It doesn’t last. Did you know that only one in five people keep the
weight off after having their stomach stapled? Why do we expect lifelong habits of poor
eating and lack of exercise to change overnight? Why do we expect weight that we’ve been hanging onto for 10 years or more to come off in just a few weeks or 90 days?
Most of Beachbody’s programs are 90 days long and many people who are very
overweight or obese expect to be ripped after only one round. What they don’t
realize is that these programs are designed not to just help you lose weight,
but change habits. They are the starting point to getting you on a plan of
daily, consistent healthy eating and exercise. Be patient, be consistent and both your body and your health with improve.
Report and Plan to YOU:
Results from Last Week:
Monday: P90X Upper Body Plus and Abs Core Plus, 6:00 am—DONE!
Tuesday: P90X-2 Plyocide, 5:15 am—DID NOT DO L
Wednesday: Tony Horton One-on-One V3 Shoulders and Arms and P90X Ab Ripper, 5:15 am—DID PLYOCIDE
Thursday: Insanity Pure Cardio, 5:15 am—DID TH O-O-O SHOULDERS AND ARMS AND AB RIPPER
Friday: Tony Horton One-on-One V2 For Legs and Iso Abs, 6:00 am—DID INSANITY PURE CARDIO
Saturday: Hot Yoga—EARLY MORNING KIDS SPORTS—DID NOT PLAN WELL—DID INSANITY MAX CARDIO INTERVALS INSTEAD
This week’s Plan: Making it an Insanity Week!
Monday: Max Cardio Conditioning and Cardio Abs, 6 am
Tuesday: Pure Cardio, 5:15 am
Wednesday: Max Interval Plyo, 5:15 am
Thursday:Plyometric Cardio Circuit, 5:15 am
Friday: Max Interval Sports Training and Insane Abs, 6:00 am
Saturday: Hot Yoga, 8:00 am