Wax On Wax Off Don’t Forget To Breathe

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (Heb. 12:11)

 If it’s starting a new job, relationship, workout, nutrition plan etc. it can cause some discomfort and pain. We are creating a new groove in life and it takes time. I love trying new things and I get inspired easily but I hate the waiting part of the process. The waiting to start or see results are what usually cause me discomfort and pain, however, I’m working on that.

One new workout I’ve been incorporating into my weekly training is the Farmers Walk. Love it!! You grab a pair of heavy dumbbells, one in each hand, and walk slowly in a straight line for 30-75 seconds standing up straight, core tight, chest up and breathing. I usually take my shoes off while doing this so I can really focus on the task. This exercise is a perfect illustration for my life. If I go too fast, I will lean too much to one side, lose my balance and then stumble. Once I take it slowly and focus, I can reach the end goal and come out a stronger balanced person. Maybe if I focus more on my own balance, my sanity will soon follow? Hmmmm 🙂

An important act of training is that of our muscle memory. Muscle memory involves the repetition of skills until the movements become automatic. Think about it, how many movements do you do daily without thinking about them? How about tying your shoes, brushing your teeth, or picking those wedgies in public? These movements become so repetitious over the years that we do them without thought. Scary!

If you are trying something new, don’t give up when it causes you some discomfort. I challenge you to exercise your discipline muscles, dig deep and be more conscious in everything you do. (And no picking in public!) Remember, “Man who catch fly with chop stick accomplish anything.” Mr. Miyagi

Pamela Sampson

Do You Have Mind Control?

Welcome to Flex Fitness Montana! Flex Fitness is a Private Training Center for all fitness levels so naturally I wanted to start off my blog with an exercise! That’s right, 20 pushups! No I’m kidding not that kind of exercise but one I think is the most important of all. Exercising your mind!! For all of us trying to live a fit and healthy life, it is a challenge we face every day. Either we haven’t started yet or the maintaining is the challenge. Our mind is a tricky little sucker and when it comes to living fit, it can be our own worst enemy.
One of my favorite books I refer to often is Joyce Meyer’s “Battlefield of the Mind.” Many of you might not agree with my beliefs but there is no question that we can all start to gain control over our mind and find some freedom and peace. We need to be patient with ourselves when we make mistakes and give grace to others when they make their’s.
How are you exercising your mind? Are you exercising your mind with, “I can’t do that, It looks too hard, I’m not skinny enough, I’m afraid, I’ll start tomorrow, I’m tired, or I don’t have time?” Or how about the other junk we feed our mind, “Did you see what she was wearing?  What kind of mother is she?  I can’t believe her! That bleep bleep bleep cut me off! Oh my goodness Becky, look at her butt, It is sooo big! She looks like one of those rap guys girlfriends!” I could go on and on with the junk we exercise our minds with daily. For me personally I beat myself up with nasty things and I am guilty of talking junk about other people from time to time. If I’m having a hard time breaking through something in my life it usually takes me taking control over what or how I’m thinking and then I exercise it in a positive way. Don’t beat yourself up or others anymore and get started moving today. Remember, your actions won’t change until your mind does.
Pamela Sampson