When you are on a journey of any kind your perspective on things can have a profound effect on how much you enjoy your time and whether you are able to find happiness within it. Finding gratitude in the small things can allow you to see things that you take for granted that not everyone gets to experience.
I wanted to share this poem that I read in one of my mindfulness courses. I am unsure of the author but I thought it was a really great example of how perspective can change your outlook. Here is the poem:
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, ‘How was the trip?’ ’It was great, Dad.’ ‘Did you see how poor people live,’ the father asked. ‘Oh yeah,’ said the son. ‘So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip,’ asked the father.
The son answered: ‘I saw that we have one dog and they had four.’ ‘We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.’ ’We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.’ ‘Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.’ ‘We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.’ ‘We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.’ ‘We buy our food, but they grow theirs.’ ‘We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.’
The boy’s father was speechless.
Then his son added, ‘Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.’”Unknown
So how does this fit in with health and fitness?
*When you are not as toned as we would like to be or not at our goal weight don't hate yourself and avoid mirrors or going out because your waiting to see results. Find the things you like about yourself and not the things you dislike, and yes, there are good things about you!!
*If you need to modify when working out don't think that you are failing or are not yet good enough because you cannot do the program at super speed (You will get there if you stay consistent). Modifying can allow you to slowly gain strength and increase your cardio without getting injured.
*If you fall off track with your nutrition plan don't put yourself down. Just get back on track and try again.
*No one is perfect – even if they appear to have it all together!
These are just a few ideas. Brainstorm some other areas that you may think negatively about and see how you can turn them around for the better.
*Taken from the teambeachbody blog site*
Seven-layer dip was a regular feature of watching Saturday college football games with my dad when I was a kid. It’s one of his favorite snacks, and my sweet mom would make it for us, served with restaurant-style tortilla chips. Dad doesn’t like sour cream (or yogurt, or mayonnaise…weird, I know), so her version had a layer of diced onion, and black olives instead of peppers. It also had a LOT more cheese on top.
We asked our nutrition team to create this lighter version of seven-layer dip, that is heavy on fresh veggies, and uses nonfat refried beans and low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream. As a lifelong connoisseur of seven-layer dip, I can attest to its tastiness. The next time I make it I’ll buy spicier beans and add chopped jalapeño, because that’s how I roll.
2 medium ripe avocados
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1 dash ground black pepper
8 oz low-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp. all-natural taco seasoning, no salt added
1 (15-oz) can nonfat refried beans, warm
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, ends trimmed, sliced thin
2 Tbsp. shredded cheddar (or pepper jack) cheese (½ oz)
1. Mash avocados in a medium bowl.
2. Add lime juice, salt, and pepper; mix well. Set aside.
3. Combine yogurt and taco seasoning in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
4. Top serving platter with beans, avocado mixture, yogurt mixture, tomatoes, peppers, green onions, and cheese.
5. Serve with baked tortilla chips.Healthier Seven-Layer Dip
This kid-friendly meal is great for adults too!
2 Tbsp. raw honey
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
Nonstick cooking spray (or olive oil cooking spray)
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp. water
1 lb. raw chicken breast tenders, skinless
1 cup whole wheat Panko bread crumbs (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
½ cup finely chopped sliced almonds
1 dash tsp. sea salt
1 dash tsp. ground black pepper
1. Combine honey, mustard, and vinegar in a small bowl; mix well. Chill.
2. Preheat oven to 425° F.
3. Line baking sheet with foil; lightly coat with spray.
4. Combine eggs and water in a medium shallow bowl; whisk to blend.
5. Soak chicken in egg mixture for 30 minutes, turning once; set aside.
6. Combine bread crumbs, almonds, salt, and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag; shake to combine.
7. Working with a few pieces at a time, lift chicken from egg mixture, letting excess drip back into bowl, and drop into bag containing bread crumb mixture. Seal bag and shake to coat; repeat with remaining chicken.
8.Place chicken on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes, until no longer pink in the middle and golden brown.
9. Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce.
Meet Emily A. She participated in The Beachbody Challenge® and won the $500 Daily Prize for January 13th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?*
Before I started Beachbody programs, I was beginning my first year of college. I was weighing about 255 pounds and I was having health issues no 19 year old should have. Almost every day I would have a panic attack. I had to take medication for my incredibly high heart rate and another medication for my blood pressure. YES. I was taking blood pressure medicine at 19 years old. If you haven’t experienced a panic attack, then the only way to describe the feeling to make someone understand is basically as if you were dying, which is absolutely correct. Every day I would have moments where I suffered shortness of breath that would cause my lips, knees, and hands to turn blue. I hyperventilated many times a day without a cause. Anxiety was taking over so much of my life that I would have a panic attack because I would be scared OF PANIC ATTACKS. I would shake and sweat non-stop. Sitting in class was almost impossible without having to step outside to take deep breaths.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?*
One night, I remembered looking at myself in the mirror. I saw how overweight I was and how downhill my life was going for a 19 year old. I busted into tears. I decided to call a close cousin of mine. She has been such a role model to me ever since I was born. My cousin has always been a fit person. In fact, she is a special education teacher and one night a week, she invites her class and other special needs people in our community to participate in a fitness class. I took my autistic brother to her classes every week. The night I called her, my only intention was to ask for her help by teaching me new ways of exercise. Instead, she invited me to come live with her for a couple months so she can teach me everything from proper exercise and diet. She lives with her husband and their two year old, and they welcomed me into their home with open arms. It was then that I learned my cousin was a coach for a company called BEACHBODY! After 8 months of learning a new way of life, I lost 80lbs
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?*
My biggest challenge was keeping up with my new diet. Portion control was VERY hard to manage in the beginning. After drinking Shaleology, and working out with Chalene Extreme and Hip Hop Abs, It became easier for me to maintain a healthy balanced diet. Now all my body does is crave healthy food. When I was 6 months into my new way of living, I went to the doctor to have a checkup. She was blown away by how wonderful I looked. I slowly was taken off of all medications. Today, I no longer suffer severe panic attacks nor do I have to take blood pressure medicine! The feeling of not having to start my day by taking medications is simply fantastic! I never want to go back to those terrible feelings again! I am a much happier person than I was a year ago.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?*
I absolutely loved the wonderful feeling I got after every workout in Chalene’s program. At the end of each workout, she would give a small speech that would motivate me into wanting to press play the next day. Chalene taught me how to get great results even if I didn’t have heavy enough weights. In Hip Hop Abs, Shawn T made the workouts fun! I would want to keep going even after the videos were done! Shawn T made me feel like sculpting my stomach was easy!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?*
I am most proud of how far I could actually push myself. Chalene says in the videos that you can surprise yourself by how heavy you can actually lift… and SHE WAS RIGHT! I started off the program lifting light weights and surprised myself in the end how heavy I could lift. It really showed me how far I’ve come.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?*
My life is so much better since I completed my programs. Every day I WANT to work out. I no longer feel like I HAVE to workout. I am no longer taking any medications for anxiety or blood pressure, which is an amazing feeling. Every day I get a compliment about how great I look and I am ALWAYS questioned about how I did it. I never want to revert back to my hold habits and I know this new way of living is going to be stuck in me for the rest of my life. All I want to do is help people turn their life around, like I did for myself. If it wasn’t for my cousin introducing me to this company, I know I would not have come as far as I did. THANK YOU BEACHBODY!
Would you like to nominate your TeamBeachBody Coach for the role that he or she played in your success?*
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Challenge groups helped me realize that there are other people who are going through the same situation as I am. They WANT a change in their life. Being surrounded by people who want to achieve the same things I do motivated me to work harder. I WANTED to have a successful outcome because I knew my group members were working hard to have a successful rusults as well. I did not want to let my buddies down!!! They helped me stay positive. Surrounding yourself with people who understand you and, like you, want to maintain a healthy lifestyle is the best way to stay motivated.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My couch is my cousin. She not only inspired me to be a better person, but she pushed me to accomplish my goals. Even though she knows me personally, she still takes time to help others as well.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
I have fallen in love with Shakeology. I have Shakeology once a day, if not my day is thrown off! Shakeology helped me cut out cravings throughout my day. If I had a sudden urge for sweets, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology was there to save the day. I found I had more energy throughout my day if I drank Shakeology. I now put more vitamins in my body that I know i wasn’t talking before. My nails grow like crazy from drinking Shakeology!
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
With these programs and supplements, I was able to lose more weight than I ever imagined I would lose. Now I no longer take medications for anxiety and blood pressure because of my weight loss. I know without these beachbody products, losing 80 pounds would only be a dream, not a reality!
Did you achieve any other measureable improvements with a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc…)
My blood pressure and heart rate improved after doing both workout programs.
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