Friday, July 17, 2015

The Best Way to Love Yourself (and the World)

If there's one thing the majority of my clients have in common, it's the mindset of insecurity and negative self-talk. And let's be honest. It's not just my clients. It's my friends, my family, and sometimes, even me.
Post-Zyn class, sweaty and beautiful.
One of my most recent clients mentioned to me that she loved her program because she saw the therapeutic nature of it. It's the same reason why we love Zyn22. We call it #sweattherapy. You cannot be successful in a journey for improving the physical health of your body without improving the spiritual health of your body. And it all begins in the mind.

Unfortunately, the world we live in doesn't exactly paint a picture of hearts and rainbows for our feeble mind. My eyes are constantly bombarded with images of society's standards on beauty, sex and what it means to be successful. More times than not, these depictions do not line up with what I know to be true according to the Bible.

Humor me for just a minute Try to stay with me as I share something that crossed my mind the other day ....

Let's take two words: World and Word. Phonetically-speaking, the only difference is the letter "L." Let's make tha letter "L" represent two other words: Lie and Love.

All it takes is the removal of the letter "L" from the word "world" to get back to "word." Let's say that letter stands for Lie, the deception that the world's standards are true and definitive. Remove the "lie," and your left with "Word." What I'm saying is this: Instead of comparing oneself to the world's standards, hold oneself accountable to the truths and statutes in the Word of God.

The truth is, God's word is free of lies. We can trust it completely, and should shape our lives around God's standards and statutes. However, that doesn't mean we must depart from the world we live in, shunning anyone still struggling with measuring up to society.

Reflecting on God's blessings and his teachings on a hike in Colorado.

No, in fact, if you put a different L-word back in ... Let's say this time the letter "L" stands for "love," you get "World" again. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, He gave his only son." We are called to love the world, to be transformed and then show that love to the rest of the world. What God doesn't want us to do is get caught up in comparing ourselves to those who are conformed to the world or those who are not being transformed by the truth, Gods Word.

For the most part, worldly people or affairs make it pretty obvious if they are trying to uphold the Word or not. The thing is, how can you differentiate the two if you don't spend any time studying the Word? Don't succumb to the L-word LIE, but instead, fill your spirit with God's Word and spread the L-word LOVE!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Independence Day Do's and Don'ts

Every holiday, the health-minded are faced with challenges to their normal rise and grind routines. In America, most holidays involve some sort of lounging, boozing or feasting, and that just doesn't sync well with a health-hustlin' fool like me. That being said, here are my top tips for not totally surrendering all the hard work you've put in this summer to stay fit from the inside out this 4th of July weekend.

This is what I was doing last year's 4th of July... Independence Classic Fitness Competition.

Stay Active. Find some sort of exercise, sport, fitness class, or activity to enjoy. Whether it's a sand volleyball game, a water volleyball game, some frisbee throwing, flying a kite, walking the dogs, or whatever — opt to go instead of sit. Or, at least earn some sitting and lounging time by getting in a good, earned sweat (Texas humidity doesn't count, y'all).

Stay Hydrated. Not only should you drink extra water during the hot summer months to fight heat exhaustion, but also because it will help you feel full. When you're water depleted, you may fill flat and light for a little while, but if you're going to be outside or in the sun, it's important to always be drinking something like iced water (try adding lemon/stevia), iced tea, or another stevia-sweetened beverage (try Bai5). Holding a cold drink keeps one hand from picking at chips and cookies, too! Plus, the more you're full of water, the less you will indulge in gains-killing alcohol (which makes you fluffy and puffy).

Stay Prepared with Food. Usually, grilled options are great. Think turkey burgers, bison burgers, chicken breasts, zucchini, squash, bell peppers, onions, and (organic) corn. If you're heading to a friend's house or party, always bring something light and fresh you can munch on. I usually bring a giant salad full of spring greens, spinach, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, onions, carrots, and pack a bottle of light dressing or something to top it with. If it takes you bringing your own stocked cooler, do it. It's worth the extra effort.

Stay Protected from the Sun. If you're going to be out and about in the sun, either wear some organic, all-natural sunscreen or cover up with a hat and some sun-repellant apparel. Skin cancer is no joke, y'all.

Despite the simplicity of the above tips, I hope they help at least remind you of a couple things you may have already known, or maybe inspired you to do something different. Happy Independence Day, friends. Let's take a moment to thank our ancestors and all those who have sacrificed for our freedom.

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