Let’s get Lean Legs

Let’s get Lean Legs

As stated in the “What Is This?” tab of this blog, fitness is a large part of my life. Well here is my first blog to show you a little tiny bit of that side of me.

In June this year I became a certified personal trainer and began pursuing my goals of helping women get to where they want to be fitness-wise. While having a wedding to finish planning and a marriage to start in August, my pursuit to help women was slightly detained. Now that I’m in Dallas I am a full-time personal trainer at large gym and ready to help some people out!

During my time spent training and learning from the other trainers at the gym I’ve picked up on a few things that you might want to know:

1. Everyone has a fitness/health goal

2. While exercise is EXTREMELY important, your body will not respond properly if you do not eat wisely in addition to the exercise

3. Eat before AND after you workout

4. Everyone needs encouragement and accountability

Look those over and see how you can improve those areas in your fitness goals/routines. What is YOUR goal? How are you eating this week? Who is offering you the encouragement and accountability you need to achieve your goals?

The link attached is the leg workout I did this evening. I went ahead and tried the “advanced” tabata sequence of 8 sets. It takes 20minutes to do the 8 sets with no additional resting to the in-between 10second intervals. Watch the video, the gal is sweet and great at explaining each move. Also, I don’t have a fancy tabata timer like her’s, I set my ipod on a stool in front of me and kept a close eye on it throughout the whole workout.

Let me know what you think!!

Marketing Christ

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Movies play a large role in our society. Mainly in the form of entertainment. What is it about this form of entertainment that draws us to a dark room with less-than-comfortable seating, with sticky floors, and overpriced popcorn? Is it the fact that we can sit and be entertained without having to exert any energy or brain power into the entertainment? Could it be that we prefer this form of entertainment with friends because it means we don’t have to put the effort into conversation? Or maybe we really are that interested in movies. If that is the case then why are we interested in them? At the moment I am having a real admiration for those that have a passion for videography, set design, make-up artistry, stunts, music, and acting. The people with these interests analyze movies when they watch them. Sometimes these people bore someone like me when they relate all their analyzations to the group after the movie. The group is found bored by this because they don’t share that person’s passion.

Tonight I watched What Women Want. A movie that was made 12 years ago about chauvinistic executive that, after an accident, “gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.” While watching it I was texting my husband who was at work, about how interesting it was that the movie was taking on a whole different meaning to me this time. This was my third time to watch this movie and this go round I felt that I understood it better than ever before.

One of my two online classes this semester is a marketing class. A very basic “Introduction to Marketing” but I realized tonight just how much I have already learned in the short course. The executive in What Women Want (Mel Gibson) is desperately trying to think like a woman in order to properly market a product to a woman. As I watched this sub-plot in the movie I understood the hard work it was to accomplish such a task.

Realizing this I began to apply it to my own view of what I’m supposed to be doing in this season in my life. My desire as a personal trainer is to help women get into the shape they want to be. To help them feel wonderful about their bodies, and to know that they are working hard towards their goals. As a Premier Designs jeweler I have the same goals, tweaked a tad, but still the same. My job as a jeweler is to help women feel wonderful about themselves. To take them to a place where they can achieve goals, have a good time, and not worry about everything for a short while (and in some cases, a long while).

I’m not in the marketing industry. But then again, aren’t we all in the marketing industry? Marketing isn’t advertising. It isn’t just selling a product. It’s helping people understand what they want. Putting a person’s desire into words or pictures that they couldn’t have come up with on their own.

Starting in jr. high I realized that I did this for my friends. Girls are terrible at explaining things. We go around and around in circles to try to get the right words out and then at the end we say something like, “know what I mean?” And a lot of times we’ll say “oh yeah” but we still don’t get what she was saying. My girlfriends would try to describe how they felt about a situation (or about a boy) and often times I would cut them off and say what they felt in one sentence (that may be because I’m good at wording things or it very well be because I was just impatient and an overly efficient person and wanted to cut out the unnecessary chit-chat, you can make that call). But isn’t that what marketing is?

Marketing is re-wording something to make it beautiful and simple and efficient and a light bulb goes off in the customer’s mind and they think, “that’s exactly what I meant” or “that’s exactly what I’ve been needing/wanting.”

Think about your business or your job for a minute. How are you marketing things to those that you work with? My job involves a lot of marketing (if you go by the definition of marketing that I’ve just explained), your’s may or may not. But if you’re a Believer, then your LIFE involves marketing EVERYDAY. Every single person needs hope and rescuing. Everyone needs someone to turn to, someone who loves them and who they can love. Isn’t that what Christ is?

As a Christian, Jesus permeates my whole life. Whether I have a fear, a worry, a moment of excitement or joy or am thankful for something. Christ is the center of it all. He gets called on for everyone of those things. I cannot imagine not having Him there to call on in trial, pain and joy and thankfulness. Doesn’t everyone need Him for those things? For someone to call on, for a companion that will never leave them, to rescue them?

Is that how we’re marketing Christ in our lives every single day? Does Christianity look more like a sales pitch or job opening that comes with rules and bosses than simply an offering of what a person NEEDS?

I’m re-wording and re-wiring my way of approaching this. I want to market Christ to every need or want that a person has. I’m not selling Him, I’m just re-wording their need or want with an offering of what the answer is to that need or want.

Small & Mighty

This week in my online astronomy course I read a chapter on the stars. One thing I found particularly interesting was the H-R diagram. As I posted in the “discussion board”, being my type-A first-child self my heart gets ridiculously excited over charts, graphs, spreadsheets, lists and diagrams.

Here is what an H-R diagram of the stars looks like:

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Now here’s the thing that stood out to me and made me go “hmmmm” about this specific diagram: See those supergiants, giants and the main stream of stars? Well first off, in case you didn’t know, our very own sun is in that “main sequence,” it’s just an average sized star. And another thing you may not have known, those little tiny, itty, bitty, stars called “white dwarf” stars, those ones are the hottest of all the stars.

This made me think of my brother & Bruce Lee. My youngest brother is currently 13 years old. He was born premature and has been a fighter since birth. But he has also been very small since birth. Most people guess he’s about 10 years old, which is a bit of a smite on his young manhood. In the past year he has made Bruce Lee his idol. Why? Not just because Bruce Lee was a beast and because my brother watched all his youtube videos to learn how to properly swing nun-chucks. But because my brother shares something with Bruce Lee, his size, he idolizes Bruce Lee because, he too, is small. This gives my brother a sense of hope, as we all feel when we have an idol, a hero. My little brother aspires to be mighty, to be a beast, just like Bruce Lee was, despite size.

I find it fascinating that our Lord made these inaccurately named stars (dwarf stars) the smallest and yet the mightiest in the universe. Not those big bad red supergiant stars, but the teeny, tiny, blue and white “dwarf” stars. They’re the hottest and the toughest.

And then, isn’t it cool how He was all like “here watch this” and made His very own Son born to a humble virgin and an obedient carpenter; sent Him to earth as a tiny baby with small beginnings that would lead to THE GREATEST OF ALL endings?

Small & mighty.

Amazing how God can show us through the stars in the sky, or through His Son’s birth, or through my brother’s size, how no matter what our size, no matter how small and insignificant we may think we are, those are the ones God made to be mighty, to be the tough guys on earth.