When life throws you changes……

Sometimes in life we are thrown into?some changes that we are never ready for, some?of us?deal with changes well and other’s don’t, I’m?one of those who deals well with change, however when there are?too many at one time then, I have some difficulty. This year has been a?very challenging?year for me, I have had so many changes in so many different way’s.

My business?Body Techniques has gone?through multiple changes, my personal life has had?many changes, my oldest son Mathias has had a ?change as well ?…?going from elementary school to middle school and my preschooler Micah went to kindergarten this year. Yes, life is full of changes … all the time, but sometimes ?change?can?just be to challenging altogether?and you just have to stop, regroup and take a while to breath and slow down.?This is exactly what happened?to me and I would like to share this with you. ?This year my husband and I had to make a painful decision?to close down our personal training location after 17 years of? having our own studio in five different locations. We are still doing our personal training, ?but we are doing our business differently and we are adapting to this change.?I believe that ?God is truly putting us through … tests or seasons (if you may) to see how well we ?will react to?Him and what we are presently going through. At?times it seems?like it is easier to just stay in a situation that is comfortable and?to do nothing?that may require us to?change. ?I truly believe that this would be the easy way out and we’ll never know growth if we sit static. In order to grow,?change needs to happen and it’s the natural flow of life’s energy in itself. We do our best in trusting that God almighty has a plan for all of us and we walk our lives out by faith not by sight.?Changes such as losing weight, getting on an exercise program, eating healthier, drinking more water, getting more sleep and taking better care of ourselves in general are all positive changes. Positive changes are easy to start, but never easy to do day in and day out. So, as we approach the end of this year 2010 and prepare for next 2011 we start to think about our New Year’s Resolutions which usually includes some kind of change in our daily lives. Most of the time these “new” changes consist of something that will try to help us feel better and become more disciplined in a certain area or areas of our lives. Losing weight and joining a gym are two of the most desired New Year’s resolutions that we hear most often. However, ?after about a? month?or so ?those two ‘new’ resolutions are already starting to fade away. So this year when you decide what you want to do to become healthier and more fit,?I would like to encourage you to keep it simple. Try not to overload yourself with demands that you know will slip away the first month you make them. Instead, try what I did this year with my clients?that had great success. ?This year I did something with my clients to help them with their fitness?goals and it worked out really well I called this the …?”Fitness Time Capsule”?. I asked my clients to participate?in this to help them with goal setting and also to teach them about accountability.??I asked?my clients?to make three goals at the beginning of the year and to write them down on a piece of paper.? We then put their three goals on three different pieces of paper and ?in three different envelopes and dated them. After they created their goals, we checked in with them about every three months to see if ?they (my clients) were moving closer toward their?goals that they made. By the time December came around, almost all of my clients had reached their?goals or came really close to them! Having just three goals to work on with their wellness and fitness ?was the ticket for me and them. My clients weren’t?overwhelmed at all and they?also created some really positive habits along the way. They also lost some unhealthy habits along the way like smoking, overeating and bingeing to name a few.?We are planning on doing?this?again in 2011!! I would love to encourage some of you fitness mama’s out there to do the same. Remember, keep your goals simple so they can become a reality and not just another thing that you have to do and never do it, right? Write down three goals that you would like to work on throughout the year and put them in an envelope put the date on it and open it up every three months (you will do this 4 times in the new year) to “see” how you are making progress. If you aren’t doing well in the first three months of the year then do your best to improve in the next three months and so on. ?Doing this with a fitness buddy or partner would also be fun and you could also help encourage each other to reach your individual goals throughout the new year. Remember change doesn’t have to be difficult it is ?just sometimes needs to happen, especially when it comes to a healthier you! So in 2011, make those changes that you have been wanting to make for a long time now and take action, the CHANGE will empower you and you will feel much better.

Changes can be fun, remember changes are empowering and also very rewarding! However, it’s up to you to take the first step, I know you can do it, and I know you will!!

Healthy Chili & Corn Bread

Scripture: What ever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. James 1:17

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Healthy Chili & Corn Bread;

6 Cups cooked kidney beans ( drained )

1/2 lb. ground turkey or LEAN gound beef

1 pkg. chili seasoning

2 8 oz. cans tomato sauce

1? 16oz. can whole tomatoes

Cook ground meat; drain and rinse. Add remaining ingredients and cook 30 minutes.

( use any left over chile and put it on a baked potato, or us in a taco salad)

Corn Bread Mix ( located at Trader Joes)

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Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup

 

 

Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies;

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

?1 t. baking soda

?1 t. salt ( optional)

?1/3 c. “SMART-BEAT margarine

?2/3 applesauce

?2/3 c. granulated sugar

?2/3 brown sugar

?2 t. vanilla

?1/2 c. egg substitute

?3/4 c. chocolate chips

?1/2 c. raisins (0ptional)

?Stir together dry ingredients. Set aside. Cream together margarine, applesauce, sugars, vanilla and egg. Mix well. Add dry ingredients. Add raisins and chocolate chips. Drop onto cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. Makes 4 dozen. ( each cookie has approzimately 1.5 grams of fat compared to Nestles Toll House Cookies which contains 8 grams of fat).

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Stacy Rae & Michael Mednick

 

 

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Micah and his friend from Soccer

 

 

Mathias & Meric my two of my beautiful boy’s

 

Have a wonderful Holiday Season and enjoy your families,

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Blessings,

StacyRaeFitnessMama

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