Reminders from God’s Calendar

Monday night before bed, I reviewed my monthly goals. Goals are easier to chew when you take a bite each day. Say no to overindulgence, my friends.

I said to myself, “When I wake up, I’m going to do this, this and this.” Gratefully, the sun rose and I had another chance to strive towards my goals. I hopped out of bed, ready to take on the day, listening to my favorite YouTube video I listen to every morning: Who You Are Message to All Women https://youtu.be/uWi5iXnguTU.

I jumped in my car and headed to my first stop of the day. I planned in my head and iPhone calendar I would be out by 10:00am based off of historical information given to me by others who had the same experience.

As I sat in the waiting area, sipping my hot coffee black, I engaged in light conversations with a few other people who were also planning the rest of their day and stating how much they HAD to do before the day was over.

Time quickly passed and 9:00am was upon us. I began to think how “I” could hurry this process. How “I” could make sure I was on to the next thing as “I” had planned the day before.

I shifted in my seat this way and the other, cleared my throat, checked my watch again and again, yet nothing happened.

I was slowly coming into the realization that I was not going to be able to leave when I expected. Isn’t it funny how we think we have control over others, the environment and the circumstances?

I was quickly reminded I could only control my reactions and attitude to what was going on around me. As I was asked to stand, shortly after I was asked to sit again as I was chosen to serve a civic duty.

Was I mentally, emotionally or even spiritual prepared for what I was walking into? No. Was I present to what had to be done over what I was desired to do? Yes.

I was called to make a shift and here are 7 reminders God’s calendar notified me of as I sat in a freezing cold room surrounded by people I had never met or even seen before.

1. What God wants you to do will always prevail over what you are choosing.

2. You are not nor have you ever been in control of anything other than yourself and your actions.

3. When you are present you are not missing anything.

4. You can fight for what you want or allow God to give you what you need.

5. You are progressing even when it feels like you are standing still.

6. There are people who need your presence more than you often realize.

7. Four hands on a steering wheel causes accidents, take yours off. Trust God’s.

I deleted all of my calendar plans for that day and quietly, gently whispered to myself “I want your calendar God, not mine.”

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Flower Gardens in My Heart

As I reflect on the month of February, it’s been a great one. The month started with intense workouts in the training facility I consistently go to.

The second week I celebrated my 28th Birthday in beautiful Orlando, Florida. The week ended with a dim light dinner with 14 of my closest family and friends.

The third week I returned to work with high energy, smiles for days, and love in my heart for the job I *get to* do everyday.

This week, I exceeded my sales goals and won an award I’ve been gunning for since last year.

All month, I’ve been realizing the blockages in my heart as it relates to romantic love. I’ve been amazed at how defensive I become when I’m treated how I deserve to be treated.

What’s foreign to us normally scares us.

However, persistence is winning. Seeds of love are being planted in the garden of my heart daily. Many I plant, many others do. Isn’t it a beautiful time for blooming with Spring right about the corner?

We all have so much to be thankful for.

I hope you’ve been gardening, pruning and trimming in your own life.

Beautiful things can’t bloom with weeds, underutilized space and under fertilized soil.

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Dasani with the Drip: HOTWORX Edition

Many say Thank God it’s Friday or Happy Friday as an indicator that we can’t wait to relax and settle into our weekend plans. I had another idea in mind. I wanted to try something new. Something that would challenge me and even energize me to stay active over the weekend.

30 degree weather isn’t the friendliest with high winds wrapping around you like an infinity scarf. Nonetheless, I walked swiftly to the entrance of a building that appeared it needed a security code to get in. I could only imagine what was inside was worth seeing.

I was greeted by the friendliest blonde who clearly had her coffee and great customer service training. She gave me a quick tour of the most modern, high tech gym I’d ever seen. What looked like small cabins housed hundreds of infrared panels for two kinds of workouts: yoga classes or HIIT workouts.

I had done both before but I chose the 40 minute hot yoga class in 125 degrees infrared heat. I was provided a towel, HOTWORX yoga mat, and a foam roller. I was all set. Now all I had to do was get in and put in the work.

The clock counted me down 60..59..58.. seconds until three yogis appeared on the television screen with instructions for the class, the poses we would do, and how long we would sit in the poses.

5 minutes in the class, I glanced at the thermostat, now sitting at a lovely 123 degrees. My body was responding fast. My heart rate already at 136 beats per minute.

The hot yoga class was intense including one legged planks, eagle pose, and warrior pose 1 and 2.

I paused a few minutes during the class to hydrate with water. I stretched, I pushed through it, and told my body yes when it was saying “that’s enough sister.”

Sweat dripped off me like raindrops on window sills. I was detoxing as I was working out. How cool is that? The clock counted down 30 seconds for each interval in what seemed like slow motion at times.

At the end of the session, I felt like I had won a race. I felt like I had accomplished something big. That’s what HOTWORX is about. Sweating, detoxing, and gaining strength.

Before I left the gym, I purchased a HOTWORX during band to use at home in my infrared sauna room.

If you want to switch up your workout, not too fond of the gym, or looking for a new way to train, check out a HOTWORX class.

You’ll learn about infrared heat, different row bikes, and most importantly you’ll learn you don’t have limits unless you create them.

Thin People Have Problems Too

Okay, so we all know weight’s a sensitive topic. It’s like #2 on never ask a woman this list! It seems to be the one of the things people worry or fret over most. It plays a part in your confidence and health. 
Many dread yearly physicals because they know the doctor is going to order a certain amount of pounds to lose to get that blood pressure down or as a prerequisite for a procedure. Many men and women are ashamed of their clothing sizes and how society views them. 
Now granted, I’ve never had to deal with those issues on a serious level. I’m 5’10 with an athletic build with a sunny personality, and I don’t share this to boast about my appearance. I tell you this because I, yes, the slender woman get ugly looks and rude comments based off of my appearance. 
You would not believe the countless times I’m insulted in the gym with comments like “Why are you here? You’re already little.” or “You look so poor.” or “Your legs sure do look like sticks.” First and foremost, no one should feel they have the freedom to openly insult anyone. Secondly, we are all human beings who have feelings. Thirdly, our physical make up is inherited from our parents genetics. Fourthly, we cannot create a better world if people allow their self hate to cause others harm. Fifthly, you never know if a person may be dealing with a disorder or health condition.
Now, if you’re guilty of this.. No worries. You know better now. If you’ve been insulted for your weight or appearance, never take it personally. Be you. Be confident. Be proud of who you are.
I’M THIN AND I’M PROUD! 

   

It’s a Lifestyle

I use to make excuses for my lack of discipline in the gym. I would always say “I do not have time.” or “It does not make a significant difference.”, or “I am already fine.” haha (Don’t judge me). I would tell myself walking to class is my work out or all the ripping and running I do between my two part-time jobs, community service, and class is my exercise. There is truth to that, but not all truth.

As I was working one Saturday at the Campus Trails Leasing Office, a young lady walked in with Nike gear painted on. She looked tough. She looked fit. She looked like she was born with muscles. She handed me a free day pass at the gym she works at, Rice Fitness. On the flyer, I seen pictures of people pulling on straps and using their body as their machine. I thought this looks cool, so I’ll try it. A week later, I went to the TRX gym and met the owner. He was so excited about working out, it was almost scary. Just from the first few minutes I could tell he loves fitness. He was very knowledgeable about fitness and health. So we got started, and it was tons of fun! He not only demonstrated the exercise, but he explained what each exercise was doing to my body. I was sold! It was time to stop making excuses and get to work.

February, 20, 2014, I signed up to be a member at Rice Fitness & Sports Performance.

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My goals are overall fitness and tone. I dedicate four mornings out of a week to achieve my goals, and I must say they are slowly being realized. Check that arm out!

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Rice Fitness’s atmosphere is military motivated due to the owner, Kenneth. 

He is an United States Army Veteran, Master Fitness,  and Special Forces Trainer.  Mr. Rice states “I am dedicated to achieving a mission of creating lifelong awareness about the positive influence of fitness on an individual’s wellness, risk reduction and life extension.” Rice, a former athlete and standout football player at B.L. Moor High School (currently East Oktibbeha High and collegiate football, actively served in the U.S. Army for many years and worked for Department of Defense in the capacity of a Special Forces Trainer in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Take a look at how he motivates every person that steps in the gym:

 

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My training zone:

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This blog is to motivate, inspire, and encourage. You may love how you look now, but are you working towards staying that way? Overall health and fitness is essential to a happy life! You need energy to work, to serve others, and to be efficient at what you do. You must prepare mentally before you take the charge to get started. Trust me, once you start you will be so happy you did! I don’t work out because I hate my body… I work out because I love it!