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Jul 25, 2014

Response: The Secret Power Behind Commitment

Commitment is only intended action without response.  Response is the reaction or reply that gives commitment power.
  • Body Action: In movement, intended action requires the body's response.  The brain can cue "Gesture!" or "Travel!" or "Turn!" but relies on the response of the body to propel the action.
  • Relationships: Communicated intention requires the response of the other person to complete the loop.  A person can communication in a thousand ways "Let's DO ____!" but all stops without a reply.  The response will strengthen or diminish subsequent commitment.
The opposite of commitment?
  • An unmet high-five 
  • An email without reply 
  • A hug held with tension 
  • Waiting in vain


Powerful commitments are those met with response.
Wishing you the blessings of progress,
- Megan


May 14, 2014

Fitness Selfie: Taking Your Quick and Valuable Fitness Notes

Alright, worldly readers: You must take some pictures of yourself to monitor your progress on fitness goals.  Why?  Because they tell you where you really are right now.

Grab someone to take a load of pictures of you working out.  These images are like a mirror in motion and the purpose is not perfection.

Your fitness selfies should tell you:
  1. Is my form correct?  Snap the TV or instructor in the background to compare.
  2. How do I feel on the INSIDE: Stronger, Faster, Freer?  These are your goals.
  3. How does this compare to where I was a week ago and where I want to be a week from now?
Fitness pictures are both ugly and beautiful: you are working hard, dripping with sweat, breathing heavy, reaching to hit your mark.  But you are alive, thriving, and growing so view your pictures in loving ways.  Time is fleeting and precious.

Injuries and illnesses inflict a huge loss of hard-earned strength and stability.  Today I am three weeks back from a 3-month forced pause to overcome both so some May 2014 progress checks were needed while working out to P90X3:


Picture #1 Jump-Switch Lunges
Note: Progress to be had on speed and height

Picture #2 Twisting Lateral Lunges
Note:  Higher elbows, lower shoulders

Picture #3 Low to High Turning Lunge
Note: High moments, YAY, can I stay here a bit longer? ;D

A note on my workouts: As a full-time mom, almost always 30 minutes is all I or any working person can get in every day.  P90X3 accommodates my needs, creates results, and the instructor Tony Horton is hilarious which decreases the stress of the oncoming hard work.  Then if time allows my bonus cardio reward is LaBlast Fitness: dance, dance, dance, YAY!

Love yourself by working hard and progressing your fitness selfies, take the brief notes that will help you succeed, then get ready for improved daily workouts.

Life is a journey: have fun earning your fitness and those feel good remaining hours of the day.
XO - Megan

Apr 11, 2014

7 Weeks Post: A Nail Through My Foot

Dancing again today feels like a bit of a dream, a sense of delusion, and great excitement!



The past seven weeks have been filled with:
  • More doctors, education, and medications for my body than usual
  • Loads of pilates, ballet, mixed martial arts with standing weight on my left leg, upper body conditioning, and everything on my hands and knees and back that avoided harming the punctured right ball of my foot.
  • Dozens of tasks delegated and reorganized so nothing was dropped or left behind
  • More love, friends, family, and support than I imagined could be given
  • More reflection, insight, research, and work toward potential future paths
  • Inspiration from those in equal or worse situations who shared their rehab stories and tips 

The reality of using my foot again today was equally like this:

Jason Mraz: "I Won't Give Up" Official Video

Courage, determination, support, attitude, sacrifice, resources, and willpower are required when obstacles come knocking, or in this case, nailing.

Sending you love and support 
so we can ALL be on top of the world 
and keep going strong.
  
Megan

Apr 1, 2014

Healthy Brownies for April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day can be really tough so I decided to make some brownies for my girls to take to school to help lift their spirits.

http://meganmerchantsblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/healthy-brownies-for-april-fools-day.html

As a fitness educator I am not much of a chef when it comes to treats, but I'm fairly certain these have ZERO FAT CALORIES so I made enough for all their friends, too!  

Please tell me what you think: would you try this recipe?

Ingredients
Brown Paper
Scissors
Container

http://meganmerchantsblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/healthy-brownies-for-april-fools-day.html

Have a happy, fun-filled day everyone! :D

Special thanks to all the people that share their super fun April Fool's Day silliness.

Share in the comments below: What is your favorite April Fool's Day joke?



Feb 11, 2014

Why Everyone Loves Dance

 You can be any size, shape, race, gender, background, income, or education level: 
And Dance.

You can feel happy, sad, silly, serious, heavy, light, strong, free, high, or low: 
And Dance.

You can be anywhere, anytime, anyplace, with anyone, listening to anything: 
And Dance.

Your eyes open.
Your heart opens.
Your mind clears.
And you can BREATHE easier.
When you dance.

This is me, always thinking I can prepare and plan for it... so cocky.
But every day and moment will be different.


Start dancing and let it lift you up...


You can laugh at yourself


...and make lots of funny faces and silly movements


...LOTS of funny faces

Dance is for everyone, 
and loves you as you are.
XO - Megan

http://www.lablastfitness.com/

Photos courtesy of Basil Steele.