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My life as a juggling acrobat on a tight-wire

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Balance comes in many forms and from the most unlikely places. I expected that March would bring with it a new level of difficulty in keeping everything in balance. Because of the March fitness challenge, I was concerned that the focus on my mind and my soul would take a back seat because I am focused on my body through the fitness challenge.

I could not have been MORE wrong!!! Organizing and managing this challenge for a group of us has definitely challenged my mind. There are unexpected things that I need to solve for, such as realizing that I need to read health articles and watch videos in order to wrack up enough SparkPoints to follow through on my commitment to give out Goodies to everyone EVERY WEEK of the challenge. It is my hope that the "cost" of the goodies increases as the weeks go by because exercise can be so difficult for so many of us. Therefore, I need to have a pretty healthy SparkPoints "account".

The folks in our group are really friendly and inspiring, which is great! The challenge is also forcing me to interact with the group on a personal level and make sure that I am guiding and cheering them on. It requires that I be sensitive to the needs, personalities, and individuality of each person. The expansion in relationships is feeding my soul.

On the fitness side, I am actually finding that I am enjoying my exercise and I wake up and look forward to it. Who knew?!?!?!? The one downside is that my ankle has been grumpy for over a week now, which means that I can not use my stationary bike. I have this set up as a daily goal and had a nice streak going. That streak is shot. :*( I could focus on the "failure" of my streak and get all depressed because my body, once again, has dictated my life. But it doesn't feel like I have the luxury of being so self-indulgent right now because I have people depending on me to be a part of a team which encourages and supports each other. There is an interesting lesson here -- here is one more example of "you've got options".... choose to be self-indulgent and buy into the "poor, pitiful me's", or choose to keep moving but in a different way than I originally planned. The choice is clear -- my streak is finished for now, but I can pick it up later if I want.

As we go into today, I want to encourage all of you to find one thing that feeds your mind and one thing that feeds your spirit while you are making healthy choices in what to feed your body. At the end of the day, take a look back and see what impact this had on the quality of your overall day.
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