Psalm 139: Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation!
I started this year with an unction of redefining FIT-ness. I’ve always known the equation of fitness (strength + cardio + flexibility = fitness/mobility/wholeness), but in this journey I was determined to find my own definition of what fitness really is.
I think I’m just now experiencing the true sum of it’s parts; and the true benefits of flexibility. I’m a firm believer that I should practice what I preach, so for the last 8 months I’ve been living the pages of my first book; which is now in the editing phase; and this month’s chapter is respectfully title “flexibility”. I was preparing for the launch of the PiYo program at my studio this summer and while I was rehearsing the movements my body reminded me that I wasn’t as “fit” as I thought. I think I saw a tweet asking about our experiences of the flexibility & inflexibility of hips. I found myself living out the request. I put my hands upon my hips…(the 90s one-hit-wonder “the Dip stayed in my head for a few days after reading that post by the way).
Anyway, at this 3 quarters of the way point in the year, I’ve decided it’s review time (WITH my hand on my hip). Time to revisit my personal, professional and family goals to see how far I’ve come, to see if I need to hunker down and get ‘er done or to simply go with the flow and recite the serenity prayer (not so easy I might add).
A few years ago we did a personality test called the D.I.S.C. survey. I learned that while I had several characteristic strengths of the “D” personality, namely as it refers to my daily titles (ie: mommy, grocery manager & trainer); I weighed in heavily as an “S” (mom, wife, friend, ministry leader, counselor/coach). So while I’m working on redefining my fitness, I’m reminded of my inflexibility by nature.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, DiSC is a self-administering behavioral assessment. The DiSC behavioral system measures dimensions of observable behavior and is known as the universal language of behavior. Research shows that behavioral characteristics can be grouped into four major “personality styles” and individuals tend to exhibit specific characteristics common to that particular style. (Official definition via discprofiles4u.com)
DiSC Dimensions of Behavior provide a nonjudgmental language for exploring behavioral issues across four primary dimensions:
• Dominance: Direct and Decisive. D’s are strong-willed, strong-minded people who like accepting challenges, taking action, and getting immediate results.
• Influence: Optimistic and Outgoing. I’s are “people people” who like participating on teams, sharing ideas, and energizing and entertaining others.
• Steadiness: Sympathetic and Cooperative. S’s are helpful people who like working behind the scenes, performing in consistent and predictable ways, and being good listeners.
- Conscientiousness: Concerned and Correct. C’s are sticklers for quality and like planning ahead, employing systematic approaches, and checking and re-checking for accuracy. (source:discprofiles4u.com/what-is-disc-profile.asp
These dimensions of behavior are exceptionally helpful, as I’ve quickly come to realize that we are all much like a weak or overworked muscle. Consistent muscle conditioning, stretching or simply asking the muscle to do what it hasn’t been doing can quickly cause a behavior tantrum aka muscle spasm.
The other day, after teaching back-to-back classes in Zumba, Cardio Sculpt and PiYo my hamstrings didn’t hesitate to tell me that there was a behavioral issue. Ordinarily I’d identify my muscle behavior as IS: sliding back and forth between Influence and Steadiness. Well, this week these bad boys were jolting between strong-willed dominance and concerned conscientious; which ultimately brought me to my knees on a foam roller as a cooperative listener.
Hmmm, kinda reminds me of my life. Rather than get all bent out of shape I listened to my body and accepted the fact that even though I didn’t respond well to the sudden change, I needed this challenge in order for my muscles to recognize their full potential.
Again with the life lesson.
I’ve sown some righteous seeds in the last few months, personally and professionally and mama’s startin’ to see the fruits of her labor. A flatter tummy is in the horizon! Not to mention I’ve lost some of the unnecessary ‘life flabbiness’.
Thank GOD I recognized that flexible people don’t get bent out of shape. In this 9th month of redefining my fitness, I’m coming to recognize that fitness isn’t something you do, it’s something you becomeTM. (and yes I’ve trademarked that phrase cuz it was too good not to)
I’m starting a new journey in this 3rd quarter, a 90 day journey toward one of my life goals, to run a marathon. Well, actually I’m starting with a half marathon set for late October mid November. Then eventually when I face my fear of water, I’ll learn to swim and take on a triathalon…I’m terrified of that but OK.
My flexibility Prayer: Read the following Psalm, focusing on the fact that God made you the way that you are. Your personality is a gift and a blessing from the Creator of all good things. My ultimate GOAL this year, my PUSH goal is to provide the BEST Christ-centered group fitness classes, personal training (in person & online), nutrition & life coaching BEYOND the last 10 Lbs, BEYOND the ‘just wanna get toned’ & BEYOND the typical 4 Week bootcamp.
I’d love to help you find your FITness.
This is YOUR life, this is about maximizing YOUR potential & BECOMING who you know you were created to be. This is about redefining YOUR fitness. It starts with 1 decision. What will YOU do to make it happen?
I hope you find your FITness.
Psalm 139 1-6 God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!
7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute—you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.
13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
17-22 Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
God, I’ll never comprehend them!
I couldn’t even begin to count them—
any more than I could count the sand of the sea.
Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!
And please, God, do away with wickedness for good!
And you murderers—out of here!—
all the men and women who belittle you, God,
infatuated with cheap god-imitations.
See how I hate those who hate you, God,
see how I loathe all this godless arrogance;
I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred.
Your enemies are my enemies!
23-24 Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.
– Keep (me & them) movin’ (Lord)