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Strength for the Weary Woman

[strengkth, strength, strenth]   noun

1. the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
2. mental power, forceor vigor.
3. moral power, firmness, or courage.
4. power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc.
5. number, as of personnel or ships in a force or body: a regiment with a strength of 3000.


Are you ready to get STRONG?

If you are struggling, remember what strength is. It’s not the weight you lift in the gym (definition #1: muscular power), it’s the being the woman you were called to be. It’s sticking to your goals and seeing them through no matter what (definition #3: firmness). It’s focusing on being a blessing to others (definition #3: moral power) – and you surely can’t do that if you are neglecting yourself. Blessings are very powerful – they strengthen both the giver and the receiver.

strong womenStrength is LIFTING others up. Weak people try to expose other people’s weaknesses so they APPEAR stronger. Strong people realize other people’s strengths and allow it to inspire them to improve. It’s creating support groups (even if it’s just a workout partner and yourself) for more accountability and strength in numbers (definition #5: strength in numbers) so you can be your absolute best. As you choose your circle of friends, you are choosing your area of influence, whether good or bad. This is why you must choose friends wisely, choosing people who can help strengthen your faith, strengthen your body and support you on your journey (definition #4: power of reason by influence).

Strength is having victory over the fork and power over the mind (definition #2: mental power). It’s practicing inner AND outer strength. Strength starts in your mind, flows out in actions. As Joyce Meyer always says, “where the mind goes, the body follows”.

Do you want to be strong? Truly strong? You CAN be as strong as you decide to try to be. Strength isn’t based on genetics or your personal upbringing. Strength is a DAILY DECISION to do things and think on things that strengthen you.

Here are 12 scriptures and promises that strengthen me when I get weary:

  1. strong womanI can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
  2. Two are better than one (reminding me of the need for support & fellowship when I’m tempted to go it alone), because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  3. For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight (you don’t have to fight battles alone) for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’ Deuteronomy 20:4
  4. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability (if you are facing it, He knows you can handle it), but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
  5. But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength (a reminder that strength can be renewed); they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (a reminder that it is still work). Isaiah 40:31
  6. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (a reminder that it’s in the weak times that we remember our need for the Lord’s strength, and it’s in OUR weakness he can show himself to you and others).” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
  7. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
  8. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up (motivation to keep going). Galatians 6:9
  9. Be strong and courageous (notice it’s a command, meaning you have the option and the ability to do it). Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
  10. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Ephesians 6:10
  11. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good (reminding us that nothing is wasted. He can use all of our struggles and weaknesses for good), for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 
  12. So I do not run aimlessly (a reminder to live with purpose); I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control (and a reminder that God wants us to be disciplined and not let our body boss us around), lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9: 26-27
I hope you are encouraged!! Get more scriptures to build your spiritual muscles.
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Fitness Motivation: It’s Not Too Late to Revive Your Life

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So many people convince themselves it’s too late to fix their body. They see is a broken down body that doesn’t run like it used to, and fear they are too tired and out of shape to fix it. That is such a lie. It’s never too late. If you are still breathing, there’s still time to improve the life you have before you.

Like author, Barbara Johnson, said “You can’t turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again”. Boy is that true! Fitness literally winds you back up. It reenergizes you and strengthens you so you run stronger and better. Just like a clock, your ticker (your heart) will even beat better, and be more reliable.

We may not be able to erase all life’s wrinkles without medical treatments to look younger, but we can wind our body back up with fitness to make us FEEL younger.

Whether you are 40 or 80, you can be a better 40 or 80 year old. You can wind yourself back up again!

8 Inspirational People 

If you are already thinking about all the reasons this doesn’t apply to you, think again. Look at these amazing people who prove weight, age, injury and disease doesn’t have to stop you from being your absolute best.

Mary Ann

This is Mary Ann and I, after doing a CrossFit WOD together at CrossFit One, at Reebok headquarters. She was relatively new to CrossFit, and admitted she was intimidated at first. If she can do it, anyone can!

CrossFit Mary Ann

Suzy Murphy

One of our very own BCx Boot Campers, Suzy Murphy, got fit later in life. Some people may be convinced a program, like boot camp, would be too intense, but she didn’t let her age, doubts or fears stand in her way of success. This is definitely one picture that proves you can roll back the time – she looks SO much younger and healthier!

susie murphy

Tom Talley

My own dad (Tom Talley) proves fitness not only can wind you back up, but it can pump you up too! Look at those GUNS! Dad got in the best shape of his life, even after rotator cuff surgery and a long battle with back pain, in his late fifties.

Tom Talley

Dr. Josefina Monasterio

One of our clients, Josefina Monasterio, started body building when she was nearly 60. She continues to compete and train, even after major hip surgery.

Josefina Monasterio

Gail Griesemer

Gail Griesemer, born with Spina Bifida isn’t letting anything keep her down. She trains regular in our gym (Max Fitness Club) with her trainer, Jack Harris and takes yoga twice a week.

Gail Griesemer

Jared Dillon

Not every “come-back” is about aging. Sometimes turning back the clock is about recovering from injury, like Jared Dillon, who was told he may never walk again after a serious accident. Fitness didn’t just change his life, it saved it.

Jared Dillon

Ragen Chastain

Ragen Chastain may not be thin, but she doesn’t let her body fat stop her from dancing and doing what she loves. While others may turn in the sweaty towel, Ragen doesn’t let her body get in the way of what she’s loves to do and who she wants to be.

Ragen Chastain

Bette Calman

Of course, the earlier you start, the better. 84 year old, Bette Calman, has taught yoga for 50 years. While many people might be tempted to hang up their hat, she refuses to give up – and still teaches yoga to this day.

Bette Calman

Who is YOUR inspiration?

Do you know someone who turned their life around despite their age or circumstance?

Fitness Success, Temporarily Disguised as Failure

Caitlin B posted her very honest and inspiring story in our BCx Forum at FitStudio.com. She probably doesn’t even realize it, but she gives some of the best advice in the business. As you read her post, take notice of the bold sentences and see if you get her tips.

“I’m starting another round of BCx Bootcamp.  The last four weeks have been major improvement on my fitness.  Let me first admit that I did not do every workout.  I missed days here and there.  Sometimes I could only get through half of a workout.  But every Monday for four weeks I kept coming back and doing that Lower Body mission.  For anyone getting discouraged by the difficulty (I wasn’t unhealthy, but I was by no means ‘in shape’ when I started this), just keep coming back to it.  My times were horrible.  And I took really long breaks between sets.  Even if you skip a day, so what?  After stumbling my way through four weeks, not only do I feel more energetic and stronger, but (most importantly!) my attitude towards exercise has changed.  I’m not dragging myself off the couch to go workout.  I’m actually looking forward to it.  When I add up my times at the end of each workout, I’m not thinking “did it really take me that long?!” but “heh, go me, I just busted it for 50 minutes! Wahoo!”  

If I just gave up after not doing so well during my first go through, then 6 months from now I’ll just be the same un-fit me, blundering my way through various fitness programs.  

So I started a new round of BCx on Monday.  I’m taking everything I’ve learned from the first round.  I’m aiming for finishing all the workouts, no skips (unless I legitimately need to).  So far, so good.  Thanks Bonnie and Steve.  I think I may finally be on the path towards fitness!” 

What can we learn from Caitlin?

1. You may skip a few workouts. Big deal! A few workouts are better than no workouts. Caitlin obviously strived to do as many workouts as she could, but she didn’t always get them all in – and she still succeeded.

2. Your workouts may not be as long as you want. She admits she didn’t always complete the full workout – but BCx ain’t easy, and even half a workout is more than most people do.They key to success is knowing doing something is always better than doing nothing – and every little bit counts!

3. You just have to keep showing up. This is one of my favorite personal mantras and it’s also my favorite tip she shares. No matter how short, how few, or how ugly her workouts were, she kept showing up each Monday to start fresh. Way to go! Definitely the trick behind creating a lasting healthy habit.

4. You don’t have to be in shape to workout hard. Although BCx is a tough program for anyone, it’s not designed FOR the fit, it’s designed to GET you fit. Caitlin didn’t let her fitness level interfere with her effort level. Way to go!

5. You don’t have to be THE best, you just have to be YOUR best. She admits her time was horrible and she took long breaks to rest. But time is simply a measurement and is there to push you to perform at your personal best. Caitlin didn’t compare herself to others, she compared herself to her own prior performance and noticed she was getting stronger and faster.

6. You can get results despite how crappy you may think you’re doing. Caitlin’s hard work and consistency paid off. She got stronger and feels more energetic. Not only did she feel better but she was also learning to enjoy her workouts and not dread them. She stuck it out when it was tough and has discovered the more fit she gets, the more her attitude changes about working out.

We can learn SO much from Caitlin! What encouraging words to hear. You can fail, you can stink at it, you can even mess up repeatedly, and  you can STILL get great results …as long as you JUST KEEP SHOWING UP!

Way to go Caitlin and thanks SO much for sharing your story!!!!
Now, let’s ROCK it this go around – it only gets better from here girlfriend!!

Here’s my mantra pic from my facebook cover. Feel free to steal it if you need a daily reminder to…Just Show Up!

To Join Caitlin B and do our 4-week BCx Boot Camp program online, sign up at www.FitStudio.com and join our program. Post your times and interact with other BCxers in our BCx Forum and connect with us on facebook and twitter too! 

FITNESS MOTIVATION: Just Keep Showing Up

After reflecting on people’s excuses and their misconceptions, I came up with this:

EXCUSES are words we use to fill the gap between wanting something and achieving something. 
EXCEPTIONS are the excuses we make to explain why other people succeed.
EXCELLENCE is what is achieved, no matter the result – just because you tried. 

If you think succeeding is just losing weight, winning a medal, being the fastest, becoming the strongest, looking the best or anything else even similar – you’re wrong. Succeeding is just showing up. Showing up, even if you fail. Showing up, even if you don’t feel like it. Showing up, even if you don’t know it will pay off. Showing up, without excuse.

Anyone can “show up” when they are strong, fit and successful – but showing up when you are weak, out of shape and doubtful is what will make you truly victorious.

Showing up grows you. Showing up molds you. Showing up IS success. Quit making excuses. Quit thinking that fitness is about the end result: Success or Failure. It’s not. It’s about the journey.

MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION: Super short injection of “Just Do It”

EXCUSES are words we use to fill the gap between wanting something and achieving something. 

EXCEPTIONS are the excuses we make to explain why other people succeed.

EXCELLENCE is what is achieved, no matter the result – just because you tried.

I just made this for anyone who wants to use it. this is Steve, leading boot camp…giving it all his heart.

I’m going to keep up at Max Fitness Club.
I’m going to keep showing up running the streets of Vero Beach.
I’m going to keep showing up doing BCx Boot Camp at FitStudio
Where are YOU going to keep showing up?

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