3 Ways to Body Slam Panic

Having a panic moment? Feel a panic attack creeping up?

Let’s dropkick this beast before it gets ugly.

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Here are three moves you can do RIGHT NOW to help you body slam panic.

  1. Stop. Literally. In a loud, commanding voice, tell yourself, “Stop. Now. Just stop.” The sudden power of your voice will quiet you.
  2. Countdown from 100. As you countdown, close your eyes and envision your body, spirit, and mind getting lighter, softer, weightless.
  3. Ask yourself aloud: “What is the one thing I can do RIGHT NOW?” It’s one thing to think; it’s another thing to supply sound to the thoughts. Asking the question aloud allows you to hear the words and consider your response.

I stand 3000% behind the late and great Arthur Ashe, who is quoted as saying, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

We often look so far ahead. We often apply the negative situations of the past to the present and future as a prediction of what is likely to occur.

We need to yell STOP to those things. We need to center ourselves into a place of calm and quiet (and rational thoughts). We need to focus on what we can do in the place we are in now so that with that one action, we can move forward and onto the next positive action until we are strutting out of panic and into success.

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Moving Mondays: Results from the 7-Day Challenge

The 7-Day Challenge concluded yesterday, and I have to say it was EXACTLY what I needed.

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I’ll tell you right now that I veered off the challenge a bit. I refuse to say I cheated because that just suggests that I failed. I had coffee a few days, only a cup on each of those days. I had a tuna sandwich the night before it concluded, and I used bread, but aside from those moments, I did my best to adhere to the challenge.

At the end of the week, I lost EIGHT POUNDS.

Not as much as the 13 I lost when I first did the challenge last year, but I am VERY pleased.

Things I learned during these 7 days:

  1. Menu planning is crucial. I usually do grocery shopping on Fridays, and before Friday, I plan out the following week’s menu then make a shopping list to that menu. I always first think main meals, but it’s equally important to think about snacks and those “grabby foods” you reach for while watching TV or working on the computer because those little treats often pack a major punch in regards to calories, fats, sugar, and sodium.
  2. If you can get your workout in at the start of your day, do it. Not only was I more energetic the rest of the day when I walked in the morning, but also I felt accomplished before I did a lick of real-world work.
  3. Being kind to yourself is a MUST. This health journey is hard work. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. We are often our worst critics during this process, and it is vital that we heap on the self-love. As soon as you wake up in the morning, you should be encouraging yourself, declaring victory over the day’s battles (to include the food and exercise battles). Throughout the day, you should be speaking positive words to yourself, and in the evening, as you’re assessing what worked and what didn’t work, you should still love yourself, congratulate yourself, and set goals for an even better tomorrow.
  4. Exercise matters. When I did this challenge last year, I was all into fitness. I was walking every day, doing various fitness videos, doing strength training. I was #TeamFitness. Which explains why I also lost 13 pounds that time. I ate pretty much the same this time as last time. Those five additional pounds lost last year had to happen from something, right? I’m thinking exercise.

I plan to continue this challenge… but with some modifications. I love bread, but I know I can’t attack it every day, but I won’t give it up completely. I need moderation. And that’s the key word: MODERATION. To get this journey back on track, I will need to focus on MODERATION and focus on more exercise.

Once upon a time, I was a newbie to all of this, and through habit, I learned to love, to crave working out and how it made my mind, body, and spirit feel.

I plan to get back to that space.

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Passionista Saturdays: Becoming FEARLESS

In the early part of January, my dear friend and PR guru Makasha Dorsey wrote a blog post titled 2015 – My Year of Freedom, and in that post she spoke of her ONE WORD for 2015 (FYI, freedom), and how she was going to fervently pursue freedom in all areas of her life.

The minute I read her post, I knew I needed to find me a word that would integrate with every area of my life.

Instantly, one arose: FEARLESS.

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Why fearless?

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Faithful Fridays: Operation Jump-start JOY

As I was deep in reading Renee Swope’s A Confident Heart and Stormie Omartian’s The Power of a Praying Woman, I was sparked with an idea: to try for one day to bring all my thoughts, feelings, speech, and action into JOY.

Thus, Operation Jump-start: JOY was conceived.

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The notion of Jump-start: JOY is simple – the diligent, fervent pursuance of joy.

For me, and I know for others, how we think, feel, and speak play a large role in the things we do–in all areas of our lives.

I will admit that my thinking, my feeling, and my speaking often have me crashing and burning in regards to my actions, and I want to work fervently to make positive thoughts, feelings, and words part of my daily “food.”

So, today, Jump-start: JOY, from the time I wake up until I go to bed, I’m going to fervently pursue JOY in what I say and how I think, feel, and act. And wherever I slip, I will work quickly to make it through that slipup and get aligned with God’s word.

Already, in the four hours in which I’ve been up, I have experienced some interesting things. The biggest bane of my existence – driving – often provides me with enough joy stealing to last three or four lifetimes. Today, however, I had such a peace about me. Seeing the beautiful sky and having a humor-filled convo with my sister played major roles in that. When drivers did their crazy things, my world did not end, and I did not think it would end (which is normally how I go – something bad happens, I pick at it until it bleeds profusely, and anger and anxiety build to mass hysteria).

Just a few minutes ago, I had a moment that, I will openly admit, had me fuming mad. I was ready to give up Jump-start: JOY over it and was all set to cry and say, “Screw the day.” If I’m being honest, I will say I still feel that way, but I am leaning on God, realizing the world is still here and didn’t explode, and that things will right themselves.

It’s all a process, a step-by-step process. I’m moving one foot in front of the other, feeling out the ground, assessing myself, and taking another step into joy.

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