This really big but little word.. Success (poem)

Success

If you want a thing bad enough,
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and sleep for it

If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
makes you hold all other things tawdry and cheap for it.

If like seems all empty and useless without it.
And all that you scheme and dream is about it.

If gladly you’ll sweat for it.
Fret for it, Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God for it.

If you simply go after that thing that you want.
With all your capacity,
Strength and sargacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity.

If neither cold, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain,
of body or brain,
Can turn you away from the thing that you want.

If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You’ll get it!

– Burton Braley

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Spring Cleaning your “Top Three” for Psychological, Physiological, and Spiritual Health

The next four weeks can be magical for you, if you allow them to be! Take your own journey or follow me in mine, phenomenal things are about to happen! (I believe they will, therefore, they will!)

The beginning of April marks the first part of the second quarter of the year. It is a time when some people do their Spring cleaning, not just of their house, but of their mind, body, and spirit as well. For the next four weeks I will allow myself to experience a cleaning of self and will end in a renown re-discovery of who I really am. 

I decided to do this when I found myself feeling a pull from within a few months ago. I won’t go into details but I just knew it was time for me to reconnect and ground myself. Confused yet? Well, imagine this.. “Can you imagine waking up today without your past history of doubt, fear and the perceptions that limit you or keep you stuck in repetitive patterns? Can you imagine being able to design a deep and meaningful future based on your soul’s greatest expression and your heart’s deepest desires rather than on old, outdated, unmet needs and beliefs?” Now do you see where I am headed? Obviously, this is only reflecting in the realm of my spiritual self but I am expecting more to come!

“Your life will be transformed when you make peace with your shadow. The caterpillar will become a breathtakingly beautiful butterfly. You will no longer have to pretend to be someone you’re not. You will no longer have to prove you’re good enough. When you embrace your shadow you will no longer have to life in fear. Find the gifts of your shadow and you will finally revel in all the glory of your true self. Then you will have the freedom to create the life you have always desired.” – Debbie Ford

 Debbie Ford has written several books, the one I will be using is: 

COURAGE for my Kindle. 

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“Most of us think about courage as something we do, something we think, or a decision we make. But a warrior’s courage is a gift that we receive at birth. It is a level of consciousness that, whether we have experienced it or not, must be held close, developed, and savored. It is a state of being. When you are standing in and being courageous, you don’t have to ‘do‘ courage. When you are doing courage, you tend to muscle through a situation or decision, which you have probably done before. This muscling through is not the kind of courage that transcends the moment, because it is more often than not sourced from fear, from ‘I have to’ or ‘I should.’ Instead, a warrior’s courage is poignant, purposeful, and directed toward where change needs to be made. And, as you will see throughout this book, when you experience a warrior’s courage, being and standing in the presence of it, you are clear that the rewards for letting it lead you are infinitely greater than the risks. You were born with this courageous warrior inside of you. In your imagination, you see her as sacred and holy, beautiful and empowered. She is filled with strength, clarity, and confidence, born ready to participate in the world, to face and conquer her fears, and to reunite with all the other powerful, playful warriors out there.”

 

Yes, I will also be cleaning other aspects of my life. I already started with what I call, “The Cleanse of the Fakey Facebook Friends”. You know what I’m talking about. I was one of “those people” who had over 2000 “friends” on facebook. Granted, most I had met at competitions, conventions, seminars, and the like. Others were “friends” of theirs who just liked what I posted, i guess. Either way, I went through and unfriended about 1300 people total. When no one tried to re-friend me, I actually felt good because initially I thought perhaps some people who get way too emotionally tied to their social media friends or followers would be upset or something. If that happened, they never let me know. Slightly off topic but can you believe they actually have a Facebook Poster? “Show your house guests, family, or roommate how popular you are on Facebook with a poster showing all your Facebook friends! Have up to 2000 friends printed on a 20″x40″ poster for just $20. Think that will impress Mom and Dad?” Wow.

Yeah, chopping that tree down was far over due. I also decided for the month of April, I will stay off Facebook and my email. My only communication will be through my phone ( gotta really know me to have that #) and through my Twitter account for brief interactions.

You may be wondering where fitness and health fit in here. Healthy nutrition is the best way to give your body the balanced nutrients it needs to work and function properly. We touched base on this before.Obviously cardiovascular exercise in the amount of 20-30 minutes a day and strength training.. I will also add in my meditation and Yoga (I’m getting better!), and I am still working on my Reiki as well.

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Spring Cleaning the top three; Mind, Body, and Spirit (psychological, physiological, and spiritual) takes a cognitive effort, daily focus, and a willingness to grow, learn,and let go of all that is “cluttering” up your life…inside and out.

So there you have it. This is the plan for the month of April. I welcome you to walk with me, and who knows, maybe transform your OWN life.  Thank you for reading, as always, your comments are welcome! 

Please share this with those whom you feel may benefit from the information.

 

 

 

Good morning Firewalker! YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!

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In case you are one of the few who don’t know who Anthony Robbins is, or what he does…I have one word to describe him .. OUTSTANDING!

This past week I was blessed with being able to attend his “Unleash the Power Within” or “UPW” seminar in Chicago. A four day…total immersion, amazing experience! What happened there can’t be described with complete accuracy in a blog because it really is something that you need to FEEL and EXPERIENCE to understand. Although you may see pictures or video’s from one of his seminars, or even listen to the cd’s, it is most definitely NOT the same as being there in  person and going through the journey of the transformation.

"Is anyone hot?!"

 Now, I have to share with you , the money that was made by this event, Tony Robbins actually was able to feed 300,000 families with it here in the Chicagoland area..why was nothing mentioned about this in the news?! Because it isn’t “bad news”. For every single ticket that is sold, several families have food that may have not had it without his help. “In keeping with his philosophy that “the secret to living is giving” Robbins has  partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help feed local families  in need. For every ticket sold to Unleash the Power Within, the Anthony Robbins  Foundation will donate funds for 18 meals to be delivered to local families. With that in motion, lives will be changed before guests even set foot into the  event.”

Event Schedule:
Day 1: Turning Fear into Power – The Fire Walk Experience – Annihilate fears. Participants will have the opportunity to walk across a bed of hot coals between 1,200 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit to learn that there is absolutely nothing they cannot overcome.

My daughter was supposed to go with me but couldn’t because she started a new job and had to work, so right off the bat, I was facing TWO of my fears…going to a place I have never been to before by myself ( I always worry I’ll get lost), and, being around a large crowd of people who were going to be with others they knew with myself being alone (I was very uncomfortable being around groups of people who are talking and eating together with friends and family and I am by myself)..and this event had 5000 attendees!! That’s me, when I jump in, I jump in deep! Right away though I was able to connect with others though, the excitement and anticipation while waiting for the doors to open for seating was incredible as we all talked about who we were and began making connections with each other. Immediately, I began to understand that this was not going to be like anything I had ever anticipated…it was going to be MUCH better than I could have ever imagined. And in case you were wondering, YES! I did do the Firewalk and my feet were just fine!

Jen's a Firewalker

Day 2: Turn Dreams into Reality – The Power of Success Conditioning
Participants get the clarity and power needed to accomplish whatever they set out to do.

Here is an excerpt from my journal about day 2 tony retweeted my tweetAnd he messaged me” Another AMAZING day about business growth, changing your state with physiology. Holy how, we went from 4 increasing levels of being Angry (my partner in this exercise I think scared several people around us with his angry yelling and physical behavior) to a very happy “Celebrate” with party music, dancing, and jumping up and down.”

It was at this time I took advantage of having a coaching session with one of TR’s coaches there and just in that amount of time, I was able to see what I need to do to make my dreams and goals a reality!

Day 3: Breakthrough Day – Transformation Day
Designed to integrate attendees’ key decisions to ensure they move forward with so much strength and verve that they never look back.

“The breakthrough that transforms everything—from your
finances, to your relationships, to your health—is closer than you think.  All you need is within you now. Connect with the people, the passion and the environment that will make it happen!”

A very emotional, very difficult day. This is the day the transformation is made ( if you decide to allow it) and you get your “Breakthrough”. Now I am the Voice I have several pages written in my journal about this day, obviously very personal. What was holding me back, what happens if I continue to not go for my dreams, what my big dreams and goals are, what could happen if I go for those and the life that I could be living in 5 or 10 years. This was the day I decided that I MUST get the money to get to “Life and Wealth Mastery”  and then “Date With Destiny

Day 4: Power of Pure Energy – 12 Master Principles of a Vital Life
Finally, it’s all about stepping into a fresh new life with vitality and inexorable energy. By learning how to care for their bodies—life’s most precious gift—they enable themselves to prosper and live life to the absolute fullest

Unfortunately I had to leave a little early during this days events but I found it interesting how many people didn’t know very much about health, fitness, and wellness. How the foods we eat affect so many things from the health of our body systems, to our appearance, energy levels, and our moods. I found that I need to stop “considering” doing a cleanse and really do it. We have been asked to accept a 10 day Challenge of eating no meat for 10 days. This is something I am still considering. It was refreshing to hear Tony talk about his passion, the vitality of life.

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If you are ready, this is the name and contact info for MY Personal Results Specialist:

Debbie Kosta

Robbins Research International

an Anthony Robbins Company

New York, NY 10280

P: +1.858.535.6283  (EST)

E: debbie.kosta@tonyrobbins.com

Unleash The Power Within

Here is a list of the music that was played at this event. Some great things happened during the time these songs were played.

http://www.tonyrobbins.com/community/event-music/

“Tough Mudder” – The Experience

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Let me start off by saying that having never done this before, and knowing that I have panic attacks when I am in water that I even THINK may be deep enough to be over my head, I was a bit scared of this endeavor I was about to take on. The only comfort I had going into this was knowing that I was doing this with people who genuinely cared about me and I KNEW I could count on them if I needed them…and guess what, it turned out..I NEEDED THEM! When taking something like this on, you need to be able to count on your team to get you through..NO ONE can do this alone. For this one, my team consisted of my brother John, my brother Jason, my sister-in-law Megan, and my husband Scott, and Jason and Megan’s friend, Justin. We were “The Swampy Donkeys”!

On February 25, 2012 we set out for The Tough Mudder, in Temecula, Ca. at Vail Lake Resort..B-U-Tee-Ful place!! I would love to take a trip there if I were traumatized by this last experience…just kidding…it is gorgeous and I would love to spend some time there doing something other than the Mudder. I wish I had been able to take a picture from the top of one of the climbs because the view was amazing!

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This challenge and that is what it is…they even say so, “This is not a race, this is a challenge!” I found it interesting when the man with the mic said that, In my head I couldn’t help thinking, “ just like life.” I don’t know why that popped in at that time, but it did.  We were off…through the mud and up the first “Death March”(this was the first of many uphill dusty dirty mountain climbs. I have to admit that I was pretty proud of my efforts…my success AND my failures. I did well! Somewhere along the way I managed to bang up my knee a bit..I have no idea when or where it happened.

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There is a lot of good that can come out of a “challenge” like this. Finding out who you can depend on, who you can’t(glad I didn’t have any of those kind of people on my team), you have mental barriers to break through (one for me was during one of the “death marches” was having to think to myself, “If a Marine with only one leg can do this..I sure as hell can do it with two!” Let us also not forget that this is a fundraiser for “The Wounded Warrior Project” so not only are you doing something for yourself mentally and physically, but you are helping our American Heroes when you sign up for this.Image

“Quit whining and start running”… (Another sign to be read along the Mudder route),I think this is the approach we should all take in life. We can go slow…walk and whine, or we can move forward and know that the next challenge. Whether it is a “success” or if it is an “opportunity for improvement” (which is what I see every success attempt is).  There were some obstacles that although I was very proud I attempted, I did not complete (Chernobyl Jacuzzi), I know what to expect for next time…yes, NEXT TIME!

I’m interested in putting together teams for future Tough Mudder Challenges and other obstacle course challenges across the USA , if you want to be on one of the teams in your area, let me know…this could be truly an AWESOME, AWESOME…event for all those who commit to completing these challenges! I’d love to have you join us!

Active Military Members- WE WANT (to help) YOU, and your families!

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Good afternoon! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

My name is Jenni Whipple and as you know if you read this blog or are a member of our Facebook Fan page, (www.facebook.com/jenniwhipple), I am a health and fitness fanatic! I genuinely care about people and their health, and there is NOTHING that makes me feel better than helping people reach their health and fitness goals or improve their health so they can live a better, healthier, happier life!

While I enjoy helping people this way, and understand that weights, cardio, and nutrition are KEY elements for desired results, the fact is, some people just don’t have the money, the time, or the schedule which allows them to get to the gym and workout or pay $35-$60/hr OR MORE for individual sessions with a Personal Trainer. This is one of the main reasons I teamed up with Beachbody and the professionals on Team Beachbody.

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I can still provide fitness and nutrition along with support on my clients schedule…even if they work odd scheduled hours and it allows me to help ANYONE because the programs offered are VERY cost effective and the programs are proven to work!

Chris..Before and After!

I am also leading he charge in the fight against obesity by pledging to help get military families fit and “joining forces” with ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainers, ” Our goal is to pledge 1 million fitness training service hours to enrich the quality of life of our service members and their families, and help expand their access to fitness resources and programs. We are confident that with your help we can meet this overarching objective!”

 

As you can see, by being a Team Beachbody Coach, this creates an amazing opportunity to help those military families access to additional fitness resources. By being a Beachbody Coach I don’t have to worry about the over head costs or rent of a facility, or travel issues to and from where my clients want to workout. It is convenient for myself, yes! BUT it is also VERY convenient to YOU, my client and your family!

If I haven’t mentioned yet…I strongly recommend getting yourself healthy but also get the rest of your family involved! Have them to the exercises with you, learn and teach them what you are learning! This is how the epidemic is halted! How can anyone NOT see this as an exciting opportunity?!

I believe what makes it a little “more special” to myself is the fact that my Step-Father, my Father-In-Law, my Husband, and my Brother are all military veterans. I, unfortunately, was not allowed into the military due to “moderate hearing loss” in my left ear when I attempted to enlist in the Air Force. Regardless…I am still part of a military family, and this allows me to help those who are also military or in a military family! That, is a GREAT feeling!

We are all aware Father’s Day is coming up, but, not only “Fathers” are in our military..regardless of what upcoming holiday may be approaching, why not just say, “I Care!” to your loved one or family member? To me, it is those unexpected gifts for no real holiday that means the most to me, those surprise gifts.

As a way of saying, “Thank you!” to our active military personnel, if you’re Active Duty Military your Start up fee of $39.95 is waived AND your monthly back-office fees of $14.95 are ALL waived for the entire duration of your active-duty!

Not a soldier? Well think about this – how many soldiers do you know though, who would be interested in Free Beachbody Coaching for Active Duty Military?

This is a great way to earn some extra money promoting our top-notch line of proven fitness, weight loss, and nutritional products – PLUS you receive a 25% discount on all Beachbody product purchases. Enjoy the following programs at a significant discount: P90x, Insanity, TurboFire, or the new P90x2, Asylum, or Body Beast bodybuilding program coming out soon!

Worried about shipping? Team Beachbody ships to APO/FPO!

Not sure if this is the business for you, or maybe you’re too busy saving the country to ‘work the business’ aspect – that’s completely understood – THAT IS WHY the “Free Beachbody Coaching for Active Military” offer is extended to your spouse as well. There are military wives earning thousands per month as Beachbody coaches, marketing it to other Military wives.

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I think it’s an honorable thing that Beachbody is doing for servicemen and women and their families. I can’t think of anything better than providing a solid income opportunity for soldiers and their spouses so that they can come home from saving our country and manage their own successful business.

We want to help keep you and your family, as healthy as we can…and we want to Thank you and your family for your sacrifices!

If you are interested, please contact me through my Fan Page listed above or click on the picture below. We WANT you to be successful and your CAN start a career with Beachbody!

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ACTIVE MEMBER FAQ:

Wow, this sounds awesome! I’m Active Duty Military and would like to become an Independent Team Beachbody Coach, How do I signup?

Please complete the Coach application, and submit the completed Coach application, together with a copy of your active duty orders and verification of your active duty status – such as a military ID or your BIR, to Coach Relations for review and processing of your application. Submit paperwork via fax at: (213)201-7225 or by email to coachrelations@teambeachbody.com.

If they need more information they will contact you directly.

My spouse and I are both active duty military, may we both enroll as Independent Team Beachbody Coaches and have our fees waived?

Absolutely, yes! If you and your spouse are both active duty military and serving our great country, then by all means you both may enroll as Independent Team Beachbody Coaches, and you will each be eligible to have the enrollment fee of $39.95 and your monthly service fee waived. Both of you will need to fill out and complete our Coach Application and submit the application along with verification of your active status.

My husband/wife is active duty military however I would like to enroll as an Independent Team Beachbody Coach. Is this possible?

This is definitely possible. If you’re active duty and not a Beachbody Coach, your spouse is more than welcome to take advantage of this great benefit. Just be aware that your spouse will still have to submit a copy of your active duty orders and proper identification along with the application forms to qualify for the waiver, simply make sure to put the enrolling spouse’s name as the name on the Coach account.

If I’m active duty military, can another person other than my spouse enroll based on my Active Duty status?

Sorry, this is not available at this time. Also note that if only one of you are active duty, but you both want to join, only one of you will qualify to take the benefit. You will have to decide who gets to opt-in to the waived membership.

What do you mean when you say I have to be active duty military to qualify for the Free Beachbody Coaching for Military?

At the time that you submit your Coach application, we will also need you to include a copy of your active duty orders and verification of your status from your branch of service. Your active duty orders will generally include a start and end date. Based upon the end date given, your monthly business service fee will be waived for the duration of that period. If you are later reassigned to active duty please contact Coach Relations for further instructions.

Contact me if you’re ready to take advantage of the “Free Beachbody Coaching for Active Military” special offer!

“Tough Mudder”- The Experience and the rise of the Obstacle Course Competitions..now accepting applications!

I remember seeing “Ninja Warrior”, watching with anticipation to see if the competitor would make it through the course. Then “Wipe Out” and their “ooohh!”, “ahhh!”, and ouch!” moments. Laughing when someone flopped off one of the big red balls into the water only to try, try again! Here is a great article about these obstacle course races and their popularity in The Washington Post. Why? Because they are not only challenging, THEY ARE FUN! These obstacle courses are a great way to reconnect with our inner youth as well as getting a sick cross-fit type of full body workout. This was my first,yes, my competitive obstacle course cherry was popped and I liked it!Image

On March 21st I will be hitting my 41st Birthday! I work full time outside the home, part time as a health and fitness Coach, have a husband and 3 active kids…so just like everyone else out there, I am busy, busy, busy! I choose to not watch TV and use that time to get in my workouts, read, listen to positive audio recordings like MorningCoach.com (which you can listen to the free Monday morning recording on iTunes) on my way to and from work, because there is way too much negativity out there being forced down your throat daily by people and media already.

Like I said, I had never done this before, and knowing that I have panic attacks when I am in water that I even THINK may be deep enough to be over my head due to a childhood water accident, I was a bit scared of this endeavor I was about to take on. As a former Firefighter I am aware of the mental games that a person can play with themselves to get through some pretty scary situations, but still, the panic attacks are a reality in my life, but something I was willing to face head on.

The only comfort I had going into this was knowing that I was doing this with people who genuinely cared about me and I KNEW I could count on them if I needed them…and guess what, it turned out..I NEEDED THEM! When taking something like this on, you need to be able to count on your team to get you through..NO ONE can do this alone… not even the creepy weirdo man who thinks he is a real life super hero! For this one, my team consisted of my two younger brothers, John and Jason, my sister-in-law Megan, my husband Scott, and Jason and Megan’s friend, Justin. We were “THE SWAMPY DONKEYS”! Jason came up with that name. He is third from the left in that pic below. Our team was incredibly awesome. We kept going, left no one behind, and had fun the whole way through.

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On February 25, 2012 we set out for The Tough Mudder, in Temecula, Ca. at Vail Lake Resort..B-U-Tee-Ful place!! I would love to take a trip there if I were traumatized by this last experience…just kidding…it is gorgeous and I would love to spend some time there doing something other than the Mudder. I wish I had been able to take a picture from the top of one of the climbs because the view was amazing!

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This challenge and that is what it is…they even say so, “This is not a race, this is a challenge!” I found it interesting when the man with the mic said that, In my head I couldn’t help thinking, “ just like life.” I don’t know why that popped in at that time, but it did.  We were off…through the mud and up the first “Death March”(this was the first of many uphill dusty dirty mountain climbs. I have to admit that I was pretty proud of my efforts…my success AND my failures. I did well! Somewhere along the way I managed to bang up my knee a bit..I have no idea when or where it happened.

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There is a lot of good that can come out of a “challenge” like this. Finding out who you can depend on, who you can’t(glad I didn’t have any of those kind of people on my team), you have mental barriers to break through (one for me was during one of the “death marches” was having to think to myself, “If a Marine with only one leg can do this..I sure as hell can do it with two!” Let us also not forget that this is a fundraiser for “The Wounded Warrior Project” so not only are you doing something for yourself mentally and physically, but you are helping our American Heroes when you sign up for this.Image

“Quit whining and start running”… (Another sign to be read along the Mudder route),I think this is the approach we should all take in life. We can go slow…walk and whine, or we can move forward and know that the next challenge. Whether it is a “success” or if it is an “opportunity for improvement” (which is what I see every success attempt is).  There were some obstacles that although I was very proud I attempted, I did not complete (Chernobyl Jacuzzi), I know what to expect for next time…yes, NEXT TIME!

I have no doubt P90X and Insanity helped me with getting through this course and Scott agreed with me on that. We will continue to use the Insanity for the next prep and maybe add in P90X2 and/or Insanity Asylum! Bring out the BIG GUNS..Oh yeah! 

We are interested in putting together TEAMS for future Tough Mudder Challenges and other obstacle course challenges (Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, Mud Run etc for those who are a little timid about stepping head on into the TM.) Why these obstacle courses? Because…well…read this: About the Tough Mudder because I couldn’t have said it better myself! I am hoping that we will get teams going all across the USA! If you want to be a Team Leader or would like to be on one of the teams in your area, please let me know..this could be truly and AWESOME, AWESOME event for all those who commit ( and I mean COMMIT) to competing in these challenges while having a great time too. Of course, I’d love to have you join us! What do you say?! YES!

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