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lets get physical, physical…{free tracy anderson!}

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Over the last few months, since I’ve stated my love and adoration for Tracy Anderson, I’ve received a TON of emails with questions and needed advice.

And while Tracy has yet to hire me on as a TA Mentor, I’m still here happy to help.
It’s been about a year, off an on, that I’ve been doing the method, so I am still learning what works and how to make it work for me.  I’m not the end all expert, fyi.  =)
I think you should start by going here, since that page has ALL the workouts and webisodes that you can find for free online.  Every time another one is released I always update it, as I know a lot of you guys use it for your workouts.
As for her DVD’s, I have almost all, with the exception of Perfect Design I.  
Honestly, I think that if you start with the stuff online and get used to her method, only then should you need to start purchasing the DVD’s.  The great thing with her stuff, is that there is SO much content out there, that you can always keep your muscles guessing so they never plateau.
Now to be completely honest, I don’t always stick exclusively to Tracy, although her stuff is always mixed into my workout week.
Sometimes when I get bored, I add Physique 57 in there a few days a week.  And when my shins feel like death, I switch to Kenpo or Plyometrics from the P90X series….
Tracy’s main thing with her method regarding cardio is to do stuff that doesn’t have you doing repetitive stuff…which causes muscles to bulk.  If you choose something other than her dance cardio, just make sure you’re mixing it up!
I do tend to work out 5-6 days a week, always taking a rest on Sunday’s.  But there are some days I just don’t have it in me to do both strength AND cardio, and on those days I just make sure I do at least one of the two.
Last, but not least, you guys have asked which video you should start with should you just choose one.
My advice is the Mat Workout.  
It’s definitely my favorite in that it has a perfect blend of all body parts, and it’s one that will take some time to be able to get all the way through without a rest.
If you need an emphasis on Abs though, Post Pregnancy is amazing for that.  She still has a pretty good legs and arm section, but the ab section is what will really kick your butt.  If you need more of a challenge for the other parts, you can always add on ankle weights for the legs and do the arm section twice.
The Perfect Design Series is also pretty good, but I am so not a fan of the arm section in any of them.  I still do it though just to mix things up…since she really kicks things up in the leg section, and if that’s a trouble spot, these videos will work wonders.  
A little tip for the arm section: I play it in slow motion so not only am I making sure to do it correctly, but it also makes it take twice as long which seems to give a way better burn!
As for her dance cardio DVD’s, I am still a fan of her first one, but would suggest getting the second one once you’ve been doing the first for a time.  Remember, it’s all about mixing it up!!!
So, there you have it.  
I did my best to answer all the questions you guys had, but if you have anything else on your mind, you know I’m here!!!
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© 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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blogging isn’t for everyone all the time

My my, what an interesting couple of years it has been for me when it comes to my blog, 
highs and lows…ups and downs.
Loving it and hating it, devoted to it, and nasomuch…
It’s been kind of the focus of my blog lately, pondering the meaning of it all….
and if you’re still here reading, you must be like, AGAIN?!?
Yes, again.
I’m processing people, process with me.
{quarter life crisis a few years late, maybe?}
The longer I spend away, the more I know I am making the right decision.
As much as I love you all, and love the connection of sharing our stories…I have to say I love even more sitting down at night next to my husband and snuggling up not feeling as though I am letting down the masses (go with me here) by not responding to their comments.
I love waking up and being present with my kids (well, when the caffeine kicks in) rather than having the pressure to come up with a daily blog post to “keep up the stats”….or spending hours trying to follow the rules of building and growing a blog.
It’s quite involved, the blog world.
And in order to be successful, it can become a part time, even a full time job, rather than a hobby you started out loving.
And for a time, that’s where I was. 
And it was worth it, and I loved it, and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it.
I needed that distraction.
Or rather, focus.
It helped me find myself. It allowed me a place to be honest.
I grew, and I learned, and I loved.
But things change. Focus shifts. Life happens.
Diapers are dirty, there’s another bootie to be wiped, the kitchen needs to be cleaned, laundry piles up, and little human souls look up at you and wonder who has become more important…
them or the ones you are reaching out to.
I never want them to wonder.
Being successful at something is amazing and rewarding, 
but if it costs something or someone else, 
it’s not worth it…
not in my mind.
If it makes you change slightly from who you were made to be, 
or makes you do things you question you would do otherwise…
it’s not worth it.
Look at some truly successful people out there…
then look at their relationships.
Look at their marriages and families and kids…
a lot of times, there isn’t much to be admired beyond the successful thing, huh?
My first responsibility is to grow in my relationship to Christ.
Then with my husband.
Then with my children…
and then what I have left…I give to my ministry.
It hasn’t been that way.
It still isn’t.
But as I said, things are shifting.
I am letting go just a little bit at a time, and it feels absolutely right.
I’ve always said, this blog will always be here.
I am a writer in my soul, therefore it is in me to write just as it is to breathe.
But the game is over.
The ratings are erased, the stats are gone.
I will just write to write.
I will share what is on my heart or mind, deep or not, received or not, comments or none.
Life is too short.
All we have is now, and I want to be present and aware and make the most of each moment I have given with the people God has given to me.
© 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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it’s a double rainbow, what does it all mean?

Seriously, this is one of THE best You Tube videos out there….and after having listened to bits and pieces of that dang Mel Gibson recording, this definitely will lift your spirits.
I ask you, “What does it all mean???”
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what will they say about you when you die?

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That’s what I’ve been thinking about lately as I work on changing my self talk in regards to how I look and what my true value is.
Most of this world has their focus all wrong, and it’s heartbreaking to see the effects it’s had on all of us.
We say we should change, but we don’t. We continue to watch those shows, read those magazines, and engage in the conversation that continues to promote the message, “We are what we look like.”
I wish it was as simple as saying, “I’m just going to stop, I won’t listen, I’ll be different.” But, it’s not. Yes, that may be how it begins, but it takes so much more than that.
I have been so blessed to have an amazing mentor in Danna Demetre, and her wisdom and advice has been the motivation and encouragement I have needed in this journey.
She has really been teaching me that we are what we think, and it all begins by the renewing of our mind and thoughts.
I’m working on that part, renewing my mind. Attempting to squash those negative messages I have been telling myself for years and years, and replacing them with truth instead. And as much as I wish it would JUST HAPPEN NOW, I realize God has me in this process for a reason…to learn some incredible lessons. And so I embrace the process, and commit to the long road of change.
Danna asked me to spend some time praying over which statements or bible verses I should be replacing the lies with, because she really wanted the new messages to be exactly what God wanted to speak specifically to and in me.
And as I was doing that, I came across this verse:
1 Samuel 16:7 (New King James Version)
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
I knew immediately that was to be my new message. 
 My new focus.
And while I have always believed that working on what’s within is important, I have also been guilty of focusing WAY too much on what’s on the outside a little more.
As I meditate on that verse more and more, it’s made me think about the impact I want to make on this world.  And what I would want people to say about me at my funeral one day.
What will they say about you when you die?
People will not be focused on how we looked. They will talk about the kind of person we were. They will talk about our hearts, and how we impacted their life. 
 But, of course, that’s only IF we took the time to do any of that.
God does not look at the things Man looks at….
And really when all is said and done and we’ve said our goodbyes, 
neither do we.
Why are we waiting to focus on those things when someone is gone, 
when really we should be celebrating those things in this very moment and every moment in between?
And of course not just in others…
but in ourselves as well.
What a difference we could make.
What a difference we would feel.
What a difference we will leave behind…
It’s starts with us.
With you.
With me.

Romans 12:2


And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


© 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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taylor said what?!?

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Since I don’t seem to have much to say these days, why not take it to the kids? 
 Most specifically Taylor, who never ceases to make me laugh.
Here are just a few of his ‘ism’s:
After learning about evolution vs creation at camp: “Mom, you know how I don’t believe we came from monkey’s? Because I saw you in a picture as a little girl, and you weren’t a monkey.”
It’s as simple as that, right?

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Taylor to our foster son: “I’m going to teach you about animals. I learned this from my teacher who knows all about animals and Jesus. Animals don’t go to heaven, they just stay dead forever.”

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Taylor: “Some scientists believe that people came from monkey’s, but they are wrong. We DID NOT come from monkeys, we came from eggs.”
Me: “Eggs? You mean God?”
Taylor: “No eggs, the eggs inside your tummy.”

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While putting together pretend dinosaur bones: “Mom, it’s just hard being a paleontologist as a kid, ya know?”

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In a public restroom…
Jimmy: “Taylor, this toilette is really dirty, can you just wait till we get home”
Taylor: “I’m about to poop in my pants, what do you think?”

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After explaining to Taylor about a family who is interested in adopting our foster son:
“I wish I was him.”
Me: “Why?”
“Because I want to be adopted by them instead.”

Um, thanks a lot kid.
=)

© 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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once upon a time i blogged

Once upon a time, long long ago I used to be much better at this thing they call blogging.
I read blogs, I commented, I marketed and worked to make it what it kinda is today…always with hopes that it would continue to grow bigger and bigger.
I am amazed at the things that have happened over the years of doing this. The people I have “met” and learned from, the experiences I’ve had the opportunity to have…it’s all been memorable and amazing and I would never ever trade it for anything.
Over the last few months though, it’s kind of tapered off for me. I rarely get on the computer to write, let alone read and comment anywhere. (sorry guys…)  And marketing is totally off the table.
I think it all started when we began to foster, because life needed me to be even more present. I began to realize that my priorities needed some shifting…and while writing and giving my words wings will always be important…for this moment in my life, it needed to take a back burner.
It’s crazy how much God is at work in my life right now. Issues I have been struggling and attempting to deal with are finally coming to a head. I feel hope for the first time in a long time, and I believe there will be change.  I understand the what and why, and now I’m ready to put into practice the how.  I am tired and weary, and ready to move beyond it all.  It’s time.  The time is most definitely now.
There have also been a TON of emotions and details surrounding the foster situation, and it’s been heavy on my heart and mind. It’s all I can do to remember to give it to the Lord, and just. trust. in. Him. Today though, God showed up…and in details I can’t share quite yet, I was reminded that this is WAY beyond me, and I have absolutely no reason to worry or be anxious.  
So ya, life is different.
But I am present and aware and growing, and when things settle down, maybe I’ll be back on a regular schedule again, or maybe I’ll continue on with a new pace instead.
In the meantime, I’ll be here when I’m here, and I’ll write and share when I can.
And know I am IN LOVE with all of you that continue to support me, read this blog, comment, and email….regardless of how often I write and how sucky it might be when I do.
You truly are the wind beneath my wings.
In the most non cheesy way I could possibly mean it too.
© 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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