A Life Worth Living

Reaching new heights daily
Reaching new heights daily

I have spent the last couple weeks thinking about all that I have accomplished in 2013, all the awesome memories I made, the new friends and relationships, how much more time I had with my family, and all the places we had been.

Visiting my Niece and Nephew in Long Island
Visiting my Niece and Nephew in Long Island

I started getting excited about what I was going to set out to accomplish in 2014, I am giddy with excitement as I see how much more I have accomplished then I dreamed just a year ago. Its amazing really.

It then hit me that until 2010, that was not how I saw the new year. First, I made resolutions… just like most Americans. Then I got sick of the resolution failure statistic and refused to set any resolutions. Instead, most new years were spent wallowing in everything I had failed in, all the things I STILL had not done.   Time I hoped the next year would be better, threw around some things that I would like to happen, but with no plan to see them through….until the next year where I faced yet another year of disappointments.

Its so different now, I look back at even my set backs as victories and opportunities. Its not that 2013 was easy. It wasn’t that i didn’t deal with some major challenges. The difference is how I view those challenges. I am floored at how much more I accomplish then what I set out for.

Spent my birthday in Miami
Spent my birthday in Miami

This is why A Life Worth Living was born. Until a few years ago, I was part of the “rat race” full of stress, drama, disappointments and let downs.

Then my mindset changed. My inputs changed, my Circle of influence changed. My life changed. I share a lot of my inspiration via facebook and have gotten emails on a weekly basis on how it has inspired someone to make a change.

Circle of Influence
Circle of Influence

My blog will allow me to be more long winded, as I share how God has taken my life in a totally new direction when I started following his leadership influences. I am excited to share a more personal side of myself and hope it will influence and inspire many of my readers to find there own life worth living.

Fitness for Life

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The Journey Never Ends

30 begins the slow decline to death” 

Was the anthem that surrounded me during my 20’s. My instructors, employers, friends, training partners, and coworkers sang it frequently, like a chant reminding me my days where numbered. As I looked to those people in the martial arts that I knew at that time over 30, it was disappointing. Training was limited by any number of “age” ailments. Shoulders, knees, back, neck, weight etc. I was growing older, just wait, they said… As a mom with 2 young children, I was working full time and barely finding time to work out myself…I couldn’t even imagine how disappointing my future would be.

As I entered my later 20’s I was working 50-80 hours a week teaching martial arts and running a martial arts school. I found time to hit the gym occasionally – but my martial arts training had dwindled down to only our instructors class that was geared specifically to what we where going to teach the next day, not challenging me to the next level. I was a 3rd degree black belt,  I had adapted the belief in my head that this was it..becoming a Master (my next rank in that system) would require learning a new form or two – every few years. I looked at the instructors around me who now learned via book or video and felt my martial arts training had come to an end.

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First Half Marathon- Never thought I could

Then we opened our own school. I began to fantasize that maybe I could train again. I wasn’t sure how but I wanted to learn Brazilian JuJitsu so badly. I also really wanted to become certified in Krav Maga, and after watching a season of Master Toddy’s FIght girls, I was mesmerized by Muay Thai.

I started gymnastics with my demonstration team, I was 28 now… only a couple years left to get all the things I had always wanted in before my body fell apart right? Then 3 months after I started gymnastics I broke my arm badly. It required 3 surgeries to put it back together and I was out of work for 3 months. During that time, so may people said to me “What were you thinking” “Don’t you think you are a little old for that stuff” “I hope this taught you, its time to stop”. I couldn’t help but agree and think they where right.

I settled, at that point  I reserved myself to the fact that this was the best I could get. Go to the gym a couple times a week and hope for the best. But I would never again have any new accomplishments. At that point I gained 10 pds.

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The End, I thought.

Then, later that year, a business friend of mine posted on Facebook about having a mentor. I couldn’t help but think of someone I had taken some seminars from, He really “walked the walk” and if I could choose anyone in the world to learn from he was the man.

It was then I joined Martial Arts For Excellence, with Master Paul Garcia. I was excited to learn how to run a great martial arts school, attract more students, and have financial success.

The thing is, I didn’t get a business seminar. The very first event we attended i was blown away at these very successful school owners – they were all in amazing shape!!! Most of them where not only over 40, some where over 50. When the instructors hit the training matt, so did they.

Master Garcia taught us then, we had to lead from the front. That we had no business teaching martial arts if we were not training at least 3x a week..IN MARTIAL ARTS (we also should be working out for cardio and weights). Not stuff you already know he said, go learn new things. Be the best you can be for your students. Fall back in love with martial arts.

I felt like it  was a dream come true, hadn’t I started in the martial arts and fitness because it was my passion? I started teaching so I COULD train more.

My arm was still healing so at that point I was limited to Monday training. Then a Jujitsu class opened up on Fridays. It was so exciting to start learning new things again!

THEN I TURNED 30, and my world fell apart just like everyone said….the end.

NOT

Master Garcia had taught that it only gets better, and I saw living proof! I watched a 44 year old out kick an 18 year old. I watched those who had been training for years, humble themselves and get certified in Krav Maga. My thinking changed, my beliefs changed, my input changed, and so did my results. I have accomplished more in the 3 years since I turned 30 then I did in ALL of my 20’s. I could totally kick my 20something year olds butt.

Since then I have

lost 15pds

Got my Krav Maga certification 1,2,&3

Got my first 3 stripes on my white belt in Brazilian JuJitsu

Certified in Trans Muay Thai

Got my White Mongoul in Muay Thai

Got my 4th degree black belt

I Run more,

Lift more,

I am Faster,

I Kick higher

become and inspiration to my children

….and much much more

With 2014 here, as you set your goals for health and fitness. Don’t let societies beliefs hold you back. Set goals, then find the coaches that can get you there. Don’t settle, get off the sidelines of life and play!

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Stretch your limits