Hey peeps… this post is a tad late so please forgive me if my mind is a little foggy on the past week’s challenges. This week to get out of my comfort zone, I
did attempted a kind of cleanse and got a Thai Massage. First things first..the cleanse/clean eating.
Breakfast was a smoothie made of spinach, banana, blueberries and apple. Was it delish? No. But I got it down. Then I had a mandarin orange for a snack along with half of a body key wellness bar. Lunch was a big salad with hard boiled egg on it. Never had that before and it really wasn’t too bad. The day continued and I made pretty great choices. Then I got home and I realized we needed to stock our fridge and pantry. I opened the fridge and there it was…the pizza I ordered last night at my friends because sometimes we just like to sit on her couch and talk and eat pizza while half-way watching a movie/show. I usually look up cute outfits or hairstyles on pinterest while she paints her nails. Its just what we do. And when I left that night she made me take the pizza box with me. Big mistake. I caved while looking in that fridge. I ate all 3 pieces left. Not even gonna lie. So that was a bit of a failure… sorry to disappoint.
The other challenge for the week was trying a Thai massage. This was much better, much more successful. Forgive me if I forget some of it or for not having the greatest of details. I don’t recall the last 30 min of the massage because I was face down, drool on the massage table, passed out. Yes, it was that good. I have a love/hate relationship with the whole falling asleep during a massage thing. Because it was that great and relaxing, yet I don’t remember a lot of it. But let me start from the top.
I arrived at my friend Suzy’s, massage place, filled out some paperwork and headed into her huge massage room. It was such a relaxing atmosphere, dim lights, candles, cool but not cold, and a warm, comfy massage table. With Thai massage you actually keep your clothes on. It was definitely different then what I am used to. No oil, no stripping down and getting under the sheets. I laid on my back and Suzy started at my head, massaging and applying pressure to my temples. She moved to my arms and would stretch one arm across my body, pulling, climbing her hands up in a rhythmetic motion. She continued to apply pressure in areas, stretch me, move me all around. Once I rolled over to my stomach, I was out.
Thai massage is designed for deep relaxation. It uses gentle pressure on energy lines and yoga – like stretching. It is believed that this deeper level of relaxation improves the individuals’ outlook, their emotional status and allows for a better nights sleep. It also helps with overall circulation and to reduce stress. When I got up off the table, I was definitely relaxed. Took me a few min to get myself together. And I will most definitely return to Ebb and Flow Massage to see Suzy again!
So what did I learn from these challenges? 1. I learned that preparation is key. 2. Change is good.
So back to #1…I remember on one of my old basketball camp shirts it said “The will to win is useless without the will to prepare.” I was not prepared when I got home to face that pizza. I hadn’t prepared my dinner, thought to fill the fridge and so when temptation came about, I was defeated. Preparation is so important. In the bible it talks about putting on God’s armor each day to prepare yourself against the world. Against evil. We have to prepare our children for what they will see in today’s society. Guard their hearts and minds and prep them for any struggle that comes their way. We have to prepare our bodies before a race, our minds before a test, set a game plan to reach a goal.
I heard that champions are not made in the ring. Sure that is where the world sees them win and succeed but it’s what you are doing when no one is looking that prepares you for the fight. No one watches all the countless practices, disciplines, healthy habits, blood, sweat and tears that a boxer puts in before he takes his walk to the ring. They just see his battle. But without the preparation for the battle, he wouldn’t have a chance.
#2…change. I like it. I embrace it. Sometimes I am stuck in my ways a little. (I actually have been in a bit of a beauty rut recently and no, I won’t cut my hair but I want change…I just don’t know what!) I am really not too picky when it comes to keeping things the same. If there is something new or different that may be better than what I am currently doing, I figure why not try it? That’s what I did with the Thai massage. And it was good. When I got there I was half tempted to ask for a swedish with the oil and the works but I knew I had to embrace the Thai. And I don’t regret it.
A lot of people get freaked out by change. They are used to what they do and if anyone changes it, it will cause anxiety and fear of the unknown. But how will you know if you don’t try? Personal change and growth is awesome. I can’t wait to continue changing and growing into the woman God designed me to be. Truth is He has HUGE plans for us but we are often so scared of moving outside of our normalcy that very few of us get to see the potential come to realization.
Everyone needs a little change. Maybe you got it altogether but I think there is probably something we all could change. Big or small. I’ve often said, if nothing changes, well.. then nothing changes. People continue to do the same thing over and over and expect different results…that’s insanity. What if that one change God is calling us to make is the one that totally redirects our life to the place we want it to go? What if instead we ignore Him and change nothing and we wake up 30 years from now in the exact same place we are now? Is that where you want to be? John Maxwell said ““We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.” Boom. Love that guy. Love you guys!