Oct 5, 2004 Volume 1 No. 22

It's Harvest Time!!

Fall is the time of Harvest. A time to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Whether it's your fitness program, your attitude or your relationships, may your harvest be abundant and bountiful!!!!!!!!

Enjoy the newsletter and have a Blessed Week!!

Cathy Morenzie

Sow the Right Seeds

Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap character. Sow character and you reap destiny.

~ Charles Reade

If you wanted to plant an orange orchard would you sow apple seeds? Of course not, because you know that an apple tree can only bring forth apples. Yet we so often sow seeds in our life and expect that the fruit will reflect something different. You cannot sow the seeds of laziness and mediocrity and reap success nor can you sow seeds of doubt and fear and expect to reap the joy of fulfilled goals.

Every single day you need to make a conscious choice to sow the seeds of right living if you are to reap the rewards of life. Sow diligence, patience, passion for life, commitment to serving God, love, etc. and watch your garden bring forth a priceless bounty of goods. There are no shortcuts in this garden of life – sow the right seeds and get excited about the harvest you'll yield, it will be well worth it.

~ Nadia C. Thomas


Strong to the Core

Right where you are right now put your hand at waist level and let out a big laugh -- you've just located your core muscles! They lie deep within the trunk of your body and support your entire musculature. When working out we tend to focus on the muscles that we can see -- the chest, biceps "6-pack". But the more important muscles are the ones that no-one will ever see, your core which act as a corset around your trunk area making you stable and upright. Your main core muscles include your abdominals; rectus abdominus or the 6-pack, your internal and external obliques (sides) and your transversus which wraps around your belly button like a weight belt; back muscles such as the multifidus and erector spinae; and pelvic and scapulae (shoulder blade) muscles.

There are a variety of ways to strengthen your core. Since there are several different core muscles, it is important to perform a variety of exercises that target these muscle groups. Core strength can be developed by performing: Pilates exercises, standard abdominal exercises (such as sit ups and crunches) stability ball exercises ( tune in next week for specific exercises), medicine ball training (weighted balls), balancing exercises on a wobble board, balance beam or foam roller.

So if you want to do anything better; strengthen your core. When you run or walk, ride a bike carry a baby or lift weights — your core muscles are hard at work, keeping you upright and stabilizing your body.


Often overlooked blessings...

Watching the sunset.
A restful night sleep.
The kindness of strangers.
The ability to regulate our temperatures in our homes.
Having a nap.
Laughing so hard your cheeks hurt.
Reading a good book that changes your life.
Meeting a deadline.
Feeling a sense of pride in yourself.
Perfect timing.
Hearing children laugh.
Hearing the words "I love you"
Pampering yourself

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ( Melody Beattie). So what are you grateful for? Keep planting the seeds and cultivate an attitude of gratitude!!!!!

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