What Results Really Mean

Some readers may know that I am a personal trainer on top of my entertainment jobs. I am also exclusively involved in a one-on-one nutrition program at mt gym. One of my clients (that I recommend stay in touch regularly) came to me and told me about her weekend shortcomings that weren't bad at all, but were slightly off the plan. I told her not to worry but remember, it was her journey and to make it what she chose it to be. 

Admittedly, my perspective isn't always on track with others' but I am simply there to hold people accountable. She has had struggles with plateauing on her body changes but she gave me an opportunity to grow this time! I'm not sure she even knows but this occasion really made me think--one person's desired results may not be the same as what the outside might think. 

Of course her reason for coming to me was weight loss, but she may have stumbled upon something even greater. Her first step working with me was to cut out her nightly beer intake. Far from a lot, but she confessed that she almost never went a night without drinking before meeting me. Now she has gone the last month and barely had a drink!

I personally know the power alcohol of any amount can have on an individual even though I don't know the amount of her consumption. We still have weeks left in her program but I am willing to speculate that she may have found something she didn't even know she was looking for. 

 

A little something for you to think about. Let this lead you where it may. Until next time citizens of Earth, I've been your frendly neighborhood Dizzy! 👽

Focus!

We live in a world so much different than existed 20 years ago. Just think back to the time before having the internet at your fingertips, or getting a notification of something (irrelevant to anything happening at the time). Those of us in our twenties are especially under a demand to know more than we were taught, look better than the next person, be successful in our current endeavors, etc. but lack the mental capacity to produce the results! Why is this?! 

With the New Year's resolution bug still buzzing around our collective heads, there is a huge focus on stopping bad habits and trying to change many negative aspects of personality; and with these there seem to be many repeat offenders! Might I suggest that simply avoiding a thing is a path to failure? Intense focus in a positive leaves no room for a negative. For instance: if I wanted to stop eating junk food or drinking alcohol, the temptation to do so would always exist, but if I chose to focus my attention on glorifying God by caring for the body he gave me, there would be no reason to put in unhealthy substances.

The same applies to finance, social media addiction, happy marriages and more! I'm not telling non-Christians to turn to God and make their life better, but I am saying that honoring God is the highest thing you can focus on. Focus on your positive, rather than avoiding your negatives. There just happens to be one positive higher than all others!

Until next time, I've been your friendly neighborhood Dizzy! 😁

Maybe getting older isn't quite so bad...

All my life, I have had what I like to call "Peter Pan Syndrome." I was always super afraid to grow up! In the last five years or so, I have done a lot of internal growth and, I can't remember exactly when I realized I had crossed into adulthood, but I am there. I pay bills, have responsibilities, and view the world in a COMPLETELY different way than I used to.

Somewhere along the line, I stopped identifying with the free thinkers and the artists and I became a person who believed in structure, organization and wearing nicer clothes  😆. I look in the mirror and still see the same 13 year old boy who wanted to save the world but have since gained the wisdom to actually do it! I have also become humbled enough to realize that I can not do it alone, but am merely one instrument to cause a greater societal change. 

I can only pray now, that with all of the work that God has done inside of me, that I won't allow MYSELF to get in the way of the work he is calling me to do. 

Love one another, and we can start this change together. Until next time, I have been your friendly neighborhood Dizzy!

 “I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭

When God speaks...

This weekend was a very interesting time for me to say the least. But let's be real, my foundations have been completely shaken. 

I was dealing with a certain situation among a few of my Christian friends when they had finally heard enough. I had been trying to force my will into an area where it just was not meant to be. Someone very close to me chose this moment to call me out on my lack of trust in God on the matter. Then this person proceeded (in private) to tell me how it seemed as though I never truly put things in God's hands and I was always trying to be the one in control. I was stunned! 

I was stunned because it was true. You have to be basically inside my head to know this but I have had a lot of pride over my life. I didn't even realize this was pride but there is something that honesty does to you. When you finally see yourself for who you truly are and how those who love you most perceive you, it breaks you--and I was broken.

This led to me admitting things I had always known but refused to admit. The God of of creation governs everything from the path of the stars, the heat of the sun, the motion of microscopic organisms, the path of bees to pollen and the way to the water for newborn sea turtles--but I haven't trusted him to guide my next five steps. I was broken.

This has led to a total shift in my thinking and actions. I currently feel like I am in a time warp because I have gained a newfound understanding of the Gospel. I now know why those passionate preachers cry in church, and how someone could quit drugs cold. To know how many times a day I have blatantly spit in the face of the living God who gave me life; and to know that with that knowledge, he still killed his Son to save me from suffering the death of my own soul. My heart was broken.

How many of us can honestly admit that we have taken every single breath for granted, as if we deserve it? Every minute we are allowed to take another step, we owe him gratitude, and when those steps reach their last, we should still thank him for the ones be permitted. Don't wait, today could be the first day of your life.

 

“Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

‭‭James‬ ‭4:9-10‬

Until next time, I've been your friendly neighborhood Dizzy.  

Purpose?

Someone very close to me is very much into a specific band. I don't care too much for them, but they mean a lot to said person. The musicians of the band are professed Christians but in my opinion  the music is super depressing and I was curious as to what exactly they are all about.

I did a little research to find that the musicians are indeed Christian but the music is not necessarily considered to be. That's fine but an artists work speaks where language cannot. They give interviews about depression and seeking purpose and understanding their meaning in this world; and they reach a vast audience of sincerely loyal followers. To be honest, this disturbed me because it paints a picture of just how many people feel completely lost in this world. I have been there myself at times and I am far from my final destination now, but I do understand the mission. 

This is where I speak to the Christians specifically. The message is not only for us but I feel as though you will understand more readily. We wander, but we are not lost. Our sole purpose on this earth is for the glory of the God of creation. He made us to bear his image and all of our pleasure and all of our pain are all meant to come together to show how great he is. There will be many  times in life that are unpleasant and a few that seem to make all of that struggle worthwhile. He sees us to the good times and through the bad. We are not without hope because this stretch of existence is merely a blink in the eye of eternity.

I could carry on for days with analogies and clever rhetoric, but I will simply leave you with this: cherish the good times, then persevere through the bad--and cherish them too. You are not lost.

 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬

Until next time, I've been your friendly neighborhood Dizzy! Have a wonderful day 😉‬‬

 

Shhhh....

Do you ever just find it hard to think? I know I've dealt with this increasingly lately. There are important things in life that I just can't seem to get on top of and I've only recently found the solution--silence. Yes, silence.

It seems as though we are completely surrounded by a cacophony of various noises and voices that all seek to distract us from the tasks of daily life. Some of us have a specific deadline to work toward and others have the giant task of taking out the garbage, and somehow we just can't get ourselves around to things. If I am not with clients at the gym, or speaking directly to a person about some situation they are dealing with, I have earbuds in or my iPhone streaming a podcast out loud and I came to the realization that it has been months since I produced a real thought! There is constantly information going in but I haven't really USED my brain to much capacity in so long I was beginning to lose track of the simplest things like why I brought up the Google window to search something.

This was beginning to terrify me until a few days ago when I was listening to the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast (cheap plug) and I had to pull my earbuds out in order to form a thought. Then it hit me; I have not had a moment of silence in ages just to gather my senses. It was also leading to a lot of worry in my bigger picture and growing in my faith! I recently had to wipe dust off my Bible's cover to my own shame. Not long ago, I was reading every night and dilligently taking notes and before I knew it, I hadn't even moved my Bible from my bedside for a nondescript amount of time. I realized yet again, I had allowed myself to be distracted--so much that something I hold dear had begun to slip away. On top of that, I hadn't even prayed in ages because of this. So tired, so distracted.

Why do I share all of this, might you ask? I feel as though there are a great many of us who are going through similar things but we don't realize we can relate on these subjects. Maybe it's time to have some points we can relate on. The world is divided enough, let's come together for SOMETHING. The cause doesn't have to be major by any means, but just a reason to say "Hey, me too."

 

Until next time, I've been your friendly neighborhood Dizzy! Happy Monday 😉 

Trying this out...

So--I have never tried a blog before because I never thought anybody would care what I had to say. I do like the idea because it involves long form thought as opposed to a quick 140 characters or an emotional Facebook post to generate likes. I think I will be doing this as a way to express my own thoughts as we walk through daily life. Perhaps I will provide some of my own observations about life's obstacles or different points of view on the various bits of distraction provided by the media. I am passionate about a great many things and have very few ways to communicate about them so let's see how this blog thing goes. 

I believe I'll open all of my thoughts of up to your replies as well, and maybe if it catches on, we'll build something else on top of it! Until next time, I just released a free Christmas song! Here's the link for you ;-)

https://dizzyparker.bandcamp.com/track/merry-christmas-happy-holidays