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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What Inspires Me to Keep on Moving!

I woke up with a tired, achey body.  I had felt a cold coming on for the last few days, and wouldn't you know it, as soon as I have the house to myself, I feel yucky.  I didn't feel like doing anything including training my clients, but I knew I had to.  I needed some kind of shot in the arm to get me motivated.  Before going to work, I read fellow a bloggers post and thought about what inspires me.

 Marchelle, my Bodeci Body of the Month, was my first client this morning.  She inspires me every time I work with her.  She started coming to me for fitness training about two years ago.  She was beautiful and slender, but felt weak and lethargic.  She also had severe imbalance issues as a result of losing her L-5 nerve due to bone cancer.  (The first doctor she went to said there wasn't much they could do and gave her a few months to live!)

Marchelle doing "dips"

The L-5 nerve is responsible for the muscles of the glutes (butt), hamstrings, calf and the muscles that flex and extend the foot.  Almost all of Marchelle's butt and right leg became numb; she referred to it as 'being asleep'.  She also had drop foot, a condition making it difficult to walk.  What first inspired me about her was her decision to have the strongest body of her life, without limitation.  (Here I had been complaining about a stupid cold!)  Her list of goals included:
  • More energy
  • Better balance
  • Overall strength and endurance
  • Coordination
  • Get back on ski's

Marchelle saying, "Hurry up and take the picture!" while performing squat/ rows with the "TRX straps".

I haven't seen many work as hard as Marchelle at her fitness program.  She has improved 200% from when she started with me.  The strength in her right leg has increased 200%!  Marchelle has toured Egypt, Spain, Italy and has gone skiing since we first began.  She has a lean 17% body fat and she is in her fifties!  (She is wearing her bikini to a pool party this weekend, maybe I'll get a picture!)  Today she said, "I wish everyone could feel as good as I do!  I am just so lucky! 

Oh, by the way, Marchelle will live to be a very fit old lady!

Time for a little break!

I felt like having something sweet, but there is absolutely nothing in my house with sugar in it that I want.  I decided to make my yogurt plum sauce parfait and do what Adrienne did with her popcorn; dish up a serving and put the rest away.   

This cup was my Grandmother's.  I love it and use it a lot.

I served it in grand style.  I drank water poured from my pretty blue wine bottle and enjoyed the treat slowly.  Nice break!

Do something that makes you feel good today!


    1. Marchelle's story is very inspiring and her name is so pretty!

      Love your Grandmother's cup.

    2. Oh, Fiona! I am so glad you read about her! There is so much about her trials I did not reveal. Isn't true beauty so much more impacttful than commercial beauty?