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Lesson 1

Lesson 1

FORGET EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT YOUR BODY BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT TO CHANGE.

(Or should I say it’s about to be revived!)

Body Revival. What does that sound like to you? For my team and I, it took a little while longer than we thought it would to come up with the name for this experience. But we waited for the right one. After all, it was important that the name we landed on had the right energy to it. Why?

Because this program was not going to sound like just any other “get your body back” or “shape up for the New Year” program. I didn’t want it to sound like everything and everyone else out there. This idea, this program, and this movement is different. And I think you’re going to see that pretty fast.

Why “revival”, though? Because this program isn’t about getting to a number on the scale, or a clothing size that you’re sure will solve all of your inner pain. It’s not about eating this and not eating that. It’s definitely not about the world’s most badass fat-burning fitness routine either. (Believe it or not, I’ve never been much of a gym rat or an aerobics queen. Far from it, if you really want to know the truth!)

It’s a body revival because it’s about taking your power back. Pulling in your energy and bringing yourself back to yourself. Retrieving your energy back from the people, choices, and experiences that might’ve pulled it away from you.

We’re talking about getting your inner being back. Making sure that the beliefs, thoughts, and bullshit you might’ve gathered over the years relinquishes its power over you. It’s about taking your power back, while operating from a conscious and present place.

THAT is what I mean by Body Revival”.

And you know what? Being a part of this movement makes you a Revivalist! Now, that might sound a little bit strange to you, and maybe it even brings up some negative connotations and stereotypic images. But, all that revivalmeans is that youre taking yourself, your power, and your life back to where it belongs: with YOU.

This program is all about reawakening the mind, body, and spirit connection that is your very nature. And I promise that it’s not going to be like any diet or exercise book-of-the-week that you’ve ever read.

I bet that’s great news, isn’t it?

Now, I want to be clear on a few things before we jump in. I’m not a doctor. I am not a nutritionist or a physical therapist. I’m not a personal trainer, nor do I have a college degree. I’m not here to give you scientifically proven information. If that’s what you’re looking for, fair enough. There are plenty of options out there for that. I might not be your person.

But what I AM here to offer you is true, honest-to-God LIFE experience. Twenty years of working with other people. Thirty plus years of slogging through my own body issues, body shaming, bouts with disease, and weight issues. Not to mention finding body acceptance, body joy, and body love in the process.

So, if you’re interested in hearing a new spin on an old topic, this is the place for you. If you’re ready to make some big expansions in your awareness, your insight, and your mindset, stay with me. If you’re ready to make new choices, commit to your own self-care, and actually start loving the skin that youre in, then you’re ready for a real revival.

It’s not just about what you eat or how you work out. It’s about loving your body as if it were your best friend. It’s about committing to your own self-love and meaning it this time.

When you truly connect your mind, body, and spirit – and you realize that for best results the three must work together – your whole life can change.

Or should I say, that it will revive”?

But it’s all about making that Mind, Body and Spirit connection CONSISTENTLY. Because if there’s no consistent action, there won’t be any consistent results. That’s true of pretty much everything.

If you’re not familiar with my story, let me tell you a little bit about how I got here. This whole Body Revival journey? I’ve lived it. I didn’t go to school to learn about it. It didn’t just read about it in a book and then share it. It’s a journey I’ve walked personally, and it’s been going on for over 40 years now.

And let me tell you, it hasn’t always been pretty. In fact, it’s been a battle.

When I was first born, the nurses wrote the word “battle” on my mother’s chart. This is how I came into this world – through a battle. So, was I doomed to fight myself for my entire life? Well, it hasn’t exactly been a struggle my entire life. The first 10 – 12 years I felt in alignment, for the most part, with my internal world. Most of the time I knew who I was on the inside. The “battle” part came into play around the age of 13, when I realized that the version of me who showed up on the outside didn’t fit who I knew I was on the inside. Whether it was my personality, the way I carried myself through the world, or my physical appearance, what I had felt inside vs. what I experienced outside, didn’t quite match up.

Then, as my body started changing, it began to grab my attention. The more weight I gained, the more it got my attention. The more I created illness and disease within my body, it got my attention even more.

What was happening? My body was simply trying to tell me something. It was trying to tell me the places where I had fallen out of alignment with my mind and spirit. It was giving me all the messages I could’ve possibly needed in the form of weight gain, weight loss, disease and health issues.

If only I would’ve been able to see them, though!

But at the time, I didn’t want to see. I didn’t want to know the root of all my pain, suffering, and self-loathing. I wanted an easy fix. Take a pill and lose 10 pounds. Exercise like this and eat like that and be a perfect size whatever. I wanted to push the “easy” button. But that wasn’t going to happen.

Then everything got a lot worse. First, it started with weight issues. Then the diseases started showing up. Then I got pregnant and nearly died giving birth. I contracted a parasite that stuck with me for 4 years. I was diagnosed with osteopenia. And in the midst of all that madness, I lost three babies.

My body just kept disappointing me over and over again. It was to the point where I hated my body. And believe me, that’s not a word I use very often. But I truly hated my body.

But here’s the shocker: what I eventually started to realize was that through all that I put my body through – the pressure, the self-deprecation, the anger, and the blame – it still kept showing up for me. My heart kept beating and my lungs kept breathing. I could still move through life even when I was at my worst. No matter what I did – even almost dying once – it still kept coming through for me.

What I learned was that my body had always been my very best friend. And I was a really shitty friend right back. Of course, my only defense was that I didn’t know that my body and I were friends. I kind of thought we were enemies.

So, no wonder I kept having the same kind of experiences! I was bringing a lot of pain into my body. And when energy enters the body as pain, it’s going to come out through pain. But when you start releasing those hurtful emotions, the pain that you feel when they leave is going to be a lot less than the pain you’ve been carrying with you for so long. That I can personally attest to.

Trust me, I get it. I’ve had disease. I’ve healed disease. I’ve had weight issues, and I’ve healed them, too. I’ve been through the eating disorders, the body shame, the bullshit stories and the ugliness. I could recall that pain in a heartbeat if I had to.

But you know what comes up for me now? Gratitude.

Now I feel such gratitude for this amazing body. I have so much appreciation for the journey that I’ve taken, no matter how scathing it has been. I’ve learned, grown, and expanded. And now I have the privilege of sharing that journey with you. And I sincerely hope you’ll join me on this journey of gratitude.

So, what does Body Revival entail, and how are we going to get started?

The very first thing Id like you to do is to set an intention for these 22 days. You’re going to need this program, an additional journal, a pen, and an open heart. I want you to write down your intentions for the next 22 days. What do you really wish to get out of Body Revival, and what is that intention right now?

You see, a lot of us don’t live life intentionally; but instead, reactively. And if you don’t have an intention, you don’t have direction. The Universe, Spirit, or God won’t have any way to direct it. Let’s start off with an intention. Ask yourself: what you would like to see, experience, feel, and know over the next 22 days.

Once you’ve set your intentions, what happens next?

Here’s how it’s going to go down: every day, for 22 days, you’re going to start the day with appreciation. You’re going to take five minutes every day to write in the workbook (or your own personal journal, if you prefer) your appreciation for your body and everything it does for you. Choose one thing that you love about your body each day; then take five minutes to journal about what you truly love about your body.

Now, I’m not saying that you have to bullshit yourself. Sometimes, you’ll have days where the only thing that you appreciate about your body is that you’re still breathing. On a great day, on the other hand, you might feel confident, sexy, and ready to kick ass and take names. Either way, it’s OK. The point is to get into a consistent practice of appreciating your body … and doing it sincerely in the moment.

So, every day will start out with five minutes of Appreciation Journaling. Then you’ll receive a different exercise in each day’s subsequent lesson, with homework and worksheets to help keep you focused and consistent.

I’m not gonna lie. Some of this will stretch you way beyond your comfort zone. It might make you feel uncomfortable. There might even be considerable pain. But like I said, the pain that you feel when you let the pain out of your body pales in comparison to how much pain you feel when it’s still living in there.

You might believe that you’ve “already done this” and you might feel resentful of having to face it again. But let me tell you this: I don’t want you to negate the work you’ve already done. I’m not saying that you haven’t done any work. It’s just that in doing the work, you’ve revealed another layer. Different challenges come up with different layers as we’re ready to heal them. So, if you’re here today and you’re showing up with the presence of mind and the desire to change, then you’re ready.

But don’t feel overwhelmed by the layers. Feel excited about the opportunity to move through them. Be grateful that you’re at the point where you have the ability to do it, and give yourself all the credit that you deserve for that. I’m telling you to feel grateful as you go through the journey. Feel as much appreciation as you can in every moment that you’re in. Because it is a journey of appreciation and gratitude.

So once again, let me ask you this: Are you ready to go on this journey with me, from wherever you are right now, to a genuine, loving, full appreciation of your body? Because believe it or not, my friend, this body is the perfect vehicle for your Spirit in this lifetime. That’s why you chose this body. And your body can be your best friend … if you’re willing to recognize it as such.

Once you make friends with your body and re-engage it with your mind and spirit, your body will respond. And it’s going to respond in amazing ways. That I can personally attest to. And that’s what I want for you.

Are you ready?

LET’S DO THIS!

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BEFORE WE GET STARTED…

Take a moment, take a deep breath, and feel into where you are.

Ask yourself this: What is my intention for the next 22 days? How do I want to feel, what do I want to experience, and what do I want to learn?

Write down everything that you want to get out of this 22-day journey. What are your hopes, your aspirations, and your intentions as we go through each day together?

Take 5 to 10 minutes and see what comes up for you. Feel free to write it all down right in your workbook.

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