Happy Spring BMI Crew!
With longer days and beautiful weather, we hope you are inspired to take even better care of yourself this spring so you can make the most of all that we are blessed with.
Speaking of blessed, read up on Amy C Rad’s article on the important life lessons you can learn from a child who’s had to deal with pain every single minute of his life.
Lastly, see our Good For You Recipe section for a seasonal Asparagus, Ham and Egg Salad recipe that’s a feast for your eyes and your palate.
Let’s see some pep in your step this Spring!
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BMI Pound Posse took it offsite to Athleta Valley Fair’s Friends & Family Event - “March” to the Beat of Your Own Drums. Way to REPRESENT!
Some of our TGIF U-JAM bunnies celebrating Easter weekend!
Congrats to U-JAM Instructor Lyn Cadigal for teaching her first full hour class on our Wednesday night team rotation! United We JAM!
Our Beast Mode Trainers Angelina and Vince rocking their workouts in our new Be More Inspired T-shirt. Send us your pics in the shirt or post and tag us on social media! 😍
Life Lessons From A Butterfly Child
By: Amy Chang Radosevich, MA, ACSM, ACE, AFAA
Pain is a powerful protective mechanism. It prevents us from causing severe harm to our bodies and signals us to make the changes necessary in order to stop or avoid further pain. Having said that, most notable feats involves putting our bodies and minds through some level of pain. To build strength and increase muscle mass, we have to lift heavy enough weights to cause microtears in our muscle fibers followed by recovery, repair and generation of new fibers. To build mental and emotional strength and resilience, we often have to go through painful experiences of loss, rejection, failures and humiliation. Our capacity and tolerance for pain may be a determining factor for both our mental and physical strength and character.
How then do we maximize our pain capacity and tolerance in a sensible way? I want to share with you one technique I learned from this 16-year-old boy, Jonathan Pitre, who suffers from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) - one of the most painful conditions known to modern medicine. Kids who suffer from this condition are called Butterfly Children, as their skin is as fragile as butterfly wings and their maximum life expectancy is only about 25 years. In this TSN Original, I watched his mother help him with his bath, which is a grueling 3-hour long process performed every other day. He is in constant pain every moment of his day, even when he sleeps. Darren Hardy, a success mentor and author of The Compound Effect, interviewed Jonathan and asked him how he finds his strength and courage to live with this non-stop pain and suffering. Jonathan responded by saying that he simply “goes into the void and feed the flame.” He first pictures himself in a completely dark room with a single lit candle; he then visualizes himself pouring all of his pain into the candle flame - which represents his will and determination. The more pain he feels, the more he feeds the flame and the stronger his will and determination becomes and he can get himself to the point where he feels no pain. While this may simply be a form of hypnosis or meditation technique, the focus and concentration it takes for a young boy to master is nothing short of inspirational.
Despite the circumstances he’s dealt, Jonathan never uses that as an excuse or play the victim role. He wanted to make the most of the limited years he has to raise awareness, inspire and live with meaning and purpose. It’s a potent reminder and lesson for all of us. So the next time you are dragging a bit when you come in for your workouts, or when the pain of the last two reps your trainer wants you to finish feels unbearable, think of Jonathan and the flame.
I hope you are as inspired by Jonathan as I am. Share with us in the comments section below other techniques you find helpful in pushing through your pain threshold in fitness or in life. Help us Be. More. Inspired. 😊
Good for You Recipe
This impressive looking and nutritious salad makes a great lunch or light dinner. Asparagus is in season and pairs so well with any cured ham and the soft boiled eggs adds protein, vitamins, healthy fats and creaminess to the dish. It’s also super quick and easy to make for those of you who are always on the go. Enjoy!