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A Fall Retreat is headed your way ...

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated the SpirFit Blog. So much has changed since COVID-19 blanketed the globe and turned our normals into abnormals and vice-a-versa. I can only imagine what effects this (and everything that’s followed) has impacted you… There is a fragility about all of us in which stress and fear can twist our thoughts. That’s why Lexi and I preach (and practice) WHOLE BODY WELLNESS - to keep our minds, bodies and faith STRONG. It’s more than a lifestyle, it’s an Armor that we must choose to put on every day. 

So what’s up with SpirFit? 

As many of you know, once the pandemic hit, our in-person classes stopped and we tried the virtual route via Facebook Live. This was a humbling trial-and-error process in which we encountered many comical growing pains - from out-of-sync audio to stubborn dogs and absent-minded husbands making cameos! Then, on June 30th we were allowed to return to in-person classes. But two weeks later new spikes in COVID-19 shut down operations again. That’s when, with so many unknowns, we decided to put SpirFit on “pause”. 

Which brings us to the present. 

As Lexi and I continue our search for a SpirFit “home”, we recognize there’s a timely need to REFRESH our minds, bodies and souls. (And prepare us for the holiday craze and winter cold!) So … SpirFit is happy to announce we are hosting a One Day Retreat at The Cincinnati Nature Center on Saturday November 14, 2020 from 9a.m. to 4p.m. Only a limited amount of tickets are available. The Retreat includes an Indoor SpirFit class, Outdoor Walk/Hike, Book “Reforesting Faith”, Journal, Presentations, Gourmet Lunch and much more!


To purchase tickets, go to November Wellness Retreat under Classes at https://www.spir-fit.com/classes.


For more info, see the attachment below and/or contact Jessica at spirfit3@gmail.com.


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We hope you can join us for this special retreat but if you can’t please know this: (1) We have NOT forgotten about our SpirFit community! (2) We are searching for ways to offer classes. And (3) you are in our thoughts and prayers! 

Until we meet again …

Peace, health & happiness, 

Jessica 


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Dear friends,

As we find ourselves in the midst of these strange, unprecedented times, I’d like to discuss the importance of Whole Body Wellness. Perhaps, it’s more important now than ever to take care of ourselves. We needn’t complicate this. Actually the simpler the plan is, the more effective and fruit-bearing it may be. But it’s important we do it! Put the oxygen mask on your self now, so you can be of good use to yourself and others.


Before I proceed, as a quick reminder, Whole Body Wellness entails the Mind, Body and Soul. These areas are individual and yet codependent. That is why we take a different approach to caring for each three sectors, knowing that each success is directly related to the whole.


Let’s begin now by examining the Mind. We are a product of our thoughts.

And thus, during these times, we need a good defense. Perhaps you, like me, have encountered an abundance of negativity, fear, division and criticism which leaves one feeling “down in the dumps”. The plan to rectify this can be quite simple really. We can protect our eyes and ears by limiting how much news we consume, limiting communication with the “Debbie Downer’s and Negative Nancy’s” in our lives, blocking negative influencers on social media, and so on. There are so many beautiful things happening right now to pick our spirits up. Like companies, organizations and community resources pulling together to help the homeless; citizens sewing masks for medical workers; neighbors like Traci and Matt Nestheide giving people a reason to laugh with their homeschooling antics; and teacher friends, like Kelly Olliges and Kim Weyer, who are encouraging their students to keep moving and virtually learning by sharing fun ideas and videos. Good is being radiated all over the world right now. We simply need to dial in and receive it (and call-block that negativity)!

Moving on to our Body. The message is to move! Our bodies house all the hormones and chemicals that affect our minds as well as our internal bodily systems (the human body has 11 organ systems in all). Each system depends directly, or indirectly, on the other. And thus, poor performance in one area of the body can cause dysfunction in the others. “Based on the type, timing and severity of the applied stimulus, stress can exert various actions on the body ranging from altercations in homeostasis or life-threatening effects.” (You can read more about that here.) But MOVING, whether it’s calming breathing exercises (that slow the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and improves oxygen intake) or some form of physical exercise, will help our internal systems run at their optimal levels. So, for the sake of your sanity and health, get movin’.


The last piece of the Whole Body Wellness Pie features our soul. Why is our Spiritual Health so

important? Let’s contemplate this: “Our souls will remain restless until they rest in the Lord”. Friends, we look to our Government for answers. We look to Science for answers. We look to our History Books for answers. But which can we fully trust? Our foundation of trust must first be rooted in the Lord. That is why we pray during these dire times: that God will reveal strong leaders, new vaccinations, and solutions to the multitude of problems that lie before us. There is only one thing in life that is constant and true. So let’s turn up our Spiritual dials to make contact with this higher power that transcends space and time, and to entrust our lives to Him so that he may hold us in the palm of His hands.


Whole Body Wellness: it might not remove the obstacles in our path but it will make the tough times more tolerable. So take care of yourself and keep the plan simple: Protect (the eyes and ears), Move (the body) and Pray. I’ll be praying for you, and whatever role you find yourself in now, may you do it well. Wishing you the best.

Peace, health and happiness.




Has anyone ever told you it’s ok to feel lost? We’ve all been there. I can remember in my mid-20’s feeling very lost. I wasn’t miserable exactly, but I wasn’t passionate and in love with life either. Some personal issues were weighing on me and I had reached the end of the road with one job.


When we’re lost it’s normal to feel confused or lonely. Sometimes uncomfortable feelings can worry or even scare us. A doctor of psychology once told me, “Feelings are just that - feelings. They don’t necessarily represent the truth. They come and go.”


With that in mind, what if we looked at our “lost-ness” in a different way. Not as a dead end or a life sentence, but a stepping stone. What if we saw “being lost” as there might be something better out there waiting for us?


When uncomfortable feelings surface, it’s good to ask meaningful questions to reconnect with ourselves, revisit our own strengths and talents, and remember our purpose.


Calming exercises for the body and mind can also help us get in a healthy head space. Deep diaphragm breathing, gentle stretching, taking a walk outside, or simply sitting in the quietness of a chapel can do wonders for our spirits. Oddly enough, sometimes the answers that elude us are waiting right there in the quiet, especially when our hearts are open to receiving God.


From my personal experience, it’s important to remember that it’s ok to feel lost. Feeling lost can be a signal that your soul is in search of something. Rather than run away or ignore your feelings, take time to explore them. This might be an opportunity for growth! And if you can’t find what you’re searching for on your own, seek advice from a professional. Because if getting over the hump is your main goal then it doesn’t matter how you get there, as long as you get there.


Peace, health & happiness.

Jessica

SPIRFIT

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