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Of the body, & the mind. We can do athletic coaching - mostly running or personal training.  Working together to increase efficiency. To reduce injury. Perhaps to go faster or further.  Always, to be more aware ~ to move with intention. We can also do personal coaching - moving your mind. Health. Career. Life. Love. We listen to what doesn't feel good. Adjust, and move toward what does.

Move your body.  Move your mind. Enhance your life.

Beth Cline

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What if every decision you make impacts your health?

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

What if every decision you make impacts your health?
Ponder that for a second.  

There are the “obvious” health decisions like what to eat or how to exercise.
Dig deeper.
Where do you work?  How many hours of sleep do you get?  What kind of shoes do you wear?  Do you sit all day?  or stand?  How much do you move? Do you travel for work?  Commute?  Do you like your co-workers?  How often do you vacation?  How much tv do you watch?  Do you go outdoors?  How do you relieve stress?  What’s your breathing like?  What are you thinking, right now?
I could go on….

You make decisions every day – many of them, a repeat of the day before.
With each choice, are you moving toward health, or further away?

** disclaimer:  exercising every day and/or eating greens frequently doesn’t guarantee health**

Sometimes, eating that cookie is healthier than the alternative.
Or skipping the gym, opting for a much needed nap that will do wonders for your psyche.
Baby steps toward health.

Know this: You are the master of your health and well being.
And every day you get to decide.
What are you choosing today?

What’s your body telling you?

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

It has been said that life is always talking to you. 
Giving you signs and signals.  Whispering to you gently. 
When the whispers don’t work, life throws a pebble and eventually, if it has to, a brick.
I’d say that your body does the same thing.
It’s constantly whispering to you ~ and perhaps, life might speak through your body?

There are the obvious cues:  growls to indicate hunger, yawns when you’re tired, headaches when you lack sufficient water.
What about the subtle cues?  The ones that we might miss or attribute to something else?
An unexpected rash.  Cold sore on your chin.  A pinched neck.  That uneasy feeling.  Or, that feeling of lightness.  Gas tank is full, and all systems go. That know-that-you-know-that-you-know feeling, deep in your gut.

What’s your body telling you? 
What subtle cues does it give?
Are you listening??
I’d love to know….

The more you listen, the more you learn.
and you don’t even need ears.

What does health mean to you?

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

How do you define health?
This is a question I’ve been asking just about anyone that will listen, and/or answer it.
Some conversations I’ve recorded (listen in here).  Others have been on the fly.
Over a glass of wine.  During a walk.  With a stranger at a coffee shop.
Today, I’m asking you.
How do you define health?

According to the dictionary:
Health ~ (noun)  the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor.

Most people assume that health revolves around diet and exercise.
That health is something we do at certain points in the day.  Going to the gym or eating greens.
I disagree.
Yes, fueling your body is part of the equation.
And yes, moving your body is oh so important (not to mention my favorite thing).
And yet, I can eat nothing but green food and exercise all day long and still be CRAZY.

So it’s not just diet and exercise.
Equally important in the health equation, is how you breathe.  How you think.
The energy you maintain as you move through your day.

Ponder this question:  how do you define health?
Take a moment and consider your own health.
What one thing can you do today to move toward  a sound mind and body?

Why I Run….(a series)

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

whyirunI run, because of how it makes me feel after.

Almost every morning my alarm goes off before 6am.  I know that most days, if I don’t run early, I don’t run.
But the moment the alarm turns on, my resistance is right there with it, and it goes a little something like this:
Is that a rain drop??  I think it’s raining.   I’m so tired.  The bed is soooo warm.  I can run tomorrow.  I’ll double what I was going to do tomorrow.  I’ll sneak it in later – like at 9pm.  I love running at night!

And on, and on.  I know rationally that the odds of me sneaking it in later are nil.  I’m not going to double my run tomorrow and rain won’t kill me.  Yet, sometimes resistance wins and I remain in bed – but the one thought that can shut it all down is this:

I will feel better when I’m done.

I know for a fact that if I can haul myself out of bed, and out the door, I will feel better as soon as my shoes hit the sidewalk.  And my day will be better because of it.

This is why I run.
And now it’s your turn.  Why do you run?

I’d love to know.

___________

I wrote this article for WatchFit about the reasons to run that you might never think about ~ most people can list the “major” reasons:  health, fitness, lose weight, etc.  But writing this article made me think about all of the “other” reasons, and there are more than 15.  So periodically I’m going to post why I run – and you can replace run with whatever it is you do, it’s still applicable.  Happy moving!

What experiment are you running?

| October 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

You, are your own best laboratory and you’re always running an experiment, whether you know it or not.

Got a rash?
Loving your life right now?
Not feeling 100%?
Shoulder tension, every day?
Uncontrollable laughter, every night?

Whether you’ve got results you want, or don’t, look for clues.  Start asking questions.  How much sleep are you getting?  Who are you spending time with?  What are you eating? What you been touching?

Life, your body even, is a constant experiment – in how we eat, how we breathe, what we think, and how we move.  Are you paying attention?

I used to teach middle school math & science.
Every year I had my students participate in a science fair.  Each student had to run an experiment based upon the scientific method (six steps):

  • Ask a Question
  • Do Background Research
  • Construct a Hypothesis
  • Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
  • Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
  • Communicate Your Results

It was fascinating to see what they’d would come up with – and I’m realizing more and more, we do this every day.  Perhaps not to the same scale, not following every step, and certainly not putting it up on a foam board.  BUT we experiment every day.

What experiment are you currently running?

What information are you gathering (or not)? What questions are you asking?  Are you getting the answers that you seek?

The experiment can be tiny….or grand.  It’s up to you.
A few to think about:
How do I sleep longer and still get to work on time?
How can I wear yoga pants 24/7?
What foods suit me best/fuel me well (no matter what any magazine says)?
How can I seek more joy in my life?
How can I laugh out loud more?
How can I connect more?

and the list goes on….
What will you do?

off to the lab like a mad scientist…

Why I Run…(a series)

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

whyirun

I run because it provides a connection, an intimacy, with my environment.
For the most past, I run solo on the same path most days of the week.  I’ve seen this route at the break of day, in afternoon rain and lit by my headlamp after dark.  I’ve witnessed the leaves changing in the fall, and cherry blossoms that come in the spring.  The boats that anchor in the bay during the summer and the near silence in the winter.  I’ve watched a beaver swim in the water.  An eagle surveying the land.  I’ve seem homes built from the ground up, and gardens grow where land was barren before.

And it’s not only my surroundings, but the cast of characters along the way:  That fast old guy with skinny legs.  The homeless dude that walks the lake.  That gal with the crazy arm swing.  The speed walker that picks up garbage as she goes.  The group of old men that walk every morning.  I don’t know them, but I feel like I do.

This is one of my favorite parts of the run.
And now it’s your turn.  Why do you run?

I’d love to know.

 

I wrote this article for WatchFit about the reasons to run that you might never think about ~ most people can list the “major” reasons:  health, fitness, lose weight, etc.  But writing this article made me think about all of the “other” reasons, and there are more than 15.  So periodically I’m going to post why I run – and you can replace run with whatever it is you do, it’s still applicable.  Happy moving!

Do you know what you’re thinking?

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ever stopped for a moment to pay attention to the thoughts that run across your mind??  The average person thinks anywhere from 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts each day, and according to some research, as many as 98% of them are exactly the same as the thoughts the day before.  The more you think the same thoughts, the more ingrained in your brain they become.  It’s like creating a cd for your mind.

What are you thinking??  Have you stopped long enough to notice?

When I was in junior high, every night as I went to sleep I prayed to God.
And my prayer went a little something like this:
Dear God,  I love you so much.  Thank you for today.  Please help me to lose a lot of weight…..
Not sure what came after that, but I can remember thinking these thoughts almost every night.  I don’t know what I thought God was going to do or how praying for it might help, or even what “a lot” was (5 lbs? maybe 10??), or what would happen when/if I lost that weight….but that didn’t stop me.  For the better part of two years, this was my request, and this groove was recorded in my mind.

….Fast forward a few years….

My relationship with God and prayer has changed.  A lot.  Though, I still like to pray as I get into bed at night.  Most of my prayer is gratitude for the day that has been, and I can tell when I’m tired, or distracted because this gets played….

Dear God, I love you so much.  Thank you for today.  Please help me to lose a lot of weight….

It’s like a default to check if I’m paying attention.  When I catch it, I giggle, because I know it’s a sign that I’m tired and not present.  But it’s also a signal to pay more attention to what groove I’m creating at that very moment.

What are you thinking right now?  What thoughts are on repeat in your mind?
Might be time to lay some new tracks.

If you’d like some help, join us in Moving Evolution.  We’d love for you to join the fun!

What do you want?

| August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

What is it that you want?
For today?  This weekend?  This month?  This year?
This lifetime?
What do you desire?  From the bottom of your heart….what do you desire?

Desire ~ (verb) to wish or long for; crave; want.

Think about it for a second (I’ll wait).  Get a clear picture in your head.

Now.  Is what you’re doing today, ~ right now even ~ moving you closer to, or further away from what you want most?

A little reminder, and call to action.
move.  toward what you want.
feel your way forward.

Where are you holding back?

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

We all do it – so be honest, where do you hold back?

Not saying what you really think.
Not going as fast or as far as you can or lifting as much as you could.
Not stepping out on that limb.
Not asking the next question (do you really want the answer?)
Not playing full on.


I notice it for myself on the run (surprise!).  When I’m by myself I fall into a gait that’s easy.  That’s comfortable.  Then I glance at my watch and flip out – because what’s become comfortable ain’t fast.  And not that it always has to be fast – but here’s what I’ve noticed:  When I push myself to run a little bit harder, a little bit faster, it doesn’t take that much more effort (or time).  I don’t usually breathe any harder and don’t feel like I’m going to die. 

Mostly, I have to pay more attention.  I have to be on my game, and step out of my comfort zone, to get me that much closer to my goal, (and getting home faster).  Nothing major – baby steps in fact.  

And if I’m holding back here, there’s got to be other areas.  So I look at the rest of my day – where else do I hold back?  Do I fall into what’s comfortable?  Do I operate on cruise? 

And so I ask you:  where do you hold back?
Take a gander.  You do it.  Admit it. 
Push your comfort zone today.

move.  you are meant to.

Lighten up already.

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

This week has been “heavy”.  I have struggled with getting things done.
I’m facing a huge case of resistance.  And procrastination.  And I’m feeling it – big time.
I know that resistance is a sign post and it’s right where I need to be but I don’t want to think about it, or question it.
I simply want to go do something else….
And then this thought popped into my head:  What do you love right now?
huh? how is that helping?

Seriously, What do you love right now?

I’m thinking this is procrastination at it’s finest, and I ‘ll play along.  So I paused my project and wrote this quick list, in no particular order.

What I love right now:
Summer.  Sunshine.  Play time with my babes.  Road-trips.  Making sun tea.  Sailing.  Fresh food.  Eating outside.  T-shirts and shorts.  Freedom.  Writing.  The challenge of the ask.  Pushing others.  Getting pushed in return.  Being still. Outdoor concerts.  Outdoor movies.  Being OUTDOORS.   Swimming.   Running in the early morning light.  Time.  Time to work, time to play.  Communion.  Bing cherries.  Babysitters.  Homemade Popsicles.  Old friends.  Questions of all kinds. Instagram. Reading.  My love.  

ahhh…now I get it.  Mood shifted.  Lightness returned.  Appreciation for a challenge back.
Ready to tackle that resistance once more.

And so I ask you, how can you shift your mood?
What do you love?  What are you grateful for?  It’s worth two minutes of your time.

Sending you love and light.