We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year!

Is there any better song to end our Holiday emails then this one?

I hope the last 12 days of emails have you helped you stay fit during this wonderful yet stressful time.

I also wanted to take the time and thank you for being a part of Balance Guy Training.  I appreciate you trusting me with helping you meet your fitness goals and I look forward to working with in the coming weeks, months and years.

Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.  From me at Balance Guy Training, Merry Christmas!

Have a great day!

Shane McLean

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Joy To The World

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner.  Are you done shopping yet?  Only one more day left.

As I was at the store the other day watching a very overstressed mom push and shove her way to the front of the line, I couldn’t help but think of the song Joy to The World.  I thought it was fitting.

The lady in the store was not bringing anything close to joy to the department store world she was in.  In fact, judging by the faces of those she came in contact with, joy was the furthest thing from their mind.

But even though Christmas is drawing near and stress levels all around you are hitting an all-time high, you can continue to live a joyful life.  How?  Keep pursuing fitness!

Eating properly, getting enough rest and exercising on a daily basis helps us keep our emotions on track.  Yes it will help us burn unwanted calories and fat, but greater than that because of our hard work in the gym we’ll be able to bring joy to those in the world.

If you are feeling a little extra stressed or agitated today, find some time to get in some exercise.  You’ll be glad you did (and so will everyone else)!

Have a great day!

Mary, Did You Know?

Today’s song talks about the Mother of Jesus. If you’ve never heard this tune before, Josh Groban has a great version you should check out.

The song is basically a game of 20 questions. “Mary, did you know your son would walk on water?” “Mary, did you know your son would turn water into wine?” “Mary, did you know your baby boy would be called the King of the Jews?” It is just one question after another.

I don’t know if Mary knew these things would happen or not, but I know she gives us a great example to strive for.

The truth is none of us know how life is going to turn out. We don’t know what’s in store for us in the next hour let alone 20 years from now. But just because we don’t know the details of the future doesn’t mean we can’t plan accordingly.

We may not know the details of the future, but we do know the impact of the present. By making the decision to pursue fitness, we put ourselves in a position to enjoy a long life.

Adding exercise of mind, body and spirit to our daily routine keeps us healthy, strong and wise.

But even if we could lead a perfect life, we still won’t know what tomorrow will bring. This is where faith comes in. We must believe that if we do the right things, good things will happen.

We must have faith that taking care of ourselves allows us to better serve others. We must have no doubt that lives, families, and communities can change for the better.

Mary is a tremendous example of faith. She didn’t know all the details about the future but she lived like she did. What about you?

Have a great day!

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

As I thought about the efforts of everyone in the gym this holiday season, the song “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” came to mind. I couldn’t help but hum the chorus to myself as I watched everyone give their all in yesterday’s workouts.

You know, faithfulness is rare these days. Doing what we say we are going to do can be a hard thing. Life circumstances, time and other factors limit many individuals faithfulness.

But remaining faithful through good and bad times is the difference between enjoying success or living in defeat. When we stay faithful to our workouts, healthy eating plans and rest patterns even when we don’t feel like it, we’ll reap the fruits of our labor.

But if we quit when the going gets tough, we’ll never know what may have been.  Being faithful is not easy. If it was, everyone would do it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I realize that all of us have a bit of hypocrisy in us. It’s part of being human. But we must strive to decrease our hypocrisy and increase our faithfulness.

It’s impossible to become fit and not be faithful. There are too many distractions in this world pulling us in other directions for fitness to happen by chance.

Stay true to your word, your workouts, your intentions, your family and your friends. It may not be the easiest thing to do but it is the most beneficial.

Have a great day!

We Three Kings

We Three Kings of orient are, 

bearing gifts. 

We traverse afar

What great lyrics! The song may be about 3 kings (or wise men) who followed a star for hundreds of miles to bring gifts to the Christ child, but it directly relates to us.

Each of us has been blessed with gifts. It may not be frankincense, gold and myrrh (the gifts from the wise men) but they are equally important and priceless.

Your gift may be hospitality, organization or leadership. Maybe you’ve been blessed with finances, time, or the ability to listen. Whatever it is, we are obligated to share our gifts with others.

We haven’t been blessed to keep things to ourselves. We’ve been blessed to be a blessing to others. Imagine how the song We Three Kings would have gone if the wise men would have kept their gold at home for themselves.

Don’t forget that the Kings traveled “afar” to share their gifts. You may never go across the country or the world to share your talents. I’ll almost guarantee you’ll never ride on the back of a camel from eastern Asia to Israel, but your gifts certainly can.

You never know what will happen to the gifts and talents you sow into others. The few minutes it takes to write a letter, send an email or place a phone call letting someone know you care can dramatically change their life.

This service of others has a ripple effect that extends across families, communities, countries and continents. But it has to start somewhere.

I challenge you today to insert your name into today’s song. Say it out loud and fill in the blanks. Believe what you are saying and act on those words. You’ll be amazed at what happens next.

(Insert Name) of (insert your hometown) are
bearing (insert your talents here)
that travel so far.

Have a great day!

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Walking in a Winter Wonderland is one of my favorite tunes. I like the Micheal Buble version the best but I’m sure there are others that I’d enjoy.

 

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Link: https://youtu.be/V4Oosy-ZtGY

The song does give us some good advice to follow though. At the beginning of verse 2, the words are:
Gone away is the bluebird,
Here to stay is a new bird

Interesting phrase isn’t it? Clearly the writer knew the importance of leaving the past in the past and looking on towards the future.

What about you? Are you “forgetting the past and pressing on?” Or are you living your current life in the shadow of mistakes, failures and frustrations of days gone by?

Believe me, I know how easy it is to get caught up in poor decision making and regrets of the past. “If only I had done”….”Why didn’t I say”….”I should have”…All of these phrases have been uttered by even the most carefree of individuals.

Although it’s important to learn from the mistakes of the past, we must not become consumed by them. Mistakes and failures are part of life. They teach us lessons, give us experience and prepare us for future endeavors.

Often times it’s not the mistakes but how we react to them that will have a lasting impact on our lives.

Today may not be a winter wonderland but it’s time to say goodbye to the bluebird. The new bird is here to stay!

Have a great day!

 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Blitzen? What about Comet, Cupid, Donner and Vixen?

What would Christmas be without Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? I’m sure you know the story very well but if you don’t, here’s a quick summary.

Rudolph was born with a red nose. All of the other reindeer laughed and called him names (like Pinocchio). He was an outcast and wasn’t even allowed to play any reindeer games (like monopoly).

Then one Christmas Eve, it was really foggy and Santa couldn’t see to bring the gifts to all of the children. Guess who guided the sleigh? Yep, it was Rudolph. His crazy red-nose was perfect and he saved Christmas.

There is no doubt he’ll be remembered forever (like Columbus).

As silly as the Rudolph story is, it teaches some valuable lessons.

Each of us was created with unique talents and abilities – Maybe you don’t have a red-nose but have the gift of hospitality, laughter, courage, wisdom. Whatever it may be, it’s a gift.

There are seasons of life – Even though Rudolph was made fun of by the other reindeer, he was being prepared for his big night. The same is true for you. Maybe you don’t have any idea what your talents are or can’t figure out how to use them.

You are most likely in a season of defining and refining. This is the time of life that prepares and teaches us how we ought to be living and what our gifts really are. This time can be extremely frustrating but without it we can’t move into the next season.

The next season is fulfillment. This is the time of life when everything seems to be working together. It’s the fulfillment of using our talents to the best of our abilities. Just like Rudolph on Christmas Eve, our talents will be used greatly. But we must go through the refining and defining season first.

Purpose provides Joy – I’m sure Rudolph thought he was a very strange reindeer. Why would he be created with a red nose? Then on the foggy night, he found out. His purpose created joy for himself and others. It’s important that we continually seek and live out purpose.

Maybe you are struggling to find it or maybe it’s found you. Let me give you a hint, wherever you currently are, that is your purpose for now. Be the best mother, father, coworker and friend you can be. Bigger purposes will be revealed in time.

Our uniqueness is a blessing to others – Because Rudolph embraced his uniqueness, he was able to bless millions of kids by saving Christmas. You can do the same thing. Continually serving others with your gifts and talents is a blessing to those around you.

I’m not sure what season of life you are in, but be confident that if we continue to bless others with our talents and abilities our lives will shine as bright as Rudolph’s nose (like a light bulb)!

Have a great day!