Monday, October 3, 2016
Camp Blue Skies
I just returned from a weekend at Camp Blue Skies Foundation serving at their NC Session #1 for 2016. This foundation provides 5-day, 4-night overnight sessions for adults with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome and mild to moderate Autism. In addition to the many recreational and outdoor activities available to our campers, we offer learning activities to address individual independence. Balance Your Body is a health and fitness life skills program that I have delivered at camp for the last 4 years. The joy you see in their eyes, the peace you hear in their laughter, and the confidence they show in their voices makes it all so rewarding to serve. The authentic connection I experience is so refreshing that it leaves me wanting to keep going back every chance I get. When we can give these special needs individuals a chance at being their best self and being accepted just the way they are it changes you forever. It’s a magical place where this can occur. These special people inspire you to bring the best you have for them, and they return it will unconditional love and it becomes the unbreakable bond that lifts both served and servants together. I am so blessed to have this opportunity to serve and will go back again this coming weekend for the second session. My soul is healed each time I serve at Camp Blue Skies.
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” John Bunyan
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Using Technology to Create Community Online
Technology is pervasive in our lives every day, why not use it to get or stay fit. Using a HR monitor and tracking it online with friends or others can give you added incentive to exercise more regularly. Positive peer pressure can help you get the support and encouragement you need to reach your fitness goals. Engage with others in a like pursuit, support your desire to be healthier by sharing your common goal with others to create accountability that will motivate you to keep score and watch your progress so as to motivate continued effort. Check out our current online challenge called “Finish Strong Challenge” a 10-week online fitness challenge.
Nutrition Tip: Less Is More
Make portion control your ally in keeping the weight off during the holidays. In a recent study, controlling portion size emerged as one of the most effective strategies for shedding excess pounds and keeping them off. Use small plates, eat slowly, and eat fiber-rich, balanced meals to help you feel satisfied while curbing any tendencies to eat too many calories. Drink more water to eat less.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs – ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is, people who have come alive.” Harold Thurman Whitman, Philosopher and Theologian
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