Monday, March 19, 2018
Daily Thought 2018

Camp Blue Skies: Why I Serve
I just completed a week of service at a place called Camp Blue Skies and will spend the next week here again for our second session. This camp is for adults with developmental disabilities who can come and have a camp experience as we offer life skills classes as part of the fun. Now as Camp Director, I help lead our camp session and teach an activity called “Balance Your Body” which is an exercise based program to help get the campers moving having fun and provide a platform to teach self-care and socialization skills to them. Each time I get to go and serve at this camp I learn more about myself and what it means to really serve others and make a real difference in someone else’s life. Meeting new volunteers who come without their ego or agendas that can sometimes a big part of our daily lives, they just want to serve. As part of the orientation we do team building and get to know you activities to welcome the new volunteers. When I get to tell my story of how I can to serve at Camp Blue Skies I realize what a truly blessed life I have been able to live. Much of the richness I have in my life is because of following my faith journey in service to others. I really believe that in order to really experience the power of love and compassion in a person’s life you much first be prepared to give it away yourself to others in service. I love to see the clarity of purpose that these volunteers bring, many of them have been to every camp since 2011. The joy that we see in the campers when they can come to a place that truly accepts them just the way they are is inspiring. The way the volunteers give all of themselves to the campers and is just as much a joy to see. As these two groups of people have found each other the community has grown stronger with the bonds that are created and strengthen with time. As I watch the campers progress each year at camp able to do more and more for themselves and just know they are loved brings enormous fulfillment to my life. I come home energized and exhausted at the same time knowing that what I just did with the CBS team really made a huge difference, and the huge love we get back from the campers tells us they very much appreciate it. Instant feedback in the form of hugs, I think I got more hugs this weekend than any weekend of my entire life, they just feel comfortable and safe enough to be themselves and the love and the joy they have just comes out. We have to do side hugs so observe safe interactions with the campers but you just want to give them a big bear hug when they smile at you in thanks. Particularly when I teach my Balance Your Body class it shows me so much about these special people we call “TheWorldsGreatest”. They listen and learn and have amazing memory to come back the next year having prepared for our fitness challenges and improve so much, it just fills me up with a renewed spirt to keep serving this work. I have been so lucky to have come along this journey and met the founder Dick Sesler and his staff at Camp Blue Skies along with the many volunteers I have met and worked with over the last seven years. The authentic way these special people share themselves with you touches your soul and you are changed forever and then you cannot stay away. It reminds me that we are so much more capable then we give ourselves credit for. I am so grateful to be able to bring that to the community I serve and see it add value to the people that share it with me. At this place I really get to work on my best self, where my actions demonstrate who I strive to be and strengthen the skills that will allow me to the best servant that my faith inspires me to be. That’s why I serve as it allows me to be my best self more and more all the time. I choose to be a servant leader because it is foundational to the person I strive to be and we must be the catalyst for positive change. Come and serve with me, or support the work of Camp Blue Skies. If you come you will never be the same again.
 
“Charity sees the need, not the cause” German Proverb? ?

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Factors That Influence HR During Training
In addition to exercise intensity and your level of aerobic fitness, the following factors affect your heart rate
during outdoor training:
•  Activity.
•  Heat and Humidity.
•  Hydration
•  Altitude
•  Fuel
 
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Spartan SGX Training Tip: Workout of the Day (WOD)
Week 10 Day 1 Super WOD: Pulling

Nutrition Tip:
Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, supper like a pauper
Eating a big meal late in the day sounds unhealthy, though in fact the science isn’t conclusive. Some research suggests that eating close to bedtime elevates triglyceride levels in the blood, a marker for heart disease that is also implicated in weight gain. Also, the more physically active you are after a meal, the more of the energy in that meal your muscles will burn before your body stores it as fat. But some researchers believe a calorie is a calorie, no matter what time of day it is consumed. Even if this is true, however, front-loading your eating in the early part of the day will probably result in fewer total calories consumed, since people are generally less hungry in the morning. A related adage: “After lunch, sleep awhile; after dinner, walk a mile.
 
“There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.  Proverbs 11:24-25