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My Tax Season Sanity Helper

Published February 24, 2016 by mandyhieatt

Ok, so it is tax season and it can be super stressful for us preparers. Just because we are smiling doesn’t mean that we aren’t stressed but it’s our jobs to make you feel comfortable and at ease with a naturally stressful part of life. By the end of the day, trust me, we are so stressed that most of us just want to curl up in a little ball and cry ourselves to sleep. This was me all of last years tax season.

For the sake of my sanity and health I decided that this year wasn’t going to happen like last year. First of all I decided to go out on my own. This may be stressful for most people but for me I honestly work better when I can be in charge. I am a horrible employee but a great boss. But more importantly I am ensuring that I am taking time for stress reduction. The biggest stress reduction that I am doing right now is my daily workouts. Doing my workouts in the morning before I get going on taxes helps me burn off the crazy and keeps me from getting super stressed out.

I could go into all the various studies that show that exercise is a stress reducer but really do you even care? Probably not. You are, after all, following a blog that is mainly about card readings and Reiki. So I am sure that you have either read those studies already as a health conscious person or really don’t give a crap about those studies. What I do want to share with you is my experiences with working out and stress levels and how this relates to my fibromyalgia.

First let me say that although I love working out I also really hate working out. I hate having to wake up early enough that I can trick my body into working out and not throwing a fibro fit. I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON!!! However… I love the feeling I get when I am covered in sweat and have just killed a workout. I love the rush of seeing my body changing for the better (no matter how slow that process is) and feeling so much stronger than I used to. I love that the things doctors have told me I would never be able to do again because of my fibro I do with gusto and a passion for life. I love how I can workout and no longer have the urge to yell at people. I love digging deep, as Shaun T would put it, and finding myself pushing harder than I ever thought possible. And yes, some days my 100% isn’t as much as my 100% the previous day but I always do my best.

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Pushing myself through workouts is one of the best ways I have found for reducing stress. I feel more at ease with myself and comfortable with my body and to be honest if I push myself I usually don’t have the energy by the end of the day to fight with people. And for those that know me well know that I am a fighter and will argue a point to death. So the fact that I can become relaxed enough to let something go is huge for me. Just the other day I was talking to someone and although I knew they were wrong I just left it alone. Why? Because I was too tired and relaxed to care. I let them be happy and wrong.

Right now I am in month 2 of Insanity Max 30. This is the 2nd time I’ve done this program but the first time I tracked my progress. Each week I strive to push harder than I did the week before and have realized the importance of time tracking in this program. And what have I noticed? Each week I am able to push harder and go longer and “dig deeper!” After I am done with this round of Insanity Max 30 I am going to do a round of Cize and then back to Insanity Max 30 but with the deluxe set that focuses more on the abs. It is my goal to feel comfortable in a 2 piece bathing suit and be healthy… but mainly the bathing suit part. So I’m a bit vain.

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Yes, I am still doing my Reiki and it does help a lot to calm my mind down. But if I don’t get to the Reiki I will still feel ok as long as I can workout. Both are important to my life and I do try to practice my Reiki daily but let’s be honest here, I don’t get to it every day and there have been entire weeks I haven’t practiced my Reiki and that’s ok. Because my real stress reducer in life is my workouts and as long as I have those humanity is safe… lol. It is because of my love for my sanity keeper that I am a Beachbody Coach and help others see the advantages to working out and eating healthy. This is why I run monthly Challenge Groups and why you see the information about Beachbody on my page. Because it has helped keep me sane. And I would love to talk to any of you that are interested in using exercise to help you with your sanity and/or health. So…. if you are interested you can go to my page and click on the Beachbody tab and fill out the form or find me on Facebook and send me a message.

Thanks for bearing with me and reading this blog. Love you all!

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Health, Fitness, and Reiki

Published February 17, 2016 by mandyhieatt

My public persona is not actually my personal persona and I am working on that. One good example of this is the fact that most people that know I am a Beachbody Coach did not know I am a Reiki Master and vise versa. Although this may not seem like such a big deal for me it is. It’s a big deal because I use Reiki to help me along my health and fitness journey. Reiki helps me to be able to wake up in the morning and get going, helps me after my workout is done through relaxation, and helps my body assimilate my food better.

For those that know me the fact that I am not a morning person is not new and quite frankly may be considered the understatement of century. I do not like mornings, I do not like them here or there, I do not like them anywhere. However, recently I have been working really hard at changing this aspect of me. I learned that no amount of Reiki makes 6:00 am a good time to wake up for me. I cannot function that early… period. Not even coffee helps that early. Right now I am giving 6:30 am a shot and it seems to be working. Reiki helps me in the morning to get my energies flowing so that I can function at more than a GRRRR level and helps me from wanting to strangle my chipper morning husband.

Reiki is a huge help to me after my workouts are done. I am hoping that as you have read this blog you have realized that I have a daily fight with fibromyalgia. For those that know they understand that even the idea of working out seems like a really stupid idea that will only lead to horrible pain. And in the beginning of my health and fitness journey that was completely true. In the beginning I didn’t incorporate my Reiki into health and fitness journey, so the pain was almost more than I could bear. By the end of the warm-up I would be hurting so bad I was usually in tears. But I kept pushing.

Once I finally wised up and started incorporating Reiki into my health and fitness journey things finally started getting better. After a workout I did a self-treatment and it would help reduce the amount of post-workout pain and usually resulted in a nice nap. By doing this I found that I was able to push harder during my workouts, go longer, and I finally started seeing some results. I felt stronger than I had in a long time and was gaining some self-confidence back. That was back in 2012 that I really started my health and fitness journey. Yes, I basically weight the same, however, I am a lot smaller than I used to be. Keep reminding myself that muscle is more dense than fat and that weight is just a measurement of the force of gravity on the body. Apparently I have a very strong gravitational force.

When it comes to food Reiki is a huge deal! I Reiki food as I cook it and as I eat it so that it nourishes my body in the ways that I need it to and so that I can better control my hunger. Honestly that is one of the worst symptoms of my fibromyalgia right now is the horrible food cravings for things like sweets and carbs which I know are bad for my body. I also Reiki my Shakeology every day before I drink it. I want to make sure that I am getting everything that I need to make my body run to its best abilities. Now from time to time I do get stressed and forget to Reiki my food. I can tell too. Last night is a perfect example. I didn’t Reiki the food during preparation or right before eating it, I just simply enjoyed a great meal with my husband. Right after I was done eating I wanted chocolate so very bad. I ended up making homemade hot chocolate. That was not the best choice but it calmed down my fibromyalgia enough so that I could get some sleep. Lesson – Always Reiki my food!

In the end I realize that I can no longer keep my coaching business separate from my Reiki. Both are too much a part of who I am and I use them both to make improvements to myself. Here is my obligatory plug… That is why my March Challenge Group is going to incorporate both my Beachbody business and my Reiki. For those that purchase a Beachbody Challenge Pack I will be offering them the first 3 levels of Kundalini Reiki at no additional charge (a $150 value). It is my thoughts and feelings that if everyone else could see how perfectly they go together then they too could improve their lives like I have.

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How Reiki has helped my Fibromyalgia

Published February 12, 2016 by mandyhieatt

Lets start with my adventure with fibromyalgia. In 2007 I was going to school full-time, part of the student council, member of the choir, member of a underprivileged student program, math and business tutor, and working overnights at a motel full-time. For months I felt tired and had body aches all over that didn’t get better with ibuprofen. Honestly I thought it was because I was trying to do too much and was burnt out.

After feeling so horrible for months and things just getting worse and worse I finally went to my doctor. She ran a series of test, which all came back good, and then she finally did what is called the touch test. For this test to be positive 11 of the 17 points they palpate have to be sensitive, well I had 16. The one my doctor was sure would have a reaction didn’t. After the diagnosis we tried a variety of medications to try and get the pain manageable. However, if the medications did work they had such horrible side effects that I didn’t want to take them. The pain was better than what was happening because of the medications.

Then in 2008 one of my closest friends suggested I look into Reiki to help with my fibro. I had absolutely no idea what Reiki was and was skeptical. So I researched it and it still sounded like fluff… serious bullshit fluff. Although I did (and still do) believe in the ability of humans to transfer energy between each other it was hard for me to understand that universal energy could pass-through one person into another. As I was studying Reiki, my husband and I went to an event in Des Moines, Iowa and I got to experience Reiki for the first time. It wasn’t a full session but the results amazed. The Reiki provider worked on my back between my shoulder blades, my lower back, and my right knee. For about 2 weeks afterwards I felt great. My pain was reduced to the point I almost felt normal again.

After that experience I decided that I needed to be able to do this on my self on a regular basis, not having to depend on anyone else to provide this service to me. It was then that the universe spoke to me and provided me with the answer I was looking for. The local community college (Southeaster Community College, West Burlington, IA) was offering a Level I Usui Reiki Course at the Massage Therapy School. Even though the course description was obviously geared towards massage therapists I still decided I wanted to take it. My wonderful husband paid for me to take this intense 3 day course. I loved every moment of it and exchanged Reiki with the other students that were there. It was amazing and I felt better for weeks afterwards. As part of the course it was suggested that we each practice Reiki either on a family member or ourselves for 30 consecutive days after the attunement and I did just that. However, since I felt so good after that 30 days I stopped doing Reiki on myself because I didn’t think I needed it any more, how naive I was.

Fast forward to September 2012 and my fibro was once again bad even though I was exercising and trying to eat healthy. I was frustrated and felt like my will was being broken by the universe. Then I see that one of my good friends was a Reiki Master and offering a class but this class was too far for me to drive to, so I sent her a message asking her what it would cost for her to come down to my house and teach me. After settling on the price and the class date I felt a sense of relief. Then on October 12, 2012 I received my Level II Usui Reiki attunement.

Even though I didn’t practice daily I was practicing more regularly and it did help. Then I found out that we were going to move to southern Kentucky in late January of 2013 and knew that if I wanted my friend to do my ART and Master attunements I had to get them in quick. So in March of 2013 we did the class and she attuned me. Now during our move and subsequent house hunt it was very hard for me to practice daily but I did practice as often as I could. I noticed that the more I practiced my Reiki the stronger it seemed to get and the better I felt. So after we bought our current house and got mostly settled in I started doing daily Reiki.

Most of the time my daily Reiki practice is me sending Reiki to others, situations, and my goals that I have written down in my Reiki notebook and it may only take 10-15 minutes. I have found that even though I am not directly sending Reiki to myself, since the energy flows through me it heals me. Now between exercise, diet, and Reiki my bad days now are what I used to call good days and my good days are awesome. I can do almost as much as I was once able to do and life has it vigor back. My fibro is still a part of my daily life and as I sit here typing this blog it is snowing here and I feel it. However, I will still get up and get my workout done and then get to working on my accounting business. I don’t let days like today stop me any more.

Reiki has saved my life and my quality of life and for that I will ever be grateful!

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My Why for Doing My Beachbody Business

Published November 3, 2015 by mandyhieatt

For those who don’t follow me on my other social media platforms I am a Beachbody Coach and love, love, love it. But my why for doing my business has changed over they years since I started and so have my goals. Yesterday I did a short video about what my goals are (https://youtu.be/m_vww2cqqxg ), so now I am going to talk about my why.

When I first started my business in December 2011 it was honestly to get the discount on Shakeology. And at first I hated Shakeology. Even the smell of it made my stomach sour. But I did the workouts in hopes of getting my fibromyalgia under control somewhat. At this point in my life even getting dressed in the morning seemed like a major task. I was depressed that I could no longer do the things that I loved doing because my body wasn’t able to do them. I was at my heaviest of 185 pounds and felt worthless and ugly. I couldn’t hold down a job because the stresses of the job made my fibro worse. No matter what medications my doctor gave me nothing seemed to work and I ended up having horrible side effects.

After doing Brazil Butt Lift for a while I started feeling better about myself and what my body was able to do. At this point I realized that my why for doing the business was changing. I really wanted to start making money off these awesome products, even though Shakeology still was a no go for me. So I went about trying to get people interested in the programs but only because I wanted to make money. Had no interest at that point in actually helping others actually achieve their goals. I just wanted that money.

While going through this phase I started my study of Reiki and between the workouts and the Reiki I started feeling more and more empowered. I started doing things that I was told I would never do again, the very things I had given up when I first found out about the fibro. I was doing my Reiki meditations when it hit me that Beachbody wasn’t about making money but about helping people. Yes, there is good money to be made doing Beachbody but to be in it for just the money is being in it for all the wrong reasons. At this point I kind of flaked out and took some time to really think if this is what I wanted to do with my life. After a few months I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was meant to help people.

So now here we are to my why of today. I want to help people realize that they can do so much more than they thought they could and can be so much more than they ever imagined. I want to help people reach their health and fitness goals and if they allow me I want to help them reach their financial goals. All I want to do is to help people.

I am now drinking Shakeology daily and realize how important it is to this journey. I am doing the Body Beast workout program and feeling stronger than I have in years. If my journey helps inspire even one person to lead a more healthy life then I have accomplished what I set out to do.