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Fighting the Funk…

By CEEJ | In St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp | on January 11, 2019

Baby It’s COLD Outside…!
(Ha!… Couldn’t help it!)
Save the Date!!
Bootcamp Christmas Party
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 7pm(ish)
WHERE: Kirkwood Station Brewing Company
105 E Jefferson Kirkwood, MO 63122
***That 80’s Band will be performing live
Toy and Donation Drive for St. Louis Children’s Hospital…
Can You Help? 😉 (LAST WEEK!!)
St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp is proud to be teaming up with St. Louis Children’s Hospital this year to make the holidays brighter for some kiddos that could use a little additional brightness and holiday cheer.
DETAILS HERE: https://stlfitnessbootcamp.com/2018-children/
Below you can find a list of the types of items they’re looking for. If you’d prefer to make a cash donation, you provide that to me in person at Bootcamp (or go here: https://stlfitnessbootcamp.com/2018-children/).
Here’s the wish list:
Wish List Top 10:
Infant/toddler toys (i.e. music/light-up toys, teethers, rattles, crib mobiles)
Arts and craft supplies (i.e. Play-Doh, markers, crayons, etc.)
Uno & other card games
Gifts for teens (refer to Lovelight list)
Lego Sets
Small playsets (Little People, small figurines, plastic foods, etc.)
Action Figures
Barbie dolls
Small bottles of acrylic paint
Ear buds/Headphones
All items must be new with tags or in original packaging.
New or gently used books are accepted. 
Handmade blankets must be laundered prior to donating.
Gifts should be un-wrapped.
Please bring any and all gifts to Bootcamp, and I’ll collect and make the drop off on your behalf.
Prefer to make a cash donation? You can do so in person at Bootcamp or you can use the Paypal link provided here: https://stlfitnessbootcamp.com/2018-children/
Thank you so much in advance for your kindness and generosity. This has been such a successful collection in years past due to the big hearts of our Bootcamp family. Much love! 😉

“Fighting the Funk…”
Last Sunday I was on absolute empty.
I’ve been pushing myself more than the norm lately and by the time I got to Sunday I was just wiped.
I didn’t want to do anything but eat and watch Netflix. (Btw, Daredevil Season 3 is amazing in case you were wondering.)
As it got into late afternoon, I knew I was facing another week of pedal to the medal. But I felt like I needed a month of full on recovery… of doing absolutely nothing… unsure I could keep up with my current pace of productivity.
I nearly asked Derek to take my next three days so I could decompress and get my mind right.
But I wasn’t even convinced that it would help.
Sometimes you just find yourself in a funk.
You want to hide under the covers and push the world away for a while.

In a previous life, I used to believe that you just had to ride out the funk.
It’s part of the ebb and flow of life.
But today I preach and practice a different philosophy.
One of resilience. One of personal power. One of control over your own actions, beliefs, thoughts, and feelings.
The problem is, when you’re inside the funk, you don’t want to hear all that self empowerment garbage.

You just want to wallow.
It’s odd… but you kind of want to embrace the funk.
There’s a certain indescribable comfort in the funk.
It’s part of the allure that comes with victim-hood.
After all, if it’s not your fault… and there’s nothing you can do… you needn’t feel bad about doing nothing.
Yes, there’s a part of you that wants to feel better.
But there’s also a part of you that recognizes that the activation energy it would take to elevate your vibrational frequency from low to high is a price you’re unable or (more accurately) unwilling to pay.
Tony Robbins teaches the following advice that has helped me out in a ton of situations. That advice?:
Start asking better questions.
Questions that keep you in a funk:
Why do I feel so bad?
Why is life so hard?
What’s wrong with me?
Ergo… Ask a negatively charged leading question… and you’re brain will readily reply with a negatively charged answer. One that further entrenches you in your bunker of funk.
But… by asking a better question… you can lead yourself in an opposite direction.
“Ok CJ… IF you wanted to get out of this funk, what are the techniques you could use to do so?”
And following Jordan Peteson’s Rule #2 from The 12 Rules for Life (Treat yourself like you would somebody you are responsible for helping.):
“If you were coaching a client, what advice would you give them to help change their mood and elevate their frequency?”
My brain came back with answers instantaneously…
Go workout. Take a cold shower. Pray. Practice gratitude. Re-connect with your WHY.
Now… might I remind you, I’m still in Funk-Town upon hearing these answers.
Do I want to workout? F*$% NO!
Do I want to take a cold shower? How about a cold glass of shut-the-h#ll-up!

When you’re the mayor of Funk-Town it’s only natural to want to stay in your cushy office and serve out your term.
Similarly, in the Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Freeman’s character talks about the comfort prisoners find inside of the prison walls after they’ve spent enough time there.
They become “institutionalized”.

It’s much the same way when you’re feeling low, in a funk, super-stressed, or quasi-depressed.
But a higher calling awaits… if you’re willing to answer.
Once you’ve mapped out your prison break from Funk-Town Penitentiary… the only decision is whether or not you’re going to take action to execute.
So I drag my body down to the basement. I set my ten-minute tabata timer. And I pound out my frustrations on the punching bag for the alotted time.
I unwrap my hands and take a quick 10 spot to pray and reflect.
I make my way up to the shower. And even though I REALLY don’t feel like it… I step into the cold to allow it to cleanse my body and mind. (It’s crazy how effective this tactic is at changing your state.)
In 30 minutes time, I’ve done something nourishing for my body, mind, and spirit. And wouldn’t you know it, I feel 1000% better.
I’m not all the way back to my usual 100. But I’ve effectively gone from a 40 to an 80 in short order.
I make myself a nourishing meal and I’m up to 85.
I take some time before bed to remember why I’m doing the things I’m doing and get to 90.
By the time 5:30 class starts on Monday… I’m feeling good the way I should.
I’ll throw some Tony Robbins at you one more time as I wrap this up.

When interviewed as the guru of gurus… the master of mentality… the emperor of execution…
Tony often gets asked,
“You ALWAYS seem soooooo energetic. Don’t you ever have a bad day? (Like the rest of us mortals).”
Tony will tell you that he no longer has bad “DAYS”… because he simply doesn’t allow himself to go that long any more.
Instead he has bad moments and then consciously changes his state by changing himself.
The body effects the mind. The mind affects the body. And the spirit is intertwined with both as well.
It’s easy to become “institutionalized” in the funk.
You won’t want to “treat” yourself to feeling good. Maybe you don’t feel worthy.
But heed Jordan Peterson’s advice and treat yourself like somebody you’re responsible for helping.
Move when you don’t feel like moving.
Breathe when you don’t feel like breathing.
Ask better questions when you just want to cast stones at the world.
And perhaps, if you dare, unload some of that internal pressure to your heavenly Father who wants to take that load on your behalf.

Blessings & much love!
P.S.– Hope to see you at the Bootcamp Christmas Party on Saturday! (Details above.)
This Week’s Podcast:
Episode 18:”How To Get Out of a Funk…”

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CJ Thomas
Owner, Operator, “CeejEO”
St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp
ph: 314-266-9729
email: CJ@STLFitnessBootcamp.com
CJ ThomasOwner, Operator, “CeejEO”St. Louis Fitness Bootcampph: 314-266-9729email: CJ@STLFitnessBootcamp.com

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