1. An Interview with Carla R. Mancari

    An Interview with Carla R. Mancari

    For Christmas 2011 we gave many of our clients Diet for the Soul in response to the need in many of their lives to find “quiet time”.  As we continuously push our aging client base to be more active and achieve balance in their lives, we also wish encourage them to turn inward where they will find all that will sustain their efforts.

    Sitting twice a day, turning inward and allowing the course vibratory energy of my mind to calm itself has been more important to my health and fitness regime than anything else I have ever done. It is the foundation for living the live that I live and I am so grateful for Carla’s teachings. She is my spiritual guide and I am honored to share this interview with you.
    ~ Lisa


    Your Personal Best Training Studio strives to provide the best information we can for our clients, friends and readers. Industry leader and published author of Diet for the Soul, Carl R. Mancari, recently allowed an interview with us.  A big thank you to her for allowing us to feature this interview as one of our blog posts.

    In your book, Diet for the Soul, who were you targeting, as far as your audience?

    Everyone.  But to be more specific, individuals who are interested in a positive life change.  These areas include discovering their spirituality, building self-esteem and self-confidence and general well being in their daily lives.

    What were some of the main thoughts or ideas you were trying to convey in your book?

    • The Power of the Spiritual Heart Center
    • The Value of the Spiritual Heart Center in your daily life.
    • How just one minute twice-a-day can make a major difference to your life.
    • The importance of loving, caring, and valuing yourself.
    • A better understanding of awareness, individual consciousness, mind, and conditioning.
    • How to make an inner connection in the least amount of time and effort.
    • You are a Beloved Soul Being.
    • Turn within.
    • How to turn within.
    • To convey a feel good experience about you.


    When does a person typically begin to look for a method such as this?

    When it is brought to their attention.


    Where could our boomer-aged clients find additional information on this subject?

    The Minute Method website, author’s email address, radio, magazine interviews, and word of mouth. www.theminutemethodteaching.com


    Why would you suggest someone read this book?

    Someone would want to read this based on the ideology of the book, mentioned above.


    How does your methodology fit into a fit and healthy lifestyle?

    An outer fit and healthy lifestyle should not be separated from an inner fit and healthy lifestyle.

    If you are to have a fit and healthy lifestyle you must have a balanced life. A Diet for the Soul: The Minute Method intends that goal.




  2. Fear of Change in the New Year

    by Lisa Wright, CFT, LCI

    …and take this quiz from Fitness Magazine

    To change your body would mean to experience a sense of physical or emotional difference in appearance or feeling. For many reasons, you may have come to believe that you NEED to make a change and you just don’t. Fear may be a paralyzing and emotional stumbling block that may now, or has in the past, delayed your progress.

    CHANGE: The common expression “I need to change” would be to say that you feel the need to appear and/or feel differently than you do now.
    FEAR: When you approach your fitness with trepidation, it may take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride through a house of horrors, walled by distorted mirrors. How you should look or feel may be so distorted that you are being held prisoner by this confusion.

    CHANGE: In reality there is nothing to change. I love reminding my clients that they already are everything they desire to be, even if there is a little extra.
    FEAR: It is fear that holds your attention to the belief that, because of your life circumstances, your fitness is just the way it is was or ever will be, eliminating you from any responsibility in the matter. You may even be blaming genetics on your current condition.

    Perhaps you are afraid of hurting or being hurt, physically or emotionally; afraid of losing something that you conceal; fear of inadequacy; fear of lacking potential and ability. The biggest fear I hear, when it comes to fitness, is fear of failure.

    CHANGE: Whether you or aware of it or not, you ARE changing, every day. Growing a little older, a little grayer, and a little grumpier and the attitudes are not getting any better. An interest in getting fit just doesn’t really interest you and feels like too much trouble; and still, you ARE changing perhaps for the worse.
    FEAR: You walk into a wall of fear the moment you want anything more than status quo, because you are tired! As you move toward a new resolve, there are moments of fearful caution; moments of “Can I do this?” “I can’t do this.” “How will it affect or change me?” And so goes the monkey mind up and down the greased pole.

    CHANGE: Change may be difficult to handle and cause emotional turmoil when relating to others. As you attempt to adjust to a new fitness or eating regime, family and friends may become distant. Your friends and family may not immediately understand your change at first. Try sharing with them that you are making short term decisions toward long term health.
    FEAR: You may have the fear of giving up what you have spent a lifetime protecting – the need to be needed by your family, friends, position and wealth. This protecting an illusion has eaten up any time you have for your own self-care.  Taking responsibility for your own health is priceless!

    Remember, I said earlier, “In reality there is nothing to change?” When you are no longer afraid or attached to illusion, then everything is for your use. Position, cars, homes, money, gyms, and personal trainers may be used as necessary for your care.

    CHANGE: Positive change may come very slowly. The old “you” with whom you were comfortable may be resistant to the new decisions you are making. The mind resists and fears what it does not understand.  There may be a longing to slip back into your old ways. For a time, this change may cause an inner/outer struggle and you will forget why you are doing what is necessary and be tempted to succumb to the whims of conditioning.
    FEAR: When we are comfortable and consider change we fear that we are being asked to “give up” this or that. In reality, what is being asked is that we give up our attachments to unhealthy things, not the “use” of them. When we are unattached to certain foods, alcohol and a sedentary lifestyle then we can:

    • choose fatty, salty, sugary food once a week (as an “eat off” day) to stimulate our metabolism
    • choose alcohol once in a while to socialize with our friends
    • lie around on vacation or once a week to rest our bodies

    When you move out of your fear box, you move into perfect love. Love for yourself and the freedom to make healthier choices one moment, one day, and one week at a time for the rest of your lifetime. The lifetime that you have right now!

    Resolve to be fearless about change in 2012!

    …ok, that a little heavy. Have some fun with this quiz!

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  3. One Minute Fitness

    A Heart Centered Prayer Practice

    By Lisa Wright, CFT, LCI
    Spiritual Teacher/Guide

    Fitness in a minute or less, two times per day – it’s true!
    What mental talk is keeping you from your fitness? Are you too busy or tired? Is it too hot/cold, too much money or too much trouble? Do you even care anymore? Or maybe you’re just waiting for the time to be right, or you will when______; the list goes on and on. Find a quiet place. Sometimes the bathroom is the best I can do!

    A. Sit comfortably upright; feet on floor; head, neck, and spine aligned. If you prefer, sit on a cushion on the floor. Close your eyes, and rest hands on your lap. Slowly, inhale deeply, and exhale, relaxing your entire body. Continue to breathe normally.
    B. Consciously become aware of your *Spiritual Heart Center (center of chest, in the area of your sternum) and rest in awareness.
    C. If thoughts or sensations rise, do not dialogue, converse, engage, nor respond to their rising (your attention is already there). Allow them to rise, and again just gently become aware of your Spiritual Heart Center.

    Continue the practice in this manner. No matter how often thoughts, emotions or any of the senses rise, gently again become aware of your Spiritual Heart Center. At the end of your silent prayer period, take a few moments to become consciously aware of the mental and physical senses before returning to normal activity.

    *This is not your beating heart rather that same place where you may have
    experienced great joy, or pain or that part of your chest that squeezes when you feel great love.

    Why does this work?
    In one minute of not dialoguing with mental chatter, emotions or sensations, you actually
    give your mind a rest. A mini vacation one might say. The chaotic vibrating energy from a night of dreaming and a day at school or work may have a chance to become finer and may create a sense of calm. In a minute or less, when you rest in awareness of your Spiritual Heart Center, you may touch that instant of eternity that is timeless.
    One minute or twenty minutes, let the prayer expand itself. Twice per day, as a practice of repetition, show up, sit down and let the prayer do you. Just as in exercise, there will not be two times that will be the same. Do not judge this practice.

    How is this exercise?
    Just like exercise, this is a practice. Your determined purpose in doing this practice will help clear mental chatter that keeps giving you reasons for not taking care of your physical form

    Want to get fit? Begin from within! You already possess everything you need:

    Not enough time? Eternity is timeless

    ·         Want more energy: stop dialoguing with the courser vibrating energy, it’s heavy and tiring.
    ·         In your Heart Center temperature is not an issue
    ·         It doesn’t cost anything and all things will be added unto you.
    ·         Your deepest essence IS caring – stop denying it!
    ·         The time IS now!
    [1]Reverend Sandy Casey-Martus, MEd, MTS and Carla Mancari, MEd, The Lessons Vol. I and The Best Kept Secret (Wheatmark). AVAILABLE SOON: Carla Mancari,MEd, Eco-You: Improve Your Health, Improve Your Life and A Diet For The Soul: The Minute Method (WestBow Press 2011).


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  4. Slow Weight Loss

    Are you frustrated with slow weight loss? Of course fast weight loss is possible; but, is it healthy? Fast weight loss usually requires extraordinary efforts in diet and exercise that most people don’t even have time for. Fast weight loss often results in losing precious lean tissue and in lowering one’s metabolism and this is the least of the concerns.
    Slow weight loss is definitely the winner!
    I usually recommend 1.5 to 2 pounds per week as a healthy weight loss goal. The most common cliché we use is, “didn’t it take you a lot longer than this to gain the weight?’ We’re not being mean, just trying to help our clients to be realistic. You see, 1 pound of fat contains 3,500 calories. So to lose 1 pound a week, you need to burn 500 more calories than you eat each day (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories).
    It takes a fine balance of calories “in” (your diet) vs. calories “out” (your activity) to burn 3500 calories in a week. Any more than this and you are not losing the weight (fat) that you want to lose. Fitness professionals, a Dr., or spiritual guide usually fit in well here.
    The nutshell is; this isn’t easy! Most clients get into the shape they are in from not paying attention or from giving something else their attention. Isn’t this true?
    • You’re waiting to get out of college or for the kids to grow up.
    • You have a pending procedure ahead of you and you want to wait until that is over.
    • The holidays are coming.
    • Your spouse wouldn’t understand or support you.
    • Add your own excuse here_________________________
    TODAY is the rest of your life. Your life is NOW every second of every minute. You were designed to breathe hard and to process foods from their natural state. NO ONE can do this for you. Be consistent without expectations. You already are perfect and you already possess the body you want (albeit with a little extra fluff)!
    Begin your slow weight loss TODAY! One meal at a time one workout at a time and by all means spend the money to get a professional to help you! Investing in your health invests in the health of the universe! YOU are an expression of the ONE and when you begin to take care of yourself, it increases the health of ALL.
    Have you ever heard this before? Is this crazy? If you believe in your connectivity to ALL things then this will begin to make sense to you. You don’t have to do anything else BEFORE this one thing, it’s been all backwards. This one thing: The care of YOUR Body, Mind and Spirit is the MOST important one thing there is that you can DO!
    It’s slow, I know. And I know that with the help of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ, YOU can lose the unhealthy weight you’ve been carrying around in so many ways!

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  5. Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired?

    Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired?
    7 Good Reasons to Participate in Physical Activity
    Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? From boosting your mood to improving your sex life, find out how to benefit from good old-fashioned exercise.The benefits of regular physical activity — range from preventing chronic diseases to promoting weight loss and better sleep. Because we all possess the freedom to choose makes all of these yours for the taking, regardless of age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing? Check out seven specific ways exercise can improve your life.


    1. Exercise improves your mood.
    Need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help you calm down.Physical activity helps to release endorphins. This particular brain chemical is a non-selective, naturally induced pain killer and stress reliever that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out. You’ll also look better and feel better when you exercise regularly, this can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Regular physical activity can even help prevent depression.


    2. Exercise combats chronic diseases.
    Worried about heart disease? Have you been diagnosed with osteoporosis? Try a prescription for physical activity.Regular physical activity can help you prevent — or manage — high blood pressure. Your cholesterol will benefit, too. Regular physical activity boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol while decreasing triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly by lowering the buildup of plaques in your arteries.And especially for South Texas, there’s more. Regular physical activity can help you prevent type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer.

    3. Exercise helps you manage your weight.

    Want to drop those excess pounds?This one’s a no-brainer. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn — and the easier it is to keep your weight under control. It does not take major chunks of time to work out. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk during your lunch break. Do jumping jacks during commercials. Better yet, turn off the TV and take a brisk walk. Regular workouts are great, but accumulated physical activity throughout the daywill keep your metabolism humming.

    4. Exercise boosts your energy level.

    Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can leave you breathing easier.Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. In fact, regular physical activity helps your entire cardiovascular system — the circulation of blood through your heart and blood vessels — work more efficiently. When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you’ll have more energy to do the things you enjoy.

    5. Exercise promotes better sleep.

    Struggling to fall asleep? Or stay asleep? Try boosting your physical activity during the day.A good night’s sleep can improve your concentration, productivity and mood. Physical activity is often the key to better sleep. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Try not to exercise too close to bedtime; you may be too energized to fall asleep. If you’re having trouble sleeping, exercise earlier in the day.

    6. Exercise can put the spark back into your sex life.

    Are you too tired to have sex? Or feeling too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy?Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. Men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise — especially as they get older.

    7. Exercise can be — gasp — fun!

    Wondering what to do on a Saturday afternoon? Looking for an activity that suits the entire family? Get physical!Physical activity doesn’t have to be drudgery. Take a ballroom dancing class. Check out a local climbing wall or hiking trail. Push your kids on the swings or climb with them on the jungle gym. Plan a neighborhood kickball or touch football game. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and go for it. If you get bored, try something new. As long as you’re moving, it counts!Start reaping from the benefits of regular physical activity today!

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  6. Commit To Your Fitness & Health

    Lisa Wright
    You’ve heard me say it before, “You are not your body”! This sounds funny coming from a fitness professional. I’m learning this through hard sought after balance in my own life. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
    Commitment is that which gives you permission to agree with yourself to adhere to practices that give you the health and fitness you are seeking.


    1. For some, beginning a health and fitness regime may seem daunting. There are many individual reasons for this. A sincere commitment may facilitate your sought after benefits.
    2. When desires or temptations rise to pull you in other directions, a commitment may help keep you going towards the promise to take better care of yourself.
    3. New to taking care of yourself? Curiosity may bring you far enough to see what it will take. When you are committed to your health and fitness for even a short time, four to six weeks for example, chances are you will want to continue.
    4. It is your commitment that may strengthen your resolve and encourage the necessary discipline to continue on this path. To say, “I’ll try” only leads to failure. To be committed assures the possibility of success.
    5. Committed to your health and fitness, you never say, “I’ll try it.” You say, “I will do it.” Success is your commitment in doing, not trying. Trying gives you a way out, doing gives you a way in!
    6. Commitment gives you the freedom to open your heart and mind to all that is available to you.
    7. Commitment keeps you faithful to health and fitness regime until your regime is as necessary as breathing.
    8. The stronger the commitment, the quicker and more dramatic the results will be.
    9. Commitment helps you stay in the present, and may help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
    10. Whether you have 10 to100 or more pounds to lose, a steadfast commitment may reap its rewards in the awaking activity of the help of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.

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  7. Body Mind Spirit Connection and Weight Loss

    There are many diets on the market, exercise programs, diet pills, etc…At Your Personal Best Training Studio, one of our core values Unity supports the truth we’ve come to know beyond the body. Simply put, we are not our bodies!

    Do we have a responsibility to our bodies? I believe we do……

    Unlike most blogs I write, this one is the most difficult. We are all spiritual beings on different legs of the same journey. I’ve learned to not push my journey onto another; to just be available should they ask. With this in mind, I will write as simply as I can.

    I would like you to explore the Best-Kept SECRET. This 152 page book written by my spiritual teacher and her student, invites you to access within your own physical form the place where love vibrates, radiates and transforms life’s most true intent.

    We most certainly should exercise, eat right, etc…… this is logical. Beyond logic (the mind) into the Holy depths of our being resides a sacred secret that will affect your relationship with others, with exercise, with food and all things of this world like no other. Nothing will ever make a greater impact on your practical and spiritual life.

    Just as I have learned to exercise daily, eat right, take a bath, brush my teeth, wear my seat belt in a car and a helmet on my bike so I have learned to turn my attention inward twice daily for at the very least a minute each time. The practice of sitting in silence, allowing my thoughts to rise, not dialoguing with them and gently turning back to my heart center over the past almost three years has brought a freedom and peace that I did not know could happen.

    So you want to lose weight? Lighten the mental load first. The Best-Kept SECRET will teach you how and all else will come to you. I promise.

    It is available for purchase.

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  8. Spiritual Retreat

    Back to work after a three day Contemplative Invitation Prayer retreat, I am reminded to share with you the spiritual aspect of health and fitness in my own life. For over five years, I’ve attended various different retreats as part of what I believe to be a whole and healthy lifestyle. Alone or with others, two –three times per year, I am renewed and re-created each time I journey (in silence) into the heart center of my being.

    A weekly group and twice daily extension to my retreat experience has been to embrace a prayer practice.   As a wife, mother, daughter, small business owner and athlete, I find myself pulled in many directions all the time. I have worked with various spiritual directors and therapists in my life and have sought health with determined purpose.  The Christ Centered Prayer practice is a discipline that helps me in this life.

    In the beginning, I couldn’t imagine adding one more thing to my busy schedule. The Christ Centered Prayer practice along with Sandy and Carla’s book The Lessons just made sense to me. I began to sit twice daily, if only for a minute and over the past two years the prayer has expanded itself in me. Waking up is hard and hurts at times but the fruits of this practice are leading to me to a less complicated and more content life.

                    ~ Lisa Grace Wright


    If you are interested in Contemplative Invitation Teaching, contact us at 361-857-5087 or by email at lisa@ypbtrainingstudio.com


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