Working out together, we find the will to keep on going | Pacific NW | The Seattle Times

Working out together, we find the will to keep on going | Pacific NW | The Seattle Times.

I had to post a link to this article, since this is exactly what Mentoring Movement is out to create.  It’s easier to create the habit of exercise, and fully internalize that you are a “fit person” and an “active person” when you have the support of a community.  We are creating that support … person by person … so that those starting out get the opportunity to get the support they need.

Thank you Maureen O’Hagan and the Seattle Times for a great article on what we’re about!

Starting Anew Every Day

A year from now, you will wish you had started today.I was having this conversation with myself last week. Due to a horrid sinus infection, I took some time away from my exercise routine to let my body fight the bugs and recuperate. I was also preparing for our launch event for Mentoring Movement, so I realized that fighting the infection, exercising, AND getting the event put together might be too much at the same time.

An Exercise for Everyone was a success! We had a fantastic gathering of mentors, and the participants who attended loved the information, and the fun, welcoming atmosphere we created. We are all realizing the importance of helping people become more active and enhance their capacity to live amazing lives through exercise and fitness.

Yet how does this tie in to “Starting Anew Every Day”? I am realizing that with my fitness goals, and with this community, each day is the opportunity to start anew toward our goals. We get to decide what we are committed to, and if we want to take the actions necessary to honor those committments. Every day, it’s a choice.

With my fitness goals, last week I had to decide if I was going to re-start my exercise program right before going on a trip. I went through all of the excuses, and the great “reasons” I had to just put it off. I then realized that there is no convenient time to start (or resume) an exercise plan, and that obstacles like a vacation are always going to come up. I would be sitting there at the end of the vacation, wishing I had gone ahead and re-started my excercise program. I figured out a way to take my workout program and equipment with me, and this morning I worked out in my room on Kauai, as the doves cooed outside.

For what we are creating with this community, each day I get to ask what are we out to create? We are out to create so much support for people being active, being fit, and living expanded, amazing, capable lives, that we transform our entire culture’s attitude toward being active. We see the seeds out there right now. People are exercising, people are showing what comes from being fit, and yet there is still the pull for lesser effort … to skip it just this once, and okay, skip working out one more time … it won’t hurt … and then a year goes by and we get to wishing we had started honoring our commitment and continuing to exercise every day. I will not be standing there a year from now and wishing I had kept building this community. One by one, we add our voices, and our support to each other and our goals.

Longevity is the New Normal!


I’m very happy to join the Mentoring Movement Community and look forward to meeting all of you soon! I look forward to sharing information on Tai Chi (Taijiquan) and Qigong (Ch’i Kung) with you: what it is, how it works, who all can do it (EVERYONE!) as well as all the latest in East/West Medical research.

In the meantime enjoy this article where “longevity is the new normal!”


Kimberly Ivy
(206) 789-0993

Energy Out Equals Energy Returned

I know I’m guilty of it … I say I want things, and that’s as far as it goes.  I want a lean, toned body.  I want to once, in my life, to be able to do a full chin-up.  I want complete financial independence.  I want to sound good when I sing karaoke.

How am I going to make this happen?  Do.  The.  Work.

It’s that simple.  Wanting it isn’t enough.  Thinking about the actions I’m going to take isn’t enough.  Telling myself that it will be okay by doing half of what needs to be done isn’t enough.  We see this in the world all the time!  Fitness experts love to talk about the people who want six-pack abs, but they won’t change their eating habits, and they won’t exercise.  If I am serious about what I want in life to be realized, then I need to change what I’ve been doing up to this point.  I need to take the actions that are in line with what I want, and what I’m out to create.

So what’s stopping me?  My old patterns are familiar.  They might not be getting me to the goals that I have set for myself, but when I’m in the old pattern, I can convince myself I know what I’m doing.  Taking the new actions challenge me to step outside of what is familiar, and do something different.  I realize that what is stopping me is in taking these new actions, I risk looking stupid by fumbling in the learning process, instead of appearing competent in actions I mastered a long time ago.

Today I am newly acknowledging that only by putting out the effort, by taking action, will I be able to accomplish the goals I have set out for myself.  What are the things I want so much I’m willing to take action toward them?  I want to create a community of people supporting each other in their exercise goals so that eventually, people are going to wonder about the ones not exercising … not the other way around.  I want to help every single person on this planet realize that each one of us has the power to rock the world with our own power and leadership abilities.  Are my goals attainable?  Maybe.  Mabye not.  At least I will make the world a better place for taking action toward my goals, and in that moment, I will know that the energy I put out toward my goals has returned to me multiplied several times over.

Where are you putting out your energy?  Where are you talking yourself out of making the effort?  How can we help each other realize we are all in this motivational quest together?

Exercise: It just keeps going, and going…

Am I done yet? I’ve been at this for a month already. Shouldn’t I be able to put a check mark on this exercise task and call it ‘DONE’?

Yet, it doesn’t seem to work that way. I know what everybody tells me … exercise is a life-long journey. Seriously? That’s for other people. The die-hard, ultra marathoner, triathletes that have made exercise a part of who they are …

“A part of who they are …” Wait a minute. What’s happening here? I’ve made it past the 30-day mark. I didn’t quit. I didn’t quit even over the shift to Daylight Savings Time, which meant my morning workout time was an even earlier wake-up call. I managed to re-injure my shoulder not once, but twice while starting out. That STILL didn’t stop me.

So what’s happening? As a part of creating this community, and working to get as many people on this planet to start getting active, and create a support network for all of us getting started, I gave exercise a try, and wound up discovering my own relationship to fitness. Just like smiles, and sleep, and coffee, exercise is becoming a part of my day that I don’t want to do without. If I can feel this way about exercise, there just might be hope for us getting more people up and moving.

Do you relate? Have you found the exercise habit creeping up on you? I’d love to hear how your journey is going.

Building Community

Mentoring Movement is about support.  This is a place where we can come to see what others are up to on their road to fitness, and give each other the pat on the back of encouragement to keep going.  I am pulling together the resources so that we can all ask questions of people who are further along this road, and can help us avoid some of the pitfalls along the way.

As a part of building this community and resource, I am putting together an event called “An Exercise for Everyone”.  This two-hour event will gather fitness professionals from the Seattle area to lend their knowledge and expertise in helping others to find the type of fitness activity that best works for their lives.  This will also be the participants’ opportunity to meet the mentors we will be featuring on this website.  We are getting some great businesses on board to participate in the event, and become a part of the Mentoring Movement community.

If you are fitness professional who is interested in being featured on our website as a mentor, please email me at mentoringmovement @ to get more information on how you can participate in our community.  If you are in the Seattle area, we would love to have you at our kick-off event, “An Exercise for Everyone”.

If you are still getting started with your fitness goals, you are in the Seattle area, and would like to come to the event, please check us out on Facebook.  There is also a link at the bottom of the page to go to Brown Paper Tickets and purchase a ticket to the event.  It’s $10 to come to the event (and those pesky ticket handling fees are included in that price, so $10 is all you pay).  Children 12 years old and under are free.  Coming to the event will give you access to great information and demonstrations, savings off of introductory lessons, and the potential to win door prizes for free lessons.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Special Olympics.

We Are Not Alone

Exercising at home works for many of us.  For some it’s stepping out the front door and going for a walk or run.  For some it’s doing calisthenics or working out on machines you have at home.  For some it’s yoga, or working out to a DVD workout.  However, it’s a rather lonely process.  We’re the ones getting our own butts in gear … and there isn’t anyone there to stop us when we allow our brains to talk ourselves out of our workout.

Just because we work out at home doesn’t mean we need to go it alone!  We can respond to blogs and let each other know what we’re up to.  We can say “way to go” to someone else out there blogging about their progress.  We can check out the Mentoring Movement Facebook page and start leaving quick messages of steps we are taking for our health.  These small steps from each of us will create a group of people all saying, “Hang in there.  Being healthy is worth it.”

Please check out the Mentoring Movement Facebook page and start letting us know how you’re doing with your workouts.  Jot down a quick comment if one of these blog posts on the website speaks to you.  By speaking up, we let others know they are not alone in the fight to get healthy.