DeAnna Dimmitt Mind Body Fitness

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All in your head

A few years ago I received a panicked phone call from a friend of mine. I had just sat down to lunch but she was so distraught that I left my plate on the table and went to her house. Without divulging her personal details, I’ll just say that she had uncovered some information that had rocked her world in an unpleasant manner.

A lot of things went down that day but there is one thing that sticks in my head. She asked me “how could I have been so stupid?” I said to her “You weren’t stupid. You made the best decision you could based on the information you had. None of this is your fault but, now that you have different information, what happens next is on you.”

Over the next 6 months she completely transformed her life which, unfortunately for me, meant that she moved all the way across the country but the important thing is that she is living her vision. I would like to take credit for her success but I say things like that to people all the time and most of them tell me that I’m full of shit or that I don’t understand, and some even go so far as to accuse me of being un-empathetic.

All I did was point something out, but she did all the work, despite having numerous good excuses to sit around and feel sorry for herself. She took her new information and ran with it.

And now we get to the point.

There’s a funny thing about the human subconscious, it does whatever it’s told.

Your belief system determines your reality.

With regard to fitness, I can preach diet and exercise all day long but it doesn’t necessarily change anything because people hear the message and say “yeah, but I can’t do that”. Fast food and lethargy are not nearly as dangerous as “I can’t”.

On this day of new beginnings, if you find yourself thinking “I can’t”, don’t let it go unchallenged. Ask yourself “Really? Why not?”, and I bet you’ll find that actually you can. You can eat better, you can find time to exercise, you can step up and make a difference by starting with yourself. Ideas are contagious and when you adopt the idea that you can, other people will see that they can too. Be the change you want to see.

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Practicing at home


In case you wondered what I do on my day off, I do PiYo at home.  Once I complete the workout, I usually take a few minutes to practice some more traditional yoga poses.  Photos are an excellent way to evaluate your own form.

20120407-183419.jpgMy other car is a broom stick 😉

20120407-183434.jpgAstavakrasana – still working to get my legs a little straighter on this one


20120407-183502.jpgHalf Moon

This is a perfect example of why it’s a good idea to have someone take pictures of you.  I thought I was doing this pose correctly but I see in the photo that my hand is not under my shoulder and, because of that, my shoulders are rotated to the front.  Something to work on for next time!

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Join me for a free taste of PiYo!

Upcoming Event

I will be conducting a PiYo workshop at Health Quest Chiropractic on the evening of Tuesday, April 17th from 5:30 to 6:00. This workshop is free and open to the public.

If you’ve been wondering what PiYo is all about, this is a great opportunity to come by and check it out!  Everyone who attends will be given a gift certificate for one free PiYo class!

Peep this video for a sneak preview

*Health Quest Chiropractic is located at:

3824 Masthead Street

Albuquerque, NM 87109



So, how far do you think you’re gonna make it up that hill?

It’s true, I probably could’ve found a photo that said something nicer on it but, as photos go, this one is quite stellar.

I have a theory that life is an uphill journey. It’s easy at the bottom, when you’re young and resilient, but as we age the road gets a little steeper. The older we get, the steeper the road, and the more our habits come home to roost. The little things we do, or don’t do, every day eventually become the sum total: the condition of our condition, if you will. There’s plenty of people running around at the bottom of the hill, but how many are running around at the top? Hmmmm…..

How far you make it up the hill has everything to do with being prepared for the journey. What do you need to get there, how are you going to do it and, most importantly, why do you want to go? The what is pretty easy. Personal resources like endurance, strength, flexibility, and the will to keep going, that’s what you need. As for the how, that’s pretty easy too. How do we get the resources to survive the journey? By taking care of ourselves, by eating a healthy diet and being physically active. How do we keep going? By putting one foot in front of the other.  But the why, now that’s a whole different issue.

I can help you with the what and the how.  You have to find your own why.  Maybe you want to live to see your kids grow up and get married. Maybe you want to actually enjoy your retirement.  Maybe you’re a fierce army of one who refuses to yield to time, age or anything else.  I can’t tell you what, other than watching the sunrise one more time, is in it for you but, I can tell you what’s in it for me.

Why I write this blog, why I pester everyone I know about getting fit and why I don’t just work out alone in the living room anymore is all for the same reasons.  I realized that I could be for others what a few select people have been for me: a cheerleader, a motivator, a source of self empowerment.  I can think of several key instances in my life where I just assumed, without even trying, that I was not capable of doing something.  I would probably still think that way were it not for someone simply pointing out that my own limiting thoughts were the only thing holding me back.  I probably would’ve quit were it not for someone coming along and telling me to get up and get moving.   We all need a little nudge now and then.

I love to show people that they can do things, even if it’s just something small, like a pushup.  I love to watch the transformation of a new student who is struggling and then suddenly starts to get it.  It is so rewarding to see progress on the yoga mat translate directly into personal power in real life.  If I can help someone awaken to their own personal resources then I’ve done my job.

But there is one more, even bigger, why for me.  I want to be running around at the top of the hill with all of you.