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If you live with this statement, “I don’t have enough self control to give up _____” then please read this post!
I had this text-versation today. It took me going upside down, literally changing my perspective to reply to this. Self control in the world of diet and fitness always seems to go straight to the dark side. People say, “I don’t have self control to say ‘NO'” or “I don’t have self control to stop.” I have never heard anyone say, “I have SO MUCH self control” or “I LOVE having self control.”
As a fitness trainer I don’t have any special tricks or certain tools to gain self control either. As a health and wellness coach I can tell you that self control is about “control” and “restraint”. I don’t know about you but those two words don’t normally send me to a warm and fuzzy place. I tend to feel limited when things are always controlled and denied when there are restraints. If that resonates with you then self control is felt as a negative thing and of course you aren’t going to want that.
So back to our original statement, “I don’t have enough self control to give up _____”. Why not acknowledge that statement, let it run through your mind and allow it to sit somewhere quietly. How about making THIS statement
louder, “I have enough self motivation to get or gain what I want which is _____.” One statement is about what you don’t have and giving up. The other statement is about what you do have and gaining. Do you understand that? Every time you are in a situation you feel you do not have self control, sit down and text me – I am SERIOUS, PLEASE TEXT ME these words “I have enough self motivation to get what I want which is _______(fill in the blank)” I promise if you can make the “this is what I have” and “this is what I get” louder than “this is what I don’t have” and “this is what I can’t have” THEN you will be on your way to finding some peace with your trying situations that require “self control”.
Do you want self control?
Here is a great way to get loads of protein without overdosing on animal products.
I box of Ancient Harvest Lentil & Quinoa Supergrain Pasta (about $3 at Sprouts)
I lb bag of Earthbound Farm Organic Deep Green Blends Power ($5 at Vons), use 6 cups of greens
Cook pasta, make sure to check after 7 minutes because this pasta has a tendency to become “smooshy”. Drain pasta. In large pot, mix pasta and greens with olive oil for about 1-2 minutes until greens are soft. Now you have a high protein, complex carbohydrate, rich in iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C base to add anything you want to it. It doesn’t get any easier than this! I mixed mine with sun dried tomatoes, sweet onions, minced garlic, dried basil and dried oregano. I LOVE Italian food!
This literally cost $8 to buy and took me ten minutes to make and it created SEVEN simple Power Protein Bases. You can add anything you want to it to change up the dish. Make it tonight and for the rest of the week, I will post what you can make with this Power Protein Base thats simple and easy.
Fat 5 (only because I used 2tbsp olive oil)
Carbohydrate 21 (Fiber 5 / Sugar .5)
I met a new client last week. He walks in and hands me my paperwork and says, “I didn’t fill it out because I am not ready to commit but don’t worry – I will pay you.” I say, “I am not asking for a commitment.” When a person walks into my studio, there are no contracts to sign, membership levels or commitments to hold you down. All I ask is that you listen with an open mind and I will listen with an open heart, that you do what you say and I will do exactly what I say, that you tell me what you want so I can do whatever I can to help you and in trade you do whatever it is necessary to help yourself.
This is a relationship between you and I, the only binding “contract” or commitment is your conscience. My new client decided to fill out the paperwork at the end of the session. I said, “You sure you want to do that? How do you know I am ready to commit?”
Are you ready to commit?
Yesterday I posted an ad for organic foods on sale at a local market. I since have made my grocery list or what I like to call, plan of attack.
I call it a plan of attack because when I walk into a grocery store I feel like I have to be ready, be prepared, be strong. I have to get pass the chip aisle, the bottles of wine and even at checkout there are the chocolates. Lastly I like to make sure that I buy what’s on sale and not get distracted by pretty packaging or what’s “new”. So – I walk into a grocery store with a plan of attack.
It’s pretty much like that in all areas of my life that I want to succeed in. I have found that if I sit down and write out what I want and all the details on how to get what I want, then I have a better chance of succeeding. Versus if I don’t write it down and just jump right into something hoping I will do it right or thinking that I have it all in my head – the outcome is usually bleak.
For instance if you walk into your grocery store without a list, how many of you walk out saying “Oh shoot I forgot …..” or thought, “How in the world did I spend so much money?” Or last but not least and my personal favorite, “I just walked in to get a few things …..”
You need a plan of attack. You need one for the grocery shopping, for buying a house, saving for retirement and even taking a vacation. There needs to be something written down holding you accountable for what you want. You need to think it, write it, see it and be able to check it off your list when you are done.
What’s your list? Or plan of attack?
This week I am away for a Personal Trainer conference. I am already lined up to learn from the best. I have meetings with trainers from all over the country, I get to workout with exercise gurus. I feel very fortunate to be amongst the elite. Not only do I get to be around other trainers but I get to be with “my kind”. For four days I am the norm. I won’t stand out when I get to the gym at 5AM. In fact the hotel gym will be packed with people like me wanting to move before having to sit all day long. I won’t be the only one stretching on the ground during the lectures. I won’t be the only one carrying a cooler of food around. I won’t be the only one drinking a protein shake in-between seminars. I can’t tell you how refreshing it will be to finally “fit in”.
In my day to day life I am always feeling like the odd man out. I get up while people are sleeping so that I can start my day sweating and giving to myself. My fridge is stocked with all my meals and snacks for the week so that I don’t get caught hungry or not having enough time to make food. I sit on the ground and stretch while watching my kids sports instead of sitting on a chair playing on my phone. I don’t make meal time a big deal in my home as to teach my children that our days don’t revolve around food. I know I am weird and odd but in my line of business guess what – I fit in.
So from Wednesday to Saturday I will be loving every moment that someone DOES NOT say to me, “You are crazy for getting up so early.” I will be smiling every time someone DOES NOT ask me, “What are you drinking?” I will be so happy when I DO NOT get weird looks at me while I stretching on the floor. I will be amongst my own. For four days no one will look twice, think twice or even care.
I will fit in!
Do you fit in?
I recently bought a bike to ride along the coast and give me an alternative to driving my car. It’s been so nice to jump on my bike and go for a ride whenever I need to get out. I don’t have to worry about traffic. I am in no rush. I am on my own schedule. I get to be one with the road, check in to my music and just ride. My rides have been rewarding, enjoyable and so far solo.
I have put on a lot of miles on my bike since purchased and I realize that I am feeling a little lonely. I ride pass big groups of cyclists meeting up at coffee shops and juice bars. At stop signs I watch partner cyclists gather, talk and chuckle. I see couples on tandem bikes. I view families biking together to have a picnic at the beach.
I keep thinking that it would be nice to share these rides. I want to stop and get a cup of coffee with someone. I want to talk about the routes we will take. I want to share the sights we will see. It would have been nice to have someone with me when I fell into the street or under the bridge or at the stop light (none of my proudest moments). It would feel good to endure the hills breathing hard next to another. It would feel even better coasting the down slopes with the wind blowing past us. I realized that I can do solo but I want to ride double.
Being solo won’t stop me from riding. It won’t take from my joy of being outside, listening to my tunes and absorbing the sunshine. I will keep on pedaling. I just know that these journeys would be a total different experience if I weren’t solo. Like anything, it is always better to have someone to share the journey. It is comforting to endure the ups and downs with someone by your side. It is reassuring that if you fall, there is someone there to pick you up. It is nice to be able to get to the top of the hill, look back and say, “Wow – we made it!”
Do you ride solo?
Here is a beautiful photo of my lovely daughter presenting me with a Valentines card. Her class did a generic card but my daughter requested to do a second card that was special to our family. She told me that she loves how healthy we are. She said she appreciates how I always want to walk instead of drive even though she complains. She continued to tell me that she likes how I am always buying organic and healthy foods even though they don’t always taste good. I told her, “I just want you to be better.”
Later that week I heard from an acquaintance that she wasn’t happy with her trainer. I asked, “Is he helping you to be better?” She said, “No- I have to figure out how to break up with him.”
Another person walked into my gym to say, “Hi”. He said he has always wanted to check out my studio. He currently trains with another trainer but isn’t happy with him. I asked the same question, “Is he helping you to be better?” He said, “No but I would feel bad firing him.”
As a parent it’s hard to get my kids to do the healthy option but I stand my ground because I want them to be better. As a trainer it’s hard to not give the clients what they want but again I stand my ground because I am trying to make them better.
Doing and being better is so challenging because it’s easy to just keep or stay the same. It’s easier to just sit than to get up and move. It’s easier to just stay where you are than to walk away. It’s easier to complain and not do anything about it. It’s easier to just eat whatever you want without thinking about what it is you need.
We all need to be better. We should all be striving to do better. Look to your left and to your right. Are the people in your daily world helping to make you better? Do they inspire you to do good? Do they help you to do your best? Do they motivate you with their actions to become better? Like my daughters card, “I love you because you make me strong.” If your world isn’t making you stronger then stand up now and make your move. Don’t wait. Don’t settle. Be strong and be better!
Do I make you better?
2 Large Red Peppers
1 package of Hormone Free Ground Turkey
½ c. Fresh Organic Basil
1 tbs. Minced Garlic
¾ c. Vegan Mozzarella Cheese
2 c. Marinara Sauce
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Cut tops off peppers and discard insides. Boil in pot big enough to cover peppers for 10 minutes. While peppers are boiling, brown turkey meat with garlic until done. In mixing bowl combine meat, fresh basil, ½ c of cheese, and 1 c. Tomato Sauce. Spray small baking dish with non-stick spray, Place peppers in dish. (the dish should be small enough that peppers can stand up on there own without falling over) Fill Peppers to the top with meat mixture. Add a Tablespoon of sauce to top of each pepper, then pour remainder of sauce in dish around peppers. Add remainder of cheese to top of peppers and place in oven to bake for 30 minutes.
In the photo can you see the person on the left sitting down using his phone. That person is the trainer. There is another person on the right side of the photo sitting on a mat, she is the client. The client was stretching in a way that was not as efficient as it could be. The other day when I was parking in Coronado I saw a guy yelling at a handful of women in the park. He was standing about 10 feet away from them saying, “Keep going, 5 more, 4 more,..” Everyone was doing pushups and either struggling or cheating.
I don’t look at any of these trainers as bad trainers just different from me. They are totally and utterly different from me. I am not able to watch you do something without showing you ways to do it better. I am not able to stand back when you look like you need help. I cannot be in your space while you are doing something that could potentially hurt you later on. It is super hard for me to stay quiet, bite my tongue, look away or ignore. Lastly, there is no way I would motivate you or say, “Keep going” if what you are doing is wrong for you. I can’t be that person but there a lot of them out there.
The way I am may not be for you and that is okay. I am an in your face, intense, don’t let you get away with anything, call you on your S–T type of trainer and type of person . I am not easy going or laid back. And for most of you, I am way too much . I get that.
Luckily for my studio, there are three other trainers that might be a better fit for you. Check them out and give them a try. They are all offering free consultations and some do a free trial workout. You never know, they might be better for you.
Am I right for you?