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There are thousands of personal trainers and yoga teachers in San Diego. Just in the neighborhood of my studio, there are more than twenty exercise businesses within a three mile radius. The fitness industry is saturated with many professionals so it is up to me to stand out.
That is why when I get asked to lecture, teach, write, speak, host, donate or do anything that can bring attention to LisaFIT – I do it! Recently I got asked to contribute to Shape.com by giving my professional opinion about beginner yoga. It took me some time to write my submission. I really wanted to be in the article and I knew that there were no guarantees. Shape.com is a nationally recognized website and other professionals were being asked to contribute as well.
This morning I get an email that says, “Thank you for your contribution”. I quickly run through the article and there I am, MY NAME and MY BUSINESS. The best part is it’s all under these words, “we went to a few of the country’s top yoga teachers and asked them to share their top beginner tips.” Shape.com
Today is the last day of my 42nd year on this planet and it couldn’t have ended any better. I know there are tons of personal trainers and yoga teachers. I know there are studios on every corner. I know that many people are passionate about what they do. What I want to know is, how many of them stand out?
Do you stand out?
Yes – just this morning I “lectured” about this and it made me feel the need to post it. Are you a team? What do I mean? Is your body, mind and spirit all playing for the same team?
You can walk into a gym and workout – that is team player 1, your body. You can focus on feeling your muscles contract – that is team player 2, your mind, You can tell yourself, “I know I can do this” – that is team player 3, your spirit. All the players on this team are working together to maximize the quality of your workout as well as increasing the benefits of your time in the gym, That is your best scenario, being a team of body, mind and spirit.
What happens when you go workout and your body is doing all the work but your mind is mentally checked out and your spirit is saying, “I can’t do this”? Are you a team? I know you think just showing up to a workout is enough and for some it may be the first step to taking control of your health but if you think you are going to be able to break limits and set new strides, then you will need the help of your mind and spirit. If your body is the only player working hard then guess what happens next? Your body stops, the players fight with each other and the team loses.
What are you trying to accomplish right now? Are you a team? Whatever you are doing, stop and ask yourself, “Am I a team?” You can go through the motion – team player 1 your body. This is where most of us are in life, just moving through our day. You will need the help of team player 2 the mind. The mind has to focus on the present and think about what you are doing. Try your best to not distract yourself with television, gossip/multimedia sites or internet browsing. Instead create a plan, talk about ideas and write down how to obtain goals. This is where some of us are. Your success is determined by team player 3 your spirit. Are you telling yourself things like, “I can’t handle this”, “I am so wiped out”, “I am done”. Those words will only sabotage what you want to accomplish. Instead use a mantra that resonates with you. It could be a saying from a song or part of a poem or even a quote from an author. Write it down and put it up on your bathroom mirror, on your fridge, on the steering wheel of your car and in the front of your wallet. My favorite is to have it be the “wallpaper” on your phone and screen saver on your computer.
Stop right now from being the person holding you back. It takes a team and you have all the players.
Are you a team?
I hear people say to me all the time, “I want to lose weight”, or “I want to get into shape”, or “I need to be healthier”. I can be out with friends, at a family gathering, in my work clothes at the grocery store or even sometimes at my children’s school. It really doesn’t matter where I am, or who says it. The bottom line is, “Why aren’t you taking action?”
In my head I am thinking, “How much weight do you have to gain before you decide to take action?” In my mind I am wondering, “How out of shape do you have to be before you take action?” In my world I am questioning, “When does your health become important enough for you to take action?” The bottom line is, “Why aren’t you taking action?”
What makes a person talk about something but not take action? I have been told by very wise people that there are actual reasons why people talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.
1) There is something for them to gain by keeping their current situation. It may be that they like to have something to complain about or that people will sympathize with them or even, commiseration amongst those in similar situations.
2) They come up with too many excuses which means that their current situation isn’t really that terrible. If you really want something THAT bad, then you do whatever you can to make it happen no matter what.
3) They are afraid to fail which prevents them from taking action. It’s true – if you never start then you won’t fail but you won’t ever succeed either.
Think about something that you have been talking about doing for a long time now. What has stopped you?
Why aren’t you taking action?
I am going out of town this weekend and you better believe that I am bringing food, using hotel gym for my morning cardio and finding a gym for my weight training.
I am sharing this with you because I get clients telling me all the time how their family, friends, coworkers, loved ones are constantly giving them a hard time because clients want to stay on track with their fitness regimen. Guess what? I too am given a hard time. We all hear the same thing. “It’s only a couple days -
you can miss a few workouts.” “Come on, live a little.” “You deserve to have fun.”
I am hear to tell you that I LOVE the way I live. Working out makes me feel energized and strong so why would I want to miss that? The way my body feels sweating, heart pumping, lungs breathing hard – aren’t those signs of living? Jamming to my tunes, in my own world, giving back to myself, true me time – isn’t that fun? I have a relationship with my body and in order for it to work for me, I work hard for it.
One of the best times to really stay on track with my fitness regimen IS on vacation. I don’t have work or kids to get in the way of taking care of myself. I take advantage of the empty time to get in two workouts especially since I love checking out new gyms. I enjoy finding healthy food restaurants. It’s like a hunt that many of you might get when you find a good deal.
So here is my suitcase for the weekend. I have carrots, apples, oatmeal packets, protein shakes, almonds, peanut butter packets, sprouted bread, protein bars, instant coffee, emergen-c and I LOVE IT!
What’s in your suitcase?
When To Fight – what did you think I meant? I am telling you that life is constantly throwing things, people, issues, obstacles, etc in front of me and in my head I am thinking, “Pick my battles” which is why I say, “WTF – When to fight?” I have no idea which battles I am suppose to rise to the occasion and put up a fight
and which ones I am suppose to cut my losses and walk away. Plus it doesn’t help that I am one of the most indecisive persons you will ever meet.
But in the gym, it is a total different story. I put up a fight! So when I get clients that don’t “fight” through a workout, I go into my toughest LisaFIT mode. I tell the clients, “Come On! Here is where you need to fight!” ”Here is where the fighting is a guarantee win!” ”Here it’s just you fighting against yourself and I promise – you won’t get hurt.” With that I get two types of people. Those that will work so hard that when it is time to stop they literally fall to the ground. When it comes near the end, they push harder because they know it is temporary. When I tell them to go five more seconds, they don’t stop when I countdown and say, “One”. Those people do one more rep and collapse. Then there are the other types of people who pace themselves. I find them to be hard workers but different. When nearing the end of an exercise they will drop the weight at their third to last repetition. When there is a countdown they will stop at five seconds left. They are still pushing themselves but there is one element that I don’t get. They aren’t fighting. I can tell when someone is at their end. I can see when someone can’t do anymore. I know when someone is fighting and when someone is NOT fighting.
When to fight? I can’t tell you if you should fight for a job, a relationship, an opinion, a decision, etc. I have enough problems making those decisions for myself. What I can tell you is that the moment you step into my gym, my studio, my space – the moment you are with me, you have to fight. Because the second I get the feeling
that I want it more than you do, that I am fighting harder than you are – is the same second that you have lost.
When to fight?
I am watching the first show of season 16 of The Biggest Loser and I am fighting back tears. This season all the contestants are ex- professional or Olympic or collegiate athletes dealing with obesity. They are angry with themselves. They are disappointed. They are embarrassed and ashamed. They are all of that and now on national television half naked standing on a scale. If that isn’t vulnerability then I don’t know what is. If that isn’t courage then what is? If they aren’t a true fighter then who is?
This season makes it apparent that no one is immune to obesity and that it is a disease that can reach anyone. If you aren’t aware of the struggle that someone lives with when they are obese then please educate yourself. This disease and or addition is real. Obesity is one of the few illnesses that people wear on their sleeves. They can’t hide it. They can’t fake it. They can’t lie to someone about it. It shows and there is no escaping it. You can know someone diagnosed with cancer right now and never be aware. Your co-worker can be a drug addict and you will never know. You can even be standing in an elevator with a child predator and smile right at them with no idea what they have done or plan on doing. These people can walk amongst the world in hiding but someone with obesity cannot.
Right now more than one-third, 34.9% or 78.6 million of U.S. adults are obese. One in 10 children become obese from ages 2 to 5, and about 5% of 6 to 11 year olds are obese. Please understand that this is real. This is a disease that deserves attention and compassion. Children don’t grow out of it. Adults don’t get better on their own. We need to be a supportive friend to those battling it. We need to be better parents to educate our children to prevent it. We need to be an empathetic community to those around us that walk with it.
What is obesity?
Last night I played the Under Armour commercial featuring Misty Copeland for my daughter. When the commercial was done she said, “Mom she has a body like you – you could have been a ballerina!” I swear, never in my lifetime would I have thought anyone would have said those words to me.
When I was a little girl I fantasized about being a ballerina. I wanted so badly to learn how to dance gracefully. I was captivated by their effortless leaping and jumping. And in my head I had already told myself that I could not be one because I didn’t look like a ballerina.
My daughter has been told that she has the wrong feet for a gymnast. My son has been told he is too small to play football. I was made to believe that ballerinas weren’t full figured or short. Who has the right to tell us what we can and cannot become?
I love the story of Misty Copeland and all those who have defied stereotypes. We are a world of evolution, constantly setting new standards and breaking boundaries. Be inspired to become who you want to be no matter what anyone says. Be supportive to let your children become who they want to be no matter what you grew up with. Be a part of the world that is evolving.
What can you become?
At the gym yesterday I experienced back pain on my first set of hamstring (back side of upper thigh) curls. It was so frustrating. At that point I could have kept going and trained through the back pain or I could have stopped doing that exercise. Those are the two options that most people often do, fight or flight. Do you stay
Let’s say you fight, you stay – what course of action do you take? Why would you stay and put up with the pain, fight through the pain, settle for living with pain? Could you perhaps stay but alter yourself so that you don’t get hurt? Could you protect yourself and perhaps heal yourself while maintaining the “fight”?
Or are you the type of person to take flight, to stop, to leave when you get hurt? A lot of people will just walk away. They are too afraid to hurt more. Their past experiences of pain have scared them. But do you walk away understanding what you are truly scared of? Do you take the time to figure out why you keep putting yourself in situations that hurt you?
That workout, I changed the angle of my foot thinking I could slightly alter the exercise. I focused on really contracting surrounding muscles hoping to support the weak area. I stretched between sets to check in with my body to see if I could feel the pain getting better or worse. I altered, found support and checked in with myself to make sure I didn’t feel pain.
We all experience pain. We all make the choice to fight or flight. It’s the way we exist during and after that differ us. Can we learn from pain, regardless if we stay or leave? Can you alter yourself? Can you find support? Can you check in to make sure you aren’t feeling pain?
Fight or Flight?
From time to time a client will tell me, “But I am so hungry!” Usually they say this after a few days of living the LisaFIT rules of fueling. Trust me, I never want a person to go hungry. Physiologically hunger can cause a lot of symptoms that can take from your body. You never want to deplete your body so much that you can’t think well or can’t function every day activities. Your body won’t be able to recover efficiently and essentially you won’t be able to push yourself in the gym. I don’t want that to happen.
I tell clients when they feel “hungry” do the hunger test. Drink 16oz of water quickly and then do ten jump squats or lunges. If you feel light headed or dizzy then you are probably hungry and I need to review your Fitness Journal. If not, then you are not physiologically hungry. You most likely are mentally hungry and that is a whole other story.
Give it a try, next time you feel “hungry” do the Hunger Test. I have yet to have anyone tell me they are truly hungry. Plus- once you do ten jump squats you will probably want to workout after that. So instead of grabbing for a snack, you can get a workout in – Your welcome!
Are you hungry?
It is officially fall and everything starts to change. I have learned that love and fear are catalyst to change. It is apparent that clients either come to me because they want to love their body or they are afraid of being unhealthy or getting hurt. Their love or their fear is what drives them. It’s that simple.
Where do you fall?