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Do You Want Self Control?

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.”

Do You Want 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?

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What’s Your List?

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.

What is your 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?

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Do You Fit In?

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?

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Do You Ride Solo?

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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?

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Do I Make You Better?

Do I Make You Better

Do I Make You Better

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?

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Can You Do Simple and Easy?

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simple and easy

I have “found” that most things are simple and easy.  They just require consistent effort with boundaries and positive energy with no boundaries.  We make things complicated by over thinking, endless analyzing and continuous wondering.  Our minds create unnecessary stress by holding onto what we have no control of.  We makes things difficult by going full blown, 100 miles per hour and never stopping.  Our bodies are not designed to go non stop.  We will eventually end up with illness or injury.  So why not do less?

Like these little bands – They are a great workout.  There is no heavy lifting and no risk for injury.  They take up very little space so you can travel with them.  They are simple and easy but rarely ever seen in gyms or used by trainers.  When I bring them out my clients cringe.  NO ONE likes the bands because guess what?  These simple and easy colorful rubber pieces are an intense workout.  They are simple to use but require consistent effort utilizing small stabilizing muscles.  Your big muscles can’t take over.  You can’t sink into your joints.  There is no cheating with these guys.  They are easy to use because you can bring them with you.  You can pack them in a suitcase.  They are simple and easy.

Try making things simple and easy in your life for a change.  Start by doing these two things:
1) Set boundaries for yourself when it comes to working, spending money and even training your body.  Give yourself a limit and do no more.
2) Program your mind to seeing the good in all, the positive in the situation and the happiness in each choice you make.

Can you do simple and easy?

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Are You An Artist?

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Are you an artist?

The other day I had a past client pay me a compliment.  He said, “You were the best trainer.”  My reply to that is, “Thank you.  I love what I do.”

When I lecture on personal training I ask the students, “Why do you want to be a personal trainer?”  I get similar answers, “I love fitness”, “I am passionate about health”, “I want to help people”.  So it’s obvious that a
lot of people love what they do in the field of personal training but are they an artist?

Anyone who can teach a certain exercise to a client is a laborer.  A trainer who can teach and think about how to fit that exercise to meet the needs of their client – that is a craftsman.  The professional who can teach, think
and inspire their client not just with words but a certain energy that makes the client feel safe, supported and truly cared for – that is an artist.

I am an artist!

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Do You Feel It?

Many times in a session I will ask the client, “Do you feel it?”  And more often than expected I hear, “No I don’t.” I am always surprised to find out that clients will go through the motion and feel nothing.  I am shocked when they don’t tell me.  What is the purpose of working out if you don’t feel it?  What’s the purpose of anything if you aren’t feeling something?

There are some clients that won’t say anything to me in which I have to keep asking, “Do you feel it?”  I even quiz them, “Where do you feel it?”  There are a few clients that will tell me if they aren’t feeling the exercise.  My rule is, if you aren’t feeling it in the first few seconds or repetitions then something isn’t working properly.  There are those clients that will feel it and stop because they don’t want to feel anything at all.  These clients are the toughest.  They don’t want to experience feeling.  They connect feeling something with something wrong therefore they stop.  I see this as, “Feeling something doesn’t give you permission to stop, it gives you the chance to grow!”

I understand it is scary especially if you have been injured in the past.  I know you don’t want to feel “pain” or anything like that.  I am not guaranteeing that you won’t get hurt.  I am promising that if you can put aside your fears, detach feeling pain with fleeing or stopping and attach it to learning and living – then you will come out a stronger person.

The next time you are working out and you get to the point where your really feeling it in your muscles, remember this: you either stop and stay the same or you work through it and grow stronger.

Do you feel it?

Do You Feel It?

Do You Feel It?

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Does It Get Easier?

Clients ask me all the time, “Aren’t the workouts suppose to get easier?”  Their thought process is that they are getting stronger both muscular and cardiovascular so why is it that the workouts feel more challenging?  I get that.  What they don’t understand, is my thought process.

I have gotten to know their body better.  I know where they can push harder because I see their strengths.  I know how to work around an injury so that they don’t have to be afraid to get hurt.  I know how to fuel them so that they can endure a sixty minute workout.

So my answer to “Why doesn’t it get easier?” is, “It does get easier.”  You can move with ease, pain free.  You can breath with ease, no dizziness.  You can push weight with ease, no joint aches.  You can endure with ease because you are eating the right foods.  You can sleep with ease versus tossing and turning.  You can live with ease knowing that you are giving back to yourself.  Your life gets easier!

Okay – so your time with me might not feel “easier” because it is my job to modify, alter, tweak and adjust your workouts so that you meet your goals and stay challenge.  BUT – the rest of the time that I am not with you, your days, your workouts, your sleep, your life – they all get easier.

Does it get easier?

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Whats Your Path?

Whats Your Path?

Whats Your Path?

More than two decades ago I moved to San Diego.  The first gym I belonged to was Golds Gym in Pacific Beach.  I had heard from a friend who owned a Max Muscle in Irvine that Golds was the gym to join.  That gym ended up being my home away from home and ultimately changed the direction of my life.

Back in the day the gym was filled with bodybuilders and fitness competitors.  It was inspiring to train amongst the elite, the strong, the beautiful and the powerful.  There was a supplement store in the same building where a lot of people hung out after their workout talking to Eric, the guru of supplements.  A lot of times I didn’t even get pass the front desk.  I would end up talking to the owners, Rick and Brad.  I would bring food to the gym and sit in the lounge area while watching the latest bodybuilding show on VHS.

So today when I pulled into the parking lot, walked up the stairs and saw that everything was exactly the same – it was nostalgic.  I belonged to this gym during a time in my life that I had forgotten.  I had forgotten how young and naive I was.  Looking back and remembering the person I was 20 something years ago is challenging.  I was very judgmental.  I was critical of others.  I was easily jealous and quickly angered.  My world consisted of superficial people and toxic friends.  I lived in a different world than I do now because I was a different person.  Walking into this gym reminded me of how much I have grown and changed.  It made me thankful for the path that has lead me to today.

We all have roads that we took, some good and some bad.  We all have journeys that we are on with many unknown destinations.  I embrace reminiscing about my past and how I got to where I am today.  Finally, I don’t look back with regrets anymore.  I can’t change what I did or why I did it.  My path was definitely not traditional or conventional but it has made me the person I am.  I am now very compassionate and extremely empathetic because of the ground I have traveled.

What’s your path?

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