I think it was over two weeks ago that I attended World IDEA 2015 in Los Angeles. While I was there I made a goal for myself to be a presenter at the next conference. I discussed my topics to other fitness experts. I asked attendees if they would be interested. I sat in lectures that were similar to what I wanted to present. I have done my homework and now I have to submit my ideas. It is so scary to put yourself out there. This is my heart and soul. This is my love.
I got the pleasure of having dinner with a wonderful business friend. I got asked, “In regards to your work – What do you love?” I said, “I love making an impact on my clients health and wellness”. Then I got told, “That is too vague – what do you do that is impacting your clients?” I had to really think about that. I said, “I get inside my clients world so that they know they are not alone on the struggles of health and wellness.” I felt pretty darn good about that answer and was proud for being able to come up with something on the spot. But that wasn’t enough. Then I got asked, “What tools do you use to show your love?” This was an easy answer, ” I write.” It didn’t end there. He asked, “Does your audience feel your love through your writings?” I said, “I hope so but only they can answer.”
So here I am asking, Can you feel my love when you read my writings? I ask you this because I am applying to lecture at the World IDEA 2016. I have to make sure that I stand out. That my love for what I do comes across in my application, in my writings. I have to make sure that when you read my thoughts and hear me speak my mind, that you feel my love.
Can you feel my love?
I was at PF Changs this weekend talking about making a name for myself in the world of fitness when the bill and fortune cookies came. I reached for my fortune cookie, ate a piece of it and read words that have been speaking to me for the past year. I got goose bumps. I was speechless. I held back tears because I was amongst others who wouldn’t understand my struggle. Not to mention that it was a little odd to be moved by a fortune cookie. These words meant more to me than being LisaFIT. They meant more than working on my brand, marketing myself or promoting my studio.
For the past six months I have working on getting my maiden name back after being married for 15 years. I have made several trips to the Family Court House to request certified copies of my divorce decree and let me tell you – those people work on another time system than I do. I have slept in the waiting area of DMV to change my drivers license. I have been to Social Security Office twice to have them re-type my name on my card. I have been on the phone to airlines and hotels to make sure I retain all my points. The last of my loose ends was having my passport photo retaken to submit a name change. I had to be ambitious in nature to get what most people take for granted – their name. We all have to be ambitious in nature to make a name for ourselves – or to just get what we want. And for me, I wanted the name I was given at birth. I wanted to be Lisa Yee.
So the good fortune of me opening up this cookie and reading how I will make a name for myself – it will go down in my book as a pivotal moment in my life. Now that I am finished getting my maiden name back, I am working full force to get you to know LisaFIT. I have an internal fire that fuels me to make sure that LisaFIT is what you think of when you want change. I have a constant drive in me that doesn’t sleep because I want you to think of LisaFIT when you want more. I have a permanent smile on my face thinking of how LisaFIT can squeeze into your life. I am on a compelling campaign to get you to be happy with your body and healthy in your mindset. If you aren’t happy and healthy then you should come to LisaFIT. I want you to know that you have NO EXCUSES because I am here, Lisa Yee – owner and creator of LisaFIT.
2 Large Portabello Mushrooms with stems taken out
1cup of cooked quinoa
1 cup of chopped green beans
1 cup of chopped carrots
2 tbsp of minced garlic
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of crushed red peppers
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
1/2 of a large avocado
Saute green beens, carrots, minced garlic in olive oil. Cook until soft, then add crushed red peppers, pinch of salt and pepper. Add vegetable mixtures to cooked quinoa, mix well then add mashed avocado and parmesan cheese. Place mixture into mushrooms, bake 400 degrees for 30 minutes. This is so yummy. If you are vegan then take out cheese, you really don’t need it. If you are meat eater, add a spicy sausage and take out crushed peppers. Remember the mixture that makes this a healthy stuffing is: quinoa instead of bread crumbs and avocado to bind it all together instead of loads of cheese.
Check out my video to see what my new “love” is. I love these bars so much that I carried them from the convention hall to my hotel in the RAIN. I love them so much that I spent the entire night at my studio thinking of exercises and stretches using them. Like all new loves, this may be the honeymoon phase but I am guessing after I watch the SIX DVDs, two of them focusing on golfers – these bars will be added to all my clients workouts. Any golfers out there that want to give it a try? Come on by!
I am guessing most of you said “Yes” to that question. I am working on this myself. I know we are deeper than skin deep. I know we don’t judge in a loving world. I know we are our own worse enemies. I get that but when I am getting ready to put on a bathing suit – those phrases all go out the window! It has been over 15 years since I have worn a two piece bathing suit in public. I recently broke my streak of wearing a one piece this 4th of July. I figured it was a great time to do it. Huntington Beach, 50,000 people so if you are going to “not care” – why not in an environment that is packed with wall to wall people. It felt liberating to walk around in a bikini again. I could see other mothers looking at me with appreciation for what I was exposing. It was empowering to not let something hold me back. I was exposing something that I had been embarrassed of for 15 years – my mom stomach.
I am 5ft tall, my babies were 9lbs and my stomach did not agree with any of that. I had consulted with plastic surgeons and they all agreed that my stretch marks and loose skin were all in the wrong areas for a positive surgical outcome. Not to mention I would be out of commission doing “LisaFIT” workouts for about six months and I would risk health complications because it was a major surgery. It was depressing to me. You are talking to someone that lived in a bikini. I loved bathing suit shopping and I had probably more suits than shoes.
So I chose to do something very unconventional – I embellished my stomach. I camouflaged it with ink. I was surprised to find out that there are very few women who have chosen this path. If you google, “Tattoo to cover stomach stretch marks from pregnancy” – you don’t find much. There you have it – that cats out of the bag. I have a HUGE tattoo across my belly that flows from my left thigh, across my stomach and up my right rib cage. No secret – I did it about three years ago and it has taken me this long to share it with you.
I am still self conscious of my stomach but I am getting better about allowing the world to see my scars. I am getting better about letting people see who I really am. I am working on being conscious of my self but not so self conscious that it inhibits me from being ME!
Yesterday I ate four pieces of sprouted bread, two tablespoons of almond butter, three vegan tenders, one tablespoon of hummus, half cup cooked kaniwa, a handful of berries and my homemade kale beet drink. Mind you I did start my day at 4AM. After 12P I significantly slowed my eating down because my activity slowed down and I knew I would be in bed by 8PM. I had an one apple, ten ounce protein shake, half cup of cooked carrots with kale, one cup of quinoa and another homemade kale beet drink. You can do the math to find out how many calories, fat, protein, etc., etc., but the reality is – you need to fuel yourself up for the day.
If you are going on a long road trip, you make sure to have a full tank of gas. Each day that we live is like a long road trip. You don’t always know where all the fuel stations are (when you will have the opportunity to eat). You don’t always know what the traffic will be like (the things that pop up that make your day busy). You just don’t know.
Most people start their day on empty and end their day with a big meal that they feel full. Try this: eat most of your calories the first eight hours of your day and slowly taper off eating as your day ends. Crazy idea to start your day FULL and end your day EMPTY.
I do not but I will do just about anything for a good cause. I am a sucker for any charity and if it involves providing for children – well sign me up! Yesterday I played nine holes of golf, nine more than I have ever played. I am always humbled by my lack of eye hand coordination. I am always amused by the thoughts that go through my mind like “I look like an idiot”, “I am terrible at this” and my favorite “I suck!” Sort of the same words that a lot of my clients say to me when I teach them a new exercise. So not only did I do something that allowed me to live outside my comfort zone BUT I had to live my own words. “You look like someone trying something new.” “You are new at this, not terrible at this.” “You are trying NOT sucking”. In other words, “You are the only one judging yourself – no one else is.”
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?”
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.