Take It For Granted?
I don’t know if you can see the heavy fog in the photo. It was an eerie morning run. I literally couldn’t see further than 50ft. Every step opened my view to new sights. It was interesting to have the same path be hidden to me. I noticed so much more on this run. I found myself searching. I found myself wanting to see more. It was the same path but a different experience. All because it was hidden from me.
Isn’t that the mentality? We want what we can’t have or in my case, what I can’t see. I have run the same streets countless times but I have never felt more intrigued or interested. Finally when nature took away from me what I took for granted, I was anxious to view it’s beauty that normally passed right by me morning after morning.
What do you take for granted?
The other day I trained legs with my good friend who is a professional figure competitor. Our intention was to go light with high repetitions. It started off fun and easy but what happens when you get two personal trainers who workout hard and are competitive at doing their best? They go INSANE! We took over the gym. We were challenging each other. We were competing who could do more reps. She was yelling at me how many she did and I would yell back, “I am gonna do one more than that!” We were messing with each other offering sarcastic sympathetic comments and cracking each other up. It was one of the best times I have had in the gym.
Today, I am sore. Every time I sit down I think about those 75 leg presses I did. Every time I bend over I am reminded of the several sets of hamstring curls. Every time I laugh I cringe because we added in overhead abdominal pulleys in between our sets.
Sometimes a little competition with a friend is good. She said to me at the end of our workout, “A good friend is someone you can train with and drink with.”
Do you compete?
In my line of work I see people either at their worse or their best. I see them early in the morning and they are grumpy towards me. I see them after a long day at work and they are testy with me. I see them after they get into a fight with their partner, boss or children and they yell at me. I see them when things go wrong with their life and they take it out on me. I know they don’t mean to but it happens. My studio seems to be a safe place to “unload”. For instance, a client walks in and starts riding a bike to warm up and I ask them, “How are you doing?” They may be casual about how things are in their life but as soon as the workout gets harder it always comes out one way or another. As soon as the body perceives stress no matter if it is physical stress, the body has to get rid of any other stress, mental or emotional. The client “unloads”.
We all need to “unload”, empty our stress pots, decompress, de-stress. It is always the ones closest to us that get the ugliest version of this. So although I don’t enjoy the grumpiness, shortness or yelling, I realize that I am close to them. I am the one they trust. They can rely on me to be peppy in the morning when they are grumpy. They can rely on me to be patient when they are testy. They can rely on me to stay calm when they yell. In my line of work these are priceless skills. A person walking into my studio is coming because they feel in some way they are at their worse and they are trusting me to help them become their best.
I am lucky to be so close to so many to see their worse and their best.
Worse or Best?
Sometimes I get a little ache in my left knee. Occasionally I get a a sharp pain in my right shoulder. Most of the time I am dealing with right lower back, upper hip pain. Recently I have had neck tightness. I am also recovering from a back of ankle issue that to this day still keeps me in flip flops at work.
Do You Go Through The Pain?
Have I stopped working out? No. Have I made any of these pains worse? No. Do I blame others? No. I just work around it and and work with it and work through it. I am responsible for my own pain and pleasure. I can choose to let pain prevent me from enjoying my life or allow it to educate me on living.
Pain is inevitable. We are going to feel some level of discomfort. It shouldn’t stop you from getting what you want. At times we just have to go through the pain. Once the damage is done, we have to know how to manage the pain. It’s a part of all healing processes, to go through the pain. Stop ignoring it. Don’t think you can avoid it. It’s no one else’s fault. It won’t go away until you deal with it.
Do you go through the pain?
What Do You Give Up?
Today I laid in bed thinking, “Should I get up and go to the gym?” I didn’t want to give up my sleep. I didn’t want to give up my warm bed. I didn’t want to give up my comfortable pajamas. I didn’t want to GIVE UP, so I got up and went to the gym. I didn’t want to give up on myself. I shifted my mindset. I love having the discipline to get up super early in the morning. I love the way I feel starting my day sweating. I love experiencing my body naturally energized.
My giving up starts the night before by going to bed early. I give up watching television. I give up surfing on the internet. I give up shopping online. I give up a lot to gain all the things I truly love. It makes what I do worth so much more.
What do you give up?
My running clothes have been laying at the corner of my bed for a week now. I refuse to put them away. They are a reminder that I will get back to my morning runs again.
Is It A Healthy Break?
I had to take a break because of a nasty cold and my children are home on spring break. My health is important so getting the extra sleep has made my body feel strong and rested. Since my children are home and the days have been beautiful we have been fortunate to take long walks.
Although the break was unwanted it makes me realize that being healthy has many avenues. Why limit it to a morning run?
When was your last healthy break?
Although my children do not drink my green smoothies nor do they eat anything close to a vegan diet – they are aware. They know what kale chips are. They like “The Green Machine”. They eat meatless meat tenders. They are NOT “green” to healthy alternatives.
Every time I make my meals I offer for them to taste. Most of the time they say, “Ewwwe – what is it?” and sometimes they say, “Okay I will try it.” Either way, they are aware of plant based diets. They understand that people eat differently for many reasons.
As of right now I have a carnivore, carb-ivore and an omnivore for children but neither of them are “green” to what I am.
Are you green?
Are You Green?
I always ask clients, “How do you feel?” Today the client replies, “I am so sore”, which easily sounds like, “I want more”. It was an innocent mistake but humorous. A lot of times clients say, “I can’t do anymore.” What I hear is, “I can do more”. Sometimes a client says, “I am dying,” and I say to them, “You are living.” Occasionally a clients says, “My muscles are hurting,” and I tell them, “Your muscles are changing.”
What I hear isn’t always what you say. I am not only listening to your words. I hear your tone, your body language or facial expression. I hear it all and take it all into consideration when I ask the question, “How do you feel?”
What do I hear?
I started my fitness career 25 years ago. Back then there were no personal trainers or different exercise classes. There was just “Jazzercise” and you had a choice of Low Impact, High Impact or Combo. The room was dark with neon signs along the wall that read, “Sweat” and “Move”. I had a microphone attached to a long cord and a little carpeted stage. And yes I wore leg warmers with a matching headband.
I was recently at a very upscale athletic club and saw these cards which made me think of my Jazzercise days. When I wasn’t teaching a class I would walk around the gym asking members if they had a fitness card made for them. These cards listed exercises and I would check off the ones they should do and write down the weight they should lift. The card would then be kept in an open file, alphabetically like you see in the picture. The member would find it when they came into the gym and walk around with their card doing the exercises that were given to them.
Have You Evolved?
I thought the fitness world had evolved but seeing these cards at such a prestigious gym makes me realize that a lot of things comes back around full circle.
Have you evolved?
I enjoy my Sunday coupon clipping. Usually I can find house cleaners, detergents, paper products, etc. that can save me money. Sometimes there are kid products like cereals or snacks that I can definitely use. Occasionally I will find an item or two like almond milk or coffee that makes me happy since I was going to buy it anyway.
Are You Into Drugs?
This time look what I found. It was basically all medicine. I couldn’t believe it. Allergy issues, sleep problems, digestive pain and all types of cold medicine. What does this say about our society? We no longer need to save money on food. We NEED to save money on drugs. Why? We spend too much money on drugs. We buy too much drugs. We rely heavily on drugs. And this is just the over the counter stuff. I am not anti-drug. I am anti-drug dependent.
Funny thing about this coupon experience is that I was cutting them out, “just in case”. Then I noticed it was a pile of chemicals. I don’t want to be a pile of chemicals – so I threw them all away. I will do what I always do. If I can’t sleep I will read my mediation books, try a lavender bath and write out my thoughts. If my stomach hurts I will take peppermint spirits, put a heating pack on my belly and not eat the things that bother my stomach. If I get sick I will take a eucalyptus shower, double my dosage of olive leaf oil and wrap myself up in bed. Luckily I don’t fight allergies but I have heard the best results come from daily Neti pot usage. Again I am not anti-drug. I prefer to exhaust all my natural means before hitting up the drugs.
Are you into drugs?