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!
whats for lunch
People ask me all the time, “What do you eat?” And I tell them all the time that I eat what I tell them to eat. I rarely go against my “rules” for eating to be “Clean & Lean”. I like to keep a constant “diet” because the body thrives on a sense of normalcy and consistency. The body works at it’s optimum when it can continuously rely on a nutritious diet made up of clean foods with little to no processing or chemicals – BOTTOM LINE, LONG STORY SHORT, HONESTLY SPEAKING, etc etc.
With that being said, there is no end in your “diet” unless you are dead. You cannot think or say, “I just eat this way until I reach my goal and then I can eat whatever I want.” That is called “yo-yo” dieting. It is the path to going up and down with your weight. It’s an equation to shutting down your metabolism.
Diet is a constant. It is one of the few things that you can control. You control what you buy at the grocery store. You control what you order at a restaurant. You are the only one holding the fork to your mouth. Life is full of unpredictable experiences that you cannot control. If you want your body to react to those experiences at it’s best then you better be giving your body something to rely on.
Whats for lunch?
What do you do with the broken small pieces of your very expensive organic, flax, chia, quinoa baked chips (or any other chips)? You make Chip Dish
Bottom of bag chips, approx. 1 1/2 cup of chips
1/2 cup of mashed black beans
1/4 cup of salsa
1/4 cup of cheese, any kind will do even vegan
1/2 of avocado
Mix beans and salsa together and heat until warm
Place 1/3 of chips on bottom, layer beans/salsa mixture , 1/4 of sliced avocado, 1/8 cheese.
Repeat layer and end with chips on top
Heat entire dish in oven for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.
Garnish with salsa and avocado
healthy benefits of coconut oil
Coconut Oil has many uses and health benefits. I use coconut oil to cook, to detox, in my coffee and on my skin.
There are so many uses for coconut oil it can be overwhelming but here is a link to just 10 amazing and some of my favorite uses. Click here
One of my favorite things to do is cook a big batch of vegetables, keep them in a container in the fridge so I can add them to any grains or proteins throughout the week. Give it a try.
1 sliced sweet onion
1 sliced red / yellow / orange pepper (1 each)
1 package of pre-washed and trimmed kale or spinach
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of dry red chili pepper flakes
Heat oil in pan with red chili pepper flakes. Cook onion and garlic for a minute. Add peppers and cook until soft. Empty package of greens into pan and cook until your desired texture. Let vegetable mix cool, place in air
tight container and store in fridge.
This mixture adds flavor, vitamins and minerals to any protein and or grain dish. A few minutes of cooking will give you so many nutritional benefits.
Add Veggies to Your Meals Easily
I can’t recall when I posted, “I miss teaching yoga”. I got a lot of responses. I thought about hosting classes at my studio. I thought about teaching at someone else’s studio. I thought about teaching for charity. I thought about a lot of things. Why do I miss it so much? What do I want to gain from my teachings? What can I offer?
Back in October I made a decision to volunteer my yoga teachings. I answered those questions. I miss teaching yoga because it truly embraces the mind, body and spirit. I wanted to get back the awesome feeling of being among people aiming to be better, internally and externally. I realized that I could offer my time, one hour a week, once a week to a woman’s shelter.
So it’s been four months of following up, emailing, calling and begging to work for free. It got to be comical. I had no idea how much effort it would take. Finally this week I heard from Becky’s House – I was ecstatic!
Just when you think you are in a slump. Just when you think you have no available time. Just when you think you are tapped out, burnt out, waving the “white” flag – you CAN DO MORE!
What are you going to do?
What Are You Going To Do?
Lately I haven’t been motivated to go to the gym. I pack my gym bag in hopes to get to the gym but I keep finding other things to do. When I finally get to the gym I walk aimlessly like I don’t know what to do. I leave the gym with a light sweat solely because I sat in the sauna and stretched. I can’t remember the last time I felt this way. It was starting to get me depressed. I was beginning to question my relationship with fitness.
So after a few weeks of “hoping” that I find some motivation – After countless times in the gym of “waiting” for something magical to happen when I walk in – I have decided to stop “hoping” and “waiting”. I am no longer packing my gym bag. I am no longer going to the gym. I am changing things up.
Sunday I climbed the cliffs of Del Mar with my daughter. We did cartwheels and handstands along the beach. Monday I ran three miles and took a yoga class. Tuesday I ran two miles in the morning, three miles in the afternoon and six miles in the evening. The last few days I have felt my best.
Hoping and Waiting is such an awful place to be in, its what we call “stuck in a rut”. Are you hoping you get the next job promotion? Are you waiting to make more money? Are you hoping and waiting your relationships: with
fitness, with your family, with your partner – hoping and waiting they get better? It is so easy to get stuck in a rut and hope / wait that something will get you out of the rut but that is giving up your power. Relationships aren’t about hoping and waiting. It is about making them happen. I have no idea when I will get back into the gym and thats just fine. I am pretty darn happy with my fitness relationship now that I am getting to spend more time
on my yoga mat and more miles in my running shoes.
Are you motivated?
I was standing in the custom design shirt store trying to figure out what I wanted on my LisaFIT shirts. The owner was helping me. I had a list of sayings such as, “You want this body?” which we both agreed would get the wrong attention. Then there was, “How to get fit?” which sounded so boring. None of them seem to fit me and my business model. So I gave up trying to come up with a “catchy” phrase. The owner and I sat down in his office to write up the invoice. As he was putting together my total cost, he asked me, “Why in the world would you start a business?” He knew of my situation.
I was a mother of three young children, ages 3, 5 and 7. My husband at the time traveled about 70% of the time. We had no family to help. I remember trying to get a job and writing down my available hours of MWF, 930AM-1130AM because my youngest was in preschool from 9AM – 12PM. I had every excuse in the book to not start a business. I was busy. I was tired. I had no time. I had no help.
I calmly looked at the owner and said, “No excuses!”
What’s your excuse?
What’s Your Excuse?
I am all about health and fitness. I live, eat, breathe it but that doesn’t mean that I HAVE to go to the gym no matter what. It doesn’t mean I have to spend hours working out. It means I choose healthy and fit options when
given the chance. I take it easy when I am tired instead of drinking a double espresso. I walk to the store instead of drive. I drink water instead of juice or soda. I sleep instead of watching television at night. I don’t keep alcohol in my home or desserts.
You don’t have to workout everyday to be healthy and fit. In fact, lets say you get to the gym five times a week for an hour but you are drinking coffee to get yourself there. You are sitting in your car all day. You are drinking soda with your meals. You are staying up watching TV. You are drinking alcohol every day after work. You have dessert every night after dinner. Lets just say that is you. You are not healthy and fit just because you go to the gym.
I see most clients two to three times a week for an hour but is it enough to be healthy and fit? Hell NO! That is 2-3 hours of their week. What are they doing the other 165 hours? Just because you workout with me doesn’t make you healthy and fit. You need to constantly keep choosing healthy and fit options. It isn’t something that you can buy a membership to. It isn’t someone you can hire to do it for you. It isn’t even an app that can keep
track for you. It isn’t found in a pill. It isn’t seen as lean or muscular. Its you making healthy and fit choices: spiritually, soulfully and seriously.
Are you healthy and fit?
Are You Healthy and Fit?
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?