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?
I am big on reading “the signs”. The body is always telling you what it needs by sending signs. Like when you are tired, its time to go easy. When you are coming down with a cold – you need to get more sleep. When you are injured, time to take a break. When you are hungry, you should eat. When you are thirsty, you need to drink. There are constant signs. You can choose to read them or ignore them. If you ignore them sooner or later you will hit this sign, “Dead End”.
Are You At A Dead End?
I came across this sign while running from my home to a rental car company because my car decided to stop working. It was interesting to read a sign, “Dead End”. I sort of felt that way with all the stresses of the week and now dealing with car trouble. Then I saw the road after the sign that opened up to a gorgeous sunny path with the ocean horizon gleaming beyond. It was a dead end for an automobile, which clearly I didn’t have but a beautiful path for pedestrians and cyclists. My mishaps took me to this point, “Dead End” and it was amazing. The run pass the sign was exhilarating. It was a continuous slow grade uphill with a clear view of the ocean. I couldn’t have asked for a better “Dead End” road.
We all get to dead ends in our lives and I am sure I am not alone in reading “the signs” or thinking things happen for a reason. Just like the photo below. We can focus on the actual sign that reads, “Dead End” and fixate on what got us to the dead ends of our paths. (OR) You can see the sign and acknowledge that one path has ended but realize that one path is waiting for you to start. You can understand that the path that brought you to the dead end also brought you to the new beginning.
Are you at a dead end?
I feel so good when people come to me wanting one thing and end up getting more than what they want. Of course my intention is for you to reach your goals. Its a guarantee that I will do what I can to help you find happiness with your self. I am relentless in my attempts to keep you pain free and feeling good about your workouts. What many people don’t realize is that my studio has become a place of connectedness. As one clients ends a session and the next arrives, these two people who are considered to be “strangers” to one another will greet each other and usually share a comment or two. The person leaving will smile and wish the one arriving a good workout. The two clients will commiserate about their love / hate for me and the workouts. A lot of times the same people see each other because of their similar timing and schedules. Bonds start to form and then the two people begin sharing sessions together. If you are spending two to three hours with another person a week, sweating, sharing, moving through pain and changing yourself – how do you NOT become intimate with that person? It just happens.
It is a wonderful feeling to be a part of so many new relationships created at my studio. I feel blessed to have the type of space in my life that allows people to feel comfortable to open up and become closer to one another. It warms my heart to hear clients say, “It’s all because of you, Lisa.” I have been given a gift.
What is yours?
What’s Your Gift?
Once in a while I get a client that I have to say, “We are not a good fit.” I really don’t like doing it and it isn’t an easy conversation to have but it needs to happen. Its like any relationship, we have to be on the same page. I have to end my relationship with a client when they are hiding things from me, purposely sabotaging their goals and are disrespecting our time together.
I don’t believe in “cheating” the body so taking fat burners or steroids is not condoned in my studio. I can tell if you are doing something without you telling me. I know when you aren’t giving me all the facts about your diet without you writing it down in your journal. I can see if you have been doing your exercises when you attend your sessions with me. I know when you are hiding something from me.
When a client tells me what they want, I tell them how to get it. If they keep “complaining” they aren’t getting what they want but aren’t willing to do what is necessary to get it then our time is over. I will not fight with their biggest sabotage-er, themselves. There is no quick visit, fast diet, easy pill to take. It is all them to blame for failure or to recognize for success. Don’t sabotage yourself and blame me.
I won’t tolerate constant tardiness or absence. If you say you are going to be at my studio at a certain time then make sure you are here ready to workout. I have little patience for continuous excuses. We are all busy and stressed and pulled in several directions. I make the time to be here for you. I think about what would be best for you. I only ask that you take the time to be here for me. Respect my time.
Are we a good fit?
Are We A Good Fit?
I have been very fortunate to “run” into a different friend each day on my morning runs. It’s been such a treat to run into a smiling face. It’s been so wonderful to have the opportunity to set out on foot and know that someone is waiting to run with me.
I get up and run about 2 miles solo chilling and cruising to my playlist and new tunes. Then another 3 miles with a partner both of us sweating and talking about life, breathing and sharing space on the road. Finally the last mile alone I get to run as slow or as fast as I want all the way home.
I have never been more happy to get up and run. Running to a friend for a chance to sweat, connect and zone has been such a blessing. Thank you for running into me!
If you are on Carmel Mountain Road heading towards the dead end, Run Into Me!
Who Do You Run Into?
You can schedule appointments with me. You can swear you are working out on your own. You can create the perfect fitness journal. You can promise that you are following the nutritional guidelines. You can do all that and still not get the results you want. Do you know why? You are not being honest.
Honesty allows your mind, body and spirit to exist in the same space. Just because your mind says, “I want ….”, doesn’t mean your body is doing what it needs to get what you want. Nor does it mean that your spirit is committed to withstand temptation and sabotage that can get in the way of what you want. You have to be honest with yourself.
As your trainer, I can only do so much. My relationship with you relies on trust since I am not in your presence all the time. The truth is seen in the results gained or not gained. Honesty is seen when you look at yourself in the mirror. You don’t answer to me, you answer to yourself.
Are you being honest?
Are You Being Honest?
Every morning this week I have started my day with a cup of green juice (kale, apple, strawberry), followed by a swig of Olive Leaf Complex and then I place a sublingual B12 under my tongue. I call this “Cleaning House”.
B-12 is needed to make blood cells, produce energy and to maintain normal short-term memory and mood. It efficiently helps the body improve the functions of its immune system and work against infections caused by different harmful microorganisms.
Olive leaf is known to be a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory therefore warding off external and internal stressors that can cause disease and injury. It can aid in lowering blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease.
Kale is high in fiber and is packed with vitamins and minerals: Vitamin K, C, A plus iron, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids.
Next time you clean your car, your home, your pet or even take a shower, “Are You Really Clean?”
Are You Really Clean?