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  1. Tides of Change

    Early summer 2015, my staff and I attended a business Summit in Phoenix, AR in preparation for our Functional Aging Specialist exams. I really connected with the doctors there, especially Dr. Dan Ritchie. Something about him just spoke to my heart and I decided to lay down a considerable chunk of money and hire him to be my business coach for a year.

    Uncomfortable with change

    At first, working with Dr. Ritchie, felt like a lot of busy work with emphasis on just making money. Numbers, numbers, numbers! I’m used to counting reps back and forth from 15 and hiring others to help me with the rest. I was definitely being pushed out of my comfort zone and had a meltdown. I had to reach out for help to unscramble all my mixed emotions.

    Learning to ask for help has been difficult for me. Oh sure, I have help with my house, mowing the lawn, etc… The kind of help I’m talking about can’t really be bought with money. It’s the kind of help that comes from being in the trenches oneself. So, I’ve had to learn to ask for help when it comes to my mental and spiritual health. I pay it forward when others come to me for help and my life is better because of this.

    For the past couple of weeks, you’ve been receiving a great fitness newsletter from me on Tuesdays. Up to two other times during the week, I’ve been writing a more personal newsletter, sharing a bit about myself, my struggles and what makes me tick.

    Too many newsletters

    I received a tip one day from a trusted colleague who suggested, “Too many emails turn people off and they will unsubscribe.” This really wasn’t news to me because I had the same concern when I committed to writing two personal newsletters per week for 5 weeks last year.

    Self-doubt began to creep in. I started obsessing and worrying. Fortunately, I met with Dr. Richie one Tuesday and he reminded me that what I do by vocation is very personal. People want to know the person they may consider trusting their body, health and fitness to. If I’m honest about who I am, it will come across in what I write. What I have to sell as a Fitness professional is a very personal service, different from some other small businesses.

    Learning about honesty

    When I made the decision to re-invest my time and money in my personal training studio, I began to review all my previous efforts and among many, these stood out:

    • I have almost 400 blogs on my website that are mostly just a bunch of words, saying what I thought you wanted to hear. I even hired others to help me write these blogs. Only about 10 or so were straight from my heart with regard to who I am and how I think and care about you.
    • I also have almost 400 videos on my YouTube channel. Many are “How to” videos, testimonials from clients and again, others of me very uncomfortably trying to say what I thought you wanted to hear or me just being silly.

    I had to correct some things in order to learn to speak to you from my heart. I know some of you will not resonate with what I share and may unsubscribe. Others will and have encouraged me, beyond measure, to keep telling my stories because they are relating to the “me” that works at her job with the passion of having been in the trenches.

    Being honest; of course I want you to try my studio or come back if you left. Of course I want you to call me today, NOT unsubscribe and tell everyone you know about how I want to help them with their fitness! Here’s my personal cell 361-549-4604, should you decide to ask for my help.

  2. New Year…New You!

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, New Year resolutions are a good thing. If you struggle to believe that, it’s probably because of a history of failed resolutions. This year, however, you owe it to yourself to become the new person you want to be. Not in order to impress other people. You’re going to do it to remind yourself that yes, you can do whatever you put your mind to—you can become a healthier person.

    Ready to get started on the road to a new you? Keep reading to find out what you’ve got to do this year to make the new you happen!

    Talk about It

    After a few years of failed resolutions, you may want to keep your plans a secret. But don’t! If your family and friends don’t know what your goals are, you won’t have their support in your journey. They may scoff or snicker when they find out you have big plans for the coming year, but don’t let them get you down. Most likely, they’re jealous. So whether you want to be more committed to your gym routine, eat better, or be more patient with your kids, don’t keep your resolution for a new you to yourself!

    Start with Pre-Tests

    Next Monday may be when you’ve decided to really begin committing to your new self, but don’t wait that long. Start today with some pre-tests. Once a day, find a way to implement your new lifestyle into your routine. That may mean skipping dessert one night. Or maybe it’s letting your spouse have the remote control. Then again, it could be chewing on a carrot instead of going for a cigarette break when stressed. Whatever it is, scoring these small victories lets you know that you can indeed become the new person in the New Year that you desire.

    Expect Success

    There’s a reason New Year’s resolutions are the punch line for countless jokes. There are people; however, who beat the odds and stick with their resolutions. This time around, you’re going to be one of them. Not because you’re better than other people who can’t keep from overeating. And not because you’re smarter than people who don’t read a book every month (like you’re planning to do this year). The reason you’re going to succeed is because you want it, and nothing is going to stop you. When you expect success and realize it is possible—which it is—you’re prepared to do what it takes to find that success. Now go for it!

    Go for the Right Goals

    Before you set a resolution for a new you in the New Year, take stock of your life to determine what would give you the best bang for your resolution buck. Already spending more time than you’d like away from the family? Maybe you should resolve to work your way into a position at work that requires less travel. Thinking you need to lose more weight when all your friends think you’re exceptionally thin? Maybe you should work on adding muscle to your frame instead. Only when you have the right goals can your new you be the best you.

    Have Some Fun

    Sometimes, creating a new you can be tiring. After all, you’ve spent a lifetime creating the old you, and your old self will not leave without a fight. When your lifestyle changes feel like too much and you’re drooling for ice cream, craving a smoke, or itching to ignore your family and stare at your phone, turn your focus to something fun. Grab a funny movie, go on a hike, hang out with friends—just do something you enjoy! When you’re done, your head will be cleared and you’ll, again be ready to shed the old you in favor of the new you in the New Year!

    I have just the exercise plan for you – one that will not only help you recover from your holiday indulgences, but will help keep you motivated and going strong in the future.

    If you haven’t joined yet, now is the perfect time to start. Together we will get you focused on your goals with my results-driven method.

    Simply call 361-549-4604 or email today to set up your first workout.

  3. Fear of Change in the New Year

    by Lisa Wright, CFT, LCI

    …and take this quiz from Fitness Magazine

    To change your body would mean to experience a sense of physical or emotional difference in appearance or feeling. For many reasons, you may have come to believe that you NEED to make a change and you just don’t. Fear may be a paralyzing and emotional stumbling block that may now, or has in the past, delayed your progress.

    CHANGE: The common expression “I need to change” would be to say that you feel the need to appear and/or feel differently than you do now.
    FEAR: When you approach your fitness with trepidation, it may take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride through a house of horrors, walled by distorted mirrors. How you should look or feel may be so distorted that you are being held prisoner by this confusion.

    CHANGE: In reality there is nothing to change. I love reminding my clients that they already are everything they desire to be, even if there is a little extra.
    FEAR: It is fear that holds your attention to the belief that, because of your life circumstances, your fitness is just the way it is was or ever will be, eliminating you from any responsibility in the matter. You may even be blaming genetics on your current condition.

    Perhaps you are afraid of hurting or being hurt, physically or emotionally; afraid of losing something that you conceal; fear of inadequacy; fear of lacking potential and ability. The biggest fear I hear, when it comes to fitness, is fear of failure.

    CHANGE: Whether you or aware of it or not, you ARE changing, every day. Growing a little older, a little grayer, and a little grumpier and the attitudes are not getting any better. An interest in getting fit just doesn’t really interest you and feels like too much trouble; and still, you ARE changing perhaps for the worse.
    FEAR: You walk into a wall of fear the moment you want anything more than status quo, because you are tired! As you move toward a new resolve, there are moments of fearful caution; moments of “Can I do this?” “I can’t do this.” “How will it affect or change me?” And so goes the monkey mind up and down the greased pole.

    CHANGE: Change may be difficult to handle and cause emotional turmoil when relating to others. As you attempt to adjust to a new fitness or eating regime, family and friends may become distant. Your friends and family may not immediately understand your change at first. Try sharing with them that you are making short term decisions toward long term health.
    FEAR: You may have the fear of giving up what you have spent a lifetime protecting – the need to be needed by your family, friends, position and wealth. This protecting an illusion has eaten up any time you have for your own self-care.  Taking responsibility for your own health is priceless!

    Remember, I said earlier, “In reality there is nothing to change?” When you are no longer afraid or attached to illusion, then everything is for your use. Position, cars, homes, money, gyms, and personal trainers may be used as necessary for your care.

    CHANGE: Positive change may come very slowly. The old “you” with whom you were comfortable may be resistant to the new decisions you are making. The mind resists and fears what it does not understand.  There may be a longing to slip back into your old ways. For a time, this change may cause an inner/outer struggle and you will forget why you are doing what is necessary and be tempted to succumb to the whims of conditioning.
    FEAR: When we are comfortable and consider change we fear that we are being asked to “give up” this or that. In reality, what is being asked is that we give up our attachments to unhealthy things, not the “use” of them. When we are unattached to certain foods, alcohol and a sedentary lifestyle then we can:

    • choose fatty, salty, sugary food once a week (as an “eat off” day) to stimulate our metabolism
    • choose alcohol once in a while to socialize with our friends
    • lie around on vacation or once a week to rest our bodies

    When you move out of your fear box, you move into perfect love. Love for yourself and the freedom to make healthier choices one moment, one day, and one week at a time for the rest of your lifetime. The lifetime that you have right now!

    Resolve to be fearless about change in 2012!

    …ok, that a little heavy. Have some fun with this quiz!

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