Take that word “Can’t” out of your vocabulary! Please, do yourself a favour. Can I just take a moment and remind you that you have such a limited time here on earth, why would you waste it with a bunch of “I can’t’s?”. I’ll give you an example. “I can’t devote 3 days a week to working out”, replace that with “I am going to give myself 1hour a week to workout!” Just replace that phrase, go to the gym just once per week, just once. Yes you do have time. Stop thinking that in order for you to get ‘back on track’ or ‘back in shape’ you need to have all the time in the world to devote to working out and meal planning. Do you seriously think that those that you idolize have more time than you to get into shape? No they don’t, let’s be honest.
This rant is due to the overwhelming amount of comments I hear from people I run into that say “Oh I want to hire you so bad, but I just don’t have time”. I have clients that are moms of 2, work full-time jobs and don't have a nanny that still make it a priority to invest at least 1 hour/week to come to train with me.
You know what they say to me “this is my ‘me’ time, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, including my favourite TV show”. I am not sharing this rant because I am greedy and want more clients, I don’t care if you come train with me, I just want you to make 1hour a week a priority that you will devote to yourself; your body and your mind. Are there any studies out there that say working out, sweating, getting stronger is bad for you? Hmmmm I think not. Don’t take the easy way out people, it’s not worth it in the end.
Need a little more motivation? This past week I received so many Christmas cards filled with words of love, words that touched me and made me tear up.
“Thank you for giving me back”
“Thank you for helping me get stronger”
“I am a new woman now, thank you”
“Even when I felt I couldn’t do it, you pushed me, and now I am stronger”
I had to share these quotes as they are real, they are from confident women who are proud of themselves and changed their “I can’t” to “I can”.
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Well you are all in luck, you know why? Because you are AWESOME and so is Vancouver. You have so many super cool things at your finger tips! Studies show that trying something new increases your confidence, appreciation for yourself and helps you break out of a rut! Who doesn't want all of the above eh!!!
I have realized that I have a serious addiction to trying new things. Some of my peers have labelled this as an 'addiction to change' and have found this odd, silly and simply just a bad way to live. Although I respect my peers & value their opinion, I know there is a reason why I crave change and it has caused me to investigate myself just a little deeper as to why people, like myself, crave and love trying new things.
Trying new things strengthens your courage, opens up the possibility for you to enjoy new activities that you may have not known you would have liked! I remember this one female client of mine hated running, never wanted to even try it, and ensured I knew this when I first started working with her. After 6 months, her loyalty and trust in me as a trainer, opened her up to new things. Dah-dah-dah, to the treadmill we go! Today she runs an average of 7km's 2-3 times per week. She never would have known that she truly loved running unless she would have tried it! It's like you would have never known you liked waffles and ice cream unless you tried it. Am I right, or am I right?
Trying new things prevent you from becoming bored, getting in a rut. Although I do think ruts and momentary boredom can be healthy, it is not healthy to stay in this stage for too long. You need to have downs and stand stills to give allow yourself to reflect and create new goals, which brings me to what I feel the ultimate reason why I, and many others love trying new things...
Personal growth. We were raised to learn and to move forward in life, well we were forced to by our school system. Yes of course it was annoying, of course we hated it at times (no one likes being told what to do), but it forced us to evolve. Once we get out of school or we get comfortable in that 'career' we seem to think that we have completed our mission. “No more growing for me, I stopped at 15 years old, that was my last growth spurt.” No way-hosay! Get out there, go to a different coffee shop, order a different meal, go for a walk on a different trail, try a different part of the gym or a different bike in your spin classes. Start small, or hell start super big, but just start.
The point of this rant is that maybe I can convince 1 or 2 of you to try something new, something that scares you or intimidates you. It will do you good and it will sharpen some those crayons in your box ;)
Feeling weak, anxious and unconnected to my body lead me to start exercising. I joined a dance class once a week and after every dance class I had a glow about me, and it wasn't just from the sweat that I built up in class, it was something more. I realized it was the endorphins that were being produced from the physical activity I was doing. Join me and start moving and feel the difference. Read my blog to get motivation, try the exercises I've posted, contact me for personal training, bootcamps, workout cards or just go for a walk. Any activity is good activity.