Here it is.. who cares about me..
This is about YOU..
What can I do for you??
Teach you proper form
Get your heart rate up
Help you burn a lot of calories
Check in with you
Make you accountable
respect you and your time
Help you get stonger
Help you get fit
Teach you new exercises
Make working out fun
Help you set goals and stick to them...
And much more:))
I just wanted to write down how thankful I am this Thanksgiving.. Always thankful for my amazing family, my mom and dad who have always been my biggest fans.. Even when I have disappointed them they always love me.. To my three amazing boys who at times make me crazy:) they are the loves of my life.. My friends and extended family who I miss dearly.. and my new found friends and clients who have become friends. This business is so rewarding.. Who knew I would meet such amazing people with such interesting lives and stories to tell.. I am humbed that you have entrusted me to listen and watch you grow.. I have seen you become so much stronger, when in our first session you could barely do 5 seconds of up downs and now your pushing out a minute! I have seen push ups transformed and bodies become stronger, weight being lost, muscle gain and self esteem finding its way back. You are empowering me seeing your dedication and hard work!! Thank you for working so hard and for being so amazing!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Ok.. its getting cold, its dark later and earlier.. the urge to stay in bed nice and warm is calling.. this is when it counts.. How many mornings have we woken up lately and thought it was so nice to be tucked in warm in bed... not wanting to get out... well... GET UP and GET WORKING:) I was trying to be mean, yet nice:) don't wait unitl the new year to make resolutions that may only last a few weeks.. Make those life changes NOW, when its hard.. when you want to stay in bed or don't feel like going out in the cold.. if you make those life changes when its hard it will get easier and believe it or not, spring is closer than you think. We will be back at the beach wishing.. just wishing we had gotten out of bed in those early November days:)
Losing weight and inches takes time.. not only that, it takes work.. Hard work.. you need to change your diet, commit to working out and making it a part of your daily routine. No one said it was easy, thats for sure.. I was talking to some friends the other day about the reality show on TV regarding weight loss.. Participants losing 14 lbs in a week or even 30 pounds in a week.. although I still don't think thats possible, the reality is that 2 lbs a week is average and progress.. I think we are so used to seeing massive weight loss in these reality shows that when we are working our tails off, counting our calories and doing everything we can and the scale says "2lbs" we get frustrated. Its almost for some of us, enough to make us lose sight of our goal.. But the truth is, 2 lbs is great! and the 2 you lose the next week will add up and several months later, if you continue to work hard, it will have been 15, 20 etc that you lost in a healty way.
The moral of the story is, Yes it is hard, takes time, gets frustrating, but you can do it! Anyone can with positive encouragement, motivation and drive.. I never thought I would lose all that weight I had gained but I did.. with help from my parents encouraging me, friends telling me I needed to "start taking care of myself again" and my trainer ( who will always get credit). You can do it too.. Just keep pressing on.. Make it a positive change in your life that lasts!!
I talk to and train many moms.. great moms that put their kids first! Thats the right way to do it of course, we are busy taking care of our children, driving them here and there, feeding them, doing homework, baths etc.. God gave us the most important job to be there for our children.. But we are also to live by example. Am I always the best example, No! I struggle daily trying to be the best mom to my boys and Im so far from perfect but I try.. One thing I try to teach my boys is to be healthy, play sports eat well, do good in school.. As mothers we tend to leave no room for our own well being. This is a mistake.. I often tell my clients and people I meet that its one hour a day to take for ourselves.. How can we tell our kids the importance of being healthy if we are not living by example? I know its hard, trust me.. I left myself go for years but when it "clicked" I realized I needed to to start practicing what I preached.. I take one hour for my fitness a day and thats only one of the 24 hours that I take for me.. in turn I feel like I can be a better mother.. I feel energized, motivated, my mood lighens and I can do all the other "mom" things I need to. Its so important to take care of YOU so you can better take care of "them". Its not vanity or selfisness, its necessary. Please take care of YOU.. You will be so glad you did!!! (and so will your children)
I have been hearing this saying a lot lately.."life is complicated." And from first hand experience, I know this is true. I have been incredibly busy.. My client list has grown a lot, my kids are back in school which means homework, lunches and Hockey.. Oh yea, Hockey, every night! Its exhausting and to be honest it is hard trying to find time for myself.. When I was a stay at home mom, I could be in the gym as long as I wanted.. Most times it was two hours... now, with work and kids I am struggling to find the time.. But... I am finding it, I am making a way because it is WAY too important to me.. I know where I came from and I am not going back. Its what I do now, and part of who I am. I cannot help and teach others to be fit and healty and not pracice what I preach.. Its one hour a day for me.. for you.. whether I have to get up at 5 am or 6 pm.. I make it work.. Its not vanity, its necessity so I can be a bettter mother and friend.. I am teaching my boys the importance of exercise as well.. you cannot start too early.. I have some great teen girls I am working with now too.. it so inspiring to see their desire and willingness to be active and healthy at such a young age, they are making great decisons that will take the into adulthood.
So all in all. life is complicated and always will be.. but try to take care of yourself in the process.. your the only one that will...
Hi!! Check me out on the Atkins.com webite on 12/20/11. My story of weight loss success will be featured on the site on that date.. Thanks for stopping in!!! I will return to my blog soon!! Having such a great time being busy and helping others reach their goals!!!!
I have some clients that started on a nutrition plan to jump start their weight loss. They started together and have been doing great! I called this post "Circle of Power" because My friend/client used this term when she was talking about how we can affect each other to do our best, achieve our goals and motivate and inspire each other.. She was saying that I inspired her to start this nutrition plan, and she then inspired her friend to keep going when she was getting discouraged. She said, we were a "Circle of Power!" Thanks so true.. We have the power to bring out the best in each other. We can motivate, inspire, uplift and encourage. Thanks why I love my job so much.. its my job to inspire, encourage and motivate others.. in turn, seeing that you finished a great workout you may never have done on your own, getting a text saying your sore, and letting me know your feel stronger! I love it.. We should all strive to keep that "circle of power" going daily in our lives.. Ever notice the smallest compliment or positive word can make your day! If we all thought something good about someone and actually said it to them? We could make their day!! Its catchy and its powerful!
Circle Of Power!! Keep it going!!!
Well... I ran the 1/2 marathon finishing with a time of 1:56. Not bad but so wish I would have trained. I needed to prepare for the many hills I didn't know about and the heat. It was a great race though, over 8000 people. I have to be honest, around the 8th mile I was thinking of ways to stop, pretend I got injured, act like I was dehydrated and fall to the side, pass out maybe? All those thoughts were going through my mind.. Why didn't I train? Well, I am not a quitter so I kept going. It was probably the hardest race for me but I finished. Next time I will know better. I am not superwoman and I am not a spring chicken.. I was telling my BFF about it and saying I was "so tired".. I was telling her I took two naps that day after the race.. She said to me .. Kristen, you are almost 40.. you need to slow down a little, she was right.. I spent the rest of the day resting and getting my strength back.. and after a day of rest, I feel revived and great.. Sometimes our body tells us we need to slow down.. So I did.
Today has been a good day, good weather, work this morning, and working on a too do list I have been putting off. Tomorrow I have clients, work at the Y and will get a great workout in.. I am grateful for my heath and that I take care of my body now.. I had a client of mine put on a 10lb vest today to do some circuit training.. When she put it on she said, "imagine carrying around this extra weight?" It is heavy. I was carrying around 70lbs.. OMW I cannot even imagine.. I also started a new eating plan with some of my friends and clients.. I am excited to see how everyone does.. The group is motivated and working as a team will make the process easier. I hope you are all having a great Memorial Day!
Though for the day... Always finish what you start.. especially when you know the outcome will be great!!!