Our society is so messed up, sorry about it but it's true
We have the largest body mass ever walking around yet we are still promoting pie eating contests, how many hot dogs can you jam down your throat contests and the biggest burger ever made.....
I don't get it, yet I do get it.
I was in San Francisco last week standing on the corner waiting for my daughter to come out of Starbucks...(don't ask) when a women of less fortunate circumstances came up and asked me to buy her a milkshake. I was eating my wonderful white peach and jokingly said, UUmm well. do you want my peach? before I finished my sentence the peach was in her hand. She was probably in her mid fifties, my age, her name was Doris, she hadn't ever eaten a white peach, in fact she can't afford to buy fresh fruit, she' s homeless and out on the street. All she wanted was a Caramel Frap. Ok so it goes against my everything but I bought her one she was thankful and hugged me and that was that.
It reinforced that we do use food to nurture, to please, to fill voids, to pacify and satisfy when we don't need to. I could have taken Doris to the grocery store, I could have given her money, I could have insisted on the nuts or sandwich...but she was intent on Caramel and Coffee, so I caved in...
I don't generally use food for anything other than fuel, it was her eyes, her voice, her kindness, her gratitude her want that got me. I know I should have handed her a five and walked away, instead I made her day....
Last Saturday my little town had it's first Community clean up day. I am a Chamber Ambassador and had signed up to work at the event.
It was pouring rain, really windy and actually quite chilly for Northern California in June, this was going to be interesting, I was curious as to how many people would be there.
I was rather impressed with the 300 other volunteers who showed up. A corner lot was being re landscaped, the bay was being cleaned, flowers were being planted, the youth center was being painted, everyone was there, helping, working for a purpose for a reason and when the day was done, everything looked clean and fresh and healthy...I correlate this to accountablity. All of these people told someone they would be there, come rain or shine the show must go on, nothing stopped them, nothing got in their way, yet when it's time to get some exercise, having no time is always the way.
We committ to everything else, to work, to our kids to school to play to going out to eat to doing the laundry to going to the movies to.....yet, the number one excuse for not exercising is not having time.
Let's change the word having to making.
let's tell our clients to make the time, that way they won't have to find it.
I have been training my new client Joe since Feb 22 of this year. When we first met Joe weighted 223 pounds, his waist measured 47 he was pre diabetic and was hypertensive. Today, May 25 Joe weighs 194.5 his waist is 43 his blood sugar is under control. In fact, his wife took him shopping for a new suit, he went from a 48 to a 38....
Yesterday he said "I am so happy that "the weight" is coming off... "the weight" I said, did you mean to say "your weight", better yet "my weight"? Of course it's coming off he's made the necessary changes in his life to have this amazing success. Has it been a series of obstacles? Maybe, it depends on what that means, has it been a "struggle" no, has it been "difficult" maybe, has it been "hard" it depends.
The attitude of the sedentary overweight client is " This is too hard, I can't make the necessary changes.." The attitude of Joe has always been "I need to change or I won't live to see my next birthday when I turn 66.
If nothing changes, then nothing will change.
Ok so I'll admit I started working out with Jane Fonda, I felt the burn, wore the leg warmers, head bands the whole bit. The fitness industry has come a long way since then. Things have come and gone and returned- renamed, repackaged, recycled. We have evolved and educated, certified and re certified,expanded and grown and through it all we remained functional. I mean after all isn't functional a matter of doing it? Doesn't functional mean it means something? I mean would you have a client do a head stand for an hour? I have been hearing of organizations that train in functional assessment, functional imbalance, functional training. Really, what is that? We are all imbalanced,we all have strong and weak body parts, the human body was designed to work "functionally" no matter what it does. So is this the latest buzz word? We've had, "core", "powerhouse", "periformis syndrome" "6 pack", "pelvic floor" "tuck", "squeeze" now it's "functional training"? Don't get me wrong, I love new things I love mixing up my workouts, challenging my clients, but it all has to matter and there has to be a reason for doing it.
Think of why. Ask yourself, why is my client doing this? How will this assist my class in their lives?What difference will this set of exercises make? before you say, "I do functional training".
I'm in line at the pharmacy at CVS, there is a mom and daughter standing in front of me.
The mom says, "Honey, stay here, I'm going to check my blood pressure".
I'm thinking, oh good, a mom who is concerned about herself, and her health.
That thought was totally destroyed when I then heard the mom say "Oh that's not bad, it's only 136 over 84, great! Now we can go to Taco Bell for the $5 meal!
What is in the $5 meal you may wonder? 2450 mgs of Sodium for starters. Let's see for a whopping five bucks you can ingest a CHEESY double decker taco, (167 cals) A taco SUPREME (113 cals)
A Burrito SUPREME -(248 cals) a cinnamon Twist (35 cals) and a soda!
Fat and Salt:High Blood Pressure
One feeds the other.
Behavior equals Success
When I first read those words I thought that they could be applied to everything in life, almost..My new client "Joe" that I wrote about a few posts ago is a great example of these words. In four weeks he has lost 16 pounds, he started "cooking"(we call it preparing meals) for the first time in his 65 years of life! He has expressed that his energy is better, his mood is better, his blood pressure and blood sugar levels are better, and it has nothing to do with "a diet"or with a "diet plan" or with a "diet supplement" it has to do with common sense, with making a "life plan" a "daily plan". It has to do with a change in behavior.
I'm sitting here reading IDEA's Facebook page as I continue glancing outside to see if my trees have stopped blowing and if the rain has stopped it's steady stream because I really want to go for my hill hike. This is really ironic considering I grew up in Chicago: a bit different than Northern California!
I have a new client who is morbidly obese, 65, semi retired, high everything meaning cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, sedentary, ex addict: you name it he has it. He is a also a very successful businessman, very bright, smart and responsive. When I first met with "Joe" two weeks ago he weighted 223 pounds, mind you he's 5'4 with a waist of 47. Yesterday he weighed 211, why? Because this is it for him. It's do or die, really. It's either this way or no way out for him. Yesterday we went down to walk on the treadmill, down down down to the furthest end of his storage area off of his garage. There in the corner sits his really wonderful treadmill but it's what sits around the treadmill that is keeping Joe from wanting to go down stairs. So yesterday I gave Joe his homework assignment: "Open up this garage door, take everything out, move your treadmill to the center of the room, put back only the "stuff you need" because the truth is he has an entire gym down there, he just doesn't know it. I think Joe's garage represents his head right now and it needs to be cleared out in order to move ahead. A cluttered home represents a cluttered mind, a cluttered mind can't make clear decisions. Re training our brain patterns, re doing our physical space, pre thinking our next move are all basic components toward being successful with any life change!