Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kick 'Em To The Curb

I love working out. I love the way it makes me look, but more importantly, I love the way it makes me feel. Love. It.  Don't you?  Some people think I'm silly when I say that I love when my muscles are really really sore. They have a different word for it other than love. However, I've found that every single time they are finished with their workouts and their package is over, that their whole demeanor has changed to "Wow! I love this! I feel great! I look great! I can do this!"  Now that's joyful to me. Personal empowerment is the bomb. 

Once in a blue moon, I have found myself making excuses to not get to the gym. Yep, done it, do it still. However, only when the "blue moon" shines. I'll be honest and tell you I've gone as far as driving to the gym, around the parking lot and back out again to go do whatever it is I told myself was more important than working out. Yes, moi, a professed lover of lifting weights and endorphin junkie! Is that silly or what? However, I don't beat myself up when this happens. Mainly because I know I'll be back there the next day. I let myself have it. I teach that empowering mindset. It's fabulous friend, let me tell ya.

But here's what we do sometimes. We let those days, become weeks, then months and then poof! Years fly by and things remain the same - or get worse. We become our own worst enemy by berating ourselves in our minds. I always like to say, the best time to start anything is - right - now!

Let's take a look at what I've found to be the top three excuses people tell themselves -- and then, let's kick 'em to the curb!

No Time.
Time is time. It's always there. What you do with yours is up to you. We all get the same amount each day. So? How are you spending your time? My biggest pet peeve is when I ask someone what's going on and they give me an immediate run down on how busy they are - like they are vying for first prize for it. Like their busy is SO much more busy than the rest of the worlds busy.  Do you get that with people sometimes?

One of my favorite Jim Rohn sayings is this: 

"The same wind blows on us all. The economic wind, the social wind, the political wind.The same wind blows on everybody. The difference in where you arrive in one year, three years, five years, the difference in arrival is not the blowing of the wind but the set of the sail."

Are your sails set?  Think about some time wasters. Do you sleep in, pressing the snooze for 15-30 minutes before finally dragging yourself from your bed? Do you hang out on the couch every night watching "must see" t.v. for hours? Do you face plant it into your laptop staring into the world of Facebook and can't peel yourself away? Mmmmmm... but "HEY! That's my relaxing time of day."

I promise you nearly everyone on earth has done these things at one point or another in their life.  It amazes me when I catch myself wasting time away.  Please know that wasting time and relaxing are two completely different things. Get me to a BEACH - I'll show you relaxing honey!

I believe the absolute truth of the matter is this: When your desire for something is great enough, you will always find the necessary time to accomplish it.  Let's take for instance, losing the excess weight and getting healthy and fit. What people hear when someone in their life says or keeps saying "I don't have time" is that it is simply not important of a priority at this time to them. That's all. And that's fine, but own up to it if that's the case. Because I assure you, if it was a strong enough desire, you'd make it a priority and the time would show up. Funny how that works.

So, take a look at the time you find yourself wasting. Can you find yours? I certainly know where mine is. (my eyebrows are raised extremely high at the moment and I am grateful I'm typing! See!? No excuses here... ha!)

I Can't Afford It.
I can't afford a personal trainer. Huh. Paying someone to help you learn the skills on how to get healthy and fit is a LOT less expensive than being in poor healthIt's also way less expensive than the latest "miracle" juice/powder/shake/wrap/pill. $60 BILLION a year (I think it's more) is spent on weight loss products and gym memberships. 67% of people with gym memberships never use them.  What a gigantic waste of money.

You'd think, that being in the fitness arena and specializing in weight loss specifically, that I would be all over this stuff.  But I feel I would be lying to you just to make a buck. Another reason why I've never gotten on any of the bandwagons is because those products are at best, temporary fixes and teach a person nothing.  And holy cow - they will cost you! A whopping $100 to $300 a month, sometimes ranging in the $1000's! You cannot maintain this for your lifelong healthy lifestyle. What happens when financial stress comes? Or someone loses a job? By the way, a lot of these products have hidden ingredients that are ultimately not healthy for your body. Your body is an incredible complexity of cells and energy and it already knows how to work for its own good - you just have to learn how to "use" it.

Good heavens, while some of these products may or may not help you shed a few pounds briefly, you will never-ever get strong, toned muscles or train your body to become the natural fat burner it is by taking an expensive product that is at best, a temporary fix. P.E.R.I.O.D.  Every single one of them has a disclaimer stating that "results may vary," "based on regular workouts and eating right" and other things of that nature.  Well duh. I will guarantee you that those who lose weight on products like these are kicking it HARD at the gym regularly and have changed their eating habits.

My point is that it would seem that your money would be better spent hiring someone to teach you how to workout and eat correctly and lose the same amount of weight for the same amount of money and time spent. What you're walking away with when you invest in yourself this way is a lifelong habit that creates good health and fitness that you can take with you into any gym in the world. By incorporating workouts and a healthier eating schedule you can literally help lower your blood sugars, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, high cholesterol and many other diseases.

I promise you, you do not need a product to make yourself eat less or stop drinking soda.  You have it in you to do that all on your own for the whopping price of $0.00.

I'm Too Tired.
If you are over 25 years old, you've probably noticed that things have or are changing on your body. Sorry.

Our bodies are naturally made to work. But we sit at desks or in cars or at home and don't move. Think about how people used to live. They had to cut down trees and build their own homes, they had to go kill and dress their own food - every single day. They had to drag laundry down to a river and then drag it back heavy and wet to hang it up outside somewhere.  Whew! I'm pooped just thinking about it, and yet, kind of invigorated! Not many people out of shape back in the day I'd imagine. Their bodies were tired but it was a healthy, productive tired.

Do you know when you eat the 'right' way that you can jack your metabolism up to burn body fat? You can lose weight by eating correctly. This gives you energy!  You can gain energy naturally by going outside for a brisk 10 minute walk as well. The worse thing you can do to your bod is to starve it or pump energy drinks down your throat.

You see, there are these magic little things called hormones in our body that produce endorphins and raise other important hormones when you strength train. Why is strength training and learning how to train your body to work how it was made to work so important? Because: A decrease in lean muscle tissue does not just make you weaker, it lowers your metabolismRead about it here

So in the afternoons, when you're feeling sluggish, eat a healthy snack and/or go for a brisk walk. Get up and stretch and dance around for one full minute! You are a mass of energy! Get up and move it around. Get to your workout before, during or after your work day. You may have to drag yourself to it, but you'll be high on endorphins when you leave. I promise you, you will just
                                                                f e e l   b e t t e r.

 Get Your FEEL GOOD on here - I'm gonna teach you all of it so you can eventually fly solo. You cannot put a price tag on self-empowerment. It's priceless.

Get your MOVE on baby!


Monday, January 6, 2014

There Is A Light At The End Of Your Tunnel

How you doing?  Are you frozen inside your house like I am at the moment?  What is your internal response to all of this? Are you relieved? Pissed? Irritated? Happy?  Honestly, my response initially was @#$#$@!!! Probably because I get good good juju (energy) from being around people. It makes me happy. Then, it simmered down to a "well, crap!"  Now I'm at "Oh well, can't control it, so might as well hunker down and enjoy it."  You see my business/job is in my home, but I cannot work if my peeps can't get to me. Trust me. There is a 2' plowed wall of frozen snow where they would normally park on the street in front of my house.  This causes me frustration as I know they're chomping at the bit (so to speak) and I love helping them. Does it seem like there's no end to this tunnel?!

I am very grateful that my sons are safely at their dad's house and will remain there until school starts...when would that be exactly?  I'm guessing not until Wednesday.  However, right now my house is quiet.  I like and need my alone time but seriously, this is ridiculous!  Thank goodness I got out yesterday to church and a great workout at a local gym! If it weren't for facebook, texts and phone calls yesterday... well, needless to say, I'm still relatively sane!

Today, I think I will light up my house. Open the blinds! Let that cold, cruel sunshine in - that will be melting absolutely nothing out there. Light it up with loud music! I actually think I might do some seriously needed cleaning while crankin' the tunes. Also, my workout studio, which is IN my house, leaves me with no excuses not to get yet another good lift in today and keep those endorphins jacked up!  See?  This is my: PLAYGROUND!  Want to come play with me?  There is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Although...that snow drift out front, you know, the one where the silly snow plow man blocked everyone in?  That might actually BE my workout and quite possibly do me in for the day (my back will be screaming afterwards). By the way, WHY do they do that?  How can they stand themselves!? That would just pray upon my conscience doing that to good folks. I honestly don't think I could not not help them out. I mean seriously, if I had a snow plow on my truck, I would just swoop in diagonally and make sure that crap is shoveled out. It would take an extra 20 seconds to push that out of the way. They are already out there, so why not I ask you?  Geesh. I can just hear them laughing maniacally as they go merrily upon their way burying everyone in.  Hmmmmpft!

Well, just some thoughts this morning... I guess it's time to start in on one of those things I mentioned above. I think I'll go show that snow dam a thing or two, maybe.  I'll keep you posted.  This I know, at the end of the week it'll be balmy at mid 30 degree temps. And that my friend, is the light at the end of this tunnel.

Be well, stay warm and safe.
Love, Cindy