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!


1 comment:

Jennifer Merrell said...

Good job, Cindy! It's hard and it takes discipline. I try and get to the corporate gym twice a week and lift weights over lunch. It's on my outlook calendar and everyone can see it. It's an appointment on my books. When the weather is cold like it has been and I, frankly, don't want to go outside of my building - I shut my door and roll out my mat and stability ball from under my desk and crank out mat pilates for 45 minutes. A night or two a week I grab some cardio or Pilates. Yes! It is hard to get in. I have two kids and technically two jobs yet 4-5 times a week I'm scheduling it on my books. It's my appointment with myself. Adn when something interupts my workouts and I may only get 2 or 3 in that week - it's OK - because it's just that week. Complimenting this with nutritious meals most days of the week (yes *most days*) is the other key to combating my forties while sitting in an office chair. Why do I do it? Because some days I don't sit in this chair and on those days I want to run and hike and play and be strong enough to do so - - - - even when I'm 60 or 70. I want to live and I want to do it a long time. Cindy is right on - being healthy and strong is not about beating yourself up - it's about wanting to care about yourself, your body, your health. You don't have to look like a super model - but feeling good and strong and full of energy....everyone wants that. Go get it.