I did not understand this idea until more recently. With a very athletic background, I always thought "Shouldn't I just want to do my best just because" and that is true, I guess I had never met people who really inspired me too. Because there is something about being inspired by the positivity of others that can make you want to be better.
In the past couple years I have pushed myself in my career and in life, and I think in the past this may have been enough. But here is where the people come in and something has changed.
I have met people who make me want to be better not because I want to be the best. But because I want give the best. I want to provide more. I want to learn more.
People who make you want to be better are not the people you are competing against. They are the people in your corner working as hard as they can which inspires you to work harder. Work harder for them, for you, and for those you want to work for.
In life it is so easy to feel defensive and alone, but if you realize anyone can be on your team if you let them and that that puts you in a position to take charge. You find a new strength, on that you one have just working for yourself. And when you find this second kind of strength you wont have time for the people who doubt you because you and the people you surround yourself with will be busy being your best.
So my advise is to find those people in your life because they are probably already there. Share as much of your journey with them. Positive attracts positive. And people who make you feel like your doing your best will help you do even better.
So often in life we find ourselves frustrated and blaming the world that our dreams, our goals, our wants are not coming true.
The truth is, we are the ones that are not MAKING it happen.
Have you ever noticed when you really want something nothing else matters.... Cost doesn't matter, time doesn't matter, hard work doesn't matter. You will do anything to MAKE it happen.
Life doesn't just happen... we make it!
The same thing goes for when you are feeling bad, when you are feeling pushed around. You can control that. Stand up for yourself. Don't feel victim when you didn't fight for what you want. If no one knows what you want how are they going to respect it. And you will feel even better about pursuing your wants when you work for them!
Sounds UnBelievable But Its not!
But don't hear it from me lets hear it from the client himself: Eric, College grad ready to start a Healthy Happy Life!
"Before I started with Casey I was motivated to get in shape, but I didn’t really know which exercises to do, how to do them, how often to do them, etc. Throughout college I went through a lot of brief exercise phases. At first I would get really into it, but before long I would get frustrated and start to question if my methods were really working. Not knowing if my workout plan was actually working or just wasting my time, I would usually give up after the first few weeks. After college I realized it was time to try a different approach, and after seeing how well Casey’s training was working for my Dad I decided to try it out myself. I was a little bit skeptical at first, but once I met Casey I was able to see first-hand just how passionate and dedicated she is to her work. Before we did a single exercise she took the time to sit down with me and discuss my previous fitness experience and my goals. I told her that I absolutely hated running, and to my surprise she told me that I could accomplish my goals without it. Once we started, Casey planned my workouts one day at a time, constantly monitoring my progress and making changes as she saw fit. It wasn’t easy at first, but Casey’s passion, expertise, and dedication to my goals gave me the confidence to push through the first few weeks and know that I would see results. It turned out that I was right, and in a month I was able to lose 14 pounds without running a single mile. Having a trainer like Casey means I never have to second-guess myself in the gym. I know for a fact that if I put in the work and follow the plan I will be successful."
Now You Might Be Thinking How Did They DO This?
Eric used no magic pill, no super foods, and like he said NO RUNNING!
What he did use was his ears and eyes! Eric listened and followed the workout and caloric plan I gave him. He did not skip a workout and stuck pretty close to his calories. I did not tell him a single thing he could not eat or drink, but he quickly realized that to stay full and at the recommended caloric intake it was best to eat healthy foods. He also realized the consumption of certain foods and/or drinks made it more difficult to workout with 100 % effort.
Now that Eric has lost the weight that he wants to he is working on gaining some more muscle!
He is going to do this with Online Training and actually has been before we updated his goals.
One really awesome thing about Eric's fitness journey is that he has really stuck to his goal. Which is the key component to success like his, especially when life is always changing.
After working with me for a month he got an awesome job that meant he would be moving and his schedule would be very busy, but already seeing awesome results (-13lbs in the first month) he stayed motivated and decided to do online training.
I am so proud of his progress and inspired by his dedication. I love when I get updates from him! He is always looking for new ways to stay motivated and see progress. Thank you Eric for letting me be a part of your fitness journey and for sharing your story to motivate others!
Starting healthy habits during busy but pivotal points in your life is never an easy thing to do, but when you make being healthy an important part of your "adulting" it is something that will stick with you and only add to your successes!
PARTY PARTY PARTY! FOOD FOOD FOOD! EVERYWHERE!
let me guess.... out goes the gym, say good bye to your trainer, and HELLO happiness overload!
But what if I told you "you can have it all"
too good to be true?
You really Can!
With a few helpful tips, you can not gain those 5 extra pounds, avoid sugar crashes, and holiday hangovers!
HERE YOU GO:
1. Do not skip meals because you will eat lots later
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is waiting to eat. Then when they get to the party they over indulge and give into urges they normally wouldn't even be tempted with.
Skipping meals all day slows down your metabolism and leaves your body feeling hungry even after you have eaten a sufficient amount of food. Unless your only goal is to be a cheap and possibly sloppy date...
2. Eat something healthy before you head to the party
Try to get in some fiber and protein so you will feel full heading into the party where most things will be simple carbs and empty calories anyway. That way you don't only eat things that will do nothing for you... like not even make you full until it is too late
3. Do indulge!
Once you get to the party don't tell yourself you can't have any of they beautiful and festive food, that will just leave you wanting it all night.... and eventually you will give in!
4. Pick 3 or 4 things you really want to try!
You already ate healthy so skip the veggie tray that you are going to saturate in dip anyway. Pick only a few things that you plan on actually eating. Stick to those choices the rest of the night. That way once you are full you will be able to tell because you wont want something you are full on.
5. Stick with what you pick
This goes for everything about the night. Stick to your 3 or 4 foods. Stick to your plan. Also, stick to your same drink. Just like the sweets if you switch from drink to drink you will not feel satisfied and end up going overboard. The end to too many sweet drinks is much worse than the end to too many sweets... trust me on that one!
Bonus: Don't over think it!
ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY, AND TRY NOT TO STRESS.... STRESS IS THE MOST TOXIC THING YOU CAN PUT IN YOUR BODY DURNING THE HOLIDAY SEASON. SO JUST BE MERRY!
Because your best isn't always the best
But you know what.... that is okay!
Often we get caught up on the idea of comparing ourselves to others.
Focus on yourself and yourself only.
Look for only the best in you
in that you will stop negativity towards yourself and others.
In this process you will find happiness and empowerment from everything around you.
That is how you become the best you!
I know I struggle every now and again to recognize the beauty in each day and the gift I have in being able to make it a good day by choice. But what does help, is having a goal. Or a plan... because lets be honest, sometimes we forget we are alive because we don't know what we are living for.
The trick I use is to everyday be at least one of these two things, if not both: Be (1) Thankful and (2) Excited for even the simplest of things. (and sometimes a little exercise endorphins can help too!)
Training and sharing the joy of being fit is my passion and my mission is to share it with others.