Get out of that slump..

Good morning everyone.  You may have noticed that it has been a while since I have posted on my page.  I have been going through this “emotional funk” thing lately and I am really not sure why.  My motivation to exercise is not the same as it was just a few weeks ago; I have been struggling with even wanting to eat healthy;  It has been hard for me to create exercise programs for my Saturday morning circuit challenge;  Studying for my Personal Trainer Certification, has been put off to binge watch T.V shows.  I feel like I am completely out of touch with what is really important to me and why I even started this Change4Life challenge.  One of the things I teach others when working with them on their own health journey, is to be prepared for this same type of event, because it will come.  No matter who we are, or where we are in our journey, there will come a day when we start to relapse into our old funky ways.  Yes, we need to be aware that the day will come, but to say that it will be easy to overcome, well, would just be a flat out lie.  It is not easy.  BUT, that doesn’t mean that we just give up either.  To give up would mean that we no longer care about anything we have been striving to accomplish.

I don’t know about you, but I do still have dreams of helping people.  Teaching them how to overcome these types of situations when they are faced with them.  Maybe me going through this right now, is a way for me to be able to do that.  I mean, how can I help others to overcome, if I have never experienced the same things.  Now granted, each of us will have different life events that move us in the direction of relapse, but what is important, is that we learn how to overcome them, so that we can continue our journey of living a healthy life.  And part of that journey includes being able to Inspire others to keep fighting and to not give up.  I am convinced, that part of my calling is to not only help others figure out the path they need to follow for their journey, but also to show them that they to are called to inspire change into the lives of those they touch.   If we all just focused on ourselves, and cared little about helping others, where would that leave us?  We have all learned things form others that have helped us grow and mature in life.  Think about where we would be if those people just stopped caring, and decided that no one else mattered?  Teaching and inspiring others to do what we have done, AND to even do more than we have done, is what will keep us alive!

Writing this Blog this morning, has reminded me of why I started doing this in the first place: To Inspire Change!  Slumps will happen.  Tough time are inevitable. But, they are also temporary.  Giving back to others through encouragement and inspiration, can have a lasting impact that could potentially, change their life forever.  So, don’t give up on your dreams or your journey to get there.  Remember that you have the ability to inspire someone else to overcome their obstacles, by sharing with them how you have overcome, and never gave up!


Bring out your inner athlete!

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My wife and I ran our very first 10K yesterday! Neither one of us are very good runners, but we really enjoy the atmosphere for these types of events.  This was the inaugural run for the FORTitude 10K race in Fort Collins, CO.  It was super fun!!  Although we have run several 5K races in the past, this was our first attempt at a 10K.  Besides the fact that we have not run this distance before and we did poor job of preparing for it, we came away with great memories!  Now, we did suffer from a lot of soreness throughout the rest of the day, but laughing at each other as we walked around like we just rode the worlds most feared Bull for an hour, helped keep our spirits up!

There was over 7500 participants in this event, and I must say, it was the largest one I have ever been a part of.  As I was running/walking the course, I was came across many different “fit” types of people.  There were runners that were older, younger, shorter, taller, heavier, thinner, and even some with obvious disabilities.  Events like this seem to bring people together with one common goal;  to have fun and do the best they can do.  I was passed up by people that were older and heavier than me. As they passed me by,  I could’t help but feel encouraged by them.  Here they are, giving everything they have, to accomplish something that can be viewed as “something only athletes can do”.  Which prompts the question; “What is an athlete. Really”?  In society, we tend to look at athletes as those we see on T.V.  No doubt Michael Jordan or Michael Phelps would be considered athletes.  I know I used to have that same perception.    The Dictionary has an athlete described as: “a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise”.  Would we consider the 60+ year old person, that by appearance, seems to be at least 50 pounds overweight, yet can run a full 10K without stopping, to be an athlete?  I wonder if that person would consider themselves to be an athlete?  We in society tend to base our beliefs on the perceptions given to us by outside sources, which includes how we were taught growing up.  I too was always persuaded by the societal perceptions.  Being in the health and fitness industry, has definitely change my perception of who is an athlete.  The 60 year old, overweight person may not fit the “definition” of an athlete.  But to me, because they are participating in an athletic event, and because they are as proficient in that event as they possibly can be, at this point in time, that person is indeed an athlete!

I suggest that it is time for us to start changing our preconceived views of what defines an athlete, and start looking at the person, and the all the hard work that person put in to be able to do what they are doing today.  The battles they fought within themselves; their doubts and fears;  the negative comments and looks that were cast their way; the pain from old or unused muscles.  We need to embrace the fact that every one of us has an inner athlete.  Some of us may choose to ignore that reality and just go on living our lives with absolutely no changes being made at all.  But those of us that want to be more than we are now, I have one thing to say;  GO FOR IT!!!!  Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from being the absolute best YOU can be.  Push back the doubts and fears and pain, and push forward!  You can do anything you put your mind to.  Societal thinking cannot put you in a box.  There is an amazing athlete in you, just waiting to be let loose.  Let it loose!   Be free from excuses and negativity.  Live like you have never lived before!  Hold nothing back, and do not let anything hold you back.  You are an athlete.  All you have to do, is believe in yourself.