I am at the end of week three of my Fitness transformation. Each week has come with some challenges, because my saboteur has been right by my side every step of the way. I find this interesting because this hasn’t happened for a long time and it is helping me deepen my writing. I have been on a path of personal and spiritual growth for 25 years so it is not like I have deep-seated issues and yet I am still visited by the voice of the Saboteur from time to time,
This particular aspect of the Saboteur is rigid, obsessive and concrete. Most of the chatter coming from that little bugger was about food. I found out today that I had misinterpreted my food plan, thinking I needed to cut out all carbohydrates beyond what was in my morning protein drink. But here is the real kicker. I went to both the Renaissance Festival and The Minnesota State Fair this past weekend. It was a holiday for god’s sake, Saboteur, give me a break! I did pretty well with eating at the Renaissance Festival and walked almost non-stop for the 6+ hours we were there. The State Fair was a different story. Even though my daughter kept asking why I wasn’t eating, I ate more than I wanted to. And to my Saboteur the 5 hours of non-stop walking didn’t balance out what I ate.
No, to that task master I had screwed up the whole week because I ate things that were not in the plan. My “Fat” voice kicked in and it took me a few days to get back on track with my thinking. I reality with all of the walking I did, it really didn’t matter what I eat at the Fair. It was probably burned off!
On a positive note, my body continues to change. I am smaller, I am stronger and more flexible. I am beginning to see a glimmer of liking my workouts. Today during my workout there was only one exercise that I found a little challenging.
If you find this happening to you, just remember, much of our memory is stored in the cells and cellular memory is the hardest to access. When this voice starts to come up and challenge you it is just cellular memory ready to be released. I am actually happy that it is happening so it can be acknowledged and released once and for all.
First I have to admit that fitness and working out is not in my blood. It was never part of my life growing up. I did play softball a few summers but I wasn’t very good so I never got hooked into sports. I tried out for cheerleading when I was in High School but that didn’t happen either, so most of my life if I did anything physical it was just dabbling and it didn’t last very long. The idea of working with a trainer would have been a long shot in the past and seeing me in boxing gloves, never! I actually really enjoy boxing. Maybe there is a new career emerging!
The way I see getting physically fit connected to natural beauty is deeper than the obvious looking better. When our body is fit it effects everything from self-esteem to a stronger immune system to easy of movement all of which add to the level of beauty that is shining out of you from the inside.
My personal trainer, Andrea Austin connect with me on LinkedIn, a website where business people connect. She offered me a free consult and I was in a place where I was interested in exploring it so we set up a consultation. Andrea has what she calls a boutique studio. It is in her home on the East side of St. Paul. You walk in the front door and her living room is transformed into a gym. Rumor has it so is her lower level, but I haven’t been down there yet.
A bit of background that has led me to decide to work with a personal trainer is in order first. I have been a distributor with a company called It Works! for three years. Our product line consists of anti-aging products, nutritional supplements and a product called the Ultimate Body Applicator, which detoxifies and slims the body in as little as 45 minutes. I have been using a number of our products consistently for the last two years and have seen dramatic changes in my body, including weight and inch loss, increase in stamina and energy and a more youthful look. All of these changes have led me to the place where I want to get more strength and flexibility. I prefer to use nutriceuticals instead of pharmaceuticals and want to avoid the diseases that are common in my family such as diabetes and heart disease. My three siblings and my mother have diabetes. So getting in shape was a logical step and so was Andrea.
Our initial consultation included a workout and I was surprised at how well I did. I like Andrea’s non-judgmental, encouraging approach. She also believes in small steps. This is really important to me because I am not a workout jock and I am starting later in life.
It has been two weeks since we started working together and I have seen dramatic changes in my body already. I know the combination of being consistent with my workout at home and the It Works! products I take to support me is a winning combination. I have lost 5 pounds and 6 inches in that short of time and Andrea commented yesterday that she could already see my waistline emerging. If you go to my link at the top of the blog called “Quintessential Health and Wellness” you will find my comments on the products I am using and how they are supporting my fitness program. I will be blogging about my fitness journey and posting photos in the weeks and months ahead as I transform my body.