Live life on purpose

Don’t allow life to just happen.  I mean, do not wake up every single morning being totally unintentional.  You have purpose, you are here for a reason and if you do not know what it is you are meant to do, then I encourage you to find out.

Most of my life I spent just doing things without an end goal in mind.  I mean one beyond paying the bills, keeping a roof over my family’s head and food on the table.  I mean a real goal that would positively impact people well after I leave the planet.

Now I discovered my passion and am willing to pursue it.  What about you?  Are you ready to live your live on purpose, with purpose and for a purpose bigger than you?

What are you going to do about it?

There are two options when trying to change your life, we can either continue harping on how hard it is, how many times we’ve tried and failed, OR we can decide enough is enough and no matter how many times it might not have worked, it is going to work this time.

Be the bull, the tiger, the lion pushing through, pushing past each and every obstacle standing in your way.  Take no prisoners, beat your personal best and no matter what do not give up!

Today if you are struggling with something it’s time to ask yourself “What are you going to do about it?

Once you decide and need some help, reach out to Fit Buddy, we can help you make it happen!

Obstacles vs. Opportunity

In life no matter what the arena, there will always be challenges or obstacles on our way to our goals.  How we decide to approach the challenge dictates the end result.  So it is important to have the right mindset and make sure your perspective lines up with the result we desire.  Let me give you a good example.

Using various at home workouts, I successfully lost 30 pounds.  I was so excited with my progress, but did not continue with my regiment either intentionally or unintentionally.  The next thing I knew I’d gained all the weight back and then some!  Ok, no problem. I tried a fad diet although research had told me fad diets never work for the long haul.  But see I wasn’t thinking about the long haul, all I knew is that I had to lose the weight quick and I was willing, for the short haul to do whatever was necessary to look and feel “normal” again.  So I gave my money, signed up and miserably followed the regiment.  It wasn’t long before the weight came back down again, hadn’t reached my goal weight but I was definitely looking and feeling better.  My husband was happy, I was kinda happy, others around me were impressed.  But, in the back of my mind, I knew I could not keep up such a diet and feared what would happen when I jumped off the bus.  Bam!  30 pounds gone again in record time, hadn’t reached my intended goal once again, but had to reintroduce some of what I loved so I could be happy again, right?

So, you know what happened next, right?  I gained all 30 plus another 20 to boot back.  Now I am mad, frustrated, angry and disappointed because every time I was on the right track, I got off the track and fell into a deeper hole than the one before it.  So here it was my 60 pound obstacle, more weight than I ever had to lose in my life.  My first thoughts, jump on a fad diet, start making unrealistic expectations, pay an obscene amount of money to try and get all the weight off quick.  I mean I am a health educator, right?  I needed to look the part.  Who would listen to an average or even overweight person encouraging others to find a regiment that works and stick with it?  My weight was this huge obstacle and I was gonna once again do the crazy to get my life back.

But, then, I stopped myself realizing I did not want to do again what I had done in the past.  The first time, I did the right stuff but didn’t keep going because I was not good at following through.  The second and third times I deprived myself, making myself and my family totally miserable as I became food-focused.  I did not want quick anymore I wanted realistic and long-standing and here was my opportunity, yes that’s right opportunity to use this obstacle as a way to show others how to do it right.

Exercise because I want to, be active because I want to, eat well or not because I want to.  It is a marathon not a sprint, I don’t have to get there fast, I just need to get there because it’s not about a dress, a special occasion or anything external, it is now more about just doing the things I enjoy and my weight loss how fast or how slow simply being a by product of me living life on my terms.

So, for all of you facing an obstacle today, look at it instead as an opportunity to do something great, be something great.  Perspective makes all the difference…so keep watching and I will see you on the downside of my extra pounds.



Sunday thoughts…

The longer I continue on this journey, the more I realize how important accountability is to long-term success. It is so simple to lose track, get lax, lose hope and give up when we do not have anyone expecting us to stay true to our commitments. Fit Buddy is here to help people. People who feel hopeless and never think or believe they can get healthy and stay that way. I mean how many have tried the “get thin” “get healthy” quick diets? How many have gotten totally confused with all the do’s and don’ts thrown at us by magazines, television and social media?

I am looking for clients who really want to change their lives and just need some real direction. They want someone to help them find their way and stay there. Now, please understand, the goals and regiments we begin with will change as our lives do. I mean I myself can relate. Four years ago, my kids were younger, needed more of my time and attention, but now I have one in college and three in high school. They do not need so much of my time, but I am now married, I go to school, I teach classes, you get the idea. My old nutrition and exercise routine worked before but it does not work now. But, before I realized I had to change it, I went back to my old habits and gained most of my old weight back. Let me just tell you, it gets more challenging to to do each time you have to redo it.

I do not want that to be you! By partnering with Fit Buddy, we walk with you step by step for as long as you will have us. We are affordable, practical and realistic. I can not promise you will lose 30 pounds in 1 month but I can promise you we will hold you accountable and be your biggest cheerleader.

Your success is our greatest achievement. I look forward to all the clients I am meant to help.

Aggression vs. Reality

Yep, its that time of year again. The time when guilt sets in as we realize we ate way too much over the holidays and now want to buckle down..again and start that fitness program…again. I always wonder about this though. I mean if the goal is healthy living, why is it that people take off time from Thanksgiving to New Years to splurge, over indulge and then start all over again? I think it’s because we are too quick to start with a BANG and by the middle of the month, the year or the end of the year we have fizzled out.

Today, I want to write something I hope will help. Perhaps we aren’t successful because we are too aggressive to begin with. I mean really if you are not a five day a week gym person, the chances of you starting and sticking to such a regiment is hopeful at best. I mean maybe you are good to go through the first part of January, you might make it until February but by the time Spring rolls around it is a pretty good guess the old habits will spring up. Why? Well not because you don’t want to take care of yourself but because your real life does not support an hour long 5 day gym regiment. So, how about tapering back and committing to 1 hour one day per week? I mean anyone can do that, right? And anything you do over that is gravy.

Yeah, yeah I know probably not aggressive enough, right? I mean you gained like what 5-10-15-20 pounds or more? You want to lose it and lose it quick! Here is another reality: believe it or not you didn’t gain all the extra overnight (although in some cases I used to feel like just looking at cake put 5 pounds on Believe it or not small changes done consistently yield BIG results over the long haul. Plus you build confidence and motivation to keep going.

Hey and let’s not forget the food, right? You have to be aggressive in eating the right foods most of the time and not only when it’s convenient. Giving up some of the things you love temporarily is totally worth it if it improves your health and well-being. Learn not to eat for emotions, learn not to eat for the sake of eating, get yourself someone who will help you come up with a real plan you can live with on your terms and still get the real long-term results I personally hope to see you have.

Well, that’s it for today, except I ask you to make sure the plan you have is in alignment with your goals. Starting too quickly, too slowly or even worse, not at all, is not conducive to getting fit and staying healthy for life. Not sure if you’ve got the right plan? Send me a message I’d be happy to help you review your plan and make sure it’s the best one for you, your goals and your life.

Here’s to you and your best health in 2015!

Hugs and smiles,