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We all have an inner “rule book” we try to live by.  Some of us bend the rules, sometimes we break them….but it’s basically our own personal roadmap of how we live.  I’m sharing mine with you simply to show you what I have found works for me.  I’m not saying it’s the best….it’s just my rule book.

I try to live by the 80/20 rule.  Eighty percent of the time I eat clean, exercise regularly, and get my necessary eight hours of sleep.  The other twenty percent I live a little.  Truly, what’s the point of  living your fit life, it you can’t live your FUN life as well?

So here’s how I treat and train myself.  It’s not for everyone, but it’s what works for me.

  • Exercise six days a week.  For me, it’s generally in the gym.  NO EXCUSES.  I don’t let myself slack off.  Period.
  • Eat breakfast every single day.   Even if I had a big meal the night before.  I truly believe it sets my eating up right for the entire day.
  • Eat every 2-3 hours.  I’m a big believer in snacking.  The right snacks, of course.  But it’s constant fuel, and I am less likely to make mistakes when I’m starving.
  • Eating out is not an excuse to overeat.  You can enjoy a restaurant meal to your liking if you aren’t afraid to just ASK!
  • Alcohol in moderation.  Enough said.
  • Go to bed.  I aim for eight hours of sleep a night.  It means my 15-year old is up after me, but I know what I’m like without my eight.
  • Shop the outside aisles of the grocery store.  I buy very few items that are boxed or packaged.  If it doesn’t grow from the ground, or graze, it’s probably not healthy.

It all works about eighty percent of the time.  The other twenty–well, if it’s a well deserved chocolate chip cookie—leave me alone!

So enough about me…stay tuned!  Look for my Monday motivations….and Nutrition news on Wednesdays.

And if you stop in….could you share YOUR personal philosophy with me?  I would love to hear it!

There are days my clients don’t like me.   They have never said so, but I can tell.   They don’t want to do what I’m telling them to do, and they don’t want hear what I’m saying.   That’s ok.  I get it.  There’s days when I don’t like me either.   My inner voice sometimes annoys me, “Seriously, you want to eat THAT?”

But on the days that my clients DO as I ask, LISTEN to my advice, and ASK for help—I know they get it.   Those are the successful days that translate into successful clients.  Those successes are as individual as the client…some want to lose weight, others want better range of motion, some want to be stronger.

So what is a successful client?   Notice I said “successful”, not “ideal”.   They’re different.   Trainers would have a blast with an “ideal” client.   But we celebrate, and endure with our successful clients.   The dictionary defines ideal as “a standard of perfection or excellence.”   That’s the client that shows up on time, gives 100 percent every time, never complains, never has a setback, never quits.   That client also doesn’t exist.

Our successful clients are our “in the trench warriors”.   They show up to their appointments (yes, on time) with the right attitude.   It’s an attitude that says to me, “Even though I’m tired now, or stressed, maybe even cranky—I’m ready to do this.  I’m ready to put it all aside and get to work”.

Successful clients are committed.  To their gym time, to their bodies, to their health.   They make themselves a priority.

Successful clients do their homework.   If you spend three hours a week with me, you have 165 hours left to live your fit life.  What you do at home matters JUST AS MUCH as what you do in the gym with me!

Successful clients want to learn.   They want to know how macronutrients affect their bodies.  They want new recipes to try at home.  They are eager to try a new exercise that works for their fitness level.   They want to learn what will help them reach their goal.

I love to celebrate the little successes as well as the big ones.   My clients may not always like me, but they know I’m going to be there to recognize and celebrate success with them.

My Family

So who am I?  I won’t bore you with the minutia….but let’s say, like most, I wear many hats.  I’m a mom, a wife, a former TV reporter, a “gym rat”, and bit of a social butterfly.  I love to be around people, it’s how I get my energy.   Sure, I like my quiet time, but given the choice between a Saturday night in, or a movie and dinner with friends, I’m putting on my sparkly sweater and going out!   I am a morning person, but it took me years to become one.  My favorite place on earth is the beach.  ANY beach.  I love spending time with my boys (15 and 19) even though as teenagers, they don’t always want to spend time with me.

But why does who I am matter to anyone who would want to train with me?  This is, after all, a blog about Living Your Fit Life, not Cathy McDougall 101.  It matters, because to me, personal training is just that.  PERSONAL.  I get to know you, you get to know me.  I get to know that you hate reps and sets, but you love fast paced movement.  I learn that your spouse “loves you like you are” and doesn’t want you to change, so those 20 pounds aren’t coming off like you want them to.   You discover that I’m a talker, which can either distract you from those last four squats, or make you crazy enough to do them so I’ll just shut up!

Every day I try to live my own fit life.   I watch what I eat, I exercise six days a week, I don’t eat junk food, and I love how I feel when my workout is done for the day.   You need to know that, because it’s what I want for all my clients.  I want them to feel strong, powerful, healthy and happy.   I want them to wake up with enough energy for a new day.  We’ll share that energy with each other—and get stronger for it.

I ate a frog today.   NO, not a real one,  but it was still hard to do.   I had to pump myself up mentally.   I had to prepare myself physically.   But now that it’s done, I wish I had eaten my frog earlier than today.

Mark Twain once wrote:  ”Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”  Author  uses that image to say that your FROG is the one thing you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it now!  It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.

MY frog is this blog.  I’ve been thinking about it, stewing about it, fretting about it, and worrying about it for months.  Like many of my clients who dread walking into a gym for the first time, I dreaded signing up, and committing to “blogging”.  I worry that the technology will overwhelm me (I’m pushing fifty—my 15-year old son can do this in his sleep!  Wait! I think he does!)

I worry that I’ll get bogged down sitting at the computer, and I’ll end up surfing the web aimlessly as my mind wanders.  (Hey, I only ONCE stopped at r to check out shoes!)  And I worry that just as I master this, the “next, fastest, latest, coolest” thing will whiz past me as I blog.

But as I grow older, or “age gracefully” as I tell myself, I find myself CRAVING the need to share with others my passion for healthy living.  I worry that if we, as a nation, don’t get up and MOVE, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren won’t know how.   And many won’t remember how to show them.   We eat too much, we don’t move enough, and too many of us are sick.

I want EVERYone to know the pure pleasure in living the fit life.  I want EVERYone to know that aches and pains, illnesses and lethargy, CAN be alleviated by physical activity.  I wish EVERYone could wake up in the morning with a spring in their step, and a healthy meal ready to go i n the kitchen.

So, while it’s unrealistic to share with EVERYone, I’m sharing with….well, more than I can in my personal circle.  I have ideas, tips, suggestions and plans that I know can help YOU life your fit life!  What I hope to do in this blog, is share those with anyone seeking a way to improve their life.    This is a pretty rough draft…so come back regularly to catch the updates!   This blog won’t always be easy for me—but I know getting to a gym isn’t always easy for my clients.  But to quote Brian Tracy, “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”

What’s YOUR frog?  Tackle it tomorrow…early.   It’s not as disgusting as it seems!

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