WIN the DAY…TODAY!

I hear it all the time from clients, friends and family. I don’t have enough time. I’m broke. I’m tired. Blah. Blah. Blah. The perfect moment will never arrive, your time is now. It is up to you to commit to the small simple tasks that will create long term success. What can you sacrifice in your life right now so that you can dedicate time to creating the life you want?

 

“I have some sobering news for you: some day doesn’t exist, never has, and never will. There is no some day. There is only today. When tomorrow comes, it will be another today; so will the next day. They all will. There is never anything but today.”

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“And some more shocking news: your ship’s not coming — it’s already here. Docked and waiting. You already have the money. You already have the time. You already have the skill, the confidence. You already have everything you need to achieve everything you want. ”

 

 

~ from THE SLIGHT EDGE

#wintheday

Are BUSY being BUSY? (Part 1)

You are never too busy for what you make a priority!

Bam. I said it.

This day and age we live in a society that is addicted to being busy. We are running errands, going out to dinner with phones in out hands checking emails, texting others and updating FB statuses. Why? Because most people don’t take the time to think about the things they value most (i.e. family, relationships, health, downtime) before taking on other commitments and in turn those are the things that end up on the back burner. We get caught up in a rat race until we eventfully fall off the track.

I want you to grab a pen and paper and write down what your top 3 priorities are in your life.  What is it that you value most? These are the things that are the most important to you. They are non-negotiable.

Now I want you to take a look at your calendar and see how much time you are devoting to these things each day and each week.  Does it add up? If so great, but I am pretty sure for most people reading this it may be pretty eye opening. Where are you really spending most of your time?

In my 10 year career as a fitness professional the most common and frustrating excuse is, “I don’t have time or I am just to busy.”  And this busyness doesn’t just lie in one not taking care of ones health and fitness. It carries over to family, to social circles and the need to feel that we have to do more so that we don’t let others down. Tell me, where do those “others” rank on your priority list?

When is enough…enough?

The most important thing I learned when starting my own business was that a jack-of-all-trades is broke. Basically you can’t do everything and you can’t be everything to everyone. Pick what you value most, dedicate the majority of your time in those areas and don’t settle for mediocrity. Be world class in what you choose to do.

If spending more time with your kids is important to you, limit the number of extra projects you take on and schedule more hours in the week to spend with them. If your health and fitness is important to you, treat your workouts as if they were doctors’ appointments. If you feel you need more time to yourself, write in your calendar “date with yourself” on a weekly basis. Remember, these appointments are non negotiable. Don’t erase, delete or blow them off.  Everything else you take on has to fit around these appointments.

Failure to prioritize the things you value most in LIFE will leave you resentful and always feeling behind on what it is your are trying to achieve in LIFE. Learn to LIVE the LIFE you LOVE.

On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!!!

You are at the starting line, your heart is racing, your head is pounding…what the hell have I gotten myself into?

Yes. That is the normal thought process of those people who are taking on a new challenge and have no idea what the outcome may be. The only thing they do know, they need to take action, and there is no turning back.

That is exactly what Meg Burton did on March 8th!  Meg joined my online challenge community in May of 2013. She was determined to make her health and fitness a priority and she took one step forward and never looked back.  She committed herself  to her goals, shared them with co-workers, inspired friends and the online community to keep pushing forward.

Meg at the starting line before the Giants Race in Scottsdale Arizona

Meg works long hours in the operating room and on top of that she has the nights shift but she never used that as an excuse. She kept her goal to become more fit and healthy in mind and didn’t miss a workout or a check in. She has been on a roll!

I made it a goal of mine for 2014 to run a competitive race at least once per quarter. I wanted to get back into competitive sports and not just rely on doing things recreationally so in November I started recruiting friends to participate in the San Francisco Giants inaugural Scottsdale Giants Race. I have ran the race in SF before but there is nothing like Spring Training and having lots of friends that already live in Arizona made it a perfect girls getaway.

Well as the date drew near some people had schedule changes, some had different goals and in the end the only ones left running were Meg and myself. Then the night before I left I had x-rays on what I thought was just a sprained ankle turned out to be a broken bone in my foot. I was ordered to keep off of it. No race for me.

I was devastated and felt bad for Meg. This was going to be her first race ever! She was the lone survivor but that didn’t bother her and she did not back down! She ran that race. And when I say she ran it, I mean she RAN IT! She didn’t back down from the challenge even though she was running it alone. She was committed to the run, to her training and she succeeded with a great time.

After race victory!

I can’t express how proud I am for her and to see her cross that finish line. She and I go way back. She was the first child I ever babysat. To this day I am not sure how I was held responsible for such a young girl, when I myself was so young, but we were definitely meant to be in each others lives. Our families had vacation homes across the street from one another for many years but life takes its course and eventually people moved, but through the power of Internet we remained connected. That day was the first day I spent with her since she was 8 years old and I wouldn’t want to spend it any other way.

Meg decided to take responsibility and take action which lead her to results!

So many of us wait for motivation to take action but action breeds motivation. Meg is already trying to recruit people for her next races and we are planning to run the Giants Race in SF this year. Crazy costumes and all!

So if there is something you want to accomplish, make a conscious decision and start putting one foot in front of the other. Don’t wait for perfect timing, a sign or someone to give you permission.  Heck, I will give you permission. GO DO IT!

Are you ready?

On your mark…

Get set….

GO!!!

Then and now!

BE IT

WOW!!!
One year ago my life was completely different.  The past few days I have been working on my Annual Road Map for my Mastermind Group and also looking over the intentions I had set for myself in 2013.  To say the least, 2013 didn’t go as I had planned. In fact it was one of the most challenging years of my life. And while there are many moments I cherish and many moments I never want to relive, most importantly there were valuable lessons that I learned.

I learned to speak up for myself and stand my ground. For some people it was threatening when in reality I was just not going to continue on being the passive girl who let people push her around. I owned the fact that I am a woman, a caretaker a business owner, a friend, a daughter, and a successful entrepreneur. I am not going to go into all my lessons here, I am saving that for my book, but I will be updating my blog with lessons I have learned through out my life and hopefully they will be inspiring ore something you can relate to.  I haven’t updated my blog in a while and I don’t  know where this is going to take me but I just know that I have a story I need to tell.

One of the biggest lessons I learned can’t necessarily be summed up into one simple statement. This past year I had to say good-bye to my mom. It is something we all experience at some point but you are never truly prepared for it. When my mother made the decision to discontinue her chemo treatments I remember my friend Maria writing to me and saying “I was there to help my grandmother pass on and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced.” I didn’t get it at the time. I was happy to be there for my mom although it was one of the most challenging things I have ever gone through. I found that the beauty in the experience lied in the those small simple moments with her. There were late nights watching TV when she was too scared to sleep and it was just she and I. The moments her friends came to visit and brought a smile to her face. I reconnected with old friends and gained new ones from my moms youth. I moved back into my childhood home and have a new found appreciation for the small beach town I grew up in. I learned to see the beauty in the simple things in life.

I don’t want to live a life with any regrets but if there is one thing I wish I could have changed about 2013 that would be to set more boundaries.  Moving forward in 2014 I am making myself a priority and I am protecting my space.  I am going to try new activities and possibly get back into boxing and paddle boarding. I will take more vacations and spend more time with friends.  I am FOCUSED and COMMITED to live the life I encourage my clients to live.

My theme for 2014 is to BE IT!

Believe in my goals and don’t let anything or anyone stand in my way

Enthusiastic about everything I set out to do.

Inspire. Share my story, share my journey and help people become their personal best.

Trust my gut!!!

 

No Excuses!

Recently I met the most amazing woman. She has spirit, funk, sass and she is more tenacious than her tiny little frame projects.

She came to me inquiring about personal training because she has lost her physical strength over the past few years. She let me know that she was once Miss April and when I asked her to tell me about her past title, she then let me know that she was crowned that honor 20 years ago at her old gym but she is determined to be the Miss (fill in the blank) title that best suites her age. She let me know that to being in the best possible shape for her age and to live a long and healthy life are her main priorities.  I immediately fell in love with her determination and desire to live a healthy life.

I opened up my calendar to make an appointment. Between her yacht club, playing chess with a friend, yoga, and swimming, we were finally able to find a day and time that would work for both of us moving forward. Yes, this woman is very busy. I am sure many of you reading this will think that you have a lot more on your plate than she does. She is not balancing kids (whom are grown up), a job (she’s retired) or multiple committees. You may even say to yourself “It must be nice to fit in yoga and a chess game during the week.  Sounds like a rough life.”  Right?

Well, what I didn’t mention is that this woman is a brain cancer survivor.  When she was diagnosed she was given a two percent chance of survival.  After multiple rounds of chemo they were able to remove the tumor that left her blind in her left eye and with slight memory loss.  She warned me that she may come in and not know my name and that she needs to be guided and cued patiently because she has trouble differentiating right from left.

She is not letting cancer or the damaging effects it has caused in her day-to-day life stop her from moving forward.   Along with all that I have listed above, she is helping her yoga instructor teach seniors, she hopes to sign up for bridge lessons, she still sails and has registered for two sailing trips. One of her big goals is to climb to the crows nest for the sail boat in February and I have no doubt in my mind she will do it.  And through all of this she has found her calling. This former psychologist often talks with other cancer patients and helps them come to terms with their diagnosis and encourages them to stay strong in mind and spirit throughout their treatment process.

Next time you find yourself saying you don’t have time, you are too tired, you’ll do it tomorrow I want you to think of this woman and all that she has been through. If she can do it so can you.

So please tell me, what is your excuse?

80/20 Which One Are YOU?

If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved”

This past weekend I ran my first race in almost a year. It was a 10K trail run which I normally love but given the circumstances I have been dealt this year I had not been running and lost the love and the peacefulness that I once experienced.

My friend Ami was the one that encouraged me to sign up for the race. I had every intention to train, to get out and run, I even downloaded training plans so I wouldn’t have to design a program myself. But the past few months my training was sporadic at most.

The night before the race my mom ended up in the ER again. I thought about backing out of the race however by this point I had also convinced my client Heather to sign up and I really felt that it was time I take ACTION for myself instead of always doing things for others. I needed this run.

With 4 hours sleep I found myself at the starting line for the race. I knew there were going to be hills involved but I didn’t understand how many hills and the degree of elevation. In hindsight, maybe it was better that I didn’t know.

At the start of the race I was caught at the front of the pack running at a pace that would be impossible for me to maintain for the full 6 miles. The trail was so narrow and slick which made pulling off to the side not a safe option so I kept running, and running, and hoping that I didn’t trip and fall.

Eventually the trail opened up and I was able to pull to the side, slow down my pace and begin to catch my breath. Then the hill came. Not hills. Hill. 1,100 elevation for approximately 4 miles. Crap!

I tried to keep running at the base of the hill but my hamstring tightened up so I began to walk hoping it would loosen up the faster I walked. When there was a bit of flat land I ran. Another hill came and I walked. It went on like this for the full 4 miles and I was grateful that I had a great playlist even though my conditioning was hurting!

I began to become comfortable with the fact that I wasn’t going to break records on this run but this instead was going to me a motivator to get my running career back. Suddenly I began to notice that as I was run/walking the people that were running at a constant speed around me were not getting much farther ahead of me. I was keeping a decent pace with my fellow competitors. Immediately I felt even better.

After the 4 mile hill it was now time to run down, and that’s when I took off! I picked up my pace let my legs flow underneath me. I crossed the finish line and to my surprise I finished 4th in my age group! Not bad for not training. And to think I almost didn’t run the race and I contemplated giving up at one point. 80 percent of people fail at things in life because they never start or they give up, that day I was part of the 20 percent and I hope to be part of that group everyday.

The race was a lot like life, sometime you have up hill battles and you have to dig deep and do what you can, other times you are going full speed towards goals, everything is falling into place and you get to enjoy the ride. But you will never be successful at either if you don’t commit to ACTION!

Perfectly Imperfect!

For the past few weeks I have been waiting for the right moment, the precise topic, the perfect inspiration in order to write my next blog. Days and weeks passed and I kept searching for something to write and each day it became more and more difficult. Many of us experience this in different areas of our life. We hesitate, procrastinate because we want everything to be just right. But the longer we wait, the more difficult it becomes to make a move because we become paralyzed with fear.

As a child we are brought into this world innocent, open minded, curious, loving and not afraid to take risks or fall down once in a while.  But then something shifts as we enter into adulthood. Suddenly we are concerned about how we are perceived by others. Society influences our thoughts, we become closed off, we protect our hearts and are afraid to take a step in the wrong direction because we will fall and that would be a failure.  We want so badly for everything to be perfect.

Do you find yourself afraid to fail in certain parts of your life? Have you every really sat and thought about what it is that is holding you back? We have a saying in my mastermind group READY, FIRE, AIM. If you spend too much time AIMing for something you never pull the trigger, but if you take FIRE you take ACTION and it may not be perfect but it is a step in the right direction.

Think about a child that is trying to take that is trying to take that first step, the wobble, they stumble, they fall but they take FIRE until they perfect their AIM and are walking on their own.

Things don’t have to be perfect or inline before you start your fitness plan, change careers, or plan your next vacation. Think about that young child that wasn’t afraid to take risks and start with baby steps and see where it leads you. Things may not go exactly as planned but it may just be exactly what was needed and that is PERFECTLY IMPERFECT!

I Wanna Be A ROCKSTAR!

 

– a famous singer of rock music

– a performer or composer or fan of rock music

– a person who sings

Growing up I always wanted to be a ROCKSTAR. I remember at a young age singing at the top of my lungs in the mirror and to every song at my dance recitals. I have to say as of late I am awesome at singing in the shower and even better with the windows down and stereo full blast while on the freeway. Other people may have a different opinion.

And while I used to think that being a ROCKSTAR came required funky clothes, lots of accessories, a go against the grain and do the unthinkable attitude I recently learned a different definition of a true ROCKSTAR.

rock– One that is similar to or suggestive of a mass of stone in stability, firmness, or dependability

star– To do an outstanding job; perform excellently

My mom is a rock star. Nothing in her life has ever been easy and you will never hear her complain about it. She may complain about other things such as who the Bachelor should have picked or who deserved to go home on Dancing with the Stars but she takes set backs in life in stride and overcomes the seemingly impossible.

She has already battled cancer twice in the past and three months ago was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Early this year she started feeding herself through a feeding tube because she was unable to swallow and today she will have a tracheotomy to help prevent backflow of salivia into her lungs so she can continue to live the life she loves even if it requires spending extended periods of time in the hospital to get the job done.

Other people may have thrown in the towel and given up but my hasn’t lost her fighting spirit. She is strong, dependable, and excels through any adversity. She has given me a great life and has surrounded herself and me with some amazing people that have kept us going through this rough patch.

When I grow up I still want to be a ROCKSTAR just like my mom!

 

You can be a ROCKSTAR too! Are you passionate about helping people and changing lives? Interested in inspiring people to be healthier and happier? Click here to find out how you can join my team of ROCKSTARS!

Keep Calm & Excel On!

It is summer, we are just about half way through the year and at a time where things are supposed to calm down and allow us to relax why do most of us feel like things are at the highest level of chaos?

While most of the time we think of summer as a time get away, take a vacation, sit by the pool kids our out of school, we are running from one summer camp to another. Schedules have changed, new responsibilities arise and sometimes we find that we have taken on too much instead of taking care of ourselves.

Take the time to write out your priorities and what you want to accomplish in the second half of this year.  Do you need to focus more time on health, gamily, yourself? Take your 5 top goals and then write out what is holding you back from achieving them. Slowly begin to eliminate these negative factors from your life and watch how things pan out.

Don’t wait for life to slap in the face to make you realize that things need to change. Do your work early and make the necessary changes now!

 

You deserve to get what you want.

Put the Glass Down

Put the Glass Down

The Professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see & asked the students “How much do you think this glass weighs?”
’50gms!’….. ‘100gms!’ …..’125gms’ …the students answered.

“I really don’t know unless I weigh it,” said the professor, “but, my question is:
What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?”

‘Nothing’ …..the students said.

‘Ok what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?’ the professor asked.

‘Your arm would begin to ache’ said one of the student

“You’re right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?”

“Your arm could go numb; you might have severe muscle stress & paralysis & have to go to hospital for sure!”
….. Ventured another student & all the students laughed

“Very good. But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?” Asked the professor.

‘No’…. Was the answer.

“Then what caused the arm ache & the muscle stress?”
The students were puzzled.
“What should I do now to come out of pain?” asked professor again.
“Put the glass down!” said one of the students

“Exactly!” said the professor.
Life’s problems are something like this.
Hold it for a few minutes in your head & they seem OK.
Think of them for a long time & they begin to ache.
Hold it even longer & they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.

It’s important to think of the challenges or problems in your life, But EVEN MORE IMPORTANT is to ‘PUT THEM DOWN’ at the end of every day before you go to sleep…
That way, you are not stressed, you wake up every day fresh & strong & can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way!

So, when you start your day today, Remember friend to ‘PUT THE GLASS DOWN TODAY!

– Author Unknown