What is a Workout?

This weekend I was over at my parents house going through old boxes of pictures, books and other miscellaneous things when I came across this article:

WHAT IS A WORKOUT?

A workout is 25% perspiration and 75% determination. One part physical exertion and three parts self-discipline.

A workout is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. The mark of an organized, goal oriented person who has taken charge of his or her destiny.

A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind and toughens the spirit. Workout regularly and your problems diminish and your confidence grows.

A workout is a wise use of time and an investment in excellence. It is a way of preparing for the challenges in life and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary.

A workout is a key that helps unlock the door to opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physical and mental fitness are the triggers that can release it.

A workout is a form of rebirth. when you finish a good workout you don;t simple feel better, you feel better about yourself.

Make your workouts your priority this week and see how your life shifts!

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.

Live for Today

In an instant everything can change. The things you took for granted are no longer available to you. The moments you so carelessly rushed through are now the times you wished you could savor. Tasks that were once so simple are now incredibly difficult, or worse, impossible. We all realize this can happen but it’s not until we get hit by reality are we able to step back and look at the bigger picture.

My mom is a two-time cancer survivor. SURVIVOR. And did I mention two-time? Yep, that’s right, two different types of cancers! At 5’2” she is the strongest, sassiest, most stubborn person I have ever met. And I say that with the utmost respect. This woman has been through a lot in her life and can take on anything however, the treatments that had saved her life is now what has posed threats on her health and well-being.

My mom just recently retired and was so excited to be able to finally travel to all the places she wanted to visit with my dad. But for the past two years her health has been struggling due to complications of  past radiation treatments and she couldn’t wait for the day to feel healthy again so she could travel, visit with friends, and not worry about her health issues. The past few months have been filled with doctors visits, speech therapy sessions, out patient procedures, the talk about what she was going to do once she was healthy and most recently an ER visit.

Although the outcome from the  ER episode and last weeks surgery wasn’t what we had hoped, she can now begin living her life and traveling to places she has always wanted knowing she will be getting healthier and each day.  For the time being she may not be able to enjoy some simple things in life like drinking a cup of coffee or splitting a meal with friends, but the survivor in her will keep fighting to get well and overcome this set back. Reality has reminded my family there is no time like the present moment and even though there will some tough times ahead this is just a bump in our life long journey and we can’t put off until tomorrow the things we want to do, see, and accomplish today.

Don’t wait to live your life. Take advantage of every opportunity. Don’t live in fear, have the COURAGE to face those fears head on and bring them down.  If you want it, go get it. If you can dream it, you can do it. You never know what may happen tomorrow so live for today.

Appreciate your health. Appreciate life.

It’s OK to be SELF-ish

Imagine you are sitting on an airplane, about to take off, and the flight attendant comes on the loud speaker to give the emergency evacuation procedures. He or she gets to the part about oxygen masks and states that you should put on your oxygen mask first before helping a child or anyone next to you. I always had a hard time understanding this, if my child was sitting right next to me I would do anything in my power to assure that my little one was safe.

I am sure many of us feel the same way. In life we want to help others, care for others, and we strive to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. I am sure we all have our selfish traits as well. It is okay; we are all-human and can’t be perfect all of the time. But I think we all need to take time to reflect on what are selfish behaviors (judging people, being greedy with our belongings, advancing in our lives while sabotaging other people’s opportunities) and realize there comes a time when we actually benefit from being SELF-ish.

Most likely if you are reading this you do not exude any of the negative traits I have listed above. I have been working hard over the last few years to only allow positive and supportive people in my inner circle. It’s a SELF-ish feat that I am quite proud of. However, what has become extremely apparent within the last year is that I haven’t taken enough time to really be SELF-ish. My work involves constantly giving to others and motivating them to live a balanced and healthy life, however, somehow I lost the ability to maintain it myself. Being healthy is about your mind, body and spirit and for me, all three of those components were taking a beating.

In the past year have fallen ill more than the normal person should, I have had surgery and medical complications, I’ve partied a little too hard, withdrew from friend at times, felt extreme anxiety which affected my ability to function as I normally would. I have lost sleep, cried a lot, and stressed out my friends and family all because I was putting massive amounts of stress on myself. I would judge my actions and myself if things did not go perfectly.

Even with these lows and the self-sabotaging behaviors I was inflicting onto myself, I have had a lot of amazing experiences within the last year. I attended incredible work conferences, participated in a mentorship program that inspired a shift in my life, I became a god mother, I moved into a beautiful new apartment, I landed my first print ad, I made some amazing new friends, I quit my job, and my new business is already thriving and I haven’t even officially “launched” yet.

All these things, moments, experiences made me feel alive and whole. I was doing something for myself that would enhance my life or career, but the feeling only lasted momentarily because I wasn’t taking enough “me” time to reflect on these things so I can carry the energy with me once the moment passed. I wasn’t participating in enough activities that would inspire and enhance my higher self on a weekly basis to keep me happy.

We will always have ups and downs, that is just life, but I wanted to seek more balance for myself so that way I can really help others. I have a team of people that I now talk to on a weekly basis that are helping me gain balance. It hasn’t been an easy process, and I am sure I will still struggle but I am ready to put on my oxygen first to help others. My spiritual guide told me yesterday that I am right where I am supposed to be. If I start to feel the negative or self-sabotaging thoughts come on, “don’t judge – just feel the moment and trust.”

Take moment to think about your life. Do you feel stressed, irritated, how is your sleep? Are you scheduling enough time in your week to be SELF-ish?
One of the important lessons I have learned in the last month, and that I often preach but had trouble listening to myself, is the importance of starting small with goals. Pick one or two things that you can incorporate into your week that will make you happy or help you relax. It can be as simple as taking a bubble bath, going for a walk with a friend, or reading a cheesy novel. Some people work well with visualizations that remind them to relax and breathe. Play around with what will work for you and see how your life shifts. Make the time, put it in your calendar if you need to.

My calendar & SELF-ish time for July: Take TRX classes 2/week, and dedicate Sunday nights to writing out the 5 things I want to accomplish in that week. And when I have a moment where I start to feel down or anxious, I am going to look at my 212* bracelet and realize I am right where I need to be and I am a least one degree better than I was yesterday.

“At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. It’s that extra degree that can power a locomotive…or take your life results far beyond your expectations. By taking ownership of this fundamental principle, focusing on a clearly-defined goal, maintaining an unstoppable attitude, committing to take action, and persevering, you’ll see life-altering, positive results. The message of 212° The Extra Degree is clear: It’s your life: You are responsible for your results. It’s time to turn up the heat!”

The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on his Tombstone – from the beginning – to the end.

He noted that first came the date of his birth and spoke of the following date with tears,

but he said that what mattered most of all was the dash between the years.

For that dash represents all the time that he spent alive on earth –

and now, only those who loved him know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not how much we own, the cars – the house – the cash.

What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard – are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real –

and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more –

and love the people in our lives, like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,

remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is read,

with your life actions to rehash

Would you be proud of the things they say –

about how you spent your dash.

– Linda Ellis

Love your Ego…it’s there for a reason.

 

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on The Art of Coaching. I attended the workshop with the intention and the goal of coming out a better coach and motivator. I was determined to be able to find a better way to express my knowledge, my passion, and inspire people to lead a healthier and more “fit” lifestyle by the end of the weekend. But what I quickly learned, that was my ego talking.

“The spirit seeks the journey, the ego seeks the destination.”

My whole life I have been focused on the destination. I am a goal setter. I like goals, maybe a little too much. Even after my collegiate sports career, I have found myself setting weird goals through out the day. They make me feel like I have a purpose. I even set small silly goals, like ” Can I get all my errands done in two hours?” Oh, and you would think I am nuts if I were to describe the victory I feel when I achieved something as miniscule and ridiculous as that. Well, that my friends is my ego. I never considered myself to be an egotistical person. I am calm. Inviting. I try to be accepting of all people, but what I realized this weekend is that we all have egos. The ego yearns for a sense of control, it wants gratifications, it is who we think we are, but it can suppress who we really are. The ego manifests itself differently depending on the individual. For me, I tend to set a goal, put my nose to the grindstone and not look up until I achieve it.

I have set a lot of goals in my life. I was determined to play college basketball ….check. Compete in a fitness competition….check! Sign with a talent agent, run a half marathon, climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro….check, check, and check! I have set many goals and have failed, but I have accomplished a lot of great things in my time. And regardless if I fell short of the goal or achieved it, I was faced with many set backs and obstacles. At the time I thought it was because I took my eye off the goal, I wasn’t focused, but I realize now that it was my spirits (insert your higher power here) way of telling me to step back and take a breath. I realized this weekend I have to be aware of this to ensure that my clients do not become too focused on the final outcome. Sure we all want to lose weight, tone up, eat right, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take the time to truly enjoy some of the “set backs” in life.

By the end of this past weekend I learned a lot about myself, why I am destined to be in the field that I am in, and that I am willing to accept my ego and acknowledge my spirit. I walked into the weekend with my ego telling me I was going to come out a better coach to each client, I walked out with my spirit saying it’s going to be journey and I am going to learn more about myself from each relationship I develop, weather it be clients, friends, or family. And I hope you learn from me as well.

We all have goals, we all have our own journeys, and I am looking forward to sharing it with you!

Be well,

Tiffany