Friday, April 24, 2015

Open to the Possibilities

When I first decided to leave the corporate world and venture out on my own as a personal trainer I had a certain vision in my mind.  I saw myself coming downstairs to the fitness studio and having a steady stream of clients from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm.  I didn't see much else.

However, the reality of the situation is so much different.  I do train clients every day but I also lead boot camps and train clients virtually.  I spend a great deal of time creating workouts and meal plans not to mention the administrative work which includes marketing and networking events.

I've also discovered a market that I had not really considered when I first began: senior citizens.  It feels strange that I wouldn't have considered them since the reason why I'm into fitness is so I can maintain a healthy, strong body into old age.  But what about the seniors who didn't take great care of themselves early in life?  They need help.

This week I had the awesome opportunity to visit a retirement community and speak to the residents about the benefits of building a strong body and emphasizing that it is not too late to begin.  I can't even put into words how rewarding it was to be able to share this information.

The residents were very receptive and I was happy to show them some simple but effective exercises they can perform to help build their strength.  

I'm happy to say that I've already set up another appointment with another senior community to discuss setting up regular classes with the residents.  I had no idea that my journey would take me in this direction but I'm happy that I was open to any and all possibilities.

I started this because I wanted to help people the way my trainer helped me three years ago.  I finally feel like I'm making a difference in another person's life.  

There is no better feeling.

Monday, April 6, 2015


Thanks Oldgirl LadyLee!

Received a gift card in the mail today for Tar-Jay just for leaving comments on blogs!

Life is good!  I love me some Tar-Jay ... I'll probably pick up some gym clothes or candles.

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Week That Changed the World Forever

Resurrection Sunday (aka  Easter) is quickly approaching.  Over the weekend my pastor referred to this week as the week that will change your life. 

I’ve been thinking about that ever since he said it.  What Jesus did over 2,000 years ago during that week definitely changed our lives forever.  I believe that today in 2015, as we remember what He did, you can make a decision this week that will also change your life forever.

The changes that we make in our lives begin with a simple thought.  That thought puts into motion a series of actions that can change the course of your life.  I’m not going to get any deeper than that … it’s just … if there is something that you have been putting off, take this week to seek God … fast … pray and make some decisions that will change your life.

On this week, I decided to take a break from the gym.  I’m not lifting any weights at all but I’m still doing some morning cardio at the home studio.  I decided to do this because I really need to give my body a break but I also wanted to use this time to spend in God’s presence.  I’m reading and meditating on the events of Passion Week in each of the gospels and just praying each morning.  This is a sacred time.

On Thursday we’re having a 6:30 am service where we will take communion.  On Good Friday we’ll have an evening service and then on either Saturday night or Sunday morning we’ll celebrate the Resurrection.  I’m looking forward to the events of this week. 

2015, for me, is truly a faith walk.  I left my corporate job and stepped out on faith and God has been so faithful.  The more steps I take the more faithful He is.  I’m excited to see what is going to happen next.  It’s scary sometimes – I’m not going to lie.  Every once in a while I get a flash of “what if it doesn’t work?” But I refuse to linger in that place.  I immediately assure myself that God is faithful.  He answers prayer and I know that only good things are coming.  He’s not going to leave me.

I truly believe that this week will change my life.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

March/April Goals

Since I began working for myself, in order to stay on track it has been important to set monthly goals for myself.  This helps me to stay focused on the direction I want my business and my life to go in.  Switching from being employee to entrepreneur has been a huge adjustment.  My “office hours” are what I decide they are.  Some days I work 4 hours, other days I work 14 hours.  I’m always thinking, always planning, always charting the next move.  Sometimes it’s exhausting both mentally and physically but I am confident that I am on the right path and that all these things are working together for good.

The goals that I set for March have either been met or exceeded.  I have several things already on the calendar for April and other things that I really want to accomplish.  First quarter 2015 is coming to a close and it’s time to PUSH!

March Goals

Make a decision about the April show – Decided not to compete in April.  I want to take more time to train and prepare to debut as a pro in August!

Sign 1 new client to the 16-week program – Signed 1 new client to the 8 week program and 2 new clients to the virtual coaching program. 

Attend at least 1 networking event – Attended two events and two more planned before the end of the month on the 29th and 31st.

Post 1 blog per week at Fab Fit & 50:  7 posts done!

April Plans:

Taking a week off from lifting
Begin Spring Bootcamp
Give two health/fitness presentations at local retirement communities
2 networking events

April Goals:

Daily HIIT while taking a break from lifting
Revamp training protocol to prepare for August pro debut
Sign 5 new clients
Post 1 blog per week