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 doing 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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Mental Health Day

One thing I know for sure:  I work harder for myself than I ever did when I worked for someone else.

I believe that’s how it should be.  Working for myself means I’m working for something that I believe in 100%.  The statistics concerning women’s health in my state alone are sobering -- especially for Blacks and Hispanics. 

Health Conditions and Risk Factors
Female Population of VIRGINIA – 4,164,342,  Total State Population – 8,185,867
Condition or Risk Factor
White, non-Hispanic
Black, non-Hispanic
Asian/Pacific Islander
Currently smoke (age 18+)
Overweight (age 20+)
Obese (age 20+)
High cholesterol
Asthma, currently
Source:  2012 BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System)

We can do better.  I refuse to believe that our women are lazy.  Most of us just don’t know what to do or where to start.  I want to help.

Back to the topic at hand.  I take pride in knowing that I’m not the type of person who normally gets stressed out.  Stress is a killer and I try hard to keep things in balance in order to avoid it.  However, stress is sneaky and can show up out of nowhere.  That’s what happened to me recently.  I have so much going on … my calendar has fewer and fewer blank spaces and since I work from home I was having difficulty establishing “office hours”.  The commitments to my clients, family, church and myself had me completely worn out.  So yesterday, in order to save my sanity I gave myself the pleasure of a mental health day.

In addition to everything that I have going on I found myself neglecting my diet which was contributing to the way that I felt physically.  I wasn’t eating  unhealthily … I just wasn’t preparing my food ahead of time which caused me to have to think about my next meal and sometimes that just added to the stress.  So I went back to what I knew:  food prep.  Honestly, I hadn’t done a full meal prep since my show more than a month ago and I could tell the difference in how I ate and how I felt.  I was due. 

Yesterday, after the gym I went to the grocery store and picked up some essentials and spent about an hour and a half preparing my food for the week.  Then I took a shower and got in the bed and watched Netflix movies and napped all day.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  When I woke up this morning I was more than ready for the day ahead.

I have a regularly scheduled “rest” day each week, which is Sunday.  But that is really just rest from working out.  I still sometimes work.  I needed a day to rest my mind as well as my body.  It has enabled me to look at my work with fresh eyes and ultimately be more productive.

Are you in need of a mental health day?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Doing it Daily

 Last week I had the opportunity to attend a Personal Trainer’s Conference.  It was three days of lectures, workshops, workouts and networking and the experience inspired and motivated me so much and reminded me of why I transitioned into this business. 

There’s something about being surrounded by people who do what you do that really opens your eyes and gives clarity.  I had many revelatory moments but the one that stands out the most is the fact that how I spend my days will determine my level of success.  I am building a business and the things that I do every single day will get me to the goal that I have set for myself.

You’d think I would have already known that, huh?

It’s what I try to get across to my clients every day.  “Going to the gym once will not impact your level of fitness.”   “Eating properly one day of the week will not help you lose weight.”  I say this all the time.  I know this stuff but when it came to my business I seemed to have fallen short. 

Being an entrepreneur is a lot different than working for someone else.  I only report to me.  I set my own schedule.  I decide when I’m going to work and when I’m going to chill.  That has its benefits but it also has its drawbacks.  While I can watch a Law and Order marathon all day if I want, that is not helping my business.  I have to designate certain hours as “working hours” and whether I’m actively training a client, responding to emails, designing workout or meal plans, or reading fitness journals … that time has got to be used to further my business.

I came home from that conference on fire.  I have to be careful about that too – after all, fires only burn hot for a short period of time and I have to keep this fire going.  I must purposefully work my business every day in order to enjoy success.

God told Joshua this: 

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

The message was clear – don’t allow yourself to be distracted and what you do on the daily is what will determine success.

My to-do list is longer and that’s a good thing.  There is always something to be done.