Friday, May 30, 2014

Fitness Friday - It's not (just) about losing weight. It's about feeling better.

Sometimes I'll speak to groups of people (mostly women) about fitness, and I always start off by asking questions.  I usually bypass questions/discussion about whether people want to lose weight or if there is something about their body they could change if they could.  The answer to that one is usually "yes," and yet even with that powerful motivator, large portions of the population have a hard time adopting the habits that will bring about those results.

Instead, I'll ask people if they ever feel like they're too tired to do the things they want to do in life.  If they ever feel like they need more energy.  If they have a hard time getting motivated.  If they feel like they need an easy, no-brainer of a way to get a solid dose of really powerful nutrition every day.

And that's where people start to respond and ask me about how to join one of my challenges, or if I can help them.  Because as much as everyone wants to look good in that little black dress, what they want even more is to feel good.

I'm constantly astounded at how many people go through life feeling tired and crappy.  And far beyond my ability to help people look like swimsuit models, what I really can do through my fitness coaching is to help people feel better.

I saw this e-card on my Facebook feed the other day.  I follow a lot of trainers and fitness types, so my feed can be chock-full of stuff like this, but this one really spoke to me.

I make no secret of the fact that I struggle with clinical depression, and that I have ever since I was about 28.  And as much as I still work out to have a better body (let's be honest, right?), a huge reason that I work out and am so disciplined about it is because has virtually eliminated my depression symptoms and made it possible for me to go on the lowest possible dose of medication.*

It makes me feel good, and feeling good is everything.  It makes everything in life better and easier.  A friend of mine and I were talking about this, and she said something that really resonated -- that if you're not taking care of your health, then you can't be fully present in your life, whether it's for your job or your family or whatever.  

You can't plan your country's 500th anniversary and your wedding and then murder your wife and frame Guilder for it.

So for this Fitness Friday, think about how you feel.  Are you tired all the time?  Do you feel sluggish and unmotivated?  Do you crave crappy food that you know you shouldn't eat?  Are you unsure about how to eat properly?

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," I would love to help.  Join one of my challenge groups and get healthier in a positive, supportive attitude.  Whatever your level of fitness, whatever type of exercise you like to do, I've got something for you.  I can be there every step of the way.

All you have to do is decide to make a change.  

Are you ready to feel good?  Contact me and let me know what's going on, and we'll figure out a way to get you where you want to go.

*Yes, I still get upset or depressed about stuff -- this past winter was rough because I was unhappy and dealing with stuff in my personal life -- but I don't have a problem with being depressed about shit that's depressing.  The problem is when the chemicals in my brain make me feel hopeless and worthless when there isn't depressing shit going on.  

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