Over the last 4 months I have been on a very important & challenging journey. My life has changed in many ways and I have become a much stronger woman. I choose to set some very big goals for myself to accomplish before I turned 40. Setting goals has always been a way of life for me but I decided to jump way out of my comfort zone and set monthly goals & train hard each and everyday. A significant difference for these goals was having the full support and help of my whole family. My husband had taken a leave from work and helped me with my nutrition and meal planning. I enlisted the help of my girls to motivate me and keep me accountable to the daily training schedule which sometimes included cardio training, yoga and hitting the gym for strength training. In the past 4 months I have competed in and coached a team at Fem Sport, ran my fastest 10K, completed the Tough Mudder and will have an athletic photo shoot done to show how far I have come and what I was able to achieve. My family has been at most of my events to cheer me on and we have grown closer as a family. On Canada Day we all ran in the Get Canadian Run here in town and both of my girls help me lead the warm up in front of almost 100 people. I could not have done it without them! And I can't forget my faithful running buddy, my dog Rudy who may slow me down when he gets tired but he is great company up those trails! My heart is full and I am proud of what I have achieved and feel blessed to share it with the most important people in my life!
This morning I took my Mommy's Bootcamp class through an intense Fem Sport inspired workout that included box jumps, pull ups, tire drags, tire flips & an obstacle course. When I made the decision to do this I also decided to have a get together after class to ask some questions to the group for a project that I am working on called Fit Mommies. As my husband & I loaded up all the equipment required for this class my husband said, you really love your job & your ladies don't you? I said of course, why do you say that. Because I don't know many people who do the crazy things you do to motivate others. I told him that they give me the motivation to work harder by showing up even when they are tired, even when they are not feeling well, even if they have a million excuses not to come they still do & they work for it!
So this morning my oldest daughter asked to come & help with the circuit and I was so happy as she is on holidays now & does not like to get up and out before noon. We packed up all the snacks for the get together, grabbed our water bottles & set out early to set up the equipment. As we placed the box jumps in the shade, set up the yellow pull up bars on the field, measured out the obstacle course I began to really get excited in anticipation for my participants to make their way to class & see the reaction I would get. I love to see them smile when they come upon a new challenge.
The next 50 minutes were so much fun and even overwhelming at times as I saw women push themselves in ways they didn't know they could. The team spirit within each group was inspiring and the support they gave to one another was moving. I know you may say it's just an exercise class, but perhaps just for that hour it meant so much more to those of us who took part. It brought me back to my amazing team at Fem Sport and how we believed in each other and looked into each others faces to show genuine caring & support. And also to my team at Tough Mudder who helped me push through some overwhelming negative emotions that I was carrying that day.
I live my dream each day having the opportunity to work with and be part of a team of individuals who constantly grow, share, support & improve together. The bonus to this day was when my daughter joined up with one of the teams & completed the whole class with them. They all made her feel special & cheered her on to the end. My heart was full and as we sat down to share stories and snacks as a community I was again reminded of how fortunate I am. Another day to be grateful!
Ok here I go! I have been pondering this blog for about 10 days now, should I write it? Will some people be put off by what I have to say? I really hope not but after my experience in Tough Mudder a few weeks ago I feel compelled to talk about excuses! I am faced with them daily in my business and unfortunately many of them are reasons why individuals CAN'T accomplish goals or CAN'T find time to improve their health. Most of the time I try to be understanding and have empathy but since I watched thousands of individuals complete a 21k mountain run with 20 crazy obstacles I have a new perspective. I am not saying that because I was able to do the course, but because after seeing a man with one leg, another in a wheel chair, individuals in their 60's & 70's dominating the event I am convinced that we all have what it takes to be our best & accomplish our personal goals! I try to tip toe around this topic due to it's sensitive nature, but I want every person who reads this to know that they CAN do anything they put their mind to. I have seen several of my clients battle back from depression, post partum, chronic pain, excessive weight gain, lack of confidence, lack of support and low self image to become athletes, runners, leaders & role models to their whole family. Was it hard, of course it was, but once they looked in the mirror and let go of all the reasons they COULD NOT and replaced them with ACTIONS, they let go of their FEAR of FAILURE and made room for SUCCESS.
Take a LEAP of FAITH & believe in yourself everyday, find people who will support you in your journey and start to give yourself permission to succeed.