What’s on Your Mind?

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So, what’s on your mind?

I woke up realizing that my whole life was being colored by a handful of thoughts. Those thoughts were given to me by my mother. I woke up thinking about all the times she accused me of lying, stealing, and being ungrateful.

WOW!

This theme appears over and over in my life. I always feel like I don’t fit in. How can I be good enough if I’m such a “bad” person?

The unhappiness contributed to my weight gain, and social isolation.

It’s affected my business, relationships, and health.

The interesting thing is that I live in Gratitude, give to others in need, and am honest. I always have been. I think that my mom didn’t understand the idea of abundance. She grew up without, and carried it into her adult life.

I’m not sure when the first instance of this line of thought was introduced to me, but it has had a lasting impact on my life. Words are powerful! Their impact can last a lifetime.

When we talk about our self-talk, it is important to understand that those words my not have come from your authentic self. They may be the words of a parent, family member, teacher, or other person who is or passed through your life.

As an adult, it is time to decide if those words suit your lifestyle, dreams, or goals. If not, then it’s your responsibility to make the change.

It took me years to like myself. I spent each day looking into the mirror, and saying “I like myself.” It was really hard to do in the beginning. The result is that I now like myself. I feel better emotionally, and know that I’m not the person that my mother thought I was.

I freely practice gratitude. My teenage son says please and thank you, and means it. My life partner is coming back to gratitude. Self worth is linked to gratitude. It takes little energy to say thank you, especially for the little things.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Listen to your self-talk. Does it reflect who you are? Does it hurt you? Does it make you feel good or bad about yourself? Do you want to change it?

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Mind + Body + Spirit

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Mind + Body + Spirit = Fitness

What does this really mean?

We are more than a physical body. Our logic may deem that losing weight is solely associated with the physical body. The physical body reflects the physical aspects of too much weight. It harbors painful joints, illness, or chronic sleep issues.

If you think about it, what are the reasons the extra weight crept on, and you were unable to stop it from happening?

Our minds think thoughts all the time. The mind doesn’t shut down, unless we allow it to be quiet. To reach this “quiet” state, we can meditate, drink a glass of wine, or exercise. The question becomes, do the thoughts stop, slow down, become clear, or continue uninterrupted?

What are these thoughts say about ourselves, our family, our situation, someone else. . .

Do these thoughts sound like our parents? Our partners/spouses? Our friends? Our children? Our self?

These thoughts are an integral part of whether we will be successful in losing excessive weight. Our self-talk reflects our feelings about our self, and only our self. It can be our private “hell” or moral support.

The spirit portion isn’t necessarily clear cut as the body or the mind. It is something less physically tangible. Part of it is the energy flow through the physical body, mind, and energy field surrounding the body. It is the soul essence. It is that part that is activated when following “your heart” or dreams.

Each of these 3 pieces influence our physical presence in the world. Each is equally important to address, when making life changes. Losing weight is a major life change. It takes courage, strength, and determination. It is one of the most important choices we can make, and it’s solely for ourselves.

Our self esteem is derived from a balance of these 3 pieces in our being. I’ll be talking further on each piece in upcoming blog entries.

Challenge to Those Who Accept. . .Take an inventory of these 3 pieces of your being. Try to be unbiased in your assessments. Think about what is working, and what may need to change. More later. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

 

Changes in the Closet!

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Benefits of Losing Weight. . .

  1. More closet space
    The clothing worn at smaller sizes use less fabric, thus taking up less closet space. The plus side is that you could own more clothing in the same space, or you could gain space for other things.
  2. Less food stored
    It takes fewer calories to maintain a healthy diet and weight. This equates to more space for healthy food, or gaining area for storing kitchen gadgets.
  3. Less Illness
    A healthy body is less likely to become ill. The body’s ability to protect itself from infection it stronger.
  4. Saving money
    Smaller clothing sizes cost less money than larger sizes. Less trips to the doctor for illness cuts down on medical expenses.
  5. Feeling better
    Less weight equals less pressure placed on joints and muscles. Less pain allows us to feel better overall. It becomes more comfortable being in public places. Our attitudes seem to improve with successful weight loss.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Think of 1 to 3 things that would be better if you lost weight. Write these things down into your list of goals to accomplish on your weight loss journey.

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

So. . .What Does a Coach Do. . .

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So, what does a Fitness & Wellness Coach do?

If you have been reading and following this blog, you may know that I share my own experiences to inspire others to follow a path to wellness and fitness.

As a coach, I share knowledge, help keep motivation alive, and give insight. I strive to help others attain their personal weight loss and fitness goals. I work to answer questions, and maintain a safe environment and encouraging environment for people to be successful.

I do work with Shakeology and Beachbody products. They work for me, and I’m happy to share.

In addition, I have a background as an athlete, athletic coach, fitness instructor, and personal trainer. I’ve worked with individuals with injuries and special needs. I enjoy helping people overcome their perceived limitations.

I believe that we cannot achieve weight loss and fitness goals without finding balance in our lives. It is a process, not an immediate result. For many, it is unfamiliar territory, and can be intimidating to begin this series of changes.

My goal as a coach is to inspire others to become the best they can be, through nutrition and physical activity. I help people start on this journey. I share different perspectives. I offer encouragement through the plateaus. I share successes, and offer ideas for challenges.

I have the knowledge to give this information through training, working in the fitness industry, and life experiences.

It comes to people first. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Tomorrow Never Comes. . .

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Tomorrow never comes. . .

I learned this from all the people I knew and loved that died in the past few years. They all felt that they could start tomorrow. They could do “it” tomorrow. They had plans for tomorrow. . .

Maybe the person who drove this concept home the hardest was my mom. She battled cancer, and died in 1998 at the age of 56. She didn’t even reach retirement age, and she didn’t accomplish all the plans she had in place for retirement.

Her death was a shock!

Throughout her life, she battled with her weight. I think she tried every diet available. She wanted to lose the weight, and feel better. She would accomplish short term weight loss, but it would all come back (and more).

She taught me that true weight loss required lifestyle change, and self healing (mind, body, and spirit). This was through watching her struggles with her own weight. Her internal “demons” won the battle, and she succumbed to her illness.

Her tomorrow never came. . .

I chose to change. I strive to be in the present. I want to live past 56. I want to climb mountains at 70. I believe that I can live a healthy and fulfilling life. I changed my lifestyle. I’m passing that on to my immediate family.

I know that my decision to change could cost me my family of origin. I know that they may not be able to accept me after I change. I also know that anything is possible!

I know all too well. . .Tomorrow Never Comes. . .

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Think about what is important to you. Do you want to accomplish this in your lifetime? Is there something stopping you from accomplishing this event? If so, do you want to change the situation?

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Then There Was Wildfire Smoke. . .

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First came the heat wave. . .then the wildfire smoke. . and a week or so disappeared.

Time is an abstract we tie our life events too. A week seems like a really long time to not workout, but it is far better to take care of your body.

Actually, our bodies need rest time to adjust to all the changes we make, whether it is weight loss, adding a exercise, or changing dietary intake. It’s easier to make changes and allow our bodies to adjust, than a continuing barrage of change. It feels better mentally too.

I make the changes, push myself hard, allow my body to rest, and come back with greater results than if I continually push myself.

I’ve had a week rest from my exercise plan, which is walking 4 to 6 miles 3 to 5 times a week. The smoke and heat made it unhealthy to continue.

What I love about taking a break like this is that I cannot wait to get back to walking. I cannot wait for the smoke to clear. My body feels ready to take on the next step in my weight loss and fitness plan.

I maintained the weight that I have lost to this point. I have lost 32 pounds since March. My self image is catching up with my body changes. I love what I see in the mirror, and am adjusting to the knowledge that I can wear a size M comfortably. I cannot even imagine what I looked like 32 pounds heavier.

My body feels rested and ready for the next 10 to 15 pounds. This makes it easier to shed the unwanted weight, and continue on this lifestyle path. I do have a plan for the last bit of weight loss and fitness changes.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Look at the changes you are making in your life. Do you like them? Do you want to keep them? If you could change them, what would they look like? Think about it. . .then decide if you want the make the changes. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

 

Weight Loss Takes Time

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We’re in the heat of the summer, and realistically it’s time to start thinking about weight loss for the Holidays. It takes time to divest one’s self of the extra pounds that gather around the middle of our bodies, or to gain physical fitness.

Looking to lose a clothing size or two?

Want to keep it off?

It takes some time to accomplish these goals. It requires re-learning how to eat, and nurture your body. These habits take time to become part of your lifestyle. Being a healthy weight and maintaining it requires changes in your life.

It’s easy to lose 10 pounds. It’s easier to gain 10 pounds. How many “10 pound” increments do we gain before we decide to change? One day, we wake up and realize we gained 50, 100, or 200 pounds. It can be depressing and overwhelming.

So, want to lose weight for the Holidays? Want to give yourself the best present ever?

Then, now is the time to start on your journey!

I am coaching a Shakeology Challenge the week after Labor Day. It’s free to join the group. The Shakeology cost depends on how much you purchase. Sample packets are $35 + shipping. A month supply costs $97 + shipping for coaches, and a little more for non-coaches.

The question is. . .Are you ready for a lifestyle change that will help you increase your wellness, self-esteem, and fitness level? Are you ready for your clothes to fit better?

Contact me either here, through Facebook, or send me an email (karen@fitbodyadventure.com).

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Write Your Own Story. . .

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The past is lessons learned. The future holds possible hopes and dreams. The present gives an opportunity of overcome the past, and build the foundation for attaining our dreams.

Fitness and weight loss are a lifestyle.

It may sound naive, but follow your heart. It knows what we are truly passionate about, and the direction our lives need to go. When we listen to ourselves, it is easier to create a lifestyle that sustains healthy weight and fitness.

I talk a lot about lifestyle, so what is it?

Lifestyle is how we choose to live our lives. It includes everything from where we live to what kind of clothing we wear. It is the food we eat, the friends we keep, the relationships we nurture, and the places we vacation.

Does your lifestyle support your desire to lose weight and be fit?

The only person who can answer this question is you.

Personally, my lifestyle isn’t quite there yet, but I’m working on it. I look at it as a work in progress. I do have more times where I smile and feel happy. This shows me that I’m on the right path.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .What makes you happy and feel alive? Are these “things” important in your lifestyle? Do you want them to be? What would you want to change?

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Being Present In Your Life

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Being present in the current moment is the foundation of life, and successful weight loss. Being present means being aware of the events unfolding around yourself at any point in time. It means finding the joy and happiness of being alive.

Often, weight loss seems like a daunting task, and a lot of work. It’s only one way how to perceive the process. What if it was an adventure to your true authentic self?

What if life is an adventure filled with challenges for us to overcome?

Perception of events is Everything!

I look at weight loss as an opportunity to become myself. It offers an opportunity to make lifestyle changes, and to feel better. At almost 55, I feel better than when I was 50. Age does not relegate us to a medicine cabinet full of prescription drugs and obesity.

In my 40’s, my doctor told me that I could never lose the weight, and not to worry about it. It triggered the thought “So what! I’m 40. What difference should that make in attaining my fitness and weight loss goals?”

We have a choice. We make these choices with every decision we make. It comes down to the food we put in our bodies, whether we go for a walk, or how we react to a situation. It is all part of our make-up, and how we perceive our lives.

Challenge to Those Who Accept. . .Take time to look at your attitudes towards food, physical activity, and weight loss. Decide if these attitudes contribute to your fitness and weight loss goals. If not, decide if you want to change them. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

 

Healing Self

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Losing weight requires us to heal ourselves. Every pound shed carries past wrongs, other people’s opinions, and old paradigms. It’s a process of healing self.

You become the caterpillar transforming into the butterfly. . .

So. . .reached a plateau?

Or. . .feel uneasy at your new weight?

It’s worth taking the time to look and remember what it is within yourself at this new weight. Memories are energy, and we store them in our bodies.

I finally reached “that” zone where I need to look inward, and allow myself to heal. Whether it is my father’s voice screaming at me about “killing” my mom as she was dying from cancer at the hospital or the harsh words of a former employer, I need to look at these issues and let them go.

These “things” only hurt me, and damage my physical body. I cannot control other people, but I can control how I take these incidents. I can keep the unkindness, or choose to let them go. It comes down to the question, “what kind of person do I want to be?”

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Stuck at a specific weight? Take time to journal about your feelings. Look at the words, and decide if you need to change.

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

 

Wait a Minute. . .

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Wait a Minute. . .what do you mean my clothing from last year will not fit me this year?

This is what happens when divesting your body of excessive weight. It means those clothes worn last year that fit will be too big this year.

What an amazing realization!

I’ve lost 30 + pounds, and all the warm clothing I wore last year will be too big. . .really too big. I’ve moved down clothing sizes!

It becomes a journey of re-discovering yourself. All those amazing “little” clothes will now fit, and look good. This little fact requires a lot of change in how you view yourself.

What to do you do?

I went window shopping. I looked at all the really cool lacy tops and jackets, slowly realizing that I could wear them without looking like I was “stuffed” into them. I could wear the smaller sizes, and “feel” comfortable.

What does it mean to be smaller in size?

Besides the health benefits, there is a huge psychological boost. It becomes easier to look in the mirror and feel good. People begin to notice you in public, and say hello. Self-esteem comes back. It’s easier to choose to feel happy.

I think the list is endless, and different for each person.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .keep a record of the changes in yourself as the weight comes off. Take time to adjust to the changes. It makes it easier to keep the weight off, and make permanent lifestyle changes. Maybe, go window shopping, and try on clothing. . .

Wellness to All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Afraid of Change. . .

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Afraid of Change? Don’t like Change? Have difficulty with Change?

If so, know that you’re not alone. Many people are afraid of or have difficulty with change. Yet, change is the only constant in the Universe.

Think about this. . .

Our body weight changes daily. Friends come and go. Family relationships are in constant flux. We are mobile and constantly moving. Our workplace is in constant change due to the business climate.

Even our personal lives are in constant change, even if we want to deny it.

Being in the present means embracing the constant change, celebrating it, and adapting to it with a positive attitude. It is truly up to us to create the atmosphere in our own lives.

On a personal level, a lot of the changes are fueled by our personal choices, view points, and attitude. Don’t like something? Make a conscious decision to change it. It may not happen immediately, but the change will happen.

Part of the journey of weight loss or fitness is embracing change. Our bodies are going to change. Our clothing sizes are going to change. Our reflection in the mirror is going to change. Our attitudes are going to change. The people around us are going to continue to change.

Weight loss and fitness gains is about change! If you want it, expect and embrace the changes that will come your way. It will happen!

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Do you like change? If not, why not? How can it become easier to accept change? What would you need to do to accept changes in your life? Journal writing is a great way to explore these ideas. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach