Do It Anyway

I’m back!  Well, I’ve actually always been here I just haven’t been blogging.  Can you guess why?  Lack of time? Life getting in the way? No material?  Actually, none of those.  OK, maybe a couple of those but a lot more too.  Honestly, I got in my own way.  Once I started this blog I got really excited about it.  I was so into it I started reading about how to do it better.  I found all sorts of material out there; books on how to make money blogging, lots of other bloggers and plenty of websites.  Problem is I found so much out there, so many other people already doing it and in my opinion doing it better that I assumed I just couldn’t compete with that and I quit. Have you been there?

I guess I’m not big on competition.  Typing this though I’m realizing that that is exactly why I started this to begin with.  Not because I wanted to compete but because I wanted to offer a competition-free zone for my thoughts. It’s the same reason I named my fitness business Real Life Fitness.  Real life doesn’t always look the way it’s presented to us out in the world, on social media or just in what people show you.  I’ve never been into that.  I am who I am and if you don’t like it so what?

That’s not always very easy though, is it? I truly believe we need all the help and support we can get just to remind each other that it’s perfectly ok just to be you. Think your thoughts, speak your mind, live your life. Be you! Because you know what? There’s probably someone else out there who loves who you are and wishes they could be just like you because it’s really just like them too.

So, I might not ever make money doing this or be the best blogger out there but I might just resonate with someone else out there who needs to hear what I have to say. And even though it scares me to put myself out there and I fear that I’ll fail by trying and not just by giving up I am doing it anyway.  Sometimes you just have to do it anyway.  Even though you’re scared.  Even though you think no one will think like you. Even when you think no one is listening. Even if you’re afraid you might fail. Do it anyway!

Real Life Fitness

Real Life Fitness?  How many of you currently belong to a gym you never go to?  How many times have you been resigned to begin new program or diet but didn’t see it through to the end?  Or worse, didn’t see the results you wanted or they didn’t stay?  Health and fitness isn’t about jumping onto the latest bandwagon.  It’s about lifestyle and true change.  It’s about something that fits into and becomes a part of your life.  Your real life.  Even if it’s a hectic, crazy-busy life, like mine.

Fitness is something that kind of just happened to me.  Kind of like how becoming overweight or getting sick kind of just happens to a lot of us too.  I tried something once (thanks again, Melissa!) and I loved it.  I was able to follow that one thing down path that lead me to where I am today.  Where I am right now is a place where I love to take everything I have and help others fit health and wellness into their everyday lives.  I wasn’t always here.  And I can see how very easily I won’t always be here if I’m not careful.  In my family we’re not perfect but we do ok.  Even still, in my house I can see how all my boys can eat similar things yet it effects some differently than other’s.  This is a fact of life.  We are all made differently and our bodies all react differently to what we put in them and to what we do with them.  Teaching my children how to manage their health and wellness now so they can never be on the latter end of this battle is one of my most important goals.  This being the first generation that is not expected to outlive it’s parents is a very sobering thought for me; and very saddening.  One I would like to disprove, at least in my own house.

It is so confusing out there right now!  There are so many forms of processed food, additives, allergies, etc.  Everyone has an opinion on which diet is best and why.  When you don’t even know where to start, you’ve got social media everywhere and find yourself bombarded with post after post of articles claiming things like why you shouldn’t eat a banana (a banana!) then I can see why it is so much easier to just throw your hands up in the air and grab whatever is closest to you.  Well, I also happen to love to read.  I read quickly and I find I can take in a lot of information.  It comes in handy when there is so much of it out there.  I love when I can truly talk with someone and find out what they are going through and let them know about something that they might find helpful.  There’s nothing better than being able to take something I know and be able to use that information to help someone else.

I am also a true believer in fate.  Recently, I came across an opportunity to take a new class allowing me to become certified as a Tabata Bootcamp instructor.  I am so excited about this certification for so many reasons.  First of all, it allows me to teach again outside of a gym setting.  Something I have missed immensely!  Obviously, teaching fitness classes is a huge step towards helping people achieve their fitness and wellness goals.  However, Tabata Bootcamp also comes with two other amazing components that are right up my alley…  One is a nutrition component!  The other is a behavior modification component that really teaches you to change your lifestyle.  So, in the end Tabata Bootcamp, a class I just found, has everything I’ve been trying to do all wrapped up in one nice little package.  OK, well it’s an intense butt-kicking package, but still… you get the idea.  I hope you’ll give it a try!

Christine