There are no regrets. No rights or wrongs. Everything that has occurred in my life delivered me to this moment. This now. It all began with understanding these three words: Honesty, Open-mindedness, and Willingness. Three words which I never grasped as a lifestyle. I thought they were character qualities I could choose and use to manipulate a situation to gain something or avoid losing something. However, I learned that they are so much more than that. My H.O.W. today is Honesty, Open-mindedness, and Willingness.
Applying these principles on a moment-by-moment basis allows me to stay ready for life's challenges. Of course, we can never truly be ready for all that life has to throw at us. Dr. Wayne Dyer, an American self-help author, and a motivational speaker, once compared life’s challenges to squeezing an orange. You can squeeze an orange at any time of the day and still get orange juice. But what happens when life squeezes you? What comes out?
Before I began this journey, and unlike the orange, one could never know what might come out of me. When faced with life-squeezing moments, what came out was fear, anger, and shame with a sprinkling of love, peace, and kindness. Why? Because that was inside of me. Today, I know better. I now know that the principles of honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness shouldn't be used as tools for gain. They should be the foundation of one's character. Today I feel and express more love, peace, kindness, and humility with a sprinkling of fear, anger, and remorse. I am really pleasantly surprised at the outcome of my life-squeezing moments. Learning to be honest at life, open-minded to the possibilities and willing to create, have provided me with tools to stay ready for life’s challenges.
Being honest with myself helped me understand where my true passion resides. It was suggested that I look for that one thing that I would do for others if money were not important. My answer was fitness. Coach fitness, be fit, share fitness ideas, and all that fitness entails.
To me, fitness isn’t just physical. It is a part of the larger concept of the Dimensions of Wellness as set forth by Dr. Bill Hettler. Those dimensions are Spiritual, Emotional, Social, Intellectual, and Occupational in nature. So when I connect with others, it is from the fitness dimension of wellness.
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At 57 years of age, I am in the best overall shape of my life. I attribute my level of fitness to being honest about nutrition, openminded to the discipline of life transformation, and willing to stay in action. I learned what foods, activities, and thoughts my body responded to. I was able to use that formula and powerfully train myself. I have learned that nutritional intake produces different outcomes at different times in life. My nutritional intake is different at 57 than it was a 36, or 46. My lessons on this journey, what fitness means to an individual, is what I choose to share with others.
I learned a term, “bio-individuality,” which means that no food philosophy or diet can yield the same results for everyone. I strive to get people to truly take a look at what their nutritional intake is and compare that with what their caloric expenditure is. At the end of the day, week, or month you will either be in a caloric deficit or surplus. The question is: which state aligns with your goals?
My first five weeks with any client is to “peel that onion” back to uncover what foods, exercises, and thoughts promote positive transformation in their bodies. The next step is to support them in finding the formula for their transformation. The best way to arrive there is when the client is honest about looking at their nutrition, open-minded about the steps to change, and willing to implement those steps. I have witnessed amazing results with my trainees when they fully incorporate the principles.
If you truly desire change and want to know more please contact me 323–272–1590.