Hey everyone! Have you ever had one of those days where you feel just discouraged and down? Not really a bad day, but definitely not a good one? It was one of those days for me on Monday. I was feeling discouraged concerning my clientele (one week you have tons of clients, the next not so many!), and although I know that’s the business, somedays it’s easier to accept than others. I’m sure every trainer has those thoughts when one client is sick all week, another’s out on vacation, and still another decides to take time off: “Should I get a regular 9-5 job?” “Maybe I should pick up a side business.” “I just want to know what I’m going to do every day.” BUT then I have a session with a client that just reminds me of why I love what I do, even with all the ups and downs – I love motivating others and helping them see life change.
And…it doesn’t help your down mood when you receive a gift – a big, big gift.
I am leaving the rainy/snowy/hail-y weather of Calgary for California as of this Sunday! If this seems unexpected, it’s because my flight was just booked – yesterday! I won a trip to train with Navy Seals, elite world class athletes, and learn from some of the best in sports nutrition and psychology at Hermosa Beach thanks to 2XU Canada!
The contest included sharing why you embody “heart, not hype” and it was something I was all too happy to write about. Although I don’t have the words I submitted (as it was in the box on the screen, not in a separate window – should have saved it in Word!), I wrote about how, as a personal trainer, I see fitness and nutrition fads come and go, and I try not to get caught up in the hype of “better, faster, easier” quick fixes. It’s about heart – working for the long haul with the end game in sight, focusing on your fitness, on living life better, on making changes and habits stick when you don’t feel like making those changes. You get up, you train, you fuel your body, you create a new lifestyle and path and that takes heart! Moreover, part of how I embody that isn’t just doing that for myself but sharing that with others – both as a personal trainer in person, here on my blog, and with the young adult cancer survivors that we are privileged to lead on adventure trips.
Although I received an itinerary (which includes strength training sessions, speed & agility drills, guest speakers, ocean recovery swims, yoga and dinners), I don’t know what to expect in terms of intensity and the flow of the days, the type of community that will be there and how the rooms are arranged. But I’m pumped for the experience and just can’t wait to soak it ALL in for myself (I LOVE group events and anything fitness-focused, which I don’t get out and do for myself often, is such a bonus!) and for my clientele. Can’t wait to bring back information and techniques and a reignited fire!
…and then my mom offered to buy me this shirt – of course I was texting to ask her thoughts – just picture this with tan legs and no socks…
The icing on the cake? I extended my ticket by a few days for a small fee (thanks to 2XU Canada for paying for my travel and accommodations!) and am visiting my family in the Bay Area for the weekend! I can’t wait to connect and have fun with them – what a huge, huge gift to be able to road trip from LA to Walnut Creek with my dad and brother, see more family and the upgrades to my mom’s personal training studio, and just BE in the Bay!
So…big news over in Calgary right now. I’m kind of still in disbelief…but so, so grateful for this opportunity. I’m going make the MOST of out it and share it with you guys, so be following along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates! Thanks to those who have shared in my excitement – I don’t always understand the way God works when things are hard OR amazing – but I’ll trust either way that He has my good and His glory in His workings.
How do YOU embody “heart not hype?”
Live well & be well (and any words of wisdom for me?!),