My very first race

It was 2003 and I’d never run any kind of race before.  I was doing my internship to finish up my degree and thought it would be fun to join everyone else in the gym in this “Main Street Mile”.  It was only 1 mile so what do I have to train for?  The day of the race they placed us in chorales based on speed.  I’m fast, I knew I could run at a good pace so I made my way to the front.  MAJOR mistake!  The gun went off and we all started to run.  I of course wanted to keep up so I started FAST.  Well, by 1/4 miles into the run I was gassed.  Everyone started to pass me real quick and I had to talk my way through the rest of the race.  I had no idea a mile felt that long when you sprinted the first 1/4.   I did complete the race in 7:24 but it took me the entire rest of the day to recover.  And I probably could have done so much better if I knew to pace myself.

How many times have you busted your butt to complete something, then looked back and realized there was an easier way?  Clearly, the least I should have done was practice running one mile properly.  I think we all underestimate the importance of preparing ourselves for the tasks we have ahead.  We need to prepare mentally and physically.  How can we do this?  We have to establish a plan.  I could have easily asked a seasoned runner their advice on what I should have done to complete that mile (comfortably…)  Don’t let you ego get in the way of asking someone for help.  It will help you get through the task so much better and more prepared so you don’t end up killing yourself to get it done.  So whether it is a fitness goal, nutrition goal, occupational goal, etc seek out someone who has completed that particular task before or a professional in the industry.  You may learn quite a few things from their experiences that will save you time, money, or just physical stress.

Where do I even start?

If you ask anyone I train, the most important thing when starting a new program is establishing a routine. Your body responds to consistency and it is extremely important to set aside that time to dedicate to training. Your routine does not have to be this extreme killer workout in the beginning (or at all for that matter). When I see those beginners start out and overwhelm themselves with trying to reach their goal all in one week, I don’t expect them to stay with it very long. A new routine is hard enough, but add the degree of difficulty in the workout and it makes it even harder.
So my advice to you if you are just starting out is:

1. Start out slow. Even if it is a 10 minute walk everyday. Then add on as you get comfortable and have more time.
2. For your nutrition do the same and add one element at a time. Work on a healthy breakfast, take out sugar from your coffee, stop eating cookies every night, or eliminate that carb filled snack you have at 3pm everyday and swap it with some veggies and hummus.
3. Grab a friend for accountability. I know you have someone whether it’s a friend or family member that deep down would love to join you in your quest for health. See if they would share a text with you daily to keep each other motivated. Or meet up for a walk 3 days per week.
5. Don’t give up! Just be aware in the beginning that things WILL come up and you will have to choose what is more important. In the beginning it will be hard to choose your new routine over the old, but I promise it gets easier over time. Your health is important. Keep it on top of your list!

These are a few of my tips to help you get started and keep going on your fitness routine. Our bodies are made to move and eat real food. Give it what it needs and it you will feels so much better!

Inspiration from the other side

inspiration

Did you ever have a close friend or even an acquaintance have a complete life change for the better.  Did it inspire you in anyway to make some changes in your own life?  The power of testimonials is incredible and most of those that complete those changes have no idea how many people they have affected around them.  It takes so much energy and time to make habit changes that you may fail to notice those who are watching you.  I can’t tell you how many of my clients have inspired me to become a better trainer.  Those around me have certainly shaped my career and personal life as well.  Surround yourself with positive friends that are constantly trying to improve.  And on the flip side, just know that those around you may need to see your changes to have the strength to create their own.  Making things look possible is why people start in the first place.  There are so many individuals that tell me they are afraid of starting my boot camps because they don’t think they would be able to do it.  Once they see the other beginners in the class just simply doing what they can, they someone realize “Maybe I can do this.”  We all have to start somewhere and don’t get overwhelmed with how far the journey is.  Be that inspiration that others need, go ahead and make those personal changes to not only help yourself, but help a large number of spectators around you.  Now that is powerful!

Water, the ultimate resource

How much water do you drink on a daily basis?  Did you know that you are dehydrated when you wake up in the morning?  The best thing you can do is to drink 16oz of water first thing.

  • Water will fire up your metabolism (I drink it when I feel tired and immediately I will wake up).
  • It also helps your kidneys flush out toxins.
  • Also, it helps your brain function better.  This amazing and functional organ in your body is 75% water so if you feel like you can’t concentrate or focus, you may be dehydrated.
  • It will help you eat less.  Drinking water with your meals will help you feel fuller faster.

So, what are you waiting for??  Drink up!  Happy Thursday~Carrie

Discipline

Life

habits

Life happens, and everyday is not a carbon copy of the last.   I’ve owned a fitness studio for over 9 years now and seen all kinds of people come and go.  There are some that are here everyday no matter what and others that sprinkle in every once in a while.  With those that are the most consistent, what is it that keeps them coming everyday?  Do they have less going on in their lives?  Absolutely not!  Now don’t get me wrong, tragedies happen which cause our lives to come to a halt and things get put on the back burner for a minute or two.  Those that are the most consistent make fitness a part of who they are.  These people have fitness as a habit so it gets worked into what ever they have going on.  Work, family, friends, and relationships all have an effect on our schedules EVERYDAY.  It’s up to you how you let it affect your routine.  Are you going to stop brushing your teeth because your child is sick?  I would venture to say that’s a no.  Why?  Because your teeth are important and you wouldn’t even think about skipping it because it is a habit.  What other habits do you have that won’t quit in times of uncertainty?  That answer is totally up to you.  Write out your priorities today and view them (and do them) on a regular basis until they become a part of who you are.  That’s when you will become one of those people who never quits.