When coffee and self talk fails

Hello

Did you ever have one of those days when you drag yourself out of bed, look in the mirror and go ..oh no! Your hair sticks up like a porcupine, there are wrinkles all over (or at least it seems), your energy is on the nearly empty mark? On days like this it is hard to push through and get moving. The coffee does not even work when you make one or the shower wake you up feeling more energized.

There are going to be days when we all feel like we have been put through the spin cycle on a washer machine. Listen to your body? There’s got to be reasons why you feel like this. It may be the party you went to hard in, it may be too much food, not enough sleep, stress or even a sickness virus. Whatever it is stop and listen. We get so used to putting a band aid solution on our bodies that when they us something is wrong we don’t listen.

I put my hands up in the above category. Yes, there are times when you have to do what you have to do get things done. Once that is over remember to rest, be kind to yourself. If you are sick then there is no point thrashing yourself with exercise. Remember to REST, its not a swear word. We get so caught up in doing that when we have to sit and be still (like meditation) we feel like we have to keep moving.

This world of ours is changing so much – even it takes time to stop and recover. You are important and will be ok for stopping for a time. Sleep is great – our bodies recover nicely when given the chance. If we don’t get enough sleep we don’t function so well and our immune health systems are compromised. The world will still keep on spinning even if you stop and breathe – taking it a bit slower for a time.

The “Best version of You” ..2017

Everywhere I go I hear people talking about being the best or a new version of themselves. I mean what does it mean – the terms get thrown around in so many contexts that its hard to know whats real and what’s not. My context is to be the happiest and healthiest you can be. From that comes improvements in every area of your life. From small to big each improvement or goal achieved can help you be where you want to be.

Being honest, going from an overweight person to losing weight, it’s hard to know sometimes what it is exactly you are aiming for as you have nothing to compare yourself with. Obviously the body is going to be different from 25 years ago, four children, weight gain and loss. So to cover that area I chose to be happy with energy gained, inches lost, increased stamina and more positive as I went along. There are days where I still stumble – we all do – it’s getting back up and knowing you are ok as you are now not in the past or will be in the future.

We are all works in progress and its one day at a time – one step a time. There are many types of fitness and its finding new ideas adding to your quality of life. You want fitness to be fun,ok it will hurt sometimes and then it gets better as you train. Life is what we make it!

Ending the year – bring on 2017!

The end of 2016 is approaching quickly – 2017 about to be ushered in. New ideas and resolutions being made – celebrations to be had and life changes. For Fitness Today I want to bring you quality information that is fun, inspirational and motivational. I want real time results for people and would love to hear back from you. Fitness is about fun, being passionate about whatever you are doing and having a good quality of life.

For many years I never believed I was good enough and would stall at any excuse to not try something new. Many things I believed in were an absolute lie and did me no good – other than keep me down. Undoing those beliefs was very hard – painful at times and learning new ones challenging. Sometimes the ghosts raise their heads and I have to tame them. I say ok I know you are there – you are not me anymore. I am happy and deserve to be – so does everyone else!

Going from a size 22 to a 12-14 Australian ladies and maintaining it was a long road. Its a daily walk and each brings with it a unique set of learning conditions. Learning how to eat better – not diet – and have enough energy to get through each day without feeling flat or washed out. I am finding the more I learn the better it is and the more I can help others.

Whatever your weight, height, fitness level, age or sex, you can have better health. You deserve to be happy and this starts with becoming comfortable in your own skin no matter what you see in the mirror. Happy New Year for 2017 – may it be one of the best to come!

The Perfect Body – A lie, Truth or Myth?

The perfect body differs greatly from one person and from culture to another. What would be considered “perfect” for one may be the exact opposite for someone else. So while we are human each of our own version of “the perfect body” is vastly different. What you may not like about yourself – someone else would think it is perfect and wish they were that way themselves.

I always wanted to be taller and thinner than I was – genetics and logistics won’t let me be taller. I will never be a Victoria Secret Model in height or size as I am a small height and solid build (which I am getting leaner/muscle toned). It took me a long time to be grateful for my body and weight. Still a work in progress as we always are – evolving and changing.

While you will have your version of the “perfect body”, I believe its more important to be the best version of you. As you are now and will be in the future. Appreciating yourself and being grateful for your amazing body that gets you through every day, every emotion, every meal and every breathe. The one that moves you around, helps you live each day and keeps you alive. No matter what shape, colour of skin, scars, age, wrinkles, muscles, height or anything else in your body – it is an incredible gift.

You are a miracle of creation – there is only one of you – even identical twins are different! You are more than the reflection you see and body you dress every day. You already are amazing even if you do not feel it or are unable to see it at the moment. You are complex, funny, inspirational and motivational. There is so much more to you than you realize. Yes being healthy is a huge gift, managing any physical or emotional illnesses challenging. Looking after yourself as you would look after others is a big change for many people.

You may not think so – you are “perfect” as you are and a work in progress. Like a beautiful artform created over a period of time. The artisan had an idea and saw something in that paint or piece of stone no one could see. Through time, effort, love – change took place and look what came from their vision. You are always evolving and changing – there’s only one of you. You deserve to be happy, healthy, loved and appreciated for who you are – starting with the one you see in the mirror.

Teenagers, Diabetes and Exercise

Sometimes people have trouble with their teenagers and managing their diabetes type 1 or type 2. Sometimes the people who do everything they can to manage the condition properly still have odd things happen. Diabetes is not easy to live with at times and throw in some growth hormones associated with being a teenager it can make for some unusual activity in the world of blood glucose management.

The human body is amazing and the people I know with diabetes as in teenagers all have days when they get frustrated or elated by good news. Some young people I know are doing everything in their power from eating well, exercising and getting a balance or rest plus sleep. Their bodies are throwing curveballs like in baseball. Mixed blood glucose readings leading to higher HCL tests than they can explain. You are not alone in getting frustrated at times as the human body will often do its own thing. All you can do is have knowledge, learn to trust your body and listen to it. Everyones experience of diabetes is different and there is no manual one size fixes all. Every day is different and with time plus experience you learn to manage those curveballs being thrown at you.

Despite having diabetes the people I know have productive and happy lives – learning to manage the illness does not have it dominate them. When you first get diagnosed with diabetes your whole world gets upended and changed. You learn about things you never knew before and a whole new world is placed into your hands to manage. Knowing what medicines do what, how to take them, how to allow for exercise, sick days, travel and food. Its confusing and at times scary as anything.

Having high and low blood readings, knowing what to do when each hits, having a team of health practitioners and support make a world of difference. Good news despite the often umpredictable nature of this growth period in adolescence and the curveballs that come our way, you can have a happy fulfilling life.

Mindfulness and Exercise

 

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Ever woke up and wanted to close your eyes, pull the covers back over your head and snuggle in again to your soft pillow? Not wanting to get out of bed and face the day?

Yes I am sure you have as its something we all do at some point. We may not want to go to school, to work or see our family across the road. At some time it happens and even may be a fairly common occurrence.

On cold, overcast, dark, wintery morning I have no desire to drag my body out of bed. It’s warm and cosy plus the sun isn’t even out of bed yet! Still I stretch, say a few things I am grateful for as I start to get up with gravity pushing down at same time.  My first stop is through the kitchen and turn the jug on for hot water. Coffee is essential for me that time of year.

The weather has been crazy this year – extreme wind, rain and cold temperatures. Getting in and out of the pool, going to the car and from the car – I often wondered why I did it – teach swimming through winter.

It’s a passion and once I licked the negative thoughts out of my head – my day brightened no matter how dull the world looked in the weather.

Even fitness professionals struggle to get out of bed so you are not alone. Enjoy the little things in your day and know you are enough as you are now. Be the conductor of your own lives – live in the moment. Being mindful is a good place to be that takes practise.

New Beginnings and old endings

For years I struggled with my weight, depression, self esteem and my aversion to eating normally as I had no idea.

Four years have transformed my life on many ways. Down from a size 18 – 20 Australian to a healthy 12 – 14, I still have work to do and am healthy. My energy levels are up, clothes fit and are comfortable, feel good when looking in mirror – still working on the camera thing 🙂

Being a personal trainer is nothing like I originally thought them to be. It’s hard and rewarding work getting the qualifications – I have been blessed by great support from my work in Goulburn, my clients, friends and family. Even the strangers I have met in the places I visit inspire without realising it.

Change begins one at a time. With our body its at a cellular level – not skin deep as I originally thought. Things like stress can make  you keep on weight due to a hormone called Cortisol – a byproduct of survival caveman days.
You may have a resistance to insulin which I had never heard of before and am working on.
That baby is a pain as you can be healthy as, eat well, train hard and still be slow with the metabolism. As crazy as it sounds the body does not burn energy as well as it can and stores the energy for later – ie fat. So I am working on food to help with this solution and exercise and still have weight to lose.

At five foot 2, I am not skinny, young or glamorous. I want to be comfortable with myself as I am – bumps, lumps, curves and the person I see in the mirror – me. I have to be real in order to help my clients by first believing in me and that’s been a big challenge which is a struggle at times even today.

Our bodies are amazing things they get us through every day. Even when we sleep our systems are running – automatically converting energy and using what you need on a daily basis.

Learning to like yourself, leads to self love and you being happy in your own skin. Its not about what you will look like when you lose weight, losing weight for someone else – its gotto be for you. Results can be acheived for other motivations and seldom last – this doing it for yourself is life changing and you benefit. Its not what others think of its your choice.

Remember you are good enough as you are now no matter the weight or reflection or even medical conditions you may have. You have the ability to change your mind and choices even if you are in a wheelchair. Lifes what we make it 🙂

Have a great day – till next time,

Susan

Fitness is more than moving to exercise !

 

Fitness is more than moving getting sweaty and moving to the latest trend in exercise. It is more than the amount of calories burnt, more than the size your clothes say you are, more than the reflection in the mirror. Fitness  is ongoing with each breathe you take.

My take on fitness is it is about energy. As human beings we are made up of energy, we need food to fuel our bodies in all the processes – not only exercising – breathing, the beating of our heart, blood circulations, our brains health and so much more. Fitness is the energy we use on a daily basis on our body the things we do and don’t see.

Science shows us that we use energy in every process each and every second – voluntary  and involuntary processes – breathing, heart beating, food digestion and in every part of the 11 parts of our bodies systems.

I am turning 46 and coming into the industry later than most. I am not your young and glamorous 20 something with a fantastic body. I have lost 30 kilograms and multiple dress sizes. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with the most amazing people and which at times they don’t realise how much they influence me. Mental health, disabilities, age it does not matter we are all human beings with the similar if not same issues. Fitness its about the energy we use, how you see yourself (mental health we all have this), abilities does not matter what the age. We are human with differences in skin and age that is all.

I am passionate about being the best you can be – I used to hate looking in the mirror at the gym. Now I see a positive reflection – strength, courage, kindness, compassion and resolve. My mission is to see you be the best you – you can be –  unique one of a kind that you are.