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.