Day 2 done !!Get up every morning and EARN YOUR SUNRISE!! We all get up everyday and lace up for different reasons. Why are you here? It’s about family and friends. It’s about the encouragement of a great group of people that no matter what your reasons for getting up are, we show up to support each other. We show up to push each other to be the best we can be. YOU belong here! Fat or skinny doesn’t exist here. Its about changing your quality of life and to live like we’re living not like we’re dying (thanks Re ). If you or someone you know needs this class in their life we are always looking for new friends. Call/text me or message me for details 252.599.0056 (the audio from the video isn’t great because of the wind but you all know what you said )
Have you ever looked a photo of yourself and thought I wish I was fat as I thought I was then? Let me guess, back then you thought you were carrying a few extra pounds but you didn't do anything about it, so the few turned to 10 to maybe 50 or 100? I understand, it happened to me.
Shortly after moving to the OBX and found myself still topping the scale at 200. (photo on the left) In that moment I wished to be as fat as I thought I was at 180! I knew I needed to make a change, I had to take a good long hard look at who I was and what I was doing to my body. I knew losing more weight would be hard but as you know being fat is hard too! I had a choose, Fat Hard or Healthy Hard, I am so grateful I chose my health. Did you ever consider what your weight is costing you? The truth is you are paying a big price for your weight, not only in currency, but with your heart, your joints, your sleep, your overall health! Did you know for every extra pound of weight you carry you are putting 4 lbs of pressure on your knees alone? So, for every 10 pounds that is 40 pounds of unneeded pressure!!! Yes, extra weight will make working out hard and yes you will be sore, but as the weight lessens so will the soreness. I have shared my story with many people over the years, and I felt it was time that I share it with my community. I want you all to know, I was not a one and done. I had to pick myself up and dust off my running shoes more than once before it truly stuck.
I am now very proud of the weight loss I have accomplished and the fitness goals I have been able to reach and maintain, I am still a work in progress! I share this from my heart, not my ego, because I want you to know when you come to me for guidance with your fitness that I know the struggle of food addiction, the hurdles that you are facing, and the steps it will take to obtain success. The first step in the journey of weight loss is accepting where you are in this moment of your life and own it. The second is deciding that now is the time for change, it is time to turn the page and start a new chapter. The next steps will be to set small realistic goals and you will find that every time you crush one of these goals the drive in you to succeed increases exponentially. If you are ready to write your new chapter, I will help you turn the page!! Let's work on creating the steps to your own success. Don't look at a photo next year and wish you had started then! Call me and set up an appointment 252.599.0056
Thank you all for entertaining me this morning and keeping me company on a miserable 3 mile beach run pulling those logs and all the other fun shit we did this morning. Day 1 is done!!
I love my job!!
I love what I do! I love working with so many awesome people! In my whole life I would have never thought I would be doing what I do today and for 6 years now. I love the stories I get to hear and talking to people if nothing else just about how their day was. Laughing with my clients because they think they must look funny doing some of the things I ask of them. Being a personal trainer, health coach, group fitness instructor is a very rewarding job. I love seeing all the goals being met whether its losing weight or being able to jump over a 4 foot wall for a spartan race or bench pressing more than your body weight. Today was an awesome day one of my clients pushed 75 pounds over her head 10 times for three sets, bench pressed 95 pounds with a little help 5 times also deadlifted 135lbs. She started strength training with me a few months ago. When she started she had trouble getting the 15lb dumbbells up over her head.
It’s a very hard and stressful job as well especially when its your only source of income. Most don’t think about this aspect of my job. Constantly marketing yourself, spending money on advertising hoping that it pays off. Always on the search for new clients because you never know when someone is going to drop off for whatever reason. I am grateful for all my people that come to train with me 2 times, 3 times and some of them 5 times week. Its very humbling. Thank you all for being part of my life and for all that you do for me.
First of let me start by saying you won't see my changes by just looking at me. Quite frankly some of you may look at me and think well if that isn't the biggest waste of time and effort and you know what... That's ok. I am 46 years old and I am just not going to be of the super model variety or even remotely skinny.. again.. That's ok.
Four and a half years ago I lost myself, part of my heart was buried and I just lost every part of me that made me me. I went from bootcamping and running every day to nothing. Everything in me was just numb. I gradually got back to things, I ran a few more half marathons and actually completed 2 full marathons but there was no spark. A bad decision here a bad decision there landed me in a place I didn't want to be, shoveling food in as fast as I could. I tipped my scale at the highest weight I had ever been.
Then I came home.
Within a week or so of coming back I started working out with Todd one on one. It was not easy as starting over most of the time isn't, but I went. Then I got a partner, she has worked so hard and stuck right by me through cussing and crying and sweating an injury here or there but together we are.
I can remember back to that first week of training and realizing how weak I was, not only physically but emotionally as well, it was truly heartbreaking. The truth was I wasn't there to become some knock out rocking body lifter, I was there just to survive. I don't think I even knew that myself at the time, but he did. I made a promise those first days, that when it got bad, and it did, that I would come to the gym, that on the days that felt like tomorrow wasn't worth it, come train anyway. I have walked through those doors with swollen eyes from tears and just worked. No words needed to be said just hard work put in. So the question of the day.. did it work? Well I am writing this aren't I?
This last year I didn't meet my fitness goals due to some issues that has pretty much knocked running out of my routine, but I never stopped going to training. I am still not super model material because quite frankly I like to enjoy food and wine too much but that is ok because while I am out here enjoying food and wine... I am also enjoying the gift of life that training with Todd has afforded me.
My point in writing this, while we are all in this for a better physical being, yes I am stronger physically than I was, take a moment and think about all of the other positive ways training with the right person can help you. On the fence? Give it a month... you will find the change.
While you may not see a physical change in me... take a second and look a little deeper... you are certain to see a spark.-amh
If you’re like me, you wake up every Monday morning telling yourself this week will be different. I will eat better. I will commit to my workouts. I will work hard to achieve my goals. This week will be different.
I started training with Todd over a year ago and I had this epiphany today. If he has faith in me, why can’t I find it within myself?
Todd can only give me guidance with my workouts and meal plans. The rest is up to me. I also realized today I can’t be in this journey alone. None of us can. We all need support and praise. It’s time to stop the self-sabotage and get honest. It’s time to listen and share.
Today I will begin the process of believing in myself. It won’t be easy. Self doubt will creep in, but when it does, I have an amazing support group I can count on to help me out. I will dig deep. I will be honest with myself. I will work hard. I will stop the self-sabotage.-mb