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Do You Know What You Want?

Last month, one client moved from her coveted 7am slot to another. I immediately knew who to call. A separate client expressed a standing request for that time slot months ago. I was thrilled to send the email and delighted to fit her in the calendar.
What does personal training scheduling have to do with being fit and healthy? I argue – if you don’t know what you want – you’re a lot less likely to get it. Have you ever taken the time to think about what you really want in terms of your health and fitness? Not general wishes as we stand frustrated in front of the fridge or closet. I mean specific contemplative desires.

Part of the intake process for Blakely FIT clients addresses these details but you can take advantage of my experience as a trainer and try this on your own. Here’s how:

  • Set aside one hour
  • Go for a vigorous walk outside with out interaction or disruption for at least 30 minutes (I recommend the lakefront)
  • Arrive at a distraction free location for some quiet time and meditate on the thought: “What do I want?”
  • Write it down

Although simple each of these steps has specific reasoning. The vigorous walk releases important chemicals in your brain, the lack of distractions will reduce peer pressure, being out doors opens us to a sense of freedom, writing solidifies our thoughts. I hope this helps you learn a little bit more about yourself and ultimately brings you closer to a happier, healthier body.

The Toughest Part of the Job

I am striving as a business owner, I am striving as a trainer. In doing so, I reach out to others – for counsel and advice. Addressing one specific area of business, someone I consider a bit of a mentor, reminded me: “it’s the toughest part of the job.” This was comforting and discouraging at the same time.

My dear readers, I have the same message for you. The fact is, the day in, day out healthy decision making is the toughest part of your being fit job. Understanding what we SHOULD do is not all that difficult. Drop me an email, do some homework and the answers are pretty easy to find. Actually doing it? That is the mountain in front of you. “So, thanks for pointing out the mountain Michelle, but now what?” Recognize the challenge and take a step. Take a moment to acknowledge that it’s not easy. This nonsense that we should easily be able to completely change our habits and suddenly behave healthfully is ridiculous. Remind yourself that although simple – this healthy living stuff is work. Worth every single drop of blood, sweat and tear, but work. So applaud yourself for the effort, applaud your self for making the right decision because your body and loved ones deserve a healthy you, imagine you are G.I. Jane if it helps you soldier on. Just don’t forget to keep your perspective as you fight the good fight. I am rooting for you!!!

Exercise Your Independence

MIchelle Blakely will be presenting: Exercise Your Independence: Is Independent Training and Business Ownership Right for You? at the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Illinois State Clinic Saturday, September 8th 2012 in Woodbridge, Illinois.