Archives for January 2012


“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
-Napoleon Hill

Take this quote and do what you will with it today.
Whether it’s quitting that job you hate to chase another that might not pay as much,
or putting the first foot forward to training for the weight you never thought you could reach,
or leaving the bad relationship you’re in to be alone, but happier,
or going back to school, even though you’ll be the oldest in the class,
or leaving your hometown for another where you don’t know anybody.
Whatever you WANT to do with yourself, GO FOR IT.
Start working towards it. Today.
Because it will never be the “right” time.
Be bold.
Be Brave.
You’ve got this.
Have a great Monday, guys!
I’ve been scared shitless about many of the huge decisions I’ve made in my life (most against the wishes of my family/friends), but I’ve always been happy so I don’t regret a SINGLE one. Sometimes you just gotta leap. The net will appear.
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Tough Mudder – Nor Cal 2012

I just signed up for this with some other TRX Team Master Trainers…
Most people think since I’m a fitness professional that I must run a lot. I’m not a “runner”. I don’t compete in marathons/triathalons. I’m not knocking anybody that does them AT ALL. For me, I don’t see the point in paying money to wake up early, on a SATURDAY, to fight your way through thousands of people, and run a distance that you could run any old time if you just stepped out of your house and went for it (kinda like Forrest Gump). Plus, doing the same movement for hours at time with no variation makes me want to punch somebody… but that’s just me.
I AM, however, an obstacle course person!
Mud pits?!
12 ft. walls you have to scale?!
Jumping off things into water?!
Count me in.
This sounds way better than running in a straight line for 3 hours…
Any of you done a Tough Mudder before?
Any of you going to be at this one?
; )
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Welcome home, Mom

It sucks to have to leave Tango at home when I travel but it’s nice knowing he gets to stay home with my roomie and has Churchill to play with while I’m gone.
The best part about being gone is the welcome I get when I come back home:
Him racing out of my room,
peeling out on the hardwood floors,
jumping 360s as I put down my bags,
sometimes a little pee on the floor out of excitement,
but all around a CUTE moment.
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I got home late Monday night, excited to be off the plane and to see Tang.
I almost asked Tamara to video the welcome routine so I’d have it to view, but couldn’t wait.
I let Tango out, he runs over, does a few 360s,
then lays on his back so I can pepper him with belly rubs.
And then he pees.
A lot.
And the pee HITS ME IN THE FACE.
And the pee goes UP MY NOSE.
…wish I’d asked Tamara to videotape it. Coulda won 100k from that one.
Thanks, Tango.
Love you too.
I guess that’s what I get for leaving…
Other awesome stories here and here
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What happens when I go to San Fran for TRX…

I have to go to San Francisco… a lot. We have training weekends where I learn/present/workout for several days in a row. Then I return home smarter than I was before I left. So right now, at this very moment, you’re reading a smarter blog than you read last week. Just so you know. ; )

The days are long (11hrs for 3 of ’em, 9 for the 4th one), the workouts are intense, the amount of info we’re taking is in ridic… but somehow we always have an amazing time. The TRX instructor cadre is so close and we can’t have a bad time. Here are some photos I snapped throughout the week and below that is a video my girl, Shana put together yesterday.
Good times… Fo Sho
A little TRX/Thigh Master Fusion:
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A little Ping Pong Break Action Shot:
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Just a few pages/books worth of info to remember:
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Day 4, almost done:
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A well deserved Team dinner:
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Hallelujah, we’re done.
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And the video… in case you care.
You can tell how much smarter I am already, right?
: )
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Make It Count, (bitches)

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A this week. I’ve just completed 4 crazy days of training at TRX Headquarters in San Fran. After multiple workouts, several presentations, and too few hours of sleep, I’m BEAT. But getting to hang out with SF friends is making up for it… even if they’re making me watch football. (I hate football)

BUT I just saw this Nike commercial
and it made me want to jump up and down
How are you going to move this week?
However you do it,
Make It Count
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Long Distance Relationships…

Anybody that’s gone through a long distance relationship knows how hard it can be… I mean, not getting to see my boyfriend, Bradley Cooper every day just kills me. But my job requires me to travel, so that’s just all there is to it. He understands and does his best to be supportive of my career. He’s so great that way.
He keeps himself occupied while I’m away,
so I don’t feel as bad…
A little b-ball here and there:

You know,
the occasional photo shoot…

Just workin’ on his French…

(Sara, is he legit?)
And… uh…
What was I just saying?

Even though he’s my boyfriend,
I’ll let you check him out.

You’re welcome.

I’m off to San Fran for the rest of the week. Holla!

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Book Buzz: Past and Present

Since I did such a shite job with the Blogger Book Club I started (5 months ago), I’m just going to tell you what I’m reading when I’m reading it, and you guys can comment if you want. I just finished Pride and Prejudice last week:

It’s one of those books that you HAVE to read at some point in your life and everybody talks about how fabulous it is so I gave it a whirl… espesh since it was free when I bought my Kindle a couple months ago. And since I’ve always wanted to know what Meg Ryan’s character in You’ve Got Mail was going on and on about… and Jane Austen does use words like thither and felicity. It was all very exciting for me.
Bridget was also just talking about classic books the other day and asking why we don’t read them just for fun anymore… (Like without being in middle school and reading only the parts that had the answers to the worksheet questions your english teacher gave you. That’s not what I did or anything, but I’ve heard of people doing it.) This book was really enjoyable. Glad I got myself started!
~Moving on~
And I know I’m a year or more behind on every series of books there possibly is, (Twilight, Hunger Games, etc.) but because I want to see the movie so badly, I’ve gotta get my ass in gear when it comes to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo:
I actually downloaded this on my iPhone about a year ago and tried reading it then, but just COULD NOT GET INTO IT… and at the time, I was on a really long flight and it was killing my phone battery only 30 minutes in. Sooooo it got the boot. But the movies look amazing and I’ve been reading work books for a bit now and just want to read something entertaining that I can get sucked into easily.
Everybody keeps telling me that the beginning is slow,
but to just keep going.
So I guess I will.
Stieg Larsson, you get one more shot to lure me in, buddy.
Let’s hope it works.
What else is good out there, peeps? Send me your recommendations and maybe I’ll get around to reading them in 2013…
; )
Happy Monday
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What your trainer is REALLY thinking…

Today’s post is inspired by this video. It made me laugh out loud at a few points because I’ve heard a lot of these things several times over the years from personal training clients and group fitness participants alike. You don’t need to watch the whole thing, but have a listen:
As trainers, we hear all kinds of excuses/complaints from our clients.
This is what your trainer is really thinking:
if your trainer is me…
“I’ve been training with you for a year (or other amount of time) and I haven’t lost any weight!”
Oh really? I train you for 1 hour, twice a week. I’m in charge of you 2 hours per week, you’re in charge of yourself the other 166 hours. You’re right. It’s probably my fault. All the stuff I’m giving you to do the rest of the time that you’re not doing… can’t be that.
“I don’t like vegetables!”
Oh well in that case, you should keep eating those potato chips, made from a factory. Those are probably definitely better for you. I have no idea what I’m talking about. And what you’ve been eating is doing great things for your body… is that why you hired me?
“Why am I even doing this exercise?!”
I’m just f***ing with you. Thought I’d see how funny you looked doing it. It’s not for your benefit in any way possible.
“I hate lunges!”
Remember when you told me you wanted a better ass? Well, this is how you get it. You build glute muscle and that’s what gives you the shape. Do the lunges, or don’t complain about your flat butt.
“I hate cardio!”
Yeah? I hate paying bills. But I do it so I can have a car, a place to live, etc. You don’t like being overweight/weak? You gotta do some work. Sorry. When your body gets to a place where it’s used to doing work, it works more efficiently.
“If I eat more fruits and vegetables I’ll have to go to the store more often.”
Which do you hate more: being overweight and unhealthy, being at risk for Type II Diabetes, have high cholesterol/blood pressure, etc from eating CRAP…. or making the trip to the store (to buy fresh) once every 4 or 5 days? You decide.
“I don’t want those heavy weights! I’ll get bulky!”
You’re right. Because those 3 lb weights you’ve been using are doing SO much for you. Lifting weights burns calories (gets rid of fat) and builds muscle (makes muscle visible… i.e. TONE). The more you challenge yourself (safely), the stronger you’ll get. Unless you’re injured or rehabbing something, you don’t need 1lb weights… promise.
“I want to be back to the weight I was at 5 years ago… in 2 months.”
Well if it took you 5 years to get out of shape, it might take a little longer than 2 months to get back to where you were. If you’re dropping weight correctly, it’ll be at a rate of 1 or 2 lbs/week. Soooo do the math.
“This is hard!”
You’re absolutely right. You should stop right now. Don’t do anything that’s hard. That can’t be good for you. Keep doing what you were doing (easy/nothing). See if anything changes.
“People have been eating bread for centuries.”
People have also been smoking opium for centuries… not everything that’s been around forever is good for you. It’s not that you can never have bread/alcohol/cheese, but you’ll lose weight faster if you eat less of it.
“You hurt me yesterday, I was sore.”
There’s a difference in pain and discomfort. Sore muscles aren’t hurt. They’re sore because you haven’t used them in a long time. Keep going! You’ll be less sore as you go on. If you stop, you’ll just be sore every time you start up again after a hiatus. And so what if you’re sore? You won’t die. Your muscle fibers heal and get stronger. That’s how it works. You think I’m never sore? Riiiiight. If you’re in actual pain for more than a couple days, we’ll talk.
“I’m not going to stop _____. It’s my thing.”
Whether your “thing” is having a giant Starbucks latte every morning, or beers with the coworkers after work every night, those calories add up and it’s not helping your cause. And if you’ve been doing it every day for the past few years, nothing’s going to change in your body if you don’t change your current habits.
Trainers don’t tell you to add something or drop something from your routine just to see if we have power over you. We don’t tell you to exercise because we want you to be miserable. We don’t push you because we’re on a power trip and we just want to see if you’ll do whatever we say (well, most of us don’t). We do it because it will help you with your goal. We try to be as supportive of you, empathize with whatever road blocks you’ve faced in the past, and push past those to get where you want to be. Whether it’s losing weight, building strength, or making you healthier we give you advice because YOU hired US for help and WE know how to help you reach your goal, whatever that may be. But you have to listen to make it work…
*I know this was a pretty sarcastic post, but in all reality I’m this business because it’s amazing to help somebody reach their potential. I’ve had people complain and yell and even curse me up one side and down the other… but if they keep going and work hard, I don’t care. : ) Most of my clients (especially the ones I’m training now) are very hard-working individuals and put a lot of effort into reaching their goals. For these peeps: I appreciate and respect who you are and everything you do!
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Travel Thoughts: Duluth

I’ll have to admit that I effing hated wasn’t too keen on the fact that I had to travel to Duluth, MN and Superior, WI this past weekend for TRX. I hate being cold and I’d have to go to the coldest cities in the country… in January. Awesome. Not to mention there can’t be that much to do there. I was trying to keep an open mind that it might be interesting, but really I was just being a judger. A big one. Lucky for me though, Sarah is from Superior and she hooked me up with one of her best friends to hang out with for the evening.
So I went on a chick blind date!
I met Dannae at a local bar
(after Facebook stalking her to see what she looked like)
and we had a great evening!
How can you go wrong with local brew and tiger striped seating?
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And I had this view to wake up to
on my way into Superior yesterday.
I bet this place is gorgeous in the summer.
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And it wasn’t the -30 degrees I pictured in my mind…
Oh it was still 16… but that’s way better than what I had envisioned.
Duluth, sorry I judged. You’re not so bad.
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I confess…

As brought to you by Carissa
I confess:
That instead of putting air in my tires myself (in the freezing temps) this week, I went to get my oil changed… ’cause I knew they’d do it for me. I don’t look at it as lazy, I look at it as resourceful. Whatev. Charli needed an oil change anyway…

That I heard Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror song, on shuffle, right as I was driving through Gary, Indiana (his hometown) on Wednesday and I take it as a sign that we’re connected…

That even though I know I’m not overweight or anything but the idea of having to be in a fitness photo shoot yesterday still made me feel a little self-conscious… so I worked out a ton leading up to it.
That I may or may not have ordered Monte Carlo on Netflix this week because it looks really cute and my inner pre-teen just had to have it…

And that even though being single is the best thing for me right now, it doesn’t help/hurt to watch sappy chick flicks and tons of Grey’s Anatomy. Still the best scene of the whole series:
Ah… I remember watching that live, back in college. When it was still on Sunday nights…
The good old days…
What do you confess this week?
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