Sunday, July 8, 2012

I'm coming back!

70 degrees out and I've just finished setting up my seven year old son’s lemon aid stand/garage sale out front of the house and am now able to sneak downstairs to jump on my spin bike in the basement. I've gotten back on the fitness wagon so to speak in the last two weeks. I lost all balance in my life when I took on a new sales job in February. A few pounds later and a feeling of blah both mentally and physically, I as so sick and tired of my own negative self talk I knew change was needed. I'm proud to report I am now an early morning riser as a participant at bootcamp 2x a week.

I should have known better but I dealt with my stresses in all the wrong ways. After a long day of working, juggling jobs, part time training and parenting I took solace at the end of my day on my couch with my friend, Cadbury Fruit and Nut. I was even sneaking into my husband’s potato chips when he’d go to bed early. I don’t even like chips!

It's hard work mentally getting back to healthy routines and while I'm not always at the back of the class at the 6am runs most of the time I am but I am there. I'm humbled, getting stronger and really happy at 7am when it's all done! So my couch comrades I agree coming back is hard and getting started is as well but nothing good come easy or without some ACTION. One workout at a time and having to constantly squelch the inner pessimist who wants me to fail I am now giving the power back to my inner optimist!!!

My fitness goals this month have been:
• Week one goal was to show up to class!
• Week two keep going to class!
• Week three I’ve had two goals; add an extra workout in between classes and in honor of my sister Catherine who after she died in April 2009 gave the gift of life donating two kidneys, as well as to support my good friend Pauline who is on dialysis for kidney disease; I’ve signed up to run in the 5km Kidney Walk/Run on August 12, 2012.

If you are struggling and contemplating change please pick up that 1000lb phone if you need to register for a class, a trainer or to get help and as they say, just do it!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Variety the Spice of Life

Hey I’m Spin-blogging again! This multi-tasking, busy mom/trainer seldom does one task at a time!! I haven't been online or blogging for months as work was so busy in the fall that by the end of the night I’d fall asleep in front of my computer as I completed more schooling for my senior's fitness certification. Life is a little saner now in 2012. Variety has become the new spice of my work life. Last year I started a new one day contract at a local seniors centre running a day program for physical and brain fitness for seniors and I just love it! What a superb group of people.

While some may think that chair fitness is for the frail let me tell you how wrong you are. One client who is 98 years old keeps up both physically and mentally and she prefers standing up to do her weights. She can also touch her toes from a standing position and is very happy to show this amazing skill off. Can you touch your toes? The physical abilities in this group are varied and the conversational and brain fitness component is the highlight to my work week. Most of our abdominal workout comes from our laughing!

You do know you can do a full body resistance workout sitting down. Of course it is preferable for your heart if you move at a pace that makes talking uncomfortable and a few beads of sweat are a good indicator to working in the correct training zone. If at any age not just when you are a senior when you cannot motivate yourself to do any physical fitness, have an injury, a sedentary lifestyle or are just plain lazy it really is a downward and slippery slope to either illness, injury, obesity, or in some cases depression.

The amazing seniors I work with know that the key to longevity and good health (at least the part we play a role in) is eating smaller portions of healthy food more frequently, moving more, loads of laughter and being connected with others. For your sake, find a class, Google a routine or if you really need help to give it a kick, your buttocks that is - hire me (or another trainer if you must) to work with. 2012 - invest in your health!

Dragonfly Fitness is happy to provide in 2012 a new SENIORS MOBILE FITNESS AND COMPANIONSHIP Options at very affordable prices as well as telephone coaching to help you achieve those goals by breaking through and working through the issues that block you! Call me for more information at 604 803-7757 Have a healthy and happy day!