Spring has sprung and it's time to get out of your own way. We spend a lot of the winter months hibernating and indulging. Now it's time to get out there and feel good. There is no time like the present to allow a little reflection on what you'd like to do to make YOU feel good, but then there needs to be some action in your thoughts. It CAN begin by loving your body. How do you love your body? Well first you take a look in the mirror and instead of saying, "Oh my God, I've gained weight," maybe say, "oh my God, I need to make this body reflect the confident being that I want to be." Now I'm not talking about crash dieting and jump starting your workout routine. I'm not talking about comparing your body to other bodies either. I'm talking about doing something that is sustainable over the long term and loving your own uniqueness in the process. I'm thinking it's best to start with writing down some attainable goals. I've mentioned this before in a blog I wrote the first of the year entitled, New Year, New You, and it's time to revisit those thoughts. Think about what you want to achieve physically speaking this year and write it down. It could be as simple as, "I'd like to get these triceps toned like they were 2 years ago." Then address the fact that you don't need to self deprecate and tell yourself that "you'll never have those arms again," or that "you look fat." Just start by making the decision to change. There is no need to self deprecate. Doing so only causes you your own pain and suffering...it is a waste of energy. It is more than ok to love yourself and to give yourself credit. Be proud of YOU… this is where it all begins…with YOU, no one else. By loving who you are, you set the tone for others to love you as well. That confident being begins to emerge from you. So stop the pity party and DO. Take action. I am available to help you get that summer body started, after all, so what are you waiting for? We all deserve to feel like we can walk the beach with grace and confidence so this year, let's go for it.
This morning I was working with a client who literally had surgery 2 days ago. Some of his friends thought he was crazy to want to move his body so soon after surgery, but he was determined to continue building on the momentum we have been creating together to keep his body open, strong and long. Now keep in mind, we did not do what he would do normally without having just had surgery, but instead I helped him to find new ways of moving through this new obstacle he has encountered just for the time being. We were gentle, positive and explorative. I wanted my client to not be afraid, and it helped obviously to have doctor clearance for this! I would never do anything I thought might harm a person. The point is that while the majority of individuals would've never dreamed of moving, my client was focused on moving in a different way today. I speak with him a lot about the way he is feeling in his own body in any given moment because he is receptive to learning new ways to continue to utilize his body as he ages. He does not want to be one of those boring old guys! This is because of his incredible mindset. He truly wants to improve his body and mind connection and his ability to move in general. His drive to feel good today outweighed his fear of feeling bad. I was very inspired by his attitude and wanted to share this with you all as a reminder to keep a clear state of mind no matter what might come up to stand in your way. It is important and crucial to hire a professional to assist you when you are not a 100 percent you, so please do not just run a marathon after surgery. DO be open to healing your body and remaining within the safety zone of how you are feeling in the present moment.
Hello all and Happy Friday...
As I sit here listening to the rain outside I am thinking about something a client told me earlier today... that she just feels like she keeps falling backwards and that there is "no real improvement in her body." I reminded her that when we began working together nearly 6 months ago she could barely walk. Her feet hurt so badly that she could only perform about 3 repetitions of an exercise before her body would give out in complete and total exhaustion. She felt chronic pain and it affected the rest of her body: she could not sit straight, she was so twisted to one side. Her IT Bands were so tight and weak it also HURT her to sit which in turn, affected her piriformis. Her entire body was not only in poor shape, but she felt mentally helpless. However, one step at a time, over about the span of 3 months she gained not only strength, alignment and flexibility, but also a new confidence in herself that gave her a little extra kick in her step because she trusted me and herself enough to be PATIENT and work through it. I reminded her that not only does she not twist as much to her right side, but she also can perform 8 repetitions of an IT Band exercise now... a big step forward from 3 reps. Yes, some days are difficult and yes, she may still feel foot pain now and again, but she can walk, stand, sit and lie down much better than she did 6 months ago. She said, "but shouldn't I be using weight and performing at least 10 reps?" I replied, no. You should be doing exactly what you are doing. You should do exactly what is right for YOU and your body. You are EXACTLY where you are supposed to be because you are stronger and better than you were before. You will continue to progress even further if you can be kind and gentle to yourself. Patience... the most difficult thing to get a handle on for oneself, but when you practice it, it can work wonders.