Inspire

Tonight someone posted the following to my Facebook wall:

Inspire

And a few weeks ago I received an email from a guy I met at the gym a few years ago.  He actually inspired and intimidated me.  He was doing things at the gym that I would only dream of doing.  Once I got to know him I learned a lot…he’s a former boxer, has two talented little girls (both under 10) who are in a band, and he rescues and rehabilitates dogs.  He’s a total rock star.  So I was very humbled when I received his email:

Hi Sandy.  I have been really busy trying to get my level 3 as a boxing coach – been taking courses, and spending 5 days a week working at the boxing club getting our boxers ready for their first fights in May. I decided to take the course because you inspired me – after watching you work so hard I decided to go for it myself.  So thanks girl!   It’s not hard to tell you love what you do -helping others reach farther than ever and believe in themselves.  Take care see you at the gym and thanks again for the inspiration – even though you didn’t know you were doing it!”

And – one of my biggest cheerleaders – always – has been a cousin. She constantly praises me and encourages me in my endeavors.  A few weeks ago she posted this:

I am YOUR biggest cheerleader. You inspired me to do whatever I had to to get to a much healthier state.  I can proudly say that I am now 135 lbs lighter, so much healthier and active.  YOU, Ms. NS Fit Bitch, inspire me every single day. You are simply an amazing representation of what dedicated, hard work can do to change a person’s life. I am beyond proud of you and love you so much.”

When I receive these messages all I can say, y’all, is OH.EM.GEE!!

You have no idea what these words mean to me.

When I set out on my journey I did it for me.  I did it for my health and for my future.  I had no idea that along the trail I was inspiring people – although, these days I try to set a good example and hope to inspire – but to actually hear it and see it.  It makes my heart flutter.

Thank you. ♥

And thank you to all of you who continue to read these posts and who come to my classes and who stand in my corner and cheer and who let me cheer you.  It makes it that much more worth it.

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

~Fit Bitch

Be Supportive

Biggun

Remember: we all start somewhere.  Be supportive.

#nojudgment

~Fit Bitch

Misery

I’ve been running pretty much non-stop for the last year – and then some.

I’ve been so ecstatic about getting back into my running, and although I’ve had a few set backs with my tarsal tunnel, this past weekend I really feel like I’ve hit a wall.

Last week I could feel my ankles getting a little worn.  I’ve been running so much the last two weeks and I could feel the wear and tear.  Thankfully, I had Thursday night off from Zumba (as you likely know, Thursday is my favorite night of the week.  I hit the gym right from work, run a few miles, get some crazy strength training in, hit the stairs for reps (the last few weeks it’s been a minimum of 2000 steps), and finish my night with Zumba – and I love every minute of it!) and decided to take it semi easy.  I did get some strength training in, but decided to forego the run.

Friday night I didn’t run, I hit the gym and did a workout on the elliptical for a warm up and then killed it in the strength room with my old buddy Mr. Smith (Machine), but by the time I got home I could barely walk.

I’d had my shoes off at work all day and as soon as I got home I had to jump in the tub to soak my ankles.  Then I iced them.  And when my boyfriend got home I got him to rub them.  And that’s how it was all weekend:  soak, ice, rub, repeat.

It literally feels like splinters of bone peeling off the insides of my ankles.  I feel like poor James Caan in Misery with crazy Kathy Bates swinging that sledgehammer.

misery-ankle

*OUCH*

I am so cranky that I’ve been sidetracked by this pain, but there’s nothing I can do about it.  The pain is so intense that I can’t even tell if it’s a flare-up of the tarsal tunnel or if it’s something else.  All I can do for now is rest and keep soaking and icing my ankles – and hope for the best.

I mean, in all honesty, I can (for the most part) still work out – but I can’t overdo it.  I don’t want to exert too much extra weight on my ankles so I will have to modify the strength workouts.  And it’s pretty clear that I will not be running this week (although, the weather people are calling for a major storm tomorrow anyway, so perhaps my {outside} running may not have happened anyway).

I’m hoping for a speedy recovery from this.

~Fit Bitch

Lift Me Up

Recently I talked about increasing my strength training.  I got off track a bit last year after getting whiplash, and never really got fully back on track.

Until now.

I am now committed to my strength training.  This past week alone I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and gone places I’d not gone before with weight training.  And I feel good.  I feel proud.

kitty lift

This is totally me after a workout.  *MEOW*

Many women are intimidated by weight training, but there are so many wonderful benefits of it.

First of all, it’s a huge stress reliever (as is most exercise). But strength training also helps you burn fat faster, increases your stability and balance, strengthens your bones,increases your cardio, lower your blood pressure, and boost your confidence. And there is still a bevy of reasons and benefits to strength train.

Lift

Do it because you love your body, and it will love you back.

~FB

Do What You Gotta!

I saw this in my Facebook feed yesterday:

Tread Walking

And although I *sorta* get what the guy who posted it was saying (he’s a trainer and a huge gym rat), I also took a little offence to it.

Everyone has to start somewhere.

If it’s you’re new to the gym then, hell yeah, go for a walk.  You’ll get no dis from me. If you’re sick, injured, recovering from an injury or illness, or are older – then enjoy your treadmill stroll!

We need to get out of the mindset that being at the gym is a person-to-person competition.  (We also kinda need to get out of the mindset of competing with ourselves.)  The main purpose of going to a gym is to get fit and healthy.  If taking a walk on the treadmill is part of your fitness routine, then it’s no one else’s business to comment, judge, or talk smack.

We have all been to the gym for the first time.  We have all had to start somewhere.  There was a time when I stepped onto a treadmill for the first time.  And more than likely, I didn’t start off running.

And remember when I told you about my mom and her bad knees?   (https://nsfitbitch.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/mom-spiration/)  I would throw a damn fit if she even attempted to run on the treadmill.  I would be super supportive ONLY of her walking.

Be proud of any changes you make, any goals you hit, and all accomplishments.   You’re doing great!  #Ownit !

~FB

 

Spell Your Name Workout

This awesome workout just stumbled across my desk this morning – via one of my awesome bootcampers!!

NAME

This is an easy workout to follow – simply match the letters of your name to the corresponding exercises to design your routine.

For example:  Fit Bitch

F – 20 Arm Circles / I – 60 Second Plank / T – 60 Second Wall Sit

B – 50 Jumping Jacks / I – 60 Second Plank / T – 60 Second Wall Sit / C – 20 Crunches / H – 30 Jumping Jacks

You can do your first name only.  Or do your full name.  Or do the routine several times.  (For fun, you could also choose a bunch of numbers between 1 and 26 and then make a routine based on the corresponding exercises.)

It’s pretty basic.

Have fun!

~Fit Bitch

 

Hang In There!

Worth It

~Fit Bitch

Evolution

I don’t normally do this.  1) Because it’s embarrassing, and 2) Because I don’t want to be *that* person who feels the need to flaunt things.  That being said, do not read me wrong, I am very proud of how far I’ve come in my weight loss journey and healthier lifestyle, and I do not ever want to take away from how darn hard I worked to get where I am.  However, *THAT* being said, I am also disappointed in myself for letting myself get to the point it was 10 years ago.

I’m doing this now because the other day one of my best friends was telling me she felt disappointed with herself because she felt she’d gained weight (although I can visibly see that she has lost weight in the last 6 weeks).  I wanted to encourage her and let her know that I am her cheerleader, and that I have been in the same position.  AND that she does not look as badly as I’m sure she thinks she does.

And so, I brought her a photo of my old self.  The self from 10 years ago – a little bit before she met me.  I showed her a photo – THE PHOTO – that literally changed my life.  The photo that I honest-to-goodness did not recognize myself in.  As in, I actually had no idea who the person in the photo was.

It’s THE PHOTO that made me, within moments, turn my life around.  THE PHOTO that prompted me to get my big butt home and start an exercise program.  THE PHOTO that started a healthier eating plan.

It’s THE PHOTO that likely saved my life.

And now, for the first time, I am sharing it with you (ack!!!):

BIGUN

There you go!!  Not my finest moment.

But I have come a long way.  I continue to work my ass off.  I continue to have goals.  Sometimes I hit them, sometimes I slide really close to them.

I still have a bit of a tummy.

Skinny butt

I still have a bit of arm junk that hates me and just.won’t.go.away.

Wedding Pic

Maybe like my bestie I am still being too hard on myself.  I should be proud of myself.  Because, honestly, if I had not seen that photo I may not have adjusted my lifestyle.  I could have exposed myself to serious health problems or diseases.  In fact, I could be dead.

I wanted to share THAT PHOTO with you because, even tho it is humiliating for me, I wanted to prove to you that I have been there.  I didn’t take some magic bean and suddenly lose a ton (pun!) of weight; I had to work for it.  And the work paid off.

So, if you’re new to fitness, if you want to make a change, if you’re struggling, if you don’t think you can do it, if you think it’s hopeless (it’s not!!):  Hang in there.  Put the effort in and you will see results.  My transition was (thankfully) a short one.  But it does take time.  Stick with it.  You CAN do this.  ♥

AND – to my bestie, if you’re reading this:  I am proud of you.

~Fit Bitch

New Cert

I am pleased to announce that, as of lunchtime today, I am now a CanFitPro certified Nutrition and Weight Loss Specialist!!

NWL

I am so excited to be adding this venture my Health and Fitness resume.  And I am soooo happy that the weight and stress of having to study for write an exam is over!

This certification complements the personal training certification.  And, although I really wanted to take this course to educate myself, I knew it would be a bonus to some of my PT and boot camp clients.

To all of you (online and in real life) who’ve supported me through all of this – thank you so much!  You are all rock stars!

And just a note, I am always excited to receive mail, so don’t forget to check out my “contact me” page above if you have any questions or looking for advice or even just want an “attaboy” with your health and fitness goals.

~Fit Bitch

 

30 Day Wall Sit Challenge

Today is March 1st.  Let’s take this month to strengthen our core, strengthen our legs, improve our posture, and increase our stamina.

Let’s make March the month for the 30 Day Wall Sit Challenge.
Wall Sit Challenge

I love wall sits.  I do them in my classes often.  I think they are fantastic.

I know they seem hard.  Believe me.  The though of “sitting” in the position freely for 300 seconds (that’s 5 whole minutes!) is maybe a little terrifying to some of  you.  But, I promise, it does get easier – because you get stronger.

When I first started the practice of wall sitting I could barely get through 30 seconds.  My thighs were screaming.  But now I can shake my booty with a smile on my face while we hold position.  I love it.  I feel stronger with each sit.

I feel proud.

Wall Sit girl

Proper wall sit:  This chick is lookin’ pretty good!

So don’t be scared.  Take this month to strengthen every part of your body.

when you first start, why not even try doing it a few times a day?  (Hey, it’s just a suggestion!)  Then come back in a month and tell me how you feel.  I want to hear how much stronger you’ve gotten in just 30 days.

~Fit Bitch