Come and visit us at the 2019 Quesnel Home & Outdoor Adventure Show!
The Quesnel Home & Outdoor Adventure Show highlights products and services available right here in Quesnel, as well as out of town businesses with items not available in town. The 2019 Show will be held at the West Fraser Centre on May 4th & 5th, 2019.
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I agonized over a name (which I still love to this day as it is based around the concept that nutrition and fitness are like parallel lines, you can’t have one without the other) and I attempted to create a website with what little (ok none) experience I had of website design. I was pregnant and emotional and this whole situation felt daunting and discouraging since I had about two clients that whole summer, one being my mom. But nevertheless I continued on as we travelled from country to country and slowly, very slowly, took on a few new online clients. When I then got pregnant with Kinsley, we knew that the time had come to find a permanent home and get back to teaching classes along with any online work. So we moved in with my parents and started the search for our own house. In the meantime I began my first 12 week challenge. I believe there were about 15 people in total in those groups. When we found our house, we knew it would be the perfect set up to build the gym and carry on with these challenges. So we moved, and those challengers moved with me. And from there, we grew. We grew into a family of 4, and a business that has now outgrown the current space. And here, after two and a half years in this house, I can honestly say this is exactly what my dream had been. Going back to the day I started (and stopped) working in that Vancouver gym, I knew that it was about so much more that the training. For me, it’s about the people. I love what I do. But I wouldn’t be where I am without my clients, my friends. Being a trainer is literally all encompassing. My clients rely on me, they confide in me, they support me and we share our goals, our successes, our failures, and sometimes our tears. THIS is what makes it all worthwhile. I needed more than just a surface relationship with my clients. I needed to know how I could truly help these people on a whole different level. And here I am today, still in shock that I have received this award but so incredibly grateful. From two clients to over 100, each and every one of these people are the reason I am where I am today. I am so lucky to love my job and even more lucky to get to work with all these wonderful people on a daily basis. You guys are my inspiration.
I also have to say that I wouldn't be where I am today without my family and my husband. I have a tendency to take a thought and run with it no matter what anyone says. And even though a lot of conversations go like this: me: “I was thinking….” my family: “oh god” they always always stood by and supported me and helped me in any way they could. My parents yard no longer had grass from all the sprints. My parents watch my children so I can work. My parents helped us lay the gym floor and my mom even cooked for us when I simply didn’t have time. They are beyond exceptional. And my poor husband takes the brunt of all my stress when some days I am too busy to function but manage to get it all done because he will take on whatever I can’t. He pushes me to work hard and continually supports whatever goals I can dream up. I would not be where I am today without any of them. My gratitude cannot be expressed with words. Thank you guys.
Willpower. It’s something we usually say we either have or we don’t; there seems to be no in between. But what if we all have willpower, we just haven’t been properly executing it?
For some of us, reaching our goals often comes down to what we are willing to sacrifice in order to get there. Or, how much willpower we have; how much we give in to temptation. Rather than relying solely on your willpower to get you through those difficult days, because yes, we all have them, why not use your willpower to your advantage. Here’s what I mean: I have to workout in the morning. There’s no way around it. If I don’t get it done first thing, when my “willpower” is at its highest, it’s probably not going to happen. In general, I work best earlier in the day. My brain pretty much shuts off once the kids go to bed. I’m exhausted and don’t have the energy to do much of anything including cook, work or exercise. Therefore I know I need to take advantage of the earlier hours and get what I need to get done then. I don't workout at 6 am because I have more willpower than you or anyone else. I workout at 6 am because I know it’s when I am at my best. In other words, my willpower is at its highest.
The same goes for anything in life. Take meal prep. If you took the time to prep all your meals for the week and have them sitting in your fridge/freezer ready to eat, then you are less likely to come home from work, tired and hungry, and reach for that frozen pizza. In fact, heating your meal will take LESS time than the pizza. No willpower required.
Pizza. That brings me to my next point. If you have certain trigger foods, foods you typically can't resist, avoid them. Avoid them at all costs. Don’t buy them for your children or your spouse, you are not doing them any favours bringing junk into the house anyways! The truth is, if you have it in the house, you will need to rely on willpower in order not to eat these foods. And we all know willpower is not that reliable. So take away the temptation and you take away the need to execute willpower.
When it comes down to it, willpower should be a tool used only when necessary, not something you should have to dig deep to find every day. Take away temptation. Know your triggers. Learn to use your won’t power and decide you won’t put yourself in a situation where your willpower will be tested!
Here are some simple suggestions to ensure you won’t put yourself in a “test of willpower” environment:
It doesn’t have to be so difficult to become, and stay, healthy. Figure out when your willpower is at its highest and use that time to your advantage! Thanks for following along!