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Learn, Do, Decide, Spin

So I love the fitness community that I’ve fallen into out here in Cali.

There are so many people to learn from.

There are so many people out here experimenting and trying new things.

And some of those new experiments are amazing…while others…well…not so much.

But the point isn’t whether or not their experiments are always right.

The point is that they are experimenting!

And many of these experiments aren’t ground-breaking. Many are with simple tools that have cycled in and out of the industry over the years.

Many of these experiments are simply a new SPIN on things.

Because let’s face it…there really aren’t that many NEW ideas – ideas that NO ONE ELSE out there have ever had before.

BUT there are a lot of different new takes on the same old ideas – there are a lot of people out there putting a new SPIN on things.

Because that new SPIN is what makes all the difference.

That SPIN is what creates the perfect diet/exercise/healthy lifestyle FOR YOU!

But it isn’t simply a question of arriving at your own spin.

There are clear steps you need to take to turn something someone else does into something perfect for you.

The first step is to LEARN.

Learn about a diet and exercise program that you think may be good for you. Research that program that made your friend super fit. Find out how they did it. Find out all the details. Read about other people’s experiences. LEARN ABOUT IT.

Then you must DO the diet/exercise/lifestyle program.

And when I say DO I mean do it EXACTLY the way it was laid out. If you want to know if something will work, you have to actually give it a chance to prove if it can work. And the only way a program can prove it works is if you actually do it the way it was laid out.

You can’t do a Primal diet and then eat pasta every day and then three weeks in claim it doesn’t work.

I’m all for making your own adaptations to things, BUT only after you’ve done an experiment following the rules exactly as they were laid out by the people who created, and achieved success!, by following the program.

If you DO a program the exact way it was laid out, you will find out if it is something that will bring you success. You will find out if it is something you enjoy. If it is something you could commit to on a long-term basis.

After you’ve done the program, you’ve got to decide.

Will you accept or reject the program? What parts did you like? What parts didn’t you like?

Did you see results?

After any experiment, after trying any program, you’ve got to ask yourself these questions.

You’ve got to DECIDE for yourself whether or not the program was a success.

You can’t listen to your friend tell you how great the program was. You can’t be swayed by all of the positive reviews. You can’t let Dr. Oz or Jillian Michaels or any of those famous people tell you what program is right for you.

After you’ve, RESEARCHED and TRIED something, you’ve got to make an educated decision based on your experience.

Are you going to stick with the program? And if you are going to keep doing it, then how are you going to make it perfect for you?

So now that you’ve learned, done and decided, what’s YOUR SPIN?

No one else can tell you exactly what will work for you. Others can guide you and make recommendations, but sorry…you should know yourself best.

And the more you experiment and do things other people’s ways, the more you actually WILL learn about yourself.

You will figure out what types of workouts you enjoy the most. You will figure out what time of day is easiest for you to workout at and stay committed to.

You will figure out if low carb/high carb/vegetarian/WHATEVER is right for you.

You will figure out if you stay more committed to a program if you can easily prep all meals for the week ahead of time or if it is easiest for you to cook single portions the day of.

Through doing things other people’s ways, you will figure out what works best for you.

Just remember though, it is up to you to put your spin on a program to make it completely personalized for you…No one else can do it for you!

So if you want the perfect healthy lifestyle for you – Learn, Do, Decide, and SPIN!


Letting Go – Making a Change

I think the hardest thing to do is CHANGE.

Change is hard, but this quote is spot on!

It’s part of why it is hard for most women to start weight training. It is why it is hard for most people to ditch conventional wisdom and start eating Paleo/Primal.

It is why a lot of big life decisions are hard in general! To make big changes, to get big results, you can’t be afraid to let go of what you know, think or believe. You’ve got to be ready to take risks and suffer some consequences.

Below are the 10 most important “changes” you need to make to become a stronger, fitter, more empowered you. Of course this is my opinion…but then again, I’m always right, right!?! 😛

  1. Ditch the disbelievers. This one is first because I think this is probably the hardest thing for me. I hold onto people even when they are holding me back. If you want success though, sometimes you have to go it alone. Don’t give in and cheat on your diet just because your friends are trying to get you to eat badly. Don’t be afraid to lift those heavy weights even though your friends tell you that you will bulk up. Don’t be afraid to ditch the disbelievers and go it on your own! You can do it! You are strong enough!
  2. Try something outside your comfort zone. If you really want to find out what you are made of, try something new. I know it’s scary, but the only way to find out what you are truly capable of is to try something you either haven’t done or aren’t comfortable with doing!
  3. Keep an open mind about EVERYTHING. Be willing to try new things! Experiment! There is always new information coming out about everything. Research everything. Read different points of view or  find out works by trying it on yourself! If you weren’t somewhat open-minded already, you probably wouldn’t be reading this site! 🙂
  4. Have confidence in yourself and try something just beyond what you KNOW you can do. While it’s nice to stick with what we know we can do, you will never find out just how truly strong you are if you don’t push beyond what you’ve already proven you can do! This doesn’t mean just lifting a heavier weight in the gym. It also means tackling an activity that you’ve maybe never done before or are unsure if you can do!
  5. Admit to yourself that you don’t, and can’t, ever know anything for certain. Deep huh? This one actually kind of sucks, but it’s true. I like to believe I know everything, but deep down I know I don’t. Nothing is ever set in stone. Everything can change. We are constantly learning or at least we should be. If you think you know everything, you are wrong. Be willing to change and adapt your beliefs as you learn and you will grow as a person.
  6. Accept that you will be wrong and enjoy your failures. This one is hard. No one ever enjoys failing. I most definitely hate it. I don’t like failing or being wrong. BUT I know that I will be at times. I know that I will fail, BUT I know that each time I get back up and try again, I become stronger. As cheesy as it sounds, look at each failure not so much as a failure, but as a learning experience. If you want to accomplish something persistence is key!
  7. Learn. Learn every moment of every day. Learn by doing research, experimenting, failing and achieving success. And the thing is, by doing all this learning, you will learn more about yourself. Through all of my “learning” I’ve developed a stronger identity. It may always be a slightly shifting and growing identity, but the more I learn, the clearer it becomes!
  8. Forget, but never forget. Learn to let go of the negative emotions surrounding a failure. Forget the emotions so that they don’t hold you back. You can’t change what happened. You can only move forward. But even though you need to release the emotions, NEVER forget how hard you worked. Never forget what the goal meant to you. KEEP PUSHING ONWARD! Change your game-plan but never give up!
  9. Accept your fears. This is another one that can be hard. This is a random story BUT…I’m afraid of snakes. I hate them. I have no idea why, but I really really really (I could go on with the reallys) hate them. I almost didn’t go on a hike in Red Rock Canyon because it was prime snake season. But I did go despite the fact that I was sure I was going to be bitten and die in Las Vegas. Most people fear dying in Vegas for a ton of other reasons…but not me…I was sure a snake would get me. And if I hadn’t gone on that hike…I would have missed out on one of the best memories I have during my life!
  10. Build a network. These 10 changes come full circle. As you develop the “new” stronger, fitter, more empowered you, you have to build a new network of people who support and push you to grow further. The “push” part of that equation is very important. You always want people around you that challenge you and motivate you to achieve your goals not just stand still! An example of a network that has helped me grow is my lifting classes. Those ladies, and my two Man Bicep Males!, have helped me grow so much. I also pride myself on believing that I’ve helped them also grow into stronger, fitter and more confident individuals!

So what changes have you made toward becoming a stronger, fitter, more empowered individual?

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