Saturday, March 21, 2015

Show Up - Achieve Excellence

We all, including myself, have made excuses and exceptions when it comes to showing up for workouts. From being too busy to just not feeling like it. But the question we should ask ourselves, "Are we really too busy?" or "Is our body really needing the break or is it we just don't feel like it?". Don't get me wrong, there are times we need to listen to our body and back off, but if you just don't feel like going that's something different.

Depending on where you train or what you do, even if it's only 30 minutes, getting in something is better than nothing. If you train with a trainer, like we do at Fitness Together, you probably typically will workout for like 45 minutes. And, with our franchisee owner, Michael Watkins, you have two studios and several options each day to jump into any of the groups. I'm not saying it's always easy or convenient, but aren't you worth making the time for 45 minutes for yourself? So you typically workout in the mornings, and something comes up you can't make it, are you making that an excuse or an exception to just not workout? Or are you going to check out the schedule for that evening and show up to one of those? For me, I personally HATE missing workouts. I workout two to three times a day, and if I miss one due to work or some other reason, I don't tell myself "Well, I've already worked out today so I'm good", no I figure out another session to jump in either earlier or later that day. Or, if there are no sessions I show up and do cardio on my own. I've even just gone home and gone for some "me time" walks. Whatever it is, I know I'm not going to make excuses or exceptions when it comes to my workouts. There have been times when my body has been resistant, and I've learned when I need to back off, but as long as I'm physically okay I'm going to show up for myself. I have goals to meet and I want to achieve EXCELLENCE! 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Making A Difference

Nothing pisses me off more than for someone to tell me what I should and shouldn't be doing based on their biased opinion. I get a FB message from this girl and apparently she has some strong opinions about some of my recent posts. I started to type a reply, but then decided I wasn't going to waste my time replying back to her. I mean, I've never met her personally, she started following me through someone else. And I don't mind, because I never post anything if I was concerned about it being public knowledge. But, the more I thought it about the message the more pissed I got and thought, "Hey, I think it's a good time to get back to my blog and this will be good for my nightly meditation." and I want to just share some highlights of her message. 
  • This was the first sentence - "Sherry, I've wanted to comment on some of your recent posts." (Note: She doesn't even know how to spell my name!)
  • "I can't believe you still workout as much as you do. And is it really safe for you to be lifting all those weights and entering a competition? I would think your trainer would not want you doing so much." (She obviously doesn't know my trainer, nor does she know he pushes me harder than I push myself sometimes!)
  • "You really should focus more on eating healthy." (What the hell? My cheat meals are healthier than most people's regular diets!)
  • "Statistics show working out 3 to 4 times a week is beneficial. You work out 2 to 3 times a day, which most people would find excessive and less likely to do you any good." (Hmm...considering she didn't attach any references, I'll just assume she pulled that one out of her ass)
  • "I've noticed you are promoting wrestling and it involves children. Is this not sending the wrong message to these kids?" (What????? You mean the message these guys are out their doing something to help fight childhood cancer? That message?)
  • "Kids today need positive role models and not people who encourage fighting." (Again I say, WHAT????? She obviously didn't check out what WFC was all about or she would know all these guys (the "good" and "bad" guys) are all good role models and are there to help bring the communities together to support a child who is fighting cancer!)
  • "I see the passion you have for your singing and violin at church, and that is where your focus should be. That is the message you should be sending to the kids and everyone." (Last I checked there are other positive messages outside of church)
To be honest I have no idea why she felt compelled to attack the things most important to me. Is it she just wanted to share her opinions? Regardless, I know the truth. I know Fitness Together is what keeps me healthy. When I workout 2 to 3 times a day, I feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally. I know I'm not only doing something good for myself, but I'm helping others as well. I know Wrestling For A Cause is doing great things for kids with cancer, and I personally have the upmost respect for the guys who get out there and fight! I know my health and fitness, the WFC, and my singing/violin for the church are all positive and I have a passion for each of them. I love knowing I'm going to be able to get out there and "Deadlift Against MS" to help my other FT family members raise money for the National MS Society. And I love being able to go out each month and attend a WFC event knowing all the proceeds go to children who are fighting their own battle of cancer. And I love knowing I'm able to sing or play violin to help enhance the worship services at CTR. These are the things and people that, not only make a difference in my life, but I'm able to make a difference in someone else's life!

These are just a few pictures I've taken at Wrestling For A Cause events. McKoy is pictured there with is father and twin brother on the right, and as you can see on the left "The Fight for Keaton" is coming up next Sunday. These are just a couple of many kids who are fighting cancer, and I don't think these guys getting out there and fighting to help raise money for their fight is sending any type of negative message. And if I had kids, I would only hope they had role models like these guys.


And then here is a picture of one of our Saturday sessions at Fitness Together! This is just a small portion of my FT Family! These people are always there for me through all my ups and downs, and knowing I'm able to motivate and inspire them by what I've been able to accomplish just helps me be even better.