- Busy and distracted with a lot of changes – Good changes 🙂
- A little laziness – just coming home from work and putting my feet up and spending time with loved ones.
- Over all, a bit of a lull in motivation with regards to home workouts – once I’m finished my Personal Training sessions, I am outta there and heading home to relax!
I have realised that I need to re-organise everything and try to limit my time in the studio, spend more time online again and work towards a big move …. 😉 Yep, the plan is finally in motion and I am working towards relocating to the USA (hopefully by the end of this year). However, I have decided to begin the long process of registering as a nurse over there to help with both income and securing a more long-term visa. Being a trainer is still as important to me, but I am not sure I will have the immediate job security (and healthcare) that I would get as a nurse… considering my medical condition etc. If I take steps to securing my nursing registration, then I will have more freedom to continue with my blog, online training and the occasional stint of travel. Which is worth it to me 🙂
The last few weeks have really drilled home just how much I value everything that I have achieved and all the amazing opportunities that have come my way because of my blog. And, if anyone knows of somewhere willing to take on an intern for a few months to learn new Training Skills, then I am open to any opportunities for that 🙂 The more training I get as a trainer, the better I will be. After all, we never stop being students.
In a couple of days I will be jetting off to the USA for 2 weeks. Phoenix, Kentucky and Kansas City are my destinations. Hopefully I will be able to share a few travel workouts and some fun stuff along the way. I’ll be hanging out with Bret Contreras (Phoenix), Nia Shanks (Kentucky) and many more friends in Kansas (at the Fitness Summit), so there should be a lot to tell you. I am super excited!
Next, the other day, I mentioned on Facebook I was writing a post on Supersets … this is one yet to be completed, but in the meantime I bring you this brand new conditioning workout from home 😀
Before I show you the workout, there was something else I wanted to talk about. From time to time, I get messages from people thanking me for being such an inspiration to them. They often refer to their fitness/weight/body image struggles and they will often thank me from helping them through it, or making them see there is hope. When I get these messages, my immediate response is to feel like a complete fraud. WHY? Because I am still struggling with many of the same issues as them and I want to be free of these things as much as the person messaging me and then ACTUALLY be able to help them with a sure-fire way of winning the war they are fighting. I feel that I should have it sussed and I should be without these issues. The truth is, I am not! I am exactly the same as many of you: fighting my own war, battle to battle and struggling with demons that seem to pop up right when I think I have things under control. Feeling like a fraud is an extension of my negative self-talk, because when I think about it rationally, I realise that actually no one *really* expects me to be perfect – I just think they do. All this does is knock my confidence more and increases my self-condemnation for failing in some way. This is so crazy! Lately, I have picked up on a few triggers for this stuff. It might be helpful for you to think for a minute about what sets these thoughts and feelings off. Here are some of mine:
- I have a looming holiday where I will be in my bikini (and we all know the demons that come out with that one!)
- I have gained weight and some clothes are tighter :-/ This is one of the toughest ones to feel better about, because you either start doing something about it or, like me, you sabotage yourself even more under the stress/panic response.
- I am meeting a lot of new people soon. People who have read my blog and watched my workouts for a long time. Being a shy(ish) person, I stress about living up to people’s expectations of me and this manifests in worrying about how I look even more!
What I do know is that I am not the only one who experiences these things. The only thing I want to convey here is that there is no magic answer that will cure you of every negative thought about yourself. They have a habit of coming back time and time again. But knowing that, in itself, is a power over it by remembering that each phase passes and you do get through that period of particular difficulty. Just like I said in my “Beyond the Crest of a Wave” article, you must keep your eyes on the forest rather than focus on the tree that appears to be blocking the path. And, FYI, just because I am writing this, does not mean I am successful at this all of the time. In fact, I am writing this for myself equally as much as I am writing it for you. Hopefully we can help each other through the periods when things become less clear by talking about it.
Just know that I understand and I am on your side to beating this stuff 🙂
Set your Gymboss Interval Timerfor 6 cycles of 20 seconds rest and 40 seconds effort. Complete 2 rounds of the following 3 Triplets.
- Thruster (right) (16kg) (12, 10)
- Thruster (left) (16kg) (11, 10)
- Two-Handed KB Swing (20kg) (29, 29)
- Alternating Reverse Lunge (20kg) (18, 19)
- Burpee (10, 10) :/
- Alternating Swing (20kg) –> didn’t count
- Alternating Bent Over Row (20kg) (12, 10)
- Long Lever Plank Hold
- Roundabout Swing (20kg) –> no point in counting