Archive for August, 2012

Testimonial from an inspiring client!

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August 29th, 2012 Posted 7:24 pm

In Oct. 2010 I became a Mom and all the wonders and glories of motherhood became my life, including the body that one is left with after carrying a baby.  In January, when my son was 12 weeks old, I felt ready to begin returning to my former self.  I had hoped to get in shape so I could have my confidence back, feel energized and healthy and because I suddenly had the best motivation ever to stay healthy and live a long life.  My son became my motivation to be healthy for myself and to model an active healthy lifestyle for him.  Thus began my search for a trainer and program that worked for me.

I met Ainsley at Revive Fitness in Sage Creek on January 4th, 2011 and on January 5th I had my first workout!  There was no time to ponder or procrastinate.  I was a member of Revive Fitness.  I attended Ainsley’s circuit class three times a week and joined her accountability program.  I was shocked at the terrible condition my body was in and the work I had ahead.  There were many days when I thought I couldn’t do it, but I could and I did!  Ainsley was a constant support and positive motivator every step of the way towards my health goals.  After three months I had lost pounds and inches and gained self-confidence and energy, but I wasn’t done there.

I continued with the accountability program for a few more months because I knew that I was changing a lifestyle not just trying to lose a few pounds.  In May I ran my first ever 5 Km run, not much for many but a huge accomplishment for me.  I never would have realized my ability to attain this goal had Ainsley not encouraged and motivated me to believe in myself.  By September Ainsley saw potential in me that I never would have seen or been brave enough to even consider.  I joined MABBA and began training for my first ever Figure Competition.  I will never forget the day that Ainsley sat me down at the computer and showed me unedited pictures of competitors.  Turns out life doesn’t end because of stretch marks, and people can still be proud of their bodies even with these souvenirs of pregnancy or weight gain.  Beyond helping me make the decision to compete Ainsley healed a part of my self and body image that day and I am forever thankful for that.

Ainsley didn’t have to take that extra step, and so many extra steps; accommodating a new mom’s schedule and then a working mom’s schedule, reviewing meals and coaching every step of the way, but she did.  Because Ainsley, and her team, are so devoted and professional, I have made a lifestyle change.  I feel great, much more confident, have way more energy and sleep much better at night, but most importantly I can keep up with my son and am modelling and setting him up for a healthy lifestyle.  Because Ainsley took the time to get to know me and train me in a way that matched my body, my goals and my life and schedule, I have made a significant lifestyle change that will be maintainable.

Thank you Ainsley.  I look forward to many more years training with you.”

 

Things like this brings tears to my eyes. Sometimes I dont even realize how much I help to change peoples lives (its just what I do) and it is beyond rewarding!

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When life gets in the way…..or does it?

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August 22nd, 2012 Posted 7:30 pm

 

The month of August has posed to be quite full of social events for me which is so out of the ordinary, I feel like Im 20 again! Summer is usually the hardest for most of us. We all know what that means…a poor diet and lack of exercise, BUT does it have to be that way?

NO! Its been almost a straight month of social gatherings yet Im fit and tight. How you ask? Dedication! Yes I indulged and enjoyed every moment I had with friends and family, I am a firm believer in taking advantage of such precious times but what I also did, was be sure to get my training in daily (even if it was a jog around my neighborhood) and also kept my eating clean every chance I got. Just because you are at a restaurant doesn’t mean you have to throw your eating habits out the window and indulge in the fettuccini alfredo…you always have choices, just make the best one.

Life will throw you curveballs and get in the way but its your consistency that will take you to where you want to be. No one is perfect in this world and therefore no diet or training regimen is perfect either. Don’t get down on yourself and think you have to give up, get right back on the wagon.

Im sure you have put hours in at the gym and food prep, why waste all of that?

“It is what you lift from the plate and pop into your mouth that either makes or breaks your hopes, endeavors and aspirations.” Bob Tough Love Kennedy

 

Tips to stay on track:

-get up 20minutes earlier and do a plyo circuit  before your day gets started

-order smart (steamed vegetables, dressing on the side of salads)

-alternate a glass of water with your beverage of choice

-suggest active activities to do with friends and family (ie walk, run, rollerblade, hike, participate in a charity event)

-eat clean snacks before attending bbq’s/dinners so you eat less of the bad stuff

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There is NO off-season

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August 9th, 2012 Posted 2:10 pm

We’ve all seen it….you admire a ‘fitness model’ from afar for her beautiful photos, her fitness titles, possibly even her magazine appearances. You think she is strong and admire her discipline and wish you could be just like her when one day you see her in person and you have to double-take….”is that who I think it is?” She looks nothing like her photos, possibly in worse shape than you currently are and to think, you have been beating yourself up over not being able to maintain this surreal physique in your day-to-day life. To make matters worse, she is most likely a “trainer” and teaching others healthy lifestyles….quite contradictory if I might say.

I cannot say that I have NEVER been a culprit to such ups and downs however I learned quickly and have never looked back. This is not to say that I do not enjoy a good burger and fries every now and then, but I also know the meaning of balance.

It is for this very reason that I will say time and time again, do not see things in an on/off-season perspective. This leads you to believe you are free of your vigorous training, strong will and disciplined diet when the truth is, all you free yourself of, is your health, fitness level and beloved physique that you have put hours of work into. IS IT WORTH IT? hardly. Are those few bites of deliciousness worth the stomach ache and bloat? Not likely.

I strongly believe that a happy and healthy life consists of the right balance. Find something that works for YOU. In my home, we eat clean all week long and while we do not designate weekends for a cheat per se, we will go out for a nice meal or have something we typically wouldnt have. While this routine may not work for everyone, it works for me as I am a creature of habit and like consistency. I cook clean eating recipes each night for dinner, always trying something new. This keeps things healthy, fun and adds variety!

Try to see things as a healthy lifestyle. You are a fit and healthy person regardless of the time of year. Yes, you will have to tighten the ropes to step on stage, but you should not have to lose 20 (or more) pounds to get there.  In my opinion, as a titled fitness competitor or model, or even worse yet a personal trainer,  is your ‘duty’ if you will, to live the life and walk the walk.

 

Dont be too hard on yourself. No one lives a perfect life however like I said, find balance. If you know a tough weekend is coming up, train/diet harder prior to. Once you form the habits, its really not hard. Its the change to get there that is the hard part. Know there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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