Change is good. How good? Well, since becoming a marine spouse, resigning from my government career, moving to Okinawa and becoming a first time mom all in two year’s time– I’m here to say from experience “Change is REAL GOOD!” I now have a beautiful husband and daughter AND work from home. My work is so rewarding! I get to help people realize their true potential. I help them peel back the layers to unveil their inner beauty and fierceness! However, this is not an easy task. The “C” word can make ‘em or break ‘em. Fear and apprehension of change can really F things up for a person. I can’t even imagine my life any other way and would have none of this– NONE– if I had let anxiety over CHANGE hold me back.
Sooo, why is change such a scary thought when it comes to health and fitness?
When I tell my clients they will be taking photos of themselves each week, most of them cringe with fear. They say, “Uuugh do I have to?” I respond with a resounding YES! This makes my clients quite unhappy at first, but their unhappy feelings change very, very quickly!
The reason I require weekly photo documentation is very simple, as the Chinese proverb states, “One picture is worth ten thousand words.”
Everyone wants to know WHEN they will see results. People want to know their hard work is paying off in pounds and inches. Photos show a perspective that we can’t see in the mirror. I tell my clients to photograph themselves from the front, both sides and from the back. This way, all angles are captured! After about three weeks of clean eating and a solid exercise program, I encourage my clients to look at the before photos compared to their current photos. The response I get is always packed with motivation!
Are you busting your butt in the gym, only to sabotage your butt in the kitchen?
An hour of Zumba plus a full body resistance training circuit on Monday, spin class on Tuesday and more lifting, walking hills in the neighborhood on Wednesday plus squats and lunges, Thursday some yoga then more weights, Friday is your rest day then back at it for weekend warrior fun! Is this YOU?? Great work! Way to train! Way to commit! Oh wait, you went to Zumba on an empty stomach and didn’t eat until mid-day? Then, you ate a pint of ice cream on Tuesday because “you deserved it after spin and weights.” And, you went out for pizza and wings because “that’s what you do every Wednesday??” Maybe Thursday you ate clean all day then made Christmas cookies and ate ¼ of the batter and sampled a cookie every time a sheet came out of the oven? Does this sound familiar? Sounds like you are busting your butt in the gym only to sabotage your butt in the kitchen.
Konichiwa from Okinawa, Japan! I’m Anne (pronounced Annie) Peguero, military spouse, 31 weeks pregnant, personal trainer and fitness coach. I’m thrilled to be writing for YOU and hope I can offer some insight into getting and staying in the best shape of your life while balancing a family when your spouse is deployed AND when your spouse is NOT deployed (which as we all know, can be the more challenging of the two when it comes to our nutrition and fitness) and living the military spouse dream.
Getting started is something that almost everyone who wants to make a change will struggle with at some point. How to get started frequently stands in the way of execution of any type of program. Where do I begin? How do I do this? What should I eat? What if I don’t like the gym with all of those meatheads (who, by the way, are 95% of the time very nice people)? I feel like they are all looking at me (who cares, you are hot, press on with your mission!). Are these things preventing you from being the very best you? Do you know there IS a champion– a super fit Mama/Woman/Wife or Man (yes men, this can also be applied to you) just waiting to be unleashed? Do you KNOW you have it in you to be lean, active, strong and healthy?! I’m here to help you match your outer self with your inner self. You can do this and the time is NOW.