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A catalyst for change

Posted Sep 2nd, 2013 in General, Fitness, Wellness

A catalyst for change

The next time you are at a family get together, coffee date or a long car ride with friends or family, I want you to ask your companion about goals. I want you to ask about dreams. I want you to ask them what kind of future they want for themselves and what they are doing to make this happen. 

You’d be surprised at how many people haven’t the slightest clue. They really have no goals. I’m talking zero, zilch, and “Well I’ve never even thought about that” goals.

I must confess at one point in my life I was one of those people. I was ultimately pushed into nursing by my parents. I never played nurse as a little girl and I can’t tell you some fabulous story about a time in my life where I felt “the calling.” Of course my parents meant well in wanting me to get a degree and get into a profession with job security and good pay, but ultimately my career path wasn’t my choice at all. I also grew up in the typical American household where chicken fingers, french fries, and McDonalds after sporting events was a staple. Thank goodness I played many sports all the way throughout college which allowed me to stay fit and survive living and eating the all American way, but something changed when I hit college. The stress of nursing school took over. The all-nighters put a damper on my health and these all-nighters continued into my early adulthood with shift work. Before I knew it, I found myself feeling trapped in a career I never wanted, overweight, and extremely unhappy. Exercise was about the only thing that kept me sane, and when I was approached at my local gym to be a fitness instructor due to my energy in class, it was the first time in my life I felt a sense of purpose.

Exercise was about the only thing that kept me sane, and when I was approached at my local gym to be a fitness instructor due to my energy in class, it was the first time in my life I felt a sense of purpose.

I think a lot of people can tell a similar story. This is why they don’t have any goals. This is why they don’t have a dream. They simply don’t know any better. They have never taken the time to say, “What if.” They have never taken the time to put the thought to paper and create a plan. They simply go through the motions day in and day out. They don’t think there is any hope for a happy life, a different life, or they are afraid that too many barriers that would stand in the way of change.

It wasn’t until I met my amazing husband that my entire life changed. Being in a long distance relationship taught me about fighting for what you believe in. Moving to Canada, where I had never even visited before and knew absolutely no one besides my husband showed me that stepping out of my comfort zone was a good thing. Being exposed to different cultures, different foods, and a different environment opened my eyes to an entire new world that I never experienced before.

With the support of my amazing husband, I started this fitness business which resulted in me being in the best shape of my life, learning about and cooking delicious, nutritious food, and I sleep the best I ever had in years. I still work as a nurse during the day, but my drive and determination helped me land a really good job as a Nurse Educator in which I have found a sense of purpose in teaching. Lastly, I was just able to run a 5K while 6.5 months pregnant and we are over the moon excited that our family is growing.

Seven years ago, I didn’t have very many goals and the goals I did have I didn’t think were anywhere in reach. Today, I can easily gush about a million goals I have and what exactly I am doing every day to achieve these goals. My husband was the catalyst for me, but if I never took the leap to move my life to Canada and start my business, I may still be overweight, stressed and unhappy.

Five months ago I approached one of my fitness participants to run a 5K with me. She needed a new goal. Her initial response was “Oh God NO!” as she was afraid of many things. Afraid she wouldn’t be able to do it, afraid she’d be too slow and hold me back, afraid of things that I’m sure she didn’t even want to share with me. She committed to doing it, diligently trained for it, and just last week ran that 5K in one minute and fifteen seconds faster than her training times. I hope I was the catalyst for her and ultimately we were then the catalyst for other participants that take my fitness classes as it resulted in three more people finishing their first ever 5K. I strongly feel this is just the beginning for all of us and look forward to creating more team goals and challenges in the future. It’s almost addicting as reaching one goal sparks the interest to set a new goal, and another goal, and another goal.

It’s almost addicting as reaching one goal sparks the interest to set a new goal, and another goal, and another goal.

If someone were to ask you about your goals, your dreams, would you have any to share? What short-term goals do you need to put into place to make them happen? What friends or family members can you ask to join you on a better path to health and happiness? Nothing is impossible. You just have to have the courage to try and the guts to put the pen to the paper.

You just have to have the courage to try and the guts to put the pen to the paper.

- Lisa P.

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