Cat’s Story

We have all heard that exercise has an impact on mood AND that if we like what we are doing not only does the exercise go much better but also our mood improves too! Exercise is a critical part of our self care. Not only because it improves all of our physiological functions but also it is a big factor in better mental health.

Prior to joining FBBC, our client Cat, was definitely in a slump with regards to fitness. She says, “For years I had been a member at LifeTime—had joined a Bootcamp, but the prohibitive cost of their program, and the lack of community, forced me out the door. Because I didn’t have a regular routine, I was feeling low, depressed, tired, and frustrated with myself. I had recently moved to Plymouth, so I knew no one in the area. After stuffing my feelings with popcorn at the movie theater, I walked into FBBC and met Rachael. My selective memory has me kicking ass the next morning at a session. Rachael has reminded me that it took awhile before I actually showed up…for REAL. I thank her for her patience and support. Fourteen months later, I write these words.”

Cat’s inspiration to take care of herself comes from her late father. She knows when she prioritizes herself and her health she can show up better in all areas of her life. “My dad died almost ten years ago. My mom spoke at his funeral, as did my three siblings and I. People wrote to us later that they left the service vowing to be better husbands, better fathers, better men. Before my dad died, he said to us, ‘In the end, NOTHING matters besides WHO you loved, and who loved YOU.’ The love we learned growing up—the love we continue to give each other—is what inspires me, guides me; it sits at the center of my gratitude and is what keeps me motivated to constantly strive to be my best version of daughter, sister, aunt and friend.”

From the outset of joining FBBC my goal was to lose 10lbs, feel empowered/ proud of myself so I could be a better Catherine to others.  Looking back of the year, Cat did lose the 10lbs but she did more than that because she also dropped 5% body fat, added lean mass and lost 2.25 inches from her waist. She says, “My new goals center around keeping the weight off- creating a new normal- also learning how to prepare and cook great food. I want to continue to push myself in different races/runs/active events. I want to be a Coach at FBBC, but need to figure out when I’m going to study for the test. Gulp.”

For Cat, her biggest challenge is the “balancing act called life” She says she has noticed that, “A new pattern in my life is that each day begins with me asking myself, ‘Which session are you going to go to today?’ I know that other commitments will have to jockey their way around this main commitment.”

Throughout her life, Cat is constantly focusing on new behaviors vs falling into old behaviors. She is prioritizing avoiding happy hours, events that revolve around drinking, and her greatest nemesis: nicotine. “I am genetically ripe for cancer, heart disease, depression, alcoholism; therefore, I have a constant focus (often struggle) to keep helping my chances to avoid these diseases. How do I get through it? By continuing to move forward—by continuing to ask myself, Who do you want to be?”

This is HUGE! Congratulations Cat. When we make and keep the commitments to ourselves it is that much easier for everything else to fall into place…

Cat says that it is more than just a physical transformation that has occurred for her at Fit Body Boot Camp.  Her overall experience is “a journey/transformation from unfocused to focused; from self-negation to self-affirmation; from feeling lost to feeling centered. The best thing that has happened to me since joining FBBC is the community that I have built, which truly is the center of this organization. One of the mornings this week, I drove up for the 6:00 am session and saw four women walking together from their cars. I smiled and felt a tangible sense of happiness and strength. What’s most amazing about MY STORY is that it’s everyone’s story who is a FBBC member. We all had reasons we walked in the door. We all have reasons that we continue to walk in the door—some days with our fears and our sadnesses; other days with our smiles and our laughter. Megan and Megan’s FBBC Team has created this safe haven for all of us to gather and support each other. I feel extremely blessed to be connected to such an amazing group of strong, beautiful women. The journey has just begun…”

Cat you’ve been client of the month. You’ve been a smiling and welcoming face to new Fit Bodies. You’ve inspired others on their journey and yet the journey has just begun…

In your time with us you’ve learned much about prioritizing yourself and your health and we are so proud of you and all you’ve accomplished.

Thank you for being an amazing, loving, welcoming and inspiring member of our Fit Family!

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You Can Choose a New Thought

Happy Friday!

A lot of success comes from repetition.

Repeatedly doing the things that are necessary to reach our goals.

Following a process.

Staying consistent.

But a BIG part of our success comes from our beliefs about ourselves as well.

What if you could choose to create different beliefs by practicing better thought patterns?

You can.  Do you believe me?

Let’s break it down.

Many of you, as clients, have heard us talk about how we learn: from gross to fine.  Meaning we learn how to do a thing by first getting the broad strokes of a thing and then refining or finessing the movement or skill over time..

You may be familiar with Maslow and the stages of learning.

The two tie together.

Unconscious Incompetence: where we don’t even know what we don’t know.

Conscious Incompetence: when we realize there’s a lot we don’t know.

Conscious Competence: when we start to know how to do things but have to think about it and be deliberate in order to execute.

Unconscious Competence: when it flows, when we don’t even have to think about how to do the thing, we just do it.

As we are learning we go through these stages, with all things.

It is the same with thought patterns.

We are not our thoughts.

We can actually practice thinking new ones.

​It can take some work and some practice- particularly if we have persistent thought patterns that are negative and have been our viewpoint for a long time.

But isn’t it worth it?
To take the time and practice being kind to yourself?
To say nice things to yourself? ​

The next time you pass a mirror, why don’t you try saying something nice (in your head or aloud) to yourself.

Instead of noticing whatever could be better or finding a flaw, point out the things that are great.

The next time you have an oops in life, be kind to yourself rather than verbally assaulting yourself.

Practice.

Practice.

Practice.

Over time, gradually, slowly, the pattern will change and you’ll training yourself into a new habit.

You can do it.

We believe in you.

Committed to your success,

Megan K and the team

 

Come try us out for 3 free sessions! You can contact us at info@fitbodysaintlouispark.com or info@fitbodymaplegrove.com