What will it take to make change?

Change.  What does that mean to you?  To me it means improving on who I am.  It means growing as a human being.  It means getting better at this thing called life.

Why I am writing about change on my Personal Training & Wellness website?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to begin an exercise program?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to reduce our weight?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to eat Organically grown food?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to quit smoking, eating junk food?

Change: “Make or become different”.

A friend recently told me that when it comes to exercise, changing some of the not so good habits she has there is no incentive to change.  She knows she is not doing enough when it comes to exercise and diet yet it is not important to her.  I totally got it!  She is a very smart gal, has a great job, works a lot, plays golf, goes to the cottage, has a life.  She might not feel a 100% however her family history is long, with no real serious health issues and she has no real reason to make any changes  because of that.

I was told once that for most of us to change our health we must be sitting on the cliff with 2 wheels already over and the car teetering!  This is when we begin to pray and ask for help to make the changes necessary for a good, long healthy life.  Why must it get to that point?

So my question is what will it take to make change?  What will you do to improve your thoughts?  What will you do to move more?  What will you do to eat less food that does not fuel your body in the best way?  What will you do to drink more water?  What will you do to get better sleep?  What will you do to bring more joy & laughter into your life?

Today I am adding meditation to my wellness plan.  It is a challenge however calming the mind, calms the body and if I can do that it is a good thing.  20 minutes a day.  I have 20 minutes and can do that.

Just a thought!  Wendy

 

Time to Re Launch Vision Quest Performance Coaching!

Vision Quest Performance Coaching was launched in 2001.  At that time I was recently certified in Personal Training.  Most people don’t enjoy working out however it is something I have always really enjoyed doing.  Lifting weights, pushing myself, focusing on getting stronger, having better balance, reducing my size give me joy.  Finding out how far I can push myself is a really cool thing for me to do partially because I have been challenged by different health issues over the years.  Yet I don’t take prescription drugs, continue to train, just finished The Friends For Life Bike Rally where we rode our bikes from Toronto to Montreal, 660k in 6 days.  It was awesome and I did it.  Actually the day before we were leaving my Chiropractor told me she was amazed that I was making the trip because only 8 months prior I had an accident where I tore my MCL, Meniscus and hurt my back in a way that I could not lie down in bed for over 2 weeks.

So I haven’t trained clients in a year.  Haven’t worked with clients in a while however I am now excited to begin working with clients who want to discover that Athlete inside!  I particularly focus my training working with women who want to find their inner athlete because we all have one inside us even if you don’t think it or believe it.

Our world is set up athletically.  We are meant to move athletically and are taught this from a young age.   It doesn’t really matter if we are good at athletics or not the coaching begins early.  We have teams in business, our family is a team.  We coach our children in the ways of the world.   We play on teams whether they be sports teams or debate teams.  All of these events help us to decide how we feel about our own athletic ability whether it is true or not.

What I passionately love to do is help women see they are strong, athletic in their own way through exercise and help them begin to leave a legacy for the world.

Along with Personal Training in your home or mine, I help clients with holistic lifestyle coaching, nutritional coaching, supplements that help bridge the gap between the food we eat and lack of nutrition we are getting today.

More to come!

 

 

 

Supplements, Yes or No?

The question of supplements is something I always come back to.  Partially because I take quite a few each and every day and have for many, many years.  I started taking nutritional supplements way back in my bodybuilding days.  At that time no one really even knew about them however someone in the gym suggested I take a multi and I did.  That was the start.

Over the years I have taken many different brands of supplements.  Some better that others.  What I found is taking a high quality product has kept me in good health.  Prior to taking supplements I used to get sick in September and some time in May feel better just in time for allergy season!  Over the past 15 + years that I have been a regular supplement taker I no longer get sick in September.

Over the years people have laughed, kidded, judged me as being a bit ridiculous for taking supplements.  I have been strong in my resolve to be as healthy as I can be.  A colleague said to me a few months ago that everyone knows they must take at least a multivitamin because there are so many commercials on the TV telling them so!  Well that thought just fascinated me.  Well speed forward to last night.  Again watching the TV and isn’t there a commercial for dog vitamins.   My first thought people will be heading off for the pets stores on mass to get old Fido his multi.

Then I found this today:

JAMA and Harvard Researchers Recommend Vitamin  Supplements.

After 30 years of viewing the use of vitamin  supplements as unnecessary, the American medical establishment has reversed  itself and is beginning to recommend that all Americans need to supplement to  remain healthy.

For over a quarter of a century the American medical  establishment fought against the use of supplements but several years ago,  after thousands upon thousands of studies,  finally reversed themselves  and they now recommend that all adults take a nutritional supplement daily.

Here, in part, is what the Harvard medical school  researchers said:

“Vitamin  deficiency syndromes such as scurvy and beriberi are uncommon in Western  societies. However, suboptimal intake of some vitamins, above levels causing  classic vitamin deficiency, is a risk factor for chronic diseases and common in  the general population, especially the elderly.

Suboptimal  folic acid levels, along with suboptimal levels of vitamins B(6) and B(12), are  a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and  breast cancer; low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteopenia and fractures;  and low levels of the antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A, E, and C) may increase  risk for several chronic diseases.

Most  people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. It  appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.'”

From:

the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA,2002, 287:3116-3126)

So I remain solid in my vitamin and supplement regime daily.  What about you?  Will you develop a daily vitamin and supplement program for yourself?  Or Will you develop a program for Fido?  Would love to hear your thoughts?

 

Just my Thought.  Wendy

Food for Energy!

Food, it is the vehicle in which you recieve the most of the nutrients for your body to work optimally!  For me over the past 6 months I have changed my diet to primarily protien, fats & slow carbs (vegatables lightly steamed or raw) depending on the day.  I eat a very simple diet, eating a lot of the same foods each day and then 1 day a week I eat whatever.   For the first time in a long time I have felt absolutely wonderful, have had lots of energy for daily activity and the training I have been doing. 

Now as I am beginning to train for the Friends for Life Bike Rally I must begin to look at food intake for the increased energy I will need to perform at a higher level with increased training.  And my nutritional intake will support my training, to train longer and harder.

I am going to be looking at what foods will allow me to have the required energy to perform and to feel great.  This will be an experiement in process.  The reason this way of eating has been beneficial for me is because I am a Protien Type and a B Blood Type.  I do well on a protein and fat diet with a small portion of carbs.   So as I begin to increase my training the question that I become interested in is  “Will I require to increase my carbs (wtih good whole foods rather than the white foods, energy drinks, energy bars)  in greater quantitities to have enough energy in my system for riding?  What will be the best combinations for the long rides? 

Just My Thought,  Wendy

I am doing it!

After a year of illness, injury and enormous stress I have committed to ride the Friends for Life Bike Rally this summer and couldn’t be more excited. 

It is a bike rally from Toronto to Montreal.  There will be anywhere from 300-400 people who will be riding – to raise money for the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation .  The ride happens this summer starting July 24th to July 29th 2011. 

So my commitment is not only to do the ride it is to begin preparing, training for the ride both physically through exercise, bike riding, going to seminars to learn the basics of bikes and riding in a group.  All of them I find interesting.   I must raise $2200.00. I am already 27% to my goal.  I haven’t done this sponsoring thing in years.  It is amazing how wonderful and supportive people are.  Thanks a million!  If you might want to sponsor me on the ride just click the logo and you will go to my secure page.

Just got a new bike yesterday, put 10 k on it already.  Going out for our first training ride in a couple of days.    I am looking forward to posting on this experience. 

From the perspective of how do I Re-Invent myself back to health, energy, vitality and a sense of joy.  And I will do that in part through sport.  I have begun with my training, exercising, spin bike riding. More to come. 

So appreciative of this opportunity. 

  Hope your day is wonderful.

Courages is in the Showing Up

I was actually in a gym yesterday.  Because I train at home in my own gym I have not had the need to be in a gym in a long time.  I forgot how a gym environment feels like.  There is a silent support system there just because each person shows up.  It doesn’t matter the reason they show up, just the fact that they did there is support at the gym. 

The courage I saw yesterday was that a few of the clients were either obese or obviously ill and yet they showed up.  They had community with each other.  They seemed to know each other, support each other and work out hard for them.  This is courage.  They have a lot of work to do and it seems they are willing to show up to do the work.  Seems they are willing to put in the time to be healthier, stronger, fitter, in better shape, living with less weight and they are doing it in community.  The camaraderie between these women was awesome to see and yet I could feel it as well.

I have heard it said many times before that “showing up is half the battle”.  So where are you showing up in your life when it comes to your health, wellness and fitness goals?  Are you showing up at the gym?  Are you showing up to meet a friend for a walk, to exercise, to move and to connect?  Are you showing up with your kids to play in the park, backyard? 

It would be great to hear all the places you show up even when you don’t want to.  All the courage it takes you to show up to reach your health and fitness goals.

Until my next post, Be Courageous, Show up!  Wendy

Always in a Hurry

I have been thinking about being in a hurry a lot these days.  I see myself and others always rushing to get somewhere, do something, achieve something.  And yet I seem to forget the results of my rushing as soon I it happens.  I get to my destination rushed, stressed so much that I don’t even remember what I was rushing for because I have only a few moments then on to the next rush.  I am in a hurry to achieve a goal and once it is achieved I don’t allow myself to enjoy it or celebrate it.  On to the next in a rush. 

I had an accident a few weeks ago and my MCL has been torn.  I am in a brace, moving at a snails pace and my mind is still rushing.  I think the Universe is attempting to show me that I must slow down and be in this moment.  It sure isn’t easy yet here I am with no choice but to slow down.  Actually I do have a a choice to either slow down, heal properly so I can have a healthy life in years to come or I can continue to rush and have a knee that does not work well in years to come.  So I have chosen to slow down now, for my health, my life and me.

The choice for me to slow down  is causing me to learn a great deal about me  in the last number of weeks.  I am learning about trusting the universe, learning about being more peaceful, learning about enjoying this moment, learning about just being happy in the here and now. 

Are you rushing?  How is it affecting your life?  Would love to hear about your experiences. 

Until my next post, Wendy

Life Lessons

It has been a while since I last posted.  I think it is almost 1 month and what a month it has been.  Over 1 month ago I got very sick.  Don’t know what happened but I could not really move and was in bed for 10 days.  After 10 days I got moving very slowly and I am getting back on my feet well sort of. 

Last Wednesday I was reffing a girls hockey game and had an accident.  Without the details a couple of players landed on my left knee.  I have been on crutches ever since. 

Have you ever had things happen and then wonder what is going on in life that is causing it all?  Well that is what I have been thinking and today I realized that I have been learning how to have patience. 

When life is going so fast your head spins sometimes the most important thing to do is to slow down and yet we live in a world that this is the last thing that is acceptable.  We are never meant to slow down, take care of ourself, be kind, be loving to our self.  Well this is exactly what I have needed and the universe has help me to realize this. 

Patience.  When I want everything to happen now I realized today I must have patience.  When I begin to feel well I must have patience and allow time to heal and mend.  When I want business to happen right away I must realize that I must have patience to let the business grow and develop.  Patience.  I must realize that nature has patience, the four seasons.  Spring is the time to plant, summer is the season to grow, fall is the season to reap and winter is the season to rest so.  I must understand that I too require the same kind of patience and I am grateful for this lesson. 

Until I post again, Wendy

Think You Can or Think You Can’t Either Way You Are Correct

I heard this saying many years ago and have continued to hear it many times since.  For me it is a powerful saying and has impacted the results in my business and personal life.

I was remined of this saying a few days ago from a colleague.  It got me to thinking how this saying might affect health and wellness.  For me there have been many times I attempted to do something and the first words or thoughts have been ” I can’t”  (I was actually raised with the saying there is no such thing as can’t in the english dictionary) yet the saying has at times found a way into my way of thinking.

There have been mnay times when the “I can’t” way of thinking has been a part of my life.  When I wanted to reduce my weight yet I would tell myself I can’t stick with it.  I can’t exercise today because I have no energy when in fact my energy was just fine I just didn’t want to exercise.  So how does whether you think you can or can’t affect health/wellness results for you?

How can we change the “I Can’t” way of thinking to “I Can” way of thinking. 

Many years ago I was given a card the I called my “I Can” card because it was a 3×5 yellow card with a picture of an eye and a can.    Kind of corny but it got the point across that “I Can”.  It was a visual that reminded me I can see (eye) wha t” I Can”(the can) do in my life.   It then had a list of 3 things that I must do daily to get the results I was looking for.  It really was a powerful tool and corny at the same time.  That was the fun part of the card.  The list was effective in getting me into massive action.  This to do list is the thing that I have noticed that has allowed me to live with “I Can”.  Having “I Can”  attitude makes me:

  • Commit
  • Focus
  • Take Action

So how does this relate back to health and wellness?  We are living in a global health crisis.  Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, premature aging are out of control.    We must begin to have an “I Can” way of thinking to move forward with better health/wellness.  We must begin to practice “I Can”.   “I Can” exercise, “I Can” reduce my weight, “I Can” drink water, “I Can” enjoy drinking water,  “I Can” enjoy exercise, “I Can” give my body nourishment with good quality foods. 

For me anytime I have had an “I Can” way of thinking it has been positive for me, my health/well being . 

Where will you change your way of thinking  to an “I Can” attitude and Commit, Focus and Take Action?  Reduce in Weight, Exercise/Move, Eat quality food, Drink water…..

Where have you been telling yourself “I Can’t”   

What tools will you use to remind yourself  daily that You Can do anything you decide to do? 

Will you make your own 3×5 Eye Can Card with your 3 Take Action Steps? 

Will you get a friend to be your “I Can” supporter?  

What ideas or successes with an “I Can” will you share here? 

It’s just a thought

Seeing the Athlete and Champion

Vision Quest was started in 2001.  It was started because  of my passion for helping others live with the change that comes with wellness  and fitness in their life.  As I began the company I found that I naturally specialized in working with women and young people.   The women I have worked with range from an Olympic athlete, an international athlete to many middle age women who want to participate in competitive sports at a local level and to be healthier, to senior women that want to be as healthy,  active and independent as possible in their life.  Mostly the young people I have worked with wanted to reduce their weight and feel good about them self.  Both groups of individuals are very exciting for me to work with. 

I wanted my logo to represent my feelings about what we do at Vision Quest Wellness.  We are Change Makers.  Vision Quest is a Personal Training and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching company that works with people, who are truly inspired to reduce weight, get into shape, be healthy/vibrant and just don’t know where or how  to start.  We provide coaching, teaching and training for clients who are looking for real change.  Becoming an athlete and champion for their life whether they start out as an athlete or not.  Each human I believe has an athlete and champion in them . 

I see all of my clients as athletes and champions reaching for the stars, yet most of my clients did not see it.  Most of my clients did not see how awesome they are.    I see them standing on the championship  podium as they go beyond their potential and never say no.   My clients inspire me to move them beyond what they think is possible for them. I see athletes all the time raise their arms in victory and this is what I wanted to share with clients new and old. 

My logo is not necessarily a feminine looking logo yet I wanted women and youth to know that it is OK and a must  to raise their arms and celebrate being a champion/athlete in today’s world. 

Vision Quest Wellness.  We are Change Makers helping women and youth to become the athlete and champion in their life.  We do this through Life Coaching, Fitness Coaching/training, Nutrition/Holistic Coaching, Supplement Coaching, and Stress Management Coaching.