motivation

Patience With Our Progress

Patience With Your Progress Being patient, or having patience, with our progress can be a challenge for a lot of us, but the reality is that this is something that we need to allow for ourselves.

During this process it is important to enjoy each moment of our journey and realize that for the best results to be experienced we must keep in mind that we are in this for the long haul. We are in this for life.

We are doing this to better our life and in each moment we can enjoy our progress. We might have setbacks and failures, who doesn't, but through it all this is our journey and we must own ever step.

Moving forward still, even with any setbacks and failures is what gives us more character to appreciate our journey even more. If nothing else, we will have some pretty awesome stories to tell!

A Lesson From A Freight Train

train1 A few weeks ago, Bob and I were driving down Kirk Road to go home. Now, considering why I had taken that route instead of another, I don't know. It would have made more sense to take my normal way home. Maybe it was to teach me this lesson, which I am about to share with you.

As we come up over the hill, I see the gate lowering and lights flashing... uh-oh... A train! Now, this wasn't the fast passenger train, if you know what I mean. And to top it all off, I don't think I've ever actually come across a train at these tracks! Well, I was perturbed, determined that I need to find another way around. I mean, how dare a train cross MY path, right?

Well, my wonderful husband Bob, in all his wisdom, as I'm about to turn the car around, says "Lisa, we aren't in a hurry. Just wait." I paused for a moment. Huh...I thought to myself, He IS right. We AREN'T in a hurry. So we waited. I breathed. I looked around. I put on some music. Wouldn't you know it, that train only took about 3 minutes to pass!

So, is this lesson all about a train? No. Here it is: How many times do we look at what is ahead of us and let it deter us from our goal? It is easy to look at what we want to accomplish, better health blood tests, fitting into those favorite jeans from a few years ago, educating ourselves in our passion, and get deterred because of an obstacle or two that pop up. Sometimes, I will concede, we do need to go around. However, sometimes we are meant to wait through the obstacle and let it make us stronger, more patient, and consistent day to day to achieve whatever our greater purpose is. When you are facing your train, which is seeming to block your path to success, try waiting it out first before making rash decisions which can put you behind.

Oh, and in case I didn't get the lesson the first time, I've now had 2 other train situations similar to this very one since... LOL!

Girya Runner Lisa Garon

"The Climb" Kettlebell Workouts

The Climb kettlebell workoutsWELCOME TO "THE CLIMB" Kettlebell Workouts.We're launching a brand new theme and it is based around climbing up and down rep or time ladders. "Workouts like these are really fun and challenge me where I need it!" -John B.

What We Want You To Think About During "The Climb": In order to experience change we need to make incremental improvements everyday so that they can compound upon each other. Then when we look back weeks and months down the road we can see how far we've come.

Each day we may NOT see progress in our workouts, BUT we always want to make improvements within ourselves. Day by day we can take those extra steps to get to where we want to be. There are no short cuts to get to the top, it is all about the determination, commitment, and drive that comes from within yourself.

image Here's our first Kettlebell workout in our series.

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." -Michael Jordan

Experience "The Climb" theme with us! Only at Synergy Kettlebell Training! Get started here: http://SynergyKettlebell.com

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Measurable Tools of Physical Success

 

We live in a world of measurements. Specific and attainable goals. If your goals are financial, success might be measured by bank statements, how big your house is, your the kind of car you drive. If your goal is social status, success may be measured by how many lunches, dinners, and social outings you have or by your social circle of friends. What if I purpose to you the possibility that perhaps when it comes to physical health, we might be using the wrong measurement tool to determine our level of physical health? What if all too often we are experiencing successes in all areas, but we step on that scale and we are defeated?

INCHES. I am a big fan of full measurements as a tool of physical success. Riddle me this: Which is heavier: a pound of fat or a pound of muscle? The answer: They are both the same of course! However the pound of muscle is more dense and will take up less space, even if the weight doesn't change. So, while you are working hard sweating at the gym and watching what you eat, that fat IS disappearing. You are losing fat, but you are gaining muscle too.

HEALTH NUMBERS. I have in my family a risk of heart disease and diabetes. Because of this, I first started having regular blood work done before I was 30. I love this time each year to see where my levels line up, because it shows me the BIG PICTURE of my health. We tend to get uptight after we have that cheat meal or we fall off the wagon during vacation, but to see the overall picture once a year really affirms to me that I am on the right track! I posted some of my own recent results a few weeks ago... click here!

CLOTHES. How do those jeans fit? Do you have to squeeze into them, or do they slip on a little more comfortably? Are the bumps and lumps disappearing? YAY!!! Success looks good on you :D

WORKOUT IMPROVEMENTS. One of the greatest joys I get in my profession as a nutritionist and working out next to people in our gym is to see their real and tangible successes! Whether it is the first time someone does a push-up without modifications or the first time they swing the BEAST (106 pounds) or the first time they aren't too sore to move the next day... LOL! These are the real results we can hang on to each day. Easily measurable day to day to see a growth in progress.

TEST YOURSELF. While I am not a competitive person, I do feel it is vital to test our limits occasionally to know where we stand. Get out there and run a race ~ 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon. Challenge yourself with an obstacle course race like a Spartan Race. Enter into a weight lifting competition - I know of several Kettlebell Sport competitions around the country and it is always a good test of your abilities!

I have had conversations with many a person who are excited about how they feel, how their clothes fit, about their day to day results in the gym, only to be knocked off their feet when they don't see the number on the scale where they desire. Consider ALL the tools of measurement, and keep the scale in perspective!

~Girya Runner (Lisa Garon)

If you would like any follow up information on anything you have read here, please e-mail me at lisa@synergykt.com.

Living with Purpose

purposeIt's easy to get caught up in inspiring and defining moments. When you meet your first love, you are inspired to love freely and walk on air in the clouds. When you have your first child you feel like you will take on the world to protect them from harsh realities. When you have your first bad medical report, you are inspired to find a way of health and fitness that you can adapt for a lifestyle. The reality is that while these, and many other, inspiring moments are wonderful, they fade.

It's in those faded moments our character is defined. Live life consistently when you are not inspired. Sometimes you will not have a new recipe to try, so you will need to make something that you have already had hundreds of times before. Sometimes your workout will seem kind of boring, but you know you need to push through it. And I am sure that we have all had days when we certainly did not feel inspired to go to work, but we do it anyway because of our obligation to our daily routine. It's about habit.

When we introduce consistency into our life, a liberation comes. You can be free to live for your higher purpose. You remove the chains of bondage to food choices, to force fitting in that workout, to excessive medical visits. By developing consistency in our choices, no matter what our "feelings" are, we are then free to do things like building a roof on a church, taking the kids on a last minute vacation, or enjoy the company of your friends and family freely. So, instead of living for the inspiring moments, and the next flashy Facebook post to catch our attention, live for consistency day to day. Then, and only then, when the inspiring moments come, you can fully enjoy them! The moment is what matters most.

~Girya Runner (Lisa Garon)

Let Us Be The Ones Without Excuses

This week let's not make any excuses and not have any room to say things like: it's too early, it's been a long day, it's warmer in bed, I feel tired, the couch is nice, I'm too fat, I'm too old, I'm too weak, I have too much stress (cause you should KNOW when you leave you WILL feel MUCH better), I have too much school, I have my kids (cause you KNOW you CAN bring them), it's too hard, it's going to take a long time to get my results, it's frustrating, it's cold outside, it's rainy and that's icky, it's a holiday, it's my birthday and I'm too special to workout on my birthday, it's my anniversary, it's Thursday, it's all EXCUSES!

Let us be the ones who are different. Let us be the ones who set the standard. Let us be the ones who raise the bar. Let us be the ones who are consistent come hell or high water- no matter what stands up in our way. Let us be the ones who experience the reality results BECAUSE we are the ones who take action every day. Let us be the ones who, no matter how hard something is, we put forth the proper dedicated effort to see it through to the finale.