Transitions

I have not written here in a while. So much has been going on! There have been a lot of life changes over the past little while. Some good, some appearing not to be good. But really, sometimes things that don’t seem positive are just disguised that way.

I am super happy to be really busy with personal training again. It took me about 2 years to rebuild my clientele up to where it was before I left working for a large corporation. I am happy because I am now able to help a lot of people, and income is not a worry anymore. I do miss having a lot of spare time, but the good thing about being really busy is that, I stay way more organized. I am actually able to accomplish many more things on a daily and weekly basis as well.

In January I returned to flamenco dancing after what I was told about a 2.5 year break! Man, I am never taking that long a break from flamenco ever again. I have a show coming up in August! Excited, yet scared at the same time as i have not done a stage show/recital in either Flamenco or Belly Dance in years! That is ok…i will rock it man! hahaha

Been through some injuries as well…but I am finally getting my body back to normal which means I can train myself again, I can get back into muay thai hopefully full force again and I can keep dancing!

I now just need to find the moment for my next small, medium and large vacations! I need to get away!

As I sit at my desk typing this, i am listening to the sound of the rain falling outside my window and a bus going by. Just waiting to finish my laundry and then make dinner and meal prep for the next couple days.

I have some exciting things coming up!

  • Reunion Lunch with a group of girlfriends who were my very first serious bellydance students ever
  • Flamenco Juerga (Party) hosted by my flamenco dance teacher Carmen Romero
  • My mom’s 76th birthday

Until then…..

 

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Power Up Yoga Retreat!

I am excited to attend this retreat this coming Saturday! I attended one at the end of March and it was pretty amazing. I loved it so much that this time around when I saw Melissa Major looking for volunteers for the day in exchange for attending I jumped on that opportunity.

In the past, I would pass up so many opportunities because I was scared, insecure etc. Now I don’t care! Any opportunity is a positive life experience work taking!

If you live in Toronto, you should check it out and see if there is still some space!Power Up Poster

 

New York in April

Earlier this month I took a mini vacation down to New York to visit my sister.  Aside from the crappy flight with Delta, my time in New York was fantastic! It was actually the first time my sister and I hung out alone together since being adults. Imagine. She is 37 and I am 42 and we haven’t just hung out together alone since we were probably kids.

I am super happy we did. Its like a new found life long friend. Weeee!

With the weather being just a little bit warmer than it was here in Toronto that weekend, it was absolutely perfect, and really helped me to rest and relax.

We did a lot of walking, a lot of talking, a lot of eating of great food!

We went to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Red hook for Drag Queen Karaoke, the High Line, and to a park in Chelsea.

I got a lot of rest except for the last night there.

I love my sister!

Here are some great pics from that weekend.

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Sounds at the Gym

Its not always a bad thing to have no one to train in the morning on a day when normally you have quite a few. I get a chance to just sit back, and listen and watch what is happening in our gym. RELAXATION 🙂

via Daily Prompt: Sound

Today my entire schedule got turned upside down, so I am not training any morning people and I have a late evening tonight.

Its not always a bad thing to have no one to train in the morning on a day when normally you have quite a few. I get a chance to just sit back, and listen and watch what is happening in our gym. RELAXATION 🙂

Right now the two owners of CoreFit have clients they are training. I can hear the sounds of conversations …and it sounds like I will be gaining a client by referral. Bonus!

I also hear the sounds of weights being lifted…love that sound!

And I hear the sound of Rock music being played in the background…again Love that sound!

I am now going to continue to listen to the sounds of this morning as I do some online work.

Enjoy your day! 🙂

 

 

Welcome to my Blog

For some time I have been thinking about starting a blog. There have been many things that I think have kept me from starting one. Maybe they are just excuses, but I see those things as more obstacles to starting than anything else.

The largest obstacles have been:

Spreading myself too thin thinking that I can be super woman and make tonnes of money by not only being a personal trainer, but working at growing a travel business and a business through Arbonne.
Dealing with a health issue that was “aggravated” by doing a fitness competition in 2014. I have had fibroids for years, but they grew rapidly after the fitness competition.

For some time I have been thinking about starting a blog. There have been many things that I think have kept me from starting one. Maybe they are just excuses, but I see those things as more obstacles to starting than anything else.

The largest obstacles have been:

  1. Spreading myself too thin thinking that I can be super woman and make tonnes of money by not only being a personal trainer, but working at growing a travel business and a business through Arbonne.
  2. Dealing with a health issue that was “aggravated” by doing a fitness competition in 2014. I have had fibroids for years, but they grew rapidly after the fitness competition.

I pretty much got sucked down into being distracted by the obstacles, and thinking I could make every single one of them be as successful as the other. My reasoning was, I am generally very successful in everything I decide to do, and excel, so why would I not be able to make all 3 of these fly!?

Time passed, different events occured with the Travel and Arbonne side that were all pointing to either this is a waste of my time, or I really like this, but I just dont have the time on a consistent basis to put into either of these to make them as successful as my personal training career is.

I dropped Arbonne and immediately grew my personal training business and the new business I train in exponentially. Part of me really wanted to hold on to the Travel side of things because I had great perks and it gave me great new experiences that allowed me to grow as an individual…but in 2.5 years, really it was not paying off as it should. That was only because I was inconsistent, but it was for a reason. My passion lies in helping people develop healthier lifestyles!!! I recently gave in my official resignation, and now I feel absolutely free to further develop as a personal trainer and further develop the business.

Where do I train you ask? CoreFit Training http://www.corefit.ca

Once again as soon as I dropped another obstacle, immediately I continue to grow the business! I can do that, I can think about using spare time to study new courses, and I can actually use some more spare time to pick up some things I had dropped for a while. I am also a dancer. I am a professional Middle Eastern Dance Instructor and Performer, and as a hobby I am a Flamenco Dancer. I am also studying the Martial Art Muay Thai, and at some point want to pick up Jujitsu.

Even though I picked up Arbonne and the Travel piece to get myself to a place where I can do what I want where I want when I want….I can actually do that now! haha. I just have to meld my schedule in such a way to make the most money I can, then I can do anything…and selling personal training to people isnt really selling the way I approach things. All i want is to help people, provide them the best service I can in order for them to become healthier, stronger and happier versions of themselves. I can turn people into the best version of themselves! Having my nursing background has been a major factor in the way I approach personal training with people.

My other obstacle messes with my head! Having two fibroids both the size of a baby fetus actually makes me look slightly pregnant. My body otherwise looks really fit, I am strong, and I have lots of great muscle. I gained a few extra pounds….and it makes my belly look bigger than in actually is because of these fibroids. They grew really fast a few months after my first fitness competition. Now I have had my mother, my bosses mother, and a  few clients ask me if I am expecting! LMAO I have to explain to them what is going on. I hate it with a passion.  Imagine the amount of psychological work I had to do with myself first to accept a new stronger body in 2015 after getting down to a skinny nothing for the stage in November 2014. I finally came to peace with myself being heavier, but still lean and more muscular. Then these things start popping out of my belly!! So now I am going through more self-image issues because of a belly that shouldn’t be there!

I went to my family doctor, i asked for a referral to a new Gynecologist. I went, and he said either I get a hysterectomy or i use one of two methods to shrink the fibroids and then get them taken out. Even though I have no plans for children…I don’t want or feel it is necessary to cut everything out. I am 41….I still have some years before I hit menopause…I don’t want to bring it on any sooner than I have to. Another option is medication to shrink them, then a procedure to remove them….I am not a fan of starting any medication and especially one that is going to cost a couple hundred dollars a month! There was also the option to have a procedure to shrink the fibroids then a procedure to get them out.

All I hear is procedure, procedure, procedure!! Hellllloooooo!!! As a personal trainer if I am not working, I am not getting paid…so for me, I need the least amount of time off work or zero time away from work if possible. I refuse to believe I have to do anything unnecessary. I decided to look up natural or herbal ways to deal with the fibroids…..

This is where I am at now. Done some research and going to try a more “holistic” avenue first. We will see over the next few months how it goes….but at least now that I have stopped procrastinating on this option, I feel more at peace, and this health related obstacle is being plowed through now. Hence, the beginning of my blog.

This blog will be everything health, wellness and fitness related. It will be both things happening to me, and things I get asked about and am willing to share and things that are out there that I feel need to be addressed.

I hope you enjoy my blog, and our journey together!!