Monday, February 28, 2011

A snapshot

So I was asked to write "my story" for a newsletter for a company I'm going to be doing some work for. My story being a bit about me so that peeps that train with this company get to know me a little. I'd been meaning to write something similar for my own website anyway, for an "about me" page, so sat down and wrote it this morning. The person who hired me thought it was quite good, so I thought I'd blog it as well :)

This is my story (well a snapshot really):

It’s fair to say I was a fairly active kid. I grew up playing outside, anything from hide and seek, climbing trees to street cricket ... if there was something going on, I wanted to be a part of it. I played netball, baseball, even gave ballet a crack, although that was fairly shortlived (I’ve never been a girly girl, and the tutus just weren’t me, plus I didn’t have the discipline or concentration span for it J )

It’s funny though, although I played sports I never saw myself as particularly good at them as I’ve got average coordination (as evidenced by anyone who saw me in my one and only step class participation). I kept at it though; I love to play even if I’m not the best on the field. I’m competitive by nature, and love to be outdoors.

As I grew older, I started to play squash with friends, then started playing touch footy. I played that for a few seasons and absolutely loved it, until I tore the meniscus in my knee, effectively sidelining me.

I’ve always had a customer service aspect to my jobs. I started at McDonald’s which instilled in me the work hard ethic. I moved on to the cinemas where I did everything from sell tickets, to clean cinemas, I even was a projectionist for a time, running up to 6 movies at a go! After being there for 8 years I moved on to IBM for a job in IT. I started off on the helpdesk, resetting passwords (turn the caps lock off people!), then into a project management office role, where I was a liaison between customers and vendors. I’d always wanted an office job, just to see what it was like, my very own desk and phone and computer, I thought man, that’d be the life!

It was at this point in my life that I found out what it was like to be at a desk for 8 hours a day. I had never really thought about my nutrition, and this combined with sitting on my backside each day, then going home and sitting on the lounge watching telly, brought about a few changes. Most noticeably I managed to put on 15kg over the space of a few years. I became unhappy with my body, unhappy with how I felt, how I looked, and started to have a more negative outlook on life, which not only affected me, but my home life. I started to think that this would be what my life would be like from now on.

Until one day I was watching the American version of The Biggest Loser. The main female trainer on there, Jillian Michaels, opened my eyes to what I was doing and what I was settling for. I saw her help people transform themselves, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. I wanted some of that action! This was only solidified when we got our own version of the show, and I saw Michelle Bridges do the same.

I joined a gym and got a personal trainer. It took a while for me to get started, for me to truly change my lifestyle, but once the switch had been flicked in my head, off I went. Healthy eating became the norm, I was exercising 5 days/week. I lost the 15kgs, and have been able to maintain a healthy weight now for a few years.

By this point, I’d had enough of the corporate lifestyle and desk job of IBM. It just didn’t suit my personality. I’d seen how much my life had changed from having a trainer and focusing on my health, and I wanted to pay it forward, help others do the same.

So, I completed my Cert III and Cert IV at AIF, chucked in my day job and became a trainer at Fitness First. I’ve been there for just over 14 months and am now looking to diversify, and embrace my love of outdoor fitness.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Shining the light on my excuses

So I’ve been procrastinating about doing my pre season tasks. Today I finally sat down and did Task 2. At first I was just doing the basic excuses ... I’m too tired, I’m too busy .... submitted them but my conscience was nagging me. I wasn’t digging deep enough, I was just phoning it in. Part of that was that this is the 3rd round I’ve done, so I was getting complacent, just writing down old excuses, not really thinking about it. Another part of it was the feeling that this task didn’t really apply to me .... I’m a PT I shouldn’t need to do this task, I’m golden. Except ... I’m not. My nutrition and exercise has fallen in a big hole over the last few months.

Gave myself a mental uppercut and thought .... right, dig deep mate, why have you fallen in the hole, why haven’t you dug yourself out as yet?

And I came up with the following excuses:

- I’ve let my strength and fitness slip too far
- I’m not strong enough mentally, I’m just going to crash and burn halfway through
- I can’t be good for 12 weeks, it’s beyond my capacity

And a big one for me

- I’m never going to be good enough

Self confidence lies at the root of all of these. Doubt in myself, my abilities, my mental strength. This is what I need to turn around this round. My solutions to the excuses are as follows:

- I’m not strong enough mentally, I’m just going to crash and burn halfway through - reach out for support, don’t leave it until too late (I’ve done this in the past, I am not good at asking for help, don’t want people to think I am weak and needy)
- I can’t be good for 12 weeks, it’s beyond my capacity - you stayed off alcohol for 12 weeks bar one night in round1, you can do it again. You are stronger than you give yourself credit for.

So, I draw a line in the sand ... today! I am going to give this round 100%, I will not flinch at doing what is asked of me, and I will dig deep and work on my issues.