This October marks 6 years of engaging in this amazing Transformative journey. A journey that at first, was really just about making a change in my health, but changed into an amazing adventure of discovery about who I am and what I am capable of achieving and what I have to share.
My choice to say Yes to any Opportunities and the possibilities that might come from them has guided me forwards and has put an amazing assortment of people in my path. I am not going to post pictures of my transformation you can find that on my IG. The physical is amazing and I am proud of what I have accomplished but I am most proud of what I have achieved and am able to share with others now.
SIX YEARS !
If someone had told me then, where this all would be leading me, I would have had a few disbelieving and probably rude things to say about it.
How could someone who never really liked exercise and was certainly never an athlete, transform themselves so dramatically?
To be honest, I really went into this with no actual plan other than going to the gym every morning 5 days a week on my way to work. I was smart enough to know that later in the day would not really work for me and I would always find excuses.
The first positive step I made was to set myself up to succeed.
Form a habit that is attainable and keep with it.
I truly believe in fate. The main reason that I have achieved the results that I have so far is because I happened to have the good fortune to be connected with a Personal Trainer at the gym named Paul Marlow when I first started. While I had no plans on working with a trainer, well I didn’t really have any plan, and this was an opportunity.
Always in my mind………Say yes to opportunity. The best decision I have made in the last several years beyond finally realizing I needed to address my health and fitness was to start working with Paul. I am pretty good at listening to my intuition and it is not often in life that we meet people that we trust instantly, and that was how I felt with him.
As many people can relate, being older, being unfit, being overweight, being new to the whole gym atmosphere, any or all of those things can make working out a daunting proposition. The fact that Paul was willing to take the time to help me discover just how strong I could be without making me feel foolish for asking the same questions multiple times and always helping me to push to that next level, was life changing for me.
Life Changing !
We all have to start somewhere and for me it was the gym and the foods I was consuming. The first 16 months of my journey was quite transformation physically.
The big and unexpected thing that happened, was the realization that once you feel physically better you feel mentally better, and once you feel mentally better, more positive things are possible.
Along with the physical change, it is inevitable that a mental change occurs as well. The commitment to going to the gym, to changing the way you eat, changes how you approach many areas of your life as well.
I have always been a morning person, an early riser. Waking up at 7:30 am is a sleep in for me. As I got used to a 5am wake up for gym work outs I came across quite a bit of information about successful people who made a habit of starting their days in a specific way. I started to build the habit of morning rituals, taking the time to start my day in a purposeful way.
By the time I had reached my first goal, healthy by my 60th birthday. I was ready to choose another big goal. Learning Olympic Lifting and competing in the World Masters Games in 2017 is what I chose. What made me think I could achieve this goal? Well I had just done something that I never thought possible. I had put my physical and mental health as a priority and achieved what I had set out to do.
Suddenly things seemed so much more attainable. I love the quote that goes something like this “ if you can create it in your mind you can hold it in your hand” I believe that to be true.
Good thing I believe that, because let me tell you, Olympic weightlifting is so much more technical than I ever dreamed and this non-small details person is still learning how to be that attention to small details person.
I did go to the world Master’s Games in New Zealand with the a lot of support. I was able to represent Canada and brought home a gold medal in my age and weight class. Weightlifting is always going to be part of my day. It keeps me centered and focused. It is my thing now and I can’t imagine that changing any time soon. I have a new age class to conquer next year !
Not everyone wants to do weightlifting and I totally get that. Strength training is what has been best for me. I feel healthier, stronger, and free of back joint pain now that I work out regularly.
The point is really that when we get ourselves moving and into a routine, life changes. Gaining an awareness of your mental and physical strength spills over to so many areas of your life.
I am on a mission to share that.
That one small step of opening myself up to change has transformed my life. Along with learning to really “Own Who I Am” (still a work in progress), I have had the opportunity to be connected to so many amazing people. Competitions, CBC interviews, magazine features, some public speaking engagements and a growing connection to so many people through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and a new business and website.
Hard to believe that it has only been since March of 2016 when I first competed that I took the leap head long into my new reality.
While yes, it takes personal commitment to a long-term goal, there is no way I could have done this on my own. I am beyond Grateful to have connected with Paul six years ago and continue to work with him. His willingness to share the things he is learning and connect me to the right people as he grows his own personal brand and social media presence is really the reason why I have been able to find my life purpose and step forward into my own light. It is definitely worth checking out what he is up to these days.
So often we spend too much time putting everyone else before ourselves. We are taught to believe that it is selfish to put ourselves first.
Only by learning to look after your own physical and mental health, does it allow us to be that person who can hold space for others who need it.
What are some of the things I have learned in the last six years?
Fittingly, Six main ones come to mind.
- You can always learn something from someone else, no matter what age you or they are.
- A regular daily routine that includes movement helps your mental and physical health.
- It Is Absolutely Never Too Late To Take The Chance On Something New.
- Stepping out of our comfort zone can lead to so many life changing events.
- Always Show Gratitude to those who are in your world.
- Share what you know to help the next person along their path
I know there are, and have been people in my life who don’t understand why I am on this path. They don’t get it, or get me, and that is OK. Maybe one day they will understand, but I am grateful to have had them in my life because they make me all that much stronger in my belief in the need to follow my purpose.
Leaving You with One of my favourite quotes right now from Lewis Howes
Oh I Am Just Getting Started !