A buddy asked me what was my new years resolution this year and when I told him I didn’t have one his response was that I must already be perfect. I just smiled.

I mean of course I am! Aren’t you? You and I are as perfect in this moment as we are going to be and when we accept that I believe we can live free lives as we journey towards wellness.

Notice that? Even though I said I am as perfect today as I am going to be I still believe I’m walking towards wellness. A great church planter in the bible says that transformation comes from the constant process of renewing our mind. I subscribe to this thought and believe even though I’m not perfect I can journey towards it and so I choose to not make resolutions but instead commit myself to the process of journeying.

The goal through this year’s blog is to be as authentic as possible. I quit using the word “trainer” and started using the word “coach” to take pressure off of the minds of people that I work with that I am responsible for behaviors that could change their lives. Wellness is very much an intimate field where we are engaged in a conversation with each other client to coach. I get the opportunity to learn about the needs of individuals I coach and present them with alternatives; other clinicians/coaches; or facts that get them from point A to point B.

The goal of challenge for the next 3 months is to position you to “create a win”. One way we will do that is ask you to submit to one thing: journaling! We believe that as you become aware of what you are consuming it will churn questions in your mind and those questions will help set the pace for your understanding on what decisions you need to make to create the best outcome for YOU.

February 13th, 2017

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Training Day

The banshee scream of my alarm-5:30 am!  I am strong; I hit snooze. I can beat my alarm. I am smarter and stronger and enjoying my bed. Ten minutes later, the alarm didn’t let up. The screaming began again. I was determined to beat this menacing machine. I turned it completely off with some intention to get up and get ready for my training.

I woke up forty minutes later.  Directly to the gym!  I was about 3 minutes late and barely showered for my first training session.   I am so glad I showered.  The session began with a brief warm up and body tube message session. Then the strengthening, physical improvement, healthy initiatives began.

I whined, I sweat, I hurt, I complained, I gasped for air and regretted abandoning a regular health regimen.   I realized that I had lost the privilege of using many of my body as I wanted or in any helpful way.  I needed to be there-in training-and so I guess my real training begins tomorrow.  I spent today trying to commit.

December 23rd, 2015

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In 2012, I gave birth to my daughter. I was 30 years old and completely unhappy with my health. My meals consisted of fried, processed and fast foods on a regular basis and physical activity wasn’t a factor at all. I realized that something had to change and the only one who had the ability to change me was me.

I was concerned about my physical body and ironically it was my pastor that introduced me to a life of physical fitness and healthy living. We joined a gym together and started working out for an hour daily. The first thirty minutes was cardio exercises such as the elliptical and walking on the treadmill; the last thirty minutes consisted of ab (ex. crunches, planks) work and/or weightlifting (ex. chest press, tricep curls). Within the first year of working out together, she helped me manage my diet, build endurance and she even taught me how to run. The work was paying off. I could see the results. I fell completely in love with physical fitness; the gym was my secret addiction.

In 2014 I was introduced to Synergy Coach; in January of 2015 (after months of procrastinating) I started training with Coach Larry. I attended strength training classes two days a week; a typical class began with foam rolling and stretching, weight lifting, cardio and ends with foam rolling.  The foam rolling and stretching help to prepare the muscles for the workout.

I increased my sessions to 3-4 days a week. After sharing my wellness goals and a month of training, I was introduced to ID Life Nutrition. Upon completing my ID Life health assessment, I became aware of the areas where my health and nutrition were lacking. My issues were that I lacked energy, proper nutrition and sleep. They all played a major part in my unhealthy living. I started taking nutrition supplements daily and pre and post workout drinks were my best friends; I began to sleep effectively and my energy increased. With my consistent exercise routine, combined with my new nutritional focus; The results were evident – the transformation happened rapidly.

The past six months has been one of the greatest investments in my life and health; Synergy has given me the ability to understand health, wellness, nutrition and how to become physically fit. With the support of Synergy Coach, combined with ID Nutrition; I am down 20lbs and (counting) I feel phenomenal. My lifestyle will never be the same!!

June 8th, 2015

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I still hate my 4am alarm and I am so sick of my own whining that begins at 5:03am and continues throughout my workouts!  I try to stop, but I always begin again-whining, renegotiating and trying to wiggle my way out of the workout.  Larry, unmoved or swayed by my tactics, continues to prescribe reps and workout activities.  Larry says, “Don’t worry. Everybody has their own ‘crazy’.”

In attempt to  distract myself from my workout, I started taking inventory, asking myself “What is all my ‘crazy’?”.  I made a list:

  • Whining in every workout
  • The perverse way I fantasize about potato chips and onion dip several times a day
  • My very obvious anxiety and anger toward the versa climber and Larry when he says “versa climber”
  • My attempts to workout without enough sleep
  • My food cravings… and the list went on.

A few days later, I realized that it doesn’t matter what my “crazy” is.  It is important that I acknowledge my crazy, prepare for it to show up as an obstacle along my journey toward my health goals.

I did not buy any potato chips or onion dip during last week’s grocery run.  I brought many granny smith apples in an attempt to avoid my crazy.  It worked out fairly well. I thought about potato chips on most days, but I only ate them on one. I ate an apple nearly everyday and my cravings subsided sometimes.

“Confront your crazy!” is becoming a mantra for me.  I identify it, prepare for it and strategize to avoid the obstacles  in my journey toward healthy living.

January 19th, 2015

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I stayed up working until 2:30 in the morning.  There was no way that I was going to be up by 4:00 and to the gym by 5:00am.  It wouldn’t be safe.  I might mistake a dumb bell for a pillow and a mat for a nap space. We agreed that I would meet for a 7:00 am workout.  I was late, but equipped.  I had a banana-mango protein drink, half on my way in; half on my way home.

Despite the fact that I was late, my workout was waiting for me.  There were many interesting workouts designed for my day.  I tried to negotiate them all; I wanted them reduced to walking the training floor and saying good morning.  I was unsuccessful.  Thanks, Larry?

I confessed that I hate working out.  This is a daily confession.  Despite these confessions,  I found myself following instructions and working my prescribed exercises. Is this my first win?   As usual I played some good dance music to get me through my assigned versa climber time.

My second win was my morning cravings were dramatically decreased.  The eight ounces of homemade protein shake after my workout actually satisfied me better than a breakfast of two toaster waffles, bacon and eggs.  The shake gave my body the essentials immediately.  I also used the My Fitness Pal calculator to monitor my protein. I attempted to keep my protein intake high today, and discovered that I was less hungry than usual.  I also met my calorie goals.  (I am rarely able to do that).  Giving my body healthy portions of protein keeps me closer to my goals.

January 19th, 2015

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My alarm clock is an asshole, but efficient.  I hate him a little less at 4am than I used to.  The anxiety about the workouts is dwindling, I am able to climb out of bed after one sweet snooze and proceed to the shower where I begin to envision myself at the gym.

I had 3 ½ hours of sleep and was about four minutes late for the workout, therefore skipped my half banana and orange juice to save time. I began my warm-up and I was unusually and exceptionally slow.  I dragged most of the workout and whined more than usual.  My very competent community –Suzy, Nicole, Wendy and Jessica were busy achieving their goals.  Larry continued to work around me.  He encouraged me to finish my reps and the prescribed exercises.  When I continued to be winded, he asked me about ‘my fuel’, in other words “What did I have for breakfast?”  I quickly confessed “nothing” and recognized why my performance was so low.

We discussed pre-workout breakfast options.  I expressed my concerns about healthy and high calorie smoothie options.  Larry assured me that counting calories about the workout smoothie was not a big concern, saying, “You are going to be burning the calories as you are working out and strengthening your body.”  I like two for one deals. I am going to have a healthy healing smoothies before (and after for recovery purposes) each workout. Larry offered me a protein shake. It was gluten free and my body was grateful for the energy.  I finished my reps, did a few extra minutes on the row machine and prepared to leave. As I walked out of the door, Larry  reminded me how important communication about your body’s needs and limitations during each session was a healthy way to begin a workout and was important for success.

I am so grateful for the support the synergy community offers, but I am also starting to realize how significant holistic preparation for a workout is.

PS. My legs feel awful, like loose dry rubber bands.

January 19th, 2015

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I hate tests. This one feels like a pop-quiz.  Evaluation day-measuring body fat ratios, weights, mass indexes, calories burned, bathing suits, bubbles, the barbie doll blonde attendant and me.  After the quick exchanges of questions and clothing, my results were in.

I am the heaviest that I have ever been in my entire life.  And although I really enjoy my curves (lumps and waist running rolls included) I realize that my need to have a more active lifestyle may be necessary. My fat index is nearly 50%, the largest quantity of any of my other body masses like bone, muscle, skin or organ weight. Considering my age and weight, I am a prime candidate for diabetes, high blood pressure, and a host of other physical ailments.

I am depressed and disappointed at these findings. I knew I had gained weight, but I never imagined having to negotiate this size.  I feel defeated and exhausted.  I want to hide.  I want to cry, but I’ll probably just go to sleep.  Sleeping sounds better than going for a walk.  I want to eat to bury myself in butter pecan ice cream and chocolate chips, but I convince myself that ice cream and assorted dressings are not a solution.  It is time to strategize, I do not want the same results next test day.

January 19th, 2015

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Timing is everything.  Waking from my sleep, I check my alarm clock nearly every hour over four hours of sleep.  I was anxious and already dreading my 4:00am wake up that would allow me to make it to training for my 5:00 am session. I hit snooze twice and then started convincing myself that the neighbor’s wind chimes were clearly indicating to me that a tornado was headed in my direction.  I stared at the treetops from my comfortable warm bed.  They were not moving. I was lying to myself again.

I do that when I don’t want to work out. I make up a bunch of excuses in order to convince myself that I am justified in not going to train.  This recent ‘tornado’ scenario was one of my best.   I must tell my niece about that one, maybe she can use it to get out of homework.

I arrived to the gym a few minutes before 5:00.  A community of the committed were filing in. The 4:00 am class was marching out. I envied them.  After quaint hellos, I began to implement the stretching regimen Larry introduced me to the first day and quickly moved into my first routine. I was still weaker than I wanted to be, but more dedicated to completing the prescribed workout than I was the week before.  I even got on the versa climber without complaining – the first time. And even though, I stopped several times to catch my breath and stretch somewhat sore muscles, I continued.  Today’s workout taught me that timing is everything.

Workouts that take place later in the day are less effective for me.   Because I begin my errands prior to the workout, I am distracted, frustrated and often late when I arrive to the training facility. Because I am distracted by the tasks on my to do list and frustrated by my lateness, I complain more and work less – expending a good portion of my energy whining, wasting my valuable time and Larry’s encouraging voice. Rather than evaluating my workout, he is forced to use his energy to motivate me. 5:00am rocks!

December 23rd, 2014

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My alarm began to banshee scream about 4:30am. I woke, showered and did a few yoga stretches. Then I grabbed a banana and some orange juice on my way out the door. I arrived at No Limits gym at 5:47 am for a 6:00am meeting with Larry Jackson. I sat in the welcome area watching a few people engage in their 5am workout routines. I seriously considered running out the door, rather than begin an exercise regimen. I hate to workout.

Larry Jackson greeted me and shortly after we discussed my goals. Although Larry Jackson has an evaluative process geared toward each person’s health goals, I was less concerned about my health than he was. My goals were simple and unapologetically vain. I told Larry that I wanted “a smaller waist and to leave all else alone” aka the fictive and illusive hourglass figure. I also wanted to be able to “use a public bathroom restroom at 82 and not sit in anyone else’s pee.” I want to be able to use my knees and hips still.

Larry has training plans. He continues to remind me.

  • potential injury evaluation
  • regular wellness checks
  • considerations of medications
  • friendly client competitions
  • scientific body weight measurement and management

Larry has health goals. He is in to:

  • self-awareness
  • education
  • accountability
  • community

Larry asks about my goals. I respond:

  • vanity

Larry insisted on a few more detailed evaluations. I agreed to show up for training the next day at 7:00am.

December 23rd, 2014

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I couldn’t sleep the night before.  The last time I looked at my clock, it was after 1:30am.  I had to be up at 4:30am. I had a 6:00am appointment.   I was depressed,  emotionally and physically.  I was anxious, bothered by daily routine, annoyed by current events and overall disappointed in my appearance. And to make matters worse, I was gaining weight quickly and couldn’t fit many of my clothes.

For weeks, I had been struggling with individual or consecutive days of emotional downturns.  These downturns were influenced by overworking, current events, and the stresses associated upcoming holiday season.  I started adding sunshine into my days in the form of heavy whipping cream and super scoops of brown sugar dumped into my coffee, multiple servings of potato chips layered in french onion dip, and meals made exclusively of chocolate chip cookies.

As I scrolled through my social media account, I found myself researching the personal training account of Synergy Exercise.  Founder and trainer of Synergy Exercise, Larry Jackson has successful helped a couple of my friends collectively lose hundreds of pounds.  I decided immediately to email him. As depressed as I was, I was aware that I needed some accountability for my health habits, education about how to live a healthier life, and a community.   He replied within a few minutes later and we scheduled a meeting for 6:00am – the next morning. I couldn’t sleep the night before. I wasn’t sure that I was making the right choice. I didn’t have the energy. I was negatively rather than positively motivated. I wasn’t sure that it was the right time for a lifestyle change and I had a meeting first thing in the morning.

– client

December 20th, 2014

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