Embrace Change

I’m not talking about the change in your pocket or the stuff that’s lost between the couch cushions. I’m talking about the act of change. I’m not the only one talking about change either. Many people talk about change, quote wise things about change, and even run entire presidential campaigns off the idea of change. However, when was the last time you actually embraced change?

Many of us are comforted by routine. We get up the same time each day, eat relatively the same things, drive the same way to work, and so on. This routine becomes so habitual we barely have to think about it. We continue on with our “comfort routine” even when the actions within it, do not serve our higher purpose or fulfill our greatest desires.

For example, you may truly desire to be a healthier more active version of yourself. Yet, the thought of changing your daily routine to accommodate time for working out, along with the thought of changing your diet might cause you anxiety. Rather than embrace the change, you bury what you truly desire for the sake of comfort.

The Dalai Lama said this about our ability to change, “There isn’t anything that isn’t made easier
through constant familiarity and training. Through training we can change; we can transform
ourselves.” This is comforting all on it’s own. Just like you train to become better at playing the piano or a better volleyball player, you can train yourself to embrace change.

Stepping outside your comfort routine or comfort zone allows you to see what you’re really made of. The first time I embraced change was when I went from a college student to a college student raising a son. The second time I embraced change was when I went from working a secure nine to five job to fulfill my desire to become a personal trainer and now, I embrace change as I begin training clients full time at CrossFit Chippewa.

I encourage you to serve your higher purpose and to fulfill your greatest desires. If this means making changes in your life which revolve around health and fitness, come see me. I can put together a customized training plan so you can start embracing change today.


Working Out Your Worth

Sometimes I think people assume I became a personal trainer because I think “everyone” should look a certain way, or diet and exercise a certain way. Or maybe, people think I enjoy watching them sweat. The truth of the matter is I became a personal trainer for reasons much deeper.

Backing up, I was always involved in sports. As a home schooled child, my parents made many sacrifices both from a time and financial point of view which allowed me to participate on “club” and YMCA teams, as opposed to free high school teams. I suppose the exposure to their initial dedication taught me, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” As busy parents trying to raise three daughters and run a business, they always carved out time to drive me to practice, and saved money to buy me new soccer cleats because my feet grew longer, faster than my body grew taller. Therefore, during college I managed to find the time to raise my son, as well as carve out the time, energy and dollars to dedicate myself to playing soccer, extra workouts and working at Planet Soccer in Eau Claire.

My point here is I’ve been able to become and stay disciplined enough to make my health, and my family’s health a priority. This is something I strongly believe that anyone can do, once they’ve put their mind to it. The sad truth of it is though, not everyone is concerned with health. In fact, it seems most people are “givers.” Givers spend their days giving their time and energy to their loved ones, so much so, that they have little left to give themselves.

I think it’s sad to see people giving away their power to be a healthy and equally important part of their own lives. Ultimately, when people come to me they’ve given so much time and energy to other things that it’s had a strong impact on their overall level of confidence, and level of self worth. This brings me to why I became a personal trainer in the first place. I didn’t become a trainer so I could carve a six pack into the abs of everyone I meet. I became a personal trainer as a way to help people work out and regain their sense of self worth and confidence.

Here’s how it works. We take the undeniable, physical part of ourselves, our bodies. Then, we transform them from the years of neglect into healthier versions. We set small goals and over time we begin to believe more is possible. From this belief, action to achieve more is born. This in turn creates a sense of empowerment, and slowly we start making all sorts of life altering changes. I’ve seen people lose weight and gain the confidence to start dating. I’ve even seen people shed a few pounds and it’s given them the confidence to pursue a new career. I’ve seen people leave unhealthy and unhappy relationships because they finally start to honor, value and respect themselves.

So for me, being a personal trainer is about more than weight loss. It’s a way for me to help others become active participants in the game of life. If you’re ready to start making your health a priority, contact me.

One Action that Will Enable 10 New Year’s Resolutions

If you have made a New Year’s resolution then you are among the 45% of Americans to do so. If you achieve your New Year’s resolution then a congratulations is in order because only 8% of Americans report such success, in fact 24% of people have never once been successful at achieving a resolution. According to Statisticbrain.com here are the top 10 resolutions being made for 2014, did yours make the list?

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Stay Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others Achieve their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family

What makes this list interesting is that I can help you all ten resolutions. I can help you lose weight, and stay fit by utilizing the Isagenix weight loss system. During your weight loss journey you will learn exciting new things about health, fitness and nutrition. You’ll likely even discover something new and exciting about yourself as you set and reach goals of great heights. Finally, we all know when you look good, you feel good, and others are instantly attracted to your positive vibe which could help spark a something new in your love life.

By enrolling to become an Isagenix Consultant you will be able to get your products paid for, hence spend less and save more, the extra income may allow you to get out and live life to the fullest. (Bring on that dream vacation or city you always wanted to explore.) As you begin to change your lifestyle I guarantee others will take notice. They will ask you what you are doing differently and your story could inspire them to achieve their dreams too. So ring in the New Year with health and wealth, having both will give you the energy and resources you need for what I feel is the more important New Year’s resolution of all, spending more time with family.

Contact me today to see how I can help you become one of the eight percent of American’s who achieve their New Year’s resolutions. E-mail: MotivatinHealth@gmail.com and visit my website at http://www.allisonshortpt.com.

Isagenix Is Changing the Lives of People Just Like You

Meet Tracey.  Like many of you, Tracey set out to lose some weight. She tried dieting, it didn’t work. She took it one step further and hired a dietitian. Together, they tried increasing her calorie intake, decreasing her calorie intake but nothing seemed to help Tracey meet her goals.  Tracey heard about Isagenix from her dietitian and reached out for help. She started with the 30 Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System.

As of day 28 of her 30 day program, Tracey is down a total of nine pounds.  More importantly than the number on the scale is that she has also lost 10 inches around her abdomen and her seat! Tracey commented: “I feel great and love my new mindset around eating and the energy I have!”

Since starting the 30 day program, people have taken notice to Tracey’s new way of being (energetic) and began to ask her what she has been doing differently.  All Tracey had to do was share her success story and soon friends became interested in trying Isagenix in order to reach their health goals. Now, Tracey’s health quest has turned into a new business opportunity and as a result of her friends taking interest she is well on her way to getting her product paid for.

Get healthy! Join the movement! It’s as easy as two plus two. Watch this video clip to learn how Isagenix can become a reality for you!

If It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You

By now, we hope you have heard about the Isabody 120 Day Challenge. It’s a join-any-time weight loss, energy, performance and healthy aging program that people just like you, have committed to. This results oriented challenge is changing people’s lives in ways you might not think.

So far all challenge members are down pounds and inches. For example, Cindy lost 19 pounds and her husband Jeff lost 22 pounds in their first three weeks of the challenge. However, some people are experiencing more than just weight loss. They are also able to kick habits, change thought patterns, and even rid themselves of medications needed for conditions such as anxiety and depression. Challenge members attend our meetings held at Cross Fit Chippewa every other Sunday to share their experiences, transformations, to seek support, motivation and advice, and we also share recipes and gain further nutritional knowledge.

If you think you don’t have what it takes to change your life we ask you think again. Look back in your life at your achievements or accomplishments both big and small. Consider the dedication and patience it takes to be in a relationship or raise a family. Both take time, support from others and in the end the benefits far outweigh the cost. Losing weight is no different. It’s a lifestyle change that will challenge you. However, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

To learn more about the Isabody 120 Day Challenge e-mail: motivatinghealth@gmail.com. You are also invited to attend the next meeting Sunday November 3, at 5PM. Good luck to our newest challenge members and congratulations on the transformations our current members are experiencing! We are proud of you!

Seasonal Eating

The healthiest foods are seasonal. Imagine a vegetable garden in winter. Now imagine this same garden on a sunny, July day.They’d look completely different during these two seasons of the year! Changes in conditions from spring to summer or fall to winter are considered essential for balancing your resources and  your health. Your shelves and refrigerator should not look the same in December as they do in July, much like the garden.
Fall Foods:
Carrot, Sweet Potato, Onions, Garlic, Ginger, Peppercorns, Mustard Seed, Apples, Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips, Pears, Rutabaga, Cauliflower, Squash, Pumpkin, Turnips, Pomegranates, Dates, Kiwi, Grapefruit, and Tangerines

How You Look or How You Feel?

Fact:  The Make-up, skin and hair care, fragrances, cosmetic surgery, health clubs and diet pill is a 160 billion-a-year global industry. (Economist.com)

It’s safe to say that consumers, now, more than ever are concerned with external appearances and they are willing to pay top dollar to look good. 

Consider that eating clean and taking care of your health from the inside out will be more beneficial and cost effective. Using food as medicine to promote healthy skin, hair, organ function and to help ward off disease is a long term solution to not only looking good, but feeling good too.  After all, our outward appearance is a direct reflection of how you feel inside.