Every day, I work with people who are focused on changing their lives, their health, and their bodies. In order to make these changes a reality, they have to create a goal, create a plan to achieve that goal, and make a concentrated consistent effort. A perfect example of a transformation and consistent effort is #FresnoFitChef, Barb! Barb is someone who has changed almost every aspect of her life to achieve her goals. When she started her journey 3 years ago, she was a completely different person both mentally and physically.
If you Google “Transformation Tuesday,” over 40 MILLION results come up in less than a second! This is an incredibly inspiring number and a great resource to see so many others taking control of their future. A common piece of advice to help anyone achieve a new goal, is to surround yourself with like-minded people and those who have succeeded on a similar path. I would love to see your transformation pictures! If you want to share your fitness journey, show off your success, and inspire others, share your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #CoachRobJsTT! I just might use it in a future Transformation Tuesday blog!
A couple of weeks ago, I walked into Synergy at 5:30am to Rob’s “Good morning Sunshine” and instead of my normal response, I plopped down in his office and just started crying. Poor Rob– Coach, Trainer, Therapist, “One of my girls,” and a true friend – He sees it ALL. I was in pain and couldn’t understand what happened to the progress I’d made over the last 15 months. I was feeling pretty defeated and like no one could possibly understand how both physically and emotionally painful this set back is for me. In typical Coach Rob fashion, he gave me some sage advice and asked me to write a blog about my set backs because, “It’s real life.”
From 2011 to mid 2013, I had gotten much healthier and was in great shape, so I was devastated when my car accident restricted my ability to work out for almost a year. I gained at least 40 pounds and felt like I was back at SQUARE 1. Let’s BE CLEAR, I am NOT one of those girls that can work out 3x a week and eat healthy and stay in shape. It takes work. At any size, I have been very active, able to do yoga, and run around in stilettos; after my accident, I could do NONE of these. For me, this was unacceptable!
When Rob and I started working out, I took breaks between exercises within a set and often times, I would have to sit on the floor and stretch before I could continue. But I WOULD NOT QUIT – I persevered! There were days I would work out 3 times a day, once with Rob, once in the pool, and then cardio. I was on a mission. From the end of April 2016, only 3 months out of surgery, to December of last year, I made huge strides. I dropped weight, was able to regain some of my balance, and could workout without taking breaks! I could see the light at the end of the tunnel!
During my recovery period, I have been plagued with a lot of emotional life changes. I am going through a divorce, I lost my career, because of the extended leave of absence, and I was/am (2 years later) in a horrific lawsuit with my car insurance company. So, I threw myself into looking for a new career and working out. After several months of looking, another of Coach Rob J’s Real Warriors, Steph, helped me find a new career I LOVE! Her team at Hire Ups is AWESOME! I was finally feeling like I had gotten my life back! Within 3 days of being back in an office environment and sitting, I was in excruciating pain and absolutely ready to give up. You know that saying, “a body in motion, stays in motion?”Ummm that’s TRUTH right there!
Due to the pain, I went to my surgeon and received less than stellar news about the future of “my back health.” My last few sessions with Rob had been emotionally taxing, because I had lost a lot of my agility, balance, and stamina. The biggest deterrent for me, the pain. I was/am scared of the pain that is waiting for me with every workout. I told Rob through tears, “I just can’t do it (I have never said this phrase to him until that day!), I am just so frustrated.”He let me cry and rant and curse a little about the uninsured driver that changed my life and then he leaned across his desk and said, “I’m sorry Sunshine, but you can do this. We just need to go back to what we know works. Baby steps.” So here we go, BACK to the beginning…For the record, I HATE BABY STEPS!
Over the next several weeks, I am going to share some of my favorite sources of inspiration. This week, I am giving a shout out to The Rock! If you haven’t checked out Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for a little comic relief and a whole lot of motivation, you’re missing out on one of my favorites sources of inspiration. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Instagram Page.
I admire The Rock for so many reasons but especially his drive and commitment to his grind. He is up at all hours of the night and day, working out and working on his career. His relentless pursuit of success and development is not solely focused on his professional growth. He is also committed to help others achieve their goals and make their dreams come true by his charitable works and special projects. His “Project Rock” offers personal motivation for individuals “to help many people get after their goals as possible.” Wake up and Grind with “The Rock Clock!”
The list of charities to which The Rock and his businesses donate includes Make-a-Wish and several charities supporting terminally-ill children, including his own The Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, he founded in 2006 which works with at-risk and terminally ill children. He is also known to be an avid supporter of our troopsand is involved with Boot Campaign, a charity focused on military appreciation. Follow The Rock on Twitter!
I also checked in with some of Coach Rob J’s Real Warriors to see how they maintain motivation and asked for some of their favorite resources to kickstart their drive, when they are feeling a little sluggish. Chef B-rizzle, Bryan, isn’t one for social media or inspiring quotes; his motivation is fueled by results! He said, “results become an addiction.” From fitting into smaller sized clothing, the number on his scale decreasing, and consistently noticing improvements in his health, Chef B-rizzle is his own motivation. I can personally attest that Bryan reigns himself back in and seeks guidance and motivation when he needs to refocus. Check out his story – Chef B-Rizzle Gets Fit
Steph, aka #TeamKilla, has several resources of encouragement, and much like B-Rizzle, her own results fuel her fire. Having transformed her body from a size 14 to a size 2 in just over a year, she gets a much needed boost from her before and after photos, inspirational quotes, Pinterest, Tumblr, and she follows a few male and female weightlifters and athletes on Instagram. Check out some of the accounts #teamkilla shares: Gymaholic, HealthyFitMantras on IG, and Bossbabe.inc. But between you and me, I think she gets her biggest boost of motivation when she shows up in new workout digs! Check out how her transformation started, Team Killa.
Deb, aka #teamSunshine, gleans inspiration from all over, but says, “My BIGGEST motivations are Coach Rob’s page at 4:30am, #TeamKIlla and #FresnoFitChef’s instagram feeds, they are 2 crazy inspiring, positive women, and watching the successes of so many others on the web.” Some of the accounts that she follows on Instagram are The Good Quote, GlennonDoyleMelton (author of “Love Warrior”), Better Things in Life, Kate.Cash.Fitness, and LvnFit. In my opinion, Deb isn’t motivated by a number on the scale. When she came to me, she said that she didn’t care what she weighed as long as I could help her get to a healthier version of her old self. Baby steps Sunshine, back to baby steps. Check out when #teamSunshine started her baby steps.
When people see good things going on in your life like physical changes, healthy lifestyle choices, and an overall change in your mindset and focus, they want to know what you are doing! Stephanie, from Hire Up Staffing Service, aka #TeamKilla, wanted to share a bit of her new and improved lifestyle with her staff, as they prepare for a busy time of year and set new corporate challenges.
We sat down and laid out a plan for “Corporate Wellness with Coach Rob!” Our main goal for the staff was to help them learn how to be “comfortable with being uncomfortable” in order to help them push through and achieve new goals. On Fridays, I head to the Hire Up offices to pump these ladies up with a mini-bootcamp and a motivational topic for the week.
There are many topics that can fuel a change in lifestyle, but I started with some basics. A great place to start was to teach the team about having focused thoughts and walking through discomfort to achieve new accomplishments.
Control your mindset.
Passion comes from your core.
Do your personal BEST.
Achievement is limitless.
Mindset Matters: We choose our state of mind and our thoughts dictate how we perceive the world, so limit the negative and focus on all of the positive. Exercise your choice and find a way to claim your mindset. Check out my “Claim Your Morning” blog.
Passion comes from your CORE: In fitness, all movements originate from the CORE and in life our passions and desires originate from our Soul. The soul is the core of our being and when we listen, it guides us to what we love, what we are good at doing, and what leads us to pure joy. My soul lead me to coaching, where does your core lead you?Called to Coach!!
Do your personal BEST: YOUR ONLY COMPETITION is YOURSELF!
Achievement is LIMITLESS: There are thousands of public speakers, webpages, businesses, and books all dedicated to success and achievement. One key factor of any plan for success is not to allow yourself to be limited by your own doubts. Life is LIMITLESS.
I am happy to report the team at HIRE UP STAFFING SERVICE has had positive reviews about our Friday mornings! As a coach, especially as Steph’s coach, it is exciting to see a client incorporating her new goals and life changes into her role at work. Check out Hire Up Staffing Service.
How did my workouts and diet change my family life?
I started my fitness journey a little later in life and started a family a lot earlier, so my life is a bit different than the lives of some women. I live with my husband of 23 years and our adult son, so my time is more flexible than some wive’s and mother’s. My schedule allows me to leave before work to train with Rob, and go for round two at the gym right after work. This has actually encouraged my husband and son to increase the number of their workouts during the week. My husband and I work out at least twice a week together at the gym. We kill some cardio and workout in the free weights section too! The greatest thing has been that I am able to show him new workouts that he has never tried, like the TRX! I also really love it when my son asks for fitness or nutrition tips too!
My guys are pretty easy going when it comes to meals. My husband and son have very similar tastes in food, which are basically the complete opposite of mine. I recently adapted to a mostly plant based diet. I may be making tacos with soy crumbles and whole wheat tortillas while they are eating beef and regular flour tortillas, but we still cook and eat together as a family. They are both very supportive of my fitness and nutrition goals and even help me find “vegan” options while we are at the store.
Since I started this fitness journey a year ago, my entire family has become more conscience of our health and nutrition choices. We have all lost weight and increased our physical activity. It’s wonderful to see how what started as a personal step has actually benefited my entire family. We are all together on this journey and we are ALL IN! BAM!!!
I was recently asked, “What did you think about the gym before you started working out with Coach Rob?”
Well — let’s just say I didn’t like to think about the gym, which was totally obvious by the state of my body. I would occasionally get on the treadmill or elliptical but not without my reservations. I mean, I was FAT!
Imagine this if you will. I was overweight and walked into the gym in baggy workout clothes, I jump on a treadmill between “Workout Wendy” in her cute form-fitting ensemble and “Fitness Frank,” who is so muscular it’s a bit distracting. Walking on the treadmill and keeping my balance on the elliptical needed to be my main focus, not what others thought of me or how I looked, but it is human nature. We all want to put our best foot forward but when you get winded after a few minutes of working out, you wonder who noticed.
Although I would attempt to boost my heart rate and get in a cardio workout, I was too intimidated to even approach the free weights area, so I made minimal progress.
Now, one year in to my journey with Coach Rob, I walk in to the gym with a plan and confidence. I know exactly what exercises I am going to do and have no problem busting out some cardio and pumping iron with “Wendy” and “Frank!” I am all in! #TeamKilla BAM!!!