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I understand your pain. Growth is HARD. You’ve been carrying around this
voice that keeps telling you what you could be doing to reach your full
potential. It says you are so much more than what your lifestyle says you are.
There’s this deep groaning in your gut that is saying go HARDER.
We don’t listen to this voice often because it’s calling us to step out
into somewhere new. Humans don’t like “new places” because there
could be predators lurking about to destroy us. These predators come in all
shapes and sizes. They could look like a group of fit young students laughing
at you because you’re overweight and trying to get in shape. You decide not to
go to the gym anymore, meanwhile you paid one visit with your new membership.
It’s the physical pain of dealing with sore muscles after getting into a
workout routine. Perhaps it’s the $100,000 student debt that you’re going to
get as you pursue your dream of becoming a teacher. It’s important to recognize
these monsters that are standing in front of you and understand that you don’t
have to be afraid any longer. Take courage and begin your journey.
Who is this person that you long to be?
Why do you want to live this way?
Does he/she walk with confidence?
Do they smile everyday knowing that they have meaning in this world?
Do they know that they are loved?
Are there things in your life you don’t want anymore?
Are there things that you don’t have in your life that you know you want?
What does he/she look like today? Tomorrow? Next year? Five years from now?
Ten years from now?
Cast the vision of you in your fullest potential. Be specific. Set small
goals to achieve every day, week, month, and year that is going to get you
there. They could be as simple as reading a chapter a day, or read 12 books
this year, or go to the gym 3 times this week.
Your most powerful weapons in producing positive growth are your heart, and your mind. It’s your responsibility as a conscious human being to monitor your thoughts and self-talk and to protect and feed good dialogue within. What does your inner dialogue sound like? Are your thoughts always of shame? Doubt? Guilt? Do you hear negative put downs all day? Are you always telling yourself you are not good enough? If this is what your self-talk sounds like it’s time to set an anchor of who you truly are in your heart and mind. This is the spiritual side of war. I recommend reading books that work on your mindset, taking time to pray/meditate and find things in life to be thankful for, meditating on good thoughts like “you are loved” and surrounding yourself with people who add value to your life instead of cut you down. The main point here is to believe whole heartedly that you are deeply loved from above and were created with a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. Out of this place of belief you will begin to live as so.
When the going gets tough, KEEP ON GOING. Nothing of value will ever come
easy. It’s your perspective within the little moments, tasks, and jobs, that
will decide how much joy you experience, even in the toughest of days. Remember
who you are, and why you live the way you do to get through the growing pains.
Be thankful for those reasons, be thankful that you have the courage to be
where you are because this is who you are. You are a well-reasoned, capable, and
endearing human being that has the ability to change the world if you believe
you can. This is truly who you are.
It’s time to set some goals, get spiritually healthy, and show up for the dirty work every day with a heart of faith and gratitude. You owe it to yourself and to the world; it’s who you were created to be. You are not the only one that experiences fear. You are not the only one that longs to overcome your shortcomings and live in your full potential. Take the first step forward and if you fall, laugh off the dust and try again. Give yourself grace, but not too much grace. You are an overcomer and were created to overcome the laziness, overeating, and whatever other bad habits are holding you back from living in your full potential. It’s time to silence them once and for all. Believe.
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Yipe! That is the sound Brian makes at the end of a class right before the wall stretch happens (L5/S1 ELDOA). This epitomizes what Brian is about. He is the ultimate dichotomy, a structured gypsy. He embraces both his mountaineering free spirit and team athlete mentality of making sure he puts in the work.
Brian graced Santa Fe with his presence about 4 years ago after growing up in Colorado, being a mountaineer for 20 some years, and working as contractor in Seattle. He has already lived a full life and wants to continue to do so, so when his back pain started up he started looking for answers.
You see after years of climbing up mountains and working with his hands Brian developed a lot of back pain to the point where he was in a lot of pain. You wouldn’t know it from his super positive, engaging, and happy demeanor but there were times when he would be down for the count for 4-6 weeks with back pain.
He fortuitously came to us when we needed some men for an ELDOA class that we were doing a photo shoot for. He was friends with the photographer and heard it was a class for back pain and was down to try anything that would fix it.
During that first class he was in shock (like everybody) about how challenging these simple looking postures were. But after the class he (like everybody) felt fantastic. He felt that he had finally found what he had been looking for and joined our class.
It has been over two years that Brian has been with us and his results have been remarkable. I’ll let him tell you in his own words, but because of that free spirit, joy and the hard work he puts in, Brian is our January Member of the Month.
1) What made you decide you wanted/needed to start a program?
My back pain was so bad that I was being knocked out of my life for 4-6 week blocks. I couldn’t do anything. This started infrequently, but was getting more frequent.
2) What did you do before?
Well, at the start I just pushed through it because it wasn’t that bad, but as time went on, it was becoming unbearable. I tried everything. I went to Yoga classes, worked out, and did those 10-pack Rolfing sessions they recommend.
3) What results have you achieved since starting your program that you are proud of? My back pain is pretty much nonexistent. I feel so much more aware in my body and I feel much stronger.
4) Do you have a favorite exercise? Least? What do you like or don’t like about them? The Frogs are really challenging, but I know that they are good for me. The wall stretch is great. I feel really good right after I do it.
5) What are some challenges or goals you are currently working on?
I would like to continue to get stronger and have more freedom in my body.
6) What do you like best about our program/ having a trainer? I love the personal attention and the fact that this program really works!
7) What advice would you give to the other SolCore Fitness members?
Just keep coming and do what you can each day.
8) What would you say to someone on the fence about joining our program?
If you put in the work this program works.
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