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Don’t beat yourself up, life does not make “fit” living easy.

Don’t beat yourself up, LIFE does not make “fit” living EASY.

I want everybody to know I UNDERSTAND this “fit life” is not easy. Life does not make this an easy option for people. When I was personal training in Ottawa and travelling more than an hour to work and back plus working 10+ hours, 6 days a week, I was not “fit”. I was physically and mentally drained ALL THE TIME. I would “workout”, although I would have very little energy to “actually” workout. I was a motivator and a mentor to people but yet I was gaining weight and not sustaining my health and well-being, the sole thing I preach to people. Luckily I decided to travel in a different direction in my life and was blessed to be able too. I feel strongly now it is not always YOU who cannot sustain a “healthy lifestyle” it is your life. We have kids, jobs, daily life stressors that eat up our will-power and our ability to achieve more.
That all being said we still have to keep trying…..Why? What’s the point right?!?
I will tell you why…because you are worth it for yourself and your family. Doing something will always feel better than doing nothing. Maybe in one year of going to the gym every chance you could with very little energy, it did not show anything on the “weight loss” side but think about it this way instead you did not gain the average 5-10lbs yearly that people do when they don’t workout.
The bonus to attending a gym is to have a solid support system to make sure you keep coming back. That’s my main goal in this business. So do not beat yourself up, life isn’t easy and we will always have to face daily challenges but please don’t give up on your health because YOU ARE WORTH IT.
Here are 5 tips to help you stay on track….
1. Take time to plan out your week before it begins, workouts, meals, activities (make it work).
2. When you have family time, do active things like walking, cycling, hiking, swimming…
3. Cook your meals and pack a lunch
4. When you are at a kids practice, it’s okay for you to leave for a walk or run. Heck if they are being active why shouldn’t you?
5. Weekends, don’t make your weekend become your weak end. I get you had a long week and now you can actually relax, but… healthy living comes with some prep work, it is a choice you will have to make.

Amanda’s Success Story

Below you will find a story about Amanda’s experience and how hard she worked extremely hard to accomplish her goals.

For a years I struggled to manage my weight. I am a 35 yr old nurse and mother of 3 active kids. I always considered myself as healthy and active. Excuses! I had them all. “There’s no time to go to the gym”, “It cost too much”, “I’m doing the best that I can”, “I don’t fit in at a gym- I’m too out of shape” the list was endless.  And for years I had said them all. After all, I know what I need to do, I just couldn’t get it all together, at least that’s what I let myself believe.  

I had friends who would go to the gym, and they all made great changes, and I thought I will just give it a try. I’ll get a 1-month pass and see. That was March 2015.  I joined a group of friends at Raw Fit. That first day (month) was humbling. I was completely out of shape. Every workout felt impossible, but I was committed for that first month. I continued to try to find excuses, why I could be elsewhere, but the truth was, I was amazed and attracted to the encouraging and supportive atmosphere. How was it that strangers could be so invested in everyone’s victories?  It truly is a warm family feeling.   

I attended Leah’s classes at least 3 times a week, I tried to eat well and make healthy choices. Within a short period of time I started to feel great.  I lost a bit of weight but did notice that I was able to do more. The more I did, the more I wanted to do. And it felt great. The struggles though remained. There was a lot of sweat, but there was also a lot of tears. “How could I be doing everything right, but not see any changes”? The truth was harsh but in front of my nose all along, and thanks to Leah, she helped me see it. My diet was my biggest struggle. Learning to eat properly changed everything.  I learned to understand food, and how it affects me. I have a new love for food,  

I learned how food fuels my body. I also created goals. Big ones! Ones that would drive me to succeed! I wanted to make an impact. After 1 year of attending the gym and dropping 15 pounds I really started to regain focus. With Leah’s help I trained and completed my first half marathon. I committed to making this change a success. I went to the gym regularly, and I always try to push myself a little more each time. I added cardio to my workout, and combined with the workouts and diet, I dropped another 25 pounds for a total of 40 lbs in one and a half years. I feel great, and I am full of energy.  More importantly along my journey I learned to understand my body and love myself.  

Joining Raw Fit has given me a new found feeling of self-confidence. I have met the greatest people. It has become another part of my family. My children have also expressed interest in healthy eating and understand the importance of exercise to maintain a healthy well-balanced lifestyle. Instead of my family being my excuse, they have embraced it, and are a huge reason why I keep going back.  Finally making time for “me” has changed everything and it keeps getting better.




Above is Amanda’s before and after photo.

May 2015 & September 2016

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The key to long lasting results!

What is the Key to long lasting results!
It takes consistency, self-enjoyment and goal setting.
I will speak plainly about what I think about making results last. What I have noticed is most people do not have patience when it comes to weight loss or being able to see results fast enough. I can seriously empathize with those people, especially after having a child and then now going onto having my second, I would like to get back to looking and feeling like my usual self. It is not usually realistic to get back in shape in one or two months, especially if you are doing it properly.
I understand it can be a discouraging road to where you ultimately want to be. So which path is the best path for you to be able to get there as quickly and painlessly as possible?
Well I will share with you some tips and guidance as to how I think you should take this approach to make sure you get there and don’t give up along the way!
For starters…Do not try every fad diet possible out there, personally I do not believe in diets. Eating in moderation and proper portion control is key to maintaining a healthy well balanced diet. I also believe in treating yourself every now and again. Use the 80/20 rule, eat well 80% of the time and then enjoy something every now and again.
Stay committed to something for at least 3 months before you say this isn’t for you. It takes your body time to adapt to certain workouts and get comfortable in a program. Find a class or an activity you enjoy doing and make sure to attend at least three times a week. With my clients I always use the calendar approach, print out a monthly calendar and write down your workouts before they happen and then once you have completed the workout check it off. It is all about planning in advance and those checkmarks feel so rewarding.
Make sure you’re enjoying your exercise regime and being held accountable for it, to maintain it long term. When it comes to nutrition it is the same thing, everybody falls off every now and again. That being said nutrition plays a huge role in our health, make sure you start something you feel like you can continue for the rest of your life.
The key component to making things last is to realize this is not a one week or one month fast track to getting you to lose a little bit of weight or to making you look great for one event. This should be something you love doing, feel great afterwards and want to stick with for the rest of your life. That’s right… a lifetime commitment.
My suggestion to get kick started in the right direction is to find somebody who will make you accountable and committed and who ultimately cares about your health and who makes it fun and exciting for you to keep coming back for more!
Every trainer has their own personal believes in fitness and wellness. I do not believe in fad diets, I think commitment and dedication is important and with the right motivation in the right direction, everybody can get to they’re goals in a realistic time frame while enjoying getting there.
Do something today your future self will thank you for!
Leah Kyte