It feels like I’ve blinked. I could not have imagined this year any better. I’m still not sure why I didn’t take this leap sooner. But like everything in life; it all happens for a reason and in the time it was meant to.
A friend told me today that life is very cyclical and to live in the moment of today and really feel the emotions that are attached to this stage of my life. Life will always have its up and downs, but it’ so very important to know that even in the darkest of days….
Hahaha; Annie’s - The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow just popped into my head:
The sun will come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There'll be sun
Just thinkin' about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
'til there's none
When I'm stuck with a day that's grey and lonely
I just stick up my chin and grin and say oh
The sun will come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on 'til tomorrow, come what may!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow
You're only a day away
Funny how when you read those words, you are reminded of the simplicity of life. When times get hard, or you feel like your workout program will be the death of you; hold your chin up, get through today, because tomorrow is filled with nothing but possibilities. Bad days and failures aren’t meant to be the end of the world, maybe those obstacles were put there to teach you to be grateful for what you already have or remind you of something you need to work on. And maybe, just maybe, tomorrow you… hit your personal best… you lift heavier then you’ve ever lifted… you get through a full workout… you will run faster or longer… you will hit your goal weight… or your skinny jeans are now too big… Whatever you goal is remember that each day you work for it, you are one step closer to your tomorrow.
This takes me into my goals - they say the first year of any business is the hardest. For me the hardest part about building this dream is the shortness of hours in a day! I finally, for the first time in my life, feel like I have found my groove, maybe more importantly I have found my calling and every day I wake up grateful for this opportunity, no matter what challenges may lay ahead.
ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR WHY!
I’ve been working with a few of my clients these past few weeks about dialing in their why, and then it dawned on me that I need to do the same for my business. What’s Lil’Missfit’s WHY?
Why? Because I love teaching people how to become better versions of themselves. Showing people their true potential, and making people feel like there is always someone in their corner.
Why? Because there is no better feeling in the world then when you see someone look at themselves in the same light as the people who already love them.
Why? Because I want to make the world a better place and to me that means happier, healthier and stronger.
Why? Because I want to be more then a trainer, I want to be a coach! I want people to see my integrity and know that I will always try my best to practice what I preach, and live by the words I teach.
Why? Because the people who have come to me for help have impacted my life just as much, if not more, then I have impacted theirs.
I am beyond grateful to have this opportunity and to have had the chance to work with and meet some of the most extraordinary people and for all the new members that will someday join this amazing group.
Reflecting over this past year or even having a first year would not have happened without my team. These two gals are the exact definition of the great people who entered my life exactly when they were meant to. These two were my very first Guinea pigs, I had zero experience, but they believed in me. They have seen my teachings since The Canada Food Guide was my only resource to learning macros, understanding sport performance and the true science behind healthy eating, clean eating and weight loss. Over the years these two have put their heart and soul into getting their results, questioning my every teaching, always critiquing and allowed me to guide them (sometimes blindly) into the women they are now. These two have helped me believe in myself. And even though it was supposed to be me teaching them, they have taught me how to be a confident leader. They have also taught me self-awareness. They are true friends - always there to remind me of the things I suck at (the best of friends are always honest a**holes, lol), what things I should leave to the “professionals” aka them, and that no matter what happens in life we are the dream team, we are three smart cookies that all have different strengths and together can take on anything.
What’s the saying here? When women support each other, incredible things happen. This is undoubtedly another one of my reasons WHY?!
Since we started, “The Beast Program” has tripled in size. We’ve expanded from one class of eight beasts to three classes. I’ve added other group trainings into the mix and gained even more one on one clients. It’s amazing watching the word spread and the new friends I continue to make. I once had a trainer tell me I should not be friends with my clients, but for me I believe this is why my program has taken itself to this level in such a short amount of time. I believe in order to properly coach someone you need to learn about who they are on the inside, find what holds them back and, most importantly, what drives them. I love the relationships I have built in this last year and the lifetime friends I have made. To me it’s more then just a workout program. I want to give people the tools they can use to crush anything life throws at them and to know there is always someone in their corner. To be a MissFit you have to find the fire inside and to me that’s what it’s all about!!
Since we just had our very first meal prep class, I thought it would be great to share with you a few of the things we learned.
The very first thing I learned was I loved every second of it!!! I loved creating the recipes, testing them in my own kitchen, being inspired by the food, the planning, the grocery shopping, the baking, the set up and most importantly the delivery.
I am so grateful to everyone who helped make that day happen. You unleashed a whole new passion for me that I hope I can continue until the end of time.
We started our day with a theme: “well, wasn’t that easy”. It was about not over complicating the process, keep it easy and simple and you will be done in no time and have extra time to enjoy the other joys of your life.
As a nutrition coach, I get so many “excuses” as to why people cannot eat healthy. They don’t have the time…their families won’t eat it…it’s too expensive…the list goes on and on. I want to take the time to teach people that it’s not so bad. Eating clean can be easy, especially when you get a group of sassy ladies together.
In true Lil’MissFit form a day would not be complete without me forgetting at least one thing. On this day it was the two eggs I needed to do the demo for the breakfast oatmeal bars I would be sending home with the ladies. But Sheila was off to the rescue and ran home to get me the forgotten goods. While we waited for her return we took a few minutes to talk about the setbacks to prepping and how clean eating can sometimes get overwhelming, especially with picky families. We also chatted about our food diaries and being accountable to our goals, which is what my next blog is all about.
Once Sheila returned with the forgotten eggs we were ready to rock!! In less than two hours, we had prepped and assembled 27 suppers for families of four, 45 oatmeal bars, 45 morning snacks and 45 afternoon snacks. Each person left with a beef stew, a balsamic marinated chicken with all the fixings and a chicken stir fry.
All the ladies received oatmeal bars and chocolate pumpkin muffins for easy breakfasts on the run, grab n’ go snacks of cheese and grapes, and raw vegetables with hummus. They had their food for a week and didn’t have to step foot in a grocery store. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it get’s much easier then that?! Plus, we all had a blast, enjoyed each other’s company, there were many laughs and new friendships made. If you know me that’s always the most important part.
As with any first endeavour, there is always a learning curve. I know so much more for the next one. I learned more is always better. Make a list of everything and make sure the two eggs are on it. And when buying food from Costco always be prepared for a food recall. But most importantly always follow your dreams. This is something I have wanted to do for many years, but didn't know how to fit in to my life. Now it’s here and I could not have imagined it going any better and, even though it’s been almost a week, I am still smiling.