Friday, August 21, 2009

My Confession

The last few weeks have been very hard on me. My IM race/training is over and I've been focusing on the "important" things in life. Work, Employees, Family, Friends & the Debate of HealthCare/Insurance reform.
With a light exercise schedule and more free time, you'd think that I would be full of energy. Sadly, that's not been the case. I have been completely exhausted in the evening and I awake with greater difficulty. My ability to focus on the "important things" has been more complicated than ever. But why? I've got more time. I'm not focused on training. I'm eating well, enjoying my teammates and I've got (despite my lack of energy & focus) GREAT things happening in my career and business.

I mentioned to Francesca that I felt out of balance. Like I'm focusing so much on "important things" that it's not enjoyable. I'm feeling stressed and pressured to prepare another Blog or upgrade our Website. I've got a bunch of "I wills" and "90 Day Wonders" that I'm getting done but aren't flowing easily. Last weekend, I took some much needed "Mellow Yellow" time at my family's beach house. It was great to connect with my family and not have an alarm clock to deal with. I went equipped with some reading material and a plan to regain my balance. However, each time I picked up a book my mind was racing and I couldn't stay in the moment. This was really getting frustrating! What would I say/advise a client/friend who was experiencing this? When will this end? IM was easier!

Monday evening I battled 1hr traffic to drive 5 miles to go see my Friend/Mentor "Todd" speak on the "Power of You." Todd is blend of energy and calm. He can be the right mix at the right time which is partly why he is so successful. After dinner and some great conversation with him and another of my "brotherhood" Rick Ivonne (an amazingly INSPIRED guy who I'm fortunate to have connected) I felt my energy returning. The next morning I awoke and said "alright here we go, let's create something today." My energy just disappeared. What the hell happened? I'm putting my foot on the gas and going nowhere!! I was thinking of Mantras & Affirmations. Thinking Goals & To Be Done lists. Still, no energy or focus!
Perhaps, I was pushing when I needed to pull?

Anytime my energy & focus was present I was just being me. When speaking to Todd on Monday, nothing was forced or a struggle. When I read the Mastermind Threads and respond it comes with ease. Training for IM was easy because it wasn't according to a plan. Perhaps I'm just the kind of person that doesn't respond well to "Plans" maybe I'm just a "Doer" and that's where my energy comes from? I'm not suggesting that Planning is a bad thing; perhaps I'm just focusing my energy too much on the plan and less on the Intention and Action. I've struggled administratively with doing This or That 1st? and of course NEITHER gets done.
So today I declare to not PLAN and simply DO. I'm feeling better already.

Frank Pucher

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

How to make the most of your time at Fitness 121?

Make a commitment. Take time out of your schedule to invest in yourself. There is no use talking about it - unless you decide to take action. Over the last 15 years I have trained some of the busiest and most successful people (Recording Artists, Actresses, Working Moms, and Chiefs of Staff) and they managed to find time for fitness. You can too!

Get a physical. This is particularly important if you haven’t exercised in a while, or is your are over age forty. Exercise is not hazardous, but it’s a good idea to establish a health baseline. Items you may want to have checked are your cardiovascular function, blood cholesterol, and triglycerides. Let your physician know that you are starting an exercise program and would like their input.

Pay attention to injuries. If you have an old injury, or any physical problem that causes pain, speak with your trainer about how to avoid making it worse. Ask your physician to speak with your trainer and vice versa.

Keep your priorities. Things do come up, but there is always time to re-schedule or make it in for your workout. I too have a spouse, business, parents, sibling, friends & extended family, and of course my (4 legged) little girl “Corona”. However, I keep my appointments, pay my bills, make it home each night and live my life around my priorities.

Make Aerobic Fitness a Priority. What is more important than living long and living well? What good is everything else if you don’t have good health?

Start slowly. Don’t be concerned about what others are doing and don’t be too competitive. It takes time to achieve aerobic fitness - in fact, it is a lifelong process! Give yourself a break and ease into your program.

Be consistent. No program will work if you don’t stick with it. Exercise should become a regular part of your life, like eating and sleeping. If you are inconsistent, the results you achieve will be minimal. Fitness is gained slowly.

Dress appropriately. You don’t need anything fancy, but you do need good shoes. I recommend a good pair of running shoes, these combine light weight materials, cushioning and stability. You can dress in whatever is comfortable, but avoid clothing that doesn’t breath. There are all kinds of materials on the market, but the choice is yours.

Ask Questions? If you should have any questions on fitness or your training, feel free to ask me or any member of our Award Winning TEAM.

Frank Pucher