Your Body Is A Temple Not A Garbage Truck

Your Body Is A Temple Not A Garbage Truck
19 Jul

We have all heard the phrase your body is a temple, it also happens to be a bible verse. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you… Therefore, glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20) Whether you believe this or not the fact is the human body is truly unique in the animal world. In other words your body is a gift and you only get one, so you should probably treat it right. This is a lesson that took me a long time to learn. In my youth I used my body for many things, a garbage disposal, alcohol storage, chimney, battering ram, you name it, whether I knew I was possibly causing permanent damage to myself or not, I didn’t care.

 

When I’m not training people at the gym, I drive a garbage truck for a living. There are some truly nasty things that go into that truck but that is what it is designed for. Yet even a garbage truck gets regular maintenance, oil changes, repairs and even gets washed when it’s dirty. I am willing to bet for many people their cars get regular check ups more than they do.

 

The problem I had in my youth is that I didn’t think my body was worth caring for more than a garbage truck. Deep down maybe I didn’t think I was worth being taken care of. I never thought I would live much father past my thirties. Now the thought of being 80 or older some day makes me realize if I don’t take care of what I have now, I won’t have much to work with then. Have you ever wondered why there are some 80 year olds that can barely walk and yet there are others that run marathons and power lift? There truly is a secret to a longer healthier life and that secret is maintaining your strength and endurance now so you can enjoy better health later. There is even scientific evidence that you can maintain and even build muscle and bone mass into your golden years.

 

You may think you are too far gone and you’ve taken on too much garbage but your body truly is a temple. The human body is highly adaptable, it’s up to you if you want your temple to be a frumpy little wooden hut with a pile of trash hidden in the basement or a grand, beautiful, well built cathedral.

Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring
04 Jul
YES! LET FREEDOM RING!  HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
 THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM! I know that’s really what the 4th of July is all about!
 But as I reflect on the the 4th of July and the topic of freedom, I ask what exactly is freedom?
Well here’s the definition:
free·dom
/ˈfrēdəm/

     the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
This sounds great, but I think so many of us humans restrict our own power.

Do you ever think about the freedoms that you have on a day to day basis?  Are you in control of some these freedoms?  What do you want or need to be free from?  Do you want to be free from limitations?  or restrictions?

STOP LIMITING yourself!  It’s time to be free from whatever it is that’s hindering you.
According to country singer Brooks and Dunn, “ONLY in America,  dreaming in red, white and blue…  where we dream as big as we want to…. we all get a chance, everyone gets to dance! “
I see so many people hurting and in pain… physically, mentally, spiritually and even financially.
IF this is you,,, you have the FREEDOM to break free from the these self inflicting limitations.
You are not a tree, if you are not happy, MOVE!  In other words, do something about it!

You have the freedom, and the power and the right to be happy, healthy and safe!

Go exert your power and get free from whatever it is!
God Bless,
Stacey

Get Outside and Play

Get Outside and Play
28 Jun

Winter Was Rough

Unless you are one of the lucky few snow bird types who spend your winters in the south you know how long, cold, and snowy this past winter was.  It seems like it was only a month ago and we were having blizzards! Oh yea that’s because we were having blizzards in May! Here we are today and the forecast is calling for 90 degree temps. That’s South Dakota weather for ya!

Attitude Adjustment

The one nice thing about those long winters, at least this is what I kept telling myself as I drove through feet of snow every day at work, was that it will all be worth it this summer because we may have the worst winters but our summers are gloriously beautiful! With four rambunctious little boys in the house believe me, it was a looooong winter. We waited for the days when the temps rose above arctic levels so we could bundle them up and send them outside to play in the snow. Now it’s finally summer and if they even show the slightest signs of boredom or attitude all we have to say is “Get Outside and Play” and miraculously their attitudes are usually different after some time outside.

We Were Made to Be Outside!

There is something magical and even spiritual about spending time outside. Scientific studies have even been done on the effects of spending time in nature on a persons psychological well being. It’s almost like we were made to be outside. Go figure eh? Even top corporations have learned about the healing nature of nature… and built outdoor workspaces for their employees to recharge, focus, and increase productivity. If you don’t believe me just give it a try if you haven’t already. We all live busy lives but it’s important to spend that time to unwind.

 

Just Get Outside and Play~

As a fitness expert, I know some of the best forms of exercise are those that are fun and don’t feel like exercise. So find something you enjoy like hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing, maybe even something crazier like rock climbing or hang gliding! I don’t care what you do, as long as you set some time aside and Get Outside and PLAY!

 

GET FIRED UP!

Resolutions Friday Fit Tip with Stacey - New Heart Fitness, Belle Fourche SD
21 Jun

HAPPY FRIDAY! 

I just got home from my annual Plexus (Gut health supplement company) Convention and I am FIRED UP to help people get healthy! We heard amazing speakers and stories of determination and grit and some major motivation! It was just what I needed! I too, just like most people can get off track or bit lazy. It’s easy to say, “Oh I’ll do it later”  or “I can skip my workout today”  or “I’ll message those clients later”

BUT NOTHING GETS DONE WHEN YOU DO NOTHING!

If you keep doing what you’ve always been doing you will get what you’ve  been getting! 

PEOPLE,,, I am FIRED UP! 

So hear me when I say this real quick… I want to light a fire under your bum!
YOU HAVE TO MOVE!  Just do it now… you can use Mel Robbins: 5 second rule theory.  If you have have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds. Count backwards, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and DO IT!  I actually just used this to get going on writing this (Late) Friday Fit Tip!

Get fired up! YOU can do anything you want!  YOU REALLY CAN! If you want to lose weight or get in shape YOU CAN DO! Or whatever it is you want, you absolutely can do it!


BELIEF WILL GET YOU THERE! Where’s your Mindset?

Whether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, YOU ARE RIGHT!  Positive self talk people! Tell yourself, “I am capable! and I can do this!”  And when negative creeps in your head… when you hear your inner thoughts saying, “I’ll never be able to lose the weight”  or “I can’t do that”  or “I don’t have enough time”  STOP RIGHT THERE…. acknowledge that you are about to let the negative direct your path and then TURN IT AROUND!   When this happens to me, I say something like, “Wait a minute.  Why can’t I reach this goal? Who’s stopping me?”   NO ONE IS STOPPING ME other than myself!  BOOM!!! Get positive and believe you can and go for your goals! 

Get Fired UP!
🙂 Stacey 

Don’t Take Anything For Granted

Don’t Take Anything For Granted
14 Jun

If you were to only have one piece of sage advice to give someone what would you say? My advice would be: “Don’t take anything for granted.”

You have been given one life, one chance to influence the world and the people you meet. One life to spread the gospel, lead others to health, save another person’s life, raise a family, you name it there are many of the big reasons you were put on this earth, you may have one big mission to complete or many small ones.

 

 What I have learned is that we should never take anything for granted.

This goes especially for how we take care of our bodies. In my youth I didn’t understand this. At times I practically used my body as a battering ram. To me my body was just a tool to use. I never thought of the long term effects some of my bad habits and activities would have.

Realize the Truth…

Whether it was poor posture, dangerous activities, or poor diet, I did more harm to myself than I knew by taking my body and my youth for granted. It was only as I got older and lost some of my youthfulness that I realized I needed to take better care of myself. By then I had a few nagging old injuries and pains that I used as excuses not to exercise. Only after training a variety of other people each from different backgrounds with different strengths and weaknesses did I realize that all of us are broken in some way or another. The lesson to be learned is that we should never take what we have for granted.

 

I believe one of my missions in life is to help people heal.

Maybe you have bad knees, but your arms are still good. Maybe you have a bad heart but your lungs are in top shape. Maybe its your back or shoulders that ache but your legs are as strong as ever. Whatever your physical condition, I’m betting you still have something that works! So take what you have and work with it, and never take it for granted or you might just loose that too!

Are You Coachable?

Resolutions Friday Fit Tip with Stacey - New Heart Fitness, Belle Fourche SD
06 Jun

This is going to sound harsh so I’m sorry now (or actually I’m not!)

First My Disclaimer…

I love and appreciate all the people who walk into my gym! I love all makes and models of people! and I deeply respect anyone who makes the decision to better their life!

But…

Yep, you knew there was a “But” coming.
But it’s almost impossible to help someone who is not coachable.  People come to me wanting help to lose weight or gain muscle.  I tell, and teach, and sometimes I even resort to a preach. BUT if you can’t follow through or at least try your best, I can’t help you!

Being coachable is one of life’s most important skills. And actually, if you think about it, we have to learn everything! We weren’t born knowing  how to read, or knit, or drive, or weld, or cook!  So doesn’t this “coachable” concept also go for other areas of your life? When you were on a sports team you had to listen to your coach and do what he said and that made you better at your sport! When you learn a new job, your boss has to coach you.  And there are a million more examples because we all need to be coachable.

So How Do You Be Coachable?

First, be open and receptive to new ideas! Be a lifelong learner and a listener.  Being willing to have a discussion about something that might help you is well worth it!
Next, be open minded and be willing to take constructive feedback.  I have to correct peoples’ form all day long! That’s what I do, I’m a personal trainer!  Please know, I am  NOT picking on you or trying to point out a flaw.  I’m simply helping you stay injury free and get the most muscle fiber recruitment as possible!

Also, you have to show up for yourself.  If you ask someone to help you, you need to make the appointments you set, do what you say you are going to do and gosh darn it, JUST SHOW UP!
Lastly, in the area of health and fitness coaching… I need you to actually TRY IT!  If I suggest a low carb diet: have some self control and stop eating donuts and pizza!  haha! Seriously though!

So Now I Ask You,

Are you coachable? I still love and respect people regardless if they are  truly coachable or not. And I know life happens and no one needs to be perfect, but gosh darn it, be coachable because that’s the secret to achieving your goals.
🙂 Stacey

Do You Need Help?

Resolutions Friday Fit Tip with Stacey - New Heart Fitness, Belle Fourche SD
17 May

Sad Reality…

I hear so many people express their frustration with their health issues and their weight! But they don’t know what to do and honestly most people don’t really want to work for it.  IF you want to feel better and want to see your body transform you are going to have to work for it! Well, unless you are a male under 30, then you could probably give up soda and beer and lose 20+ pounds in a month! haha!   OK, so all jokes aside, no matter your age or your gender it can be done!

You are going to have to level with yourself!  But guess where change happens? Well, first I will tell you where change DOESN’T happen, in your comfort zone. If we want to move forward, we need to level up! We need to find people who challenge us to do more, to push us and step outside our comfort zone. You might even get frustrated, but that’s OK. That just means you are in the uncomfortable zone and that’s when results happen.

Here’s The Catch Though,

You actually have to want it more than I want it for you!
But if you do want to feel better well then, I’m here to help!

***That’s what I do!

I’m a personal trainer!  If you’re fed up with your health situation, please reach out to me! I will not charge you to just chat about your health and your options!
I truly want to help in anyway I can! 

🙂 Healthy Blessings,
Stacey

 

You Might Need to Move!

Resolutions Friday Fit Tip with Stacey - New Heart Fitness, Belle Fourche SD
02 May

Ya, sometimes when you are trying to live your best life but it just isn’t working, it might be time to MOVE!  Move somewhere! Do SOMETHING! Do ANYTHING!  TRY SOMETIME! 

This topic makes me think of my dad…  Pardon my potty language but you all know the saying “Shit or get off the pot!”  Dad use to say that a lot! 

I also remember my dad saying, “Even if it ends up being the wrong thing to do, in the end you have to do something, and at least you didn’t just sit and do nothing!” 

If you aren’t living your best life and you know what you need to do, then what’s holding you back?

JUST DO IT!

It might be time to MOVE!  Do you need a change?  A change in scenery?  A change in programming?  A change in the leadership in your life?  Make YOUR MOVE!  Decide today to do something to help you be able to live your best life! 

Motivational speech over! 

NOW on to the BIG NEWS! 

Speaking of MOVE we are moving the gym.  It is what it is… and after it’s all said and done, it will be GOOD! 
SEE YOU AT THE ROOSEVELT CENTER in BELLE! 

🙂  Don’t worry, be happy! 

Stacey 

If You Don’t Like Starting Over, Don’t Quit!

Resolutions Friday Fit Tip with Stacey - New Heart Fitness, Belle Fourche SD
25 Apr

Lifestyle changes…

Well if you’ve read many of our past Friday Fit Tips you will already know why it’s important to take care of your body with exercise and eating right.  And it’s a “no brainer” right!?
We have to KEEP eating right and KEEP working out or it doesn’t work!  You won’t get thin from eating one salad, and you definitely won’t get strong from going to the gym one time! Wouldn’t it be nice if it worked that way!? What I’m saying is, it’s the KEEP going part that is the hard part!

 

Here’s Some Tips for Making this Health and Fitness Thing for “Forever”

Be mindful but not obsessive.

Pay attention to what you are eating and how often you are exercising, but going all in with too much gusto usually results in quitting.  So ease into the “new you!”

Take some time off when you need to…

Listen to your body. If you need a break, take it! If you’ve been lifting and getting in the cardio several days a week for a couple months or more, take  4-7 consecutive days off! BUT don’t take too long or it’s hard to get back in the swing of things!

Healthy Eating Tips

When you discover a meal that meets the big four criteria (tasty, healthy, quick, and cheap), for the love of all that is good, write it down!  Make it again!

Menu plan, and food Prep!

The more you plan and prepare the better you will do.  It’s also wise to have some quick meals and healthy snacks ready.

If you “need” a cheat treat, plan that too just like you do your healthy meals. Decide what you will have (a slice of Pizza, a burger with half the bun or your favorite dessert!) Have it, and get RIGHT BACK ON TRACK!

 

And Lastly Decide and Commit!

You have to be accountable to you! You know what to do to be healthy and make this a lifestyle change! Be positive and committed to yourself! You also need to start thinking like and talking to yourself like a healthy person, who now has the healthy lifestyle mentality!  YOU CAN DO THIS! Make it a lifestyle change and it will just be “who you are!”

God Bless,
Stacey

Are you eating “clean” or just stressing about it?

Resolutions Friday Fit Tip with Stacey - New Heart Fitness, Belle Fourche SD
11 Apr

Are you  “clean eating?”

What even is “clean eating?” Actually there are so many different versions of “clean” depending on dietary preferences and needs. Sometimes I think labeling foods as “clean” just makes finding a diet we can actually follow so much harder…not to mention creates more guilt if we eat something supposedly  “unclean.”

So often we freak out,

about minor details when we don’t even have our calories and proper macros dialed in first. I hear people argue about whether or not FRUIT is healthy and which vegetables are best.

Seriously, come on!  An apple is not bad for you! Yes it’s carbs but it’s not a candy bar! I actually know people who won’t eat fruit because it’s too high in carbs but will enjoy a bag of Twizzlers on the weekend at the game!   So if you have EVERYTHING else dialed in? You eat “clean” and nearly perfect then ya, maybe you should spend the time to consider what fruits or vegetables are best for you. But don’t waste a second worrying about ANY of that if you don’t have your calories and macros and even overall quality of foods dialed in first.

Worry equals stress

While you’re spending all of this time worrying about if broccoli or carrots are better…if you should or shouldn’t be eating fruit…what you don’t realize is how much time you’re spending STRESSED OUT over details that…well…probably don’t really matter for most of us! And honestly, that stress isn’t good for your health either – neither your mental nor your physical health. It’s all about balance.

And the most important thing is CONSISTENCY!!!