“Our bodies are our gardens, our wills are our gardeners” – William Shakespeare.
I always end my yoga classes on an inspirational note. I find quotes online, song lyrics, famous quotes, or anything that I connect with. I love the energy in the room as the yogis finish class with an “om”, and then I say something positive and encouraging, in hopes it will stick with them in some form.
Being inspired is the key to many of our daily obstacles. You’re not going to go to a gym if you don’t like being there, you’re not going to stick to a healthier way of eating if you don’t’ like the food. Our will truly does shape our minds, bodies, and our actions.
I remember a few years ago with only dance as a background exercise, I would “jog” on a daily basis needing my cardio fix, and convinced myself that “running” alone could keep me healthy. I wanted to get more toned, but didn’t know why the same routine I did day in and day out, wasn’t changing my body! I “thought” I ate well. The “running” was keeping me in shape, and at a maintained weight, but I wanted to reach for more. Then it happened. I was at a ladies night with my childhood friends, and a friend lifted up her shirt (of course I mean ladies nights are always crazy?!), and low and behold she had a six pack! She was a mother of two and about my size, and I was jealous, very jealous. I thought that doing the same routine every day still meant I was working out. Why was she so toned and why did my daily struggle to just run not give me my results?
I realized that I had to change my exercise and eating routine, to see transformations in my body/mind. My will then grew stronger, I wanted to change my “garden”, my body, my temple.
I took the plunge. I joined CrossFit. It scared me half to death, but I worked alone and lived alone at the time, and needed a life! I was secretly even hoping to meet a man while I was at it! In fact, the photo above, is my coach and my dear friend who motivated me to change my garden, and in turn, my “routine”. I was sore for months….This was just the beginning.
We would do a strength workout in the beginning of class, then an intense workout after. Every day was different then the next. I remember being scared to attend each class. I would shake on the way in, but knew this challenge was EXACTLY what I needed in all aspects of my life. My garden began to change, and so did my mind…..
I made new friends, I felt a sense of community, and my muscles started to show?! It took three decades for me to have muscles show!? I had never reached out of my comfort zone before Crossfit, but now I was way out. I started to feel like Wonder Woman. I entered my first 5K, jumped over fire, and all with the support of my new community of friends.
I felt like I was aging backwards (Benjamin Button style) !!! I was getting stronger and able to do things I had never dreamed of doing in my 20s! Fitness was “cool” and you can even tell from the simple pictures in this post, I started with an “ok” figure, but all these changes in diet/exercise, reshaped my entire body, and more importantly my mind, and then my world.
The key to changing anything in your life as yogis say, is to “be the change” you wish to see, in the world, and in yourself. If something is not working for you, it’s a HUGE sign that you need to add variety to your diet, workout, overall life routine, to fully rock your entire soul. I’m not the young spring chicken I was a decade ago. Nope, I’m older, wiser, and stronger then that 20 something year old who took the safe roads. It doesn’t matter what age you are at, change is an eternal open door waiting for you to push through.
QCrossFit is now called QKettlebell Strength and Conditioning http://qkettlebellclub.com/. We train with kettle bells, and execute “crossfit” influenced workouts. I have made friends for a lifetime there, I have changed my entire diet (for another post), and I even met my husband there! You could say it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. My entire garden blossomed and continues to do so.
That’s me and the hubs above. We make the “gym” our date. We work opposite hours from each other, so we spend an hour of our day together at QKettlebell Club. In addition, I teach yoga there on the weekends for the members, and the public. What a journey it has been….I hated the gym. Our coaches at QKettlebell Club make every day different then the next so we actually have fun!
Of course there are many other factors in regards to how and why my body has changed, including diet, and HUGELY yoga, which I will elaborate more on in various blogs, while sharing recipes, tips etc. For now, I’ll leave you with a quote my “yogis” ….
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”. As I mentioned in my very first blog, http://www.lindsaykleinrocks.com/inhale-in-2015/ it’s all about making the blocks, laying the foundation down, then building upon your dreams…..in fitness and all of your life, move forward.
Figure out what will your “will” needs to thrive, at the end of the day, make sure you are smiling. Your garden will grow…
Namatse, and rock on!
The views expressed on this website are mine alone and are not intended in any way to reflect the views of my employer. In addition, I am a certified Yoga instructor, but not a dietician or a fitness instructor. The views I express are mine alone, and you should consult your doctor or a nutritionist always for more advice on food/health plans. Namaste.