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September Client Spotlight: Kimmarie Simonsen

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This month we would like to celebrate a very special client and friend, Kimmarie Simonsen. Kimmarie is the kind of person who always makes her presence known in class with a huge smile, infectious laugh and friendly personality. She is known for cheering on her fellow boot campers, all the while challenging herself to reach her own fitness goals. She welcomes each and every new person in class with a smile and a hand shake and makes sure to learn their name. Kimmarie has consistently met and exceeded our expectations and pushed herself to lose weight and gain strength. She is our pint-sized powerhouse!

In her personal life, Kimmarie is a devoted wife and mother. She is active in church and often volunteers her time to help others. She has a huge heart, and makes everyone around her feel special. And did we mention she also has a killer sense of humor?!

And P.S. If you need an insurance agent who knows her stuff and always has your best interests in mind, she is your gal!

Kimmarie, Wright Way would not be the same without you. You have changed all of our lives for the better and taught us so much. Becky and I are very thankful for you! Keep killin’ it lady!

What are your intentions?

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What are your intentions? Think about it..

We have goals. We have the will. We have our imagination to make things happen… We have all these types of things, right?! But what are your intentions?

I’m reading this book right now by Wayne Dyer talking about, “the power of intention.” There is this invisible energy that yields us to do x, y, and z. Will is involved, imagination is involved… all of these other things (we already said that… okay). But truly what are your intentions to do something?

If you intend to walk across the street, that’s an intention. Still powerful. Still an intention. But let’s take it a step further. Is your intention to have this great fulfilling love.. great fulfilling career.. this great fulfilling ______ (fill in the blank)..?

Do you think about your intention or do you just walk across the street? And “OH. Somebody hit me… Okay, well, I intended for that NOT to happen.” ..right!

Well in life we intend for all these things to happen – that we WANT to happen. Think about your intentions for the rest of your life… or your intentions to walk across the street which is simple… but our intentions for life we don’t keep simple. Why is that?

Your intention to be more successful, to have this better relationship, or to have a great day. Why do we make it so much harder!? It really isn’t that much harder! But we make it harder for ourselves… Focus on keeping your intentions simple! Or at least HAVE intentions to keep them solid and successful. #thinkaboutit

When our actions are based on good intentions, our soul has no regrets

How do you perceive your future?

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Think about it..

What do you look at or what do you see ahead of yourself?

Do you look and see great things? Do you see doubt? Success?
Do you look ahead and see all the things you’ve imagined and are you in touch with what you want to believe will happen?

I think that is something we don’t look at enough. What do we see? Or HOW do we see what we see? What are you doing today that will bring your future realistic picture to life? Are you driven, determined, focused and staying on track to pursue your goals?

I think that’s something we don’t look at enough.

If we keep our eyes set on what we want our future to look like, we’ll find ourselves working harder each day to achieve the goal of getting there.

So, WHAT do you see? Or how do you see the future? Are you willing to sacrifice, put in extra hours, change bad habits and possibly lose a lot of sleep? You’ll do whatever it takes if you truly desire your goals. It’s up to you. #thinkaboutit

even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now

Why do you doubt yourself?

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Think about it… why would you want to doubt yourself? It makes no sense. What good could possibly come from doubt?

We’ve had these discussions…
“Who’s your best self?”
“How do you want to be?”
“Write your goals down!”

…and these are all super important things to focus on. But if we’re focusing on them, working on them becoming our reality, and we’ve got doubt in our minds…how would we ever accomplish the “who” and “what?!”

Doubt is nothing more than a road block that will allow you to stumble and fall, and can even throw you completely off track. So…why do we doubt ourselves?

In order to get rid of doubt, we first have to realize we are doing it.

Let’s put our thinking caps on… Do you recall doubting yourself when you start walking out of your bedroom in the morning, arriving at the gym, or even when you are holding a fork to your face thinking that the food might not make it?

Really simple things that aren’t technically something to fret about, right?

But doubting ourselves about the little things inhibits our mind to doubt when we do the bigger things. You are actually training yourself to self-doubt! And based upon what? Usually because “we haven’t done it before” or someone else has told us “it won’t work.”

Okay, well…do you want to believe that doubt or do you want to vanish that doubt? So that’s what I’m talking about today.

VANISH THE DOUBT.
Poof! Gone! That’s enough of it.

Embrace the challenge, embrace what’s going to happen, embrace life!

You can handle any little and big situation and the first step is believing in yourself. I understand it takes time and several steps are involved. But that’s what I want to encourage you to start doing today… VANISH the doubt! We don’t have time for this stuff.

#thinkaboutit

quote about doubt

Do you stress yourself out?

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What is stress? Think about it..

Let’s discuss this. I remember being in a health education class when I was thirteen years old. We talked about EU-stress and Distress. I’m never going to forget when our teacher described your “normal stress.” An example of normal stress would be stuff that we automatically do without a thought. Examples: waking up in the morning, having a job, driving a car, etc. Basically living everyday life.

Then I remember the negative stuff. I believe it was the “distress.” Things that you choose to bring upon yourself. Ask yourself, how do I react to the world? How do I perceive things? Why would I want to make things harder?

Under that category would fall things like working towards a job promotion, your relationships, perceptions.

I still remember when I was fifteen years old, twenty years ago, thinking why would I ever choose to make things harder for myself? And I understand things really aren’t always easy. Sometimes we have to make decisions we don’t like, or really bad things happen and in the moment you don’t know what choices to make… so you second guess everything which leads to overthinking which inflicts more stress.

But if you still have the choice, or even in those points of adversity when bad things happen… why would you not choose to make things easier or why not try to make things better?

Think about it.

When has overthinking a situation ever made the decision-making easier or the situation less bad? No one ever said it’s easy but why would you not at least TRY to make things better.

Because again, there’s normal stress – getting up going about your every day, and then there’s negative stress. So many of our clients, friends, family members, people all over the world are making things HARDER for themselves. WHY?!

Why would you consciously choose to go about the hardest way? If you can get from point A to point B in a straight line, take the easy route! Give yourself a little break. I mean, why would you say “No, not today! Life is all about the journey and I am going to go through the most crooked and zig zagged path so that I can learn along the way!” Okay, yes. Sure. I understand the school of that – that’s exciting and can bring more insight. But really, if you had the choice to go the long way or take the short cut and get the same end result, would you really make the task harder for yourself?

A situation or task can only stress you if you allow it to. And today I want to encourage you to take the short cut, relieve some stress, and follow your gut instinct. Whether the “journey” is short or long, there is always a learning curve.

#thinkaboutit

Stress is not what happens to us, it's how we respond to what happens. And a response is a choice

Are You Creating GOOD or BAD Habits?

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What do you consider to be a bad behavior? Think about it..

Would you consider drinking 7 nights a week to an excess a bad behavior?
Would you consider overeating 7 days a week a bad behavior?
Would you consider exercising 7 days a week a bad behavior?

Think about it..

A lot of times we’re always worried or concerned that people may be exercising too much. Ok, I understand. There are different levels of it, right?! And I understand the argument if someone exercises too much, they may be doing themselves harm, or harming their bodies, etc. I get that.

However, the beauty of exercising is that that can be a better “addiction” or a better habit to form. So, say you go for a run on Sundays, Mondays you do your heavy lifting, Tuesdays you do a circuit or class, Wednesdays are for your second run of the week, Thursdays you lift again, maybe you take Fridays off and then wrap up the week with a Tabata training on Saturday or go golfing. Those are all forms of exercise, right?!

But what we start noticing with all sorts of our clients is that someone will talk about eating/drinking (and drinking can be alcohol or soda, or whatever that “bad” habit might be), and in doing so, they talk about “wanting to enjoy my life.” Tell me how many people you know who are overeaters or binge drinkers who are also consistently successful throughout their entire lives. Who? Exactly.. you don’t have an answer because you honestly have no idea.

When has it ever been good to eat in excessive, or binge drink, do drugs, chew or smoke tobacco.. when has that EVER been a good idea?

But exercise, however, that is a GREAT habit to create. It allows you to clear your mind, focus your thoughts, build up your stamina, create more energy that lasts throughout the day, build strong and flexible muscles to then, be able to go out and do the things you want to do without pain, or regret, or lack of energy.

#thinkaboutit

we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. - Aristolte

What Makes a Community Special?

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Every event you do or that we do, is about community. It’s about how can we all come together and what can we do to bring each other together some more?

Just a few weeks ago we did the Hollywood sign hike. It’s honestly one of our most fun events that we do. It’s an event that really puts together what we do here at Wright Way Fitness or what our goal is about community.

We put together an event.
We have the hike.
It’s something new and exciting, and people get out of their comfort zones.
People feel excited to see the Hollywood sign; it’s something on people’s bucket lists.
It’s a drive up the coast which makes it more of an “event” as oppose to a simple hike.
It’s a road tip there and a road trip back.
It’s fun and exciting. It’s all these things..

Then you get to go up on this amazing journey itself.

You walk and hike. You battle heat. We packed bags and had water and snacks. Then you get to go up this cool trail and navigate your way around. People were climbing on rocks and falling down a couple of times. Having to run up some things. All these fun things were a part of the journey, right?! All these really really cool things were put together that really made the event.

And this is what makes us unique.

It’s having these community events to make people feel stronger. And it’s about bringing in new people, mixing them in with current clients, old clients, friends and family.. and having them all go on this journey together.

Even the Hollywood sign hike, as it may seem so trivial and so simple.. but those are the things that get people excited. These are the events that get people excited to be more active and do more fitness activities and to help them even learn something about themselves. All the while taking things off your bucket list, meeting new people and possibly even seeing old friends you haven’t seen in a while. But all these things together, these are the things that keep our group and our community special. Doing those things.

If we didn’t have those events, it would be just like everyone else.. lose weight, join a class, etc. And it’s the events, that make Wright Way Fitness special.

#thinkaboutit

you will never understand the unabashed power of a community until you're part of one

Are you a forever student?

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How much time do you spend learning? Think about it..

How much time do you spend learning about your family? How much time do you spend learning about your best friend? How much time do you spend learning about your partner, husband, wife, etc.? How much time do you spend learning about your neighbor? How much time do you spend learning about your job?

I consider that all to be education. Do you spend a lot of time learning or do you just accept things as they are, blindly moving forward day-to-day ultimately just keeping that “surface” relationship with people.

I look at my daughter, Harper and hink about this.. how much time did you spend learning how to write? How much time did you spend learning how to say something? How much time did you spend learning how to walk?

Guaranteed you didn’t do it over night. You spent a LOT of time!

It’s all education. It’s all educating yourself and making yourself BETTER. Whether it’s time with your friends, your family, whether it’s being better at your job, being happier, or whatever it is, how much time do you devote to absolutely making yourself educated? To learn more, grow and move forward? To become a better version of yourself?

That’s such a valuable thing; we shouldn’t lose that the older we get. We shouldn’t get comfortable. And we shouldn’t lose that as soon as we achieve a goal we set out to achieve.

That’s when we make things worse, when we learn, or teach ourselves or create habits to accept things just as they are. You don’t want to learn more or you don’t want to create more; that’s not educating yourself and challenging yourself to grow.

We must perpetually educate ourselves more. Learn more. Go to a seminar. Go somewhere you’ve never been. It’s still educating yourself. It’s challenging yourself in a different setting where you will learn something new or try something for the first time. Make new friends. Try a new exercise program or check out your local gym you’ve been wanting to visit.

Think about it. Education never ends. If it does it, you become frail, sad, boring, stale.. and you wonder why you’re never happy or excited in your life.

#thinkaboutit

education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

How Important is Family?

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How important is your family? Think about it..

For as long as you can remember, you had a parent, or grandparent, sister, brother, someone.. who has been with you. How important is your family?

Everything they say and do, it’s such a big deal, isn’t it?! So let me ask you this.. what do you do to replenish it? Do you spend time with your family, reach out to them? Do you thank them and tell them you love them? Even when maybe the relationship is rocky, do you still take it upon yourself to reach out and tell them you love them? Do you thank your parents even for bringing you into this world? Do you thank your friends and let them know you appreciate them?

Or do you maybe take those relationships for granted? Do you realize your family is always going to be there for you or maybe connect you to what you’re going to do or encourage you to move towards your goals? Your family is going to be the ones who make you better? Do you take the time to thank them? Do you stop to say, “Guess what family.. it is you who matters the most!” Do we spend enough time with them?

Think about it.. what is the one thing that will always be there for you? Who are the ones who know you the most and will always have your back? Why not consistently try to work on those relationship (even when they’re broken) and show your appreciation and gratitude all the time?

#thinkaboutit

the love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege

How much does being unhappy really cost us?

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Last week we talked about being happy. But have you ever thought about the price of being unhappy? Think about it..

When you’re unhappy, how do you feel?
When you’re sad, how do you feel?
Or when you’re mad, how do you feel?

How does that dictate your day? And why would you want to feel even worse?

What if someone were to tell you the price of being happy was a million dollars.. it could be a MILLION dollars. Right!? But the price of being unhappy was worth one dollar. Ok, so every time you’re unhappy, you had to pay 100 million dollars, and every time you’re happy you were paid a million dollars.. or some crazy, abstract comparison like that. In my opinion it would really have to be that huge of a difference.

When you’re happy, as we discussed last week, you’re more productive, more focused, your energy is up, and you’re more of a joy to be around.

However, when you’re unhappy, you’re not creative, you’re not productive, your whole day is lost, and no one really wants to be around you. That’s just being honest.

What is the price for you to be unhappy?

Why would you make yourself feel worse? Why would you make yourself feel bad? Why?

We’ve had this discussion a few times and I know we’ve talked about this in different blogs, what would you do, or why would you try to make things worse for yourself?

Or better yet, why would you not try to make yourself as happy as possible?

But we keep making ourselves unhappy. I, personally feel bad when I’m unhappy. Do you feel bad when you’re unhappy? Then why do you want to keep replicating it?

Just like we talked about last week. How much better do you feel when you’re happy? So why do we keep making ourselves unhappy?

We go into a partnership with someone you don’t like..
You go to a job you don’t like..
You live in an apartment or an area you don’t like..
You spend time doing things you don’t like..

There has to be a reason you keep putting yourself in that position and I want to challenge you to really think about what that reason is. And then take it one step farther, and come up with a plan, or an idea to get out of that situation.

Life is better when you’re happy people. #thinkaboutit

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