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Why I Was Intimidated by Spinning & How We Can Step It Up

(Now I only have ONE space left in my program for this Fall! Fill out an assessment form and submit is ASAP if you’re interested!)

This week my close friend visited from NYC, and she convinced me to try out a spinning class at Fly Wheel.

Here’s a pic of us before – I was wondering what the heck we were going to do with this stick on a spin bike:

And here we are, drenched, after. Do you like my new sweatband? 🙂

Sometimes I get intimidated when trying out new workouts – is it going to be really hard? Will I understand what to do? What if I don’t like the instructor? What if I find something wrong with the workout and can’t enjoy myself? And mostly – why would I try something new? I like what I’m doing.

Enter my good friend Suzy. Suzy and I lived together in NYC about 5 years ago, and made it our mission to try out one new gym a week (with free memberships for one week) and get the biggest bang for our week. I remembered a spinning class I had gone to and remembered feeling like I was going to pass out! Between the neon lights, the crazy instructor, and the techno music, not to mention pedaling my legs faster than I knew was possible, I was maxed out in every way possible.

So when Suzy asked me to try out a new spin place with her, you can imagine how nervous and intimidated I felt!

Nonetheless, I committed to going, registered, and while it WAS very challenging for 45 minutes, I felt great afterwards. (By the way, the stick was used as a 4 lb arm weight during class – killer.)

Isn’t this like so many things in life? We are stuck in our patterns and set in our ways, and often times it takes someone or something from outside of ourselves to see the light and Step It Up. When’s the last time you felt that you’d acted on something that was outside of yourself, and that brought you to the next level? It can be something physical, mental, or even emotional.

I think it’s important to remember that everything doesn’t always have to be up to us – the weight doesn’t have to be completely on our shoulders. But, when we are presented with opportunities to branch out, get out of our comfort zone, and Step It Up, it’s important to act on them. When’s the last time you did this? I’d love to know in the comments below!!

P.S. I now have only ONE space left this fall! If you want to work with me, fill out an assessment form HERE and send it in ASAP!

Step It Up from Your Comfort Zone for The Body You Want

(If you’re interested in working with me, I have only 2 spaces left this fall – fill out the client assessment form HERE asap!)

A lot of us live our lives in a “comfort zone” of sorts. We are comfortable with things that we love, like, dislike, and even hate. In fact, even when things are not “good” for us, and even when we KNOW they aren’t good for us, we’re at least comfortable. We know what to expect.

Check out a small example of how I Stepped It Up from my comfort zone and, amidst my big fear of heights, stepped outside almost 100 floors above ground!

I often get the question “Why do you discriminate against men and only work privately with women??” I usually laugh and say that men act inappropriate towards me and I don’t want to deal with excess flattery 🙂 But if they keep questioning, I get down to the core of the matter: To me, men seem simple when it comes to their bodies. Women, on the other hand, are much more complex. For us, it’s not about just losing or gaining, eating healthy and then splurging, feeling good when we exercise and overweight when we don’t; rather, for women, it’s a way of life.

As evident by political gatherings and critiques, we hear a focus on what women are wearing and how they look rather than what exactly they are saying. Everyone envies Michelle Obama’s arms – but do you hear guys envying Barack’s slender and fit physique? Women are bombarded with messages about our bodies – what’s toned, and what’s too buff, what’s thin, and what’s too thin, how much pressure we should put on ourselves when it comes time to bare all in a bathing suit, etc. When do we ever stop hearing about how important our looks are? We don’t. This is why I am so passionate about working with women and like leaving men for other professionals 🙂

In order to actually have a mental transformation about your body, exercise, food, health, and fitness, you need to Step It Up from your comfort zone to create a new comfort zone that’s even more sustainable than your current one.

Just like how I stood 100 floors above the earth and put my fears aside, and just how my clients willingly change their lifestyles (with my guidance) – it’s all about getting out of your place of comfort with the faith that you’re meant to step into an even better, happier place.

What do you think? Any comments? Please leave them below!!

Also, I’ve got 2 spaces left for new clients this fall. Fill out my client assessment form HERE asap if you’re interested!

Healthy Drinking During Football Season

It’s that time of year – football! With the first few games weeks under our belt, I wanted to share with you some drinking tips! “Day drinking” and “Sunday Fundays” are pretty popular in Chicago and I’m sure in the rest of the country. So here are some tips on how to stay healthy and smart while drinking:

  • Check out these shots that our friend bought for us. I’m a big chocolate and mint fan, so that’s what this shot is. Instead of opting for a full tequila, vodka, or rum shot, I opted for a drink with less alcohol than a normal shot. Since it generally takes the body a while to process alcohol (and then to feel the “buzz”) it can be dangerous to drink too much, too soon. That’s why I love these mint chocolate shots – the perfect amount of alcohol and taste!
  • If you’re a beer drinker, I found my friend really Stepping It Up on his most recent order of a Blue Moon. Check out how he’s getting his Vitamin C by ordering a plateful of orange slices (no charge – they come with the beer and will always give you more if you ask!) AND had a glass and pitcher full of water at his side. Now THIS is what I call a healthy way to drink beer – don’t you agree?!

What do you think about my tips on how to drink in a healthy way? Leave a comment below!

And if you’re interested in working with me, I’ve got three spots left for this fall! Fill out the Client Assessment Form and email it in to Info@StepItUpwithSteph.com ASAP!