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    Very nice on smaller size and more muscle!

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    It's what a lot of people do unconciously.
    Maybe that should read sub-consciously ?

    Sometimes translating a bit too literal from Dutch to English language gives weird results on-bewust = un-consciously.

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    Great update! Congrats on the smaller size and success with your clients. I can imagine seeing their faces when they see results is priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "misstenacity":rg74fvlh
    Great update! So glad you're having results with your clients and they seem to be thrilled with you as a trainer.

    I love to hear that you are at a good place, physique-wise, even if you can't quite see it yourself yet (aside from what the label sizes tell you). Being a (relatively) higher weight and (definitely) smaller size is what many of us see as the holy grail. Especially with wine and chocolate. *grin*
    Quote Originally Posted by "Gen":rg74fvlh
    You definitely deserve to relax and enjoy your weekends for the moment. You're being silly though; you're a higher weight and a smaller size, of course you've put on muscle. Love reading about the biz too. You're doing so well! Having experience with the business aspect helps a lot I'm sure. Even so, 10 clients right away is amazing! Nice work, on all fronts!


    Quote Originally Posted by "kfisherx":rg74fvlh
    HOLY CRAP RE the weight/size report thing. YOU GO GIRL!!! I keep telling you that you should do bodybuilding. Talk about a muscle monster!

    Also wtg on the business side of things. Are you going to be able to attend the Summit this year?
    I really, really, really don't think it's muscle. My delts are definitely smaller; plus, you read my log--I haven't been lifting heavy in forever. I haven't DONE anything to GET any more muscle! I admit that I build and retain the stuff relatively easily, but I'm not more muscular.

    I've been talking to a client/massage therapist about it and we've been tossing around ideas about it--when you have a lot of fat in your body, everything changes, the fascia has to stretch and expand, there are more capillaries to handle the increased mass, there's more supportive structures generally. Then the fat is gone, and those structures are still there--my hypothesis is that weight training will tighten all of that stuff up and allow it to go back to normal. Thus my body tightening up. I dunno. I do know that my visceral fat has gone down and I am seeing some abs I didn't have before--plus, they are on both sides since it was pointed out that my abs were un-symmetrical--the right side wasn't firing. Maybe I will have abs by summer.

    And on the Summit--I'm doing the FMS seminar, plus the Cosgrove's business seminar, plus the Perform Better summit in August--the JP summit is the last on the list, but it's starting to look like I'll be able to afford it. I'm working on it. My DH was kind of funny about it--we can justify the other ones from a business standpoint, but he seemed to think all we did was par-tay at the summit. Well, yeah, but that wasn't all, honey! Then he wanted to know if I was going to be horrible if I went again. That's because I stayed up all night and took an early flight home, and I was indeed horrible when my family picked me up at the airport. I felt awful. So I won't do the all-nighter thing again. But anyway, yes, I hope so.

    Quote Originally Posted by "dillytl":rg74fvlh
    Great to hear things are going well! YAY on the size 4's AND on the seven bucks!
    Quote Originally Posted by "Espi":rg74fvlh
    Thanks for the report & can I say , yay about fitting in a smaller size, yet weighing MORE .. muscle density FTW!
    Wow about things going well for you.. except for finding time to actually work out for yourself.
    Very good balance you found for dieting Mo-Fri & enjoying food Sat-Sun. It's what a lot of people do unconciously.
    Quote Originally Posted by "Karen411":rg74fvlh
    Very nice on smaller size and more muscle!


    Quote Originally Posted by "beesknees":rg74fvlh
    Great update! Congrats on the smaller size and success with your clients. I can imagine seeing their faces when they see results is priceless.
    Today one client did her monthly weigh-in and she's lost 13.5 pounds. She actually got on the scale, looked at it, stepped off, then stepped on, then repeated several times....she couldn't believe it!

    Worked out with the girls today. KB swings, pushups, BSS, more swings, rows w/KB. Debating going to the gym. I think I'm just going to do a metabolic workout and call it a day. To be honest, I'm apprehensive about the FMS seminar 'cause at the last PB seminar they put us through the paces and I can't be sore for it, since it's hard enough to keep up with the young'uns as it is. Sigh. I will say that I did better than lots of the young muscle-ey folk the last time, so hopefully it won't be too bad.

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    I haven't posted in here before, but when you mentioned that you can't believe what you see of yourself in pictures, or having a clue as to how you appear to others, it totally resonated with me. I can believe it when the tape measure spits out certain #'s, or whatever the scale spits back at me. But pictures or the mirror? Forget it. Even long after I'd lost 40 lbs. almost 10 years ago, I'd still see myself as an overweight gal.... And I recently looked at old high school photos of me, and I was shocked to discover I wasn't as "fat" as I thought I was. A lot of that stuff was in my head. And I'm still working on it, too.

    I'm so happy that one of your clients dropped over 13 lbs. You're doing wonderfully working with them.

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    Wow. Great log; I had to go back and read the last three or four pages because all the comments referred to things past that intrigued me!

    I had known that you were getting your personal training cert, but didn't know you started your own business doing it! Hooray for that and for getting so many clients and such good results right away!

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    Hey, Elisabeth--

    Getting caught up...again. I have not been to the forum in ages. I'm going to miss the Summit this year. I am just broke and can't justify it for anything. Plus, I am planning to go see the kids up in Eugene in May. I am so happy for your success with your training...and cool that now you can afford things like the FMS Seminar and Cosgrove's business seminar. I get the advertisements in the mail for these and I dream about doing them, but I need to actually to making some money doing training to justify it. I just don't know how to pull it together while also working a full time job. It was one thing to go to a gym job after my regular job, but to do all the marketing I need to do while working 8-5 is overwhelming. But you are definitely inspiring me!

    BTW, I was in Pasadena the morning after Superbowl Sunday--Jeremy and I had gone skiing and I got a flat tire so I ended up at Pep Boys the next morning getting a new one. I thought of calling you, but figured you'd be busy and I was feeling pretty grimy. I need to make a special point of coming to visit...when you're available!

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    I'm just coming out of sort of a shock the last few days--I attended the FMS seminar over the weekend and I'll be certified shortly. It was an awesome experience and I realized very powerfully that I have chosen the right path in my life. Gray Cook and Lee Burton, the originators of the screen, taught the seminar personally. They are both extremely bright and engaging, and did all kinds of hands on with us. I felt very privileged to take the course directly from them. On the first day, I just absorbed as much as I could--plus I got a digital recorder, which I was sorry I didn't buy for the seminar I went to in January. I was fighting a cold and I just WILLED it away. The night before I had felt I was getting very ill with chest congestion, chest pain and a headache, but I took the metro downtown and walked a lot and I felt fine by the time I got there, hopped up on Sudafed and Tylenol.

    On the second day, I felt fine and we learned corrections for the things that we uncover in the screen. It was an ENORMOUS amount of information and I was really glad to have my recorder--I have dozens of pages of notes as well. Since I had it running, I volunteered to go to the stage for Lee Burton's presentation about squat corrections. I only did this because I had done the screen the first day with a small group, so I knew I wouldn't completely humiliate myself. ( In fact a couple of buff young trainers who are young enough to be my kids, literally, were being kind of snarky because I did so well on the screen (the guy said, derisively, "she must do yoga.")

    I was interested in having a professional look at my squat because it has been my issue for years. Galya helped me a lot with it in the last year, and I knew it wasn't perfect, although I can drop into a full squat with no problem. There's been wobbliness that I just couldn't totally fix, although Gal said I looked much better last month. The punk kid trainer had given my squat a 1, failing grade, because my arms hyperextended. I felt that this was unjust and I had been fuming about it overnight.

    Lee looked at my squat and was able to identify and correct my issues within about 5 minutes, to the point where the audience deemed my squat to be perfect (a 3). It was amazing--he immediately noted that I had a problem with dorsiflexion in my left ankle, and correctly observed that it was as a result of an injury(5 years ago, when I sprained my ankle--I used to injure myself regularly when I was unfit). He gave me an exercise to do, with a pole, and corrected it, just like that.

    He was totally unconcerned with my arms, just gently saying, "Up, not back."

    I did feel vindicated, yes, and Punk Kid wouldn't look me in the eye after that.

    I hadn't planned on volunteering, so I didn't really think about it or get nervous, but afterwards, when I was driving home, I was overcome when I reflected on everything that has happened in the last five years. Five years ago I could barely walk around the block, and now I am scoring near the top on a test of the balance and control of my body. I have never, in my life, been good at anything physical--my whole life was in my head. I was the smart kid, the target of Dodgeball and the kid who swung pathetically at the end of the rope during the rope climbing fitness test. And of course I was always, always, picked last.

    In fact, what's happened just in the last year has been amazing. I've been able to bring all of my work together--when I returned from the Summit last May I was in decent shape, but I had a lot of pain and issues with lifting the heavy weights. I started doing yoga and lifting a little less intensely, and as a result of it I have found the Holy Grail, for my body at least. And it's borne out by a screen that I believe is the most accurate and innovative thing around.

    I can't believe that I am going to be 50 years old in 2 years, yet I'm in great shape. Not for my age. Just in great shape.



    Well, anyway, I needed to get that down--I have to go finish dinner now.... :tongue:tongue
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    What he said.

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    That was so inspiring to read, Elisabeth. Thank you. Now I want to go to all these lectures, classes, and summits!

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    This is all such cool stuff. I don't post in here much, but I sure like reading about all the exciting things going on in your life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "LancelotsLover":3t4unq23
    That was so inspiring to read, Elisabeth. Thank you. Now I want to go to all these lectures, classes, and summits!
    x 2

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    Five years ago I could barely walk around the block, and now I am scoring near the top on a test of the balance and control of my body. I have never, in my life, been good at anything physical--my whole life was in my head. I was the smart kid, the target of Dodgeball and the kid who swung pathetically at the end of the rope during the rope climbing fitness test. And of course I was always, always, picked last.
    OMG, that what I underlined plus the rest is totally me.. your story is so inspiring! Inspring to seek what you have found
    Yoga & Pilates + stretching huh? Seems that Karla also found the holy grail!

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    All good things happening in here!! Yayyyyy!! Inspiring for sure.

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    Awesome!

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    I got tingles reading that. Seriously. You are incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "NYC_Native":1ahfew3v
    Even long after I'd lost 40 lbs. almost 10 years ago, I'd still see myself as an overweight gal.... And I recently looked at old high school photos of me, and I was shocked to discover I wasn't as "fat" as I thought I was. A lot of that stuff was in my head. And I'm still working on it, too.
    Very weird stuff. I think it is a girl thing--one of the jokes Gray Cook made at the seminar was that if you asked everyone in the room how they look all the guys would say they look great (even if fat) and all the girls would say they look bad (and most look good). I'm still trying to embrace looking good. :tongue

    Quote Originally Posted by "LancelotsLover":1ahfew3v
    Wow. Great log; I had to go back and read the last three or four pages because all the comments referred to things past that intrigued me!

    I had known that you were getting your personal training cert, but didn't know you started your own business doing it! Hooray for that and for getting so many clients and such good results right away!
    Thanks LL--and thanks for prodding me, I hadn't read the beginning of my log since I wrote it so it was illuminating to go back and look at it. Wow, a lot has happened in the last year!

    Quote Originally Posted by "msmogreen":1ahfew3v
    Hey, Elisabeth--

    Getting caught up...again. I have not been to the forum in ages. I'm going to miss the Summit this year. I am just broke and can't justify it for anything. Plus, I am planning to go see the kids up in Eugene in May. I am so happy for your success with your training...and cool that now you can afford things like the FMS Seminar and Cosgrove's business seminar. I get the advertisements in the mail for these and I dream about doing them, but I need to actually to making some money doing training to justify it. I just don't know how to pull it together while also working a full time job. It was one thing to go to a gym job after my regular job, but to do all the marketing I need to do while working 8-5 is overwhelming. But you are definitely inspiring me!

    BTW, I was in Pasadena the morning after Superbowl Sunday--Jeremy and I had gone skiing and I got a flat tire so I ended up at Pep Boys the next morning getting a new one. I thought of calling you, but figured you'd be busy and I was feeling pretty grimy. I need to make a special point of coming to visit...when you're available!
    You know you can drop by ANYTIME. I would love to see you. Do you still have one kid in Pasadena?
    Right now ALL of the money I have made has been plowed straight back into the business, either for equipment or education. Alwyn Cosgrove said the only thing that he regretted from his early business years was not investing more in HIMSELF, and I have taken it to heart. I don't have any time to lose, I figure, at my age I need to get it GOING.

    And, honestly, everything I have done so far is word of mouth--really marketing and all of that doesn't have to start right away--I am only now thinking about advertising and doing some outreach. Just start with one client, and it snowballs.

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step*--and I just take one step a day and try not to condemn myself if I think it wasn't a big enough one. And then when you look back, you are amazed at how far you have come. Really.
    (yes, I stole the quote. I think it's from the Art of War guy)

    Quote Originally Posted by "Lost Dog":1ahfew3v
    wonderful
    Quote Originally Posted by "misstenacity":1ahfew3v
    What he said.
    Quote Originally Posted by "Willie":1ahfew3v
    This is all such cool stuff. I don't post in here much, but I sure like reading about all the exciting things going on in your life.
    Quote Originally Posted by "Gen":1ahfew3v
    x 2


    Quote Originally Posted by "Espi":1ahfew3v
    OMG, that what I underlined plus the rest is totally me.. your story is so inspiring! Inspring to seek what you have found
    Yoga & Pilates + stretching huh? Seems that Karla also found the holy grail!
    NO FRICKIN' PILATES, thankyouverymuch. I hate that. But the yoga has made a giant difference and I am so happy that Gray Cook agrees with me, if not a lot of other weightheads around here. :tongue

    Quote Originally Posted by "Bytsi":1ahfew3v
    Quote Originally Posted by "sidonia":1ahfew3v
    All good things happening in here!! Yayyyyy!! Inspiring for sure.
    Quote Originally Posted by "beesknees":1ahfew3v
    Awesome!
    Thanks for coming by everyone, I feel so supported.

    Quote Originally Posted by "nutbar":1ahfew3v
    I got tingles reading that. Seriously. You are incredible.
    xxooo love you Diane.

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    Trained a client at 24 hours today. I started writing programs for motivated exercisers, and I'm charging $250 for an initial setup which includes FMS, a month's worth of programming, stretching/foam rolling guidelines, interval/cardio guidelines, nutrition advice, and a foam roller. They get 2 one-on-one sessions to teach them the routine. Then $100 a month afterwards for an updated FMS, new programming for a month, and one one-on-one session to teach the new program. I like it, and it's cost effective for people who don't need someone kicking their butts at the gym. So far I'm excited about it, although I am finding that I really enjoy the hands on training part, as well. But honestly, the biggest surprise is how THRILLED I am with the results my clients are getting. I think I'm happier than they are.

    I am feeling a little muffin top growing though so I have got to get back to lifting. I've been fighting a stupid cold for a while now and it's migrated to my chest--I'm perfectly fine most of the time, but I'm worried about it turning into bronchitis so I'm going to rest today in preparation for another weekend of seminars.

    I've decided I'm going to get the the Summit by hook or crook this year so I need to get a couple more clients.....after this weekend I'm sure I'll have lots of ideas, since it's the Cosgrove's Business Seminar. I'm rilly rilly excited!!!

    And....I'm out....
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