Try Getting Inside Out

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When we think of beauty it generally comes from an outward and/or outside perspective, which as visual creatures makes a lot of sense. As such we also often get caught up in concerns about what to wear, how to do our hair, putting on makeup, and also take it into the things we surround ourselves with: our homes, vehicles, work spaces, etc. We make our appearance and spaces we see everyday attractive to our eyes as best we can. We are also highly feeling creatures, we enjoy things that are nice to touch and generally will avoid say fabrics that are uncomfortable. In fact short of an expensive pair of the nicest shoes ( if you’re a woman, and even then we’ll complain) we tend not to subject ourselves to discomfort, actually we avoid it at all costs… mostly. For some reason when it comes to taking care of the inside of our bodies, even when they are incredibly uncomfortable from unhealthy food, excess alcohol and soft drinks, a grand lack of movement and exercise, and our minds and immune systems are depressed, we continue on doing what we’ve been doing often until we reach illness, all the while never leaving the house without a perfect coif or letting the lawn grow more than 2 inches.

Don’t get me wrong outward appearances do affect us and our confidence in our outer world. A bad hair day and coffee-to-shirt introductions suck,  but not quite the same way feeling like crap (physically, mentally, emotionally) affects your confidence and all the other realms of your life. And all of these internal crap feelings are heavily affected by how you treat your body. You know this!

Yes, internal beauty is harder. It doesn’t just require a layer of paint, a clean shirt, or a dusting of rouge. It requires follow through, self-discipline, and forcing yourself to do things even when you don’t want to. Whether that is to put on your running shoes and just go, or to choose broccoli over buttery mash, or stop at 2 glasses of wine rather than the bottle. In fact, let’s be really honest it’s why I have a job, it’s a hard go alone and without always knowing which piece of conflicting information is the right one for you, it can seem impossible!

Remember though, that it’s always easier to be confident and enjoy your day feeling beautiful on the inside with a stained shirt, than it is to feel like a bag of rotten that with a pretty face full of makeup. It’s also why the CREATE slogan is Be Healthy. Look Fantastic. Feel Awesome! It’s a whole package deal. Today think about how you can apply follow-through, self-discipline, and just plain forcing yourself (if you must) to get that step ahead on your internal beauty that will no doubt show up on the outside.

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The NINJA: April 2015

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As seasoned readers of this blog know. I love my blog, but not such a great fan of complicated technology, so the weekly blog gets posted here, but in order to keep the high quality look to my newsletter you’ll have to bang out one more click. Thanks for the love ninjas!

I-I-I-I’m Staying Alive + 8 More Reasons to Breathe Deeply

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Smile, breathe, and go slowly
-Thich Hnat Hanh

Spring is here, officially anyhow. Whether or not the weather is in agreement with the celestial cycles is a different story. Regardless, I see it creeping into people’s behaviours, myself included, although we’ve only had a small taste, the change is coming! Although most of us are urban dwellers who essentially deny any relation to nature per se our seasonal behaviours are undeniable. And so I, and many others have begun cleaning out closets and purging of old stuffs. This is also a fantastic time to adopt new habits, and to take on some healthy practices (anytime is,now however, is a time when people seem to be gaining momentum and motivation to assist their new habits).

If you pick up only one healthy renewing habit this year let it be this. Breathe. I know you do it every day, all the time. Recently I was told by someone they already know how to breathe, not sarcastically, but breath practice is the easiest way to:

Stay alive. And now that we have that out of the way its other benefits include

Reset your nervous system to low stress, calm

Begin a relaxation or meditation practice

Give your body what it craves most. More than chocolate, coffee and even water!

Brings you immediately back to the present moment

Releases toxins, more so and more consistently than any other system

Overall efficiency of your body systems. The primary “nutrient” your body requires is oxygen, pretty much nothing works without it for more than a few seconds.

Improves posture. Breath practices encourage the same muscles because full deep breaths require good posture, so you end up practicing and enforcing that too.

It’s uplifting and energizing. If you think that contradicts the first point, it kind of does. Quick as possible explanation: when you’re stressed your nervous system is in fight or flight mode, since it’s an evolutionary thing our bodies don’t know that we can’t log on to the Skype meeting of our lives, it’s like “AAAAAHHH! Run! Bear!”. You couldn’t possibly stop and take a few deep breaths if you were being chased by a bear, so your system goes into calm mode right away, even if you still can’t log on to Skype. On the other hand, when you’re feeling tired a few deep breaths bring oxygen to your brain and muscles, and returns you to the present moment, creating an uplifting and energizing effect. Tada! Non-conflicting contradiction.

So, if only for 2 minutes, find the time to just breathe. Fully and deeply in through your nose, into your belly, then expanding your ribs out as much as you can, into the upper chest lifting those last few ribs until you’ve inhaled as much and as fully (but not necessarily forcefully) as you can. Now passively exhaling through mouth or nose, not forcing out the last bits creating a vacuum, just until your naturally inclined to breathe in again. Remembering the brief pauses at the beginning and end of each inhalation.

Still not inspired after all this inspiration?! Seriously, inhalation is also known as inspiration, and if you’re still having trouble with it CREATE is offering you a free consultation to figure out how we can inspire your inspiration, fitness, and wellness, Call 41-994-6267 or click to fill out an online form.

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The Final Key to Being Lucky!

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You’ve heard it before, and if you train with CREATE you’ve also learned that it’s part of the mental training involved in our training programs, because mental fortitude it part of one’s ability to follow through with the physical training portion. After all, there’s only a little time spent with a trainer each week and it’s a trainer’s job to ensure you get the job done when we’re not around too! So here it is: gratitude. I know sometimes I sound like Oprah’s parrot, however, she really is spot on with this one. And when it comes to luck how could you possibly feel unlucky if you are already so grateful for what you already have? When you are grateful for what you already have you feel pretty darn lucky by default of your appreciation. You wouldn’t feel so grateful for your home and feel so unlucky you had to replace the deck (sound familiar?), or cracked the kitchen tile, or need to paint the dining room, especially when you’re already following through with steps 1 and 2 of luckiness: taking personal responsibility and seeing the opportunities in everything, respectively. You’ll see how that works with anyone of these examples, or most any other you can dream up. If you take responsibility for the fact that you may have bought a house with a problematic deck, or that you dropped your iron on your kitchen tile, or that you painted a sunny room a dark colour, now it’s faded unevenly and too soon, you realize this is not unlucky, but all under the umbrella of your doing and not much surprise.Step 2, recognizing opportunity: you realize you can redesign the deck to suit your needs, or have an excuse to rid the kitchen of tiles you really hated but couldn’t justify replacing, until now, or that dark colour really closed up the room and made it seem smaller than it was, but you can change it now. Now aren’t you grateful for your home and those seemingly miserable and unlucky situation? Now you know they are actually disguised opportunities of good fortune in your favour!

Yes! This works for fitness, health, and wellness too, I’ll provide another example, but abstract and seemingly unrelated examples are best for swaying opinion initially. Yes, I’m trying to sway your opinion, because few people when given the next example really want to do step 1. Now the example, a very common situation: you’re overweight and have been diagnosed pre-diabetic and have high blood pressure.

Let’s face it, it’s difficult and not fun to acknowledge that while our parents perhaps fed us junk that for the most part we are responsible for how we got to any given place when it comes to our health as adults. If genetics play a part? Especially if genetics play a part then it’s important to take responsibility for our health prior to problems arising.

Unfortunately, we can’t even begin to recover from these ills until we take responsibility, you can cover them up and control them with medication, but recovery and curing them requires first acknowledging how you got there and who’s responsible for getting you out. But rejoice, as you realize you’re the one behind the wheel, there’s grand opportunity to steer wherever you want to go, that’s step 2 of being lucky, just seeing opportunity to rectify any problem, and even improve an already good situation which would perhaps roll around once your health is in the clear.

But how to be grateful in such a seeming mess? Well there are lots:
1. It’s still all reversible with health and exercise.
2. You were diagnosed, that’s no trip in an ambulance and a hospital stay!
3. They are all common illnesses so there’s lots of science and research behind them and their treatments.
4. You can control them with drugs until diet and lifestyle take over.
5. You will not only get healthier, you’ll feel awesome!
6. And heck, you probably won’t complain when your clothes fit you better or you can get into something you love but hasn’t fit in ages.
7. You will also be pretty grateful when walking, stairs, and perhaps even some partner-based activities *wink wink* are neither painful, exhausting, or leave you with limited ability to do other lifestyle activities because your muscles are sore.
8. So thankful you don’t have to worry about having a heart attack anytime you run to catch the streetcar, chase your niece, your dog, or any need to run in general.

A list of so many for a mere example is to prove the point that there is a whole lot of luck even when it seems you’ve run out. You see luck is really not some metered commodity acquired from horseshoes, clovers, or a rabbit’s foot (God forbid, Riley O’Hare is grateful for that!), nor lessened via black cats, ladders or sidewalk cracks. Luck is a frame of mind and when those 3 steps combine forces, you’ve got a mindset that can make you the luckiest person in the world, likewise you could have everything you ever wanted, but if you blamed everyone but yourself, never saw any opportunity to omprove, and didn’t appreciate what you had when you had it all, you’d not feel very lucky at all. A lucky mindset also takes practice, you have to be aware of what you think, and choose a mindset that’s congruent with luck, most of us just react to our thoughts and get carried away with worst case scenarios and the negative.

So stay aware, grab a hold of that wheel, and look for the most appealing turnoffs (even if you didn’t see them on the map at first glance), and thank goodness you keep on rolling!

“Be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you will never ever have enough.”
(okay okay, I’m very much) -Oprah Winfrey (‘s parrot today.)

Having trouble with a lucky mindset? Or are you ready to take action and insure your fitness and wellness luck? Either way, CREATE can help:

I need help with a Lucky Mindset OR

I’m ready to get the accountability I need to reach my goals, I’d like to book a Free Consultation. We’ll assess what programs are appropriate to meet your goals and maximize your luck. Call 416-994-6267 or fill out an online form.


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THE NINJA: March 2015

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Hwo to Get Lucky: $#%&in’ Horseshoes, Commanding Genies, and Other Seemingly Unlikely Miracles

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Happy March! The theme this month is Luck; thank you to the folks of Ireland for your St. Patrick’s Day inspiration, slightly less gratitude for novel but very unhealthy alcohol with artificial colour, so much fun, but not at all conducive to health. And now for what you all came for: getting lucky 😉

I hate to break it to you but luck isn’t as much about little men in stockings, shamrocks, rainbows and pots of gold as you’d hoped. In fact if it was, there would be far more men donning striped stockings and green culottes in our day-to-day lives I believe.

The 1st step to being lucky is actually personal responsibility. And now you see why luck seems so out of reach for most. We are the biggest saboteurs of our own fortune. We are always ready to point a finger at someone (or something) else or make an excuse as to why our behaviour that totally fails to serve us was acceptable under the circumstances. How can you be lucky when you don’t even prepare yourself for luck to come in and graciously assist? If you aren’t at least on your way to partial success, at what point do you think luck is going to jump in and say “hey, I know you’re not even willing to put in a half-hearted effort, in fact I’m pretty much psychic and just know what you want because really your actions barely indicate what you say you want at all, but that’s okay, I’ll just fix all that up for you.”? When you’re ready to own all that you do to make or break yourself you’ll be far more on your way to getting really lucky.

Most of the time luck isn’t nearly as random as you might think. Most of the time the luck as we know it actually comes from some action already being taken in the right direction and then “luck” comes along, but if it was just a thought in your head and you were in fact doing nothing (or worse, the opposite of what you needed to be) that luck might not come to you because it wasn’t obvious you were after something seriously. Let’s say you want to lose 40 pounds, and you tell your friend that you’ve started working out a couple times a week and invite them to join you sometime, you’re out to lunch and you choose a grilled-cheese because you’ve been really craving one and this restaurant makes one to die for, but you get greens on the side and soda water. While you’re dining your friend tells you, ”No, you should come workout with me”, their brother-in-law owns a gym and has told your friend to come by anytime with friends for a complimentary class. You go and make an awesome new connection with a couple of the class participants who happen to have a small training group twice a week, and they keep each other accountable the rest of the time. They invite you to join them as one friend just moved way and they’re looking for someone to be a 4th in their group. “Oh my gosh, I’m just so lucky to have randomly met them on this one-time visit , Is what you might say about that series of events, this is true, that’s pretty fortunate. Now, same scenario but you don’t invite your friend to join you for a workout (so who knows if you’re actually doing it) and instead of the salad and soda you get the fries and upgrade to poutine. You seem far less committed, and your friend never mentions their great offer because why waste their time? To them you are clearly all talk and no action.

This is not to say that you don’t really really really want to lose 40 pounds, but that reality is stuck in your mind and the world isn’t seeing it. You have to be responsible for your personal behaviour because while you generally don’t have to seek out luck for it to find you, you do have to take some action to get noticed. Action that speaks to your intention to actually follow through on what you say you want.

Step 1 to luck: No whining, complaining, excuses, justifying or blaming. These usually only serve to console your ego into acting like you aren’t at the helm of your ship. That’s lying to yourself, even if things are “out of control” nobody has more power over your life than you do. So stop it taking a big unlucky dump on your life! It can be challenging and requires responsibility, accountability, and taking action, but it’s a much more rewarding lifestyle, after all it leaves you open to frequent bouts of getting lucky!

If you’re ready join Not Just Lucky our 28-day fitness kick-start starting St. Patrick’s Day. Learn More.

If you need more accountability book a Free Consultation where we’ll assess what program is appropriate to meet your goals and maximize your luck. Call 416-994-6267 or fill out an online form.

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The NINJA: February 2015

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Happy February! Hope you’re loving the month of love, even if Valentine’s Day is over.

After extensive research CREATE has found that while the written blog publishes beautifully here, the monthly newsletter The NINJA really doesn’t do so well with all of the images and “stuff”, it simply looks better on my own site, but we’d loathe to deprive you of such awesomeness, so here’s the link to this month’s The NINJA: the latest and greatest in creating your awesomeness!

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