Are You Really Too Busy

At times it is hard to balance a busy lifestyle and a health and wellness program. We become so wrapped up in our daily responsibilities that we fail to see we how important it is to make time for ourselves and our mental and physical well-being. Please make no mistake they are connected.. Here is Caitlin’s story..!

Meet Caitlin

CaitlinWhen Bart asked me to write about my training, I thought, what can I offer other working moms that might help them take steps to improve their health? What motivations can I share? So I thought, why do I train? How do I make time to train? And what has making the time done for me?

During my later years of university I knew that I needed to start exercising regularly before it was too late. But as with most young people I’m sure, “too late” seems so far off and I was SO busy how could I ever find the time to work out?

Then I graduated, got engaged, went to teachers college, planned a wedding, started my teaching career and bought a house. Plenty of time to work out, right? Then I got very sick. I lost a lot of weight. I spent a lot of time sleeping and being tested for every possible cause imaginable. It was nothing, just stress the Doctor said. I was shocked! I’ve always been an anxious person, I’ve always been stressed out about things…how could stress have become so debilitating? I needed to find a way to change the path that I was on. I needed to find a way to deal with everyday stress and the challenges that would surely present themselves in the coming years as a teacher, wife, and, a few years later, the mother to a beautiful baby girl.

I tried a variety of things with my mom at my side. We went to the gym (treadmill and machines), outdoor boot camp for women twice a week, indoor boot camp twice a week.  They were a great help but I still found myself in a rut and stressed on my days “off”.

What changed my life was Bart’s October Challenge. It was a little contest that he posted to his tribe – Who can attend class the most days in the month of October? A simple concept for sure, but not an easy task for anyone with kids or other priorities (or a life for that matter). There is no way I could go to the gym every single day! What about those days when I get home and all I want to do is sit and relax? What about the weekend? Who goes to the gym on a Sunday? I mentioned the preposterous idea to my husband when I got home that night. He laughed when he noticed how worked up I was about it.

“I know what that means” he said, “it means you want to do it”. He was right, I wanted to prove myself wrong. With my husband on-board, I didn’t want to lose face and now I was super motivated to accomplish what I had set out to do! My husband was amazing throughout; he dealt with baby bedtime every night so that I could go to the gym. My muscles hurt and I was tired but I was less stressed than I had been since University. Over a few short weeks, I noticed a HUGE difference in how my clothes fit, how I looked and, most importantly, my physical and mental abilities. I was proud and glad to be out of my rut. I was terrified to stop and go back to my stressful and unmotivated days!

I attended class everyday in October and when the month ended, I kept the challenge up and I continue to make time everyday for these classes. I always told myself that I was too busy to work out but what I have learned since is that life just always gets busier! Is my house always clean? Are the dishes always done? Do I watch all my favourite shows? NO! I give up things that I have decided are less important in order to be healthy and happy and less stressed. I also decided that since I was devoting my time everyday to the gym, I would be motivated to work as hard as I could while I was there. After all, this is time away from my family so I’m not going to waste it.

My advice for other moms? Find your balance. Do you need to go to the gym everyday? Maybe not. But vigorous exercise should be a part of everyone’s life and it is important to find the balance that works for you.

I can’t thank my husband enough for the support he has given me through this journey my mom for joining me and supporting me along the way, and Bart and his team for pushing me further than I ever knew possible 🙂

Caitlin McWade.

Bart_Mudder_2aAs you can see there is really no excuse to not have a health and wellness journey in your life. It’s important to make that commitment to yourself. You would never skip an important appointment with your doctor, dentist or court appointed attorney 🙂 so why not make an appointment with yourself.. are you less important? Book time to go for a walk, ride your bike, or engage your favorite activity.. Just get off the couch and move. Don’t get fixated on how you look, or the fitness level you currently maintain, its all relative, movement energizes and heals. Movement is life..!

Bart Wagar,
President and Founder of Zenfit Inc.

 

 

 

Zenfit Transition Meet Kathy Roznicki

Well its been awhile… a long winter with it’s amazing challenges and distractions has kept me from blogging about the things that make Zenfit tick, but now it’s time to get back to work.

March is here and spring is approaching quickly so I thought I would introduce you to Zenfitter Kathy Roznicki and inspire you’re seasonal transition with her story.

Meet Kathy Roznicki

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In January 2013, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. My doctor indicated it was strictly due to my weight, and if I could lose it he would take me off the medication. With having Diabetes in my family I had to get this weight off for both myself and my family. I started to cut calories and watch what I was eating. I did lose some of the weight but needed more in my routine to help and maintain my progression. In May my sister and niece introduced me to Bart and Zenfit. Zenfit’s living fitness and lifestyle program along with the support of a team like family atmosphere,  I have hit my 1st weight loss goal which was to be in the “non-diabetic zone with my sugar levels and medication free!

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I thank them for their support as well as the support from my husband and my family, it made my progress easier. I continue my journey with Bart, Lynn, and the Zenfit team Kim, Laura, Jay and Meghan. I enjoy every workout with them as challenging as they may be. Nothing comes without persistence and consistency.

Thanks everyone,
Kathy R.

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As you can see Kathy has shown a determined and solid effort rewarding her with a vital and healthy lifestyle. When you train for the feel of it first the rest will follow.

As a side note to this story, Kathy’s husband Adam started training with us, he has lost weight, gained strength and flexibility, and  improved his recreational hockey experience.. oh and he is off his heart medication. Watch for Adam’s story soon.

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Bart Wagar,
President and founder Zenfit Inc.