I believe 100% in setting goals, having inspirations and working everyday to be your most badass authentic self. But I don’t believe you need a new year to do that.
Coming up on the end of January I wanted to offer you some insight on why you should instead be true to YOURSELF instead of putting the pressure of a “New Year, New You”.
If you’ve ever noticed at VIBE we don’t talk about weight and we don’t have monitors on our bikes. ( of course BOTH of these are totally fine to discuss / have but this was a personal choice on who we are in the community and what we believe in)
The most common New Years resolution is “losing weight”. During the new year gym memberships spike to an all time high and then BOOM a month later you can go back to parking in your favorite spot because the lot is now practically empty. Let me convince you why this WON’T be you this year.
This year you are going to workout because you want to FEEL good. Of course we all want to look our best but I can promise you that the number on the scale will never define you. It will never bring you the happiness and joy that you think it will. What will define you is the way you FEEL.
If you had a rough day and STILL decided to
show up for class, do you really need a monitor to tell you that you weren’t exactly where you were “supposed” to be? That last class you burned more calories which doesn’t help because today you didn’t have a salad for lunch. And honestly today you felt like you crushed it. Do we really need MORE pressure to be in a certain place?
Workout for your sanity. We are always telling our clients to let it all go. Breathe deep, fresh air into your lungs and as you exhale let whatever didn’t serve you in that day or moment GO. Leave it all on that bike. Walk away with a clear head and a clear heart.
We already hold enough expectations for ourselves. The pressure to do it all and have it all is at an all time high. But here’s a little secret. NOBODY has it all & NOBODY can do it all. PLEASE never feel less worthy then another human being.
Choose a tribe with people who will relate to you. The ones that get down to your level without worrying about their own. Ones who share their strengths in your struggle. And remember to give them back your strengths when they are in their struggle.
We should be living the way we WANT to which means most of these things will come naturally. I believe the new year can offer a fresh insight on what the next year will bring you. But most importantly what do you actually WANT it to bring you? Go there.
My best VIBES,
“We’re waiting on that moment or experience where everything in our mind is just perfect. When we feel off, we put our lives off. That’s right. You’re waiting on a feeling. Life doesn’t work like that… and while you’re waiting for it to improve… your life isn’t getting any better.”
I’m living in the fear of not being in that perfect moment. We all write these scripts in our heads of how we perceive reality to be. For me, my script has been driven by my chronic pain. I’m not trying to undermine the severity of it, but my life script, every moment and every choice I make has been dictated by it and the thing is, I let it take over my thoughts. Okay. So, I’ve discovered the problem. The problem isn’t my chronic pain. The problem is how I allow my thoughts about my chronic pain to control my actions. BOOM.
The quote above is from the book Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life by Gary John Bishop. The past few months I’ve been in consistent cycles of ruts and desperate for answers on how to get out of them for good. This quick read was exactly the pep talk I needed. No sugarcoating. No BS. Bishop breaks down the book with 7 simple assertions.
I am willing.
I am wired to win.
I got this.
I embrace the uncertainty.
I am not my thoughts; I am what I do.
I am relentless.
I expect nothing and accept everything.
What I got out of this book is that our minds can cause serious problems if we don’t take control of our thoughts. We can do anything we put our minds to if we push the fear causing thoughts out and hold onto the the positive ones that we really want.
Alright. I got WAY more than that out of this book.
The new year is just around the corner and if you are truly willing to make changes, you are wired to win, you got this because you embrace uncertainty. You are NOT your fearful thoughts. You are what you do, relentlessly. When you remove unrealistic expectations of yourself and accept reality, you’ll be amazed at what you can do.
I look forward to seeing where these assertions take me and I hope you join me on the way!
There has been an abundance of research linking gratitude to mental health. Yes, the more thankful you are the happier you are, but saying thank you isn’t enough. Being mindful and actively grateful are the key to seeing results in your life. Gratitude is a practice. Whether you are writing down things you are grateful for or taking moments to sit and reflect on those moments, find a way to practice gratitude each and everyday. One of my favorite ways to bring gratitude into my life is through VIBE. By attending a class at VIBE, I’m being grateful for the life I have been given and the ability to do what I can. Taking care of yourself physically and mentally is showing how thankful you are for being alive and VIBE classes will make you feel alive more than ever. It truly is thankful people who are happy.
Each VIBE instructor has hers or his own mantras. One of my favorites, that helps me push through my VIBE rides is when Ashley says: “Strong legs. Strong beating heart.” When you’re in class, everyone you are surrounded by has a story or even more particularly a health story that you don’t know. Beyond all of these unknown differences, VIBE has brought you together. It might not be a lot in common, but it’s so much more than your passion for spinning. When things get tough in class or in life, when the mountains become too difficult to climb, in this moment we are reminded that we have two strong legs and one strong beating heart, pumping life through our veins. In this moment, where we feel like we are about to be defeated, we are consumed in gratitude for what we have, what gets us through, and for what it feels like to be alive.
I often get asked about how I have stayed so positive throughout my emotional and physical traumatic experiences. Other than having the most loving and supportive people in my life, the one thing I swear by is Gratitude. I’m not one for trends, but the concept of an attitude of gratitude has been spreading like wildfire and I’m loving it. I LOVE November. My great grandparents, grandparents, and parents all got married on Thanksgiving within the last century. Other than my love for tradition, what’s more romantic than celebrating your love for one another on a day where giving thanks for all you have is the main reason the day even exists?! November has turned into my month of gratitude over the years and from there I hold onto it only to restore my love and appreciation for it when November comes back around. Last year on Thanksgiving, I finally committed to taking steps in the right direction of recovering from my pain-induced depression. I signed up for a VIBE class and the rest is history. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t take a leap of faith by attending my first spin class. Committing to myself through VIBE has helped improve my quality of life tremendously. From helping me stay on track, get the cardio I need without further injuries, boost my confidence in myself mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically —VIBE has been one of the driving forces in my life and I am grateful beyond measure for the people that make it a possibility. I hope that by sharing my story of triumph through the powers of faith, love, and gratitude will help lead you where you are meant to be. This month I challenge you to bring gratitude into your everyday practice, someway, somehow. It saved my life and I hope it can do the same for you.
Happy November. Find your Gratitude VIBE.
In contrast with last weeks post (I need to play Devil’s Advocate to keep myself in check), although being an ambitious go-getter, that fights through everything life throws at you, slowing down is important. Balance is important. Okay, so you’ve got your cardio and strength training with spin, cross spin, and barre, but have you got your weekly reset? Actively resting is a key component to all workouts. Stretching, breathing, and being one with yourself is vital to being well rounded. Once a week, on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM, Heather offers her yoga class. She breaks down the stereotypical levels of yoga by creating a flow for beginners to advanced. Due to my nerve damage in my hand and wrist, I can no longer do yoga and it kills me. I get so frustrated I cry over it because I miss yoga so much. Yoga, especially yoga with Heather, is a breath of fresh air. It helps to improve your balance in barre and cross spin classes, helps to stretch you out by releasing tension, and reset your intentions with yourself —grounding you to who you are and your goals. If you are perfectly well and capable, please do yourself a favor and try Heather’s yoga class, you won’t regret it.
“When you really want something you will find a way. When you don’t really want something, you’ll find an excuse.” ~Rachel Hollis
I really love mantras. They are words or phrases that keep me focused and motivated —like “Keep It Moving”. One of my favorites is “I am in control of my own happiness.” Whoa. Now let that sink in for a moment. I. YOU. WE are in control of our own happiness. Rachel Hollis, author of “Girl, Wash Your Face” (if you haven’t read this gem, get on it!), has a whole lot of wisdom in the simplest and realist forms. One of the most powerful things she has said is, “If you’re unhappy, that’s on you.” We are all guilty of pointing fingers at people, things, events, life in order to “explain” our downfalls. Maybe these things are all contributing factors, but how you choose to move forward is all on you and these explanations are excuses. One of the things I love about VIBE is that they don’t pressure you to be there. They create the positive environment for you to work through your goals and all you have to do is show up and TRY. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of DIY projects. I’ve been in my house for only a little over a month and I have completed a year or two years worth of work. I get asked a lot: Why do you spin so much? Why did you do all of that at once? Why not do it next year? Every single time I don’t do something right away or make a plan to do it in the next month, a year goes by in the blink of an eye. Rachel Hollis pointed out that we all have the same 24 hours in a day and that blew my mind. We are so used to living each day, going through these 24 hours, but it’s become so monotonous that we forget to acknowledge this. You have 24 hours per day, 7 days a week to accomplish more than you think. Maybe you are considering trying a class at VIBE, but you keep making excuses about trying it. “Maybe next week…maybe tomorrow,” and before you know it, it’s 2019 and you are saying the same thing. STOP. VIBE was my beginning of embracing now and living my life to the fullest. I showed up last year on Thanksgiving, fed up with my excuses. So why not do what you can do tomorrow, today?
Choose now. Choose today. Choose you.
THIS is Lisa Lamb Y’ALL. If you have been in almost ANY class you’ve seen this pretty face. If you have ever had a conversation with her you’ve seen directly inside her beautiful soul. Lisa inspires all of us every single day. She will welcome you with OPEN arms & make you feel so secure AND she is not even on payroll.
You hear me talk about her a lot in my LIVE videos. Long story short Lisa came to her first class and left in complete “THIS IS NOT FOR ME” mode. I was in complete shock when I saw she had signed up for another class. After leaving (absolutely crushing my soul I now know) she went home and said to herself you know what? I need to start being COMFORTABLE with being UNCOMFORTABLE - She made a promise to herself that she would complete 4 classes total and THEN make her decision.
You guys this is HUGE. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. THAT is when we start to grow. That is where we finally break down the walls we have built our entire lives holding us back from being our absolute best. For ourselves and for the people we love most in our lives.
Well you BEST believe Lisa is at her absolute best 130 classes in. She now rides 4 days a week & you will also catch her in BARRE & YOGA weekly. She is COMMITTED AF. She does not allow her injuries to limit her physical growth & she does not let a day go by where she holds herself back from being her BEST self from the inside out. Physically - but most importantly mentally & emotionally.
SO MANY OF YOU INSPIRE US & CAN RELATE TO THIS STORY. We SEE you. We physically FEEL your hard work & dedication to yourself, your practice and our studio. We have so much gratitude to be a part of something so indescribable. Yet simply just to be a part of your lives!
This is why I share Lisa’s story with you because I want you to know that you are NOT alone. I NEED you to know that STARTING is the hardest part. But once you make it here the rest is history. This is why we pride ourselves on truly taking care of the rest.
Find something that you love, find something that inspires you & keeps you motivated. Find something you never dread doing & instead as you walk through the doors you feel at PEACE. Find a tribe that has your back 365 days a week 24 hours a day. Keep pushing. Unlock the door to YOUR greatness. It is never too late.
When you’re stubborn, ambitious, and impatient it can lead you into some trouble. I’m not afraid to ask for help, but I like doing things on my own —and that means avoiding asking for help. There are some things I can get away with like small DIY projects and then there’s what I think are “small” DIY projects that turn into me with a blown up tube of silicone frantically trying to get it off of my hands for a half-hour, until my Mom decides to come over and check up on me at the right time (I don’t know how she does it… I swear she has radar!). Then there are more serious times, where I’m going through a depressive episode. I used to be afraid to ask for help during those matters, but now I know that’s a big no-no. I was thinking of these minor and major times where I’ve needed to ask for help in my life and it really made me think of VIBE and fitness goals. If you’ve never worked out before or you have had bad experiences with trying to, it’s challenging to know where to start. There are so many factors that make it challenging —trying to find something you enjoy, something that is safe (especially for injuries), finding the time that fits into your schedule, and having the motivation and emotional support. PHEW. That’s a heck of a lot of things to figure out on your own. The first thing I look for in a place to exercise is the COMMUNITY and the AESTHETIC, you know a place with the right VIBE. Starting with these components makes it easier to want to show up because you’re getting the right physical environment and the right emotional environment to help you find your way into an exercise routine. At VIBE, not only will you be surrounded by a whole VIBE Tribe of people with similar goals, but you have an abundance of resourceful people that are willing to answer all of your questions and support you in every way.
Never be afraid to ask for help. Get out of your own way and make way for your VIBE.
Before I met Bae, I met a lot of duds. With each dud it was a cycle: be skeptical, let my guard down, get hyped, and then get let down. One of my best friends would always say, “Girl, keep it moving.” ‘Keep it moving’ became one of my core mantras that I repeat to myself when I need a pep talk. Adopting this concept has made a huge impact on my life. What does it mean to “Keep it moving”? It means that no matter what happens, you know somehow you’ll always get through it, so go with the flow, and keep it moving. When things get tough, work is difficult, your family is going through a hard time, you’re heart broken, etc., it feels like you’re suffocating and the world is ending, but after your storm, you always make it through it okay, right? If you let go of what you can’t control, a person’s negative actions, the things that life keeps throwing at you, and keep it moving, everything is always okay. When you’re at VIBE and you’re struggling to push through a heavy climb, hold that yoga pose a few seconds longer, get those barre heels up a little higher — keep it moving. You always make it through, always find a way, and always will.
Keep it moving VIBE Babes.