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.