When I first came home from the Clicker Expo last month, I complained that I didn’t get out of it as much as I would have liked. Looking back on my notes, however, I think I may have spoke too soon. There were quite a few presentations and speakers that, well, spoke to me on a personal level. Not just for animal training, but for writing, for fitness, and for life. Continue reading Clicker Worthy Moments from Clicker Expo, Part II
Willpower is having the ability to do what you need to do, regardless if you feel like it or not. I concede, I falter on this virtue more often than I’d like to admit. It’s not even things I don’t want to do or don’t feel like doing. I’ll be super motivated to get something accomplished and the time comes for me to muster the willpower to finish, and I just collapse. Continue reading Willpower- Part 2
I’ve been reading a helluva lot of books on the subject of willpower. Why? Well, willpower has a lot to do with fitness and meeting our wellness goals. Plus, I’ve been struggling recently to find the focus to write. From his book “Willpower”, Roy Baumeister tells us that willpower is the ability to do what you need to do, regardless if you feel like doing it. Continue reading Is Willpower Finite and Infinite? and How Conservation Helps
If you’ve met me, you have learned pretty soon that I love lists. I make lists of lists that I need to make. With each new year, a sort of tradition of mine is to list my hopes, desires, my “need to do”, and plans. New years are great for organizing your life like that. Continue reading Getting My CREW Together
One of my many, many emails I get from fellow fitness professionals trying to sell me their programs intrigued me with the headline “Your Must Do Exercise for 2017”. It was basically an advertisement to sell a $60 journal/planner, and while I have absolutely no desire to pay that much for a planner, I took a look at the exercise. Even though it was sent by a fitness professional, this exercise had nothing to do with working out. It was a writing exercise, so I decided I would share it with all of my two followers. Continue reading 2016 Review Exercise
It’s been one week since I started on my Daily Writing Habit. I haven’t officially rewarded myself yet, but I have downloaded a couple iPhone apps that help me track my healthy habits. It’s weird how completely satisfying it is to check off the “completed” box next to the habits I’m trying to form. Continue reading Progression Check-in
The person who is writing a book on developing healthy habits through principles of animal training with operant conditioning and positive reinforcement is having trouble sticking to her own habits of WRITING said book on developing healthy habits….. Continue reading Creating Writing Habit: Take Two
In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I have dusted off a few of my writing books from my bookshelf and started to delve into one in particular, “A Writer’s Workbook” by Caroline Sharp. It provides daily exercises for writers, and I can’t think of a better time to practice some of these exercises. Continue reading New Warm-up
I’m doing a fitness challenge called “New You” through South Island CrossFit. It’s a 6-week challenge including 3 day/week workouts and meal planning booklet. I figure I as a coach, I should experience some of the components of a fitness program to discover some of the pros and cons, and see if there are ways I can make it easier and more successful for other participants. Continue reading A New Me, a New You
I have been doing a lot of considering about what to do with my time and energy. I thought I had figured some things out, get more involved with WOWI, writing groups, and networking with writers, and lessen my involvement with what could be considered to be extra-curricular activities, working with South Island CrossFit and Vibrant Fitness. I didn’t consider them extra-curricular myself, but my husband has been urging me to put my effort and energy into EarthFit, and let him be my first “client”. The point of my involvement with CrossFit and Vibrant Fitness was to increase my experience and exposure to exercise programs and see how they are run. But Chris has a point. Why not launch EarthFit?
I have looked into South Whidbey Parks and Rec Department, and they have a program to initiate new instructors every season for new programs. So, I think I will apply for EarthFit Outdoor Bootcamp to be a Fall program in October. For the winter program, I can continue with EarthFit, but focus on nutrition (Eating Green), creating healthy habits (perfect for January resolution makers- Fitness through Operant Conditioning), and then next Summer put EarthFit into full motion as a program with Parks and Rec. And use this whole summer to fine tune the workouts, learn how to modify exercises for different levels, and get myself in better shape to lead these exercises (no one wants to follow a fat trainer…)
I also dove right in with WOWI (Writers on Whidbey Island) and volunteered to be a part of their steering committee. I have no idea how much work is required for steering committee members, but this is the reason we moved to Whidbey Island, so I’m taking my own advice and remembering why I’m here. I did something awesome though- I started a Meet-up group for WOWI. Meet-up isn’t used that much on the island, so it’s a new venture for many WOWI members, but once they see how easy it is to create and announce events on the site, we will wonder why we hadn’t been doing this eons ago!
And then the unexpected happened. I was offered a job! Not a huge amount of money or time-suck type of job, just a 4-6 hours a week, with possibility of increasing to 10 hours a week. Just enough to give me a little extra spending money, but definitely give enough allowance to write as I need and see fit. In fact, some (not all, or even most) of my writing could help to start a community blog. Which would be super cool for me. But….and there’s always a but with these things, isn’t there?
I have a huge issue with learning to say “no”. I don’t mean to drugs, or unhealthy food. I mean with people asking me to do things that will help them out. I like helping people become the best version of themselves, which is another reason why I want to start my EarthFit program in the first place. But now the programs I am involved with are creating a conflict of interest, and I have to fess up to my involvement with the other. And I’m being asked to make a choice. I can have a paying job in the area I’m interested in, but not in the exact practice or philosophy that I feel connected to. Or I can continue to learn from a mentor that I agree with his principles and style of teaching, but will not lead to a paying job. And apparently, having both is the conflict of interest.
So, Ms. Pattie is having a crash course in the art of saying “no”. All the excitement- accomplishing something, and getting into trouble. I couldn’t have it any other way.