motivation and success

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, but I’ve recently had a wonderful experience that I want to share. I was very fortunate to be able to spend two weeks with my entire family at a villa in Tuscany. There were thirteen of us and every moment was precious. I could go on and on about the sights, etc., but I’d like to speak about the health and wellness aspect of the trip. First of all, when I saw pictures of our accommodations, I was awestruck by the beauty; but what really excited me was the fact that there was an in-ground pool and an outdoor gym. I was delighted to know that I would be...
As we’re concentrating on our reps, trying to stay balanced on the red ball, remembering to breathe, we hear the voice of Dr. Tim saying “All day, every day.” Sometimes he’ll only say “all day” and we’ll hear the response from the Junior “every day.” Sometimes we’ll hear Rose imitate him so well that you’d swear it was Dr. T himself. Rose and I will giggle like crazy because it doesn’t take much to entertain us; and we wouldn’t tease him if we didn’t love him. Sometimes I’ve tried to imitate him and I realize that I’d better not quit my day job; so I do what I do better: I start to think...
I am not a risk-taker by nature. As a child, I always had a dime in case I needed to call home (boy, did I just date myself!); when I lived in the snowbelt, I never let the fuel in my car get below the half-way mark in case I got stuck in a traffic jam in bad weather; now I always carry a charger in case my cell phone battery gets low. Until a couple of weeks ago, I had some clothes in my closet that I was keeping in case I put on weight. When I first started working with Dr. Tim, my goal was to exercise as a form of stress relief. I needed to lose some weight, but I did not focus on that...
As they say, he’s got a million of ‘em. By the way, who is “they” and why do we care what they say? But I digress… As we get to know Dr. Tim, we realize that he’s got his special sayings and mottos. Some are obvious, others are more subtle. One day during a conversation, he made the statement to me that “if you come, I can help you.” Seven simple words that on the surface seem innocuous; but when you think about them, there’s so much more. This is really a two-way street. On the one hand, what a relief it is to know that there is someone whose belief in helping is so strong that all you need...
How did it get to be the end of January already? It seems just days ago that I was sitting in a restaurant in the Midwest with 3 dear friends at the holidays. I was sipping a martini whilst feeling a tinge of guilt over the empty calories when one of my friends mentioned that I looked really fit. First of all, we all love each other, but we’re not prone to commenting on each other’s looks. Secondly, I was amazed that the state of my fitness was noticeable due to the heavy winter clothes I was wearing. Her comment made me think about some of the lessons that I’ve learned from Dr. Tim about...
All the Very Best Wishes for a Blessed, Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Happy New Year in 2009! Above and beyond the pleasant ritual of good will and best wishes, here’s wishing that you’ll have success facing the oncoming personal successes, and global successes and the inevitable personal and global difficulties that are certainly present, but not insurmountable. Human beings are great at coming out of adversity, having centuries of experience with wars, invasions, plagues, poverty, tyrants and tragedy. Life has always had devastation and life has always known celebration, to say the least…...
So one night I’m working out at PW when Dr. Tim hands me the red boxing gloves. “Good,” I think. It was a stressful day and I like the idea of punching something without suffering consequences. I’m pretty much in the zone, but I notice Dr. Tim telling another client to do some chin-ups. Another thought: I’m glad he’s the one who has to do them and not me. Punch, punch, punch; down on the floor for some push-ups, still glad I don’t have to do chin-ups. Then I hear Dr. Tim telling me it’s time for my chin-ups. Surely he’s jesting. No such luck. I look up at the bar and wonder how I’m going to...
When I’m working out at the gym, I’m able to be very focused. It’s a pleasant chance to be on the other side of the decision-making process. Dr. Tim tells us what to do, and I just do it. This past week, he had a few of us doing a certain exercise that was really difficult for me due to a certain physical limitation of mine. I quietly did my best, but it was painful and disappointing at the same time. Dr. Tim was his usual encouraging self, without bringing undue attention to the situation. Still, I found myself near tears because it hurts more than muscles when your body won’t do what you...
It’s been a week of highs and lows for me. I spent the holiday weekend having a pity party, the reasons for which I shall keep to myself. Suffice it to say that I couldn’t wait for my Tuesday session with Dr. Tim. It was great, of course; but then he wanted us to get on the scale for a check-in. I was disappointed to see that I’d put on some weight. Dr. Tim reminded me that muscle weighs more than fat, but it was little consolation to me because we live in a world where numbers matter. I’m still wearing clothes that are two sizes smaller than before I started this journey, so I’m sure there’s...

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