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Motivation

The past few months, I have not been feeling like myself and have not been going as hard as I would like in the gym.  There are many variables at play, some of which I would prefer to keep private at this point, but some of these factors include changing jobs from one gym to another, coming off of a contest prep diet/workout program, and working hard at building my personal training clientele.  It has been a bumpy few months to say the least.  Many days I just do not even want to look at a dumbbell… but, I still make myself train.

Today was no exception… I changed my clothes after training my last client of the day… poured some of my favorite grape-flavored BCAAs into my water bottle and stepped out onto the floor with every intention of destroying my back.  Keep in mind when I say “destroy”, I mean it in a good way… that I planned on completing a very productive and challenging workout session focusing primarily on my back.  I pushed my ear buds comfortably into my ears, located a new dj set that was recorded at a festival in Mexico this past January, and I strutted over to the first piece of equipment that I used today.  I started with lat pulldown and went super heavy, giving myself between 90 seconds to 2 minutes of rest between each set.  I kept looking at the clock, thinking “ugh, I can’t wait to go eat after this,” but I didn’t leave the gym early.

After that exercise, I made my way over to the Hammer Strength plate loaded row machine, which can be done either one arm at a time or both at the same time (but each arm is independent of the other).   Of course, I loaded that machine up with heavy weight and went crazy.  2 of my coworkers came over and noted that they have never seen a tiny little girl like me throw around such heavy weight like it was nothing.  Um…. yea, that gave me a nice boost, I will admit!  So I pushed through two more exercises, all the while thinking about my next meal and how excited I was to eat (ha ha ha)

So, I killed it today… and all day long I was silently dreading working out because my energy levels have not been the same… and look what happened?  GREAT WORKOUT!

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Be Brave

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  – Martin Luther  King, Jr.

One of the most common questions I hear is… “Why are you a Personal Trainer if you have a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering?”… My Bronx-girl-gut-instinct response is not very nice and usually crosses my mind as “who the f*&! are you?”… LOL But 99.9% of the time, the verbal response I typically turn to is, “Just because I’m brilliant enough to have a degree in something doesn’t mean that it’s what I want to do.”

My time spent at Binghamton University was very stressful.  I realized early on that Engineering was not what I wanted to do, but I decided to stick it out and give it my all, never giving up, and I fought for that degree.  There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears poured into my coursework and studies that probably could have been spared was I not afraid of doing an extra semester or two away from home to change majors.  The pressure of being labeled a failure by my parents was also something I could not escape.  Worst part was, I put that pressure on myself, not them.

After joining the “real world” and working in the field, I only cemented my hatred for what I was doing even further.  I was fortunate enough to change career paths and move into Commercial Property Management.  It was a great move and I absolutely loved it.  Within a few years, I had moved up in the ladder and increased my income to a nice comfortable place.  Although I enjoyed living a less financially stressful life, I was actually more high-strung than ever.  The job had become one that was around-the-clock.  Nothing was sacred or off limits according to my employer, and the expectations were so high, it was often very difficult to keep up with the fast pace.

The interesting thing to note was that at no time had I ever felt I truly found my calling. No matter where I worked, I was always getting myself into trouble for being so outspoken, opinionated, and somewhat unforgiving for those not as professional, diligent or hard-working as myself.   I also had no problem letting my superiors know when I wanted them to piss off… LOL yes, I have always been known as a rebel that will only conform to survive and receive my salary.  Well, it was time to get off that train.

In the summer of 2012, it came to me like an epiphany… I was driving to the office and suddenly… BOOM!!! Why was I not doing what I loved to do?  FITNESS!!! I had spent over 15 years exercising religiously, competing, and helping others… It was time to really do something with all of my experience and knowledge.  I realized it was time to create a business… but first… a plan.  I spent the next 8 months studying for my Personal Training Certification, got certified, and looked for a job at a gym.  Then in April 2013, I took the leap.  Said goodbye to Corporate America and the suit and high heels…. and dove head first into my new profession.

It was daring… I was brave… and it has not been easy at times… But I will say that I have had more happiness in the last 10 months than I ever have before.  I’m glad I took the leap of faith and absolutely love what I’m doing.

I have difficult days… I also have times when I wonder…. how I will manage? can I stay within my budget? am I going to get any new clients today?  

I am human after all… and I wouldn’t put on a front saying it’s easy and everyone should follow my lead… Absolutely not.  I am fortunate enough to have a great support system… close friends and my family…. and I do not have children to take care of (yet)….

But I will say this… FOLLOW YOUR HEART… Listen to your instincts… and find your happiness.  If you have any room at all in your life, do what you can…. and BE BRAVE.

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Mind Games – You Always WIN

Believe it or not, you have a say in how each and every day of your life will turn out… starting now, from this point forward.  I’m sure you’re saying to yourself, “Oh, come on! This sounds so cliche, please… just stop it.”… The truth is, if you intend for your day to go well as you are waking up, getting ready for work, brushing your teeth, etc… more than likely, it will turn out well for you.  It’s all about your mindset and how you view things.  There will be times when something outside of your control will occur, but your attitude, and how you react can make all the difference in how the rest of your day will go.  You have a choice… always.

Today, while at the gym that I train clients at, someone within my team was speaking badly about me to another teammate.  It got back to me and instead of me getting upset about it, I just smiled and said, “wow, that’s not nice… at least with me, people always know where they stand.”… and as the words rolled off my tongue, I let go of the mean things that were said about me.  You see, the unkind words were really a projection of the speaker… the source… and had very little to do with me personally.  I just happened to be in the line of fire today.

I allowed the nonsense to roll of my back and I just smiled.  Like the title of this blog… “I ALWAYS WIN”.  No matter what.  And you can too, if you keep a positive mindset at all times.

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Where should I start?

“Where should I start?” is the most common question I hear, especially from people that see a picture in a magazine or an advertisement on TV and get inspired.  My advice would be to first think about what your goals are and write them down.  I would suggest first just getting all of your goals down in a list.  Once you do that, you can prioritize them.  Establishing milestones or checkpoints to monitor your progress can also be helpful, but sometimes, you may get caught up in that or need assistance.  Don’t waste too much time with that though.  Sometimes we are on a path towards a goal, and we may change course, or discover something new as we are on our journey, but won’t know until we start taking action.

The next step would be to think about what it is you enjoy doing the most.  What type of physical activity makes you happy? For some people, it’s swimming, or dancing, maybe hiking outdoors, taking a spin class, or getting pushed by a coach or trainer.  Now, explore your options.  Look into local health clubs, dance studios, karate schools, leagues such as baseball, basketball, soccer, etc in your area.  I can guarantee there is something out there for you that will bring you joy, even if you are not necessarily a “gym person”.

If you have been exercising regularly for years, maybe it’s time to switch things up a bit.  Hire a trainer, take up a new group activity, like boxing for example, or Cross Fit.  There is an endless number of options out there, you just have to figure out through trial and error what works best for you.

So what are you waiting for?  Grab that pen and paper… or open up the Notes app on your phone and start writing down your goals. Let’s Work It Out!

If you need help, send me an email: fitbytiana@gmail.com

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Welcome to the Fit By Tiana Blog

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Welcome!  Thank you for joining me… You’ve stumbled upon my new blog and I am so grateful you have taken the time to allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Tiana Lee Gonzalez.  I am a native New Yorker, embarking on a new chapter of my life and looking to share my fitness experiences with all of you.

I’m relatively new to blogging and I hope that you can be patient while I teach myself how to create a blog that will be inviting, entertaining, engaging, informative, helpful, and pleasurable for you, my readers.  The quote I’ve started us off with is so powerful and one that I think truly embodies what I have grown into as a woman.  I am going through some changes now, as I am embarking on new things.  For example, studying for my Personal Training certification and helping others reach their fitness goals.  The concept is simple, no really.  It is.  If you want something to be different, don’t just sit there and cry about it… do something about it.  If you want more peace in your life, be peaceful.  If you want love in your life, be lovable.  Life does not have to be complex.  Drill things down as simple as you possibly can, and find a way to make what you want come to fruition.

We’ll touch on this a lot more in time.  But I would like for you to mull this one over for a bit.  Again, thank you for joining… until next time!