April 30, 2018

What is your reason to train? Here’s a snippet of mine


This time of life is MASSIVE.

I’m loving it.

Always a new challenge to face, a new adventure, a new season to adapt to, new people to love, new fears to face, new heights to rise to.

I’m sleepy but determined all at once.

This week’s been amazing…

In my new role at work, I’ve helped to project manage an office move of 2 organisations into 1 and an IT upgrade all at once.

While keeping my head… I think. Keeping friends too, I hope!

ANZAC Day balanced it out with a hike in the bush, time to relax and the opportunity to finish a painting and hang with my man!

P E A C E F U L.

F U L F I L L I N G.

On the side of that, I’ve been doing my fitness prac at Unearthed Vitality with one of the most beautiful trainers I’ve ever met…

Hence this picture.

She asked her squad to take a picture of their guns. To help keep them excited about their gains and all they’re achieving… to keep that ambition and determination. It’s fueling the fire in my belly! I feel so inspired to be a part of their squad as well as our own at Freeman’s Fitness Training Studio – Hornsby.

I’m surrounded by the best.

This is where my heart is.

The prac started a conversation with one of my new colleagues about why I go to the gym, why if I have no weight to lose?

Why would I want to “change you.”

My response…?

I don’t train to CHANGE me.

I don’t train to LOSE WEIGHT or because of inadequacies…

I go to feel STRONG.

I go to feel HAPPY. To keep my mind at peace…

To manage ALL THIS.

To manage my mental state…

To stay determined.

To keep ambition rising.

And balance all the chaos.

Without it, I am anxious… I am stressed.

I lose my drive without my training, without my hiking, without nutritious foods… I lose my happy and I lose me.

When I train, when I eat well…

I feel connected and strong.

I feel determined and driven.

I lose the anxiety.

And it’s because I want to live life to the full…

To lose the fear and live from a place of love instead.

As getting our home in order, learning to lead, and empowering ourselves to empower others it’s what it’s all about.

My colleague said she’s never heard anyone say they want to go to the gym just to be happy, to feel strong or to manage their mental state…

But hopefully it won’t be the last.

It’s time to change the way we look at fitness and our worth.

Something like that!

Keep diving deeper.

February 8, 2018

Why the F$%@ Does She Care About Fitness?

I don’t want to be the same voice you hear over and over…

Telling you the things you already know…

No.

I want to dig deeper.

So let’s.

Did you know I used to hate exercise and I wore my sedentary lifestyle like a badge of honour?

I’d laugh at anyone who thought it was a good idea (I’m a nice person, see?).

Who were these “fit chicks” and muscled-up men, who thought they knew everything there was about the meaning of life because they went to the gym or ate healthy food?

Pfft…

Who CARED!?

That was just SURFACE level mumbo-jumbo anyway…

The things that seemed funny to me were people bragging about their uber weight lifting stats or one of their 100th shot of themselves naked for all to see… believing that was authentic or cool.

(So much has changed! NOT!)

And while some of it still makes me laugh, even if some of it IS surface level mumbo-jumbo, what I didn’t realise then was that it wasn’t necessarily THEM that disturbed me. It was ME. wasn’t taking responsibility for something deeper… something tangled in FEAR and RESISTANCE.

I was one of the lucky ones, because my body got angry at me.

Things began to unravel in front of me.

Basically, I was not completely ill but I was not well either.

I was in this limbo and it was if the culture was telling me that was just the way things had to be.

I was excessively self-conscious when I was a teenager until a couple of years into university. I was squishier than I am now. I lost my breath countless times trying to keep up with my mates on hikes (or even just walking on the road). I remember feeling the emotions of the rainbow, partly from eating blocks of chocolates and downing 11 coffees at a time trying to finish assignments while burning the midnight oil night after night.

I started getting infections more often. I felt sick, lethargic, listless, fat, unhappy, trapped…

Something wasn’t right but who had TIME for exercise? Who had the MONEY for the gym?

Who CARED!?

That wasn’t me.

I was the nerd-non-sporty-chick, not the ripped barbie.

At that age you could have told me ANY part of my body and I could have told you why I hated it. I had pimples. I ate junk that made me bloat (but it wasn’t the junk that made me sick, yeah?!) and I am SURE my adrenals were fairly out of whack – my fault, not anyone else’s – and my mental health suffered.

So much for a one-person rebellion…

What exactly was I rebelling against?

The system?

The gym-rats?

The healthy food?

A little. But more than that, I was rebelling against my truth.

I was fighting to stay SMALL (and no I can’t change the fact I’m 5″).

I second-guessed myself and fought to keep my self-doubt on me like chains.

But something inside me fought to free me from that.

And I am hopelessly grateful it did.

In 2009, I felt something start to shift.

Instead of staying home because I didn’t want to exercise, for fear of turning beetroot red or not being able to keep up, I started moving. I started eating more veggies and less junk foods. I lost 10kgs too.

I distinctly remember a hike, which woke me from my slumber. I remember watching my now-husband Daniel charging up the mountains and looking vibrant and healthy.

I finally felt GOOD moving my body and just as something was shifting in me, his presence inspired me.

He gave me the confidence to step into the gym.

And once I started lifting weights…

I wanted in.

I wanted to say goodbye to the excuses.

I wanted to say goodbye to being left behind, out of breath, incapacitated…

I would only be young once after all…

So it was time to surrender to the journey to fitness. ‘YOLO’ we would now say.

The simple act of stepping into the weights room was the catalyst for transformation.

And I’ll never look back.

 

To hear more about why I care and to make fitness a part of your story, sign up to my newsletter or join Freeman’s Fitness Training Studio in Hornsby!

February 7, 2018

The reasons you can’t are the reasons you must

Have you ever caught yourself saying…

“I can’t afford to eat healthily.”

“I don’t have the time to exercise.”

“I can’t because of my family.”

“I won’t get results because I haven’t before.”

“I don’t know what to do.”

“My pain will get worse if I hurt myself.”

“I need more information about health first.”

“I don’t trust the health or fitness industry because they let me down and I already tried X, Y and Z but I’m back to square 1.”

“I can’t now because {INSERT HERE}…

… Maybe tomorrow.”

We all do it.

I catch myself making excuses all the time.

BUT THE REASONS YOU “CAN’T” DO THINGS ARE PRECISELY THE REASONS YOU MUST. Not tomorrow. Not next week.

TODAY.

You can’t afford to put your health off until tomorrow.

You’ve lived a life in pain long enough.

But let me tell you, you can’t do this alone.

One day, Daniel cut through my BS for me.

He almost didn’t have to say anything at all, except BE himself.

His glorious self, standing strong in his choices.

I can barely describe what he evoked within me… but he led me down a path I’m glad to walk.

I stopped making excuses for not exercising.

I stopped making excuses for not eating the foods that served me.

I stopped staring at my body in anguish.

His energy, presence and respect led me to want to give the same back – not just to others, but finally myself.

He accepted me as I am but taught me to dream bigger for myself.

To cut through my own BS…

And learn to accept myself as I am.

I started loving my body.

I started serving my mind.

That man gave me some of the greatest gifts of all…

LOVE.

GRATITUDE.

RESPECT.

PRESENCE.

GRACE.

Without the fluff.

He awoke a gratitude for the body I have and the ability to live bigger, happier, fitter.

His intense faith in me gave me a reason to try harder.

I didn’t know it at the time, but my body and mind were capable of so much more, even if I didn’t trust me or him.

And whether I believe it or not, he’s always right.

“The truth will set you free.”

What do you wish someone would show you?

If you need guidance to finally break through, I call you to step up.

PM Daniel Freeman or I right now to set up a chat to cut through the crap and set the foundations for lifelong success.

Not tomorrow or the next day. TODAY.

You’re worth it.

And if this story resonates, in the spirit of us not being able to do this alone, I ask you to PLEASE SHARE THIS.

Freeman’s Fitness
www.freemansfitness.com.au

January 30, 2018

Face the Flames, Step into Your Power in 2018

A little like life… 🔥

It is funny, the tale or metaphor this picture tells.

In this photo, you may see a bush submerged in flames and smoke; a chaotic, suffocating or dangerous environment without reprieve.

Or you may look a little closer.

If I hadn’t made the decision and walked where I did to take this photo, I too would have stayed in there, eating smoke and feeling fairly uncomfortable (cue sting-y eyes and ash in my face), wondering at times whether I would find relief. Instead, I found burnt country where smoke wasn’t engulfing me and felt the serene breeze and somewhat fresh air in my face, enabling me to take off my mask and goggles and look at the beautiful blue sky with freed airways, just a few steps away from the smoke.

Right now, some things feel like the situation the truck is in, where it’s hard to see the forest for trees sometimes, but I am doing my best to stand outside it, look at the situation and realise relief is just meters away from me at all times. And work to make it happen. My reprieve is here with me; my spirit gives me calm.

It’s like managing a panic attack, a child’s tantrum, an emotion, a fire, a death, depression, an argument, an artwork, sickness, weight loss, anything that’s pushing your spirit even if it’s joy!… It’s like many challenges you face. Any time resistance pops up, take a breath. It doesn’t mean the thing has any less meaning or that it doesn’t need your attention. More than likely it does.

But if there’s anything firefighting – and many experiences – has taught me, it’s to step outside to gain perspective to face the challenge and come out on the other side.

Relief or success or happiness or light or whatever you really need may be just a few more steps away.

Look around you. Move. Never give up.

Face the flames. Sign up to the 12 month Fit For Life program with Freeman’s Fitness Training Studio in Hornsby. Call Daniel on 0422 866 874.

 

December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas

As most of us wind down for the year, it’s important to take stock and remember how far we’ve come this year.

This year I finished my Nutrition Coaching Certification with Precision Nutrition, I launched my website and started my Cert III and IV in Fitness…

In other words I made a decision to give the fitness path a red hot go.

I studied Media at university and I’ve been in marketing and social media roles ever since…  which, on the surface, may appear counter to my new “direction” in fitness but I don’t really know that it is.

Fitness and health impact every area of our lives but more than that communication, media, marketing, and social media, are all so connected to everything that we do now that I am grateful to have had the experience in that industry at all (as much as I need to get away from the computer).

Each day we’re given the opportunity to change someone’s life and I’ve decided that one of my next steps is to put my thoughts into a book to try and both articulate what I’ve learnt so far and hopefully guide others into this realm.

Many times I’ve felt that I am not good enough or experienced enough to write a book or to train others, but I remember that we are all beginners at some point and I would be doing a disservice to myself and others if I were not to use my skills and my passion AND my unique experience – working behind the scenes with my husband’s gyms and caring about fitness for many more years than it’s taken me to start studying it – and I know it’s time to embrace the power of communication, because that’s how transformation occurs.

If you’d like to train with either my husband or myself in the new year, please click here and we’ll be in touch to see if we’re a good fit.

Before I sign out for the year, I just want to let you know how grateful I am for your endless support, love and passion. It’s truly a blessing to have people who care about this mission as much as I do and to share my love for moving  bodies and coming home in a world that dares us to disconnect.

Christmas can be a hard time for many and if that’s the case for you, I send you warmth and love. For me, it’s a beautiful time of year and I feel deep gratitude for all the lessons and experiences of a year that’s soon to come to an end.

Merry Christmas (or rather, Merry Fitmas!) and may you and your loved ones have a happy, blessed, prosperous, and healthy new year. Thank you again.

With love,
Julie

October 25, 2017

My Radical Self Care Story

My stairway to heaven…

In February I embarked on a journey I wanted but didn’t realise how much I needed.

After an unexpected turn of events in November last year (and a few big years of shifts) and months of crippling self-doubt, it was clear in February that I was continuing to harbour strong anxiety inside me. It was showing in things like chest tightness and stress, digestive issues, an inability to concentrate, and beyond. I would often wake up with a sinking feeling of failure before I had even begun my days.

I knew I needed meditation and self care but I was stubbornly refusing to listen to my cues.

On the brink of burnout, I began a 28 day Radical Self Care Project.

Sydney yoga teacher, yogapreneur and yoga mama Kate Alexandra (@K8alexandrayoga) guided a beautiful group of women and myself through soul-nourishing self-care prompts, lessons and stories.

Each day of meditation and journalling helped to put a new fire in my heart and calm in my belly. I had begun a journey like this long before, but this was different. Connecting with other women and meditating to the serene spirit of Kate transported me to the place I needed to be and helped me to detach myself from my thoughts that, uncontrolled, spun around my mind like bees and distracted my peace.

I am blessed to say that I haven’t experienced anxiety like it since.

Any time I feel the pain of stress or the anxious tightness in my chest, I seek out Kate’s otherwordly meditations, like the yoga nidra that helped me surrender and come back home.

I still have moments of anxiety but I know that I can come back to this anytime.

I deeply care about our physical wellbeing (and I’ll talk about that more soon), but our emotional and spiritual health are equally entwined with creating our ultimate body, mind, spirit equilibrium.

Us women, we’re blessed to have beautiful guides like Kate in our world and I share my journey in hopes that it may inspire you to celebrate and support the launch of Kate’s Radical Self Journal. To support not only Kate but to dive deep into your own self-care practice, go to https://startsomegood.com/radical-self-journal

We need your courage and compassion, so let’s bring this baby into the universe.

To find out more about Kate, go to my podcast with Kate during the Radical Self Care Project in Feb.

October 24, 2017

Do you feel you’re not good enough?

I hope you don’t mind me getting this off my chest but…

You do not need make up or eyelash tints to look beautiful.
You do not need to lose a million kilos to be loveable.
You do not need to starve yourself to be good enough.
You do not need tanned skin to be noticed.
You do not need a “toned” body to be desirable.
You do not need to be stylish to be valued.

You are beautiful and exquisite as you are.

I hate to see you putting yourself down but I’ve been there.

Whatever “it” is that you chose to pick on – whether it’s a blemish, birthmark, eyebrow, hair, bum, tummy, legs, face, nose, height, skin, weight, figure – is a unique part of you: a unique human, living organism and expression of your genes, epigenetics, environment, nutrition, hormones, personal and world histories, families, ancestry, psychology, interests, passions, food, your habits, choices, and life stories… ad infintum.

Isn’t that pretty special in itself?

Many products marketed in the beauty and fitness industries imply that you LACK something or that you’re made up of IMPERFECTIONS that need to be fixed, when that’s not true.

They do not teach you to fundamentally value YOU.
They do not help you explore what makes you UNIQUE.

But I know someone who can.

Through strength training, nutrition and personal development, I’ve never been taught what I lack. Instead, I’ve been taught self-acceptance, self-compassion, self-confidence, and self-expansion.

Instead of focusing on a certain way I want my body to look, my trainer taught me to focus on building my strength.

Instead of focusing on my inadequacies, my trainer taught me that my body could do far more than I ever imagined.

Instead of focusing on being “beautiful”, my trainer taught me to concentrate on my health, nutrition and happiness first.

The guy who helped me with all of this?

His name is Daniel Freeman.

My PT opened me to this world, and he can open it to you too.

Train with (either of) us!

www.juliefreeman.com.au/train-with-me

www.freemansfitness.com.au

Freeman’s Fitness Training Studio – Hornsby.

October 11, 2017

When darkness turns to light

When life doesn’t feel like a gift, do not give up.

Too many of us suffer alone in the deafening silences of mental illness and other debilitating ailments.

I see it often and I am sorry if that’s you.

But please know…

You are strong.
You are beautiful.
You are brave.
You are kind.
You are funny.
You are learning.
You are worthy.
You are important.
You are loved.
You are valued.
You are smart.
You are courageous.
You are light.
You may even be sexy.

In all, you are a gift. Maybe it’s time you knew it.

If you’re suffering, I hope you’ll make a step to talk to someone and seek guidance.
Healing is within reach. It is possible.

Know it is not at all shameful to ask for help or to admit something’s up. It is an act of courage.

We are human. Not machines. Connection’s an innate desire and driver for us all…

And though it mightn’t seem like much, there’s a fiesty five foot zero lady (this weirdo) ready to fight by your side, at least in spirit. ?

That is my promise.

If not, I will do my best to find a better warrior to fight with you; even the warrior within. It’s there.

If nothing else makes sense including my ramblings, I just want to send my love out to you and hugs if you like those.

Or I ask my human kindred spirits to do something kind for anyone they encounter today, tomorrow or any day, because we simply do not know each other’s battles.

I can’t fix anything. I can’t change the darkness. I can’t always deal with my own. I can’t light the way but there’s possibility in you.

I have hope. Take some.

Take care of you.

Or give me a call for a cuppa on me ☕

September 11, 2017

How I discovered weight training

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (well actually, just around the corner), a little girl named Bub lived by the bush with her big brother Boss.

One day, Boss decided to recruit Bub in a master plan.

When their mother wasn’t looking and he knew no one was home, Boss took Bub to their neighbour’s house and showed her the bounty of treasure he had discovered…

“We can’t steal these!” she said with a frown.

Although they were quite something, little to Bub’s delight, she would soon become a part of her brother’s master plan.

When the day came to steal the golden treasure, Boss carefully said to Bub. “Listen. When mum is in the kitchen, we’ll head over to the neighbour’s house,” he said. “And you help me bring the treasures over the fence and back to our garden, here, where no one will find it.”

Many times during their robbery, Bub jumped at any sound and looked to her brother to abort mission but he didn’t budge.

As the sun set and most the treasures had been placed in their garden, Bub heard their mum calling for dinner. Not only was she calling them for dinner, but she had come outside.

Bub panicked, “What if Mum finds out that we STOLE these!” But Boss just shook his head and continued to work, leaving Bub frantic to get back over the fence.

Even though all the treasures were not yet in their garden, she quickly climbed over the fence to their house, leaving Boss to get in trouble (because it wasn’t her idea!)

But just in the nick of time, Boss made it back.

Until one day, when Mum discovered the hidden treasures.

“Do you know who these belong to and how they arrived in our garden?” she asked Boss and Bub.

“No,” both Boss and Bub said, shaking their heads.

“That’s odd,” she said.

Soon enough, Mum went over to the neighbours’ houses to see who owned these strange treasures and why on earth they were in her garden… Bub sat biting her nails, but all their neighbours were none the wiser.

Except the neighbour who’s treasure who had been stolen, who said nothing except, “Don’t need ‘em.”

“I guess you can have them,” Mum said to Boss and Bub.

Boss looked at Bub and they quickly ran out to the garden to the place where rested their golden dumbbells, the silver barbell and a few more treasures for Boss’s first home gym.

And that, my friends, is how Bub first discovered weight training.

August 28, 2017

Three exciting developments: a new gym, a nutrition coaching certification and a PT in the making

I AM EXCITED!

Since completing my Precision Nutrition coaching course, I have now begun my Personal Training Certification with The Australian Institute of Personal Trainers. Wahooooooooo.

I am doing it because long ago I felt a nudge to do this for YOU and I haven’t been able to budge the nudge since. And I hope to be the best I can be to guide you on this path.

I am SUPER passionate about seeing you live your healthiest lives with your own flavour of enjoyment and fulfillment, and reaching your gifts and personal power because I know, I see, I feel it’s life- and earth-altering… Powerful AF. I mean it.

It takes courage. It takes grit.

And I LOVE to see you owning things you never knew possible or that you’ve always wanted to achieve.

That’s what fitness and nutrition have done for me and I know they can for you too… in your own unique way.

Over the weekend I helped my husband move his Freeman’s Fitness Hornsby gym to a new and improved fitness studio and I am one proud wife knowing he cares this effing much to make this place where people get fit. Maybe it doesn’t seem earth-shattering but to me it’s seriously cool.

First workout in the new studio this morning and I am pretty pumped not just about the new digs but THIS REALITY that many more people are about to be a part of: a serious movement of positive change.

No matter how your health is currently affecting your relationships, your work efficiency, brain power, sickness or injury, your impact on the environment, or your minds and bodies, or your self-confidence – positive choices and change start with one decision to ACT and commit.

And I want you to make uber healthiness a reality for you and your family.

Will you?? ???

I hope you enjoyed my babble and have a beautiful start to your week!

To book in for semi-private or private personal training at the new studio, message me julie@juliefreeman.com.au or Freeman’s Fitness by clicking here. Be assured my hubby Daniel Freeman is way cooler than me! I can’t wait to see you in the gym.

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