September 16, 2018

What does it cost to NOT invest in your health?

“I will get fit when…”

Often we say to ourselves, I’ll walk to work, I’ll meditate, I’ll start that fitness program, or I’ll eat better “when… {INSERT HERE}” … when…………..?

WHEN…

WHEN work calms down…
WHEN your kids grow up…
WHEN you free up your time…
WHEN you have enough money…

What if work never calms down?
What if your kids always require your energy?
What if you are always busy?
What if you never invest in your health?

The likelihood is that life isn’t going to calm down.
So why do you keep pushing your health to the side?

Do you ever wonder what if would be like looking back on life if you keep putting the snooze button on your health? It’s not one of those things that maintains itself when put to the side (in fact, what does?). Your health infiltrates every aspect of life. If you want life to calm down before you focus on your health, you’ll always be waiting. Exercise requires us to MAKE time and if we don’t think we have it, to be creative and find a way.

I used to view exercise a chore, but now it’s so much more. It’s a lifestyle; it’s a non-negotiable and even though I won’t be bionic-woman because I exercise, I know that it helps me live the happiest life I can.

Training and nutrition can be such immense signs of not only self-respect, but GRATITUDE FOR LIFE.

This body is a gift.
This mind is a gift.
This spirit is a gift.
This life is a gift.

Carpe diem.

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What if WHEN turns into NEVER?
What if WHEN never comes?

Don’t do it WHEN…
Do it NOW.

“Do or do not, there is no try.” – Yoda

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September 13, 2018

It’s okay to say you’re not okay

R U OK?

It’s okay to say
You’re not okay.

When life’s a raceway,
Or you want to hideaway

It could be your DNA,
Or time for a holiday.

You may have forgotten to play
Or lost your way.

When you feel the world weigh,
Sometimes it’s hard to see past today.

There’s no need to downplay
If you’re feeling in disarray.

It’s okay to say,
You’re not okay.

Before you run away,
Meet me in a café.

I will always make way,
And never slip away.

I won’t write an essay
But I am here for you every day.

It isn’t cliché
To ask, R U OK?

If you’re not okay,
Don’t keep it at bay,

It’s okay to say,
You’re not okay.

September 1, 2018

Stepping into my own, one session at a time

Took my first group session alone at the gym where I’ve been doing my fitness prac and I’m not even happy about it… clearly… 😉

I am LOVING what I am learning about health and fitness – with the best possible teachers (including the group I instruct!). It’s such a joy to see people SHOWING UP for themselves but also for me. Big gratitude and love.

This is a huge step out of my comfort zone, but no doubt one that’ll help me to GROW.

Lessons from this morning are:

💪the power of loving people

💪what a gift it is to learn to LEAD

💪what a gift it is to have genuine leaders to GUIDE me

💪it’s high time to learn the quiet art of LOVING COMMAND…

And help others to grow by ‘stepping into my own.’

I have always been the POLITE one… The NICE one…

But I’m determined to channel my sensitivity and kindness into something strong and switch on my quiet assassin mode – and I’m so grateful for incredible examples of this.

My heart is too big for a small impact.

Stay tuned.

What are you doing that is helping you to GROW?

What’s the impact you’d like to have?

August 23, 2018

Living our healthiest lives is so far from deprivation, it’s not funny.

“Just eat the cake…”

“Why don’t you have a slice…?”

“YOLO!”

When did cake, sweets, over-eating, or over-indulgence become major markers of living our fullest lives?

When did supporting local producers, movement and mobility, cooking at home, minimising waste, and eating quality get the backseat?

Far too often I see “healthy choices” being equated with deprivation and joylessness… and it baffles me.

I see many people being torn down by what can only remind me of tall-poppy syndrome…

We live in a world where junk is often the standard…

And it’s up to us to shift that.

If we only live once, wouldn’t we want to define what a rich life means to us, according to our values, and learn to find joy in eating or moving in a way that serves those values – especially if one of those is FAMILY or HEALTH?

Wouldn’t we want our choices to reflect our values?

Wouldn’t we want the highest quality food?

Wouldn’t we want to push ourselves to great heights?

Wouldn’t we hire the best trainers? Follow the best fitness program?

Wouldn’t we want to share joy that lasts?

“Life’s too short to not eat cake…”

“My grandfather ate cake and drank wine everyday and he lived until he was 94! See, there’s nothing wrong with it…”

Too quickly attitudes like these can lead us down the garden path. A little cake or sweets are fun, but when you look at how much sugar is in almost everything we now eat or drink, it’s important to rethink how we “YOLO.”

Treats quickly become life.

Life’s too short to eat junk consistently. Cake can be nice and if you put the right sweets in front of me, I’ll eat it guilt-free, but I will not attach myself to it because I know I’ll be living my happiest and fullest life without it.

Food is exciting whether it’s sweet or not.

Cake is not the marker of joy, we are.

After experiencing IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for a number of years now with great discomfort when it flares, I am conscious of the choices other people are making and why – and I try to be mindful in how I communicate my needs too, so that people see I’m still laughing.

Be mindful of what you’re communicating.

There’s a chance you’re talking to someone trying to wean themselves off junk food, recharge their mind or body, heal themselves, eat more, or prevent disease; to feel their best. The next time you say “just eat it, what’s the matter with you?” Remember, there’s nothing wrong with them and in fact, they could just be nursing one of the world’s fartiest tummies. So everyone benefits if we don’t aggravate that, trust me!

Living our healthiest lives is NOT deprivation.
Eating the best foods that we can is NOT joyless.
Moving our bodies is NOT a chore.

EACH ONE OF THESE IS LIBERATING.

Each of these is necessary.

That’s my two cents (in a pudding).

To learn how joyful and liberating fitness can be for you, pre-order ‘Fit For Life’ by Daniel Freeman today.

August 20, 2018

3 Things Volunteer Firefighting Has Taught Me

1. Never lose your sense of humour.

You’ll rarely lose your sense of perspective or sense of fun being with firefighters. There’s something truly special about this bunch of humans and I’ll always be grateful to them for their big hearts, as well as the crude jokes and wise cracks. You cannot have a big head in these situations and your pals will swiftly knock you out of a bad mood (or you, them).

2. You’re stronger than you think. Live strong.

It’s easy for the mind to cancel out, to tell you can’t do something, but you HAVE to be as competent as possible on the fireground and be humble while you learn everything you can. There’s no excuse to brush something off as an impossible task and you need to be as fit as a fiddle to handle it or otherwise be strong enough to delegate. A fire won’t wait for your self-talk or excuses for why you can’t scale a mountain! Be strong. Ask for help. Turn anxiety into excitement. You have to push past barriers and believe in yourself – and if you don’t think you can, there’s someone who does.

3. The fire service will change you.

When everyone else is fleeing a bushfire, we’re charging into it (with reasonable caution, trust me!)… and it’s a beautiful metaphor for facing challenges in life and taking care of each other. Each of us is fighting different battles. It’s important for us to look after each other, learn everything we can and look after the planet. I’m learning to communicate better, stay calm in stressful situations, and problem solve as a team… as lives count on it. Being in this service teaches a tremendous respect for Mother Nature, a greater appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit and the value of kindness that shines in this service and community.

I look forward to building these skills and using them in all that I do.

When the going gets tough, keep on truckin’.

August 20, 2018

Is it time to break up with make up?

Is it time to break up with make up?

It was around the time that I was fifteen that make up started to have a stranglehold on me.

I distinctly remember the moment I started to care what other people thought of me and began to feel insecure about the way I looked. One of the girls from my year gave me an eyeliner to ‘lift’ my eyes, when previously I had no concept that they needed it. For many years, I couldn’t leave the house without concealing my face with make up and it became a prison I lived in until recently.

These days, ‘ain’t nobody got time for ‘dat!’

Like Popeye says, ‘I yam what I yam.’

For some, make up is an art form and hobby, but for others, like me, it can become a prison we inhabit too easily and I am so grateful someone shook me from my slumber.

Some might say make up is liberating but when we’re trying to wear confidence with concealer or eyelash tinter, make up becomes one of the quickest ways to wear us down.

Without make up, my skin breathes, I spend less on beauty products, I halve my get-ready-time, I feel happy with my face, and I feel my sense of self-esteem breathes with it. No lip-lift or foundation can build me into the person I want to be, nor can it fill any gaps.

If you’d like to break free from the stranglehold that make up can have, then do it.

It might sound funny but one of the best ways to do so is to start weight training.

No, seriously.

When I focused more on pushing my body (and surprising myself with what my body could achieve), I felt strong, I felt bright, I felt empowered in a way that simply cannot be achieved with beauty products. My face cleared up and I felt clearer in myself.

I can now use make up without feeling like I’m ugly without it and I’m a firm believer that while it can be a nice tool, we need to focus on fitness first.

When we start to feel strong, when we transform our nutrition or surround ourselves with a tribe that lifts us from the soul-outwards, we will find the sense of the freedom so many of us seek.

But don’t forget…

Warts and all, you’re loved.

I’d love to see you feel strong in YOURSELF, as it’s such an amazing feeling when you do.

I think that’s what I’m trying to get across.

As Popeye says, be ‘Strong to the finish.’

August 20, 2018

Why you won’t find nudies here…

Why you won’t find nudies here…

Watching A Current Affair‘s segment on women + strength training got me thinking…

One of the most common ways to gain traction online and promote fitness messages or businesses, is to share half-nudies with abs and booties peaching out. Just check out JP Sears video: https://goo.gl/SBexmU Hashtag #INSTAGRAMFAMOUS!! *

Butt (pun intended)… You won’t find that here, sorry.

The thing is, if I start showing my ass, I don’t want you to listen to me. I also don’t want to show my ass so that you will. I want you to learn to listen deep within YOU instead.

Think about just how confusing it is subconsciously… to see the half nudies of truly BEAUTIFUL women, with the messages that their method is “not” based on appearance and that they don’t adhere to an ideal… when their images tell a different story. While their message is nice, I know for me that scrolling my feeds with images like that does NOT nourish me and I start feeling hints of inadequacy.

What effect is it having on you?

My wish as a coach-in-training is to empower my tribe from the SOUL-OUTWARDS and genuinely promote the positive effects of strength-training, healthy lifestyles, and nutritious eating BEYOND the body and to see YOU as a WHOLE.

It doesn’t sound as damn sexy as it is…

But it damn well is, because it’s YOU.

While aesthetic results ARE a brilliant side-effect of efficient strength training for example, it’s still far too easy to fall into the trap of how your body should be or look – and for me, as the coach, to accidentally promote an unrealistic ideal!

I want to help you find what matters to YOU.

I LOVE to see you feeling EMPOWERED…

LIKE A WOMAN IN CHARGE…

FREE from the mind’s shackles…

Or riding its waves like the surfer you can be!

I want you to see the incredible strength you have.

And as a result, connect with something extraordinary… whether it’s a gift you have, a career, a relationship, if not just the relationship you have with yourself.

You’re worth it.

Won’t you admire you?

I do.

While I am not currently advertising times to train with me while I finish my Personal Trainer course, message me if you can see yourself training with me in the near future or if you’d like to get started straight away, I know people. So get in touch. Email me at julie@juliefreeman.com.au.

July 23, 2018

Fit For Life is now available for pre-order!

Starting the week with all things fitness: work experience at Unearthed Vitality and then onto brainstorming the book launch for my favourite author Freeman’s Fitness Training Studio – Hornsby at the gorgeous local bookshop Berkelouw Books Hornsby, of course! It is a serious wonder to be surrounded by people who truly care about making the best of their lives at the same time as selflessly helping others to succeed, grow and awaken to their own gifts. I can’t wait for you to read the gem Daniel has written! Pre-order Fit For Life now available (click here to pre-order the book).

Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

 

June 22, 2018

Watch out world – I’m a certified Group Exercise Instructor!!

This little duck is proud to announce she is now a certified Group Exercise Instructor!!

Dare I say watch out world!!

And here comes a wall of text…

Last night I dreamt about running a fitness training group session and froze when I had no idea what exercises I was running the group through as I had never heard of them before… may that never happen to me…

I am sure it tells me how much I care about doing this and guiding people right – and how much I have to look after myself to help others as much as I can. It’s been a rougher few months than usual so my focus in months to come will be to find my flow and in turn, hopefully, spread the message that perfection is never the goal; that we are human and that’s part of the beauty of being alive.

Fitness, for me, is about embracing life in all its beauty and chaos; about living with minimal guilt when things don’t go to plan and learning to accept we can only control so much. Yet planning for things to not go to plan. It is about finding our flow and freedom through discipline, and planning for contingencies because we will always be faced with the fairly unknown. That’s one of our only certainties.

When I look at my hands or my boobs or my eyes, I no longer see something I have to despise, to change or cover up necessarily, I see something that I am so lucky to have, I am so lucky to have it/them function as they do – and there’s nothing superficial that can change the worth or beauty of any of that. It is my job to care for those things, love them, embrace them and strengthen them. I think that’s one of the gifts of opening up to the world of real, no frills healthy living and fitness; it gives you the gifts you already have and more. It shows you a power you didn’t know you had and changes the world with a focus on fitness as a way of life, rather than of weight loss or inadequacy that we so often see in the fitness industry.

Strength and resilience are my goals and I will embrace them more again starting today.

Embrace love instead of fear.

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.

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