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.

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 ☕

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