Announcing our new space!!

Friends-
 
A heartfelt thank you for your patience while we renovated the office this past month.  It has been exciting, anxiety provoking, energy & time consuming, and one hundred percent worth it.  I can't tell you how much it means to me to have your support and referrals.  Because of this, we continue to grow and expand our reach and services to others.
 
As of Monday, February 20th, all services will now be at our office.  It is a cozy, functional space and I hope you enjoy it as much as I.  We will have the following tools to train with:
 
1.  Your body weight
2.  Hoist functional cable machine
3.  Water row machine
4.  Kettle bells
5.  Dumbbells
6.  Stability ball
7.  Bands, Bosu Ball, and balance disc
8.  Step-up box
9.  Multi-incline bench
10.  TRX
 
Our space can hold groups of 4 if you are looking to workout in a small group setting.
 
New products:
We don’t guess, we test! 
We have partnered with several new companies to provide clinical testing and product enhancement for our clients.  Many of these companies accept insurance or you may use your health spending account.
 
SpectraCell - Genetics, hormones, blood panels, endocrine & metabolic syndrome
Genova Diagnostics - Gastrointestinal health
ALCAT - food, environmental, herbal & chemical testing
Doctors Data - Gastrointestinal health
Results RNA - Biopharmaceuticals
FullScripts - online pharmacy carrying over 500 products
 
Supplements:
We will stock the following brands of supplements.
Xymogen
Metagenics
Standard Process
Results RNA
 
Up and coming:
In addition to our renovation and increased product line, we are developing new programs for our clients.  In the works are group coaching programs, expanded endurance coaching plans, nutrition & fitness maintenance programs, an athlete ambassador program as well as educational seminars.  Please watch for our newsletters announcing launch dates and availability or contact me directly if you want to learn more.

With gratitude,
Rachel

Surviving Struggle

This past month I’ve worked with a lot of clients in struggle.  We’re talking major life decisions that impact all facets of their lives.  As a coach, we are taught to be objective and empathetic but not “in the fight with you”.  Maybe this is a skill that comes with time, but I’ve clearly not developed it yet.  I am with you in this struggle and I understand what it feels like to have your world turned upside down.  I know exactly what you mean when you feel there is no way out.  You can’t focus on self-care when you’re exhausted from analyzing every thought and decision.

 

Having gone through two major traumas and a third on its way, here is what I can share from my experience.  It’s not perfect, and I’m sure I’ll have to refine it again, but it helped get me safely to the other side.  Bruised, guarded, scared shitless, but I survived. 

 

1.     Call on your “person”.  That one friend who has earned the right to hear your story, who you can trust will tell you exactly what you need to hear, good or bad.  I will never forget the moment my “person” told me the words I needed to hear.  Sitting in Jelly eating donut holes when I finally heard the words “you are a great mother, they will be ok”.  Done!  Floodgates opened, tears started flowing, more donut holes were ordered and I made the decision right there to finally leave my marriage.  That person saved my life and I am forever bound to her.

 

2.     Be gentle with yourself.  This is not the time to start a 30-day challenge, go gluten free, give up alcohol or go back to school.  This is the time to nourish you, physically and mentally.  Slow walks, massage, Nicholas Sparks movie-a-thon, taking a bath, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, sleep and more sleep.  Let the laundry go a little longer, the grass can be mowed another day and call a house cleaner as a gift to you. 

Hold your heart softly and give yourself grace.

 

3.     Exercise.  Ugh, I know, who wants to exercise when they feel like a Mack truck has hit them.  It’s important during this time to reframe the definition of exercise.  What is normal for you now needs to be scaled down quite a bit.  Take the distance of your run and cut it in half.  Drop the intensity of your weight routine and add 10 min of stretching instead of hammering out another set.  Move your walk to the woods and stroll, taking time to connect with nature and earth.  Sit on the side of a mountain and breathe.  Movement will make you feel better.  It will increase blood flow, bringing oxygen to the brain to help with decision-making.  Movement will help you sleep more soundly and it also improves your body image, increasing your confidence to take on your challenge.

 

4.     Nourishment.  Each person reacts differently under stress and our eating pattern can reflect this.  Some have no appetite at all while others crave comfort food.  Some over-eat and others over-drink. Whatever your pattern, be aware of it and do your best to nourish yourself with foods that are light, nutrient dense and as close to source as possible.  Fresh, organic foods, grass-fed protein, nuts and seeds and lots and lots of water.  By providing our body with healthy foods, we will feel better, think more clearly and have energy to survive the challenges you face.

 

To all those in struggle, you are not alone in this.  We are all universally connected in love, pain, fear, indecision, happiness, joy and life.  Breathe and trust that you will survive this.  You may be a different version of yourself, but you will survive.

 

To your health and happiness!