Thursday, December 30, 2010

Seek Truth

From Elizabeth Gilbert

'The Physics of The Quest' -- a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this...

'If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared - most of all - to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself... then truth will not be withheld from you.'

Thank you Angela and Renee for passing this on.

There is NO success without ACTION

"Achievement seems to be connected
with action. Successful men and
women keep moving. They make
mistakes, but they don't quit."
- Conrad Hilton

Team Barbelles, my current Lean Eating for women group, is just weeks shy of the end of their body transformation contest.

My new group of Lean Eaters are just weeks away from the beginning of their transformative journey.

Thus, the timing could not be more perfect for this quote.

I often say to my clients, "there is no success without action".

If the MIND is the match for success then ACTION is flame. A fire spreads. ACTION produces MORE ACTION - not just within yourself but within others.

At this time of the year, we are full of dreams, goals and motivation. However, all those are just match sticks. You need to ignite and give life, light and energy to those dreams for them to become reality. LIFE, LIGHT and ENERGY require ACTION.

Thus, the next step is the DOING!

Lean Eating is ALL about doing. We continually ask you and remind you of what you must DO to accomplish your goal. Learning is key. Motivation is key. A positive attitude is key. A strong commitment is key. A realistic goal is key. However, each of these KEY elements requires the action for you to accomplish the goal.

You DO and Lean Eating and me as your coach will HELP YOU DO and CONTINUE TO DO.

But you must DO.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Your 2011 Bucket List

I could have called this the Non-Resolution Thread but that's negative... so NOT like me .

I am not a fan of New Year's Resolutions as they tend to die very quickly and by about 3 weeks into the new year they are completely forgotten.

I like to frame the idea of resolutions a bit differently.

If you were FREE of much of the things in your life, your mind and perhaps even your body that hold you BACK from living the life you want and ream of, what would you be doing in 2011?

A Bucket List of sorts, but not for life, but this year.

Let me play along so you can get in the swing of this.

First, some tips:

* SEE and FEEL it

I am asking you to be real and vulnerable to some extent here. Just write it down. Even if you don't want to share it here because it's THAT personal or just because, at least write it on a peice of paper just for you.

Bullet point, just put it down. If you want to then discuss in more detail do that after your list is done.

Do not include too many items as it's a Bucket List for THIS year remember, not life.


1. Create an original peice of art
2. Get organized (home & office)
3. Give meaningfully to others (more and more often)

I have one more, but it's personal (however I have written in my mind). Your turn.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Full Time Lean Eating!

I am thrilled to be able to announce that I am now working full time for Precision Nutriton as a Lean Eating coach.

Precision Nutrition has been an important part of my life and my lifestyle since 2005 and many of my clients have not only benefitted but changed their bodies and lives through PN's Habits of Highly Successful Eating.


I was fortunate to be introduced to Precision Nutrition and the teachings of Dr. John Berardi very early on in my career in the fitness & peak performance industry. I was thrilled that these resources and this community existed at it provided the answers and tools I was personally looking for to reshape my body.


I became active in the PN community very quickly and within a year became a Precision Nutrition Network member so I could teach the habits and provide essential resources to my cleints so they could accomplish their goals.

Not too long after that I caught the attention of the PN team and was asked by John Berardi to become a Moderator and contribute to my own PN Blog. Saying I was honoured and excited would be an understatement. Imagine how you would feel if one of the most knowledgable and impactful fitness and nutrition experts called you at home! It was like talking to a celebrity. Well in our industry, I WAS talking to a celebrity.


My Blogs became very popular and at one time my name was apparently searched more than Dr. Berardi's himself (JB is very modest and didn't mind one bit!). My threads such as Sometimes Less is More and my Training Logs were of particular interest.

In addition to contributing within PN, I also lead my own Peak Performance and Fitness business, Defining Edge. Within Defining Edge I did a slew of different things wthin the industry, all with the underlying goal of empowering people and helping them become their personal best.


However, success can be a double edged sword. The more bodies and lives I transformed, the more that were lining up to get a peice of the success! I am very passionate about my "job" and had a very hard time saying no. I really did want to help everyone. But I am just one person and there are only so many hours in a day.

In no time I was working from 6 am to 9 pm most days of the week and my life became my work and vice versa. There was little division between home time and work time and I felt like I wanted to impact more people and impact them in a different manner.

I had come to learn, in my more than a decade's experience in the industry, that the REAL secret to success was nutrition. Training is important - very important but it was FOOD that really impacts and transforms a body.

Just when I was feeling overwhelmed and stuck about how to help more people and help them better, I was offered a position as a Lean Eating coach with Precision Nutrtion.


It was my dream! To be part of a highly skilled team and deliver the most quality nutrition curriculum - full of integrity and research and results - and to work with more women in a more flexible environment, online.

And now today, I will be doing just that full time.

I am 100% commmitted to Precision Nutrition and beleive strongly in the community and the products and services they offer and the philosophies that they are built on.

I am sad to see Defining Edge be a part of my past, but every client that I worked with in the last 5 years has molded me into a fine Lean Eating coach and has provided important lessons and tools along the way.

Thank you Defining Edge clients for being an imporant part of my own personal and professional journey.

I hope you will continue on your own journey and consider joining either Lean Eating or Scrawny to Brawny programs in the near future. You will learn lots, further transform your physique and we may have the opportunity to work together again!

For my professional clients and colleagues, the Precision Nutrition Certification is a MUST. There is nothing out there that beats it.