I was delighted to hear from a few of you in regard to my last blog–thanks for your responses and for your willingness to try something new…ignoring the scale! The scale is one of those things, like social media, that can give us immediate permission to sink into negative thinking simply due to a number. And we don’t need permission to feel good, just do it–without checking on the scale or the number of likes and followers. I’m glad to have elicited some thoughts and agreement, but please feel free to respond if you disagree as well.
Success is a journey, not a destination. And Coaching by G is about being there for you throughout your journey. In this blog, Coach Giulia not only shares fitness training and nutrition tips but motivation and personal stories for inspiration.
“The only thing constant in our lives is change. Aware of it or not, our bodies are constantly changing, adapting to what we consciously or unconsciously do or not do with our bodies, what we give it for fuel or what we neglect to give it for fuel.
At 54, I have gone through many cycles of being in both good and poor condition. I have been training on and off for 40 years with some large peaks, some large valleys, and overall more peaks than valleys. However, in the last few years, I was having difficulty getting into a solid, regular workout routine. Fortunately, I happened upon Giulia.
I learned that she was a coach with multiple training certifications and that she competes. She suggested I come into her gym so she could “push me around a bit” and offered to help me with dietary issues. I didn’t want to go in there being out of shape, I wanted to get going on my own so that there would be something for her to push around. But when I realized that I was not doing anything on my own I decided to give Giulia a go. That was the toughest part.” – Eric Peck, Coaching by G client
Step into 2020 mindful of quality over quantity.
““So, why do you run?” That’s a question that I’ve been asked many times during my 50 years of running. “I enjoy it,” “It makes me feel better,” and “Because I can” are some of the stock answers that I’ve used. Those answers are short and to the point but really don’t express why I’ve run over 46,000 miles, including 35+ marathons and ultra-marathons and numerous shorter races.
Happy New Year!
Stop! Do NOT step on the scale!
Give yourself at least two weeks before you even think about stepping on the scale…even if you already have. Especially if you already have. Because where did that first step lead? Very likely to a mindset of regret and recrimination. Not the ideal way to begin your new year.
“I can’t believe that I’ve known G for almost 9 ½ years. My wife Kathie met G about 11 years ago when G instructed a training class at the YMCA in Oak Park. Kathie then followed her when G opened her Studio on Chicago Avenue. Kathie was so impressed with G that she purchased a training gift certificate for me as a birthday gift a few months later. I had never worked with a personal trainer and honestly thought that her gift was a waste of money. I still remember asking G during my first session if she could just give me a list of exercises that I could do at home. Fortunately, I soon realized the significant value of working with a personal trainer like G.
“I am in my 9th year as a client of Giulia at Coaching by G and in my 80th year of life. I can tell I’m an “old-timer” in her gym when I compare the cap of my Body by G water bottle with that of most of the other members. Their caps are larger and have a groove in them for their teeth. Mine does not. I would never ask for a new one and deprive myself of the status of being one of Giulia’s oldest “gym rats.”
Many people have a strongly held belief that youth can erase the effects of bad habits – insufficient sleep, junk food, poor movement. I (Coach G) specialize in coaching athletic teens across the US and Mexico. I am often confronted with a level of misinformation surrounding the topic of adolescent health that has helped me to clarify key lifestyle tips for athletic teens. First and foremost, know that no person can outrun bad choices. You are what you repeatedly do.
“When I first met with Giulia she asked me why I wanted to meet with her, my response was, ”I’m tired of yo-yo dieting, I’m going through menopause, I’ve gained weight, I’m constantly bloated and feel like crap. She stopped me and then asked, “What do you want?” I had to think about that before answering and responded with “I want to be happy, healthy and feel good about my body” She smiled at me and said that it was time to look forward positively and not reflect back on everything that was negative. This sounds so simple but it was a big aha moment for me because it was time to stop beating myself up and embrace all the good stuff in my life. Giulia suggested food I should be eating instead of restrictions, she encouraged me to be kind to myself, listen to my body and appreciate the little things in life.
I changed my eating, began taking a probiotic, stopped taking certain medications and started to exercise differently.
Within a few short weeks I was sleeping better, pooping better, feeling satisfied with food and overall, happier.
In addition to my own journey, Giulia is now working with my 15 yr. old son and he is also finding a new passion for health and exercise.
She is more than just a coach, she is a mentor and I’m grateful to call her friend.” – Beth Kaplan