Simpatico by the Sea

 

 

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Big announcement!! No I’m not pregnant, or moving back to Arizona. But, for all of you clients whose dream it’s been to live with me, I’m about to make your dream (or nightmare) come true!  

Are you caring for everyone else at the expense of your own health? Do you need help putting on your own oxygen mask again? Or maybe for the first time ever?  

If you want to recognize the woman in the mirror again, then don’t waste anymore time!! Sign up for the Simpatico by the Sea retreat and show that woman in the mirror that she is worth it!!  

(Link below)  

 https://www.ketangafitness.com/simpatico-by-the-sea-retreat.html

 

Out of Comfort Zone

Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable.

Some of my best moments come from stepping out of my comfort zone.  

This one in particular was uncomfortable for many reasons.  I had to learn the art of spinning, get comfortable with cardio, find my rhythm & wow the Soul Cycle judges in a 60 second window. 

Oh & did I mention practicing for this while sorting through & packing up my 3,000 sq foot house to move to a 1,000 sq ft NYC apartment?  

But none of that was as uncomfortable as having to move one week before my husband & daughter so that I could be there for the Soul Cycle audition.    

I missed out on saying good bye with my daughter to the house she’d grown up in the last 15 years.  

Missed out on walking through the empty house remembering the princess birthday parties, the the Thanksgiving dinners, the leisurely pancake breakfasts with Elliana playing guitar in the background, and making s’mores in the backyard.  

Missed out on watching the house get smaller in the rear view mirror as the Penske truck pulled away from the only life she’d ever known. 

So why did I choose the Soul Cycle audition over all that?  Because my daughter said “Mom,  if you don’t go you will always wonder, what if??!!”.  

Running To...

I used to hate running. I wasn’t good at it.

It scared me.  Feeling out of breath like my lungs might collapse wasn’t my idea of fun.  

So I hired a running coach, Andrea Atkins, who taught me form, breathing & more importantly to believe in myself embracing this new running journey I was on.  

I trained with my sister-in-law, Misty,  a seasoned runner who I assumed loved every minute of running.  One hot Tucson summer morning I was almost in tears saying ‘I hate this, I hate this.’ Misty, said “So do I”.

I thought I heard her wrong.  I said “YOU” hate running???  She said “Yes, sometimes, many times;  but I like the way I feel after.”

Then she said “Look ahead.  See that cactus way up there?  That’s what we are running towards.”

Then I did a half marathon.  When I saw the finish line a half mile away I sprinted as fast as I could towards it.

Running is now my therapy.  Moments of clarity come to me when I run.   

This happens to be one of them:  

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My Secret

Everybody has a chapter they don’t read out loud.

My chapter was my weight.  

When I weighed 226lbs only God & my doctor knew.  Then my trainer.  But not one other soul.  

I was ashamed.  I felt weak.  I felt powerless.  I felt out of control on the inside and it showed on the outside.  I wasn’t fooling anybody least of all myself.  

I wouldn’t go to the pool or beach since I wouldn’t be caught dead in a bathing suit.  I avoided reunions or any event that involved people I hadn’t seen in a long time.

 I stopped being in pictures or would hide in the picture.  My daughter was a great shield to hide behind. I avoided going to the doctor since I didn’t want to be weighed.

I stopped living my life.  It shows in my scrapbooks.  My daughter asked why I stopped scrapbooking after her 5th birthday.

 I stopped because my life stopped when I got fat.  I didn’t want to memorialize that time in my life.

You are only as sick as your secrets.  I was very sick when I weighed 226lbs.  I had diabetes, high blood pressure, my triglycerides were 700 & I was on Prozac for PMDD (PMS that makes everyone around you hide).

The layers of fat weren’t the worst part.  I was trapped in my own mind,  A prisoner in solitary confinement.   

Then one day I told my story. And not just to one person but hundreds of people in a talk at my gym when I first became a trainer.  Even worse they had a giant picture of my fatness displayed behind me for everyone to see.  

It was freeing to tell my story, my secret.  I shook, I cried & I blushed from embarrassment as I felt each shackle release.

Afterwards I was bombarded by women who were holding on to their secrets.   They were crying and thanking me for being so brave, so real.  

That was the start of a new life-giving career for me.  

Reading that chapter out loud healed my mind, heart & soul.  I had already lost 80lbs but the 226lb Lisa was still inside me.  

I closed that chapter after reading it out loud. I finally let 226lb Lisa go.  I thanked her for what she taught me, but asked her to never come back again. 

I became a difference maker.  

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Me & Matt

I always thought Matt, my trainer told me, “Do exactly what I tell you & this will work”.  I was shocked when I read this & it was me saying to Matt, “Tell me what to do & I will do it”.  

He always told me it was me all along, that I did this & therefore all the credit goes to me, not him.  So this is me finally owning my power—only took 5 years. 

Thank you Matt & my Alive Family.  I miss you all but carry you in my heart forever. 

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My Alive Family 

Matt in the middle : ) 

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Matt teaching my daugher how to bench press 

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Matt giving me a lift  

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The gym class loser now turned Fitness Director  

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Protein powder

Clients are always asking me to suggest a good protein powder.  This one is great because it has very few ingredients, sugar & carbs in addition to 22g of protein.  

I like to add protein powder to my coffee for a morning latte!

 I mix the protein powder with almond milk to get in a little fat/carb also.   Always thinking about balance when I eat.  Protein, fat & carb at every meal. 

Thank you to my model/client, Dawna for the demo.  That beautiful face & skin is the result of 65 & 1/2 years of clean living, active lifestyle & positive mental attitude.  She is a not only a true BAM (bad ass mom) but also a BAG! 😘

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A Mother's Perspective

I had the pleasure of talking to the mom of one of my "Fit for Life" students and was taken by surprise as she described all the changes she has seen in her son!

  No more giant bowls of cereal every night, no more forcing the hand to be active, no more breadsticks at Olive Garden, no more shopping in the "husky" section & weight loss of over 5lbs!!

She was beaming with pride at all her son's new healthy choices.

He even had a backpack full of healthy snacks for the out of state field trip he was about to go on.  No McDonalds or junk food anymore for this student...he is truly "Fit for Life".

I cannot wait to have the pleasure of dining in the healthy restaurant this student plans on opening by the time he is 25. I am filled with hope for our childrens' future...

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Over 20lbs in 6 weeks!!! Exceeding Goals!!!

Joey transformed his life in just 6 short weeks.  

No diet; just simply tweaking his eating!

 He was already very active playing football. It was just his eating that needed adjusting, so that the pounds would melt away.  

In our sessions, Joey would always go above & beyond.  He is an inspirational athlete.

Joey's mom is featured in my testomonial section, as she leads the way for her family by putting on her own oxygen mask first.  Now she's leading Joey and the rest of her family to a healthier lifestyle.

Something Most Take for Granted...

To all of you sitting at home wishing you could simply walk a store unassisted this one is for you.

 I will never forget this inspiring BAM.  

Love you dearly Lori.  xo

10lbs in 2 Weeks! BAM!!!!!!

Diane met her goal of 10lbs in 2 weeks even though she gave herself 5 weeks to reach the goal!  

We met in the dark at 4:45 a.m. rain or shine, cold or hot...NO EXCUSES!!!!!  

One of my very first BAMs that went on to inspire other BAMs at our children's school!