Life

In Defense of New Year's Resolutions

I am 12,871.75 days old (as of this writing, 1/1/2019).

Everyone’s talking about resolutions right now, just like every new year.

I LOVE New Year’s Resolutions! I just can’t help it. They’re so fun! I love planning! I love looking to the future, and knowing it’ll be better, because I can make it that way!

That’s why it makes me so sad to hear people say stuff like this, true quotes taken from the internet:

  • Start the year with making a promise to myself that I know I will break and end up feeling like a failure? I'll pass, thank you.

  • Why bother?

  • Nope. Life is hard enough as it is without setting yourself up for failure by making dumb resolutions

  • Mine is to overthrow the puppet regime of a third world country, and then install myself as Grand Poobah! Oh, RESOLUTIONS, not revolutions. Sorry, my bad. (Kathryn: Ok, this one made me laugh.)

(All resolutions from Ask Someone Else’s Mom Column, 1/1/2019. I love advice columns. Don’t judge me.)


What if Resolutions Can Help You?

Why not re-assess your goals and where your life is going? It’s really not much different than assessing and planning quarters, as in the business world.

What if a calendar wasn’t little 30-day chunks that hung on your wall? What if it was a big string of days that kept going from left to right along the way across all the walls in your room, little one inch squares to represent the days with no differentiators of week or months or years?

Stack the Odds in Your Favor in 2019

Merry Christmas! Happy (almost) New Year!

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This is one of my favorite times of year; this down time between Christmas and the New Year! Time to revel in all the happy holiday feelings, and plan with optimism the New Year.

I LOVE planning, and I LOVE New Year’s time.

I don’t necessarily love the idea of waiting until New Year to make improvements. (Eat your vegetables today, obviously. Don’t wait a week. Go for a walk now!)

BUT - I LOVE the unbridled optimism, the hope, and the energy surrounding the New Year. Since it’s pretty much here right now, why not use that to channel your energy into your goals?


Stack the Odds in Your Favor in 2019

This might sound like a big ole “DUH” but the easiest way to reach your goals is to be crystal clear about them. It’s too easy to get through just this workday, this week, or the next little project. Before we know it, time passes and we haven’t really gotten anywhere.

If you are intentional about moving toward goals, instead of passing through time, you will infinitely stack the odds in favor of reaching your goals.


What Do You Want?

What do you want in 2019? This is a big question! Ok, start with this: What is important to you?

Take time to sit down and think on this. Figure it out. Write it down.

It’s ok if you still have questions. The process of figuring out what you want and how to get there is just that: a process. Some things you’ll figure out as you go. Some things require forethought and planning.


Some Questions to Get You Started

Do you want 2019 to be the same as 2018? If so, good! Don’t do anything different. Keep doing what you’re doing.

If you want to be healthier, richer, less busy, you’ll have to make some changes. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you do on Saturday afternoon, when your time is yours?

  • What do you do when you get to do what you enjoy?

  • What’s stopping you from doing that more?

  • If you can’t think of things that bring you joy, look at your calendar and your bank account. Where you choose to spend your time and money is usually what brings you happiness.

  • What have you always wanted to do that you put on the “to do in the future” list (which of course is a moving target)?

  • What do you want to make? Art, woodworking, calligraphy?

  • What did you love as a kid?

  • What kind of legacy do you want to leave?


Write It Down!

Seriously, go write it down! Burn the list later if you don’t like it. Perfection doesn’t matter. The good ideas will stick with you, and you’ll find what you really want keeps popping back in the forefront of your mind.

Email me or leave in the comments what you’re going to move forward with this year! I can’t wait to hear!

Go make 2019 yours!!


On my list: gardening again, painting for fun, and keeping my blog current! (Email me if you have ideas you’d like me to cover!)

If your goals involve fitness and you’d like my help, I’d be honored! I have a workout plan you can do on your own, and I have some morning and mid-day sessions available in the Austin area.

Message me on this page if you’d like to get started!

Homecoming

The Big Move

My first photoshoot (ever) at Hyde Park Gym. I love this one, excessive spray tan and all. 2011. Thank you  Ty Hardin

My first photoshoot (ever) at Hyde Park Gym. I love this one, excessive spray tan and all. 2011. Thank you Ty Hardin

In October of 2017, I made a big move. I left my home gym, Hyde Park Gym, for a new location. Hyde Park Gym was in the middle of a “problem” of luxury: it was busy. We had weightlifters, powerlifters and people pumping iron in what felt like every space of the gym. There was high energy and lots of community. 

So what’s the problem? As a trainer who plans every training session for every individual, I was making a lot adjustments during my client workouts. 

The new gym had a great facility, quality equipment, and welcoming people. I am forever grateful for their open arms and the friendships I developed there. 

But it wasn’t home. 

I decided to give myself the best birthday gift this October 2018, and after a year, I returned home. 

Homecoming

I am back 100% at Hyde Park Gym. My clients are loving the eclectic vibe and the unique community. Some of my clients are returning with me, and some are seeing Hyde Park Gym for the first time. 

The gym has found a balance between busy-ness and availability, and it feels like a step back into the golden years. I’ve not had to wait for a rack, and people work together. My old friends and gym friends are here; like I never left. 

People welcomed me back with open arms and asked where I had been. To some of them, I said I was on vacation for a little while. It’s a time warp, you know. Some believed me, some did not. 

Eleanor the gym dog has the same puppy-like greeting. Brook, the owner, is as supportive as ever. All are welcome, whether elite lifters, or beginners.

The Hyde Park Gym community defies explanation. Everyone eventually comes back to this place, whether to visit or to lift again. Truly, you have to experience it to understand it. 

Thanksgiving

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I’m SO happy to be back. To say that I am thankful is an understatement. I’d be more than thrilled to introduce you to the Hyde Park Gym community if you’d like to find an oasis of supportive and fascinating people in central Austin.

In the meantime, I suggest you find the communities, the tribes, the groups in your life where you feel genuinely and authentically happy. Seek those out on a regular basis, and you’ll see your happiness in life increase.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!


Proud mama feels right here for Emily’s photoshoot. Photography by  Becca Ewing.

Proud mama feels right here for Emily’s photoshoot. Photography by Becca Ewing.

Here too! I adore my client Holly! She and her family are part of the fabric of Hyde Park Gym.  Becca’s  amazing photography again.

Here too! I adore my client Holly! She and her family are part of the fabric of Hyde Park Gym. Becca’s amazing photography again.

Yeah, I know you’ve seen this picture everywhere. I think it’s my favorite. Thank you  Matthew !

Yeah, I know you’ve seen this picture everywhere. I think it’s my favorite. Thank you Matthew!

Tire flipping. Photo by  Becca Ewing

Tire flipping. Photo by Becca Ewing

I seriously love the character of this wall, and this entire building. Also by  Matthew DeFeo

I seriously love the character of this wall, and this entire building. Also by Matthew DeFeo

My amazing group of women at The Chick Workout

My amazing group of women at The Chick Workout

Abby! One of my biggest supporters!

Abby! One of my biggest supporters!

My sweet friends at Hyde Park Gym. What a great group!!

My sweet friends at Hyde Park Gym. What a great group!!

In a Rut? Do This One Thing For a Mid Year Restart

In a Rut? Do This One Thing For a Mid Year Restart

It is fall as I am writing this. If you made New Year goals, you should be in your “after” situation right now. This was going to be the year, you were going to make the changes you know you’ve been needing to. You were going to establish a healthy, disciplined routine.

Did you? If not, start here.

Guillermo builds his strength through remote training

Guillermo builds his strength through remote training

I like to do client spotlights because: A, I am super proud of my clients, and B, real people’s stories fascinate me.

Everyone has a different motivation, background, and natural ability. We can learn so much from other people and how they approach their training and life. For example, Guillermo has a full time job, a girlfriend, dog, and other hobbies. He's not tied to the gym every day, but he has pretty solid numbers and time for his priorities, something we all can aspire to.

San Antonio Highland Games 2018 with Athletic Director Ed Cosner

San Antonio Highland Games 2018 with Athletic Director Ed Cosner

If you are like me and enjoy watching throwing, sport, competition, or maybe have a thing for kilts, you should head to the Highland Games in San Antonio April 7 and 8. 

The San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival brings Scottish Games, music, cooking, and Highland dancing together for a celebration of Scottish heritage. Over 30 clans represent their people and culture in a weekend that is fun for all ages. 

I talked to Athletic Director and former Highland Games champ, Ed Cosner, about the games, his experience throwing, and what you can expect at the games this year. 

ReadyUp Podcast, talking shop about Max's Ride and Lifting

ReadyUp Athletic Podcast

Hey hey guys, I recently had the honor of sitting down to talk with my friend Zack on his podcast, ReadyUp Athletic Development

Before the podcast, I posted this video on Instagram explaining Max's Ride for ALS, a fundraiser I am part of. Shortly after, Zack invited me to be on his podcast. 

Max's Ride

Max's Ride is a motorcycle ride and concert that raises money to support finding a cure. It is in Austin, TX, on April 21 this year. It is fun, family friendly, and welcomes all riders and non riders. Visit Maxals.org to learn more, and please join us! 

ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, strikes people in every demographic, but with a greater frequency in the military population. It is always devastating, expensive, and fatal. 

I know, because my dad had ALS. He passed in 2007. ALS will always be my biggest fight, but that is to be expected. When people like Zack, who haven't had a familial link to ALS, support our cause, I can never properly express my gratitude. THANK YOU Zack and Readyup for both giving us a voice, and becoming a sponsor of Max's Ride!

We had a great conversation covering lifting, gyms in Austin, TX, the fight against ALS, and fun things we are getting into next. 

Listen here, and check out the ReadyUp podcast. It has central themes on lifting, athletic development, and great music, but covers many other topics. 

ReadyUp Podcast Episode 6 with Kathryn Alexander

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How to Make Yourself Take Action: Exercise Minute with KVUE

How to Make Yourself Take Action: Exercise Minute with KVUE

How to make yourself start. If you want to start something you but need a little momentum, start here. Set aside a few minutes for this post, though. We cover some psychology which you can use to help change, and sit down with Erika Lopez of KVUE for the Exercise Minute.