Motivation

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Ask Yourself “Why” And Find Unlimited Energy

What’s your Why? Why are you inspired to get out of bed in the morning and go to work? Why do you work so hard?

Have you given much thought into these questions? Dig into this question, find the
deep reason within yourself that motivates you to be successful and work hard.
Find your Why!

This is something I always help my clients figure out? It a great source of energy
and can be used to overcome obstacles.

I thought long and hard about my Why and I will share them with you. My wife is
first Why on my list.  She is why I work so hard! We are also planning to start a family in the next couple years and I would like for her to be a stay at home mom. With this being said, supporting my wife and children on one income is my driving force to work so hard.  I would also like to be able to travel to see my family in Ohio and my wife’s family in El Salvador, with airfares become more expensive, I would like to have the liberty to get up and go when I want.

Another Why are my clients. They trust me and have given me the opportunity to work
with them to make a conscious effort to change their lives in a positive
way.  The things I teach them have help them become healthier and happier.  I
enjoy sitting and talking to my clients as we co-create their goals and healthy
living plans, not only does it enriches their health but also all areas of
their lives.

These are my main “Whys”. Whenever I find myself struggling to find the motivation to
get to work, I take a moment and think about my Whys and it always gives me
energy to get moving and get to work!

What are your Whys? I’ll give you an exercise to help you find them:Find a pen and paper and write down at least 20 of your “Whys”.  Once you get close to #20 you find who and what is important in your life.  Allow these reasons inspire you to get you back on track of your goal.

When you are having a tough day finding motivation, think about your “Whys” and
watch how it gets you moving!

Chris Chouteau

chris@cutombodyfitness.com

www.custombodyfitness.com

 


Student for Life

Personal Training can lead you to good health

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “knowledge is power”. I also believe that knowledge and love of learning lead to a more enriched and happy life.

One of the beautiful things about life is there are infinite things to learn and you can always  go deeper and deeper into the subject  you desire to learn about.

One of my passions is cycling. For the last 10-11 years I average around 100-150 miles per week and raced competitively for 6 years. I’ve recently decided to race after taking 3 years off.

I decided for this cycling season I wanted to become a student of the bike. In my past I did well competing just relying on my natural power and athletic ability. I didn’t do great but I did well!

I’ve recently started working with a coach who is a world champion sprinter and I realized I don’t know much about sprinting properly. (sprinting is 100% effort at the end of a cycling race) I’m amazing with all my experience riding and racing how little I understood. I’ve worked with him three times and I’ve learned so much. He said I only use 80% of my sprinting ability. This is awesome because I have 20% to learn and improve upon.

This is one area in my life that I am learning and educating myself. Other areas I work on developing are my relationship with my wife, family, and friends, learning Spanish, and working on building my business.  I’m always trying to learn and grow!

We all have this opportunity to grow and learn in all areas of life. I believe that this is a gift life offers us.

Take a minute and think of a baby. Think how everything is new and exciting. They are so curious. I believe this is why we live in this world… to learn, grow, and experience the world!

I think a lot of times people lose sight of how interesting and exciting life is. We become bored and unhappy and start wishing time away. Waiting for the weekend or the next holiday or vacation completely losing sight of all the beautiful things that are currently going on around us.  This is living life with your eyes closed.

Is this you?

It’s ok if it is. The great thing is you can open your eyes and change at any moment.

Start by trying to find the beauty and lessons in life. Look at everything as an opportunity… Good or Bad! Find the lessons… They’re always there

Read a motivational book that interests you. Work on developing yourself.

Know what makes you happy and sad and then focus on doing more of the things that make you happy! This is healthy.

There are so many awesome things we can learn and you can start anytime

Look for the beauty in nature… the song of a bird, a beautiful sunset, the beauty of a tree. If you look for it, it’s always there.

Whenever you take in new information you are learning something new. This is good for your brain and your health. I believe at a deep level we all desire this kind of learning. When you close our eyes and aren’t open to learning new things, I believe discontent and unhappiness set in!

Also make sure to be patience… this is a lifetime journey… the destination does not end… The choices to learn are infinite!  Every day like a clean slate to learn something new and exciting and have a new experience.


Schedule It

OlderCoupleStretching1-300x240 (1)I was having a conversation with one of my personal training clients in Santa Monica about why people fail and what’s the best way to be successful and he gave me some great advise, “Tell You Clients to Schedule Their Training Sessions”!

I’ve been training for over 10 years and I’ve seen many successes as well as many failures. People who are successful are the ones who are consistent and don’t come up with excuses.

As a trainer I’ve learned I have no control over people’s choices! The only control I have is to come up with the right strategy to guide them to make the right choices. I know everyone I train can be successful. It all comes down to how committed they are to themselves and their success.

Schedule your training times every week and make sure they are a priority. Planning does take some effort but it will help you be successful with your exercise goals. Be patience, results come in time with your consistency!

Chris Chouteau

www.custombodyfitness.com

 

 


Clean Out Your Body

FarmersMarketSpreadI started off this year at one of my heaviest weights I’ve ever been at 202 pounds. I had gotten married in September and found myself in celebration mode through the Holidays. As a consequence I gained 14 pounds.

I set my goal to get extremely healthy and  lose 20 to 30 pounds and get back in to bike racing! To do this, I made the choice to quit drinking (my last drink of alcohol was at midnight new years), cut out cheese and processed foods and only eat whole fresh foods. I also make sure to eat light at night.

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Dam Holiday Weekends

SlippingOnBanana-232x300I just weighed myself and found I’m up 7 ½ pounds from the 4th of July week. The reason is because I made poor eating and drinking choices. I must now correct those choices; I will be eating extra healthy and cutting back on calories till I get back to where I like to be.

In my lifestyle I usually eat healthy and exercise so I feel good and my brain optimally functions. This past week I decided to make poor choices and today my energy is low, so I’m feeling tired and sluggish and struggling to write this blog entry.

For example: This weekend I ate chicken wings with beer and a late night pastrami sandwich. To undo these negative effects: Today I’ve had a few healthy meals and drank lots of water… I’m already starting to feel better!

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I Found The Fountain of Youth

Apple-weights-measuring-tape-300x199One of the things I’ve seen as a personal trainer is how exercise and eating healthy changes people. I’ve seen the change when people consistently start to exercise and eat healthy. It’s a positive change and is the reason why I feel exercise is so important to incorporate into people’s lives.

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Enrich Your Life… 3 Steps to Creating

Enrich Your Life… 3 Steps to Creating

ChrisBlogHeadShot-200x300There is always a process to create anything in your life. Whether you want to lose weight, start your own business, buy a new car… there is always a process! Here’s how it goes…

Idea

You first have an idea. The idea is a thought that comes to your mind of something you want in your life. The idea is a thought in the future. You can’t touch and it’s not real. YET! This is also a visualization, or as our teachers would call it a “day dream”. They are thoughts in the future of something you would like to create in your life!

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Are You Accepting Where You Are At?

20091027_9999_111-e1302241245112Here’s my second Video. I talk here about accepting where you are at and it’s importance to creating changes in your life. Many times in my career I’ve seen people who want to make changes in their lives, but are not honest with themselves with their current situation.

Accepting where you are at gives you a starting point. For example: If you have 50 pounds to lose, are out of shape and your health is not good… this is your reality. It can’t be denied… it is truth! I’m not trying to be insensitive here. I know how challenging it is of accepting this reality, and the courage it takes to do so, but it’s very important because it gives you the starting point of where your at, and allows you to set a goal to where you want to be.

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Do You Want Your Kids To Be Obese?

iStock_000012292541XSmall-300x198I know this is an extreme title, but what I’m going to talk about here is important. In the United States obesity has become an epidemic. Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index study in 2009 found 63.1% of adults are obese or over weight. This means that at least 6 out of 10 adults are overweight! There are about 32% of children who are overweight in our country, that’s 3 out of 10 kids! If things continue the way they are, this means that 3 more out of these 10 kids will become over weight or obese at some point in their life, and these numbers are on the rise. These numbers are scary and can be changed if we start to teach and educate our kids on eating healthy and being active at an early age.

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Understanding Habits

OlderCoupleStretching1-300x240 (1)When you are working on creating a change in your life, you are working on changing old habits and creating new ones. It’s very easy to sit and think about the changes you want in your life, but challenging to achieve and maintain them. This is because you have developed habits that need to be changed in order to be successful.

I have trained many clients in my life, and almost every client that I train knows what they have to do to reach their goal, but is unable to do so. Why is this?

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