Inspiration for December 2014 – Linda French
When I’m in class, I’m not only exercising my body, I’m also exercising my mind. I’m filling my mind with empowering thoughts.
As a dancer my entire life, I have always been in good physical shape and maintained the same weight for many years. The pressure to look my best and perform at my highest level has always been a big part of my life. Being in my 40s, I realized that in order to maintain the physical lifestyle I am accustomed to and to embrace new adventures, I had to make some adjustments. This is when my attitude towards fitness changed. It wasn’t enough to just do the physical exercises anymore; I also needed to feed my body and mind with healthy foods and calm peaceful thoughts. What I was asking of myself was to find balance in my life so that I could create space for new endeavors.
Being a goal oriented person, I also knew I had to be careful not to take this on as a temporary challenge but to make it a lifestyle change. I realized that if I were lucky, I would be presented with new opportunities for the rest of my life, and I wanted to be ready for whatever was coming my way. The first thing I did was to leave my job of eleven years. I had been on a worldwide tour with Smokey Robinson, performing in an average of fifty shows a year. Although I loved to perform on stage, the travel was taking a toll on my body. Being away all the time also made it difficult to maintain a “normal” life. I didn’t leave my job without a plan. I had already started another career in directing, but, still new to it, I had no idea how it was going to go. There were other dreams and goals in my personal life that I was working toward, and I maintained the same attitude with all of it. Basically, everything in my life was up in the air, but I decided to take a leap of faith to see what would happen. I kept saying to myself, “Be part of the process and not attached to the outcome.” All I could do was to do my work and walk my journey, trusting that whatever happened was the way my life was supposed to be. My new approach to my life journey was based on grace, not force.
I decided that, collectively, juicing everyday, prayer/meditation, being kind to myself, and SC Fitness was the plan. SC Fitness provided the perfect environment for me to move forward. Sandy’s commitment to everyone one in the room is evident. She is willing to share her personal journey, listen to ours, and help motivate us any way she can. She’s one of us! She inspires me to continue showing up because she shows up. During our workouts, she often says, “Your body responds to your thoughts…keep it positive.” Yes! I can’t control much in my life, but my thoughts are mine. When I’m in class, I’m not only exercising my body, I’m also exercising my mind. I’m filling my mind with empowering thoughts. I breathe in belief and exhale doubt. On the mornings I don’t feel like working out, I say to myself, “Just show up. You don’t have to be an A+, just do what you can.” Sandy encourages us to take it at our own pace; this allows me the space to go to class and give what I can knowing that it’s enough for that day.
Being in limbo can be difficult, so I chose to surround myself with people who inspire me and want the best for me. Finding a community like SC Fitness made my journey possible. What I love most about the studio is that each one hour class is a mix of people at different stages of their lives who come together and work as one toward their individual goals of health and fitness with love and support.
Most of you know that Sandy is my sister, and trust me when I say we could not ask for a better leader. Her passion for fitness and empowering people is inspiring. She has always been by my side and will be there for all of you as well.
When you see me in class, know I’m still a work in progress. I kind of like it that way because I continue to learn and challenge myself. Some of my dreams have come true and others I’m still working toward, but my understanding of process allows me to move through life with trust and faith. Like the Rolling Stones so poetically put it, ”You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find… you get what you need.” I can live with that!
You won’t see “before” and “after” photos of me because I feel like my changes have happened on the inside. I not only feel like I’m in the best physical shape of my life, I also feel a sense of balance that only comes from age and experience, and for that I celebrate!! Thank you, Sandy and all of you wonderful people at SC Fitness, for providing a safe place for me to just be me.
In all the years I’ve been in the fitness industry, I have never seen you commit to your fitness routine as much as you have in the past year. You made no excuses, got yourself to class, and always pushed for that last set of reps. I watched your beautiful journey, filled with awe and with a heart full of love for my sister.
I am so proud of you!