Tag: healthy living

How Diet Mentality Is Ruining Your Progress

How Diet Mentality Is Ruining Your Progress

Eating is a biological instinct that we are born with. Babies cry when their bodies are in need of sustenance and they stop eating when they’ve had enough. It’s a system and it works, and their bodies are able to function and grow just as […]

Goal Setting for Creating your Dream Life (but really)

Goal Setting for Creating your Dream Life (but really)

Just like your unique state of health, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to goals and goal setting. Small goals, big goals, daily goals, long-term goals, short-term goals, New Year goals, the list goes on and on…and on. I bet you have some goals that you […]

What Transformation Means To Me

What Transformation Means To Me

According to Merriam-Webster, transformation means “to change the outward form or appearance or to change in character or condition”.

A lot of people might think that transformations are small–things like cutting or dyeing your hair, updating your wardrobe, or whitening your teeth. But I don’t think transformations are small at all.

When I think of transformation, I think BIG.

I think life-changing. Not just your outward appearance (which, don’t get me wrong, can definitely be a part of it), but the status of your health as well. I think of completely altering your perspective on your life, of becoming a more positive and happy person, of finally taking the steps to living a life that you once only dreamed about.

You’re either at one of two places in your life: currently undergoing transformation OR constantly longing transformation.

The latter is true for most of us, and it’s a sad truth . Has anyone ever told you that you have potential? Do you realize your own potential? Once you have, you will always be living in regret, UNLESS you move forward and decide to transform your life.  And it might sound big and scary and unachievable, but the truth is that transformation occurs one day at a time, one moment at a time, one small decision at a time. Apple over fries. Exercise over couch. Kind words over negativity. Maybe it’s your physical body that needs transformation, maybe it’s your health, maybe it’s your mindset towards life or yourself, or maybe it’s all of those things combined.

To me, transformation is NEW.

It’s moving toward something you haven’t experienced yet, but that you CRAVE. It’s outside of your comfort zone, it’s trying new things, forming new habits, creating a new you in the best way possible. It’s exciting! It’s taking all of your deep-rooted desires, your inner affinity for greatness, and everything else that’s good about you and intensifying it. Yes, that seems shiny and beautiful and awesome and so why isn’t everyone transforming their lives?!

1) It’s not meant for everyone. 2) It’s not always easy.

Millions of people live their entire life in their comfort zone. But I have a feeling that you’re here reading this because you have a vision greater than that. Part of what makes transformation so transformational (um, yes I did just say that) is because not everyone is going to do it. It’s not reserved for certain people, but only certain people will achieve it. Make sense? And no, I don’t think those people need superpowers like insane willpower and the ability to operate on 5 hours of sleep. They just need a spark, a desire, a want for something BETTER. And will it be difficult? Probably. You’ve been living your entire life in your current state and you will find resistance as you try and change that state. But once this fire has been lit inside of you, it’s even more difficult to just go through the motions day after day.

A transformation of this size isn’t solely for those who need to lose 100+ lbs.

It might be for someone who wants to lose 10 lbs, or 5 lbs, or even no weight at all–maybe you just want to take back control of their health and FEEL GOOD. Your {pending} transformation is so uniquely you, and it deserves a chance to come to life.

As for me? I’m in the middle of my transformation.

I’ve been in it for over a year now, and I’m going to be in it for a while. It’s not just physical–it’s emotional, it’s mental, it’s spiritual–it’s every aspect of ME improving every single day. Even if that means falling and getting back up over and over and over again. If you decide to take this journey, prepare for a lot of that. But if you don’t stop trying, you CANNOT fail. And that’s the most reassuring aspect of all.

The best part? All I did was wake up one day and decide to start.

Sounds amazing but you have no idea where to begin? Ask for help. Don’t go another day living in the limbo of the life you’re in now and the life you want.

What does your transformation look like? CREATE it.

The 3 Real Secrets to Weight Loss (That Don’t Involve Diet or Exercise)

The 3 Real Secrets to Weight Loss (That Don’t Involve Diet or Exercise)

Why are 2 out of 3 Americans overweight? Why are we discovering more and more about the human body, yet, as a nation, are negatively impacting our health more than ever before? Why do people spend months and years (maybe their entire lives!) trying to […]

How I Stopped Eating Cheat Meals And Why You Should Too

How I Stopped Eating Cheat Meals And Why You Should Too

I used to eat cheat meals ALL of the time. I used to restrict myself all week from my favorite things knowing that I could eat them to my heart’s content over the weekend. Then I stopped. Cold turkey. And I haven’t had a single […]

My Story Part I

My Story Part I

Titling this blog was actually the hardest part about writing it. But once I realized that the words I was typing were coming straight from my heart, it was really a no brainer.

This is my story.

If I were introducing myself to someone, I would tell them “Hi, I’m Sara. I’m 22 years old. I live in Denver, CO with my smarter half and two fur children, and I love froyo, yoga pants, and Friday nights spent on the couch with both of those things. I play a ton of sand volleyball, my family is the most important thing in the world to me, and travel is my love language (second only to food). I’m an Exercise Science Degree holder and I’ve worked as a personal trainer as well as a corporate fitness/wellness representative–that’s actually what I’m doing part-time right now.”

The problem with this introduction is that you still don’t actually know ME.

I’m kind of over all of the niceties, so let’s get real.

What I really want the world to know is: Hi, I’m Sara. I’m 22 years old and sometimes I fear that people underestimate me because of my age. I live in Denver, CO with my husband Nathan who is the absolute love of my life–like it kind of scares me how much I love him and I truly pray my heart out every night and day that God will keep this man of mine “safe, happy, and healthy”. I repeat it like a mantra. I truly never thought I would get married so young but I also never thought I would meet someone like him. Moving away from my family and friends was THE hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I still hope that one day we’ll all be in the same place again. I don’t feel super comfortable in social situations, I’m an introvert through and through, and I am pretty much the human embodiment of that meme about relief when plans get cancelled. I actually really love planning but hardly ever stick to what my planner says and that’s even if I end up looking at it throughout the week.  I also love my dogs so much that it scares me to have actual children because wow can you explode with love? I’m actually really lazy and as much as I value health I also daydream about just eating whatever I want all the time and I don’t think I’ll ever look forward to my gym sessions as much as I do sleeping in or eating delicious food or netflix binging and sometimes that makes me feel like a fraud. I really do love sand volleyball and most of the time I play for fun but probably about 20% of the time I’m only there for the workout. I’ve been burned out on it before and am trying really hard to not let that happen again (because Nathan’s love language is volleyball…not kidding).  I enjoyed personal training and I enjoyed corporate wellness but it really bothered me that I couldn’t have a more lasting impact on people further than the time that they were with me in the gym.

I wasn’t satisfied with just making workout plans or meal plans and handing them out like a robot to what seemed like other robots.

I didn’t get feedback from these people until I saw them again a week later (if that!)  and they either reported a “bad” or “good” week. My hour, or minute, or single moment passing them in the hallway wasn’t enough. And in a health and fitness journey, the mental and emotional aspect is EVERYTHING. I wanted to connect with these people on a deeper level, I desired making a true impact, I wanted to know what it meant to them to have a “bad” or “good” week, and what they needed from me to change these thoughts, but I was limited with my resources. I felt trapped.

This led me to want to create something of my own–I would think about it all of the time–my own vision, my own methodology–my own business.

To my core, I believe that health is #1, always. This includes self-love and body positivity–that’s also #1. That being said, there is no one-size-fits-all equation for health, you don’t have to revolve your life around fitness to achieve your dream body, and working out to live and not the other way is what I’ll always promote. Willpower other than in short bursts (and there’s a daily cap on it) is non-existent and inspiration always trumps its fleeting counterpart, motivation. I’ll be the first to admit that #healthishard and accountability and support is what makes THE difference between success and failure. All of that <<< is the heart of Sara Michelle Martin LLC, and it just so happens to be my heart, too. SO that being said, it’s nice to meet you.  Please, if you’ve made it this far–let me know in the comments below!

To be continued…