13 things I love about 2013

So here’s the thing… 2013 has been a BITCH of a year. Like, seriously…every couple of weeks or so something or someone has thrown a huge big spanner in the works of either my business or my personal life. HOWEVER, 2013 has also been one of the BEST years of this century for me so far… and here’s 13 of the best moments of my year.

There have been MANY more than 13 awesome moments but here’s my top 13…in no particular order…

1. January 2013 – Launching my first EVER 30 day nutrition program – NRG30  and ran my first ever groups from January through to March.  I spent the back quarter of 2012 testing and re-testing and changing and re-testing this 30 day program to get it just right. I ran an information night where people who were interested came along and I presented to them my program. I was nervous but mostly excited because my first group of 10 people actually became close friends and some of whom I would now class as my best friends in the world! Inches were lost, fat was blitzed and the program was a huge success and carried on this way until August 2013.

Our online fat loss program

Our online fat loss program

2. Personal Training in Block 9 Health and Fitness and also teaching Body Combat there too. I have met some pretty inspirational people since starting to work there – including people who have since become great friend and colleagues. This gym is different to ALL OTHER gyms in the area in that the guys who run it are proper REAL people who are in it for real hard work and real results whereas the other local gyms are just full of egotistic trainers who like to stab each other in the back. Walk in to Block 9 and it instantly feels different, hard work is being done, real hard graft with functional training equipment and not an ego in sight (well, apart from maybe one of the other personal trainers but they don’t really count!). I can’t thank Nick & Paul enough for having me as a trainer and putting up with me over the past year. It’s been a great year for business and I wish them all the best of luck for 2014.

 

3. Seeing Rihanna live at Stadium of Light Sunderland with one of my best friends was by far one of the best moments of my year – if not of my whole LIFE! I had seen Rihanna before in Glasgow but this was a whole new level. We queued for nearly 9 HOURS and managed to get to the front of the stage right at the barrier – in front of 55,000 people. It was absolutely immense!  Julie & I drove down to Sunderland and stayed overnight after the concert. It was just absolutely one of the best days EVER. Enough said!

Me and Julie at Diamonds World Tour Sunderland Stadium of Light

   Me and Julie at Diamonds World Tour Sunderland Stadium of Light

The photograph I caught when Rih smiled at us. Epic.

The photograph I caught when Rih smiled at us. Epic.

4. Our 3 Hour Body Combatathon Event at Broadwood Stadium this year was another highlight. Almost 100 people signed up for this event in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphona Research and yet again this year it was a roaring success. Me and my team of instructors and also my friends worked so hard to make this event possible and I’d like to thank every single one of you for all your hard work. Rock on 2014 to make it even bigger and better than before!

My sister, me and my Mum

My sister, me and my Mum

Some of the action packed day at the Combatathon

Some of the action packed day at the Combatathon

5. My mum’s surprise 60th birthday party in the garden with all my family. It was hard to keep it a secret for so long but me and Katie my sister actually managed to pull it off!!! All the family and my friends attended and it was a great day. My mum Wee Jo looks awesome for 60 let’s be honest.

My best friends and I with my mum at her 60th Birthday party in July.

My best friends and I with my mum at her 60th Birthday party in July.

5. Seeing Rihanna at Manchester MEN Arena with my friends Niela, Sachin and Fawzia. YES – I went to see Rihanna AGAIN, and they BOTH make my top 13 moments of 2013 because, well, it’s true! We had a ball and again we queued outside the arena for HOURS, fought numerous hardcore Rihanna Navies for a spot at the front barrier again! We got to stand with Rihanna’s personal trainer, her makeup artist, her best friend Mel Forde and we even got made to dance by her hairdresser! It was fun. A day I will never forget!

Niela, Sachin, Fawzia and I at the barrier waiting to see Rihanna at Manchester MEN Arena

Niela, Sachin, Fawzia and I at the barrier waiting to see Rihanna at Manchester MEN Arena

6. Losing a teaching contract at a local leisure centre. Yeah I know you’re all reading this thinking… why is that a highlight of 2013?? Well let me try to explain. I’m awesome at my job, and although that might sound big headed, I’d like to think it was true. I’d also go as far as saying that my coaching when it comes to group fitness AND personal training is of the best in the area. Losing a contract that I had for over a year for classes I had built up from nothing, with regular customers who loved my coaching really tore at my heart strings. I even cried at the end of my last class there. Not because I was leaving the place, but because I was leaving teaching a class full of people who really meant a lot to me. BUT – the support I received in finding a new venue, and the overwhelming support I received from ALL of those class members in trying to reveal the truth in a somewhat conspiracy theory was absolutely amazing. To all those who fought for the truth to be exposed for me – I would like to thank you. I am a stronger person for it – and I have now risen WELL above it and I feel seriously positive that this move was one of the best moves I was forced to make in 2013. So to the person who lied about me, THANK YOU. To the person who fueled the fire – THANK YOU. May you make peace with your sad, pathetic lives. I have moved on.

7. My cousin Anna’s wedding at New Lanark Mill Hotel was by far one of the best moments of 2013 for me. Growing up together we were at times inseparable – from being mistaken for twins, to talking about boys (LOL) and more recently to “going out for dinner” and coming home 2 litres of red wine and a bottle of gin later. We’ve both had our fair share of dramas and I think it’s safe to say that neither of us have had an easy ride – but on that day everything just fell into place for Anna and it was perfect. Congratulations big cuz, at least one of us became sensible eventually! It was also just amazing to get away for a full 3 days to a stunning part of the world which just happens to be a half hour drive away. We hired a few water cottages along with the rest of my family, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and it was so good to just chill out and enjoy each others’ company. These are rare occasions nowadays with all of our family lives and work loads. I am so thankful for this occasion.

My gorgeous cousin on her wedding day.

My gorgeous cousin on her wedding day.

8. Meeting Niela – we met in February as she joined my NRG30 program and I honestly can’t remember what happened after that other than within the space of a few weeks it was as though we’d known each other for years! She, along with my other two best friends Julie and Jen (who by the way I met in 2012! LOL) are the reason I am still sane today. I don’t think I really have to go into detail because we both know how much you have helped me and how much I appreciate it. Even if I am only your pal because you cook amazing food… but I’ve never actually told you that before…. 😉

Niela & Me

Niela & Me

9. My friends… I think this is a natural progression from number 8 above. Although I have a large circle of friends of whom I absolutely love to bits, I have three very close friends who know me better than anyone else in the world (apart from probably my mum!). For the first time in my life, I have people who I can trust with literally ANYTHING. Friends who are so genuine, trustworthy and would literally do anything for me at the drop of a hat (right girls??). I love you all so much you have no idea.

My best friends in the whole world.

My best friends in the whole world.

10. Meeting Nathan, Claire and Kate along with other trainers from AustraliaWOW! which has become a whole new world for me, and a whole new dimension to my business Walk the Talk Fitness. Thanks to Nathan Hague I have learned VAST amounts about online marketing, social networking, Facebook marketing, online personal training and also basic life stuff like how not to give a FUCK what people think about you, your business or your marketing. Oh and how could I forget he taught me how to be confident in front of a camera, what a green screen is and he’s also responsible for all my random YouTube clips too!  Claire has helped me no end in setting up my online products as well as providing us all with holiday brochures for our AustraliaWOW world tour next year! And to Kate over on the Sunshine Coast in Australia – she’s like a clone of me on the other side of the world!! We have the same values, business mentality and sexuality – which, is of course important when you’re running the FIRST gay & lesbian ONLY health and fitness company in the WORLD! Proud to be a Pinkfitz trainer and can’t wait to meet you in 2014 when I hop over there to enjoy some outdoor beach workouts. Thank you for helping me take my business to another level.

Online Training launched August 2013

Online Training launched August 2013

11. Les Mills GFX03 in Sheffield in November was the highlight of my group fitness calender for the year. My third trip to England in 2013 (well, I didn’t get out of the country this year so this was the next best thing!) We had a fun road trip down to Sheffield and stayed for a couple of nights whilst attending a full day of group fitness classes with 1000 other instructors and participants. I took some friends with me too – it really was a challenging but fun day and we all had a brilliant time! BRING ON GFX04 in Glasgow in March 2014. Cannot WAIT!

Our GFX adventure in Sheffield

Our GFX adventure in Sheffield

12. My Les Mills GRIT & Sh’bam module training – okay so that’s technically two things but I’ve rolled them in to one. Les Mills GRIT was probably the toughest two days physically that I’ve ever had. My body was pushed well past its limit and I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of it. Secondly – Sh’bam module training – WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT?? After a nervous start, I finished the two days feeling quite proud of myself that I could not only dance a wee bit, but also teach it and have fun doing it as well! The Sh’bam launch at Emirates arena in July was just awesome. Physical challenges are just the best feeling in the world. Thanks to Marcus and Trish – my trainers for both modules.

Sh'bam module training

Sh’bam module training

13. I have taken care of my body and my nutrition for the first time in my life. I undertook a course on advanced nutrition and weight management with Dr. Gary Mendoza and gained a level four certificate in this field. I can’t explain in words how amazing this course was and how big an impact it made on my life, and the lives of my clients. I have learned how to nourish my own body to provide me with optimal health and wellbeing for the future. I have also tweeked my own nutrition so that I can perform at my best level at all times. In my classes and in my own training.

Thanks for reading – next blog to follow with 14 big dreams and goals for 2014. I’ll finish off with a few photos from the past year….

Taking selfies on Snapchat as usual....

Taking selfies on Snapchat as usual….

Friends at Jen's 30th birthday party

Friends at Jen’s 30th birthday party

My whole family at my mum's 60th party
My whole family at my mum’s 60th party

My wee favourite gay Lauren :)

My wee favourite gay Lauren 🙂

Best friends at Niela's 30th birthday party.

Best friends at Niela’s 30th birthday party.

Julie is special. She's my best friend in the world. She helps me with everything, she does my dishes, she's there for me whenever I need her <3

Julie is special. She’s my best friend in the world. She helps me with everything, she does my dishes, she’s there for me whenever I need her ❤

Gorgeous Jen - aka "Most Sensible Cob" Love you wee Jen Cob x

Gorgeous Jen – aka “Most Sensible Cob”
Love you wee Jen Cob x

4 corns in a cob. Couldn't live without them.

4 corns in a cob. Couldn’t live without them.

 

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Frenemies.

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I’ve got a question to ask the universe.

Why can’t we all just get along?

A string of events recently has left me feeling not only speechless but also disappointed in the people around me who, although never “friends”, should have been there for me in tough times but weren’t. This is not going to be a negative piece of writing because for me, I believe that everything happens for a reason – sometimes it just takes a little bit longer to figure out what that reason is!

In my industry, the personal training and group fitness world – it is, like any other industry, a dog eat dog world out there! (For want of a better expression!). I am surrounded by other personal training businesses, and I have literally HUNDREDS of group exercise instructors around me. Some of whom I would call friends, the vast majority who I know by name only and have met only once or sometimes never, and then a very small number (of which I could count on one hand) who have judged me by listening to the lies and opinions of others. I know for a FACT that I could go to any one of these hundreds of group exercise acquaintances and ask a question – and I would have the answer virtually the next minute. Probably followed up by a chat about how our classes and training is going. No dramas. Thankfully that’s how it works in our industry the majority of the time. BUT. There are individuals that are literally next door to me, who I see week in week out, that I simply can not connect with. Why is that?

Why can’t we all just get along?

We’re in the business of wellness, health, fitness and lifestyle. Whether we like it or not, the decisions we make on a day to day business about how we run our classes, and training sessions will affect the lives of those around us. With so much new and innovative research out there on topics such as nutrition, lifting etc, of course there are bound to be differences of opinion – we are human beings – we were not all programmed the same. If you feel really strongly about something someone has posted on social media or written in a newspaper or spoken verbally – why not face that person and ask their reasons behind it?

What happened to good old fashioned talking through issues with people face to face?

In the past 4 weeks or so I have been coming to terms with the fact that a small number of people who should be my allies are in fact, my enemies. People who work in the same business as me are, instead of helping me to help others, are going out of their way to stop me from doing what I love. Shocking, isn’t it?

So why is it that we can’t all just get along?

I have done a lot of thinking recently. The more I think about it, the less time I want to allocate to thinking about it. Yes I have been treated very unfairly, yes it is extremely disappointing that people who should want to help me, have instead turned their back on me.
It makes you paranoid.
What have I done wrong? What is wrong with me? You start to question your every move, your every post on social media – you start to wonder if it’s worth being honest anymore – for fear of your words being twisted and turned. I’ve been anxious, mildly depressed, not eating as well as usual, procrastinating, uninterested in things that normally interest me, and well… NEGATIVE. I don’t want to be negative! I am allowing people who, DON’T EVEN KNOW ME, to control my actions and feelings!

The true story is that, a persons’ actions towards you are a true reflection of their own problems. I am not the problem here. They are. I am not the one with the problem here. They are. So I keep telling myself, anyway. It’s a shame really.

It saddens me to think that people who are part of the same town and the same industry as me have created a force against me instead of facing me with their opinions and asking me for the facts. I have to come to terms with the fact that these cowards will never be able to do that – and I have to come to terms with my losses, and just accept that everything does happen for a reason. Even if that reason isn’t apparent yet. However one thing I will say is (and the small number of people who really DO know me will vouch for this) I will NOT lie back and be trodden on like a piece of dirt on the ground. I WILL fight to gain my confidence and positive aura back that YOU took away – and it will be a short fight.

Please don’t judge someone on what others tell you. If you have never met someone, never spoken to them, never got to know them – don’t judge them on what others tell you about them. Get to know them, make your OWN judgments. Never judge a book by its cover.

It really does make me sad to think that people can’t put their differences aside and instead unite as a team to make each other stronger. I pity you. For you will never truly be happy.

So from this day forward, I will be making every effort to use these experiences as a massive learning curve never to be repeated again. I will continue to be myself, I will continue to be controversial in my marketing and I would advise that if you don’t like it? DON’T FUCKING LOOK! See? I swear a lot. Don’t like it? You know what to do. If you would like to question anything I do, it’s very simple to get in touch with me and question me to my face. I will welcome you with open arms. Let’s discuss this, let’s agree to disagree, let’s LEARN FROM EACH OTHER! Yes? No? If you disagree with advice I’m giving to people – PLEASE TELL ME! Maybe there’s something I can LEARN from you, that will in turn BENEFIT those around me! Do you understand where I’m coming from here? Instead of being negative – do something positive. That’s how I roll, and that is how I will continue to roll for the rest of my life.

Now if you don’t mind, I have world domination to be getting on with…

~ Boss