The food police.

So you’ll never guess what happened to me today.

It all began when I made a quick trip to Target. Ok, alright, you probably could’ve guessed that!

I was simply killing timed before part deux of my day, so obviously I went to Target. I browsed, tried on some clothes (clearly fitness apparel) and grabbed what I needed for groceries.

I proceeded to the front of the store and chose the checkout line with the fewest people. Welp, mistake #1. Let’s just say there is a reason people weren’t going into this line. The cashier was taking ffoorreeverrrrrr. Making small talk, having issues ringing things up, bagging each item in it’s own bag.

I like to think I am a patient person. I don’t have road rage, I love kids and I enjoy teaching others! But, really… 20min to checkout with 5 things!

Back to my point.

I was checking out and for some reason the soup I was buying did not have a working bar code. The register kept coming up invalid. So my cashier is begins asking me and the lady behind me how much it cost. Free? The lady happened to be purchasing soup too! It wasn’t the same brand, but I figured close enough, right?

“Mine is $1.52 each.” She said. “Thank you,” I said and continued to focus on my slow poke cashier.

And then she proceeded to say, “Mine is on sale AND it’s healthier than the one you chose.” 

Did I just hear sirens? Are you the food police?

This is not the first time people have openly given out nutritional advice. Also, on the flip side I’ve been out and others have thought I was constantly monitoring their intake of food and beverages as well as their workout routine.

Wrong again.

On a first date, mentioning you are a personal trainer… mistake #234567 8.

“Here is my program, what do you think?” 
“Do you think you could make me a program?”
“I swear, I don’t eat/drink like this every night!” 

If I’m on a date or in Target, chances are I don’t want to discuss nutritional facts or program design.

I am not the first to blog about this. Jen, from Girls Gone Strong, has written a great post involving much of this same principle.

What do you think? Have you ever been seen as the “food police”, “workout police”, etc.? Have you ever felt like you had defend your food/fitness to another? 

No flashing lights here,
TTT

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of fitness professionals speak of this.

Passion.

So as most of you know I recently became an ambassador for a fabulous company called Bits of Health. I love love love their product, Energy Bits. They are a grassroots company started and currently based out of Boston.

Source

It has seriously been the only way I’ve made it through some days where I was training back to back and teaching up the yang. They are the most highly dense form of protein available, around 60-70% per serving. Not to mention it’s the ONLY vitamin you’ll need containing everything from Biotin (growing my hair lonnggg!) to vitamins and minerals.

Boo YA. 

Once an ambassador for their company, I began connecting with their brand reps frequently via twitter and Facebook. I would tag them in posts, participate in twitter chats and email with the reps themselves. Last week I was able to connect via email with the founder and CEO, Catherine Arnston. She was incredibly kind, enthusiastic and clearly passionate about her work. Very soon after this email conversation I was invited by her team to attend the Tech Cocktail event. They wanted me to go as a brand ambassador as well as to check out the event!

Done and done.

I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew there were going to be a lot of networking opportunities. I knew there were going to be many Boston Start ups pitching their brands. But how could this effect me; little ole Trendy Trainer? The start ups that participated were everything from educational to iPhone apps. Again, I asked myself, “Healthy living blogger? I’m not a start up.”
Wrong. 
I am as much a brand as someone who has a physical product. Events such as these teach you that what you do is important. What you can offer is valuable. Networking is key.

Catherine was one of the speakers at this event and it was amazing to hear her story. From how she was inspired to how she organized her vision. She is an excellent example of how you must must must follow your passion.

The second speaker was Chase Garbiano, CEO and co-founder of Streetwise Media.

Let us remember, my main purpose of going was to represent Energy Bits, I had no idea I was going to be surrounded by such talented and driven individuals.

Just sayin’. Attend events such as these and I promise the enthusiasm is tangible.

Back to Chase. His presentation was a knock out. Much more relaxed than Catherines; no notes and his ability to engage the audience, fantastic. This is not to say he doesn’t no what he’s talking about. On the contrary. His passion was expressed through the elegant conjunction of comedy, confidence and intelligence.

The speeches were useful. The event, exciting. But again, how does this help you? Me? The Trendy Trainer? Networking. If you are looking to put yourself out there more, recognize yourself as a brand.

You’ve already done the hardest part; you’ve found your passion. Some people live their whole lives not knowing what that feels like. Now you must show others what you are capable of, what you can offer them.

Invest in business cards. Tweet companies. Go to events. Log the hours. Don’t give up.

If it is your passion, make it happen. The opportunities are endless.

Think hard, work harder.

No excuses.

-TTT

What is your passion? Have you ever thought of starting your own company? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

Turkey BURN 2012

Well, the dinner has come and gone. 
Here is a NO excuse at home workout that can be done in no time. 
Like, before that turkey sandwich is done heating up in the microwave 😉 
Please make sure to properly warm up for 5-10 minutes prior to exercise. Also, consult with your doctor before starting any new fitness regime. 

Let me know if you try it out!! I’d love to hear your feedback 🙂

-TTT