new Mei location…. what?!

Hello all! Got some exciting news for y’all!

Mei Fitness is OPENING A NEW LOCATION IN KEYSTONE!!! The Keystone location is to be a sister replication of Southport’s location. So highly similar to the location I go to if your familiar with it. This is very exciting for anyone in the Broad Ripple, Carmel, Castleton, and even Meridian Hills! The proximity to the Fashion Mall is insane and so close!

I used to work up in the fashion mall for a good period of time which gives me some insight on what the traffic during the day is like. And let me tell y’all, it’s not a terrible area with traffic. I feel it can be a busy area depending on the time of day, but it always moves pretty quickly. There are several office buildings surrounding the gym so it stays pretty quiet during the day!

With construction and renovations of a close hotel going on in the general area of the fitness center people will be flowing into the gym while traveling and visiting! There is a new bridge being constructed looking to be completed in December as well!

Let’s talk about the view real quick though…. The new Mei Fitness has a beautiful lake front facing the gym. BUT not only the lake but a park is also right there! Perfect for meeting someone in the gym and saying, “I have somewhere we can go sit and chat!” If people still do that… (ha) but not kidding! I know after my workouts I’d definitly go sit and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake! Take a second to breath.

Did I mention this location is also 24 hours?? Honestly perfect for hard working people with late shifts in the mall or the office! When I worked at Castleton, I had some shifts that went from either 4am-noon or shits from 6-11ish. The new keystone location would have been amazing if I got off that late… Do I sound jelly…. Yeah, well maybe I am a bit!

I am so excited for the people who live on that side of town cause the gym opening in that area will rock y’alls world! I know how much I love the Mei Fitness on the south side so I’m confident this new location will be a success and a new love for people living/working in that area. Get ready guys! Y’all have a treat coming real soon! I’m talking this coming January, soon!

Enjoy!!

        

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LIFE ISN’T PERFECT

Hey guys, these past two weeks has been hectic but great! Let me explain why… I’ve been working on cleaning up my diet, my OCD has kicked in, so the house has been completely clean, I’m back on my regular schedule at the gym, 6 days a week and I’m all set for next semester with classes.

Talk about some craziness. I have a slight version of OCD and when I get into that zone it doesn’t stop, it will go until my body is exhausted and can’t take the stress. If any of y’all have OCD you can understand what I mean. It comes in waves, mostly when I need to keep my mind off things happening in life. We all deal with situations in different ways.

It feels almost as if I can conquer the world when I get into the zone! The house stays insanely clean, i’m in the gym right when I need to be, killing the workouts I think up in my head, I am able to keep up with classes and homework and get ahead. It keeps me focused on my goals, helps me to be on top of my to do list and helps me to keep my mind off unnecessary thoughts.

Another super positive part of where i’m at right now is that i’m starting to realize more of my goals and dreams. I’m starting to put into action the message of Wolfness. I’m preparing ideas and creating content that shares my message. I am so excited!!! I would like for women to see how the world has effected us, with each other and how we can change it one step at a time. We all have naturally beautiful hearts that can be covered up by the masses of hurt we all endure throughout life. We have the ability to change that.

These are all very positive outcomes and what life should be like every day. But let’s be honest, sometimes it doesn’t stay that way, other things in life get in the way of that focus. We get thrown a lot of curve balls that can cause ruckus in our lives, we just have to learn how to avoid getting knocked down.

My OCD also has a negative side to it though. As much as it helps me to finish projects and keep focused there are a few things that I should mention. This condition is a great avoidance mechanism. I mention how I am able to keep my mind off of unwanted thoughts, well that is me avoiding certain things I need to deal with. It inhibits me from fully coming to terms with uncontrollable situations. It’s great for keeping my mood stable, however, I also have a fear with loss of control. And sometimes when I let myself think through situations I feel like I am out of control. This is something I have to work on, and I have been through prayer. However, the OCD comes into play when I feel as if I am completely out of control. So it saves me, yet also disables my ability to deal with situations.

There wasn’t really a “point” to this blog. I just wanted y’all to see that my life gets crazy and we sometimes can’t control every factor. With the zone i’ve been in, I have accomplished much and I am thankful. Whatever you deal with in life, there is always a positive side to the curve balls life can throw your way.

 

 

 

DRIVE FEAR INTO THE GROUND

Fear and anxiety are inevitable. How you process those feelings makes all the difference. Even I struggle with my own anxieties and fears. Fear is your body and mind trying to protect you from something that can be extremely harmful. However, sometimes the fear or anxiety is geared towards something that could be really good for you. It has a way of shutting yourself down to where your fears control what you know can be healthy and create a better out come of life for you but causes you to steer clear from those things.

I know, in my case, I definitely have some big fears and anxieties. Some of which are very logical and fair based off of experience but other fears are not that way. For instance, the gym. I was terrified when I first walked into a gym. I would get anxiety walking in without knowing anyone and afraid of looking weak or too “not in shape”. I had seen people walking in who were in better shape that I wished I could be in! I mean come on…. how can I, little old A_Jacs, walk in to a place busting with super fit people when I didn’t have a clue how to do most of anything?! That was my anxiety and fear speaking for me.

I used to get knots in my stomach driving to the gym because of the fear that built my anxiety up through the roof into the sky. I hate it because fitness has been one of my passions for some time now. But none the less, I still had that same feeling for almost a year. Let me just say, I might have been “in shape”, however, I didn’t feel that way about myself. Everyone fears something without meaning to. But if it’s not fear, the anxiety can still arise.

Walking into a gym can be stressful. “What will people think of me?”, “Will they judge me for not being in the best of shape?”, or my favorite, “Oh, I’m not going there because there are only little barbies and ken dolls there.”

Alright let me start by saying, your fears could very well be others fears in the gym. Majority people at the gym are worrying about what you think of them or judging them! Well, and if its not that then they are solely focused on their workout! They could care less what you wear, how “in shape” you are and what workouts you are doing! (I’m speaking for me, but Im also speaking for many gym folk I know who are kind and mind their own business.) The answer to the second question one might think, NO ONE CARES! We alllllll started somewhere! No one walks into the gym for the first time chiseled out of their mind unless they had worked out at home or something rather. Either way thats great for them but I know I sure as heck didn’t! Finally…. Here we go… If I ever get called a barbie to my face, I would probably look at them and ask if they were insane. Yes, it may be a complement but to hear “perfect” or “barbie” its like throwing a brick at my face! Not everyone wants to hear that they are perfect. I hear that and my first initial thought is no, no, no, you got that all wrong honey because I’m not. NO ONE is perfect!!!! If you can say that you are, well, God sure as heck did a wonderful thing for you. But in reality we all have flaws or things we wish we could change. It’s human nature. Even though I could go on a whole other rant about this, I’ll spare you all that word blurb for another day.

However, I will say this, insecurities drive fear, which in turn, drives anxiety. Walking into a gym can be terrifying, I felt that. But what if you have the chance to make yourself into who you would like to wake up in the morning one day to be? All I’m saying is this, if there is anxiety and fear in your heart for something that could potentially change your life, wouldn’t it be better to stand up and conquer those feelings and be proud to know you could? If I hadn’t, I never would have come to find Mei Fitness, a home, and another family. I wouldn’t be sitting here typing this post or feel as confident in who I am if I hadn’t told my fears to screw off.

I’ll end with this, if your dealing with those types of fears and anxieties walking into a gym, check out Mei Fitness. I pinky promise you, no one in there will look at you like you don’t belong or make you feel unwelcome. All my time there, I have seen so many people who I now respect and have great appreciation for from watching and talking to them. I have never felt better in a fitness center and I would never want anyone to walk in feeling less than what they truly are.

Take that leap and conquer those fears. You never know what could happen for you if you opened the closed door to your fears. There is a whole world out there. Don’t let your anxiety rule over your life.

 

P.S. all of this is easier said than done. I would know, but as you keep up with what you are doing it becomes something much simpler than fear.

 

 

YOGA = FRESH START

Flexibility. One of my worst and weakest parts of being in the gym…. However, I’ve been working on changing that. There are several positives for flexibility and stretching in general. Although for me, yoga did the trick.

I love yoga. Its relaxing and surprisingly challenging. I went through a really rough time a while back with a
bunch of personal life problems and started doing yoga. I had worn myself down from being in the gym so much, my immune system was so low to the point where I was sick for about a month with some good days. So this is when I got into yoga. I went to a small juice/yoga shop in Greenwood Indiana where I met an amazing lady who became a confidant and friend. She had told me yoga might be something I should look into, with everything going on and my immune system being so low. At first I hated the idea because I could get my stress out at the gym and I didn’t wanna lose anything that I had gained. Well, my better judgement told me I needed to slow down or else I’d be doing more damage to myself than good if I had kept up the rate I had been going.

I stopped going to the gym for a while and started doing some yoga. The first time I walked out of that studio, I had felt like a huge weight lifted from my shoulders and for once in a while I had been relaxed. I Kept going for a while and learned some new moves. I gained more flexibility and felt better than ever. Once I got back into the gym my body had had enough time to heal and rejuvenate. My body was able to withstand more physical stress and lift heavier weights. My core had gotten much stronger as well! Let me tell y’all, yoga really did the trick.

Now that I’m back in my home gym at Mei Fitness on southport I don’t have as much time for yoga in the studio with an instructor. Thankfully though, this fitness center has a beautiful studio room where I can still practice my moves and find peace in yoga.

I can go long periods with no stretching which I figure, isn’t the best of habits. I’ve committed myself to practice in Mei’s yoga studio each week, at least 3 times along with my workouts. I want to gain more flexibility in my fitness journey. For one I will gain more strength along with less possibility for an injury. My mental and physical performance will improve by miles.

I challenge anyone who has not tried yoga to do so! you won’t regret it at all. I know if I hadn’t tried yoga in the time that I needed it I would be in a different place. I probably wouldn’t have found my motivation or drive to get after my dreams. I am sure I wouldn’t have been able to get back on the horse and ride harder than before. I’d beaten the hell out of that horse and was exhausted. Yoga saved me. To be honest I could be more proud of where I have come. I’ve driven hard and become stronger. Not only physically but mentally as well. I know what I want and I know I’ll get there.

 

My Gym, My fitness, Mei Fitness

Fitness gyms are everywhere. The competition is everywhere. Being able to separate your gym from that competition is a hard thing to do. However, it is very possible as shown by the owner of Mei Fitness.

I first started going to the Southport location, the beginning of this past summer. I had been at LA Fitness for several months and before that I was at the old golds gym off of Washington Street. Both gyms were great although the drive was too long for golds and it was time to move on from LA Fitness. I didn’t know what gym I would move to although I kept hearing about this one gym that was open 24/7 and called Me? I had literally thought thats how it was spelled! (ha)

I wasn’t necessarily comfortable with moving fitness centers. I knew that meant I would have to learn new equipment, the lay of the land and so on. After a week of going back and forth about it and being annoyed of not working out, I bit the bullet. In one of my later posts I talked about how certain things that motivate me just eat at me until it bothers me enough to get to it. Let’s just say I was fed up and needed to get back to building my physique.

I purchased my membership online and decided if I wasn’t going back to LA Fitness I need to (man up) and try out a new spot.

I was blown out of the water when I went into Mei for the first time. The staff were all so kind and I was genuinely amazed at how much they had to offer. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the gym wasn’t too busy mid day and even when it was busy it wasn’t craziness everywhere. From that first day I knew I made the right choice of switching up my gym location.

Fitness is a lifestyle and being able to enjoy that lifestyle you have to be in a place you are most comfortable in. Mei Fitness is were I have felt the most comfortable and welcomed.