Hello athletes, welcome and thank you for tuning into the Coach Katie Danger Podcast recorded live from Omaha, Nebraska. I'm your host, Coach Katie Danger, U S army veteran, fitness coach and founder of Red H Nutrition. Here's a fact for you, 99% of us are not elite athletes. We're individuals from all backgrounds, juggling life priorities, including jobs, our families, their needs, and trying to find time to take care of ourselves every single week. When you tune in, I'll be discussing clear, concise and actionable strategies you can use to get the most from your fitness, nutrition, and mindset. So you can optimize your life without compromising your time. So athletes settle in and get comfortable. I'm here to educate, inspire, empower, and entertain you to help you enjoy the unique fitness journey that you are on.
(00:52): What is up Athletes? Welcome to episode number 35 of the coach, Katie danger podcast. How has everyone summer come along? I can't believe we're already in August and we've got kids going back to school already. Well, there's some are, and some aren't, you know, depending on where you're living, there's probably a plan in place. No COVID sugar has made life interesting. Hasn't it? You know, speaking of COVID, my fitness journey has changed significantly since quarantine and April. The last time that I stepped foot in a CrossFit box was mid April. And then I joined the rest of the world in quarantine, in April. And I worked out from home. I rode my indoor bike trainer and I did that for fitness. So it was doing some workouts from home because I've got some equipment here. And then I was writing to my indoor trainer, but didn't really have a goal.
(01:35): I just knew that it was important for me to stay in some sort of groove. And then I needed to move, you know, at first that shock of not participating in my usual fitness routine, it was a bit much for my ego. Like I just really didn't know how to handle it. I was worried. I was worried of things like, am I going to lose my muscle? Am I going to become weak? You know, what's it going to be like when I get back to the gym, it just, I had a lot of thoughts going on in my mind. And most of them were related to my ego being somewhat fragile. So when the gym opened back up, I considered starting my membership again, but I started to have a change of heart. Was this really what I wanted to do? Did it still align with the goals that I had at the beginning of the year?
(02:13): And you know, after doing some reflection, as it turned out, I was on a different path. I am on a different path than what I was earlier. This year. I was looking for something different and different turns out to be backpacking. And I'm actually practicing my functional fitness. Now, since may, I've been out backpacking and hiking many times, and I've really enjoyed this change of pace in my fitness. It's not so competitive anymore. Like I'm not doing things for time and I'm not doing things for reps and I'm not worried about how much I'm lifting. I'm just going out, enjoying nature and wondering what amazing things I'm going to see when I'm out on my hikes, my spouse, Sammy, I talked with her the other day and we did set up a goal. So we have a goal right earlier. I told you I didn't have any goals, quarantine hit, but I finally have a goal.
(03:01): We both have a goal. And we talked about it. We want to complete our first fourteener in Colorado and lived to tell about it. And in case you don't know, a fourteener is a mountain whose peak reaches at least 14,000 feet in elevation. And I have no idea which 14 will do. There's lots of 58 in Colorado to choose from. So there's lots to choose from, but of course, we're going to be looking for something more entry level. So probably the least technical terrain and probably the shortest path. We do want an easy 14 or for our first one. We want to do a fourteener it's on our list for next year. And if you guys have any suggestions for first timers and any fourteener, please email me and let me know. I would love to have any more secondhand experience possible. Cause I know that I don't have it right now, but Hey, if you're able to share some Sage advice with me, please let me know.
(03:50): So let's get back to the topic, right? The title of this podcast is do you believe in yourself? You know, when I feel like sometimes I'm trying to explain the way that I feel and even on these podcasts will do this, but I do this a lot when I'm trying to talk in person. And I, if I'm trying to explain things that are outside of the box or things that might sound too hippie or new age or hokey, right. You know, things that are outside of the box, I always feel like I need to preface and like warn people like, Hey, this might sound far out there, but I really want you to listen. And I'm going to preface this episode with the same thing. This might sound that it's a little far out there, but I want you to understand that in my 15 years of fitness experience where it started as a hobby and became competitive.
(04:37): And now obviously I'm on a different journey with hiking and backpacking. I want you to know that everything that I've learned, I'm sharing with you in these podcasts, particularly this episode. And if you're looking for a secret or a magic pill, this might be the closest thing that I can offer you or that the world in general can offer you. You're not gonna find it in a journal article. You're not gonna find it in your favorite influencer on Instagram. You're not going to even find it in your favorite gym. I will tell you exactly what the secret is a little bit, but I want to get into the story here. I want to get into the point. I feel like I'm a completely different person than I was four months ago in Florentine hit. I'm certainly a different person than I was a year ago.
(05:12): And I am astronomically a different person than I was 15 years ago. When I first started with fitness as a hobby, I feel smarter, but I'm not talking about feeling smarter in like an IQ sort of way. I'm just talking exponentially. I'm a totally different human than I was before I started my fitness journey. So instead of saying, I'm smart, I'm going to call myself enlightened. I'm more enlightened. I'm more woke, present. I'm here. I'm not there. I'm right here with you on this podcast right now. I'm not worried about what I'm going to be doing after the podcast. I'm not worried about anything in the future. I am just here right now. And the cool thing is most of the time I'm able to hold that presence. I'm able to hold that. Now notice that hereness and it feels really, really, and I want others.
(05:58): I want you listening to this podcast right now to experience the freedom and the joy that I feel in this journey that I am currently on. I haven't always felt this way. I haven't always been excited about the journey. I always want to get to the destination. I want to get this over with, right. I just want to reach my goals, but why is it that most people don't reach their destination. They don't reach their goals, whatever you want to call it. There are people out there that don't get to where they want to go. And that is sad. It is really sad. Why is it so hard to trust in the journey? Why do people quit on themselves and their goals so quickly? Why is it that the grass always looks greener somewhere else? Honestly, sometimes they really think that people just want an easy way out.
(06:37): And they're really just sitting around waiting for a magic pill. And I guess I'm just going to be blunt with you right now. If you don't already know this or believe this, but there's no such thing as a magic pill and sitting around and waiting is going to get you a whole lot of nothing. And nowhere, I admit I've often questioned the route that the journey takes me down to. In fact, I just told you that four months ago, I didn't know what I was doing. Like what's my goal. What am I here for? What am I working out for? He was kind of disheartening. And we've all heard this before that the journey is going to be tough. It's not going to be a linear journey. It's going to be dynamic. And you're going to get, you know, obstacles thrown at you. Things are going to come and obstacles are going to get in your way. Sometimes those are really, really challenging. And sometimes at the end of the challenges, there is a light and it's very pleasantly surprising, but every step of the journey is exactly how it is supposed to be for you.
(07:28): Hey, How's your current training program? One of the most underrated ways to train his body, weight moves, Mints, squats, pushups, pull ups,
(07:37): Anything without our barbell and just using your body as a resistance is a body weight movement because of their importance. I created the body weight muscles training program, and the program consists of bodyweight workouts that anyone can do anywhere because you don't need a barbell or a gym to do these workouts. And the best part is the entire program is free and you get your firstname.lastname@example.org. So head on over to bodyweight muscles.com. After this podcast is over and download the program and start adding body weight workouts. You were teens. You can build a real functional strength, Athletes,
(08:13): Little patients in themselves in the journey. They're going to jump ship to the next hot and sexy program. The next awesome supplement or the next winning team. As soon as stuff gets hard, here's the good news about all this. It's easy to quit and start over in the world that we live in today. There is an over abundance of places to go people to align with and things to do. You can quit right now and start over somewhere else that goes with a job, your fitness, your life. I mean anything, right? But here's the bad news. If you never commit yourself to something, if you were entrenched yourself in your journey and understand there's going to be ups and downs, you'll never reach your goal. I see it all the time with my friends, with influencers on social media. I've even seen it with myself in the past before had this aha moment and feel like I figured it all out.
(08:58): You've got a good thing going. You see some progress. And then as soon as there is a challenge, as soon as the road gets hard, you quit. It isn't fun anymore. So you quit. The more you fight, the more you micromanage and the more you pull your hair out, you're going to find yourself even further from your goal. So you got to stop resisting and you've got to trust in yourself every single time that you quit, it gets easier and easier to stop and give up on yourself. You guys, it is not about the external challenges that you face. It is not about the obstacle in your path. It is that you do not give up on yourself. Here's the secret. I mean, it's one of the secrets. There are a few secrets to living your best life, but here's one of them. One of the secrets to living your dreams and reaching your goals is to find solace and peace in the fact that the journey will take you on roads in places you are not expecting.
(09:46): If you've been around for even more than a moment in time, and you weren't born yesterday, you've had some life experience and you know that you're never going to get what you want, unless there's a challenge. You know, that few things in life are as easy as taking candy from a baby. Especially if you've got big goals, like going to the Olympics, winning the CrossFit games or becoming a millionaire, none of that stuff is going to happen to you overnight. And if you've lived more than a few moments, you know that life doesn't go as planned. But what about your plan though? Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't have a plan because plans are important. They are guides, they are guides. So I'm not saying you shouldn't anticipate the achievement of your goals. And I'm certainly not saying that you shouldn't have lofty goals, whatever you want in life, you could have it, but you will not just wake up one day and magically be where you want to be.
(10:33): Now, between all of these lines, the moral of this entire story is you have to believe in yourself. That is the secret sauce. You are the magic pill. If there is a magic pill to be had, you are already at your, the main ingredient. And without you, none of this can ever happen. None of your goals can happen. You're in control. It can't happen without you. So you need to commit to it. Think of how much power you have in your journey. If you're the main ingredient and that without you, nothing can happen. Think about the power, whatever you want. You can get it. As long as you commit to it and entrench yourself in the journey. You can't expect to get anything from your journey though. I said it before that, if you've lived for a moment, you know that life isn't going to go as planned.
(11:14): You can't expect anything. You can anticipate the end result. You can anticipate getting to your goal and feel what that would feel like, but you can't expect point a to point B to go exactly as planned, whatever that space looks like in between that limbo from a to B, from your start point to your finish point, you can't expect anything from that. And that I think is where the majority of the letdown comes from. We have this idea of the way that our journey should go. We have an idea of the people that are going to be involved in it. And when things don't go that way, we get so disappointed. And we really start to question. If we're cut out to do it, are we meant to be great? You know, we all do this. We take our age, okay? So I'm 35 cats out of the bag.
(11:52): I'm 35. If you round up, I'm almost a 40. We take our age, we take where we're at in our careers or our education level. And then we start comparing them to other people, people that we usually have put in categories as being better than us, they're further along or they're where we want to be. And we start comparing ourselves to them and it never ever, ever works out. It never leads us down. A path of encouragement. Those sorts of comparisons never lead us to enlightenment. In fact, it only stalls us more and it continues to perpetuate this idea that maybe we weren't meant for this. If somebody else has already there, well at a certain point, like if we're not there yet, then obviously we weren't made for it. And that is so, so wrong. Your journey, your friend's journey, your sibling's journey, your spouse's journey.
(12:36): You're all unique individuals on different paths. And although those paths can cross do not ever compare apples to oranges because although we are all humans, we are all so, so different. And even the term comparing apples to oranges doesn't even apply here because you know, at least those are fruits, right? We are all so different. And so unique and life is so dynamic for all of us. So what you should never do again, is do not put much emphasis on what others are doing and where they're at in their journeys. You may not think of it right now, yourself, but I'm telling you, you are meant to be great. You can believe in yourself. You can trust your abilities. You can exercise your will and will is with a capital w because you are in complete control exercise, your will to the fullest, never quit anticipate the future and the goals you're working towards, but never expect anything in return.
(13:26): I'm telling you, though, dammit, you can trust in yourself and you can put yourself out there and you can commit to never quit. So instead of repeating the same disappointing cycle of setting a goal, expecting to reach the goal, experiencing a bump in the road and then quitting, because it didn't happen soon enough, you simply just have to have your own back and trust yourself. That is all that it really takes. This is not an oversimplification. It is the honest truth. And it is your truth. It is my truth. It is every human being's truth. That if you trust in yourself, that is all it takes because you will set your goal. You will anticipate your goal. You're going to experience setbacks, but you're not going to quit because you believe in yourself. If you trust yourself, you'll trust the journey and you'll trust everything that gets thrown at you in between you and your promised land.
(14:12): And you know, it helps when you have the support of others. It really does. I love it. When my parents support my goals, I love it when my spouse supports my goals, but they're not absolutely necessary for your journey. The only part of the equation that is necessary is you and that you stick with it. And can you continue to put one foot in front of the other? No one else can make the journey for you. They can be a part of your journey, but they are not going to be the ones who take the journey for you. Lead, lead from the front and stick with it. Athletes. You got to laugh when it gets tough. You got to shrug off all the bullshit that happens. You got to shrug off all the haters. The bumps in the road are simply the price you pay for having the courage to take the journey and not quitting.
(14:53): I'm going to say that one more time. And I hope this becomes a part of the show notes, because it is so important. The bumps in the road are simply the price you pay for having the courage to take the journey and not quitting Arnold Schwarzenegger on my bucket list to meet this guy is amazing. I love his work ethic. I love his attitude and he has a fantastic quote to sum up everything in this episode, I quote, when you decide not to surrender, that is strength. True strength is when you know something sucks. You know, it's going to be hard, but you decide to do it anyways, because it is your destiny and is where you want to go. Athletes. I want you to embrace your journey because you've got this. As I wrap up the episode, I want to remind you that the journey will be rewarding.
(15:35): If you stick with it and enjoying the journey comes down to allowing yourself the opportunities available to optimize your results. You should never stop improving and striving to be better. Every day you wake up, you should want to be better than yesterday. Treat yourself to better and faster fitness results. Head over to red H nutrition.com. My partners there with fantastic supplements for the everyday athlete use code podcast, 20, save 20% on your supplements that are going to compliment your journey that you're on. And they're going to help you get to where you want to go. Athletes. It has been so great chatting with you this week. I've been working on a revamp of my website, coach Katie danger.com, and I'm getting really close to launching a new site. And I've also got a new coaching program and this new coaching program I've come up with, it's guaranteed, guaranteed. And I say that again, guaranteed, to help you get better and faster fitness results. And I want you to stay tuned for that because it's so awesome and exciting. I cannot wait to share these new programs with you, but until next week, this is coach Katie danger over and out.
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