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Austin is Looking Tight, Tired, and Sore

How you doin in Austin? Tight from sitting too much during the day? Tired of the same routine? Sore from…be honest, you don’t really know why you are sore.

You Are in Luck Austin

My name is Keli – pronounced Kelly – and I recently moved to Austin to help you! Who am I and what makes me so special?

Some more tidbits about me…

  • I am a recovering tech worker who gained a lot of weight working 40+ hour weeks, travelling 2+ hour daily commutes, and doing nothing outside of work.
  • Sports – I love almost every sport. Never been a soccer fan, but hockey, rugby, football, baseball, curling, and basketball I could watch all day.
  • I also love to help people move and feel better. I really do! If you want to touch your toes, lift more weights, drop some weight off your body, more easily do up your shoes, or simply balance on one foot for an entire minute – I can help you!

If you have been thinking about moving more or losing weight because a doctor has recommended or because you simply feel it, call me. I am located in The Domain area of North Austin, but can come to you.

What’s the Deal?

Our initial session is always free. Why? I want to meet with you so that I can hear from you, watch you move, and get to know you. Assuming all goes well, I offer various monthly packages to work with you. What does a session get you? The specifics of each session varies per person because they are tailored to personal goals and movements. Regardless of your goal, I offer nutritional guidance, exercise homework/supportive movements, and motivation to keep improving.

For more about me, read up!

Stop the excuses and contact me at 512-710-7773 or keli@kelihay.com

Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.

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How to Move Like an Air Dancer

An Air Dancer? Yes! Don’t you want to feel like your body could move and flow in any direction?

While there doesn’t seem to be an exact age, everyone eventually starts to say they are too old for something. When it comes to feeling healthy, being active, or moving, many adults hit a point in their life when they decide that how they are is how they are. Over the past few years, I have heard friends and family say many things such as:

  • “Oh Keli, I can’t do that. I’m too old.”
  • “I have never been able to bend that way.”
  • “My left side is weaker than my right.”
  • “I have always been heavy.”

Chose How You Age

Similar to losing weight, how much you move throughout your life is your choice. If you choose to continually feel like crap, be more sedentary than active, or eat more than you should, you will become that person.

When I was over 250 pounds, I had lots of aches – lower back, knees, and feet mainly – and I also was quick to get minor chest pain when I was suddenly “active”. I was 39 and – guessing – that I felt more like someone over 70 years of age.

Chose to Move

The picture that I continue to share really was what I needed. Seeing how heavy I was and constantly feeling shitty, I decided to start making changes. For me it was the gym and nutrition. It took me almost 3 months to really own both and now I know when I am off.

Want to get down on the floor with a grandchild? Want to undo your office body? There are many things you can do.For you – it might simply mean adding a walk to your day, finding a fun social group, or cutting sugar from part of your diet. If you need help, I am here.

Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.

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The Importance of Interacting at the Gym

For the first year at the gym, I didn’t like interacting with anyone at the gym. I had a regular weekly routine established that included commuting to the City on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and popping into the gym most of those nights. On Tuesday and Thursday, I was at the gym for cardio at 5am and back around 2pm for my session with my personal trainer. I was also in on the weekends.

How I Work

When I am in workout mode the gym, I tend to plug in to music and tune out the rest of the world. I have always been this way. What has changed over the past couple of years is my interactions with people and their interactions with me. As I was losing the weight, I started interacting more with the personal trainers and eventually some of their clients and other gym members. People also started chatting with me more and more because they were noticing my changes.

Why it Matters

Gyms can be intimidating. Pushing through personal and physical challenges is…challenging. Social interactions and human contact is very important for overall health. Based on personal experience, I would say it is even more important when you are unhealthy and trying to get moving at a gym. In previous gym-life experiences, I never interacted with people. I also never lost weight and I lost interest in going. The gym can be a fantastic place to establish a sense of family. A family to help you mentally disconnect from other daily stressors and bring up your endorphins.

Paying it Forward

When I am at the gym now, I make a point of chatting with various people before and after my workouts. Anyone who I know struggles to make it to the gym – either because they are older or struggling with health – I congratulate them on getting into the gym. When people compliment me on my work ethic and weight loss, my responses vary from a simple thank you, to a “you can also do it”, or tips to give them personal challenges. I encourage you – regardless of your personal goals – to not only join a gym to get moving, but interact with people and find some good gym friends.

Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.

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Losing Weight Is Easy

I never ever thought I would say or believe it, but losing weight is easy. Many people say they need to lose weight. Many more people have been told by doctors that they must lose weight, yet 46 states report obesity rates of over 25%. Like anything else in life, losing weight consists of parts, steps, or phases. Step one, which is definitely the hardest part, is mentally owning it. The most important aspect of weight loss is patience. It takes years to put weight on, so be patient to take it off.

My Moment

At my heaviest, I knew I had to lose weight. I didn’t have diabetes or any life threatening diseases, but I had overall body aches and wicked plantar fasciitis in both feet. I was also generally miserable. Sleeping was uncomfortable and very restless. Standing was impossible for more than 15 minutes. Walking – which I love to do – was 30 minutes maximum.

My “what the hell have I done to myself?” moment was the black and white picture taken of me during RSA USA 2016. It brought me to tears. I knew I had to do something and stop with the excuses.

Eating Less or Moving More

Joining the gym was the next step. I have joined gyms before and had trainers before. I have also done weight loss programs before. Both yielded partial results. Neither were performed at the same time. When I joined the gym in 2016, because I said my goal was to lose weight, my trainer discussed nutrition at every session. As my trainer pushed me physically, and my body was struggling to keep up, I started to listen. I didn’t think my diet was all that bad. I also thought that since I was moving more, the weight should simply fall off. Logging my food and discussing food choices and alternatives was a wake up call.

People that have been fit or healthy most of their lives do not realize how difficult it is for an unhealthy person to bring the world of nutrition and exercise together. Advertisers promote weight loss programs or gyms, but never do they collaborate. Why would they? The long term success rates of weight loss only programs have guaranteed continued revenue. Someone physically moving, but not changing nutrition for complete improvements guarantees continued gym memberships.

Reminders

  • Step one – mentally own it.
  • Ongoing patience is required.

It took me over 20 years years to hit 260 lbs, but it only took me 11 months to lose more than 100 of it.

Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.

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