New Year, New You! We start 2016 off with a look at your res­o­lu­tions, the power of mind­ful­ness, fit­ness tips from trainer Kayt Wolfe and more!

GA Voice - - Front Page - By SHAN­NON HAMES

A new year al­ways brings new res­o­lu­tions. With­out fail, many of those res­o­lu­tions are cen­tered on weight loss and phys­i­cal fit­ness. En­ter Kayt Wolfe, per­sonal fit­ness coach. With a pas­sion for fit­ness born from her own per­sonal trans­for­ma­tion, Kayt now runs an on­line per­sonal train­ing busi­ness that has many At­lantans thrilled with their re­sults. The Ge­or­gia Voice caught up with Kayt to find out about her per­sonal jour­ney, her hottest fit­ness tips and the role of the mind in fit­ness.

What mo­ti­vated you to be­come a fit­ness coach?

Like many peo­ple, my pas­sion came from my own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence. Most peo­ple find it hard to be­lieve when I tell them I was nearly 60 pounds heav­ier than I am now, or that I was a pack a day smoker and took no ex­er­cise what­so­ever. They just as­sume I’ve al­ways been healthy.

I felt ter­ri­ble, both phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally. I kept us­ing food and cig­a­rettes when things got dif­fi­cult, but even­tu­ally I got sick of making ex­cuses for my­self, and more im­por­tantly, I was sick of feel­ing bad.

I fi­nally kicked the habit and started los­ing weight, but I still didn’t feel very good. The thing that really got my at­ten­tion was when I started fall­ing asleep at the wheel of my car ... in broad daylight! My blood sugar was all over the place, which was no sur­prise given that most of my diet con­sisted of fast and pro­cessed foods.

I had con­vinced my­self that I couldn’t cook, that it was be­yond me. The re­al­ity is that most of us don’t come out of the womb know­ing how to cook and pre­pare meals. We have to learn, just like ev­ery­thing else, so I bought some cook­books and found a new pas­sion in life.

That de­ci­sion changed ev­ery­thing. Eat­ing health­ier made me feel so much bet­ter. I took up run­ning, now that I had more en­ergy, and

Jan­uary 8, 2016

“If your men­tal­ity is one of ‘I can’t,’ then that’s ac­cu­rate. Or if they’re hold­ing on to old be­liefs that they can’t stick to a reg­u­lar ex­er­cise rou­tine or some­one in their past told them that they would never lose weight, they hold on to that. I work to shift those be­liefs.”

—Kayt Wolfe

went on to lose the rest of the weight. Be­com­ing a health and fit­ness coach sprang from those ex­pe­ri­ences. I wanted to help oth­ers trans­form their health and their lives, and in less time.

What do you see as the big­gest bar­rier to peo­ple get­ting and stay­ing phys­i­cally fit?

I would say time is one of the big­gest bar­ri­ers. There is still this mis­con­cep­tion that you have to spend 40–90 min­utes at the gym sev­eral times a week, and that’s pretty in­tim­i­dat­ing for most peo­ple—es­pe­cially if they haven’t been do­ing any­thing for a while. The idea of short burst in­ten­sity train­ing of 20 min­utes is fi­nally catching on.

What causes peo­ple to be so off track to be­gin with?

I think there’s a short-term men­tal­ity around health for a lot of peo­ple. They think, I’ll be lax dur­ing the hol­i­days and then “I’ll just go on a diet.” I teach more of a life­style ap­proach to health rather than the quick fix.

How much of a role does the mind play in a healthy life­style?

The mind is very pow­er­ful. If peo­ple go into their health with a “quick fix” men­tal­ity, it’s very dif­fi­cult for them to hold on to a true long-term healthy life­style be­cause they’re al­ways swing­ing back and forth be­tween a to­tal blowout and then try­ing to re­cover from the dam­age they did.

Be­lief sys­tems about one­self also play a ma­jor role in health. If your men­tal­ity is one of “I can’t,” then that’s ac­cu­rate. Or if they’re hold­ing on to old be­liefs that they can’t stick to a reg­u­lar ex­er­cise rou­tine or some­one in their past told them that they would never lose weight, they hold on to that. I work to shift those be­liefs.

We are al­ways be­ing bom­barded with so much in­for­ma­tion. The first thing that has to hap­pen for some­one to make a shift is to cre­ate a con­scious­ness of what they’re do­ing on a day-to-day ba­sis. I have my clients keep a food, ex­er­cise and thought jour­nal.

I want to help peo­ple cre­ate a new vi­sion of them­selves and spend a few min­utes each day think­ing about that. In­stead of think­ing about what they want to try to get rid of, I want them to look at what they want to cre­ate. Just a few min­utes a day can be enough to really make the changes that peo­ple want to see.

What tips can you share with our read­ers for main­tain­ing a healthy life­style?

First, you need to cre­ate a strong vi­sion of what you truly want. This is called your ‘why’ and it will keep you go­ing when things feel chal­leng­ing. Next, build an ac­tion plan for suc­cess. Start small, and grad­u­ally add more into your plan so you don’t feel over­whelmed. Lastly, en­vi­sion the life you want daily. Then spend 3–5 min­utes at the be­gin­ning of each day fo­cus­ing on what you want your life to look like, to­day, and a few years down the road.

I’ll be offering a free train­ing se­ries that will cover a lot of this, and much more. Any of your read­ers who are in­ter­ested can go to my web­site at www.healthy­body­

Kayt Wolfe (Photo by Rob Boeger)

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