Just Show Up

Yesterday, I had one of those low energy days. I slept well, ate well, but I shuffled through my morning. The last thing I wanted to do was go to the gym for my daily workout.

And then a little voice in my head said “Just Show Up.


I was pretty sure I would show up to the gym only to channel my inner Eeyore, but I decided I would lace up my runners and just show up.

As I walked into the gym, a woman approached me who had stumbled upon some of my before/after photos through social media sharing. We ended up having the best conversation that was so genuine and one that I will always remember. We were strangers, yet we shared on a deeply human level about important personal issues in both of our lives (in a non-weird over sharing way…ha!) I left our conversation uplifted and positive, which transcended into my workout.I worked harder than I had in weeks and pushed past an area I believed I couldn’t get to physically. Six straight full-depth body weight chin ups. I have been stuck at 4 for months.

As I was leaving, she approached me again and thanked me for our talk; and I was so thankful as well. She shifted my perspective; I’m always grateful for those shiny positive people who have the gift to do that.

A reminder that the energy we put out there to others is infectious, so choose wisely. If you want to attract positive into your life…be positive.  It really is as simple as that.

That workout was exactly what I needed. I realized after it was over, that it had started as an emotionally low day for me, rather than physically tired.  In one hour I felt completely different: positive, energetic and ready to take on the day. Had I not gone, I’m pretty sure my day would have snowballed into one big pity-party-for-one.




I went to work later training. One of my clients shared with me that she was having an emotionally low day and was going to cancel, but decided to come anyway. Again those words rang in my head. Just show up! We hugged it out and she got to work. She channeled all those tough emotions into her workout, and pushed past limitations she struggled with in earlier sessions.  Not only did she change her energy through that session, but she actually looked different physically. She entered with worry & stress on her beautiful face, and left with a huge smile and infectious positive energy that lit up the room.

So here’s a little encouragement today to Just Show Up, and let the momentum of tenacity and drive move you forward in a positive way. Sometimes that’s all we can do in life, but it’s better to show up than bow out.

Have a ridiculously amazing day!

From my heart to yours,


6 thoughts on “Just Show Up

  1. This is going to be my new mantra. Just. Show. Up. I find if I haven’t done something physical today, tomorrow I’ll have an emotionally low day; so I need to remind myself to just show up, whether it’s just to walk around my neighbourhood or walk around Walmart (which counts as 10 active minutes on Fitbit to walk the perimeter of the store LOL). Thank you for being an inspiration on my journey!

    1. That’s so true! Getting that workout in, transcends to the mind and spirit. A walk around the neighbourhood just maybe the very thing we need for a daily pick-me-up. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Hi Christine, I’m originally from Edmonton, now living in Australia. Love your story.
    I too made the decision to change my life almost 3 years ago. October 22, 2013 was the day for me. I was 49 years old, and knowing that I was going to turn 50 in july 2014, I decided to change my life. I started out at 286lbs and now maintaing at around 200lbs.
    I’ve turned into a gym junkie as well. Unfortunately, my knees are bad, and I’ve been told no running or weight bearing squats (my P.B for squats is 80kgs). I’ve been doing a HIIT program for the last 2 years, but have decided now to mix it up with a combination of weights and boxing.

    I joined a small gym, and became their most successful client, photos on the wall, name in the monthly newsletter, in the top ten for most visits 2 years in a row.

    I’m loving my new lifestyle and new friends that I have made because of the gym.

    I look forward to seeing your blog, and watching you continue to inspire people to change their lives.

    1. Denise, you are amazing! What an incredible story you have to tell. Keep sharing and inspiring others. Thank you for your comment.

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