Happy Back To The Future Day!

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So, todays date is October 21st 2015……..

Or if you are a child of the eighties, like myself, today is also known as ‘Back To The Future Day’!

Back To The Future 2 originally came out in 1989…. Yep, sorry to make anyone feel old, ha, it’s true….

When it first came out at the cinema, it was a HUGE deal…

I remember queuing (yep, a huge queue, just to get a ticket) outside the Cecil cinema in town for a day time showing, just hoping to get in!

In the highly anticipated sequel, Marty McFly, played by Michael J Fox, travels forward through time to today’s date……

In the movie we got some vivid representations of what the future( today) may hold, including flying cars & everyone’s fav……the hoverboard!

Don’t know about you, but I feel a bit cheated, I wish I could say I jumped in my flying car to work this morning!

Although the whole ‘3D’ cinema experience in the movie is pretty much bang on…..

However, who would have thought that back in good old ’89 that the actual future would include the storm that is social media?

>Facebook
>Twitter
>Instagram
>Persicope
>Snapchat
Etc
Etc
Etc

Or that we would have become so overly reliant & dependent on updating & checking these every single day of our lives?

Or that the answer to everything & anything would be found by simply tapping a few words into Google?

What a world we live in…..just take a moment to consider what you would do without this technology at your fingertips? What would you do without ANY social media?

The downside to this world is that it can leave you feeling nothing but confused & sometimes disheartened…

When it comes to social media, the comparison of everything & everyone is more evident than ever in 2015….

If we choose to, we can see, on a pretty much daily basis:

>Photos (whether it’s a new car, a new job, a new body, holiday snap shots, wedding pics, photos of cute babies or pets)

>Status updates (stating they have the ‘best partner/kids/wife/husband in the world’, or how they have ‘killed the gym’ or lost x amount of weight, or landed their ideal job).

>‘Check ins’ at fancy places (restaurants, bars, airports, concerts, etc etc).
We all like to share our happiness, our success, our wins, and our experiences…..

However, for some, comparison can lead to misery….

Constantly comparing your life to that of others, especially via social media is a sure fire way to drive yourself down….

The thing is with social media, is that it’s very often the highlight reel of life, the greatest hits, the ‘best of’…I get it, it should be, it should be positive, and all of the above memories should be shared…just take it with a tall glass of perspective….

…….We ALL have struggles, we ALL stress, we ALL have arguments, we ALL face fears, we ALL face doubt & fear, and we ALL need help with at least area of our life…

The only person you should ever compare yourself to is yourself…

Celebrate the success of your friends, and those around you, but don’t let it make you question yourself in negative way…

Like I said, we ALL have struggles, we just don’t always see those in between the highlight reel….

That’s all for today, until the next time, I’m going to go & charge my flux capacitor & get this baby up to 88 mph………

Tristan ‘Wait a minute Doc……Are you telling me you built a time machine out of a DeLorean?’ Buttle.

P.S Who is watching Marty & the Doc do their thing tonight?

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I am not a superhero…………………..

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Following on from yesterday’s blog, about the awesome kid’s party I went to over the weekend………….

The one in which I mentioned that one kid actually asked me if I was the Hulk!

This got me thinking, whilst the kid in question was obviously full of childlike wonder & awe….. It isn’t that far from the typical adult perception of a personal trainer!

What I mean is that all fitness professionals are all super fit, super lean, super muscular warriors who are in top shape all year round, right?

We are always motivated, always disciplined, always positive………

Every aspect of our lives is always in order & sorted…

……..right?

WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!

>YES as trainers we are motivated to workout (or should be)…….

>YES it’s a lifestyle……

>YES we love what we do………(btw if your trainer doesn’t then maybe you should start asking some questions)…..

However, this doesn’t mean that we don’t face the very same struggles you face with your fitness & health goals in other aspects of our life…..

We are human, like you……..Actually I’ve met some Trainers,  who when I think about it, I’m pretty sure are either robots, cyborgs from the future, or maybe just socially retarded…. or both. Anyway…I’m digressing………..

Here is the TRUTH:

>We have insecurities, like you.

>We have fears, like you.

>We get upset, like you.

>We question ourselves, from time to time, like you.

>We need help with aspects of our lives, like you.

For example: just because I can apply my passion to helping others look & feel awesome, doesn’t mean I cannot learn from others to help other areas of my life.

We are ALL human…..We ALL need help with something at some point….. the key is to admit it & let the right person help you….

We are absolutely NOT superheroes (although if I was I’d be Batman every time…………..)

That’s all for today, until the next time,

Tristan ‘one of middle names is actually Robin’ Buttle.

P.S – who is your favourite?

It was a crazy party………………

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I went to an awesome party over the weekend………..

It was crazy…

Batman was there….

Iron Man was there…

Superman was there, I think I even spotted Wonder Woman.

It was one of my best mates sons 3rd Birthday party, & I loved it!!

They had hired a soft play area at Haltemprice, and when I arrived the party was in full swing!

Pretty much the entire group were all getting involved in the inflatable action & party games….the kids (and parents) were all loving it!

This got me thinking about group dynamics…

If one or two kids  had started saying that they ‘didn’t want to play’ or they were scared/nervous about getting involved,or the parents behaved in a reserved manner, then this may have influenced the rest of the group to believe and act the same…

However, because EVERYONE got involved, it was totally normal to just go with it, and normal to be part of it. As a result the group all helped each other, drove each other, and indirectly motivated each other.

Think about how this relates to you and your goals…..Are you around people that are helping you?

Are they encouraging you or holding you back?

Are they willing to get involved with you when you need them?

Are they encouraging, undertstanding & supportive of your goals?

That’s all for today, until the next time,

Tristan ’37 year old child’ Buttle.

P.S – there’s A LOT to be said for the true TEAM focus of group exercise…you should try it sometime…

P.P.S –One kid actually asked me if I was the Hulk………..True story.

Do you need to change?

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If you are truly happy with your current situation and your current reality in all areas of your life, then the answer is probably no, and you can stop reading now.

However if you are honest with yourself and you feel you need to embrace change, then please read on………

We often KNOW that we NEED to change, but we fail to apply what is necessary to get where we want to be….

Very often change will only happen if the pain of staying the same exceeds the pain of the change…

↑↑↑↑ read that again.

Here’s what I want you to do, and it’s very important that you are honest with yourself, I want you to answer the following questions & apply them to your goals.

It could be a goal in body, in mind, in business or in relationships, the questions remain the same………………

>What is your current reality?

>Why has this happened?

>What will happen if you don’t change?

>What do you TRULY want?

>Why do you want it?

>What needs to be done?

>What have you learnt from these questions?

If you have answered those questions honestly with yourself, you should have a clear undertraining of where you are at.

You cannot move forward without understanding where you starting from or without establishing what needs to be done.

I genuinely hope this helps you to understand yourself and what you truly want, I’ll leave you with one of fav quotes:

‘If you do what you’ve always done, you get what you’ve get what your always got’

That’s all for today, until the next time,

Tristan ‘questions’ Buttle.

P.S – would you keep driving down a dead end, in the hope that one day it wasn’t a dead end?

P.P.S – Give me a shout if I can help you out  or you need some honest advice.

I was extremely nervous…………………………

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The closer I got, the worse it was.

My nerves had got the best of me.

I was doubting myself…..big time.

I went to Alton towers on Friday, I haven’t been for a few years and I had the opportunity to do so, so I went for it!

It was a great day out, the weather was awesome & we didn’t have to queue for anything!

Anyway, there we were, waiting to board ‘Rita: the queen of speed’…..
And I don’t mind admitting to you, I was nervous!

This thing was FAST! I’m talking SUPERFAST! It’s basically a roller-coaster that accelerates from a dead stop position at a simply crazy rate!

Save to say that Rita left my stomach behind!!!

Whilst I was convincing myself to get on board, one factor that helped me was I noted that there were kids getting on board who were a fraction of my age… I thought to myself:

‘If these kids can do it, so can I’.

However, this comparison is flawed…………….

See the thing is, kids have no fear, no reference point, no experience to draw on, and no true sense of consequence….

It’s only often as adults that through life we can develop fear, anxiety, stress, worry, and in turn this can create self-doubt.

Life can become more stressful as adults, we tend to experience more pain & we see that our world isn’t perfect.

As we grow older, we can become more cynical & more judgemental.

In turn, we develop fear, we can become anxious, we become worried, we panic, we doubt ourselves, we let anger consume us at times……..but these kids were simply living for that moment, they were free from fear.

You can apply this to anything, I guarantee that what is holding you back from your goals is based around fear….

I’ve asked you this before, but what would you do and where would you be if fear didn’t hold you back?

Tackling any goals (in or out of the gym) can be scary & intimidating, but as ever, if I can help you in anyway, give me a shout…

That’s all for today, until the next time,

Tristan ‘scream if you want to go faster’ Buttle.

P.S – I have no shame in admitting I also took a ride in Willy Wonka’s glass elevator!

15 reasons why………………………….

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If you are currently struggling to lose body fat or change your body shape,  I’m willing to wager one or more of the following reasons will cover it:

1) You have no idea how many calories you are consuming on a daily basis.

2) You don’t overeat but you eat the wrong things often at the wrong times.

3) You eat too little during the day, then go mad after work, often picking at foods whilst you prepare or await tea.

4) You don’t drink enough water.

5) You don’t eat enough protein.

6) You have tried ‘diets’ in the past, as a result your weight has fluctuated, and you’ve never found a truly happy medium.

7) You eat emotionally for comfort, to combat stress, or due to fatigue.

8) You eat unconsciously at times, e.g. sat watching a film on the sofa…one biscuit becomes a whole packet.

9) You don’t plan or prepare your meals.

10) You are afraid or carbohydrate.

12) You are afraid of fat.

13) You believe that eating ‘healthy’ is boring & bland.

14) You get strong overwhelming cravings.

15) You don’t eat enough calories to support your level of training.

If you are guilty of any of the above, don’t beat yourself up, you are human. I’ve been there with number 7 myself………The first step is to assess what area you need to work on & develop a strategy to overcome this…

As ever, give me a shout if I can help you out, that’s all for today,

Tristan ‘craves pizza when tired’ Buttle.

P.S – The true answer to all of the above, as ever, is balance. The best plan is one that you can and will stick to.