A Kaizen approach to overall wellness -Member of the Month -Eme C's Story.

A Kaizen approach to overall wellness -Member of the Month -Eme C's Story.

Written By Elise Matthews.

Wiki describes Kaizen as the following: The Japanese word kaizen means "change for better", with inherent meaning of either "continuous" or "philosophy".  The word refers to any improvement, one-time or continuous, large or small, but in English is typically applied to measures for implementing continuous improvement.

Eme is one of those people who truly always has a smile on her face.  No matter the challenge, she is up for it and even if her smile turns into a grimace from the effort of the challenge, she is possibly one of the most positive people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  

Eme has been a member at KORE  since December of 2015 starting with classes and then transitioning to personal training along the journey.  Eme, started her journey here at KORE as a supplement to improve her running training and trying to make sure that hip pain that seemed to increase as her miles increased didn’t turn from a minor issue into a major issue.  One of her main reasons for joining KORE was that she knew in order to get stronger, she was going to need some accountability to stick with it.

A perfect example: This past friday, as can be seen in the picture above, Eme not only made it to her workout on time, but in glasses (she normally wears contacts) and borrowed exercise shorts as she spent the night house sitting and realized she had forgotten to pack what she needed for her morning workout.  This transition from needing accountability to showing up for a training session in “borrowed” shorts is the exact reason why Eme has been voted the last member of the month of 2018.

Over the last 3 years, Eme has made great strides all across the wellness spectrum, she’s more fit, she’s stronger, her eating habits have improved significantly, she’s less stressed, she’s more regular with her sleep routine, and she bikes to work most days!  She just went out and crushed a trail race at Harbison having done NO running training, only her strength training program! All of this has been done not in grand gestures and big effort, but by making very small steps and figuring out ways to make the small changes part of her life in the long run.  For Eme, her ability to stick with the small changes has made all of the difference and we couldn’t be more proud of her success!


What Eme has to say about her journey to Member of the Month:

  1. What is one “exercise myth” that you now know to be false?

This idea of waiting for a feeling (as in,  waiting to feel like I want to go to the gym, eat nutritious food, get enough sleep) rather than creating the feeling by taking action and doing those things. Some days I don’t feel like getting up early and going to the gym, but I do it anyway knowing that 100% of the time I feel stronger, more energized, and accomplished for taking the action.

  1. How do you organize your time to make your health a priority?

I go to the gym first thing in the morning so the whirlwind of everyday life doesn’t distract me from my health priorities.

On Sundays I plan our weekly menu, Emile grocery shops, and we prep as much as we can for the week. I try to make my food choices ahead of time rather than at the end of the work day when I’m tired, more likely to be hangry. I also like to throw in a fun menu surprise on Wednesday -- a cocktail or sweet treat-- to contribute to my family’s overall joie de vivre.  

My other big life organization change has been selling my car and buying an electric bike (thanks Emile!) as my primary form of transportation. I bike to the gym and work and it’s a gentle yet active way to feel connected to my body after a work day of mostly sitting in front of a computer.

  1. What has been your secret to getting to where you are now?

Keep showing up even when I don’t feel like it.

  1. What is the most important thing that you can do now that you couldn’t do a year ago?

Going to the gym and riding my bike are mostly unconscious habits that I just do. Last year I was struggling to get consistency with my gym practice. After months of putting effort into consciously showing up even when I didn’t feel like it, now my body is more-or-less in auto-pilot mode.  To be clear, I still need nudges in the right direction, but I’ve organized my life as much as I can to make healthy decision more automatic.

  1. How do your push through your worst or busiest times?

I think about the consequences of NOT making my workout. Although in my busiest times it’s easiest to skip my workout to get more rest or catch up on work, my experience is that staying physically active helps me manage my stress, have a clearer, more focused mind, and helps me start my day feeling accomplished -- it’s a nice cascade of effects once I make the decision to push through!

  1. What motivates you to get to KORE every week?

The joy of feeling connected to my body and mind and feeling strong. It’s a privilege that I try not to take for granted.

  1. What would you consider the habit that has helped you most in achieving your goals?

Just keep showing up!

  1. What is the BEST thing about KORE?

Knowing that there’s a team looking out for me and inspiring, challenging, encouraging, and supporting me as I continue on my wellness journey!

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