Category Archives for "Mindset"

Work Hard or Hard Work?

I'm in the gym 6 days a week to train, meet clients, clean, or stock inventory. A few weeks ago I rearranged all the Dumbbells and Kettlebells. You might recall the contest to guess how much I moved that day? 7,454 pounds of metal so that the traffic could flow a bit easier. It was hard work. 

Since March we have all faced different challenges because of Covid. One theme keeps coming back to mind as I see you struggle to create your new normal. You're Working Hard! As an observer it is thrilling to see the determination and guts, the flexibility and creativity, the energy and positiveness you've displayed while training. 

We have a nutrition challenge starting on January 29th. This challenge will give us (I'm in this with you) the opportunity to Reset, Redo, or just Start getting our food back in line so our waistlines don't keep suffering. YOU 2.0 in 2021 is designed to focus our attention to the kitchen so we can Work Hard on both sides of Health. FYI, the first 50 people to register get $10 off.  

Keep Making It Happen,

Coach Nancy

Sawubona – I See You

2021 is right around the corner. Many of us are rushing to get there in hopes that it is going to be like a beautiful rose instead of all the thorns so many of us had in 2020. There is a famous saying: “Where ever you go, there you are.” What if 2021 is not a bowl of sunshine and roses? What if it starts where 2020 left off?

Sawubona means ‘I see you’. Not just I see you have a mask on and I see that you are shopping in the same store as I am. It means I see you intimately. Sawubona is that deep seeing where you get that person. You understand where they have been and where they are going.

I see Sawubona happening at Cr8 all the time. The chatter happening as you catch up on the weekend details or hear how an elderly parent is doing. You not only know that person exist but you see into their lives and want to participate in it with them.

Sawubona is seeing beyond the mask we are wearing.

2021 will have its roses.  As you ‘see’ others this year, see them deeper. Take the word Sawubona to heart and really see them. You’ll find by getting into each other’s lives,

  • Challenges become easier because you have others to help with the burden.
  • Tension eases as you see their perspective and not just your own
  • Goals are attained with the accountability and help of those who ‘see’ you
  • Sunny days are even brighter because you’re sharing them

I’m sure you’ll find more benefits from Sawubona – I see you.

Happy New Year Everyone. We have the ability to make 2021 the Best Year Ever.

Coach Nancy

Being Essential and Why

There's not much more to say than what this video proclaims. The government labeled gyms as being a non essential business when Covid hit. Cr8 Fitness shut it doors and went remote for almost two months. That label is not going to define me and it shouldn't define you. 

There are people you know who are without a gym or a coach now. You can help them get off the couch and stay healthier and happier. You can make a difference in the quality of someone else's life, and that's just cool!

Will you point them to Cr8 Fitness please? We have room in several of our training times inside the gym and training on Zoom is an innovative way to get high quality coaching from the convenience of your home. They can get started Right Here.

Let's Keep Making It Happen!

Thank you in advance,
Coach Nancy

My Happy Thanksgiving Rant

"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."

John Wesley  

I know I could be better at doing good, how about you? Great thing is we have a new day to Make It Happen. I could rant on and on about how crazy things are now, how politics make me feel, about the financial market, and how challenges are piling up but I am not going to do that. In fact I want to do the opposite.

I want to rant and rave about the 10 great things in my life now.

  1. God is in control. He always will be
  2. Coach Dean is by my side and holds me up daily. He's my bestest friend and I can't imagine a day without him.
  3. I have awesome kids. Dean and I have 6 of our own and there are others in this world that I count it a privilege to help mentor along the way.
  4. Cr8 Fitness - The little gym in the woods is open. We're working on our 13th year in business. 
  5. Cr8 Fitness peeps are more than peeps, they are family. I love hearing your stories. Living life with you is a dream job. Not many people really enjoy doing what they do for work. I do. 
  6. I'm enjoying a warm house located across from a country pond on a rural road. Life is quieter here.
  7. Food, Yep, I like to eat. I'm thankful for grocery stores that carry whatever my heart desires. (Right now they have toilet paper so stock up.) 
  8. Bees- I never knew how fun these little creatures were to watch. Of course I watch them inside the safety bee keeper clothing. We got a hive a month or so ago. 
  9. Cr8tive Gardens. Just picked salad greens, micro greens, and herbs will soon be available in the gym's fridge. Farming in the winter is going to be a new adventure this year. 
  10. Friends. I'm surrounded by amazing people. 

These are just the top 10 things that popped into my head. Life is good and with God's help I'll do more good daily. 

Take a moment or two to jot down your top 10 good things and rant about them. It feels so much better than ranting on the negative side. It feels better because I can directly effect change for even more goodness.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Here's what coming up soon at Cr8 Fitness.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

We'll be training all of our regular times on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. That way you can enjoy Thanksgiving on Thursday and shop (online) all day Friday. 

Pies Off Your Thighs

This is a tradition at Cr8 Fitness. Typically we do this special training as one big group. That is just too hard to do inside the gym but we'll celebrate Pies off Your Thighs all day on Wednesday, November 25th. You won't want to miss it.

Recovery Week

Our next scheduled recovery week starts on December 24th through January 3, 2021. We'll talk more about that in December

Cr8 Gardens 

Just picked Herbs are for sale in the gym's fridge for $1 a pack. Right now we have Cilantro, Parsley, Thyme, and Basil. Be on the look out for Salad Greens and Micro Greens.

Christmas is coming.......


Fairy Dust for Everyone

On Tuesday I asked almost everyone, "What is your favorite thing about this time of year?" Here's some of the answers I got.

  • The leaves and all the color they bring
  • Knowing we're one step closer to spring..... some actually said winter
  • Pumpkin spice coffee
  • No bugs
  • Great weather for hiking
  • Enjoy the transition of everything
  • The cooler weather
  • Better sleeping
  • Whoopee pies
  • Woodstoves

Its refreshing to take time to focus on the positive. It does your body and mind good. 

Keep that positivity going. I understand its a bit harder to be positive and it is easier to jump on the bandwagon of complaints and irritability. Do the hard thing and Stay positive for yourself and others. 

When I ask you how you're doing today and you answer 'good', I tend to say; "just good?" Lets bump it up a notch and be the best we can be.

When all else fails, grab the fairy dust,

Coach Nancy

By the way I can use your help introducing Cr8 Fitness to a few of your peeps. Do you know a mom who's just dropped her kids at school or a retiree who would enjoy training at our new 8am training time? We'd love to fill in this group with new peeps. A two week tryout is waiting for them just like you enjoyed when you first started with us.

This Costs You Nothing

I recently read, "Be generous with encouragement. It is verbal sunshine. It costs nothing, it warms hearts and enriches lives." I'm not sure if I am the only one who noticed this but after talking with a few of you, I think the general consensus is 'Everyone is a bit grumpy and easily agitated.  

It doesn't matter what you think of Covid or your political association. Americans, with NH included, are tired and at the same time feel the weight of issues that are not totally in their control. 

Here is what you can do to turn the world around. 

  1. Take every opportunity to SMILE. The world needs more happy people.
  2. Give those around you a shout out. It would make a store clerks day if you told her manager that she did a great job or that she took time to acknowledge your presence. If store clerks like it, think what it will do for our friends and family to hear you give a compliment.
  3. Stick to your training regime. Give yourself a high five each day by taking care of your body. Training also boosts your immune system so you can fight off nasty diseases with more ease. When you get healthier you automagically get happier and the world needs more happy.
  4. Eat Better. Okay this one might cost you. It'll cost you in time. Its quick and a bit more expensive if you eat out each night. It usually also means you're either overeating or eating not the best foods. It could also mean you are doing both. Eating better usually requires you fix your meals and buy protein and produce that are going to help you best. Can I suggest doing Sugar Free Me (it does cost you $37)? The payoff being you'll be eating better, doing something for yourself, and feeling better all at the same time. That's a win win. 

The word on the street is everyone is uptight. Don't fret over things you can't control. Pass out compliments like they are candy. Smile often. Eat and train smart. Be the best version of yourself. 

I'm here for you,

Coach Nancy

P.S. To boost your mood, my girls being silly. 

Tell Me You’ll Wear a TuTu

Surprise, It's October. And of course each Tuesday in October is TuTu Tuesday. We've done it for years, Its what we are known for. Join in the fun, be a little crazy, wear a TuTu to training on Tuesday. 

TuTu's make training easier. (LOL, easier might be a slight exaggeration)

Bring on the Fun,

Coach Nancy

Commit to ReCommitting

Sound a bit redundant? I think this is the year of Do - Overs. I know I'd like to have a do - over of things I did this year. Including many things pertaining to health and fitness. 

Here's a few things I could do better:

  • drink more water daily
  • drink more water daily consistently
  • eat less junk food
  • eat more veggies
  • train harder
  • take my vitamins on a more regular basis
  • sleep or at least work at sleep harder
  • relax and chill to take the stress out

What about you?

Here's your chance. Commit to REcommitting.

You've Got This,

Coach Nancy

Imagination is Not Real

I am a kid at heart. I think if we all let our adult guard down long enough, the silly side of us will shine. I just tend to let that silly side show a lot. Why not? Telling jokes, getting people to laugh, giggle or truly crack up is fun. Its contagious. 

Last week at Cr8 Fitness we invented a Holiday. It was a holiday of huge importance. In fact it was such a big deal that all bosses everywhere gave you the day off. Many of you used that day to travel, dine, shop, see family and friends or just to take some you time. We called the Holiday - FUN Friday.

Allowing your brain to think of exciting, thrilling events like time travel and all expense paid shopping trips in Europe or even your boss giving you the day off is Imagination. Its a side of us that feels childish and yet it gives us a sense of freedom to think outside of normal. 

I am sure you could see me in a bouncy house full of those little balls playing up a storm. I haven't done that in years.

And at the same time because I would have to travel over an ocean it is less likely I am in a far away country enjoying extraordinary buildings. 

In fact and truly you can do this too, there are filters you can add to your camera that enhance your image, add backdrops, or even change your appearance. 

You guessed it, Imagination is not real. But there is a very real part of my life that should shine, my thankfulness and appreciation of you.  

Thank you for being you. (and being real)

Cr8 Fitness had a Facelift

It feels like Cr8 Fitness is all new at times, don't you think?

So much has changed in the last six months that it almost feels like everything is all new. While some of the changes of Covid can get under our skin many of those changes at Cr8 are just that - Changes. 

Did you know?

Did you know Cr8 Fitness went from 5 training times to 7 training times four days a week? 

Did you know 2 training times are outside? We've been outside at 7:30am and also at 5pm in addition to our training times inside. The inside times are 5am, 6:15am, 9am, 4pm, and 6pm just in case you didn't remember them all.

Did you know you can jump on Zoom to train with us at any of our indoor training hours? Zoom gives you the ability to stay home or work around your new job schedule and still get your training in. Use the number below to get in touch with me if you need that link please.

Did you know reserving your spot each day gives you flexibility too? The regulation to reserve your spot each training time has turned into a fun game for many of you. Each day you can see how many others are going to join you at training, you can quickly change times or days, and even see who is going to be there. Reserving your spot has become my assistant because it keeps you accountable to yourself. Thank you Zen Planner

Did you know you Cr8 Take Out is up and running? Which means by letting me know you need protein powders, vitamins, fish oil, or training bands I can get them all bagged up for your convenient pick up. Cr8 Fitness can be reached at (603) 340-7852 or by emailing

Did you know each day the training is recorded so you can do it at 2:30am if needed? I'm not sure how many need to train at 2:30 in the morning but I know many have taken advantage of training while keeping to your family's new schedule or while away. You can request access to those trainings here.

Did you know your coach wears a mask at work?  My new hero is Zorro. I wear a mask and leave a mark on those around me. (I put this one here to see if you are paying attention)

Did you know all the fun we have and hard work we accomplish can be shared with others? There are a few spots for someone you know that wants to do fitness with others and have a coach to help each step of the way. I love to meet those who hang out with you outside the gym walls. Send them to to get in the loop. You can also give them our number or email address. 

There are some new awesome things that have changed at Cr8 Fitness to go along with the great training, fun atmosphere, and companionship that has always made up the heart of Cr8 Fitness. We didn't anticipate all these new things but they make it feel all new. 

Having the Best Day Ever and you should too,

Coach Nancy

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