Erika Volk: So I remember that too. I never thought about that because I was like, the runt of the litter and came in last on national tests. My deep dark secret, and we always joke about this, is like the only C I got in college was physical education. I think it’s weird,hated it so much. I would barely show up.
Farrar Duro: I mean I just remember in dodge ball, like the goal of the class was to nail all the girls in the face with a had glasses and I’m like please, glasses and braces and head gear. So if hit me in the face, it’s not going to feel good. So I think that I’m looking at that article is like, wow, that’s pretty eye opening. So, going back to what you feel comfortable with is starting with something that you actually enjoy and if it’s something that puts you also in a good mood, when you think about it, it’s going to be more fun for you to do long-term too.
Erika Volk: Absolutely. And if you’re the person, like, I just want to do whatever she tells me, you know, whatever the PCOS Personal Trainer says, I’ll do the optimal thing. Go ahead and do that. But if you’re hearing me say “Pick up a dumbbell” and you’re getting a queasy feeling in your stomach, just put that aside for now. Just get moving, have some fun, and then worry about being optimal or perfect another day.
Farrar Duro: You’re perfect the way you are. And how about one of your personal habits that you could share that contributed to your success with overcoming your PCOS symptoms?
Erika Volk: Okay. So I would say it’s kind of my mantra for a lot of things in life, particularly in dealing with health behaviors, is to begin with the end in mind. Whether I’m walking into my kitchen, you know, the baby’s crying, just got down. I have a lot of emails and I just need a break and I’m thinking I bet I could find some dark chocolate somewhere in this pantry or I’m tired. And I’m thinking about skipping my workout. I always pause and think…
Erika Volk: “What am I trying to get out of this , what is my end result?” And when I’m standing in that kitchen thinking about eating dark chocolate when I’m not hungry and it’s like 10 in the morning, the end result isn’t that I want the sugar. It’s like I need a break. So instead I just sit down, be quiet, or if it’s, you know, I want to skip my workout because I’m tired and I need more energy. I know that if I need more energy, I need to do some kind of a workout. So maybe it’s, less than planned previously, but I’m gonna start with the thing that’s going to give me the end result instead of the emotional kind of cave girl reaction to whatever I’m experiencing.
Farrar Duro: Over the quick fix. I see. That’s awesome to keep it in mind. And as far as that goes, we just finished up our first week of our 30 day Jumpstart and it was based on planning and how to deal with cravings and those cravings come from being tired a lot of times. I think, your brain is tired like, give me glucose. So, and I think that is the short term, right. But the long-term is what’s really going on and then, and yeah, it could be time for a break, it could be time for some more water or something else that your body’s needing that you’re just not giving it. So that’s a good tip. And if you could recommend a book that has really helped you or helped your clients, what would that book be?