This post is sponsored by Metabolic Mindset. All content and opinions are my own.
I first met Geoff Vacon of Metabolic Mindset when we were both working at a retail store in the fall of 2018, and I immediately recognized him as “one of my people”. I found out that he was from Halifax, and living in Moncton while he was taking a course to become a paramedic, and we had a lot of friends in common.
What does Michelle do when she finds out there is someone living away from home? She invites them to come for supper! We talked about bodybuilding, meal plans and workouts, and how Ray and I felt so off track and unmotivated.
Over the course of Geoff’s visits, we continued to discuss where we are and where we want to be heading in terms of our health. Geoff offered to help us, and in return, I am sharing our journey with you here.
Mindset training comes first
Before we ever got to the point of Geoff creating a plan, we had many chats about our goals, and how we wanted to feel. Talking with someone who is a competitor gave me the thought of competing again. But the more Geoff questioned me about my real reasons for wanting to do a show, the more I realized the things I loved most about competing were pushing myself and getting all “glammed up”. I could do that without stepping onstage. Then he asked me a tough question, “How do you want to feel?” The answer he was looking for wasn’t the buzzwords of “healthy” or “strong”, it was an emotional reaction, and deeper.
This is where the “mindset” part of Metabolic MIndset comes in. It is so easy for me to lead others through this process, but a challenge to walk the road myself. Geoff told me to take some time to find the answer.
Taking an honest look at my mindset
I loved the attention I got when I was a 52-year-old competing in classes with 20-year old’s. I loved seeing the muscles that I had and wearing smaller sizes in clothes. What I didn’t love was what it took to look like that and the toll it took on the people around me. You can read more about that journey here.
Prepping for my first show was fun. I didn’t know much about what was involved, and I worked with a great friend, Daniel Singh, who created workouts for me. Ray and I researched meal plans and it was a team effort.
So the answer to Geoff’s question is: I want to feel happy and accomplished and strong. I want to feel free to enjoy sharing meals with my family and friends. I want to be working out with Ray and having fun. It took me almost a month to figure that out.
I will be writing in this series about our journey, sharing our progress, and some of what we are doing. Each person has their own needs when it comes to nutrition, so I won’t be sharing specifics. Geoff will be writing guest blogs here as well, and we will be doing some Facebook Live events.
If you are interested in meeting with Geoff to discuss your own Metabolic Mindset, you can contact him here.