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Friday, June 15, 2012

fearLess Friday with (Radical Personal Trainer) Nigel Atkinson

You know how, now and then, you meet someone who you know will become a significant part of your life because you can't imagine not nurturing a relationship with a person so open-hearted and full of love, so funny and cool and deeply compassionate?  Nige Atkinson is one of those people for me--I feel blessed to be able to introduce him to you today.  

In addition to our connection as fellow bloggers, I have had the deep honor of meeting with radical personal trainer Nige (via Skype) once a week for the last couple of months. My intention, when I began working with Nige, was to get clearer around food/exercise and to shed the weight of whatever has been in the way of me loving and appreciating my body.  The difference between now and a couple of months ago is pretty phenomenal.  Where I was confused and overwhelmed about the "right" foods to eat, I now feel clear.  Where I felt critical and frustrated with my body, I am now leaning toward acceptance. Even though it's only been a couple of months, and even though I am not at my ideal weight, I am learning to embrace this body of mine.  This feels like a miracle and has so much to do with Nige's priceless guidance.  If you want to, in Nige's words, get lean, strong and vibrant, get in touch with this guy--you'll adore him as much as I do, I'm sure of it, and your body & life are sure to change for the better.

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When I was 6 years old I lost a testicle in a kicking incident at school. As a result I spent a big chunk of my childhood being ridiculed and my confidence became so badly scarred that I wanted to die. Kids can be cruel.

This accident weighed so heavy on my heart that it weighed me down like an anchor preventing me from moving forwards.  I was searching desperately for one thing that would help me overcome this sense of inferiority that plagued me down to the core of my being.

Then one day when I was 14, the school announced that they would be holding an inter tutor group cross country run.

Reluctantly, I pulled on my trainers and dragged my scrawny body to the start line. In the beginning I didn’t want to participate, but something happened to me that day that helped me rise up above the turmoil of my life.  This may sound a bit barmy but my journey back to wholeness started when I found myself behind the best runner in my year and somehow I made a decision to run behind him. I ran so hard that my lungs almost exploded, never once taking my eyes off the runner in front of me.  That day something miraculous started to take place inside of me - I started to make friends with the boy I had given up on, and with each lap my confidence grew, and with every step I took I started to pick up the broken pieces of my life and glue them back together. I was filled with a dogged determination to succeed and nothing could stop me.

I finished the race in third place that day and I remember collapsing in a massive heap at the end of the race unable to breathe. My friend Simon, who was a top athlete, sat with me at the finish line encouraging me to breathe. There was nothing left in the tank. I had given it everything and in the space of running a few laps around a muddy field discovered the athlete inside of me.

Once I had pulled myself together enough to be able to hobble down to the sports hall it started to dawn on me what I had just done. Against all odds I had made a decision to participate wholeheartedly in a race that on paper, looked impossible - and I placed third behind two of the best athletes in the school.
Certain moments define us and this was one of them.

Looking back, three things happened that day:

1.I decided to act like I was an athlete.
2. I was determined to succeed.
3. I refused to quit.


What I am trying to say is that with determination anything is possible.

Fortunately, I heard the call, answered and flew!

Who knows; with the right guidance I may have even become a world champion cross country runner, but I was destined for greater things and cross country running wasn’t one of them. However, helping other people find their greatness was, and that readers is so bloody cool I could jump for joy.

Maybe you’ve had a breakthrough moment that defined you or maybe it’s still waiting to reveal itself. Either way, you are amazing and I would love to hear from you.

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak”
- Thomas Carlyle

Nige Atkinson is a radical personal trainer, spiritual counsellor, actor, hubbie and athlete. His mission is to help determined people everywhere achieve maximum results in minimum time and to live lean strong an vibrant everyday of their lives.

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  1. What a great story. I've been fascinated for a while with the mind-body connection. I think our tendency to separate them, and in my world, give less credence to the body than the mind, damages us. Your story and what that race led you to is a good example of what happens, I think, when get mind, body and soul properly aligned.

    Thanks for sharing, you two.

  2. Thanks for reading. When we first start out on a spiritual path it is so easy to disregard the body in favour of spirit.The body is your vehicle in this world and if you are going to touch other souls then its important to take good care of it. It's incredible what can happen when we utilise the power of the mind. In my experience when we refuse to settle for anything less than our best spirit will always rush to meet us! Love Nige

  3. Julia and Nige, you've inspired me! I have signed up for my free kick-as# support on Fridays! Yippee!!! Thanks Nige, and keep following your dreams.

  4. Hi Leah! Welcome to the spiritual fitness revolution! Nige:-)

  5. Smiles here.

    This has been fun, Nige. J, Leah, Nige...I love you people.

  6. Beautiful and inspiring story Nige. You are a gift to women everywhere, who wish to heal body, mind and spirit, and to have fun while doing it! Thank you for sharing here. Thanks, Julia, for featuring such a special man here. So good to have some men in the mix. xoxoxo to both of you!


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