life begins at the end of your comfort zone #taketheleapThe past 6 months has been a whirlwind for me and my family. After leaving my career of 18 years to pursue my passions and dreams full-time, I know firsthand what it means to #TakeTheLeap.

Throughout the process of writing a book, trimming back on our expenses, and dialing in the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto program to service an ever-growing community (our tribe) of people looking to take their own personal leaps into health, fitness and active living. We're all learning together what it means to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable, forcing us to grow as people, and the process has been nothing less than epic.

What Motivates You to Get Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable?

Questions to ask yourselfCan you think back to a time when you had to just take a leap into something you weren't sure about? Something that intimidated you, but you were pulled to do it anyways? What did you do or tell yourself to step off and make it happen?

It's part of being human.

We all grow in these moments of uncertainty. Even in those temporary moments where we feel like we're taking steps backwards and not forwards, we're learning.

As a coach, mentor and trainer, I've learned through firsthand experience how challenging it can be to take that first step into a new, health focused lifestyle. I remember as a child of 14 years old, living in a state of morbid obesity, I had no clue what to do or how to do it. But I knew that if I chose to make a change, and really wanted to make it a reality, it was up to me to make it happen.

nothing is impossible, the mere word says I'm possible

Fortunately for me, I took the steps needed to learn the ‘how' and ‘what' of my lifestyle changes – I went to the library (yes, I took my leap pre-Google) and connected with people at school and the local gym to get help. They helped me better understand my food choices as well as how to move my body with purpose. There was one piece they couldn't help me with and that was my ‘WHY‘. This is something that has to come from within if we truly want to make sustainable changes in our lives. I'm not going to go into great detail in this post about the process I went through, but I do talk about this in great detail in the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto.

As a coach and lifestyle mentor today, I'm excited to be able to help my clients and fellow tribe members with new and exciting tools. There's apps to help you with setting and maintaining goals, sites to connect you with like-minded people to hold you accountable, and to top it off, there's very affordable technologies that can keep you accountable to your self above all else.

There's never been a better time than today to learn how technology can help us lead happier, healthier lives.

As part of the #teamTELUS advocacy team, I've had the opportunity to trial a lot of their health and fitness programs and technologies. (But admittedly, I absolutely love their tech!)

3 Pieces of TELUS technology that can help you #TakeTheLeap into Health this year

TELUS offers some of the most sought-after fitness and health gear on the market and has an entire team dedicated to keeping a pulse on the latest and greatest wearable accessories out there. These happen to be 3 of my favorites:

The FitBit Charge HR - one of my favorite activity trackers

The FitBit Charge HR – one of my favorite activity trackers

#1. The FitBit Charge HR: accountability. We all need it from time to time. However, before we can be accountable to ourselves we have to be honest with our current habits. We can set goals all day long, but if we don't have a clear understanding of what our day-to-day habits are and how they play into our goal seeking, we're only going to get so far. The FitBit Charge HR will let you know your activity patterns, sleep quality and tendencies, as well as track and report back on the efficiency of your workouts. It's pretty much a personal trainer on your wrist. One of the best investments you can make in your health this year.

#2. Withings Aura Smart Sleep System: I don't mean to sound like a broken record, but sleep is one of the most important aspects of having a healthy, happy life, period. I've written numerous articles on the subject and highly recommend your read them. But on top of that, invest in a system to start monitoring your sleep patterns as well as aid in improving the quality of your sleep, rest and recovery.

withings aura smart sleep system

#3. Jaybird X-2 Sport Wireless BUDS:

jaybird x2 sport wireless bluetooth buds

Music goes wireless!

Music motivates us all on some level. Let's be honest there are days where motivation is in short supply. Trust me, create a playlist on your smart phone that has your favorite ‘get up and move' tunes. When you are having those down days, pop on your wireless buds, and get your groove on! Motivation has just gone wireless! BAM!

Check out the full TELUS lineup of health and fitness tech gear at www.telus.com/betteryouTELUS also recognizes that mental health is an important focus for Canadians overall health and in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Mind Your Mind, recently launched a new iOS based mental health app called thinkFull.

And in case you aren't completely convinced on the WHY behind fitness gear and wearables…

These tools have the ability to motivate people like you and me, and help us stay on track with our health goals. Here's just… 

3 Incredible Statistics about how technology helps keep us motivated

  1. The majority (57 per cent) of consumers said the ability to self-monitor was a major reason in their purchase of a fitness wearable (Nielsen)
  2. Fifty-two per cent of wearable owners primarily use their devices to stay motivated to exercise and stay healthy (MaRS)
  3. Nearly three-quarters of current exercise app users are more active than those who stopped or never used their apps (Journal of Medical Research)

So how about now, are you ready to #TakeTheLeap? Here's a little contest to get you in the mood…

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you are awesome - reallyThis post is sponsored by TELUS. The opinions are my own…

And to be absolutely clear, this is my disclaimer: “Just so you know, I have been compensated to share my ideas on this topic. Sometimes it is in the form of products, or services or even money… But here’s the thing; I won’t  share anything with you that I don’t fully support. It doesn't matter what it is, or how much they are willing to give me, if I don’t believe in it, It won’t be on my site. Seriously. You’ll just have to trust me on this.” ~ Moose

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