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Farewell to Leap Ahead Fitness

Hi Friends,

It has been over a year since I decided to stop running Leap Ahead Fitness full stop to pursue my higher calling as an actor. I had always made excuses about why I couldn’t pursue acting full time, and as I went deeper into exploring fitness coaching, to help my clients and the world at large overcome what was stopping them in their quest towards better health and fitness, I realized that I was not in alignment with what I was teaching.

I had gradually fallen into the worst shape of my life, become injured and discouraged, and what began as a quest to share my knowledge about fitness and health to earn enough money so I could study more and succeed as an actor, quickly became an exercise in dreams deferred. I realized that the hours I spent working hard on Leap Ahead Fitness were hours also spent mired by my own blocks to success and that my own failures in self-care were a direct reflection of that misalignment.

Buoyed by support from my husband, I tentatively stepped away from the fitness industry, not knowing what would happen on the other side of this journey. Would I find myself drawn back to working in fitness? Or conversely was I stepping away on a permanent basis?

I gave myself 6 months before I had to make a decision of any kind. If I got an idea related to Leap Ahead Fitness, I would simply write it down and get back to building my acting career. In the beginning it was pretty hard … I’m hard wired with an entrepreneurial brain and the blog ideas just kept coming. And then eventually they stopped.

I started taking fitness classes with other people, to keep me inspired to take care of myself without having to be “in control”, and gradually I began to sub a few Pilates classes here and there. Which confirmed a few things … yes, I’m a good instructor and I will never completely forget how to teach a class, but it actually isn’t what lights me up inside. It is performing that is my greatest gift to give to the world and as hard as it may be to commit 100% to that, it is what I need to do.

I’ve struggled with how to make this transition gracefully. Should I take down this website altogether? Should I leave my blog posts behind for those who are still stumbling upon it? In the past few months when I decided to glance at my stats, I was amazed to discover that this website still gets as many as 1000 hits a month.

Ultimately I decided that if I can continue to impact and inspire people through words that I’ve already written and am still proud of, there is absolutely no reason to take them down.

As we move into 2015, I’m taking the bold move to deactivate all my Leap Ahead Fitness email addresses and all the pages on this website that aren’t strictly blog posts.

I’m hopeful that my blog will continue to help people in the months and maybe years to come.

Should you wish to contact me or follow what I’m writing now, please head on over to www.natalieneckyfarow.com. I’m now writing about my journey in owning my place in the world as an actor, writer, producer and narrator & would love to continue the conversation.

Wishing you the happiest and healthiest 2015 & beyond!

Natalie

What is your dream fitness program?

I’ve been working hard for the past few weeks putting together the beginning details for my new group Fitness Coaching program Fit and Fab in 6 weeks!

Now, I’m not yet ready to divulge any major details yet, but I can tell you 3 things:

  1. The program will be offered in an in studio and an online format. So whether, you are in New York or New Zealand, you’ll be able to partake of its fabulous goodness.
  2. Anticipated start date is Monday September 25th. Oh my! I have so much to do before then!
  3. I’m giving you an opportunity to win a complimentary spot in the first ever Fit & Fab in 6 weeks!

So how do you win?

I need input from amazing people in my community who are looking to make changes in their health and fitness (large or small) and want to work out in a group environment. Every person who fills out my survey will receive 3 entries into the drawing, which will take place on Wednesday August 14th.

Want extra opportunities to win?

Here are 3 more ways to get entries:

  1. Get on the early announcement list for Fit and Fab in 6 weeks (1 entry).
  2. Tell your friends about this survey via Facebook (1 entry).Be sure to use the following text and highlight Leap Ahead Fitness (like Leap Ahead Fitness and then you’ll be able to type @LeapAheadFitness to link to us in your Facebook status update):What does your dream fitness program look like? Leap Ahead Fitness wants to know. Fill out their survey for a chance to win a spot in Fit & Fab in 6 weeks. http://wp.me/p2z50Z-xl

  3. Tweet about this survey for 1 entry using the following Tweetable (1 entry).What does your dream fitness program look like? @leapaheadfitness wants to know. Win a spot in Fit & Fab in 6 weeks. http://wp.me/p2z50Z-xl

Click here to fill out the survey now!

 

Your surveys and tweets must be entered no later than 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday August 13th. The winner will be announced via Facebook, Twitter, and FitTips on Wednesday August 14th.

Thanks for all of your help!!

Have a fab week,

Natalie