When I first started in this business, I had a lot of insecurity because I don’t have a background in health and fitness. (Trust me - the rest of our team is full of top notch fitness experts.)
I had always enjoyed learning about living a healthy lifestyle but really, everything that I know comes from Mike (my husband and the beautiful vision behind everything that we do), a google search bar, and an assortment of personal development books.
In the beginning, I felt uncomfortable meeting with prospective clients and current clients to talk about their goals, why their goals are important to them, and then putting a plan into place to help them achieve those goals.
As soon as I pushed that insecurity to the side, I truly feel like I have stepped into my power. There is nothing more that I love than being in a consultation with someone who has tried everything to commit to healthy living, is totally overwhelmed, and feels like it is just impossible. Honestly - there is nothing that I love more than talking through those feelings and obstacles bit by bit and putting a plan in place to overcome it all.
So if you are feeling stuck/overwhelmed/helpless - let’s chat - let me share my superpower of seeing the path and guiding you through all of those obstacles. You start the process however you feel comfortable: send us a dm/leave a comment/schedule a phone call/send an email. Can’t wait to chat with you!
Lots of love,
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CONFESSION: I didn’t work out once while I was away for a month in Costa Rica. Not ONCE.
Was that the plan… nope - I brought a TRX and had visions of early morning training sessions and solo sunrise runs on the beach.
The reality was that I was still up at 5am each morning but that was hustling to get some work done before the kids got up and then it was off.to.the.races. Our days were so active chasing kids, playing in the waves, tossing kids in the pool, and doing all the things to avoid a sunburn that we let the real training slide for the month.
And… I felt (and still feel) pretty great about it. That’s the thing about being consistent over the long term with your dedication to health and fitness. I wasn’t stressed or worried about getting back to the gym. I just went with it. I got my exercise in - in different ways. Fun ways. Ways that challenged me differently. I was able to do these things/feel good doing them/enjoy doing them because I trained for them.
And - (in my very humble opinion) most importantly, I set my expectations for the return. Over the last 2 weeks, I have been easing into my training sessions. Reminding myself ‘I haven’t done this in a month’ and giving myself the space to lay a new foundation. I know that it is all going to come back (not that I am a super fit phenom in my daily life) and I am not killing myself to get there any quicker. I am practicing patience and being kind to my body. I wish more people did that. I see people take time away from training for different reasons schedule/work/kids/life/etc and they come back to training an intensity that is impossible to maintain.
My advice: put your head down, do the work, be kind to your body, know what season of life you are in, and be patient with the process.
Speaking of seasons, what season of life are you in? Are you working hard on your fitness and your habits / just getting started / looking to get back to it / in a good routine / stuck in a rut / riding the fence / looking for motivation? Let me hear it here!
Lots of love,
As a kid I am sure I drove my parents c r a z y asking all of the ‘why’ questions. ‘Why is the sky blue?’ / ‘Why do we call an orange an orange and not an apple a green?’ / ‘Why is there cancer?’ Obnoxious. Right. #sorrymom
I have always had such an intense curiosity to understand the WHY behind why people do things. That is why I am so open here about my WHY. I think the WHY is the most important thing in life. See… you could have a specific goal in mind - let’s say you want to lose weight - that is great but why? You could cut off your leg tomorrow and all of a sudden you are down 26-45 lbs (and yes - I just googled ‘how much does a leg weigh’). Boom. Goal achieved - you lost weight and you didn’t have to go to a single workout or eat a leaf of spinach.
But that’s not what you are looking for. So, WHY do you want to lose weight? Is it so that you feel better in your skin/clothes? So that you have more confidence? To increase your energy levels? To have more fun playing with your kids? To do the things that you love to do (like hiking, or biking, or boating) and ENJOY them?
In my experience, those are the reasons WHY people are looking to lose weight. And to me, those reasons are much more compelling to stay the course than anything else.
My WHY is pictured here - I want to be able to carry my 50lb 4almost5yearold out of the jungle when he 'runs out of batteries.' I want to have the confidence to pursue adventure and fun in my life. I want to have all of the energy to do the things I love to do and e n j o y them. I want to live my life without any limitations. I want to be a good example for my children. I want to make a difference in the world.
So tell me, friend, what is your WHY? If you are in a health and fitness program now, what keeps you going, WHY are you doing it? If you are not on the train now, what is going to be that motivator to get you going?
A few nights ago our 4 (almost 5) year old said with much concern - “Mommy, Daddy! You need to workout. You haven’t worked out.” We chuckled - he was addressing us like this was some sort of urgency like we needed to immediately drop and give him 50 before we caught on fire. We asked him why and he said: “You need to work out so you have energy to play with me, and so that you don’t get old so we can still have fun.” #proudmamamoment
This IS what we train for.
This particular day was much like the rest of our days in Costa Rica. We were up at the crack of dawn - there is no easing into the morning with a 1 year old here - and we were on the beach for a walk. We walked for over an hour - running in and out of the waves while I carried the baby on my back. Then we played in the pool for the rest of the day - throwing the 47 lb 4almost5year as high up in the air as we could, climbing out of the deep end (with no ladder) to jump off the ‘cliff’ (which I believe is the water feature #sorrynotsorry), and hauling all of the gear that entertains one 4almost5yearold and keeps us sane with a 1 year old.
This IS what we train for.
We train for everyday life so that we are strong and healthy to do all of these things and KEYWORD: ENJOY THEM. Mothering (and fathering) is a physical labor of love. Being in a tropical location with 2 active kids is what we train for. Will we have work to do when we get back? Yes. But until then, we are enjoying every single second here.
This IS what we train for. What do you train for?
We made it to Costa Rica! (And 2 days later figured out the internet situation.). I have to say, I am absolutely blown away by how well the kids did on our travel day. #didntexpectthatone
We were all up at the crack of dawn in Bangor because we were #soexcited and we didn’t get settled into our room until after 1am. Brookie (our 1 year old) and I were then up 4am (local time) to listen to the birds wake up.
It really is incredible how portable and flexible kids actually are.
At home I spend so much time worrying about keeping a schedule or what it will mean if we miss a snack or don’t have access to the right foods. This travel day taught me to loosen up - the kids will be fine.
Also - #protip when your 4 year old asks to go to the bathroom on the plane for the 400th time. Let him. And - when he wakes up and blames you for spilling water on his lap... go with it.
The last 2 days have felt like a weeks worth of vacation. The kids have been in the pool, out of the pool, in the ocean, out of the ocean, making friends with locals (and aggressive birds at breakfast), on a jungle hike looking for monkeys, and learning some new words in Spanish. Then we all crash hard at the end of the day.
We will keep you posted weekly on our adventures but for now - I wanted to let you all know we are safe and sound and now have WiFi.
Sending lots of love and pura vita,
Paige & Mike❤️
In less than a week. My family and I are headed to Costa Rica for an ENTIRE MONTH. This has been a dream that my husband, Mike and I have been working on for the last 2 years since our first trip to Costa Rica together.
We have been asked so many questions about our trip, why we are going, if we are scared of leaving our life and business or a month (spoiler alert: yes - we are scared but we are doing it anyway), who will be in charge while we are gone, and what we are hoping to get out of the trip so I am sharing it all here. I hope our story will inspire you to make the decision to #goforit even if you are scared in your own life.
For anyone that doesn't know my story - my name is Paige Wilcox and my husband and I own Wilcox Wellness & Fitness - a private personal training business that we recently franchised. We have 2 locations - one in Bangor that we have been running for the last almost 7 years and one in Brunswick, Maine that opened in mid-January.
I met Mike 13 years ago on a blind date and married him 5 years later. I definitely married up - Mike is my best friend and partner in all things and I absolutely love spending every minute of every day with him. Not kidding! Together, we have two wild and crazy kids - Hazen is 4 and Brooklyn is 1.
I am originally from Rangeley, Maine - a super small, beautiful town in the western part of the great state of Maine. I come from a family of small business owners - my parents ran a convenience store when I was growing up and I always knew that I wanted to own and run my own business. Not for the typical reasons of ‘being my own boss’ but more for the lifestyle freedom that you can build when you own a business.
I love travel, I love adventure, I love immersing myself in new cultures. It has always been my goal to be able to live and work from anywhere in the world. (Don’t worry - Bangor, Maine will always be my forever home.) I have always made travel a priority in my life and I been lucky enough to do a lot a lot of travel in my lifetime. I have backpacked through Europe, been in the Amazon jungle, and traveled through India.
I love the way travel opens you up to view the world in a different way and provides immense amounts of perspective. For the last 2 years, my husband and I have been working on our #lifegoals and planning a month-long live / work trip to Costa Rica with our 2 young kids - ages 4 & 1. We leave in next week - it is terrifying, exciting, and super epic. It’s going to be an amazing adventure!
This trip will be our first experiment in ‘working from anywhere’ - wish us luck! We feel very confident in the team, processes, and business that we have built in order to physically leave the building for a month. Thanks to technology, we will still be very much connected to the business.
It is scary to leave our business for an entire month - we have never done that before and really our business is our baby. And our franchise business is our newborn baby. But - our real babies - Hazen and Brooklyn are only going to be this little for so long. And I am so excited to have this adventure with them - to connect with them through travel - to see the wonder on their faces - to see monkeys in real life - and to open up their minds to the greatest possibilities. It is scary - but anything worth wild is scary so do it anyway. We only get this one life and we get to decide how to live it.
I feel so lucky. I absolutely LOVE my work. A lot of people have asked me why I don’t just want to disconnect and totally be in #vactationmode for the month. The truth is - I love running the business. I love the team I support. I love the clients we serve. I love brainstorming new ideas. I love creating things to serve our clients better. To me full on vacation mode isn’t desirable - it would be like saying you can’t watch your favorite TV show, or eat your favorite food, or talk to your best friend or your mom, while you are on vacation because you need to disconnect from that thing. But the truth is, doing those things would enhance your overall vacation experience. I hope that makes sense.
I think having the opportunity to get away for a solid chunk of time really gives you the opportunity to look at your life, your family, your business, and your priorities with a new perspective. I think that when we are at home, working, grocery shopping, meal prepping, shuttling the kids around, and doing all the things we can lose sight of the bigger picture. I strive to live a really intentional life. I know that life is what you make it and I think that sometimes you need to get out of your daily routine in order to really be able to truly figure out what you want out of life. Things like... How you want to feel on a daily basis. The relationships that you want to have with the ones you love the best. The impact that you want to create in the world. The thoughts that float through your mind.
I remember one time I was going through a particularly stressful time with an old job (I was an account manager for a scientific distribution company) Mike and I went on vacation together. It was just a week - we were in Puerto Rico and I was having a hard time disconnecting from work - or work was having a hard time disconnecting from me back in the days where disconnecting was my goal. I had to be on a conference call on vacation in Puerto Rico on the way to the boat for our snorkeling adventure. I had a lot on my mind after that call and boarding the boat. I remember then putting my snorkel gear on and putting my head in the water. There was a whole beautiful world down there that I hadn’t even considered moments prior. It made my problems feel so small in the best way possible. The fish would still be swimming, the seaweed would still be swaying, and the waves would still be rolling regardless of what was going on in my life. And I feel like that is what travel does for us. It puts our life into perspective.
I am really excited to have the opportunity to step back and really assess where we are and gain a lot of perspective going forward. I hope that our experience inspires other people to fully go for it in their life and do something that scares them. It may not be travel related but really finding the thing that will set their soul on fire, light them up, and make them excited to jump out of the bed in the morning. Maybe that means applying for a new job, starting a new business, going back to school, or asking that special someone out on a date. Whatever it is, I say throw caution to the wind, go for it - especially if you are scared. What is the worst that could happen? Malaria for the whole family…. Eek - maybe - hopefully not - don’t think that way, Paige!
I am confident that our whole trip is not going to be rainbows and butterflies, monkeys and waterfalls. We have an 18 hour travel day to get there with 2 kids under 5 and 2 adults who don’t like to sit still. Our strategy is to bribe the 4 year old with a various assortment of gum (solid, right?) and pray that he entertains the 1 year old. [Now accepting responsible parent travel advice - come at me!]
Outside of the challenge of the travel day, I will have the challenge of figuring out how to balance the family time with working time. I will still have phone calls to support our franchise business and our team in Bangor and other work to do to keep the momentum of the business humming. I love my work - my challenge will be dialing that back enough to really let the amazingness of our trip and extra family time sink in.
If I am being fully vulnerable here, I am also a little scared of what it will mean to have my kids 24/7. I have never done that before outside of my maternity leaves. I am scared that I won’t have what it takes to be the very best version of myself for them every minute of every day. And then I am scared of beating myself up on that. #iwillkeepyoupostedonthatone
I don’t even want to think about what it will mean when our 34 days of utopia are up but I truly hope that by that time I am itching to get home, get back into our comfortable routine, and eat an American cheeseburger again.
I hope that this trip brings our family even closer together - that our kids see that you can do anything in life that you decide to do - and that life is meant to be fully enjoyed. I am so excited to play full out - embrace the adventure and the challenge - and be transformed in the process.
I hope that we bring home a new perspective from Costa Rica that we can use to serve our clients and our team better.
I hope that the moment we get home, we start planning our next adventure!
So tell me - what is your next adventure? How do you want it to make you feel? What scares you about it? I want to hear it!
I believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe that your story is what makes you unique and that every difficult time in your life that you go through prepares you for something better. I believe that we can find good in every situation. And that there is meaning to even the most difficult experiences that we go through.
After I delivered my first baby - I just wasn’t feeling right. For a very long time - about 9 months postpartum. At the time I was working as an account manager - I had long hours - I had to travel regularly for work - and I was trying to adjust to being a new mother. But I was EXHAUSTED. I was doing all the things - sleeping 10 hours per night, eating well, exercising - and nothing helped. I felt like my body was collapsing on itself - right on the centerline. My vision was impacted - I had trouble focusing - I was m i s e r a b l e. AND - it was supposed to be the happiest time of my life. I kept telling my doctors and they kept dismissing me saying - ‘you are going to be tired, you are a new mother.’ It made me feel like I wasn’t doing this life right - was every mother really this tired all the time?
Fortunately, my husband helped me keep pushing for more tests and more answers. I will never forget the call I got from the doctor one Thursday afternoon when I was driving home from a work stretch in Connecticut. He knew I traveled for work - he said “Where are you? You need to get home. Your TSH level is 17.” [Your TSH should be below 2 - most people feel good with it being below 1.] And with that he *finally* referred me to an endocrinologist who diagnosed me with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis - an autoimmune disorder that impacts energy levels, the ability to focus, and a whole host of other symptoms that I was experiencing.
That experience has allowed me to connect more deeply on how important it is to feel good. I had this horrible experience of feeling terrible so I am able to connect more deeply with others who are also just so tired. It has also made me obsessed with managing my own energy levels - not just physically through nutrition and exercise, but also mentally by learning and growing, and spiritually by doing the things, being in the spaces, and being with the people that make me happy.
I would love to connect with you and hear your story. What negatives have you gone through and turned positive? Let me know here.
Having a tough day? Or a series of tough days strung together for the last week or month or year... It happens. Of course. And I’ve been there more times than I would wish on anyone. But just so you know, I’ve gotten through it. And you will, too. I always get through it. And you will, too. And I believe that everything in life happens not to us but for us. Every hardship that we go through makes us who we are, prepares us for something bigger, and helps us appreciate the good times even more. A smooth sea didn't make for a skillful sailor. Whether it’s personal, professional, or seemingly totally out of your control. I know you’ll come out swinging. And friend, I’m rooting for you. Anything I can do to help?
I’ve been working full time in our business for almost 4 years now. #timeflieswhenyourehavingfun We have come a long way from when we opened the doors about 7 years ago - it was just Mike (and Oliver) and about 30 private training clients in 4,000 wide open square feet of gym. Today, we have a franchise business 2 locations with about 330 clients and 9 full-time employees. We have learned a lot along the way but we can clearly identify the one thing that has gotten us to where we are. Our mission has remained the same.
Our mission is to inspire people to enhance their lives by forming healthy habits they can sustain for a lifetime.
Every decision we have made in the last 7 years has been centered on pushing our mission forward. That’s not to say we have gotten everything perfect - we have certainly had miss-steps along the way but every decision we have made and will make is in alignment with our mission. And that friends, is our secret sauce.
Lots of Love,
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
Hey hey - it's me - Paige Wilcox - and that is me at an organic spice farm in India getting cool oil spooned down my spine. [Let me tell you - in the 100-degree dry heat - that felt AMAZING.] I am obsessed with travel, adventure, and culture. It has always been my #lifegoal to be able to live and work in different countries.
I love the way travel opens you up to view the world in a different way and provides immense amounts of perspective. For the last 2 years, my husband and I have been working on our #lifegoals and planning a month-long live / work trip to Costa Rica with our 2 young kids - ages 4 & 1. We leave in 2.5 weeks - it is terrifying, exciting, and super epic. It’s going to be an amazing adventure!
I am originally from Rangeley - a super small, beautiful town in the western part of the great state of Maine. I come from a family of small business owners - my parents ran a convenience store when I was growing up and I always knew that I wanted to own and run my own business. Not for the typical reasons of ‘being my own boss’ but more for the lifestyle freedom that you can build when you own a business. Costa Rica will be our first experience in ‘working from anywhere’ - wish us luck!
Our clients are busy professionals who are looking to gain leverage in their lives through health and fitness. They are looking to feel better, have more energy, and radiate confidence so that they can do [and keyword: ENJOY] the things that they love doing. We really believe that health and fitness is a strategic leverage point to help you get anything else out of life that you want. Work on your health and fitness and a lot of other aspects of life - career, relationships, fulfillment - will start to fall into place for you.
I’d love to hear more about YOU! Tell me about your #lifegoals. What are you working on? What sets your soul on fire? Connect with us here, on Facebook.