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How I run an online business, blog regularly, keep learning and manage my life with Evernote

A short introduction

To understand why I do online training and why I decided to use Evernote, I have to tell you a little story. It all started when the economic crisis hit Europe a few years ago. Many friends and clients were forced to emigrate to find a new job. United States, Canada, Chile, UK, Australia and even Vietnam were some of their destinations. If everyone had gone to the same country, I would have gone with them, but that was not the case. As many of you already know, I live in a small Spanish coastal town that suddenly saw its population drop from 12,000 to just 8,000. You do not have to be very smart to realize that my traditional personal training business was going to sink. Fewer people, with lower purchasing power, would consider personal training as a luxury they could not afford.

So I had three options: look for another job, emigrate or reinvent my business. I chose the third option.

Emails and PDFs always seemed like a shabby way of sending training plans, so I started looking for other ways to network with my expatriate clients.

Each coach understands personal training in a different way. I approach each client as a project. They have a goal, which can change over time, they face difficulties during the process and they need a fluid, constant communication that can adapt to their new situations. So I tried different apps with them to manage projects like Asana, Basecamp or Trello. They all are great apps, but some way or another they didn´t fit all our needs.

Then, I found Evernote, and everything started to fit in a natural way.

Why Evernote

When you decide to exercise and start a training plan the very first thing you must do is keeping a training journal, period.

Every day write what you have done, how many series, how much weight you have used, how you feel after training and the next day, what you have eaten, how you have slept, etc. To verify how the training plan went, you should also write down your weight and body perimeters at the beginning and end of the training plan. This is called facing reality, has it worked or not? Then you can adjust according to the results.

I used to give each of my clients a paper notebook to do all these things. Today, with Evernote, I do this same thing and much more, digitally.

Even though I can not be with my clients in person, they have a link for each exercise where they can watch a video and read a description to do the exercise correctly. Also, they have a notebook with a lot of recipes, so they do not have to ask me what they can eat today. They have a long list of recipes to choose from at any time.

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And of course, I’m available via workchat for anything you need, in addition to talking regularly about how their training is going. If they are not convinced that they are doing an exercise correctly, they simply send me a video doing it, and I will correct them, if necessary.

Evernote, the perfect environment for online training

One of my first goals for my business was to create an exercise library. An extensive one. Today I have exactly 1259 exercises stored in Evernote, organized by tags (muscle, equipment, and level) and I easily find what I need to create the perfect training for each client.

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I created my own training templates and I just have to copy the exercise I want in the corresponding place. This saves me a lot of time.

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Each client has their own exclusive notebooks and it is impossible to get training, recipes or notes that do not correspond to them. With Evernote, you decide what you share and with whom.

The best part of all this? Anyone can do it. Even if you´re not a trainer, you can create your own notebook and save any exercise or workout you want to do, that you find in a blog, YouTube or wherever, thanks to the Evernote Web Clipper.

In my opinion, Evernote is the perfect environment for personal online training and I still wonder why not many more coaches are using it.

More things Evernote has helped me with

Finding this perfect environment is far from starting an online business. You need a website, advertise on Google, create your accounts on different social platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. And I had no idea about all these things.

One of the first tips that anyone can find if they want to build an online business is to write a blog. Of course, I started blogging without having the slightest idea where to start, except I had to talk about fitness.

My first fitness posts got four or five likes. Now it’s no surprise, but then that was a disappointment. Blogging has many points in common with fitness, you have to start small, learn to do things correctly, a few tricks and progress at your own pace.

In both cases, consistency is the key. I could not find anything smaller to begin with than a daily quote. Making a simple comparison is like starting doing push-ups and chin-ups. Evernote helped me do this and almost effortlessly, I posted a daily quote for more than 500 consecutive days. How? I simply created a note, I titled it “quotes” and there I wrote down each quote that I liked. Then I just had to publish it on the blog and mark it as published, to not repeat it. I still have about 200 quotes that, maybe, I’ll publish someday.

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Instead of writing drafts in WordPress, I create a note for each new article and organize them by topics in different notebooks. For me, it is much easier to organize it so I do not have a list of drafts in WordPress.

I also keep in Evernote a lot of post fitness that I find on the internet, on different topics such as injuries, nutrition, new training methods and the latest studies. I keep them all in a notebook, organized by tags, so I find them easily when I need them.

But there is much more than fitness in my Evernote: marketing, web design, SEO, WordPress, Twitter and Facebook tips, and many other things are in another notebook, perfectly tagged. There are many things one must learn to build an online business and with Evernote, I have everything in the same place, organized and easy to find.

Managing my day to day

To organize my day to day, I created my own version of the Eisenhower matrix.

Eisenhower Matrix

I reduced the matrix to only three areas because I do not understand why I need the fourth quadrant if those things are neither urgent nor important and they need to be dumped. Why should I bother and waste my time on that? I apologize for showing you the blank note, but my daily schedule, my tasks, and ideas, are not of your concern:

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I also have a shortcut to this note on my cell phone, to access it at any time, anywhere.

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When I complete a task I delete it, and every night I check and fill in the blanks for the next day with new tasks. I couldn´t find a way to be more productive, but I´m open to suggestions.

As you can see, there are many reasons to use Evernote, what is yours?
Do you need help to achieve your fitness goals? I still have some available spots.
Do you think any of your friends should read this? Please, share on your favorite social network.

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Us and our success by Brooke Smitham

Hello dears!

This week I´m pleased to introduce you a good friend and a great blogger, Brooke Smitham. Her blog is fully charged with positive vibes, make sure you follow her for your daily dose of positivity. She here to talk about one of the toughest topics, success. Hope you enjoy the reading as much as I did.

Hello everyone, I have to express to you all, what an honor and pleasure I have in writing this post for my colleague David, who I have now followed for a long time and enjoy his blog each day, thank you for this opportunity, David.

This is a topic I and many other blogger’s write about, but at times the clear message does not seem to be getting through, are we convinced of our own control over our lives? What we always have is total control of the reaction we have in situations that appear in our everyday being, yes it is only you that makes that decision, and we have all made mistakes at times, nobody escapes that, but if we give it some thought and change are thinking a little, if we allow ourselves to open our minds somewhat, we could make more positive decisions, it is also important that we believe in the help that we always have with us, the universe always works with us, guiding us along our life journey, it is the divine power which we store inside of us which we can lean on at anytime we need that support, many people hold this belief and name it God, that choice is yours.When we speak to this power, we are answered, but we have to listen, you may be told many times, and sadly at times we just do not listen and we do not take the advice given, your intuition talks to you, do you listen? When we don’t, things will come tumbling down around us, but don’t panic, nobody likes this but it is an opportunity for us to start again, with this experience now well within us, to guide us on, and we learn to listen, this power will never abandon you, we just need to learn to listen in a better way.

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You, as an individual are here for a reason, it is important that you understand that you are creating on a daily basis with the help of the great creator, what better partner can you wish for in life, the Universe/God it is no accident that you are you, just stop and think what set of sequences had to be in motion in action for you to be here, it is no accident believe me……….

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Do you know your purpose, are you working towards your purpose in life, achieving your dreams and goals? If you are not aware of your purpose I urge you to find this out as soon as possible, without knowing your purpose, it is like driving in the fog with no map, no gps, you could be swimming around a fish bowl looking for a corner to get out, there is no way out, so knowing and finding your purpose is extremely important, the sooner you know the sooner you can act and the sooner the universe can connect with you . You are a citizen of the universe, a very important part, you form part of the universal energy and it becomes part of you, your confidence will flourish when you understand there is something much bigger than you, far greater than you, you cannot do it alone. Everything happens for a reason, when you do not live your life as your true self, you are unable to obtain your personal intent, you are here, you are you, in your uniqueness and that is what matters, you are here and part of all this wonderfulness, when things go wrong and not the way you were expecting, it is experience you need, it is not a failure it is part of a preparation of what is to come, you are always preparing yourself with the help of the universe for what is to come.

Every thought you have, every thought you put out there into the universal energy flow and you put into action, is going to come back to you, when you believe and trust your partner, you will start to feel the flow, you will be in the flow of life, you will no longer be against it, you will be part of it, you will be connected to your inner power you will be aligned with the world that you want.
When you achieve the things you want in your life, you have to give back, your intention rules your life and determines the outcome, never worry about your competition, they will always be there, we all have competition in life, but the time and energy you give this, may give them the opening and opportunity they have been waiting for, you can only control yourself you cannot control others, for everything you put into motion the universal law states, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”.

Brooke Smithan is a fully qualified Psychologist,Life Coach,Performance Consultant & LOA Practitioner. Since 2013 she blogs at The Utopia Universe, helping lots of people.

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Online training, a blogger experience

Hello dears!

For those who haven´t met Mliae yet, she´s an awesome blogger from North Europe, who writes about her experiment, so called “life”. Fashion, recipes, travel, book & product reviews with her personal style. Take my advice and follow her, thank me later ;)

When we met, she was on a weight loss journey and she was having some issues to reach her goals.

Maybe you remember we reached her goals before summer. I´m delighted to have her here today, talking about her experience and how she keeps the results.

I hope you enjoy the reading as much as I did :)


I really must say that David has been a lifesaver for me! I was so frustrated with my weight and physique that I just didn’t know what to do.

Starting out at 76 kilos (168 lbs), my goal was to get under 60 kilos (132 lbs). Now some of you might be saying to yourselves that 150-160 isn’t actually that much. And, you are right. For most women, carrying that weight isn’t so bad – especially if it’s spread proportionality throughout the body. My problem is this: I’m short. With this weight on a petit frame, I suddenly looked like a berry. You know, men’s underwear commercial type. (What’s the name of that company? Oh yeah – fruit of the loom)

I’ve always been petite and most of my life I have had a metabolism that was on fire. Until recently, that is. The past two years have been a roller coaster ride from the ‘What the hell is happening to me’ theme park.

So I tried stuff. I mean I tried everything: Diets, fasting, super exercising, not drinking too much water so as not to get the water weight, etc. You name it – I tried it! Part of my issue was that I have always been a healthy person. I’m a vegetarian who occasionally happily indulges herself in seafood. I don’t drink fizzy drinks and I don’t over indulge in sweets. Just like everyone else on the planet, I do have my junk food days. I never ate large amounts of pastas or breads either. So what was happening? Is age this evil??!

I worked like a maniac to shed the weight, and I did. Until that it is, the last 7 kgs (or 15 lbs). Then for some reason, I just got stuck. Like really stuck. My weight loss had plateaued completely and nothing I did made any positive difference. Although it was extremely easy to pack on more weight, much to my dismay…

I had been following Chape Personal Trainer for awhile at this point. Trying to pick up tidbits here and there and suggestions that might help. After listening to my whining for a bit too long, David decided I wasn’t a lost cause and agreed to help me.

At first I was really worried that ‘OK, personal training agreement – I’ve got one month to get this nailed down’. Panic followed. I discovered shortly after that this wonderful man had signed on to get me to my goal, not just a month by month contract. David, God Bless you for that!

David spent many hours chatting with me about my habits. And my lifestyle. I kept a food and drink log (very specific) and my measurement and was even told to write down how new exercises made me feel. These were reviewed by him regularly and then adjustments were made accordingly. Somehow he magically knew that if sent too much info my way, my diet brain would kick into overload and fry. Then absolutely nothing would happen. Instead, David sent me weekly and monthly updates to my exercise regime, as well as the occasional lecture in a very loud voice about what I should be doing differently. This worked really well for me because once I got into the habit of my regime, tweaking one or two things wasn’t really so difficult. Well, maybe. There were the weeks David suggested I drop cheese, tofu, and tempeh all together, which were my dietary staples and I found myself pacing around the refrigerator like an angry bird. These were some of my diet staples that week: Fresh veg, fresh fruit, vegetable sushi.

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Some of the strange but surprisingly effective suggestions David made: • Drink more water. This almost seemed impossible to me because I was so accustomed to not drinking very much of anything at all. Today, I’m guzzling water like a horse. • Eat more?! When David suggested this, I thought he had completely lost his mind! I even told my boyfriend that ‘watch this, we’ll be out buying bigger pants next month’. I was shocked when it ACTUALLY WORKED! Apparently, I was eating like a little bird and he knew that if I just upped my food intake a little bit, that my metabolism would be thanking me. • Walk, don’t run. What?! Seriously? I can laze my way through a dog walk and BURN MORE CALORIES?! Too good to be true. Nope, worked great for all involved. (Well, maybe not the dogs…they love to run)

Some of my favourite exercises: • Forearm plank. I love it. It’s not crazy difficult, but you can feel it working. I still do varying planks regularly. • Glute bridge. I love to mix these in with the plank sets. Feels like a bit of a break and you know you’re doing something great. • Bird Dog. This is just…fun ;) • Reverse fly. Not fun, not comfortable, but it’s a great shoulder and ‘bat wing’ fixer upper. Feel the Buuuurrrrrn, Baby!

Some of the really effective exercises that I hated: • Alternating shoulder tap plank. A great exercise, I still do it. But something about the amount of actual coordination needed to pull this off is a bit out of my league. If you’re a betting person, this exercise is much more fun when you have a running pool of how many times a person will face plant on the floor prior to set completion. • Reverse crunch. David, seriously….ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! The goal was sets of 20. The reality was I could maybe manage about 3 before falling over to the side like a little bug all rolled up. Persistence pays though. If you want fast results, give this exercise a go.

I’ve always been shy about my body. When I found myself getting closer to my goal weight, I had many long chats with David regarding whether or not I was brave enough to post a body pic. It was my idea, after all, I wanted the people reading my blog to see that I was a real person achieving real results, not some random teenage blogger filling time with tall tales of dietary frustration. You see, my subscribers had never seen a photo of ME. Not on any platform. So this was a MASSIVE step for me. Fortunately, David had been working with me regularly on my self-esteem and body image. For that, I am eternally grateful! And this is what we saw on my blog the following week: Not perfection, not yet anyway… but confidence and a great deal of anxiety and relief.

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Haha, you can even tell by my hands how nervous and uncomfortable I was. But I wanted to do it. I needed to step out of my comfort zone and I needed to celebrate my new body. You know what happened? Everyone was thrilled for me! All those trolls and horrible comments I was expecting never came! Freedom, finally! Operation Bikini almost complete!

I kept going and we kept celebrating. I had a few slip-ups. Just refer to the Nacho incident. That was a bad one… David forgave me and made sure I got back on track and STAYED THERE. Once again, in a quite loud voice. He told me that it was a new goal: to be able to have nacho night occasionally without having a meltdown over it. Guess what, David! I had nacho night last week and it was fabulous! ;)

The final push to my goal took longer than expected. I found myself apologizing to David for 2 weeks for being so close and not quite getting there for one reason or another.

And then, something magical happened. I woke up one morning on a weigh day and realized….I had reached my goal! I was so excited, I contacted David immediately with screeches of joy. Despite the fact that I had surely intruded on his morning, he was delighted for me and made me feel like a victorious princess the whole day long :)

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After reaching my goal, I was satisfied with my weight. However, I felt so much healthier utilizing the skills that David had taught me, so I decided that I would take it easy, but still use my newly developed skills. As they say, it’s a life change, not a diet. I fit perfectly into my pants, and pretty great in my swimsuit so I didn’t feel the need to weigh myself on the regular. Imagine my utter delight one day when I stepped on the scale and saw this:

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58.3 kilos or 128.5 lbs! YEAH, BABY, YEAH!!!

I feel great now! Operation Bikini has been completed and surpassed!

If I had to offer any advice to my fellow get-in-shapers, it would be this: • Keep at it! If you get frustrated and surrender, it isn’t going to happen. It takes TIME. Hang in there, you’ve got this! • Find someone that won’t only make suggestions for you, but that will be there for you to listen to you bitch, moan and complain , to keep you on track, and to celebrate every victory! This did more to keep me motivated than anything else!

I feel absolutely awesome now! Thanks David, you are an angel! I could not, in any case could have done this without your direction and support!

Hugs! -Mliae