This photo is from 2007 at Union Hill Athletic Club. I was the Fitness Director and Head Personal Trainer. I had just left a position as a "Health Service Coordinator", who set up community health screenings across northern Missouri and southern Iowa.
Setting up health screenings was a rewarding job. But it was not what I was meant to do, or who I was meant to be.
I was so happy to return to personal training and gym management. This return to fitness marked my life-long commitment to living my life as trainer and coach.
The person you are today is a direct result of the choices you have made in the past.
The habits you practice have created your current reality.
What if you didn't need motivation to accomplish your fitness goal because you had self-discipline?
What if no matter how you feel, and no matter what else happens in your week... you exercise, you eat healthy food, you drink adequate water, and you give your body the rest it needs?
You may be able to name your health and fitness goal. But have you broken your goal down into the habits you will need to achieve that goal? You may want to “lose weight” or “tone up”. But have you identified what it will take to reach that goal in a healthy way? Have you created a reasonable plan? Have you designated specific times on your schedule for it?
The way you behave on a certain day is a reflection of who you are. Are you a person who wants to live a healthy lifestyle, or are you a person who wants to lose weight quickly? A person who wants to lose weight quickly may use “magic pills”, starve themselves, or exercise to the point of injury. A person who wants to live a healthy lifestyle will execute a proper plan to do so. They will schedule time to exercise each week and they will do it no matter what. They will go to the grocery store and prepare meals at home. There will be no question about what they will eat on a given day. They already have the plan. If they need to lose body fat, it will happen in a healthy time frame.
It is easy to become obsessed in achieving a goal within a deadline. But that deadline can often cause us to try to achieve our fitness goal in an unhealthy way. Losing body fat is not as important as the person you become on the journey to a healthy weight. The daily habits you chose to achieve your goal, are more important than the goal itself.
Who cares if you lose weight quickly, if you also lose muscle and bone density, or cannot stick with the program because it does not fit in your life?
I will be posting on proper goal setting and healthy habit development.
I invite you to take the next few days to think about what type of person you want to become.
Ask yourself these questions. Write them down in a journal.
- Who do you want to see in the mirror?
- Are you willing to drop the pressure of achieving your fitness goal within a deadline?
- Will you allow yourself the time to transform and grow into a new person?
Do not worry. We will be starting very small!
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