MOTIVATION: the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something; the act or process of motivating someone; the condition of being eager to act or work; he condition of being motivated; a force or influence that causes someone to do something
I begin this latest post with a word that has so much power. If you examine the definition I’ve posted above (thank you Myriam-Webster), this 10 letter mega-mot involves two things: a person (you) and a driving force or forces (variable(s)). It’s found in the title of my weekly blog, has been found in numerous articles, posts, messages, and memes to say the least, not to mention, it plays a major role in our success, yours and mine.
Lately though, for some, it has…well…not completely disappeared but is hiding somewhere…or has been put on the backburner, tucked away in a drawer, and hidden behind the busy state of our lives, leaving some to ask the question – WHERE HAS ALL THE MOJO GONE?
The driving force behind today’s post stems from a conversation I had via text with one of my clients. She stated that she’s “lost her mojo” and her drive was quite “low”. I understood COMPLETELY how she felt because, believe it or not, even motivators lose their motivation sometimes. But when you’re motivated, or have a source of motivation (also can be considered your “why”), shouldn’t you be driven and motivated ALL the time?
We would like to think that would be the case but that’s not always the scenario. What can cause that to happen and how can you bounce back? Let’s first begin with common factors that could lead to slow-mo-mojo
FACTOR A - THE WEATHER – NO SUN = NO FUN
Now before I begin with this factor, let me remind everyone that this winter was not like 2015 when it was unbearably cold, dark, and just yuck! It has been a pretty chill (no pun intended) winter with the occasional blasts of snowfall, ice rain, and cold (we all remember Saturday right?), so please do not take this as a rant about the weather – its inevitable! So what’s the challenge – lack of sunlight. When we are low on natural Vitamin D that we get from the sun, we natural tend to slow down and feel ultra “blah” as a result of the darker-than-normal atmosphere. Our main source of light becomes artificial (who wants fake when we can have real), which can lead to overeating (intake of too many calories), lack of activity (reduction of energy expenditure), reduction of energy, and loss of drive. Don’t you ever notice in bad weather, your first instinct is “Netflix and chill…with a box of ice cream and cookies”? It becomes a challenge, even to get out of bed! Lack of sunlight can be a hindrance to our performance. So how can we overcome that?
SOLUTION – CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS SUSTAINABLE IN EVERY SEASON
True, our best efforts may be performed when lots of light is available, but consider what else makes that environment energetic. If you love being around people, workout with a group of friends at home, the gym, or in a class! Keep the energy flowing with solid bumping tunes that will make you move even if you’re alone. Have water and fresh fruit available to you after you’ve finished your sweat session. Or, keep it simple and commit yourself to doing something light. Face the challenge, accept it, and conquer it. Remember, you’ll have plenty more challenges to come on your journey so let this one be your warm up
FACTOR B – YOUR ROUTINE IS KINDA WEAK AND SO IS YOUR GOAL
Why do I keep bringing up the importance of goal setting? Because think about it – who drives just for the sake of driving if you really don’t have anywhere to go? Or you do but your route has been taken day in and day out for months on end out of the sake of comfort. Having no idea as to where you would like to go can make that trip seem never ending. But at the same time, having a goal that is so far out there (ridiculously unrealistic) can also make you feel like you’re going nowhere and that you’re not getting any closer.
Talk about un-motivating!
You see other people making things happen, going places and having stories to tell about their trip and you don’t really have much to share even to yourself. This is a factor that can DEFINITELY allow your motivation to diminish and wither and fade away, slowly but surely.
SOLUTION – RE-EVALUTATE YOUR GOAL AND MODIFY YOUR ROUTINE
In my previous post, I explained the importance of breaking down your initial goal to make several smaller goals/milestones. A great way to re-rev your drive and get that mojo back in motion is to do that. Set a shorter goal, challenge yourself to accomplish that goal, high-five yourself, and do it again but this time with something else! For example, perform a circuit of 4 to 5 exercises for 10-12 reps each. Time yourself and see how long it takes to complete all 4 to 5 rounds (with proper form of course). That’s now your benchmark time until you do it again and you try to beat that time! A very simple way to change your regular routine and add some energy to it. You can also do the same for cardio! Or try a food goal (ex: Litres of water per week or glasses per day).
Remember FITTFriends, you are human. And as such, we go through ups and downs all the time. Yes, it can be frustrating and it can almost feel never ending; but here’s the scoop – you can end it. MINDSET IS KEY! Think about it: you’ve overcome a bad break-up in the past right? Bounced back on your feet, dusted the dirt off your shoulder and said “I got this!” and moved on. You took vital lessons from the experience which shaped and moulded your mindset. Well, the same applies for this. Take a deep breath or two…or several…and begin again. Make small adjustments to your environment, your goals, and to your routine, and slowly but surely feel the re-charge of your mojo as it hits your system.
R-E-L-A-X. Now, let’s get it again. We got work to do
Until next time…
Good Morning FITTNation
It has been a while since we last spoke…and I must admit, it has not been because I’ve lost interest in sharing with you some positive reinforcement. As you know and I know, life gets in the way and we tend to slip, lose focus, and find ourselves either clinging to the train with one hand or we completely fall off.
Does this sound like you…right now? Maybe a couple of days or weeks ago? Why is there such a struggle to just do what we set out to do?
If you feel like this, rest assured you’re not alone in the struggle – believe me it’s real! Even us fitness pros know what its like to go through that slump or drought and all we want to do is say “ahhhh forget it! I’m not in the mood to do this right now…I’ll wait til later”
Question is: when is later? When is a good time?
No situation will EVER be perfect – everything is just in line with your objectives and there are no challenges that get in your way, obstructing your view of your goals, so that you get there smoothly without any bumps or ditches in the road – YEAH RIGHT!
But that’s what makes the journey worth it – the learning experience, the trials, the missteps, the missed shots – all of that is part of the process. Granted, some people go through the process a little tougher than others and would rather not have to walk in the shoes their trekking in. Regardless, the process is what leads to success. And that’s all we want right?
So how do we keep that in perspective?
REMEMBER – EVERYONE GOES THROUGH IT
Some of the most successful people whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet, work with, and even observe as examples have all gone through the process – and have a heck of a story to tell about it. From family issues to mental challenges to injuries and emotional setbacks, they pushed through each barrier and eventually got to their initial goal. Some of them had to take their initial goal and break it down into micro goals which made the process last a little longer than they had hoped for. But, at the end of the day, they made it. It can be compared to climbing a mountain. Yes, the initial goal is to get to the top to see the world below, but once you start climbing, you realize that the top is pretty high – not impossible to reach but its up there! So, you adjust your goal and work on making it to the first landing.
One stage complete and just a couple more to go!
As you proceed, you take what you’ve learned from getting to that first landing and apply it to the next goal…and the next one…and the next one…and before you know it, you’re at the top. Sure you had to endure some slips, scrapes, and bruises along the way, not to mention bouts of self-doubt, questioning whether you’ll actually make it. And yeah, it took a little longer than you expected but all that matters is you’re there. And that is something to be proud of.
REMEMBER – THE PROCESS GIVES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN
Of course, hearing about someone’s experience is cool but actually enduring it yourself is a whole different thing – and is definitely worth it! You learn a lot about yourself – your strengths, weaknesses, your limits – and how you can apply it to everyday life, not just related to your fitness goals. You are able to show yourself and others who support you how high you’re willing to climb to get to the top, re-enforcing the belief that YOU CAN DO IT, silencing the internal (and maybe even external) doubters until they find something else to say about your efforts.
REMEMBER – YOUR “WHY” HAS GOT TO BE SOLID
Listen, I’m going to be honest with you as I have been before: if your “why” isn’t on point, the process is either going to be pointless to you or just straight unachievable. The great thing about your “why” is just like your goals, it can be adjusted as well! Your initial WHY may be one thing, but it can be broken down into secondary WHYs too. But, regardless of the size, it has to be your unshakable driving force. Admittedly, even for me, my WHY can end up covered over by life and everything that comes with it but I’m reminded that its there every day that I wake up and get my day started down to when I go to bed at night. The same has to be for you too.
Oh and the most important thing to remember is: we’re human. It will not be a perfect ride…but ride with it nonetheless and do your best. Stick with the script to the best of your ability, celebrate your achievements, and maintain those positive vibes. That’s all I can ask of you.
Until next time…
I hope everyone is having a great holiday! A great opportunity to spend time with family, friends, and inevitably FOOD:-) Enjoy the last one responsibly by the way!
I am excited to announce that beginning January 2016, GoodFITT Personal Training & Wellness Services will now be available in the comfort of your home, office, or training space - ONLINE!
We have partnered with LIFT Fitness Training Online to give clients a virtual training experience like no other! Utilizing the popular virtual calling technology that has changed communication with our family and friends, most notably used by Apple and Skype respectively, LIFT Fitness Training Online was created to anyone and everyone to train with trainers anywhere in the world!
ABOUT LIFT Session
LIFT launched in early 2015 with the goal of making top fitness coaching accessible to anyone. Through our critically acclaimed live online LIFT sessions, we enable anyone access to customized fitness training, from any location and on-demand.
Here's a screen shot of what your virtual session would look like:
While you train, I will be able to see you one-on-one and coach you the same way I would as if I was right next to you (because technically, I would be right in front of you:-) The online gym includes a database of exercises with video demos to learn the correct movement, a train and rest timer, and the option of adding a heart-rate monitor for me to see what training zone you're in - PRETTY COOL HUH?
Right now, I'm looking for virtual volunteers to demo the online portal with me to ensure that it runs smoothly. I have tried it myself already so I can guarantee you it is great but, don't take my word for it. If you are interested in being a volunteer, simply email me and I will then forward you a list of questions to answer for your profile and then BOOM! You will be added to the GoodFITT Virtual Gym.
WHAT DO I NEED?
LIFT Training Online is now available on your PC, Mac, iPad, or Android tablet! The app can be found in the App Store or on Google Play. Once you email me that you would like to be a virtual volunteer, I will provide you with the link to access the portal to connect with me. You will be provided with an appointment and we will proceed from there.
WILL I NEED ANY EQUIPMENT?
No, as the demo program will just utilize bodyweight exercises so that you can get a feel of the platform. Be prepared to sweat though, that's for sure.
HOW LONG IS THE SESSION?
Max 30 minutes in length including warm up. Just make sure you have space to move!
IS THERE A COST?
Nope, this demo is absolutely free! If you are interested in training virtually on a regular basis, then the cost factor will kick in but let's give it a shot first before we get into all of that (to be honest, pricing is not yet finalized so no need to panic).
Email me today to get on the demo list. I would love to do some demos this week if possible so the sooner you contact me, the sooner I can get you set up and good to go!
Thanks and have a great week:-)
Kareem Rawlins, PTS
GoodFITT Personal Training & Wellness Services
Nutrition & Wellness
Stuck in a food rut and need a push to get back on track? Seeking direction on ways to manage stress successfully?
Here at GoodFITT, we can answer these questions – and others regarding nutrition and wellness– and provide support which will help you to be well on your way to eating and feeling great!
We realize the challenges that come with maintaining proper eating and exercise habits and therefore want to equip you with the tools and mindset that are necessary for achieving success.
Coupled with a personal training program, a nutrition program is the second essential element to help you achieve fitness results and reach your goals safely, efficiently and effectively.
Our focus is not just on physical fitness, but on connecting the mind, body, and spirit to help our clients benefit the most from an activity program.
The Holiday Binge
Today is the last day of school for kids, the last day of work for employees (well, most employees), the last day in the city for vacation-bound travellers, and the last day of normalcy within most homes.
Why? Because it’s holiday time.
An exciting time for many and a frustrating time for others physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially (for those who participate in gift giving). Holidays are also the time when…get ready for it…SUGAR rears it head and becomes you friend for a week or two (and sometimes three).
But should we fear the almighty powder? That granulated goodness that comes in many forms of cakes, cookies, pies, brownies, and so on?
Truth be told, the answer is no.
My good friend and dietician Stacey Yunger is back again to give you some tips on how to stay focused even during the holiday season. So don’t prepare to write everything off yet!
Good Friday Afternoon FITTWorld!
Another day of abnormal not-so-winter-like weather is upon us and it’s looking like the forecast will be this way until (so I’ve heard but dare I say it) January?
Hmmm…better take advantage of that outdoor fresh air while we can right? Besides, most of us aren’t ready for winter yet. Change is about to happen and yet every year we are not prepared for the physical and mental adjustments we have to make.
What does weather change have to do with our fitness? EVERYTHING. Allow me to explain.
I had a conversation with a mentor of mine a couple of years ago as I was lambasting him with my weight issues. I kept asking, “Why is this not working? Why haven’t I seen much change happen? I’m eating well (common answer) and I’m training (the easiest part of the process)…what the heck? This doesn’t make any sense.”
That person turned to me, and with very few words, he hit me right in the head – “Kareem, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
One short sentence with a powerful effect. Damn – words can be really striking!
I thought about it for a moment and I realized something – he was right. As much as I was all for doing what I was assigned to do, I wasn’t giving it my best. I still had lingering habits that…well…hindered my progress, essentially lying to myself about my efforts.
Now he wasn’t accusing me or pointing the finger in an “its your fault” way, but he was simply highlighting a point, a very VERY important point when it comes to change: in order for change to happen, it must start and end with you.
Take that in for a moment and let it marinate, penetrate, and BAM! Almost seems mind-blowing right? What if I told you it’s the honest truth? Would you be willing to accept that?
For those who are seeking a blow to the head like I received, this is what you would have to do. Because friends, let’s face fact: if you do not commit to change now, you will be in the same place when 2016 rolls in. Is that what you want? I would assume no, considering that you probably feel how I felt a couple of years ago – frustrated, fatigued, and confused.
So what actions do you need to take in order to get the process going? Remember that “why” I spoke about last time? Yeah, you know that 3-letter word that has so much force behind your efforts if it is as solid as you say it is. This is where your “why” is going to be tested. How much are you willing to give in order to get what you want and to be where you want?
Again, let’s be realistic here – good ol’ coach K is not telling you to go all in at once because that move, like in poker, is a gamble. And since I’m not into gambling, I’m not going to promote that idea. But, I will promote a couple of questions that I think will help you out:
ARE YOU REALLY READY?
Why do we sometimes find it difficult to change habits? Maybe it’s because we like our habits. Maybe it’s because it requires work and effort to change. Maybe it’s because you just don’t want to…or that you’re just not ready. But ask yourself this question: When will I be ready?
If your answer is “well (insert reason) has to be in place first and then (insert reason) has to be like this…then it will be easy! Then I’ll be ready,” I have breaking news for you: if you wait for the perfect scenario, you are just delaying the process of change even more.
No situation will be perfect because we are not perfect people; nor will your environment be perfect. But you have the power to change your environment in order to make change happen. You also have the power of choice – which at the end of the day puts the ball in your court and not anyone else.
FIND A NEW PATH – EMBRACE CHANGE OF ROUTINE
If your current M.O. has not been producing the results you hope to have, ask yourself this question: How has that been working for you?
Analyze where you are at and answer yourself honestly. Sure, doing what you are doing now is easy, but how will you get better? How will you experience change? Let’s use a training program for example. You have an established number of reps and sets that you work with every day. The first time you did the program, it was challenging, but now it has gotten easier. Great! What do you do next? Stay at the same number of reps and sets? Or do you increase the weight load, add more reps, or increase the number of sets you perform?
The same applies to change – you won’t experience change if you don’t take the opportunity to change. Evaluate your current path and consider where you can make adjustments. It doesn’t have to be all in one shot, but one step at a time. Focus on one habit and once you’ve tackled that successfully, add another.
CHANGE YOUR VOCABULARY – CHANGE YOUR MIND
I bet you didn’t know that your vocabulary plays a major role in changes to your health and wellness. The words we use can have such impact, even if used in a subtle manner. I am a huge advocate of positive thinking and positive vocab because words have the ability to affect us in a large way. This is one adjustment of course that comes with time, but if you make slight changes now, it will prove to be beneficial going forward. That’s right – ditch the “can’t” talk and ask yourself “how can you?” One word terminates the possibilities whereas the other allows for options.
See the difference?
Friends I had a lot to say today about this because it’s essential to your progress. The process is one that takes time. But if you are ready, you’ll learn a lot about yourself along the way. And if you’re not ready, no worries! I won’t judge you and neither would anyone else. You just have to be honest with yourself and accept that.
But when you are, the coach will be waiting for you.
Good Morning FITTFamily!
Did you ever know that you have played a major part in the success of GoodFITT Personal Training & Wellness Services? Did you know that I can honestly say I owe you one BIG TIME?
I bet you didn’t know that you are part of my ‘why’.
WHY ASK WHY?
On the board of my class on Monday evening, I left a statement for everyone to consider: My ‘why’ for 2016 will be…because…
One person caught on and saw the question but she didn’t ask any further. It could have been that she was so focused on what the workout of the day was that it slipped her mind…kind of like how it must slip your mind sometimes. You may even wonder why I post blogs about these things.
There’s a reason…and there’s always a reason…may not be one that bears much weight on you but answering it truthfully may open you up to success. Allow me to elaborate.
YOUR WHY BEGINS AND ENDS WITH YOUR MINDSET
Throughout my short career as a personal trainer and lifestyle coach, the question “why” has been one that is asked by many and many are told to ask themselves. Once you understand the point, it’s quite simple to grasp: if you do not have a real reason “why” you are doing something, what you are doing will not stand solid.
That right there must have been the realest thing I’ve ever learned thus far.
Your “why” has to be that force that you create that is so powerful, nothing and I mean nothing can knock it down. Even if it does get a little bit of a beating, it doesn’t just fade away and disappear. It stands its ground within you and is evident to everyone else that sees you that you have a reason, a purpose, and you’re taking action to make that happen.
We all have the ability to establish a “why” but that is affected by another factor: Commitment
HOW COMMITTED ARE YOU TO YOUR “WHY”?
Whenever I hear someone say, “Kareem, I can’t do that because…” it absolutely drives me nuts! And I shouldn’t let me affect me in such a way but I compare it to using foul language (although I don’t condone it, I would rather someone call me an expletive and complete the task rather than tell me they can’t). I would rather that you just are honest and say that you don’t want to do something instead of you can’t…because the truth is you can! But either you don’t want to possibly out of fear that you will be required to do it again.
See, here’s where the why-commitment-connection occurs: if you are committed to your why, you wouldn’t say that you can’t; you would ask yourself how could you do it, thus opening the way for possibilities to flow through. Having this mindset separates the people who make it happen from the people who watch people make it happen.
Which one will you be?
HOW DO EXTERNAL FACTORS AFFECT YOUR WHY?
As the saying goes, we are products of our environment. If the 5 closest people we are surrounded by are individuals who have a “why” or a sense of one, we will naturally fall in line. But, surround yourself with excusers and non-committers and guess what we become – just like them! Granted, in every situation it’s not like that but majority of the time, their attitude and outlook rubs off on us in little ways that can eventually lead to bigger ones.
What to do? Find people who will push you. Work alongside people who will make you stretch the distance and keep moving forward. Learn from individuals who once thought how you thought, who were once non-committed but have since adjusted their view of themselves and their “why” which has lead to success.
SET YOUR “WHY” FOR 2016…BUT TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME
So friends, what will you do for next year? The 16th season is soon to be upon us so we have time to establish things to look ahead to. Of course, we don’t want to waste time. The more we think ahead to what we’re going to do next, the more ready, willing, and committed we will be to make these adjustments happen right away.
Don’t wait until Monday to do it – do it now. Don’t wait for the “right opportunity” to start because it never comes. Besides, the best situations stem from unexpected ones. Make the most of these last 31 days and get set for a great year to come.
Until next time…
In case you haven’t heard, red meat has been under the microscope lately. New findings and information has been released that is of benefit to everyone – because as they say, knowledge is a powerful thing:-)
My good friend and dietician Stacey Yunger is with us again to shed some light on the matter. She gives her professional perspective to provide some solid information on this topic.
A Dietitian’s Perspective on the Carcinogenicity of Processed and Red Meat
On October 26th, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement in regards to the carcinogenicity of red meats and processed meats. The consumption of red meat showed to probably be cancer-causing to humans based on little evidence, whereas the consumption of processed meat was said to be carcinogenic based on sufficient evidence. Now, it is important to understand how to apply this new research in to a healthy diet.
Processed meat and red meat should be treated separately for a moment. Red meat is any muscle meat from a mammal including beef, veal, lamb, pork, horse, goat, and mutton. Processed meats are meats that undergo salting, curing, fermentation, smoking or similar processes to transform the meat. Processed meats have enhanced flavors and can be preserved much longer. The most common processed meats in North America are hot dogs, ham, sausage, salami, beef jerky to name a few. Now the big question is: should we be eliminating these foods?
As a dietitian, the guidelines have always pointed towards limiting red meat consumption and focusing mostly on poultry, fish, nuts, and legumes. This usually leads to the suggestion of consuming red meat 2-3 times a week. There are definitely known health benefits from consuming red meats including the high bioavailability of iron, zinc, vitamin B12, and of course protein. Therefore, there is a risk to benefit ratio that must be taken in to consideration for red meat. On the other hand, nutrition guidelines have stated that processed foods do not contribute to a healthy diet. When it comes to processed meats, the risks were always present due to the high salt and fat content. WHO has recommended limited consumption of processed meats since 2002 and this new research only further supports the recommendation.
Processed meat is one of the first foods to be classified as a carcinogen. Other known human carcinogens include cigarettes, alcohol, and the sun. I am not going to promote smoking or drinking, but let’s discuss the sun for a minute. We know that prolonged sun exposure can cause cancer due to the UV rays, but we still put on sunscreen for protection and love to catch those rays. The vitamin D from the sun helps promote bone health as well as prevent cancer. The sun-kissed glow doesn’t hurt either! What I am trying to emphasize yet again here is that we have to look at the benefits and the risks.
Try to focus on a healthy diet to maximize nutrient intake in order to help maintain your health and prevent disease. When choosing red meat go for leaner cuts with minimal added fat or salt in order to profit from this nutrient dense food group. In the same way we love to enjoy a good drink out with friends, food should be enjoyed too! We do not solely eat to maintain our body functions, every once in a while it doesn’t hurt to indulge responsibly!
Stacey Yunger is a registered dietician in the province of Quebec, serving the needs of West Island community and Canadians all around. For more information, contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Man has it been a while since I’ve last communicated with you. It’s safe to say that I’ve been really busy and did not have intentions of ignoring you – no no, not at all! It has been a hectic couple of weeks just trying to stay organized and on top of my training game for my clients and as a result, I have had the worst case of writer’s block or “mental dead space” that has put me in a dry spell.
The motivation train has been stuck at one station. Yes friends, I am human and it’s nice to meet you.
Being “stuck” is quite the challenge to get out of. It’s like being in quicksand and you the more you struggle to get out, the deeper you feel like you’re sinking.
Have you ever felt like this?
I’m pretty sure you have because, let’s face it – we are all human. As driven as we are and as motivated as we are to eat clean, get sleep, and train hard, we still find ourselves “stuck” at times…which can be quite discouraging, even to motivators like myself (once again the human factor kicks in).
So what can lead to this happening? Why do we go from ground zero to cloud 9 back to ground zero? Allow me to expand in three ways:
1 – YOU’RE DOING WAY TOO MUCH IN TOO LITTLE TIME
Have you ever tried to be in 5 places at once? Pretty much impossible #amirite? As much as we attempt to multi-task our way through life, it doesn’t seem to work out the way we desire it to. The same thing when it comes to our fitness goals. If we try to do many things at once, we spread ourselves too thin which leads to nothing getting accomplished which leads to discouragement.
WHAT TO DO? – Focus on one goal at a time and check it off your list! Then move on to the next one. For example: if you’re having a hard time eliminating sugar from your eating regime and going all out cold turkey, make your goal to be sugar-free three out of seven days of the week. Keep at it for a week or two (or three if need be) and see how you feel. Then, make your next goal four days out of the week. Before you know it, your sweet tooth will be tamed for good and under control
2 – YOUR SUPPORT TEAM IS NON-EXISTENT
We all have the capability going on a road trip alone…but isn’t it much more fun with your clique in tow? When I would visit from Toronto to see my girlfriend-turned-First-Lady, I often went solo with just a can of Redbull and music. But when my friends would come with me, it changed the whole experience – I could be a passenger sometimes and take a short rest from driving.
Your support team can do that for you! Think of the people that matter in your life that are able to drive with you. Even if they’re not with you physically, just knowing that they have your back and will encourage you to keep your foot on the gas and go can make a HUGE difference in your results.
WHAT TO DO – choose your support team and let them know what your goals, how you’re going about achieving those goals, and what you need from them as being part of your support team. For example: if you’re making the best effort to eat clean, let your team know that you need their help to remind you of your goals so as to not retreat and throw in the towel. Your commitment may lead to them making changes too and BAM! You’re both on the same pageJ
3 – YOU TALK A GOOD GAME BUT HAVE YET TO BACK IT UP
Truth hurts: you talk too much about what you want to do and where you want to be and how you want to feel but you have yet to decide and act. That’s what separates goal achievers and dreamers – one takes action while the other just thinks about it.
How can one move forward if they don’t take the first step? How can one get their feet wet if they don’t set foot near the water? How can you really make a success of your gameplan if you don’t even play?
Decide, commit, take action, struggle through it, acknowledge your milestones, continue t struggle, and…mission accomplished. Of course this process will take time and is not an overnight adjustment, but when you look back on where you have been to get you to that point – the sacrifices, the rejections, the sweat, the energy expended, the good times and the not-so-good times, the mistakes made – you’ll have a story to tell and a means of motivation for yourself and for others.
But…to do that, you first have to stop talking and get to work. Period.
WHAT TO DO – seek encouragement and advice/tips from someone who was once in your shoes and ask them how they did it. Find people who are in the same boat as you and work together! Kill the fear of failing and accept the fact that you will falter sometimes (because we’re human…but do not use that as a means to justify your actions).
This will take some work, and it won’t be easy…but the best things yet to come are not the easiest to get to. Be determined to stick through the process, one step at a time, one goal at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be out of that quick sand and back on your feet.
Now let’s get this already, shall we?
Trainer Profile: Kareem Rawlins
Experience Personal Training – 5 years | Nutrition Counseling – 3 years | Group Fitness – 3 years