As a Personal Trainer, people tell me "I struggle with motivation". That means they've forgotten their "why". Your "why" is your most powerful tool when it comes to staying on track and making progress. Your "why" is powerful, because it has emotion attached to it.
How many of you want to "lost fat and tone up"? Why do you want to lose fat and tone up? So you can look in the mirror and be happy with what you see? Are you tired of feeling disappointed in yourself? Are you tired of lacking energy? Does it scare you to think about what you health will be like in the future?
Look at those questions. They're pretty powerful, right? Don't ever, ever, be afraid to be honest with yourself and your trainer about why you want to reach your goals. Your relationship with your trainer should be one of total honesty, without judgment. They need to know your why in order to help you.
I'll be honest with you. One of my why's is directly related to my health. I believe in God, and I believe what the Bible says about God wanting us to live good, healthy and happy lives.
A few years back, in the space of a year, six people in my life died. It was a pretty heavy year emotionally. But as hard as it was, I learned a lot. I started making decisions to promote my health and that of my family. Of course there was the usual times when I would do really well and then times when I would struggle: such is grief. But the wheels were rolling and I was on the right track.
I don't have control over how my life and my health will go. But what I do have control over, is how I look after myself. That involves getting enough rest, exercising regularly, eating healthy, and making sure I have time for myself and also my husband. I believe being healthy is my God-given right, as well as yours.
I remember before I started exercising regularly, I had no evidence of any biceps, whatsoever! It really was quite sad. But the day I noticed a little bit of shape starting to appear on my upper arm was awesome! Now don't get me wrong, my current biceps are not that impressive at all, nor have they ever been, but I know how far I have come and I am very happy!
Strength comes in so many forms and it's not until you lose your strength that you realise how important it is. During the times of intense grief I experienced a few years back, I did lose a lot of physical strength and fitness in general. At the time it was daunting to think about how much work I needed to do to regain what was lost. But, I knew what I wanted to achieve with my body, and even though it was a struggle, physical strength has been regained. I want to be strong, and I know that God wants that for me too. I want to be strong enough to help my husband at our workshop. I want to be strong enough to open jars. I want to be able to do cool stuff like chin ups! I want to be strong enough to control my body in all sorts of activities and positions. I am worth my strength and so are you.
One thing I enjoy is watching sprinters run. I love the explosivity, the intensity, the all-or-nothing-ness. Imagine the adrenaline they must feel as they line up and prepare for the starting gun to fire. Having that mental focus to keep it all together, while having a body that must be ready to go in an instant must be an crazy feeling! I'm no sprinter, I'm not very good at it at all, but I do love the feeling of having my body in a state of rest, and then feeling my muscles respond to go as fast as I can - now!!!
My favourite sport in the world is gymnastics. Unfortunately I haven't been able to train as consistently as I would like, but I just love it! There's nothing quite like it! Not only do you require physical strength, control, coordination, speed, but you also need mental mastery. When you're standing ten metres (or more) down the runway, looking down at the vault, everything in your body is telling you "no, it's not a good idea to run at full speed towards that thing". Time and time again you commit (and you must commit), time and time again it won't feel right, but there will be that one time where you perform your vault just right, it feels almost effortless :) Now, that's a pretty sweet feeling! As for being upside down on a four-inch plank of wood 125cm off the ground? That commands some mental and physical control too! And yeah, it's pretty scary falling off a beam, but holding that perfectly balanced handstand is worth it.
How can I achieve these things if I'm not fit enough? How can a sprinter win a race, or a gymnast perfect their routines if they haven't put in the work and brought their bodies to a superior level of ability? Being fit and capable is a testament to how awesome our bodies are. And that is what I want. I want to say "thanks" to God for giving me an awesome body by being able to perform well in whatever I choose to pursue.
I admit it. I'm a FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I love having fun and I hate missing out! I want to be capable so that when my friends say they are going indoor rock climbing, then I feel confident in my abilities to give it a try. I want to be capable so that if my friends decide to go to a high ropes course, play golf for the day, or go to a trampoline park, then I can go too! I want to enjoy my life, and that means being capable for any situation.
Do you know what you want, and why you want it?