So, I've been trying to ask clients lately about their "why?" WHY do you want get fit? WHY do you want to change your diet? WHY are you paying to see me? What are you looking to get out of our training sessions? How can I help you identify your why, so that we can then create a plan to get strong and fast in the gym, and get healthy and lose weight in the kitchen?
See, the WHY matters way more than the HOW. When I started working out, umpteen years ago, it was because I wanted to see a magic number on the scale. I discovered that I love exercise, I lost weight, but my weight went up and down, up and down, for years. There were two pregnancies, yes, but there were also years of depression that contributed to lethargy and weight gain. I can't even count how many times I thought to myself, "if I could just lose 10 pounds, 20 pounds, 30 pounds, THEN things will be good." How ridiculous is that? But, how often do we think it?
A few years ago, I did Insanity and got ripped. I was encouraged to do a figure competition (which I'd never even heard of before!), and I got on stage on June 1, 2014.
I looked good. I looked REALLY good. But it wasn't enough. I was still insecure about my body, and so I continued to lose weight. I've written about this before. 122 pounds on a 5'6 frame is way too thin, and 10 percent body fat is not healthy. I liked being thin, but guess what? IT DIDN'T CHANGE ANYTHING. That magic number on the scale didn't make me a better person. In fact, it made me a person I didn't like. I was cocky. I wasn't even the kind of trainer I wanted to be. It was more about me than it was about my clients.
The good news is, I put some weight on (a little too much weight, but I'm getting back to my happy place) and learned a little more about my why. My body will never be perfect. Nobody's will. But when my daughter fell off her bike and broke her wrist, I was able to run down the street to grab her and carry all 50 pounds of her back home. That's functional fitness!
If you're looking to lose weight, strengthen, "tone," (I'm a little done with that word, but that's another blog), or get fast, I would encourage you to take some time to ask yourself WHY? If your why is getting into a size 6 or seeing your magic number on a scale, it may not sustain you. We need look no further than the Biggest Loser study to see that. What's your why? Is it because you want to feel better and have more energy to play with your kids or grandkids? Is it because it helps lessen the symptoms of depression that you struggle with? These are GREAT reasons to hit the gym and make over your kitchen.
Find your why, THEN make it happen! If you need some help, hit me up!