Let me begin by saying this - YOU got me through my run today. I absolutely didn't want to run and started thinking about what I would say to a client who was in the same funk. As I wrote this post in my head while I ran, I realized the pep talk I was giving myself had to be shared. I pictured all of you, all my past, present and future clients watching me run and I knew I could get it done.
People assume that trainers are sort of magically fit, that we became trainers because we were already poster children for fitness. Trust me, that is SO far from the truth!
Every single day, I wage a silent, internal war with myself in attempt to motivate myself to workout, to stick to healthy eating, to remember why I should bother, to remind myself how much better I feel when I just suck it up and get it done.
Getting in shape, staying in shape and living healthy is not easy. But think about the things in your life you are proud of. Kids, career, marriage, other accomplishments? You're not proud of those things because they fell in your lap. You're proud of them because you WORKED for them. Damn hard, too.
Health and fitness is no different. You want to be in shape? Run that race, fit in those jeans, have more energy? Guess what - you have to WORK for it. And you CAN do it.
A client commented once that my challenges (week long, 2 week long, a month, etc) were pretty hard and she didn't think she could do them.
Yes, you can.
Are the things I ask of you difficult? Yes. But you can do it. You are capable of so much more than you realize. Are the workouts and recipes I post difficult and a change from the norm? Do they require you to get out of your comfort zone and do things you didn't think you could? Yes. But YOU CAN DO IT.
The overwhelming percentage of people can do every workout I post. Of course, there are exceptions - injuries, illness, etc. (case in point - I threw my back out Tuesday. Let's just say that wasn't a good workout day). However, think about the reasons you tell yourself not to workout, not to eat healthy, not to treat yourself the way you deserve. They're just excuses! You're tired? You'll continue to be tired unless you eat healthier and MOVE YOUR BODY. You don't have time? 30 minutes is 2% of your day. 2%!!! Break that into 15 minute mini-workouts and that's only 1%!
I know it's hard. And it's hard every day. But it is SO worth it. Not just because you can fit in those jeans or you finally hit that number on the scale. But because YOU DID IT. You did something that took effort, that challenged you, that changed you all the way to your core. You are a new you. A confident you, someone who knows that you can do anything you set your mind to.
I ran my first marathon because my Dad laughed at me when I told him I wanted to do it. I wasn't a runner. Like, NEVER a runner. But I took his laughter as a challenge, mentally told him to F off and I did it. Best feeling EVER.
You can do it. Right now, do 10 pushups and 10 squats. See? You did it. And you hadn't planned on doing it, you thought you were too tired, too busy, too out of shape, what's the point, etc. BUT YOU DID IT. And you can do it again.
I know it's hard. But you have so much support! And if you need more, message me! I'll be your cheerleader all day, every day. Because you deserve to healthy, happy, confident and fearless.
If you know someone who could use a little encouragement, pass this on. Let them know you believe in them, that you are their cheerleader. Sometimes all it takes is a little positive nudge in the right direction.