When first working with a new client, before we begin their transformation, I ask them to do 3 things:
1. Identify WHY this is important to you! We all want to be fit and healthy, there’s no question of that. However, I find that having a WHY in mind elevates your motivation and keeps your eye on the prize. When I say a ‘WHY' I mean something tangible and important to you. For example:
These are just a few that clients have identified for themselves, yours can be whatever motivates you. That way, there is something deeper pushing you to stay on track and keep you accountable.
2. Take before photos! I highly recommend this. Take them in 4 positions (front, back, right profile, left profile). You don’t have to show anyone unless you want to, but they are an excellent measure of progress. I don’t own a scale and haven’t for years. I measure my progress by photographs and how my clothes feel. I inevitably find myself doubting my progress whenever I’m working on changing something about my body, and low and behold its true, pictures do not lie. We aren’t looking for any quick fixes here, ones that find you back where you started 6 months from now. We are looking to make you fitter, healthier, and the best you, you can be, for life! We all get discouraged at some point along the way and I find that having photos nearby to compare progress is a surefire way to keep your momentum up and keep going!
3. Be honest and realistic! We can’t get to where we want to go if we aren’t honest about where we started. When I started my transformation journey, I had to get real honest with myself. About how I got to where I was, about how it affected my life, about how it made me feel. I took responsibility for getting myself in that position. Then I took charge of changing that, and forming what I wanted my life to look like in the future. Finally, I visualized for myself, how I wanted to look and feel in that future. This is kind of a gut check to get down to brass tacks and get you focused on where you want to go.
These 3 steps are fundamental to long-term success. They lay down the foundation for transformation. And when challenging ourselves, we always need a foundation to fall back on; one that kicks in when we feel weak or lost. Knowing where you started, where you're going, and most importantly, WHY, will have you on your way to reaching your goal and being the best version of yourself. Knowing these things gives you confidence in your path and that you are well on your way to getting REAL FIT!
I tend to focus on where I want to go instead if how far I've come. I was overweight for almost a decade and have struggled with my weight my entire life. The pic on the left was taken after my physical recouperation from a car accident that left me bedridden. In this pic my body had healed but my mind had not. And so I turned to what I always turned to in times of stress and discomfort: FOOD. Instead of dealing with my emotional trauma, I ate. And I ate Adding 45 pounds to my frame in a very short time.
It took a long time to heal my body, but even longer to heal my mind. I made the goal to get healthy and I learned what that took, for me. It's different for everyone. I can say this transformation has been both physical and mental, and usually more mental. Where the mind goes, the body will follow. The pic on the right was taken 4 days ago. I have worked very hard to get to this point in my life, not to look a certain way, but to be comfortable in my body, and healthy and happy.
Where food is concerned I see freedom and fun to create what I want and what my body needs. Don't get me wrong, I've had my struggles along the way and I'm still learning. But I would just say to anyone working hard at this: KEEP GOING. You are farther than you were yesterday. It's worth it. YOU are worth it. And honestly, I wouldn't trade the journey for anything. It's made me stronger, humbler, wiser, more compassionate and mentally tougher. I needed the journey to get to where I am today. The journey is what it's really all about.