The decision to actually get started on a fitness program is the prelude to actually doing it!!! The hardest part of getting started….is yes, you know it,……. actually getting yourself to the gym, park, friend’s garage, running track or wherever your journey is going to start. The weeks and months of thinking about it, buying the gear, deciding on what you are going to do are over. Now you actually have to perform and follow through.
It’s a little daunting. All your fears and insecurities come back to the surface. You look for an excuse….I mean reason (lol), to delay or postpone. It happens to almost everyone. Here’s some insider information…. all you need to do is GO!! Get to the gym, park, track or whatever. Thats it! Just get there. The rest is easy.
Well…. the rest is only easy if YOU are serious! K talked a lot about that (in her recent blog post titled “Getting Serious”) and it is vital.
The second vital component of your decision to start is that you also need to start a program for YOU. Not for your spouse, not for your kids, not for your peers….not for anyone, except YOU! Figure out why YOU want to exercise. Why is that important to YOU? Do you want to get healthy, tone up, look great in whatever you want to wear?How will YOU benefit? Will you get to shop for a new wardrobe? Be in the best shape of your life? Fit into a bridesmaid dress like K? How will YOU feel??? Energized? Skinny? Healthy? Challenged? Invincible? Your success will be directly linked to how good YOU feel about the changes you are making. Change is hard. Exercising is hard; it takes scheduling, dedication, desire -all things you apply elsewhere and are capable of applying here. Eating right is hard but it is a lot easier and more fun then getting fat and putting yourself in the grave sooner. And if you are doing it for someone other than YOU it will be even harder and tougher to stay committed.
Initially, my only motivation to start running was as a means to quit smoking. I figured you couldn’t run and smoke at the same time !!!! That was enough motivation for me. I didn’t really think about all the additional benefits. It was a pleasant surprise when I rediscovered my love of competing, the high of reaching goals, the joy of seeing improvement and overcoming obstacles. At that point in my life I had recently quit my full time job, and had no idea that my A-type personality missed all of those challenges. But I know, that if my motivation to start and stay with the program had not been high enough, I would never have persevered long enough to enjoy it the way I do and I would have missed out on all the rewards. Of course, I also now have a body I am proud of. It is not perfect (not even remotely close lol), but it is mine. It is strong, it endures, it is tough. I have earned it. And I am thankful for it:)
Please share with us what motivated you to get started on a fitness / nutrition program or if you need help finding motivation, we would love to help you out!
How to ask to get started-
I always laugh, inwardly, when people I know exclaim…. “Geeze Mary, how can you eat this or that or drink this or that and never gain weight??” “I wish I could eat like that!!!” People seem to think that I am somehow different to them. That I am super super disciplined all the time and only splurge occasionally, or that I have the metabolism of a rat!!! But really I am just like you- the only difference is that maybe I run a few more miles than you do to burn off the deserts and the beer! There was a time in my life when I never really exercised per se, although I have always been very active. I love food! I hated the bikini diet….. sure I lost my cellulite, but I also lost my beer, wine, fruit, bread, deserts…….not a fair exchange in my opinion.
Now that I am a trainer and food cop, people around me are beginning to think that I am judging every morsel they eat, or mile they don’t run, or workout they skip……but the truth is, I’m not! And neither is any other trainer. Sometimes, I think people are intimidated to get started on a workout program. They feel like they need to lose 10 lbs before they go to the gym, sort of like those people who clean their house before the cleaning lady gets there – lol. People are afraid that they will be laughed at or judged when they walk into the gym and aren’t in the shape they want to be in, or weight what they want to be. Or they are afraid to go run with their running friends in case they slow them down! And the reason I know this is becauseI was one of those people. When I first started running about 4/5 years ago, L & K were training for a marathon and K always invited me to go run with them. But they seemed so far ahead of me, I was terrified to join them. So I plodded around on my own, never improving and never truly enjoying running. Finally, I took the plunge and ran with them…. and guess what???? No one died, no one laughed at me, no one got annoyed that I was too slow- instead I gained speed, learned to love to run, got in many great great laughs (with my running partners) and never looked back.
I challenge you to stop thinking, stop worrying what anyone else will think, stop with the delay tactics and just decide to do it!!!
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I shared my cop mantra last week..”Life is about choices and you are at a crossroads.” I would tell everyone in the back of the police car this same thing. Most people would yell profanity but some would agree that they needed to change their life. My crossroads story happened when I was 16 living with a loser brother. He grew marijuana in the backyard and used drugs. The long and short of it was I had to decide at 16 how I would live my life. I moved out and lived with my sister, brother-in-law and 3 wonderful nieces. I had a stable home and surrounded myself with stability and security. It was a difficult decision.
Today I choose to be healthy. I choose to eat good, wholesome, nutritious food. I choose to exercise each day and strengthen my body. I feel great and, for the first time in my 43 years of life, feel confident in a bikini! This Spring, I came to a fitness/nutrition crossroad and am now walking along the clean eating path.
So do you have a crossroads moment…regarding fitness or in life? We would love to hear it. Your story will inspire and motivate others to make positive changes too! KLM just ordered some cute gym bags that we would love to share. So, the best 5 crossroads stories will win a 6and6plus2 gym bag!!