There is no perfect body except the one you woke up in this morning. Enjoy it and enjoy the journey!
As the year comes to an end this is a great time to reflect on your year and your journey. Take inventory of where you are and where you want to go over the next year.
After recently speaking to a few of our clients, at different points on their journey, reaching new milestones, it hit me how important it is to realize that this is a journey. You aren’t going to suddenly arrive at a destination and be done. You’ll have goals that you’ll meet along the way but those are all part of your lifelong journey learning about yourself and your body, how to be physically and mentally at your best. This is ongoing. As a coach my goal is to help pull our clients along this journey at a pace that works for them, to make sure they are on the right path and be here for them with the answers as they are ready for them.
One of the slogans plastered on our wall is – No Judgments. Nobody judges anybody at Results. We provide a supportive environment whether someone is on the fast track or taking the long scenic route.
When you first start it is good to think about one change at a time. Starting to work out twice a week is enough of a change to get you going on your path. I’ve had many of our members say to me, “When I started here I NEVER thought I would enjoy coming to the gym. Now I LOVE being here and want to hang out here all the time. I can’t believe it!”
When you’re ready start to make small changes to your nutrition habits. This past month one of our clients who has been with us for four years decided to join into one of our challenges. Up until now she was not ready to change her nutrition habits at all. She came into the gym consistently and worked out hard for the past four years. Her body had already changed dramatically without changing her nutrition. Now four years into her membership she was ready to take the next step on her journey and learn more about how to change her nutrition habits.
Never feel like you are a failure if you haven’t been able to commit to changing your nutrition right away. One day you’ll be inspired and ready. In the mean time you are on the right path, making progress every week by exercising. If you’re working out twice a week – good for you!
At the other end of the spectrum we have a few of our clients training for a Figure/Bikini Competition. All of them have been on their journey to achieve optimal health & fitness for many years. Two of them have competed in shows before, while one particular client, it will be her very first competition. She was noticing how much muscle the other girls have and we started talking about how every year of working out consistently you add muscle and your body gets better and better, so the other girls have more muscle because they have been doing this longer. When they did their first competition, they didn’t have as much muscle as they have now. This was a huge “Aha” for her realizing that this competition is part of her journey (it’s not the end point) and every year she will improve, adding more muscle making progress year after year.
Back to the line, I opened this article with – There is no perfect body EXCEPT the one you woke up in. I know some of you have an ideal of a perfect body you want to reach. Maybe you’ve compared yourself to others thinking, she’s in way better shape then I am…People who you look at and think have the “perfect body” are usually just further along on their journey looking toward the next step on their path. Let them inspire you to follow in their path but don’t compare yourself, you’re at a different point on your journey with different ups and downs.
This is your wake up call
as you head into 2013 to enjoy
YOUR perfect body
and YOUR journey.
Take note of where you’re at on your journey. What progress you have made since this time last year? What is working? Have you gained muscle? Gained strength? Lost fat? Down a clothing size? Have more energy? What changes have you made this past year? Now look ahead, what’s one change you can commit to as you head into 2013 continuing on your journey?