I am pretty sure that I have the absolute best job in the world. I get a front row seat on a daily basis to see people's beautiful transformations.
I am not talking about losing weight, toning up, and looking great in a bikini (yes – that does happen here and it's awesome!) I am talking honest to goodness transformation.
Transformation from the inside out.
Changing thought processes.
Increased confidence, energy, and zest for life.
It is absolutely amazing and I absolutely love it.
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with one of our clients who had gone through our KickStart Program.
This individual had gotten great results in our program and was going to continue on in a training program with us. She had tried many health and fitness programs in the past and nothing had ‘stuck’ for her.
Now I know that you can have the best health and fitness program in the world, but if you don’t address what is going on with the mindset eventually, the client is going to fall off the wagon.
In this conversation, I was pushing this individual to share with me her reasons WHY her healthy habits were going to ‘stick’ this time.
Her reasons were so powerful – she was getting excited and talking fast. She had just completed a very focused 4-week program to establish healthy habits, had gotten great results, and was on a bit of a health and fitness ‘high’.
I knew this positive energy and her words needed to be captured – bottled up and saved for later.
I asked that she write a letter to herself with WHY she wants to commit to healthy living for the rest of her life.
This is a letter that she will be able to go back to when the going gets tough – and it will get tough. When she just isn’t feeling it and the couch is looking better than the gym and cookies are looking better than the salad.
The purpose of this WHY letter is to help recenter and refocus her on what is most important in her life.
"Why did I begin this journey? Why am I doing this? How did I get here?
I want to be strong, and be a better role model for my daughter. If she can go through what she has had to endure this year physically, and do it with such grace and strength and positivity, I must do better.
NO MORE EXCUSES.
I want to feel better, healthier, more capable.
I don’t want to feel like I can't keep up with my family. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines anymore.
When we went hiking and I could barely make it up and down the trail, I can’t ever go back to that. Knowing they were going slower than they wanted, waiting for me to catch up. Knowing my heart rate was probably too high for such a simple hike, and that meant I was more unhealthy than I ever wanted to admit.
Watching my husband and daughter play soccer out back, and me feeling exhausted from doing absolutely nothing, knowing I cannot begin to keep up with them…
I can’t go back.
I won’t go back.
I want to show my daughter what strength is, I want her to know and see her mom is healthy and strong.
The days of feeling like “I can’t” to so many things have to be over.
I want to feel proud of how I look, and know I am capable of doing anything.
I want to be healthy inside and out.
It’s only been 4 weeks, and I see and feel the changes. I am getting there.
Slowly, day by day, week by week, I am getting there.
It’s worth every meal cooked, every workout struggle, every dollar spent, every hour taken away from home, taking time for myself.
I am doing it for my family and for a better quality of family life.
I am doing it for me, for my health, for my self-worth, for my tomorrow."
This letter is incredibly powerful. This individual is finally internalizing that she doesn’t go to the gym to lose weight or to look better. Healthy eating isn’t about getting that bikini body.
It is about doing all of the things in life that you want to do without any limitations.
It is never going to be easy -every workout struggle, prepping meals when you aren’t feeling it, and drinking all that water is HARD! But the reward on the back end is more than worth it in the long run.
These short term sacrifices help you live the life you love.
A life that sets your soul on fire.
This client is ‘in it’ right now. She is still just at the start and the start is so hard. Everything is new and those old habits can look so comforting and appealing.
She is going to stick with it. And it will get easier.
Workouts will become more enjoyable. She will begin to look forward to them. Eventually. And she will begin to:
Enjoy the feeling of sweat on her body.
Enjoy the feeling of breathing hard.
Enjoy feeling strong and in control.
And when the going gets tough, she can re-read this letter and remember why she started this in the first place. And recommit.
When it feels like she is trading time for the gym for time at home she will remember that the time trade isn’t gym for family time. The time trade is gym for the life she wants to live.
This client’s letter inspired me. This is my WHY: to help people realize that healthy living is about doing (and enjoying) all of the things you want to do in life without any limitations. Because I believe that when people are living their best life, the world will be a better place. And even if we can impact the lives of just a few people, the ripple effect that their transformation has created will impact many more.
I hope that it has provided some inspiration for you today as well.
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Pete Warner went through our KickStart Program about a year ago and has stuck with his training sessions for the past 365 days and has seen incredible results. Pete recently published this follow up article describing his health and fitness journey at WILCOX.
“A year into this new regimen, I’m stronger and more agile. My balance has improved tremendously and I have more stamina… Doing yard work and other projects that may have once induced fatigue is now easier. Trudging through the woods on deer hunting expeditions also is more enjoyable.” states Pete in his article.
It just goes to show you how much your life can change by focusing on healthy habits that are sustainable for a lifetime! Pete said it best, “The first step can be a small one, but it’s the most important one. With determination, patience, and support, a more fit and happier you is within your grasp.”
Great job Pete - thank you for sharing your story!
Pete Warner is a long time reporter for the Bangor Daily News. He has done an incredible job in our training program and as a result is changing his family tree. "Men in my family have an unfortunate knack for dropping dead in their 50s." Pete Warner says in his BDN article. Pete started training with us in May through our KickStart Program after his regular doctors visit alerted him that his blood pressure was elevated. Pete turned this all around by following our guidelines for healthful living, eating whole foods, and training with us 3 times per week. "Within a couple of weeks, my blood pressure readings returned to the normal range." In addition, Pete increased his energy levels and noticed a dramatic improvement in his mood and self-confidence. The physical results of the 4 Week KickStart Program included: 20½ combined inches lost in his arms, shoulders, chest, waist, hips and thighs.