Its February, and your 12 month gym membership is already collecting dust. You started with full motivation in the first 2 weeks of 2015 determined you where going to lose your ‘silly season weight’, that’s conveniently been there since September 2014. But never the less why did you stop? you hadn’t noticed results, you went back to work, life got in the way, you hurt yourself, you found it boring, the excuses could go on for pages but its time for you to head back to the gym.
First of all if you stopped because you hadn’t seen results in 2 weeks shame on you. Its takes 4 weeks for you to notice change, 8 weeks for your friends to notice and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice, so giving up 2 weeks in means you didn’t even get to your realisation moment. Don’t think your the only one that whats something to happen in the blink of an eye, we all do, but like it or not it took time to get out of shape therefore it will take time to get back into shape. But enough on the tough love this is actually meant to be a ‘be kind to yourself’ post!
What do I mean by a ‘Realisation Moment’? a realisation moment is when you have been pumping, sweating and grunting out for 4 -5 weeks and after your shower you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror (or in the gym if you just chill around in the nude thats totally your choice!) and you notice, just a little hit of a 6 pack, or that your butt is rounder, has more shape, you can see muscles in your shoulders or your face is slimmer. This is your realisation moment, the moment that you realise that its worth it, the change is starting to creep across your body, little or big. Now instead of looking at that change and following it with a negative thought I wish I could lose more fat, or that I had a full 6 pack already, be exited about it! I love nothing more then having a client say to me, ‘do you think there is more shape in my bum?’ or ‘feel my stomach there’s muscle in there!’ It makes my week actually that they are taking note of the small things and that they want to know more so they can continue to progress in the same direction.
I’ve personally had 2 realisation moment since returning to training at Christmas time. One was when I looked back at the snap of me in my yellow top and I though, ‘wow, my legs are getting their definition back,’ that was about week 4 of training (see the quote isn’t just some BS I tell you, its the truth). The next one was this week, week 6 at first as I walked into the bank I was still in my running shorts and as I walked towards the glass door I saw the reflection of my legs and could see the muscles flexing as I moved, and I smiled to myself thinking, glad I wore my shorts today! Later the same day I’d taken my top off when I was cleaning in the gym and noticed my abs had become quiet a bit more defined. Its exciting, so exciting that I took a picture and thought I better write this blog post (had the idea 2 weeks ago).
Its time for you to take a snap shot of yourself so you can compare it in 4 weeks time, sometimes the scales don’t give you the most accurate change in body composition but 2 pictures side by side, most certainly does. Don’t hesitate taking the photo, I’m sure your either thinking; ‘I’m not that vain’, or ‘gosh I don’t want a picture of myself looking like this!’ but when you’ve been back into your regular workout routine and eating clean and the scales don’t give you the result a picture usually will, I didn’t take a snap of myself when I got back from Thailand cause I was a bit like, no one needs to see how out of shape I got over there, but its not about everyone else, even when your business is to motivate others its about you having the proof for you.
Go get moving, have your realisation moment, appreciate the small change because all the small change leads to the big result.
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