I read this quote on Chris Powell's facebook today: "happiness is not a state at which to arrive at, but a manner of traveling"- Margaret Lee Runbeck. As much as I love, agree with, and believe these words, let's just take a moment and change the word "happiness" to "fitness".
Fitness is not a state at which to arrive at, but a manner of traveling! What more can I add to those words? This one simple sentence sums up everything I believe about fitness. When I read this, I had kind of an "ah ha" moment. This is what I'm trying to relay in my blog. My work here is done! Kidding.....;).
So as I scrolled my facebook feed this morning, I also came upon Jesse Duplantis' post. Here is what I read: "there are times you don't feel like going to work, but you go. Why? You know your feelings about it don't matter. You chose the job; so you get up and go, even on days you don't feel like it. Your feeling doesn't move you. You're moved by your decision. That's what being a christian is about, too. Sometimes you don't feel saved. You don't feel like being nice. But, you do it because you're moved by your decision." This is a little less "summed up". And, yes it is relaying how we should view our lives as Christians. But, this too applies to fitness and healthy living. You won't "feel" like eating right and exercising sometimes. But, you do it because you're moved by your decision.
When we truly want something, a new job, a new car, a new house, a donut, we go out of our way with determination and don't stop until we get it. We are driven by satisfying our wants. A lot of times, the satisfaction we receive as a result of healthy living go over looked and under appreciated. I believe that is because it is a destination that we never truly reach. We want to have something, and when we get it we are done. We are satisfied. We move on. If you have a fitness goal that you reach and become satisfied with, then just quit doing all of the things that got you to your goal, you're going to find yourself back to where you started. But, "fitness is not a state at which we arrive"!
It takes time to get your brain to accept the permanency of true fitness. To get to the point that you can have a bad weekend, and not let it be the end of your efforts. To get to the point that it's not about the scales. To get to the point that you learn how to enjoy the foods you've always loved, without living off of them alone. To get to the point that you recognize and correct each bad habit, one by one. To quit making excuses! It all takes time. It is a choice. Much like the job/christian living comparison that Jesse makes. It is something you wake up and do, because you chose to.
I haven't been working on building a clientele because I haven't been sure where God has been leading me. I still haven't quite figured that out, but one thing I keep coming back to is that I really love to encourage and motivate people, and help them get to this way of thinking that I've been describing in this post. I keep coming back to the desire to start doing electronic training. Basically meaning that I would like to take on clients that I can customize workouts for and be there for them for accountability and encouragement to help get them started and keep them going through text and/or email. This means you do not have to live near me. I will be constantly adjusting your plan based on your goals and results. You would check in with me weekly with weigh ins and measurements, as well as have me here for accountability in any way that you need it throughout each week. This is a more affordable way to have a personal trainer. You can go into the gym with confidence, because you have a plan. Or maybe you're like me and prefer to workout outside. That's great too. Maybe you are on vacation and need guidance, or you prefer to workout at home. Whatever your preference or need, I will customize your plans. This is my passion, and passion is what makes people motivated. If you are depending on people that don't have a fire inside them about healthy living, you won't get fed. You won't feel fired up. I have a lot of people approach me for accountability and direction. This is my attempt to provide that service. This is what I love to do. If you would like to talk with me more about how having a personal trainer can be much more affordable by being done electronically, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't charge for consultation. I am excited to work with you. This is what I love to do. And my enthusiasm is contagious! We can get you on track. So let's get started! Also, I will offer discounts for referrals. Let's get started!