“A woman with a fit physique is more than just a hot body. It shows she works hard, no money can buy it. It shows dedication, discipline, self-respect, dignity, patience, work ethics, and passion! That’s why it’s attractive to me.”
This quote speaks so much volume to me. 2016 marks the fifth year of my fitness journey. Those who have been following my blog knows that it all started at 4am, one morning in February 2011. I was severely depressed and dissatisfied with myself. I contemplated death and was awakened by the reminder that although I hated every bit of myself during those days, me leaving the world would shatter the hearts of my friends and family. After deep reflection and research, I came to terms that the only way to truly get out of depression was to take hold of the power in me. So I did, at 4am in the morning and worked out to Zuzka Light’s video on YouTube. My life was forever changed.
Fitness has helped me so much–not just physically with my aesthetics and health; it also helped me develop my character. I now understand the value and strength of pure intentions, self-discipline, and consistency. I believe these three are the key ingredients to success–not just in fitness but in our other dreams and life itself. In 2014, I decided to pursue my certification in Fitness Trainer and attained it in 2015.
I wanted to write this post because I’ve been asked over the years for help and advice regarding fitness and freely shared my knowledge about it because I want to help people just as much as this has helped me. I’ve even given out free, personalized workouts and meal plans so that I can better guide them. Sadly, there have been quite a number of instances where my efforts were disregarded and they went back (and maybe didn’t even try to use the resources given) to their old, complaining ways–or worse, give in to these “lose weight fast” scams.
With that my friends, I wanted to tackle the 5 cold truths about having a fit body.
- ONLY YOU have the ability to achieve your DREAM BODY – This is where your intentions play the biggest part. A lot of people aim to be fit and live a healthy lifestyle–which is definitely very good. However, when you do it for any reason other than bettering yourself purely out of self-love and respect, you are bound to feel forced and even unmotivated to the point that it is hard to make a commitment to stay consistent with it.
- DRASTIC changes in one’s lifestyle often leads to failure– I tell my clients all the time that making small, conscious, and good decisions is the steady and sure way to success. You do not have to load your shoulders with so many changes in your lifestyle that it becomes a burden or feel like a chore. Focus on one thing, master it, and move on to the next one. (Ex: if you have a problem with *bad* snacking, start by making a good and conscious effort to pack your healthy snacks. Need more advice? Feel free to message or comment and I will help you)
- No amount of weight loss supplement will help without pairing it with hard work – There is NO shortcut to success! It despairs me when people seek the “easy way out”– spending money on plastic surgeries or on all these diet pills. I don’t really have anything against plastic surgery but I truly suggest working out and loving what you have before making this decision. After all, it’s FREE and safer than going under the knife–this is unless your physician suggested for you to get surgery (ex: gastric bypass) In terms of pills, don’t just buy them expecting to get results right away or results without putting in actual work. These supplements are mostly to aid your progress, not make it.
SIDENOTE: I’ve been asked numerous times by people who promote diet supplements to take their products and I say no all the time due to these reasons: First, I do not want to rely on supplements in the long run (don’t get me wrong, vitamins and minerals are fine but this is more so for stuff like pre-workout, fat burner, etc.) Why? It costs money and I don’t want to develop the mentality that progress won’t be there UNLESS I use these. Second, most of the people asking me to try their products are only in this business for money. Just being real here, I would consider it if you are someone I can look up to in this aspect. (If you are not fit and swear to me that these work, how am I supposed to believe you?)
- Comparing your journey with others will only hinder you from your progress – this journey is all about you and is your own. Our stories are all unique and that’s why you shouldn’t compare or compete with others. Instead, use it further inspire you in becoming a better you!
- Overall good health requires not only physical exercise but also sound nutrition – I put this as the last one because this is the area most people have difficulty with. When I first started working out, I didn’t become an avid salad eater right away. To be honest, I still am NOT but I’ve come to appreciate my vegetables and have become eager in finding new and different ways to enjoy them. I eat a lot cleaner now compared to when I first started–however, I still allow myself to indulge and enjoy food like burgers, cake, or ice cream. Ahhh balance. 🙂
I hope this post blesses someone today 🙂 What area in fitness/health do you find yourself struggling the most? Please share in the comments as well as advise you may want to share :)And remember, be disciplined, not stressed.