Thursday, June 13, 2013

Do you know GYM? What can GYM do for you?

Age is only a number. You are only as old as you feel.  Act your age. Wisdom comes with age.  We are a society obsessed with age.  When we are young, we want to be older.  Once we are older, we wish we were younger.

I'm happy with my age.  I am proud to say I am 42 years old.  I don't think I look 42, nor do I generally act like I am 42 years old, but I am.  I don't hide it or run from it.  I have accomplished many things in my life thus far.  I am not finished by any means but I don't feel as though I have wasted my youth so to speak.  I was a rather serious child and teenager. I've lightened up in my middle age.  I am more relaxed.  I have a better sense of humor.  I have grown into my sarcasm.  I eliminate the bullshit from my life.  I do what I want to do rather than what others want me to do.  I am not selfish but I am self worthy.

 I am not a fake or artificial person. I believe I make a good friend. I am honest, sometimes to a fault.  I can be a bit too blunt, not because I'm trying to hurt feelings, but I expect someone to treat me the same way.  Don't lie to me.  It doesn't benefit anyone.  I guess this is some of the wisdom that comes with age.  Maybe, maybe not.  However, it has for me.

I am a busy person like most.  I work full time, have children, a boyfriend, household duties and family responsibilities.  But I still make time for me.  "If mom's not happy, then no one is happy."  I never understood that phrase as a child.  As a 42 year old working single mom, I have never had a better understanding of this phrase at this point in my life. However,  I have learned that I need and deserve some 'me' time.  My me time is spent with GYM.

The gym is my sanctuary.  I love to train. I love to lift.  I sorta kinda like cardio.  I like to push my body to it's limits. Sometimes those limits make me want to puke.  I have fitness friends who understand my obsession with the iron. We can chat but they also know when it's time to get down to business with the workout. No harm, no foul. We speak the same language.

The gym releases my stress.  The gym helps me solve problems. The gym makes me feel sexy.  The gym makes me healthy.  The gym is where I compete against my mind and my body. The gym is where I fit in - fit in with me.

I am young.  I feel young.  I look young. These may not all be true but it is how I FEEL about me.  This is what gym does for me. I love GYM.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Fit doesn't happen, Shit happens.

Is fitness a fad for you? How does it fit into your life? How fit do you want to be? What are you willing to sacrifice to be fit?

Fitness has a different meaning for everyone.  It's definition may vary to those participating in the same sport.  We participate at various levels of fitness.  Some people chose to push outside their comfort zone over and over again to achieve an elite level of fitness.  Others chose a linear level of fitness to maintain.  We are individuals. We have different goals, varying lifestyles, unique abilities.  There are a nauseating amounts of information about weight training, nutrition plans, cardio training and supplements.

It can be overwhelming and exciting at the same time. How do you start? Should you get a personal trainer? What type of gym should you join? Do you need to join a gym? Do you need a nutritionist? These are all very important details and should be addressed in order to be successful. However, don't get so caught up with all of this and allow it to interfere with you getting started or stepping up to the next level.

Step back and take a breath.  You need a goal.  You need a plan to map out your route to reach your goal.  You may need a few tools to help you make the map. Once you determine your goal, it will help the other pieces fall into place. What do I mean?  If you goal is to lose weight, you will need to accurately assess where you are at now and where you want to end up. Once that is determined, what tools do you need to get there? Do you know how to eat properly? Do you need to join Weight Watchers or seek out a professional for nutrition advice?  What is your exercise regime? Weights, cardio, combination of both? Or is your goal to compete in a road race, bodybuilding competition, or a marathon? Or do you just want to put in a swimsuit this summer and actually wear it out of the fitting room? Make a GOAL!

Phew... quit freaking out.  You are fine.  You can do this.  Make it a priority.  Commit to getting fit and healthy. No excuses. If you fail, you have failed yourself and have only you to blame.   Harsh but sometimes the truth hurts.  So figure out your goal before you start and be realistic so you don't develop a plan for failure.

Fit doesn't just happen. Shit happens. It's hard work. It takes time. It takes commitment. It takes drive. It takes determination.  It takes desire.  In the end, you reap the rewards.  You get to savor the benefits of superior health. You will develop a taste for the lifestyle. It's not a diet. So move those thoughts aside and challenge yourself. You will be the winner in the end!