In my interview with JJ Peterson, the trainer from the first episode of Fit To Fat To Fit, JJ said “you have to find your why”. JJ is so right, our “why” is so important. That is why we have trained so many people for NPC competitions. It’s not to help them get a trophy or modeling contract. We want to help give them a goal. They need a “why” before they even discover what their real (much greater and more meaningful) why is. The focus is never to get a trophy. Our goal is to use a goal to help them achieve great things; to help them become fitter, stronger, better and healthier. That is their biggest reward.
In the first episode, JJ’s client, Ray, shared his goal was to have kids and to be healthy enough to be the hero dad. For Tasha, Steve’s client in episode 2, it was to be a better, healthier, happier, stronger mom who could continue to be there for her family.
Finding your why is key to lasting success. Anyone can white-knuckle it for a short period, but you need a much deeper “why” than just to win a trophy or hit a goal weight if you want to make a real life change.
When it comes to competing, I don’t do what I do to win a title or notoriety. I honestly just do it for me. I know I need a clearly defined goal and I like myself better when I’m fit. Clear goals help me to focus. However, my deeper goal is I know I am a better, happier, more confident version of myself when I am in a healthy routine. I have more energy for my family, clients, friends and staff. Isn’t being healthier better than any $50 trophy?
Here is more food for thought. When I compete and win trophies, they go straight back to the hotel where they stay the entire rest of my trip. It’s not like I carry them around with me everywhere I went. In fact, eventually they go on a shelf, then in a box and eventually end up in the attic. However, I walk around wearing the success and progress, benefiting from all the hard work I put into my training and diet. That feeling of accomplishment and just overall health is really my biggest reward.
Every pound you lose, you are carrying your trophy. You showing your success and you are carrying around your reward. You are worth it. But, it goes beyond that. Your kids are so worth it, your spouse is so worth it and your life is worth it. If you think for a second you are being selfish in the time you spend investing in your health, think again. If you don’t take good care of yourself, you can’t be everything you need to be for your loved ones. On the contrary, being selfish is not taking care of yourself.
It’s tough to fit it all in. It’s tough to diet. But, “find your why” and let that drive you to train harder than you would for a competition. Because isn’t your health, your family, your life worth more than a title or trophy? Heck yeah!!
Scripture of the Day:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Mantra of the Day:
“My reward isn’t a trophy. It’s (a healthier) ME!” – Bonnie Pfiester