My inspiration to write typically comes from conversations I have. As a trainer and fitness coach I find myself either listening to someone share their struggles or asking questions about specific diets or programs.
Questions never get old to me. I don’t claim to have all of the answers and I will let someone know if I don’t know the answer to their question. But in 20 years of being on my own fitness journey combined with 17 years of training and coaching clients there are quite a few answers to questions I do know.
I found myself in a conversation last week that led me to sharing this with you today. In order for you to understand the point of this message I want to ask you a question:
When you workout do you EXPECT results?
Be honest. Do you expect weight loss? Do you expect to have more energy? Do you expect to get stronger? Do you expect to fit back in certain clothing?
All of these things are great motivators to get started and will make for great goals on your fitness journey. BUT be very careful not to turn exercise into a transactional relationship. What does that mean?
You: “The only reason I am doing this workout/nutrition program is to accomplish XXXX.”
Then what happens when XXXX does not happen? How do you respond?
You: “I knew this was not going to work. I quit!”
This example typically doesn’t occur in an instant. It occurs over a period of time. Maybe weeks, months or years. This is approaching your workouts and healthy meal plan with a transactional mindset and is a sure way to fail.
So what is the proper way to approach your workouts and nutrition? So glad you asked!
Approach each workout and every healthy meal with ZERO expectations. Remind yourself that the reason you are doing this is out of the love of yourself and desire to fuel your body in a healthy way.
Flip a switch and change your perspective. When you do this each workout comes with an unexpected return. Each week you see results is just a bonus.
Working out and eating right is not something you do because it does something back for you. It is something you do because it is the right thing to do. It is how you say I love you to yourself.
If this speaks to you today I would love to hear about it. Have a great week.