Just writing a little extra lately since I will be gone all next week in Costa Rica!!! I have never been on a vacation where I could just decompress and relax. It’s usually a trip, traveling for work, or competitions. My goal, while out there ,is to reflect on this amazing year so far and to refuel my mind with new goals for the rest of the year. I also would like to finish an entire book. I always get started but never finish!
Seashel, I really want to compete and/or get in tip top shape but can’t afford a trainer. How can I get in shape if I can’t push myself to that level?
To me it all boils down to how bad you want it. Ask yourself this question. What are you willing to do to make it happen? Trust me, when you truly want something bad you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. You will find a way. If your not willing to do that, then I think it’s time to reevaluate your goals.
This reminds me of when I started competing. Since I was about 16 I worked out here and there. I would go through phases where I worked out consistently for a few months at a time then get so burnt out. My body looked good, but I wanted it to look physique athlete good. I didn’t know where to start or what to do and didn’t really have the money for a personal trainer. I was stuck in that “I will never look like that because of genetics” attitude. At this time I was working as an esthetician and not bringing in a lot of money. This was the time where I needed to decide whether I wanted to move out of my parents house and get my own apartment or spend my extra money on all my training towards my competition.
I decided to leap into faith and spend my money on my training. To me I wasn’t just spending money I was investing! (Invest- To spend or devote for future advantage or benefit)I knew what I wanted and that was to make a future for myself in the fitness industry. To make a name for myself, to inspire many, and to help others believe in themselves.
I trained twice a week with my trainer and the days I trained myself I felt that I couldn’t push myself like my trainer did. I was spending a lot already, but the last thing I wanted to do was look like a fool on stage. I didn’t know what to expect. I never knew my body could achieve the results it did because I was so anxious. So I decided to get another extra training session a week until then. This meant no money for any social activities. I Turned down a lot of invitations to have girls nights and movie nights. I sacrificed a lot for this show.I am sure my friends probably thought I was crazy spending all my money for a show where I only won a trophy.But deep down inside I knew that this wasn’t just a competition for me. It was the start of my career. I was a young girl on a mission. I was hungry.
I lost some friends along the way but on a positive note I gained a lot of meaningful relationships. Some of my friends said I changed and some were happy for me because I was doing something I loved. To be honest, I did change, but I believe I changed for the better. It was time for me to grow up and be the person I wanted to be “When I grow up”.
So let me ask you this question… If your friends drop you like it’s hot , are you going to give up on your dreams to make them happy? Do they pay your bills?
Life is about taking chances. If you have an excuse for not doing the things you want then you probably don’t want it that bad. Take chances, take risks, and let your faith take over.
Think, Believe, Achieve!
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