Fitness Motivators - What are yours?
I often get asked how I “did it” what did made me “do it” and at first I had no good reason other than It sounded like a good idea. But then I really started thinking about it, which led me to this blog post about my personal fitness motivators… Here we go..
I’ve tracked aspect of my left for the past 14 months. My steps, stairs, miles, food, calories, protein, carbs, fat, weight, measurements, exercise, sleep, heart rate and blood pressure all to various applications that are connected to give me metrics about my life. While not always perfect, it serves a purpose for me. I’m actually so into the metrics I wear a Fitbit and a Nike Fuel Band, just to compare them.
Thinking further into this journey, this blog, the last year, how I have put myself out there on a more intimate and personal level more than ever before. I was that guy who wore a shirt at the pool, I would generally just skip the pool because I wasn’t comfortable with my weight. I never fathomed putting a picture of myself without a shirt on a website, nor being this open about it for the world to see.
A year ago in Feb 2013, I weighted 295 pounds. I was miserable, puffy and tired but I didn’t vocalize it, complain about or frankly do anything about it. Looking back, internally it was something that did bother me. I’m sure someone reading this blog post will relate, either consciously or subconsciously (don’t be afraid to contact me I’ll give you some advice). If you relate and are struggling, I encourage you to take that step towards a better you, a simple walk or cutting out sugar drinks is a good first step and slowly add other positive things to achieve the goals you want.
In Jan 2013, something clicked for me to be motivated enough to make this life change. Perhaps, it was the pants that were size 46 that were getting tight, the XXL shirts that were getting snug, the consistent sweating or maybe it was when my 2-year-old wanted me to chase him and after 5 minutes I was sweaty wet mess and out of breath. Subconsciously, and after many hours of mindless thinking about this subject while sitting on planes and in airports I came to the conclusion I didn’t want to be that dad who sat on the bench, couldn’t chase him, couldn’t play catch, football, soccer you name it.
Actually, I think reading Tony Hortons new book “The Big Picture” really got me thinking about this journey in a different way.
Anyways, everyone has a motivator, mine is being around so I can be a dad, live life to my fullest and be there for as he grows up. My secondary motivator was for myself and my wife, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I didn’t want to be out of shape or eat horrible food and I didn’t want to be a statistic. I wanted to wear those jeans (pick a brand), you know the ones you can’t get in size 46? I’m sure I could keep going, but you get the point. It’s really that simple, those things made me change my lifestyle. I’m still on my journey, I’m still tweak my eating, I try new things and I continue to mix up my workouts.
I was doing T25 this morning, I thought to myself seriously it only takes 25 minutes to do this workout. ANYONE can find 25 minutes to workout with this program OR go for a walk or a run or a bike ride. I’ve put together some tips here here if you are ready to get started on your journey.
The more I think about this, the more I want to help others succeed. The journey was hard, but wasn’t unachievable. It just takes motivation and the willingness to change, did I mentioned I usually eat out 2-3 times per day while I lost my weight? It can be done..