Welcome back! After my last post I can imagine you might be thinking about how you might not have the financial means to hire a trainer to work with one on one. I’m not saying you have to hire a personal trainer to get your health back on track. You most surely don’t! It is so simple to just lace up those sneakers and take a walk, do some stretching in your floor at home, do some bodyweight exercises, make better choices food wise at each meal. Yes – it is simple, if you have the discipline to do it. I did not, and I knew for sure that I did not. There are so many awesome resources available online for free if you can’t afford to work in person with a trainer – please do NOT let that stop you!!! I just knew from past experience and my current mental state that this was not something I could do alone. The most critical key to success for me was realizing that this was bigger than something I could do by myself.
Pick the RIGHT Trainer for YOU (I will have a post about this coming up)
Terry Davis at Hard Body Fitness Personal Training has years of experience training phenomenal physique athletes for competition, both powerlifting and bodybuiliding. He has athletes who have earned their pro cards in their sport, and he has “regular” people like me who just need to be healthy and happy again. I had met my match in terms of stubborness and seeing through my smokescreens. I had to eat some humble pie and start out with 3 days a week of total body training – I was still sticking to my “even though I’m out of shape I am an athlete!” story – and I was very upset about that at first, until I saw how far I really had fallen. Being so overweight put incredible pressure on all of my joints and when we started, I could barely do even 2 exercises for a leg workout because of my bad knees. Seriously – leg day was over pretty fast 🙂 He just kept saying “trust the process, let’s just take it one week at a time and go from there.”
TRUST Your Support System, They Really Do Believe in You!
It could have been intimidating to train around these gorgeous, amazingly fit women every day but let me tell you, it was exactly the opposite. Everyone was so supportive and encouraging, and I hadn’t ever imagined having such a huge support system around me to keep me accountable. They knew I was fighting for my life and my health and they were in my corner 110% even as they dieted and trained for their own competitions. I’m telling you this so you will NOT be afraid or ashamed to express your goals. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle, and trying to reach some dream of their own, so they understand how important yours is to you and they will keep pushing you to go as hard and as far as you can. Find your tribe and you will be unstoppable!
The Process Only Works if YOU DO
From April until about July of 2016, I have to admit I did the minimum really. I mean, it was far more than the zero effort I had been putting in but it wasn’t what was on the PLAN. One day Terry asked me how much cardio I had been doing – I couldn’t lie. So I joke to this day that I was put “on punishment” like a little kid in school. He made me come back to the gym to do my cardio (even though I had another gym where I could go that was air conditioned!), saying he had to SEE me do it or it didn’t count. See, someone caught onto my BS and I could no longer get away with it 🙂 I had paid for meal plans from so many people – and never followed them. Just couldn’t make myself prep the food and eat healthy after enjoying the AMAZINGLY addictive world of fast food and takeout for so long. STUBBORN!! Did I mention I am a Leo?
But it was time to go all in. Progress was only going to happen if I followed the process 100%, not Pam’s way (which I tried for a few months) but the right way. He was willing to put his all into my transformation so I had to do the same. So the real process started in July 2016 when I finally put all the pieces together. Image that – results started to follow!!!