I know I haven’t been writing much lately but I’ve been plenty busy watching sports, and trying to be an athlete myself. Let’s see, where to start? Oh ok – I’ll just dive in. First of all, just so you don’t think I’ve been completely lazy, I’ll tell you about the Max Muscle MaxFormation Challenge I’m doing through June 30. Basically it’s a “before and after” physique transformation contest – and yep, if this sounds familiar, it’s the very same contest I’ve tried to do before and just couldn’t buckle down enough to finish it. Seven months is A LONG TIME to stay focused and disciplined. But guess what? This time I am doing it. SLOWLY…. but surely progress is being made. 🙂 My trainer is doing amazing things with my training program – and he reminds me that it would be even more amazing if I could find it somewhere deep within to, umm …. eat properly!!!
Today I want to write about my favorite passion, bodybuilding. This is what defines me more than anything else – the art of crafting the perfect physique. Nope, I don’t have it – but I know what it will look like “after,” when I finally finally realize my dream. I think the passion I have lies in doing the unusual, defying that stereotype and being a strong woman who LIFTS, heavy and hard, and still is happy to look like a woman! I love the feel of the weights as they present that day’s challenge. Put the music on, head down, some internal words of motivation – then GO!
I’ve been floundering a bit the past month in this challenge I’ve undertaken (seven months is a longggg time to stay focused), so I decided to go to a local bodybuilding show last night. I wanted to get some motivation from those stepping on stage, putting their best bodies and selves forward for hundreds to see. It was amazing to look at their dedication – lean, some even gaunt faces – dieted down, carb and water depleted – and SMILING.
Smiling even if they didn’t win their divisions. Why smile, I mean they didn’t win, right? Actually – they sure did. Because they ACHIEVED their goals – they committed to the mission, and didn’t stop until show day. They sacrificed whatever they had to in order to achieve their goal of stepping up on that stage.
The guest poser (Darren “Hollywood” Glenn) gave a little speech after he posed – he said “this is a stage of champions. It doesn’t matter if you don’t place in your class, YOU TOOK THE CHALLENGE AND YOU STEPPED UP HERE. That makes you a champion. It doesn’t matter if you came in 15th out of 15 – you came in WAY ahead of the people who dared not even to enter. You are all champions.”
Now, that might sound silly or untrue – but stop and think – it is completely true. Those people who finished last in their classes still finished WAY AHEAD of those people who didn’t even try. Those people who wanted to eat hamburgers, pizzas, french fries rather than one more piece of chicken and even more broccoli.
I came home renewed and re-energized. This is what we have to realize, all of us who undertake challenges that push us WAY outside of our comfort zones – we are ALL champions when we finish our challenge. It’s only the beginning for all of us – the start of our journey – finish this and we’re on to bigger things.
Thanks Darron Glenn for saying the words I really needed to hear – it’s ON through June 30, and then who knows what’s next?