Before the clock struck 6am, I was already thinking about the fact that Biggest Loser starts again a week from tonight. A whole new season of inspiration awaits me and so many others who regularly are motivated by these incredibly strong willed contestants. Lately, when I am finding it tough to get through my own personal workouts, I find myself visualizing the faces and bodies of some of these people and what their determination “bought” them in just 7 months.
Inspiration comes to me, also, from my students, who despite their busy schedules, age or health issues, push themselves daily to accomplish what they know will benefit them in the long run. In fact, just the other day, I found myself on a running trail behind one of my SilverSneakers students. For anyone who thinks that program is for the elderly and frail, think again. When I next saw him in class, I asked him how far and how often he runs and learned that every weekday morning he completes a four miler to log 20 miles a week. Though I don’t know his age, SilverSneakers is for the “65 and over” age group and this man, Paul, has been my student, in this particular program, for as many years as I can remember!
I am inspired by the man on the P90x video, who manages to get through an entire legs and back routine on only one real leg, the other a prosthetic device. This guy can do more on either of his legs, than most can do on both of their own real ones, together!
I am inspired by some of my co-workers, 10 and 20 years older than me, still healthy, youthful in body and mind and teaching regularly while other’s their age sit idly and complain about the aging process.
These are just a few of the people that inspire me. With just a couple of days left before we plunge into our new year’s resolutions, I encourage you to think about what motivates you and get some mental images imprinted in your brain. I promise those images will help you achieve your own fitness goals in 2010. I also promise to be here daily, hoping I might in some small way, inspire you, too!
Now go get busy!
OK – I think this is where I run into issues that are swimming around inside my head. I love the Biggest Loser and rarely miss an episode, but I find myself wondering what I am lacking when these people totally transform their lives and I can’t lose 15 pounds. Personal deficiencies seem to have become a recurring theme in my life over the past 2 years. Instead of being inspired, I find myself feeling inadequate. Any ideas on how I can turn the tide on these feelings?
I have several thoughts on this, caroleanne— first and foremost, we have to remember that Biggest Loser really is a televsion show…these people have auditioned for a part in the show and in doing so NBC has established that these people have the time to live on a ranch and exercise 6-8 hours a day—right away, that sort of puts them in a very different league than those of us that have to work for a living and are leading “normal” daily lives…secondly, I am 100% convinced that if someone were dangling a quarter of a million dollars (or even 100, 000) in front of YOU, you would and could easily muster up what it takes to reach your goal…additionally, you need to think about the fact that these contestants most likely pull out ALL the stops to accomplish there goals–you and i have discussed what the end results are in some of these people and we KNOW they put on some weight after the finale—it’s not healthy or realistic to think they maintain those INSANE weights that allow them to win or come close!
Now personally, though i always have a “goal” weight, I promise you, I am not at it….YOU, having lost the incredible amount of weight you did lose, should NOT feel even slightly inadequate! you inspire me, honestly— you made it through a couple of physical injuries but never fell out of the loop! Perhaps you need different inspirations… i would give it today and tomorrow to mull around what or who inspires you and get focused on that for the new year….maybe you need to plaster your own before and after pictures around and get them imprinted in your brain—maybe you need to go over your eating with a fine tooth comb and see if there is something sabbotaging your efforts — maybe you just need to switch up something for a while…you know for me, p90x in ADDITION to my classes was what helped me last summer…
wanna sit down one day and talk….maybe if we talk aloud we can get you feeling more psyched up for all the possibilities 2010 hold for YOU! is carolina coming in this saturday to teach? if not, we can talk after class…….
JUST REMEMBER YOU CONTROL YOU!!!!! i’ll keep thinking……..
Hey im new on this board i hope i can help out and give something back here because ive learned a huge amount myself.
Heya everyone- I am new here- I have been looking around this forum for a few hours as a guest. I found it useful and it has helped me a lot. I hope to stay around for a bit and hope to maybe even help out.
Thanks A lot.
Greetings i am new on this forum. Thanks for the inspiration and information. I hope i will be able to help and give something back here because i have learned a lot myself.
Hello i am new to this forum, I have been floating around for a bit as a guest and thought i’d pop in and say hello. Thanks for the information. I am always looking for current articles about health and fitness. I’ll be sure to come back again.