Fresno Fit Chef is Back for Set #2 — Sacrifice and Passion

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Fresno Fit Chef showing off her guns!

My first blog covered most of my backstory and why I chose to get a personal trainer. The more time that I work on myself and work with Coach Rob, the more I realize that I have truly found my passion in physical fitness.

After years of being toxic to myself by making poor nutrition and health decisions, I live the daily challenge to be the best and healthiest version of myself.  In the last three years, Rob has guided me from a depressed 324 pound woman to an athlete.  One of the things that has helped me commit to transforming my life and my body is my competitive nature and the need to be the best.

I spend so much time in the gym now that it is like a second job!  I am constantly trying to improve my fitness game so that I can meet my next goal. My next goal is a lofty one; but it is something that I know I will achieve with my own perseverance, dedication, and commitment to improving and working with my Coach!

MY GOAL:  By the time that I am 45, I will compete in fitness competitions! IMG_6599

My transformation is a conversation starter.  When I talk with people about the investment I have made in myself by paying for personal trainer and I suggest that they do the same, I am frequently met with opposition.  The normal argument is that they can’t afford it!  I think that is total crap! 

Everyone has financial struggles, bills to pay, unexpected expenses, and excuses for why we are content with living in a space that is unhealthy.  I never thought I would be able to afford a personal trainer!  IMG_6597When I first started with Robert three years ago, I was not in the position where I could take on this financial responsibility, but I also was not in the position where I could go even one more day ignoring my unhealthy body and aches and pains.  By sacrificing the little luxuries in my life, that I had convinced myself were necessities, I was able to scrape together enough to see Rob on a weekly basis.  Now, I have streamlined my frivolous spending and workout with Coach Rob several hours a week and we are hard charging toward my goal of competition!  IMG_6596

 

The MILLION Dollar Word

IMG_5107Motivation is a 10 letter word that is worth a million dollars! No goal can be achieved without maintaining motivation and staying on track.

The motivation to take care of yourself quickly falls by the wayside when a child needs something, work is pulls you in several directions, or let’s face it, you’re just too tired to put forth the effort.  I stress the importance of motivation and just showing up to all my clients.  Some days you may feel like you are only able to do 20 minutes on the treadmill when you normally do 50, but every minute counts and showing up helps you maintain the motivation and consistency.  An integral part of staying motivated, is to find a source of inspiration that speaks to YOU and to remain positive!  Maintaining motivation is tough for most of the world, so I have laid out a few tips to help you find your motivation.

To maintain motivation, encourage yourself like you would encourage your best friend, child, or co-worker.  Far too many times, we are inclined to think negatively about ourselves and the areas where we need improvement.  We would never sit silently by if a friend or child was constantly putting themselves down, so why treat yourself this way?  Men and women alike, would benefit from changing their inner dialogue to positive thoughts, especially in regard to health and fitness.  Instead of telling yourself you need to workout because you are “fat,” “out of shape, ” or  have “let myself go,” say one of the following affirmations: Dwayne-Johnson-The-Rock-Motivation-Quote-about-Success “I am working on being healthier.”   “I am investing in myself and my health.”  “I am working on being the best version of me.”

To maintain motivation, surround yourself with support.  A supportive environment will serve as a safety net when you are struggling to maintain your motivation or need a pep talk.  Reach out to people who live a healthy lifestyle and ask for tips, advice, and use them to hold yourself accountable.  Accountability partners can motivate you in a number or ways; they can remind you of why you’re on this journey, encourage you to make it to the gym, and be your biggest cheerleader when you have successes.
To maintain motivation, find resources that speak to you!  
There is not a single motivator that works for everyone; like eating plans and workout regimens, try as many as you need to try until you find the right fit.  The internet provides infinite resources that are available 24/7.  As you are surfing the web, note your reaction to fitness pages, health blogs, or transformation photos and add the most inspiring to your “favorites” for continued motivation.

IMG_5099There is no universal answer for maintaining motivation. All of my real warriors, are motivated by different things. I have some that are motivated by health issues, some are motivated by wanting the ideal body, and some are motivated by wanting a better quality of life. One thing they all have in common is that they have found the key to keep motivated and work consistently and persistently on themselves.

 

Fresno Fit Chef

IMG_5956My passions are food, weight lifting, and fitness but that hasn’t always been the case.  My life changed when my trainer, Coach Rob, introduced me to WEIGHTS!

I am a quintessential example of unhealthy extremes and self medicating.  I have been so thin that I wore children’s clothing and I have also been an over 300 pound alcoholic.  It was clear that I needed to learn moderation, find a plan that worked for me, and overhaul my attitude about life and my health.

When I was in high school, I was a swimmer, a dancer, and a cheerleader; with the metabolism of a teen and these activities, I wasn’t an overweight child.  Long past high school and after years of struggling with my weight,  I was 324 pounds.  Everything ached, my hips and back hurt, and I was drinking regularly.  I knew I needed to do something to change my life.  Too embarrassed to go to a gym, but certain I had to change my life, I called Synergy Fitness and was introduced to Coach Rob.

When I met Rob, I needed someone who understood where I was both physically and emotionally.  Physically: I couldn’t plank for even 2 seconds and I couldn’t do a push  up, nope, not even 1.   Emotionally: I was drinking too much, had a negative attitude, and was embarrassed by my inability to perform simple workout tasks.  After my first session with Coach Rob, my homework was to practice doing a push up.  I was below ground zero.  image1

Rob and I worked on my fitness, my diet, and most importantly my attitude.  I decided if I was going to spend money on a personal trainer, I was going to follow what he said to the letter.  I committed to the process and implemented everything Rob said and within 8 – 9 months, I lost 70 pounds and gained a lot of MUSCLE!

I don’t think any other trainer could pull out of me what Rob pulls out of me during every workout.  My goal was to get rid of my hip and back pain and in the process, I changed my life and discovered my passion, myself, and my NEXT GOAL!

You can follow my continuing journey on Instagram @FresnoFitChef and on Facebook @FresnoFitChef!