Finding the truth behind Health and Fitness myths, trends, and fads
Finding the truth behind Health and Fitness myths, trends, and fads
The Final Day
And so we have come to the last physical training day of our 8-week journey. It is one of mixed emotions for me. Long and arduous, this fitness journey has challenged me like no other before, but it has also made me a stronger person overall.
However, the most interesting part is this: despite becoming fitter and stronger inside and out, the journey does not end here for me. Fitness is a lifestyle commitment. As the saying goes, 'there is no constant in this world except change'. I do not want to fall back into the abyss of my past. Instead, I choose to keep moving forward, to constantly develop on bettering myself. I see now that it is possible, more so than before, because I have been training not just my body for this, but also my mind. It all stems from there (the mind). The root of your success or your downfall.
Another crucial recipe for success, the support system. I am thankful that I have that in my life, at home, with my team and with my colleagues at work. And of course from our coach, my mentor - Bill Calhoun. He is ruthlessly results-orientated but that is because he wants us to succeed. He believes in us, he knows we can if we put our minds to it. So coach, to you, a big thank you for your trust in us, and in me, and for the guidance along the way. With you, I have seen myself grow from strength to strength. Like in James Bond movies, you are most definitely the 'Q' in my fitness quest - my fitness weaponry and tactical master. I salute and thank you for getting me to where I am today.
To all those embarking on their own fit journeys, I share this with you. Success is not just about achieving the end goal. It is about enjoying the ride and experience along the way, the knowledge gained, the handling of disappointments, the building of your courage to look at every new day as a new chapter, to embrace it fully with gratitude, to acknowledge that you CAN do what you set your mind out to do and to continue against all odds knowing you will reach it eventually. THIS is SUCCESS.
Thank you for being a part of my journey. All the best to you.
~ G.I. Jo (signing off)
Just because it's the weekend with 3 rest days does not mean we get to slack. If we are not in training, we still have a customised menu to adhere to, plus that one bonus free meal day. There is still a need for us to stay motivated and on course.
Perhaps, talking is cheap. But my constant reading and writing to stay motivated is essential to me remaining focused and propelling forward. Reading this image quote fueled me even more, thus I am sharing this with my team and with all those reading.
I am with my pack, not the herd. Together, we can and we will create our own destinies. And like lions, we will not whine nor weep. Our fit goals lie in our own hands. We decide if we make or break. No one else is in charge of that except ourselves. Setbacks can occur, but quitting is NOT an option.
You too HAVE a choice. Will you be a sheep in the herd or will you stand strong and stand proud as a lion and charge ahead in your beliefs to achieve your goals?
Baaa or ROAR? Only YOU can decide.
~ G.I. Jo
Totally wicked! We nailed it tonight.
Are we stronger? Hell yeah!
Are we fitter? Oh yeah!
Are we nearing our goals? Most definitely closer than where we were yesterday, the day before, last week, last month...you get the picture.
Are we kicking ass? Nope! Our coach does that when he stands next to us and he kicks our butts when he says things like, 'Don't quit now. Don't you dare. You're not stopping this round, you hear me?!' Ah...But it's all good. We need that barking from time to time or we tend to slack. He KNOWS we have it in us to push even harder in that last leg.
I like that he pushes us and challenges our limits.
And it's a wrap... 'til Monday.
It's been 10 days since surgery and physically I'm healing well, thank goodness. I've been able to attend our workouts with Bill but as I'm not supposed to be generating sweat, my movements are frustratingly limited. But at least it also gives me to opportunity to gawk at my team mates and admire just how beautifully their bodies are changing.
It has only been 3 weeks of GI and the transformation has already begun for all of them. Week 1 was a bit of a shambles with all of us just trying to figure out the protocols, getting accustomed to our menus and range of supplements. So the full grind truly only begun in week 2 and its now the end of week 3. If I didn't know them, I'd think this was a group of gym junkies, that all they think and do all day revolves around muscle gains and fat burn.
But I do know them and I know they are not all that.
GI Jo is a wine merchant and a mum. Her day revolves around meeting clients, selling wine, and managing her home and don't forget the 2yr old twins.
GI Rob spends his day fixing cyberspace security issues. He is in meetings from 8am and most nights he is on conference calls till past midnight. And don't forget the recently unwell wife and 2 young boys at home.
GI Sheena runs restaurants for her livelihood. Her days are spent involved in getting the customers in, making sure her restaurants maintain the standards and reputation they've earned for years.
GI Andrey, to be honest I have no idea what he does for a living but I know it involves client meetings and business travels. And he's a dad to 1yr old twin girls too. When his girls are unwell, he doesn't get any sleep and in the day he's off to a job
Ok, to be absolutely honest I have not made it my business to know GI Carmen & GI Aliya enough to tell exactly what they do but I can safely say they both have regular lives like the rest.
Me, I have it the easiest. I'm a stay home mum. With 2 school going boys, I also remotely manage a skincare business in the UK. My day revolves around school runs, family meals, and stressing over the boys' schooling and activities.
So I can only conclude we are all regular everyday people with some serious fitness goals. Why? Aren't we all busy enough? Don't we have better things to do? Sure, but I realise while the reasons for each GI could be different, ultimately we want to attain a physically strong -- no, super strong -- and fit body that will function in our daily lives for a long time to come.
To attain success in our lives, there are too many external factors. You have your clients, I have school politics. Many components are out of our control.
Attaining success for our bodies, however, there are only 2 components. Your desire to get there and someone who will help you get there.
So while I have the opportunity to observe and bear witness the transformation of my team, I want my team to know that they are all an inspiration to me. And they give me the hope that I too, once I'm back 100%, can attain the success I so crave for myself.
And Bill, thank you for going out of the boundaries of your role as coach for get us to where we want to be.
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