Yesterday I saw a post from one of our struggling future first-time competitors in our private Bikini Boot Camp group on facebook. She has been totally rocking, her body is leaning out, she looks amazing, but since life happens (and all the junk that comes with it), she got a wave of doubt and began to lose motivation. So she reached out to the rest of the girls for encouragement.
It just so happened I already had created this quote for today’s blog, so I shared it with her (and the rest of the girls) along with this note. After I posted it, I decided I’d share some of it with you in hopes of giving you some encouragement too.
“This goes out to all the girls out there struggling, feeling weak, unmotivated, tired, sore, hungry, grumpy, teary-eyed, frustrated, full of doubt…
You can do this! This isn’t just about getting a hot body. It’s about being YOUR best! It’s about being healthy, taking care of the body God gave you. We all have “weak” friends, family members and people who NEED us to be STRONG for THEM! This isn’t just about you, it’s about who you can be for everyone you love and everyone who loves you. The happier you are, the better mom, wife, friend, co-worker, neighbor you are. If you can’t love yourself, you can’t love anyone else – because you can’t give something away that you don’t have to begin with.
“the hour you spend in the gym, makes you a better you the other 23 hours a day”
At first glance, you may feel your time in the gym is selfish – that it’s selfish to work so hard on “you”. But, TRUST ME. The hour you spend in the gym, makes you a better you the other 23 hours a day. You need this. Your kids need it. They need a strong mommy! Your husband needs a confident woman who feels as sexy as your husband sees you. Your friends need it. People are more likable when they feel good about themselves.
Strength goes beyond the gym – WAY beyond the gym. What you do in the gym creates an outward reflection of the discipline you are learning to apply in your life, to control your flesh and not let the world beat you up so you can be the best you you can be. Showing others you don’t have to give in to the Biggie Size temptations of this Biggie Size world. You CAN’T give up! People depend on you. It’s not just about your success, your success has the potential to impact every single one of your friends who are watching you and thinking “if she can do it, maybe I can too”.
YOU are a walking testimony for everything you believe in. It can be a good testimony or a bad one – that’s up to you.
Personally, I want to be a positive reflection of everything I believe in. I don’t want to teach my friends to give up on fitness, marriage, family, goals, career, God or anything else I truly believe in. There are people who depend on my success to motivate them to just even try. I want to encourage people to keep trying and to never give up – and that starts with ME not giving up. Who you can impact starts with YOU never giving up.
The hard work in the gym and kitchen is nothing compared to the victory you will have KNOWING you GAVE IT YOUR ALL, and that your all impacted people around you to give THEIR all. No one will EVER be able to take that away from you.
Now, let’s take things up a notch and act like the STRONG WOMEN I know each of you are! Let’s DO THIS! Can I hear an AMEN!?!?!?! ❤
Let’s commit to lifting each other up, helping people stay encouraged and pressing on toward their goal! Lift Someone Up Today! Share this post if your friends need encouragement on their fitness journey! 🙂
MORE STRENGTH & ENCOURAGEMENT COMING TOMORROW!
A gym in Brazil did an entire ad campaign focused on encouraging women to get their own strength on (pictured left). This particular ad shows a woman with a man behind her, reaching through her arms to open a jar for her. What does it mean? The ad is saying “train hard and open your own dang jar!”
Although the advertisement totally plays tricks on the eyes and is a bit edgy, the idea was brilliant and eye catching to say the least.
It’s Hard to Want What You Think You Can’t Have
Most of us don’t even waste time wanting stuff we know we’ll never have. When something is so far out of reach, we won’t strive for it. Also, it’s hard to want something you’ve never seen or experienced before. With that said, let me introduce you ladies to something called POWER – and believe me, you want it!
The majority of women that walk into a gym for the first time say they want to lose weight. Whether it’s 5lbs or 50lbs, fat loss is priority one. Those same women, if they stay uninspired, uneducated and untrained, will always keep fat loss as top priority without ever tapping into strength. Most women’s goals are modest, mostly because women don’t want what they think they can’t have. And if they’ve never experienced it before, they don’t know what they are missing!
More Power To Ya
Everyone loves a little power. I don’t believe there is a woman in the world who wouldn’t want power if they could get it. The thrill of driving a fast car or using a power tool can be fun for a chick. A woman changing her own tire is pretty cool too. Even a woman in a career, typically held by men, can be quite an accomplishment.
Don’t believe me? Then think of all the tough girls in Hollywood we women secretly admire. Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson in “Charlie’s Angels”, Vivica A. Fox in “Missing”, Angelina Jolie in “Wanted”, Jane Fonda in “Barbarella” – they all are smokin’ hot, tough as nails, and if we could be as tough as them we’d do it in a heartbeat.
So if women would love to be tough, why aren’t more women working on it? I admit, the trend is improving. There are indeed more women getting tough, but most women don’t know what they are missing.
Strength training is not about bodybuilding anymore, so women can throw the fear of getting bulky out the window. Lifting weights and training hard is about strength, conditioning, confidence, independence, physical ability, improved quality of life – and it’s plain out fun! Ok, maybe the actual work isn’t always fun, but the reward is WAY fun!
If you are a woman who does a bunch of cardio and skips the weights, you are missing out! Being fit is not just about getting skinny. Burn fat AND get strong – and enjoy a sculpted shapely physique, and the physical ability to do things you never thought possible!
– B –
10 Powerful Benefits:
1. Your body will feel firm and tone to the touch
2. You’ll burn more calories and have a faster metabolism
3. You’ll become more confident in all areas of your life
4. Simple tasks will become easier
5. You’ll look fit because you will be fit
6. You’ll mentally grow stronger as your body grows stronger
7. You’ll feel more attractive (strong is the new beautiful)
8. You’ll have less flab, which is often a mix of fat and de-conditioned muscle
9. Cellulite will be less noticeable as your firm muscle supports the skin and fat tissue.
10. You will find a whole new you – one with new goals and desires
Do you have a POWERFUL story? Share your experience with my pFIT pFRIENDS below.