Halloween is the “unofficial” gateway to caloric overload.
Treats. Sweets. Indulgences. Reflections. Goals. Resolutions. All of these words are associated with the holiday season and the dawning of a New Year. After all of the parties, quick meals while out shopping, and two straight months of “cheat days,” Americans are left to reflect on their unachieved goals from the past year and once again, set New Year’s resolutions.
It seems retail stores roll out Christmas decorationsearlier and earlier every year, why not start planning your New Year’s Reset earlier this year!?! B.A.M. Logic is an easy way to lay out and stick to a plan: BEGIN with a Goal / Plan. Achieve Consistency. Maintain Motivation. I would love to help you plot your plan of attack for a successful in 2018! BAM!!!
One of the keys to success is consistency, but as we all learn at one time or another, maintaining motivation and staying focused on a goal can be difficult. I seek motivation of all types, but my most rewarding source of motivation is from my clients.
I can preach the benefits of BAM Logic!, but unless someone is willing to put in the work and take responsibility for his/her own motivation and plan, we are limited as to the results we can achieve. The dedication and drive I see in both my individual clients and my boot campers keeps me going and challenges me to always keep things interesting. Life happens, injuries happen, and yet my guys and ladies show up and give whatever their 100% is for that day. You have to show up.
The common denominator of my sources of motivation, they are all self-made success stories with humble beginnings. THE ROCK, has worked tirelessly to achieve the level of success he is experiencing; Tony Robbins, grew up in an abusive and impoverished home; and Les Brown started his life by being born on the floor of a building. All of the people with whom I work are inspirational in their own way. Each client is overcoming something and working toward his/her own goal. They show up, they follow their program, and when they get off track, they refocus and start again. There many clichés and quotes people use, but the bottom line is, success comes to those who work for it!
There are people who can work out every day at home and make great strides in their health and wellness. After I had my third child, I was one of those people. I was 215 pounds and dedicated myself to doing Insanity at home and lost 60 pounds on my own. Losing 60 pounds on my own was a huge accomplishment.
As we know, sometimes life gets in the way and during a really stressful time in my personal life and dealing with health issues in my family, I gained 30 of the 60 pounds back. I knew that I needed something different and someone to hold me accountable. Last December, I started regularly attending Coach Rob’s bootcamp and although I was getting in my workouts, I did not lose a pound from December of 2016 to February of 2017. I was frustrated!
March first of this year, I started one on one personal training with Rob. This was my LAST DITCH EFFORT. If this didn’t work, I was going to throw in the towel and just live my life. I needed accountability. I needed someone asking the important questions everyday. How’s eating going? How’s today going? How’s the body feeling? Once I started working out with weights and Rob, I dropped 5-6 pounds a week.
I am one of those people who is motivated by seeing the sun go down. After being 215 pounds after my third baby, I am now 142 and have incorporated running, multiple bootcamps, working out with Rob, and somedays, I even do INSANITY at home. On Labor Day weekend, I went to the 5:30 am bootcamp and stayed for 4 back to back sessions, I pushed myself! BUT!!! Rob pushes me. Rob motivates me. He encourages me to grab heavier weights, holds me accountable, and is always asking me how many miles I ran over the weekend.
In 2016, I decided to run more than I have ever run, a half marathon, all by myself. At the end of the Two Cities Marathon, I didn’t have a great time, but I finished and was alive! My average was 14 minutes a mile 2016 and now, I average 11:35 minutes a mile. I am excited to run this year’s marathon and see how far and how fast I have come to my next big finish!
From Coach Rob J – Steph is committed to being her best and this is how she and I went about transforming her body from a size 14 to a size 2 in just over a year. It hasn’t always been easy; there have been tears, yelling, and a lot of pain to get her here. We were and continue to be on a shared mission. Keep it up Killa! BAM!!!
It’s all about consistency and discipline. The motivation isn’t always there, so many days I force myself to workout, eat right, drink water, go to bed, etc…even if it’s not what I WANT to do that day. I literallydo not allow “excuses” in my life anymore. Rob said something when I first began doing bootcamp and it has stuck with me for years, “don’t think, just move.” I repeat this at least 5 times a day to remind myself to do what it takes. The physical results are of course, fantastic! Who doesn’t love to be able to wear whatever you want? The mental and emotional results are the real rewards.
To be able to pick up that heavy weight, go that extra 10 minutes, workout 5-7 times a week, that is mentally strengthening. I LOVE waking up sore.It’s a physical reminder that I put in the work, I gave my best, I did what I said I was going to do.The best part of all of this, however, is when people tell me because of my example, they have started making changes in their own life. THAT motivates me to lead by example every single day.
I don’t consider the time I put into working out, or the food I no longer eat to be “sacrifices.” Sacrifices are when you give up something valuable for something else. I gave up things that did not bring value to my life. Working out and eating healthy have added value to my life. I don’t miss the old habits at all. I don’t miss rewarding myself with food and alcohol. I don’t miss dreading getting dressed for work every morning, I don’t miss feeling sluggish and tired.
From a size 14 to a 2 may just be numbers to most; for me, it has been a true transformation. Not just a physical one, but more importantly, a mental one. I got rid of the baggage, and for the first time in my life, I am genuinely happy and strong.
Every day, I work with people who are focused on changing their lives, their health, and their bodies. In order to make these changes a reality, they have to create a goal, create a plan to achieve that goal, and make a concentrated consistent effort. A perfect example of a transformation and consistent effort is #FresnoFitChef, Barb! Barb is someone who has changed almost every aspect of her life to achieve her goals. When she started her journey 3 years ago, she was a completely different person both mentally and physically.
If you Google “Transformation Tuesday,” over 40 MILLION results come up in less than a second! This is an incredibly inspiring number and a great resource to see so many others taking control of their future. A common piece of advice to help anyone achieve a new goal, is to surround yourself with like-minded people and those who have succeeded on a similar path. I would love to see your transformation pictures! If you want to share your fitness journey, show off your success, and inspire others, share your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #CoachRobJsTT! I just might use it in a future Transformation Tuesday blog!
I also checked in with some of Coach Rob J’s Real Warriors to see how they maintain motivation and asked for some of their favorite resources to kickstart their drive, when they are feeling a little sluggish. Chef B-rizzle, Bryan, isn’t one for social media or inspiring quotes; his motivation is fueled by results! He said, “results become an addiction.” From fitting into smaller sized clothing, the number on his scale decreasing, and consistently noticing improvements in his health, Chef B-rizzle is his own motivation. I can personally attest that Bryan reigns himself back in and seeks guidance and motivation when he needs to refocus. Check out his story – Chef B-Rizzle Gets Fit
Steph, aka #TeamKilla, has several resources of encouragement, and much like B-Rizzle, her own results fuel her fire. Having transformed her body from a size 14 to a size 2 in just over a year, she gets a much needed boost from her before and after photos, inspirational quotes, Pinterest, Tumblr, and she follows a few male and female weightlifters and athletes on Instagram. Check out some of the accounts #teamkilla shares: Gymaholic, HealthyFitMantras on IG, and Bossbabe.inc. But between you and me, I think she gets her biggest boost of motivation when she shows up in new workout digs! Check out how her transformation started, Team Killa.
Deb, aka #teamSunshine, gleans inspiration from all over, but says, “My BIGGEST motivations are Coach Rob’s page at 4:30am, #TeamKIlla and #FresnoFitChef’s instagram feeds, they are 2 crazy inspiring, positive women, and watching the successes of so many others on the web.” Some of the accounts that she follows on Instagram are The Good Quote, GlennonDoyleMelton (author of “Love Warrior”), Better Things in Life, Kate.Cash.Fitness, and LvnFit. In my opinion, Deb isn’t motivated by a number on the scale. When she came to me, she said that she didn’t care what she weighed as long as I could help her get to a healthier version of her old self. Baby steps Sunshine, back to baby steps. Check out when #teamSunshine started her baby steps.
When people see good things going on in your life like physical changes, healthy lifestyle choices, and an overall change in your mindset and focus, they want to know what you are doing! Stephanie, from Hire Up Staffing Service, aka #TeamKilla, wanted to share a bit of her new and improved lifestyle with her staff, as they prepare for a busy time of year and set new corporate challenges.
We sat down and laid out a plan for “Corporate Wellness with Coach Rob!” Our main goal for the staff was to help them learn how to be “comfortable with being uncomfortable” in order to help them push through and achieve new goals. On Fridays, I head to the Hire Up offices to pump these ladies up with a mini-bootcamp and a motivational topic for the week.
There are many topics that can fuel a change in lifestyle, but I started with some basics. A great place to start was to teach the team about having focused thoughts and walking through discomfort to achieve new accomplishments.
Control your mindset.
Passion comes from your core.
Do your personal BEST.
Achievement is limitless.
Mindset Matters: We choose our state of mind and our thoughts dictate how we perceive the world, so limit the negative and focus on all of the positive. Exercise your choice and find a way to claim your mindset. Check out my “Claim Your Morning” blog.
Passion comes from your CORE: In fitness, all movements originate from the CORE and in life our passions and desires originate from our Soul. The soul is the core of our being and when we listen, it guides us to what we love, what we are good at doing, and what leads us to pure joy. My soul lead me to coaching, where does your core lead you?Called to Coach!!
Do your personal BEST: YOUR ONLY COMPETITION is YOURSELF!
Achievement is LIMITLESS: There are thousands of public speakers, webpages, businesses, and books all dedicated to success and achievement. One key factor of any plan for success is not to allow yourself to be limited by your own doubts. Life is LIMITLESS.
I am happy to report the team at HIRE UP STAFFING SERVICE has had positive reviews about our Friday mornings! As a coach, especially as Steph’s coach, it is exciting to see a client incorporating her new goals and life changes into her role at work. Check out Hire Up Staffing Service.
No man or woman is an island and no goal worth accomplishing will happen without the help of others.
If you are seeking a change or to develop a new habit, it would be extremely advantageous to find an Accountability Partner (AP). We can accomplish difficult tasks and make huge leaps toward our goals using our personal fortitude and will power, but if you want to go the distance and do great things, then you must enlist the help of someone that will hold your feet to the fire!
Don’t make the mistake of over thinking the qualifications of your Accountability Partner. The only real qualification needed is that your new partner will have your best interest at heart and that they’ll be brutally honest with you. Another thing to keep in mind — the accountability process / partnership will work best if you’re open and honest about what you are working on or need to work on. Give your AP as much detail as possible and make yourself as vulnerable as you feel comfortable. Your AP should be a “safe place” but a place where you will be challenged and stretched to move out of your comfort zone.
If you need some statistics to convince you that an AP is the way to go, The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found the following statistics:
The probability of completing a goal if:
You have an idea or a goal: 10%
You consciously decide you will do it: 25%
You decide when you will do it: 40%
You plan how you will do it: 50%
You commit to someone you will do it: 65%
You have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed to: 95%
Remember, an accountability partner will be honest with you, won’t listen to your excuses, will give you honest feedback, will give you a motivational push when you need it, and will hold your feet to the fire when you want to give up! So if it is in business, fitness, or just doing life better that you are now, seek someone that will hold you accountable and help you attack your goals. BAM!!!
Patience is a virtue with which I was not blessed. Since I was a child, I have wanted to do things full speed ahead and beat my own personal best. In 2011, I was told by my general practitioner that I was borderline diabetic and with my family history, I needed to start taking medication. Devastation. Panic. Tears. Yes! I had a full on “terrible twos I want cookies at the grocery store meltdown,” but I was much older and in a doctor’s office without parental supervision.
My visceral reaction was deeply rooted in my fear of developing diabetes and dying of complications like my father, who died at the young age of 56. The look of surprise on my doctor’s face was not comforting and neither were the rapid fire assurances, explanations, and solutions with which he attempted to calm me. I took a few deep breaths and as he handed me my prescription, I ripped it up and said, “Give me 30 days with no meds and I will be back.” (My personal choice to refuse medication was not condoned by my doctor.) There was no way I was going to pop a pill to control something I could make better by changing my lifestyle.
A girlfriend suggested I watch, “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead.” I mean let’s face it, when a FRIEND suggests you watch that movie, it kinda says a lot. I watched the movie, invested in a pricey juicer, and started raw juicing. For one full month, I walked swiftly into my office without so much as looking at the bagels and donuts. Instead of high-caloried lunches, I took mason jars filled with unappealing brown and green raw juice to my business meetings. 30 days later, I was down 15 pounds, and the doctor agreed to monitor my weight loss progress instead of put me on a prescription drug. I took control of my health.
Weight loss and being healthy is a daily struggle for many Americans and sadly, one I have dealt with my entire life. FAT, “the F-Word,” stopped bothering me when I was in my mid-twenties. My philosophy, if “FAT” is the worst thing someone can say about me, I am doing great at this game of life. The only problem, my health was now being effected, so confident and secure or not, I was unhealthy. After a few years of my new lifestyle, I was down almost 90 pounds but still battled to lose the last 30 pounds.
In July of 2015, EVERYTHING changed, I was T-boned by a car traveling 55-60 mile per hour, my car was totaled, and I had to have serious spine surgery. I was emotionally derailed by my serious fear of surgery and the arduous recovery ahead of me. My surgery was more complex and more painful than anticipated and I was depleted by the adverse effect my car accident had on my life. After a trying and crying month of walking around the block with a walker and a month of slowly walking laps in the pool, I was over baby steps.
When my surgeon finally agreed to allow me to slowly get back to my normal workout schedule of 4-6 times a week, I knew I couldn’t do it alone. I had lost a lot of my balance, stamina, and confidence in my ability to even walk up the flight of stairs to get to the gym. I needed a cheerleader, a therapist, and a trainer who wouldn’t run when I started crying because I lost my balance on 7 out of 10 reps during leg day. I needed someone to make sure I took baby steps. I needed someone who believed I could bounce back, because I didn’t. Coach Rob was the man for the job! BAM!!! #FoodFitnessNtheFWord