We all have our idols. We flip through magazines and spot that particular person we only dream to one day look like. “If only I had that body, if only I had her legs, if only I had his abs” –right? We are all guilty of it. “If only” has become a common phrase used repeatedly in our society in situations where we think something is impossible. However, in truth, such a phrase is simply a cowardly way of giving up –a weak and lazy excuse for not trying.
I have always idolized Victoria Secret model, Gisele Bundchen. At six feet tall, having every muscle in her body toned to perfection, I look to her as my “if only” body. When admiring her health and fitness to a good friend of mine who is a professional athlete and trains all over the world, he simply told me the following: “Katie, it’s not that you can’t have that body; Gisele just clearly wants it more.” He explained that those men and women who have perfect figures, have them because they worked day in and day out for them. They didn’t sit and talk about it, they got up and did it. Although they may seem like gods and goddesses, they are just human beings –ordinary people like us who set goals and conquer them.
Let’s not wait for New Years to make a resolution, let’s start right here and now with a toast to our health. A toast to believing in ourselves that we can get the body of our dreams with a little faith and hard work. Throw the negative remarks aside this holiday season and strive to get the results you want. Like said before, there is no reason in the world you can’t be healthy –it is your body, it is your life, and you have the power to make a change for the better.
Three little tips to follow along the way:
Starting small is OK, just start. After Thanksgiving it seems we have a hard time getting back to our normal eating and exercise habits. We’ve become so accustomed to lounging around with the luxury of leftovers and holiday treats at our fingertips, the thought of a salad and a treadmill seems almost repulsive. Although we refuse to get up and get back on track, force yourself up and get going. Even if it is a minor accomplishment, do something today that helps you get back in the swing of things.
No more negative thoughts. The more you say “I can’t” the less you’ll be able to do. Negative thoughts will damper your ambition and limit your capacity to do better. Believe in yourself, you can do it.
Have confidence and challenge yourself. Believe that you are able to take it to the next level. We are in fact stronger than we think, however we’ll never know our capabilities until we step it up. Donovan Hamlet, a top personal trainer at David Baron Gym in NYC says, “Many lack the confidence in themselves to take their workouts to the next level. They are unsure of their capabilities, so they stay with the same old workouts. Change is essential to a workout to maximize the effects of the effort you put in. When you lose the fear of doing something new, the potential for physical change is endless.
If you want it so bad, then prove it; set goals and go conquer them. And remember, the only difference between our bodies and the celebrities bodies we idolize, is that they want it more. Now YOU go get it.
Until next time, have a happy, healthy and determined week.