A Motivation Story to Never Say Never
Sometimes we cannot see our own potential but here is a motivation story that will make you think twice about your self limiting thoughts.
Change Your Thinking With a Motivation Story of Strength
Below is a motivation story of a client and now a dear friend whom I have had the pleasure of witnessing not only a growth of physical strength but also a growth in self belief. We all have our ways of limiting what we think we can do and what we believe we can accomplish. Lord knows I do it..... if I am not careful I easily place limitations on what I can do. To me it's amazing I was even able to build a website!!! But when we limit our thinking we limit our growth and then we miss out on opportunities simply because we think we CAN'T.
No matter what our goal....whether it be weight loss, strength gain, getting faster, finishing a 5K or 10K....if we can't see it we will never be able to accomplish it.
So visualize....dream....believe and surround yourself with those that see your potential.....even if you don't.
Beth's first back pix 1 year ago
Then Beth's mid training picture.
Today has been such a great day! I reached and surpassed a
goal I had made a little over a year ago.
It was May 2013 and I decided I needed help being consistent with
strength training. I’d been a runner
for a good portion of my life, not a die hard, but I’d average around 20-25
miles a week. Running always cleared my
head and got me through life and difficult circumstances. It was definitely one of my coping methods. Over the years I’ve had bouts of strength
training, but that would be the first to go when life got busy and I didn’t
have time for both running and strength training. Well
if you run, and don’t strength train, problems are bound to arise. I knew I was reaching that point in the
spring of 2013. I needed to start being
consistent with my strength training or running was going to be a thing of the
Fortunately for me, I moved into the house right next door
to Jennifer. On the day I moved in she
was out cutting the grass and came right over and introduced herself. It was clear to me that she was “very”
fit. I thought right away… oh maybe I’ll
have someone to run with. Very quickly I
learned Jennifer was a personal trainer and she trained people out of her
garage which was turned into a fitness studio.
This was too good to be true! I started training with Jennifer two days a
week. I figured if I could get
consistent twice a week, my running issues would improve. I needed the accountability of a trainer long
enough to get the momentum going so I would be able to strength train on my
own. I told Jennifer my goals were
pretty general … to get stronger and to be able to do “a” pull up.
I took the summer off from running and switched to cycling
so I wouldn’t lose all my cardio endurance.
After a few months of strength training, I began to feel stronger. My legs could make it through longer rides
without becoming so fatigued. I really wanted
the strength training to improve my endurance activities. Strength training was definitely a challenge
for me. I wondered if a push up or
renegade row would ever get easier. In time, I was able to do a chin up; I was
making progress toward that goal of “a” pull up. I remember, on some training days, Jennifer would say use
xxx weight and I would think how am I going to lift that? My thinking was so limited on what I could
actually do. We would increase the
weights and I would ask why are we going up and Jennifer’s response was why
not. I never looked at it like
that. I had always just used the same
weight/same number of reps when I trained on my own.
In January 2014 I increased my strength training days to
three times a week. I was beginning to
really enjoy lifting weights and my cardio training was taking the back
seat. I also changed my diet by
eliminating gluten and most sugar. I did
this because I was feeling really tired all the time. I reached the point that I needed to try something
different to make me feel better. My mom
has had celiac disease for over 20 years and I was always grateful that I
didn’t have to eat like she did. I
didn’t think I could go without certain foods that I loved. Surprisingly, the cravings for those foods
disappeared once I eliminate them from my diet.
And I honestly feel so much better!!
I’m sure feeling better is a combination of a lot of
things: eating better, consistently
training, focusing on what’s going right in my life and making a practice to
find the positive wherever life leads me.
Well it’s been a little over a year and today I did 5 x 5 of
pull ups! Jennifer had that on the board
for me to do. My first thought was
that’s impossible. I’ll never be able to do that! Jennifer was allowing others to jump up and
slowly release down. I thought I will
have to do the same. Again my thinking
was so limited. I was able to do the
5x5!! It makes me question, where else is my thinking limited. If I can do these pull ups, what else in life
can I do that I don’t believe I can. I
truly love being physically stronger! I
am able to be a better athlete! I can lift things much easier than before. Life feels easier. I can
even keep up with my 8 year old granddaughter.
Being physically strong has given me more confidence. I feel more secure in my own skin and that’s
one BIG added benefit training has offered me.
I’ve decide that the momentum I was looking for to be able to train on
my own isn’t at all what I need. I love
working out with other women. We aren’t
just getting fit; we are improving the well-being in our lives! We are here to cheer each other on and
support each other with whatever life throws our way… even when Jennifer gives
us a workout we think is impossible!
Beth's back today....doing 5 sets of 5 pullups.....at the age of 54.
NEVER SAY NEVER
What's Your Motivation Story?
I don't care what obstacle you think you have......if you keep focusing on the obstacle you will only block yourself. Focus on the solution and you will find a way.
Surround yourself with those who see your possibilities and you will sail.....surround yourself with those who limit you and you will stay stuck.
Keep the right message in your mind. This is the absolute key to overcoming ANYTHING.
Beth and I both are big believers in positive affirmations, the power of positive thinking....whatever you want to call it.....but negativity has no place when you are trying to achieve a goal.
See only the possibilities and the solutions.....and the path to success will be there.
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