Not too long ago I was working with a business development coach. In one of our first meetings he asked me if I could take the vanity out of personal training. Ummmm What?? The only reason people work out is to look good naked right??
Up to that point vanity had been one of the biggest motivators behind my own fitness goals, and for the most part how we asses the progress of all our hours in the gym and hard work we have done. Do I have abs yet? Is my butt smaller? Are my saddlebags gone? Do I have the elusive thigh gap that everyone keeps talking about?
While vanity might be the beginning motivator in our fitness journey, I've found that the look good naked motivator doesn't last long. One step on the scale without any change and suddenly you are looking in the mirror at all the changes you haven't seen yet, forgetting about all the small changes you have made. It can be very discouraging and one of the biggest reasons people stop working out
Start focusing on how you feel, journal daily. This way you can look back and see the changes in your thought process, write about what ever you want but include 3 positive things you've accomplished for the day. Write about the things you are grateful for. Log your workouts and the amount of weight you used and the number or reps you did of each exercise. In just a short amount of time you will notice that you are doing more reps and lifting heavier weights. For most this will only take 2-4 weeks!
Chose an exercise you've never done before and add it to your workout routine. If you can do it AWESOME! If not make that your next goal. Reaching this goal will feel much more gratifying then getting the look good naked body you thought you wanted when you first started your journey.
When all is said and done I think that making the lifestyle changes that will get you through the rest of your life far outweigh what you look like in the mirror. You've just changed your life! That is a big deal if you ask me. You've overcome obstacles and insecurities and have come out on top feeling better than you did when you started! WELL DONE!