What motivates someone to make a drastic turnaround in their life? Whether it be changing careers, ending a bad relationship or moving and starting over it is usually sparked by a moment of clarity. An Aha! moment as Oprah made so popular. People that experience that moment are so fortunate in my eyes.
The change I made in my life was gradual, over a period of almost three years. I had a goal and worked on it slowly. Setting extremely strict guidelines had backfired in the past and I didn’t want to go on and off any more “diets”. I allowed for setbacks and worked through them.
My husband on the other hand made a complete 360 in 3-4 months! He experienced an Aha! moment after seeing my change, the state of his health and the impact it was making on our family. It seemed as if from dusk to dawn he committed to a healthier lifestyle and was determined to live his life differently.
Soldierfit played a huge part in his success. It is a military inspired group workout program which incorporates calisthenics, and interval training amongst other things. Working out with Soldierfit is extremely motivating because you workout as a team and encourage each other as such. When my husband took me for my first class I admit I was a little intimidated but the workout was so effective it brought me back over and over again. Even at 5:30 a.m. last summer!
What is most admirable about my husband is that he not only changed his eating and exercise habits, he quit drinking and smoking. Now most of you may stop reading at this point because you saw these words together that make you cringe: quit, drink and smoke. For him it was a personal decision that was not easy to make. It meant different hang outs, different associates, new traditions. Not partaking in old habits means a great amount of change and not everyone is prepared for that, it’s understandable. But when you get that nudge that says something has got to change, listen to it and go for it.
Even if your new lifestyle goals seem next to impossible, go for it. Even if your friends and co workers start looking at you like you’re crazy, keep going because you’re on the right track. Don’t settle for less, don’t just go with the flow, don’t eat what everyone else is eating just because. Don’t be afraid of change, be excited about the new and improved you that’s ready to come out.
- WORK HARD, EAT CLEAN, LIVE FRESH
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