Most of you who know me, know that religion is an important component in my life. ¬†There was a time, where I let it go to the wayside; this was partly because I felt I couldn’t live up to its standards, but also¬†because I felt no connection while at church. ¬†After a self-assessment, I realized what the problem was: me.
I was frequently missing church meetings for no reason at all, and when I was present, I was ill-prepared for what was being studied. ¬†It was hard to feel a part of something that I was making very little, to no effort to be an actual part of. ¬†It’s sort of like a relationship; one person working is not enough to make it work.
Recently, we have received a few membership cancellations that don’t have the typical cancellation “ring” to them (not for financial reasons, injury, or¬†moving). ¬†These people have expressed that they lack the motivation that is required to remain an active member. ¬†A few have also suggested that they simply do not have the time.
To be quite honest, I prefer the motivation excuse. ¬†It’s honest; honest to me, and honest to yourself. ¬†Unfortunately, the no time excuse really doesn’t resonate with me….
Many years ago, when faced with a critical decision, a mentor of mine told me something that I will never forget: “You always have to give something up for something that you want more“. ¬†It’s such a simple, basic rule of life…. You want a nice pair of shoes, you give up the cash and the time that it takes to earn it. ¬†You want a college education, you have to be prepared to hit the books.
Over the summer, I was at a local watering hole, when approached by a gentleman who wanted to talk to me about working out. ¬†He went on and on about how he “used to” go to the gym seven days a week, “used to” follow a strict diet, and¬†“used to” be in amazing shape. ¬†Guess what? ¬†No one cares what you “used” to be. ¬†All that matters is the present.
He continued to go on and on about how since this time, he has become a successful entrepreneur, and is continuing to make sacrifices to make his business grow. ¬†My advice to him was as honest as I could be: You have a choice…which do you want more: financial success or fitness (although personally, one could argue that both are totally possible)? To say that you “don’t have time” for exercise, simply means that you do not want it bad enough.
When you want something bad enough, you find time for it. ¬†The fact that we have a heavily attended 5am class at Shoreline CrossFit is proof of this (I mean, who¬†really¬†wants to wake up that early to workout??).
The other day, I had an athlete approach me–new mom, works full-time–She expressed how exhausted she has been lately because her baby has been waking up¬†every hour¬†during the night. ¬†She said that she considered allowing her husband to believe that she was at the gym, but actually taking an hour’s nap in her car. ¬†She came to the gym instead.
She wants it.
All this being said, if you’re are feeling unmotivated to the point of calling it quits, consider two things:
1.) How involved are you in the gym? ¬†Are you doing it just enough to hate it? ¬†Are you regularly attending classes, building camaraderie with your fellow athletes, and monitoring your diet so as to¬†SEE¬†and¬†FEEL the¬†results? ¬†These types of results quickly become addicting.
2.) How badly do you want it? ¬†How important is your health to you? ¬†Are you going to allow other factors to get in the way and rob you of this? ¬†
Because the next few months will go by no matter if you workout or not.
No excuses from these two lovely ladies; Lynn and Dana ROCKED the Paleo challenge, and are reaping the benefits!
when I think of dedication, Erica comes to mind. She has shown amazing results both aesthetically and performance-wise because of this!
Dave hasn’t let fatherhood deter him from making it to the gym!
Joey did a great job organizing our Special Olympics fundraiser! We look forward to doing this again next year!