(G)et (Y)our (M)ind On

When thinking of a title for this article and how I feel about fitness, I thought get your mind on was perfect. You think of how many times we’ve talked about diets, lifestyle changes and New Years resolutions to join the gym. Unfortunately for some, if not most, these aspirations don’t always come true; there is always something, not someone, in the way of our healthy success. Sometimes though you need to push forward and allow yourself to grow, whether it’s something for yourself or even for others. It’s about knowing you have to commit to be able to accomplish your goals, it’s not going to just get done.

And that is the best word, done. I was done with the over eating, done with the lazing on the couch and done trying to fit into last seasons jeans. But amidst all the commercials for abdominal rollers, flexing pads and Bowflex adds it hit me; staring at hot bodies wasn’t going to change mine, unless I got off my fat-arse and did something about. [Insert procrastination here] But I did it, somehow, I joined the gym. Through all my him-ing and haw-ing I got into my car and drove down to the recently opened LA Fitness near my house — what a gym! –.

As I sat in front of the very buff personal trainer telling me what I should and shouldn’t do, should and shouldn’t eat and even what I should weight, I thought “Damn, girl get’s her gym on!” Now despite the fact it was a boy, a very muscular one at that, he still get’s his gym on. If I was going to have a body like his, anywhere remotely like this, I would need to be just as motivated as him . Picture it though, motivation all around you; what is more perfect motivation then looking at people around you in-shape and staying in-shape? Nothing, it’s literally showing you what you want and what you are going to achieve. It was just a matter of getting here and starting the process if you were going to see the results. And it all starts with results.

Results, the biggest thing he told me and what I knewI was [eventually] going to see. You’re not going to see by tomorrow that 6-pack, chest or even arms you’ve been dreaming about – these take time. But if you are willing to invest yourself mentally into yourself through the gym, you will be able to achieve these results and more. I know, I know – personal trainer mumbo-jumbo; it’s the same line, from the same guy each time to make someone sign up for any class or session to make a buck. Although as I looked at the paperwork to see the cost I knew this was — and wasn’t — true. If someone genuinely likes their job, and he seemed to, they will actually want what’s best for you.

So to him I gave a blank canvas. A guy, young guy, who hasn’t been near a weight or machine other than lifting his Louis at the airport for security. Someone who has the drive to succeed in any other part of this life so why not fitness; when it’s been so long it just seems easier to give up then to give in, to the gym – not food. And with all that came the promise of success, excitement but also pride. Pride in knowing you’ve not only committed to something but mainly yourself, the one person you wake-up with every morning and who tells you whether it’s going to be a good day, or bad — if he’s smiling back in the mirror – FLEX –.

Here’s to health,

Jake Wilton

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3 Comments on “(G)et (Y)our (M)ind On”

  1. April 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM #

    Very true. The mind is almost always the weakest link.

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