Motivation Monday: Biggest Loser Recap

Well, it’s that time again…..time for millions of viewers to slide into our couches and watch a show about weight loss :) Seems a bit odd, right?

Last night marked the beginning of a brand new season for the long running show. Jillian Michaels made a triumphant comeback and was in rare form. Bob Harper is still holding tight to his long-playing role as the top trainer and Dolvett Quince came back to resume his role as well. The BL also added a twist to the show in that they are bringing in 3 kids to be ambassadors for fitness. This means they won’t be at the ranch full-time and they cannot be eliminated. Good move on their part for bringing awareness to the childhood obesity epidemic. Oh, and Alison Sweeney is hosting again and might I say she looked FABULOUS last night!

As I move on through the recap, I need to remind you that the Biggest Loser is first and foremost a REALITY TV SHOW. They cater to ratings. I’m not judging, but I feel that some people watch the show and get caught up in the alternate reality of it all. Take it with a grain of salt people…… First night was exciting for sure. I loved the way each of the trainers handled the kids. Children should be trained differently from adults. Both in training progressions as well as motivation. The adults were a bit of a different story. The first workout was par for the course and each trainer stuck to their respective roles. I have to say, Jillian makes excellent points about the way we treat and speak to ourselves. I love the line she said about “That is abuse. All of this in here is not.” I agree whole heartedly. Now, I may not kick people out of my gym when they get dizzy (I usually offer a G2 and tell them to rest as it’s usually due to poor fueling), but I agree with her tough approach. you have to want it badly enough to challenge what has become your normal.

Aside from people dropping like flies and feeling poorly about the state of their own health (or lack thereof), everything went fairly smooth for the opening evening. As I sat and watched (with the rest of America!) I was bombarded with a lot of thoughts about this entire approach to weight loss. I mean, ALL of the contestants chosen made comments about the fact that they were doing this for their health and/or to live for a certain loved one. So, here’s the thought that keeps banging away at my heart and mind…..Why on Earth do you have to wait to be on a reality show to do it?

Whoa! I know what you’re thinking, “Come on now, at least they’re trying”. I say, no, they haven’t even begun to really try. Here’s the place I’m coming from. I have lost 104 pounds. No trainer, no huge gym, no pre-planned meals, no TV show, no cameras. Some might rebut by saying I already knew how. You would be wrong. I started right where many of these contestants start. There is NO lack of knowledge available, there is a lack of discipline to go get it.

Real fitness is just that, a DISCIPLINE. It’s not about motivation, inspiration or TV ratings. It is developing a discipline within your life to commit to your health and the health of your family. The young man who goes by Bingo (isn’t he precious???) is the same age as my son. It has taken me taking responsibility and telling him “Just a small serving” or “Get up and go do something”. Goodness, most of the time I get up and do things with him! And I’m busy too people, so don’t even try….. Develop a discipline in life and you will succeed. Success is derived from discipline.

So, I promise I’m not hating on the show! I realize that it does get some people inspired and that is worth the watch itself. Here’s the rub though: years ago when I first started teaching aerobics I had a lady who came religiously to my classes, and she was losing weight steadily. Then, one day she stopped coming. A few weeks later, she met me up at the gym. She explained that the Biggest Loser was coming to Houston to hold auditions and since you have to be a certain amount overweight to participate, she stopped working out and was gorging to gain her weight back. Houston, we have a serious problem….

Why do we think that only a TV show can save us? We are enamored with the celebrity of it all. Ask any professional actor and they will tell you the celebrity part is the worst part of the whole thing. Yet, we pine for it. It’s as though we honestly believe that living in an alternate reality is the only way we can succeed. To that I say this: if you believe you can only succeed in an alternate reality, you have already given yourself to failure. There was a man chosen who stated he had waited 3 years for his chance to be on the show. THREE YEARS!!!!! Do you have any idea what he could have accomplished in 3 years?!? And yes, I get the fact that when you do it on your own there are no cash rewards, no accolades, no interviews……but honey, it is so worth it!

The dedicated discipline you earn from putting in your own work far exceeds anything a reality show can offer! You want to see a change in this world? Start a fire in you first! Be the one that begins to develop a change in your own family. Take personal responsibility for your health and fitness. Stop making excuses and playing the victim! You and I are no different from each other. We both hurt, we bleed, we struggle, and if you’re like me, we have a raging sweet tooth! But you know what? Fitness doesn’t care who you are, how much money you make a year, where you start, or how long it may take. Fitness is available to EVERYBODY. You don’t need a membership, you don’t need a certain color shirt and you sure don’t need to be picked from a crowd. Did you realize that as of right now over 66% of the United States is struggling with obesity? That’s the MAJORITY! You are no longer going to sit idle amongst the majority, waiting hopefully for your name to be called. You will stand from this day on. You will walk tall and know that YOU CAN DO THIS.

So, what’s it going to be? Are you in or are you out? Are you tired of waiting for your “chance”? Be the first to step out and make a real change…..no script required :)

LIVE OUT LOUD!

Michelle

Motivation Monday: Deeply Rooted

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You know, in my world I get the “I have no motivation” saying MANY times a day. I think it should be stated that when it comes to weight loss and fitness, motivation is NOT a factor at all.

Why do I say that? Well, motivation is a fleeting thing. Motivation happens when we see a picture of ourselves and want to change the exterior. Motivation comes when the doctor gives us bad news. Motivation is a factor when we watch the athletes battle for status and gold. Motivation will forsake you. Motivation will leave you. Motivation is NOT the deciding factor and therefore it is an excuse you should drop: RIGHT NOW.

What is the main factor in reaching your goals then? Preparation, planning, consistency and ultimately, habits. In order to change your life into what you want it to be, you must first change the habits that got your life right where it is now. If you fail to believe that, success is no longer an option but rather just a dream.

Habits keep your roots firm no matter what happens in life. There are few people in the fitness world who have firmly rooted habits. I have known many competitors who torture their bodies for a specific look only to binge after a show. I have seen athletes train for a specific distance, only to become true couch potatoes afterwards. These are people who are only driven by motivation. It is far worse to punish the body and then binge than it would be to carry that extra 10-15 pounds. Motivation can drive you further from your goals, not closer.

The picture above was taken on our family hike in Nashville. What struck me as beautiful is the fact that this tree was nearly uprooted, yet still very much alive. It’s roots were so firm that when the tree began to be forced over (most likely through a storm) the roots held it tight to the ground. Did the tree change? Indeed! It has become a refuge of strength for smaller animals and a fortress of hope for those seeking protection from the very elements which sought to uproot this grand oak. And here you thought it was just a tree….

When you depend on motivation, life will inevitably get in the way. Then it is far too easy to use the “unmotivated” excuse and get on the pity party band wagon. Find your roots! It takes decades for an oak tree to establish a root system, but it cannot grow up until it gets grounded. Set a firm foundation and stick to it. If you are trying to lose weight or increase your fitness level, find a program and believe in it. Don’t skip around and try to plant roots everywhere. Find YOUR root system, establish your foundation and let your goals grow from that point.

Set aside silly notions that only the motivated meet their goals! It is not the motivated at all, but the determined and rooted that reach each goal they have set for themselves.

Michelle

Workout Wednesday! Total Body Toning in 30 Minutes

If you have 30 minutes, you can tighten and tone all your problem areas!

Do the entire circuit 3 times through, aiming for 12-15 repetitions of each exercise.

If you have more time, add on 30 minutes of intense cardio OR add cardio bursts of 30 seconds to 1 minute (HITTS), such as jumping jacks, jump rope, mountain climbers, jump squats, etc. between each move.

Have fun!

Michelle

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