Monday, March 2, 2009

Update, Excuses and the truth.

Hey all
Thought I'd drop by and do a quick update.

So last post was the evening of my Les Mills Presentation, from there I was at work and teaching for Monday and Tuesday and on Wednesday I flew to Sydney to attend the annual Fitness First Conference for all their heads of Departments.

Had a great time, got some motivation from a speaker they had on, learnt a lot about the company and where we sit in the industry, went to the gym each morning, spent time with my Group Fitness Managers, won the Group Fitness Manager of the year for WA and did a little bit of shopping! :)

Really missed Paul and the kids and was great to get back. Came back to a Long Weekend and that's has been nice, a bit of down time at home.
We went bowling yesterday with the kids and had lunch out, was nice to have some fun together.
I taught today and Paul had 3 clients but most of the day was chillin, bit of housework, had dad round for dinner, now I'm ready for an early night and ready to hit it hard again both with my training and getting back into work and my Les Mills journey.

I have been guiltily in the past of making excuses, I've used them all, I don't have to list them, you know them as you may have either used them too or have clients/friends that use them.
I would have spells of using them, mainly when I have been lazy and not into my training, overweight and not eating well, when tired, when busy etc.
So when things weren't quite perfect, weren't going my way I would use the excuses list or try and justify my actions.

The Truth
(this section will be truthful and may read quite blunt, so if you don't want to hear it, skip to next section)
For the past 8 weeks I have following a different approach to my nutrition, training and my mental focus.
This change came when I realised that enough was enough, there is absolutely no room for excuses in my life anymore, in any area.
When I realised the truth is, that only I got myself to the place I was at, only I was responsible for what I ate, only I was responsible if I made my training sessions each day, only I was in control of me and my day to day actions.
In relation to the place I was at with my bodyweight/bodyfat, it is simple, energy in , energy out.
In relation to my training, make the time, find a way.
In relation to my mental well being, believe, remove the negative and take each day as it comes.

I just had to shut the excuses the f#*k up and get on with it.
No-one wants to hear excuses, if you really, really want to change, you really really want different to now, then shut the hell up and get on with it.

I have consistently trained, consistently eaten well balanced diet and consistent dealt with each day as it comes.
No magic 'plans', pills, fixes...........good old hard work, correct nutrition and consistency.

Knowing i can do this, on my own, with no-one else writing me a 'plan', being accountable to myself not someone else, not 'prepping' for a comp for the wrong reason, whilst working full time, presenting for Les Mills, looking after my kids,(granted I have a fantastic husband, but if I didn't I wouldn't use it as an excuse) is a very empowering feeling and unfortunately now I really do not have a lot of patience for excuses and reasons that people cannot do this.
I don't want to hear excuses when I'm getting up at 5.30am everyday to run on my treaddie before my daughter wakes up coz paul is at work already, not finishing my last class until 7.30pm, Whatever...........Just do it.

Its not rocket science and I think sometimes we make it that way, then when it all gets too hard, the plan fails etc we have something/someone to blame.
Well quit blaming and making excuses and make the change, be responsible for yourself.

The situation I find myself in now has been a long time coming for me and I still have a journey ahead, I still have work to do but it is a great road to be travelling and I am not taking any other path.

Moving on.......... I am still focusing on my running and thinking I will do the half marathon, will see how I travel with extra mileage as my long run gets longer, knees and hips are a little sore after my long run yesterday and I have to think about my classes that I teach as I will not jeopardise those.

My have blocked out my training and this week See's me get back into my resistance training consistently from this week, I have to build me some muscle.
Paul is in total charge of this which is very exciting to me as it will be a whole different way of training and a way I think will have me in great shape.

Having achieved the weight goal I wanted to for my QW presentation, I have my next mini goal set, I have a scale weight target as the last one was only an interim to help me get to a better place and also this time a skinfolds total.
This next phase will culminate with my settling at my 'holding weight' and bodyfat, with me looking lean and mean year round.
Once there I will assess what has happened on the muscle gain front and decide If I can step on stage in better shape than last time, if I can I will make the decision as to whether competing is something I want to do again, taking into account my history of after comp weight gain etc.

But for now it is full steam ahead again, getting back to my balanced nutrition, having had a few days of extra treats in the diet, which by the way, I'm fine with :))

Have a great week all, good to read about all those who's comp preps are starting to come together, keep blogging.

Shar x


little rene said...

Hey Shar! Great to hear from you :)

I couldn't agree more with this post! It has taken me a long time to realise that the secret to having a great body and therefore "my best life" IS to stop making excuses!

Even though I have been having dreadful problems with my pelvis (will blog about that today) I still have to take responsibility for the fact that while I sometimes cannot exercise, no one else is forcing the junk food/convenience food down my throat!

You are so right! We don't need plans or "magic" diets, we just need to want to be in great shape and be healthy above all else.

Thank you for this great blog :)

Irene said...

Hi Shar, great post you sound like you are mastering the balance that we all seek. It so easy to make excuses for our poor choices.

I've started blogging again finally and i'm pregnant so that's my focus for the year.
Keep up your great work!!
Irene :)

Sam D-M said...

Hey SharDO

Congratulations buddy! GFM of the year - you rock!!

We will def catch up when I get back from Melbourne, I want to talk to you more :) but I found making a plan set me up to fail also, I think you are doing what I do, and simply follow a healthy approach with no set diet. We have both been anal enough to know what our daily calories are and should be.

You where looking good at the quarterlies, I saw a huge difference between the last one :)

Sam xx

( . )( . ) said...

I love this post and Im going to print it out and stick it on my fridge.

I have been lacking motivation of late and found a couple of kilos creep back on. Sneaky suckers. I put my foot down today and changes are being made post haste!

Good to see you are doing so well!


RaeC said...

Awesome post babe!! xxx

Trudi said...

What a great blog Shar. Couldnt agree with you more about the truths of consistency. I read your blog and can hear myself saying the same things inside my know, like...get your arse out of bed and JUST GET ON THAT TREDDY before the kids need me on hand to get their school lunches packed! So funny! Would love to get around to talking more with you. You going to view the comp on March 28th in Como? Trudsx

Em said...

Smashing read hun,
I got alot out of it too, I am big on excuses but like you I have told them to shut up.
Good luck with your running :)