Do You Want The Physique or Not?

December 25th, 2009 by

The following was written by a client of mine. Enjoy …

That title sounds harsh, but there has been a lot of talk on forums, with family, with friends about not being able to obtain a certain physique. What I have come to find out this past year is that the key to a desired look is your nutrition. I think I always knew this, but never wanted to accept it! I would rather have worked out a million times a week than to have to give up some splurge I might be taking. I finally got to the point where I WANTED to look different. I was never what you would consider fat, but I wanted to have a body that looked different, looked like ‘hey, that girl works out.’ I didn’t want to look good for being a mommy, I wanted to look good period. After that decision, it was all down hill from there. I got a hold of my diet and started tracking what I was eating … holy cow … no wonder I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I think that is the first step in understanding why you look the way you do, actually writing down your calories (and being honest about it!) and seeing it in black and white – you get a grip of what you are actually doing to yourself. I also think that after I hired Erik and received actual meal plans and paid attention to what I was eating and why I was eating it, I understood better. This brings me back to my original thought. Do you want the physique or not? I see many people, family, friends – that say – I don’t get it, I ate really well, I only cheated a tiny tiny bit. What I think that we do is that we cheat a tiny bit here, a tiny bit there and those tiny bits add up. For me, when I get a plan from Erik, I follow it…to a T. If I start adding or substituting here and there it defeats the purpose of the diet. When something says 1/2 oz of almonds, I eat a 1/2 oz. Do I want to eat the can – well, yes but I know that in the end, that will not get me where I want to be and I will just end up frustrated and disappointed with myself. If you are cheating all the time … you can’t possibly expect to get the body you are looking for. Wanting to have a physique that is different, elite, above average, whatever you want to call it, takes WORK and EFFORT and DISCIPLINE and SELF-CONTROL. It is not easy. Not for me, not for anyone. Like we have all heard 100 times, if it was easy, everyone would look that way. But, in the end, that is what is going to set you apart from others, that is what is going to make you shine, that is what is going to make you look good for being you … not just good for a mommy.