Today I have had so many lovely compliments on my figure (thank you to all those lovely people) so cool to have this all in the one day and all so randomly too. I wanted to share this, not because I am full of myself, but because it got me thinking - to back to where I started, and the journey I have had to get to this point where my figure is noticeable enough to attract compliments like this.
Sure, I have had a keen involvement in sports most of my life and from this have kept relatively fit, so in just this respect I may be called "lucky". But that is bullshit. I come from predominantly an endurance background but this year I upped the anti with my strength training and started exploring the world of bodybuilding AND most importantly made changes to my food - THIS is where I have gotten most of my results in such a short time compared to the rest of my entire sporting life, regardless of how many countless hours I have spent on a bike, or how many times I tried a different type of diet (calorie restriction, low fat, vegetarian, soy - you name it, yes I too have tried)…
I too have suffered many ailments and symptoms of greater underlying physiological problems, like so many of you out there. If you want the list, well off the top of my head, I have had thyroid problems, anorexia, irritable bowel, intolerances, asthma, countless dental cavities with a mercury filling, PCOS, several major and minor surgeries, trauma and several extremely stressful life situations, concussion, vertebral and other bone fractures, two pregnancies, two premature births and several accidents including head injury, just to name a few!
So, I am definitely not one of the lucky ones by any means in order to be complimented on my figure today. A lot of work has gone into "today". And it is not a matter of finding the magic diet or pill, it is ever changing depending on so many factors of the present, the past, whatever particular goal I have at the time and how my body changes with different stimulus and results over time.
There is nothing superhuman about me and I have to work just as hard as everyone else to maintain and make optimal my health, and reverse damage that I have caused from the past. I have spent countless hours and dollars in educating myself, and this has turned into such a huge passion that my responsibility and role in society today is to help others to make changes to their health too, get results, feel better, and in turn help their families and friends with the tools I have given them. I am passionate about making a change and sharing information to make us wiser about our health.
I wanted to share this because I want you to all know that ANYONE can get to the point of receiving compliments. Does not matter what your background is, whether you have loved sports all your life and keenly participated or never really gotten into it but might be curious or even a little scared to try. You work out what it is you want, give yourself a timeframe, find out what the hell you have to do to get there and who will help you, plan it with your support person or people then make it happen. Get the support, have accountability, educate yourself about nutrition because most of the results are right there, keep the support and win. Simple in context, but not easy - as Charles Poliquin always says.
I am constantly working on myself (bonus: it means I will always have something new to share with you) and I still suffer from “symptoms” - in my belief - including intolerances and asthma, but I will NEVER ever give up working on the goal of healing (am now starting to get results on my asthma, slowly but surely). If one thing does not work, I will try something else and I will keep on trying, and trying, and trying again. Sometimes it is a process of elimination and the process can be long. And during the process you can gradually build strength so I believe that trying something is not a lost cause.
Symptoms and problems usually take a while to manifest in the body, so patience is key in learning and healing as well. I have the same attitude with my clients so those who suffer from physiological ailments, metabolic problems or other greater underlying issues which might be affecting health and/or body composition, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP!!! I have seen to much frustration on so many faces. Keep trying, keep learning, keep looking for quality help and trust your instincts, if anyone ever says you have to just learn to deal with something, and you don't really believe or want to believe this, then don't! Then go and find someone who doesn't agree with this attitude.
Your body has the ability to create a symptom/ailment from a series of bad stimulus, in my belief has the ability to heal itself too, we just need to find the correct series to reverse this problem. Some situations can be extremely complex and serious requiring specialised medical help of course, and some we can work through together and utilise other practitioners to get to a better state.
Get out there and start making changes today. It can take a while if you need to get your head in the right place, so have patience, just do one new thing every week or couple of weeks until you get it right, and only when it's right then move onto the next. Or do more if you know you are capable of it. It sure is a journey but keep aiming high and imagine the compliments when you start making those changes - it is worth it for more than just aesthetics, trust me ;)