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Your Health, Physique, and Consistency

I hear it almost daily from potential clients looking for a coach. Comments like "I want to lose 50lbs, my timeline is 3 months" or "I have a vacation next month, I'd like to be toned with abs" usually coming from someone who has never physically seen their abs before.

As someone who was once 210lbs, and now maintains a fit physique year round for going on 9 years, I can honestly tell you, those quick results won't last. Living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a nice physique takes constant work, it takes discipline, discomfort, giving up those things you keep telling yourself you can't live without, AND YES THAT INCLUDES YOUR "ITS THE WEEKEND IT DOESN'T COUNT" DRINKS WITH THE GIRLS! When you have health goals, you have to decide what is more important to you, the food you want right now, or the body you have been wanting your entire life. Now I'm not telling you that you can't have both, it is possible, but first you have to be willing to do the hard work to get to that point. After all, you didn't get into this position over night, so you can't expect to reverse it without digging in and giving some effort.

I can't help but chuckle when people comment on photos of competitors who are days out from a show and say "I need your workout and nutrition program" no you don't sis, you just need to quit drinking your calories, eat Whole Foods, and move your body outside of your regular daily activity. Just because you walk tup the stairs multiple times a day at work does not mean that you are active. A competitors diet and exercise routine is very extreme, and if you can't make simple changes like the ones I listed above, a competition diet and training plan is surly setting you up for failure.

If you truly want to change your body start small, give up the soda, sweet tea, and alcohol. Increase your water intake, and set a step goal to hit each day. Once you make those small changes and are comfortable with them you can add another, maybe that is reaching out to a coach for help, or just getting a gym membership and committing to going a few times a week to get started.

But in the end consistency and time are what are going to get you to your goals. I am 9 years into this and I'm still not here I want to be. I can, however, tell you that just because things get hard or life gets in the way doesn't mean I'm going to stop trying to better myself. It just means I need to push a little harder.

-Coach Shea

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