Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What do Lee Trevino and David Feherty have to do with Fat Loss?

Last night as I was folding a basket of laundry, I glanced into the living room and saw Van tuning in to the Golf Channel.  Nothing unusual about that, but the program that came on was something new and different.  David Feherty, the funny, sometimes brilliant, sometimes tormented former professional golfer from Northern Ireland was about to interview legendary golf personality Lee Trevino.  I was intrigued, because I remembered that as a young girl I discovered that Lee Trevino was the kind of golfer who made the game worth watching, even for a girl who didn't play.  And Ferherty?  Well, I must admit I have a weakness for funny tormented fellows from the British isles, especially after they start to heal, as Mr. Feherty has.

So what does Lee Trevino have to do with fat loss?  If you saw the broadcast, you might think I'm referring to the moment when David asked Mr. Trevino what his addiction was, and Lee answered, "sweets," but I'm not.  I'm talking about Lee Trevino's passionate commitment to golf.  The first thing that really made me sit up and take notice was the fact that he didn't become a golfer until age 19.  A little surprising when young golfers like Rory McIlroy are generating so much excitement.  Then he described the attitude that I believe is the secret to his success.

Trevino said that every morning when he would wake up, he couldn't wait to get that golf club in his hands and start playing.

Passion for the Game- Every Day


This is the quality that makes satisfaction and success inevitable.  If you love the the activity, in and of itself, and if you practice it with love, it will take you to wonderful places.  If you happen to be in love with a golfer, you know that the game invites obsession.  If you begin to play, you'll discover soon enough whether the obsession will take hold of you.  Although I did start playing golf about twelve years ago (coincidence?  I think not) the passion didn't take hold, but three years ago it did grab me in another area of my life.

Every morning I wake up eager to pursue Perfect Physical Well Being


Yes, there are certainly more noble endeavors, but if men and women on all parts of the globe are waking up wondering how they can get a little white ball into a small tin cup faster, then I can certainly pursue my fascination with the health and beauty of the human body without guilt.  Or without much guilt anyway.  So if you want to feel wonderfully fit and energized, I say go ahead and give in to your passion for fitness.

What about those days when the passion isn't there?


Aha!  There is wisdom in Mr. Trevino's interview for the circumstance as well.  It's called practice.  Just as he practiced every possible shot, fairway, rough, sand, side lies, you name it, we have to practice the principles of fitness and transformation in every situation.  Will our practice always go well?  We all know it won't, but if we nurture the love for well being inside ourselves, we will keep coming back.  To the gym,  or the fitness space at home,  to the Zumba class, or the bootcamp at the park, to the produce section or the farmer's market.  We will keep coming back because we love what healthy eating and movement can deliver: physical well being, and the freedom to be our true selves.