I hope all of you in the United States had an excellent Independence Day yesterday, and for everyone else I hope it was an excellent Monday as well. The holiday had me thinking about liberty and freedom, and since figure transformation is my obsession I was playing with the idea of how freedom and the figure relate to each other, and to quality of life. As an amateur philosopher it hasn't been too difficult to come to the conclusion that free-will existence is a good thing. As a cock-eyed optimist it's been easy to come to the conclusion that it's a very good thing.
So what does freedom have to do with losing the last ten pounds, or the first ten pounds, or even the first ounce for that matter? It turns out that the whole reason I want to change my figure, and with it my level of fitness, is so that I can earn the freedom to do what I want with my life. It's as if I've set a wall between myself and who I want to be, and I won't allow myself to scale that wall until I look a certain way in the mirror and see a particular number on the scale. I have been trapped by my own rules and expectations. This has certainly put me in a bind because although I am eager to coach and train more clients in fat loss, my self judgement stops me from reaching out to a wider audience.
Stop Judging and Join In
I've seen this kind of self judgement in action in others as well, and I'll just bet that there's a lot of productivity, creativity, and just plain fun that's being stifled all over the world because people don't think they're good enough to participate in the kind of activities that would truly fulfill them. Let me ask you, do you know of anyone who has ever said, "I'll start going to the gym after I lose some weight. I just wouldn't feel comfortable going right now." Or, "I couldn't possibly take a dance class. I don't know how to dance." Isn't that what dance class is for?
Free the Figure
What I want is to free the natural healthy figure that I know is inside me waiting to be revealed, but how? Back when I was in acting school, I was taught to behave as if I was the character I wanted to portray. What if I give myself permission to behave as if I already have the figure that represents the real me? What would happen? What would I do? Well, I started today, and here's the technique I used.
First of all, I chose a character, a new persona if you will. Who is she? Whoops, I mean who am I? I am a fitness athlete in training. Yep, that just about covers it. Silly? Maybe a little, but I am getting to the point where I'm willing to do anything within the bounds of decency to free my authentic self to get out and live fully. Here's how being a fitness athlete in training covers all the bases.
Fitness Athlete in Training
What does a fitness athlete do? She eats healthy foods that support her goals, she gets to the gym, or class, or the garage, or wherever she practices, and she trains. I am in training, so it really doesn't matter if I'm at my goal weight at this very moment, that's what training is for. Also, by calling myself a fitness athlete, I give myself the freedom to think like one. That means I get proper rest, and I don't let the vagaries of daily life get in the way of my goals.
Yes, for some time while trying to figure out just what kind of motivation it takes to change the figure permanently, I've been coming to the conclusion that you have to change your identity first, and let the body follow. Do me a favor. Try this thought. Nobody has to know. The next time you need the impetus to prepare and eat a meal that supports your goals, or that you need incentive to move, say to yourself,
"I am a fitness athlete in training." You know, I can already feel it working.