I’m a huge fan and I love everything you post on Angry Trainer Fitness. In fact it’s seriously changing my life and not just with my appearance. My mental outlook has changed too.
I read your daily status updates on Facebook and I wonder how you stay so motivated? I’ve always gone back and fourth and can’t seem to ever stay consistent.
Can you share your tips or secrets with how you stay so very motivated, where you find positivity from and how you seem to never waiver?
It’s really appreciated, keep up the great work!
Hey Toni and thank you for the compliments.
Ah, where to begin? I have to be honest and tell you that Angry Trainer Fitness is the reason why I’m so positive.
I love what I do, but for years didn’t have much direction outside of being a trainer. Having this site (and brand) and getting involved in the fitness industry on a different level has changed my life and made me realize that I can do more with the information in my head than only train people. You know when I write those Facebook status updates, they’re as much for me as they are for ATF fans. When you write something down or repeat it, it really helps to feel and apply it. So many times I’m really sharing my feelings.
With regards to staying committed, it’s interesting. I think many people assume that because I’m a trainer that I struggle less, have an easier time with exercise and that I’m not tempted by ‘bad’ foods. In fact just the other day someone commented on one of my posts and scorned me saying, “You have no idea what it’s like….it comes easy to you”. And frankly, it pissed me off. Because what she was doing was essentially taking away my years of hard word, dedication and discipline and making it sound as though I was born this way – like I didn’t have to work for it.
I struggle as much, if not more, than every other person trying to be fit and eat right. And I’ll go so far as to say that people within the fitness industry probably have a harder time with food and exercise because we feel like ‘we have to’ on more levels than someone not in the industry. Trust me, I’m not complaining, I really love what I do. But everyone struggles.
Here’s how I stay on the ball, with food and exercise. I tell myself it’s OKAY. What do I mean by that? Well, I used to be an ‘all or nothing’ kind of guy. I either ate perfect, and nailed my routine, or I didn’t. And when I slipped up I was like a derailed freight train. I missed more workouts and ruined more healthy eating days because I felt like a failure. Now I know missing 1, even 2 or 3 workouts isn’t the end of the world and with food, no one gets fat in a day. Basically, it took me 20 years, but I learned moderation. And you know what? I feel better, my emotions are healthier and overall I’m still on a very consistent plan.
I think more people need to look at the big picture and not let a week or two of vacations or bad eating define their health and fitness. Even if you can’t get to the gym or eat a bad meal, it’s OKAY. Try to pick up where you left off and soon you’ll be on your way. Toni, you control how you feel every given day, whether you’re positive or negative, whether an incident upsets you or not – it’s your choice to carry it around with you or let it go.
Everything you need to be happy, healthy, fit and positive is right inside your head. I hope that helps.
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