Screw fear. FAITH yourself forward.
I remember the final time I went on a diet or used any kind of weight loss/fat burning supplement–and why I stopped.
When I first started teaching and training, I was also in the process of rebuilding my own fitness after knee surgery and rehab over the previous 6 months.
I thought I needed a boost to help my Tabata sprint performance and recovery (which, by the way, sprint Tabatas are pretty darn effective for creating fat loss!), so I started drinking an BCAA/energy drink which gave me a little extra ‘pep’ for those workouts and let me believe that my muscles were recovering faster.
Shortly after that, some of my clients started asking me what supplements I was using, because everyone wants the most direct path to their goals–it’s human nature!
At that moment, I realized I didn’t feel good about recommending the product I was using to any of my clients. I didn’t know what it would do to them and, moreover, I was really finding myself in the business of teaching people how to work WITH their bodies and create healthy habit change to get lasting results.
Me taking my Amino drink every day wasn’t in line with that goal or way of training. So I decided to stop.
I decided to work with the 37 year-old body I had, to trust the process, to do the hard work in the gym and in the kitchen.
I chose to proceed with faith rather than fear–because that’s what’s really at the root of taking those weight loss/fat burner-type products: Fear of not being able to accomplish a certain result on your own.
This was one of the best decisions I’ve made as a trainer and an athlete. Through doing the hard work, day after day, week after week, persistently and consistently–not through extreme measures–I have been able to achieve not just a body that’s strong and satisfying to live in, but more importantly I’ve learned to trust myself. I believe in my own ability to effect positive and lasting change in my own life.
It’s crazy empowering to know that your results are 100% due to YOUR OWN choices and efforts.
The thing is, you don’t know what you can accomplish before you try. It takes faith to move forward into the unknown, with no guarantees that things will turn out the way you want them to (although it’s been my experience that they usually end up better than you’d hoped!). The only way to know what you’re truly capable of accomplishing, inside and out, is by trying.
So drum up some faith. Push your doubts aside. Forego any crutches. Learn as you go. Make mistakes, fall down, learn from them, get back up, continue on.
Let go of the idea that you need a weight loss aid or fat burner or magic supplement to get the body and life you want.
Have faith in the process.
Have faith in yourself.
It’s crazy empowering.
You’ve got this.
And just remember…
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ~George Addair