Have you heard the quote, “A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but because of its persistence (by Jim Watkins)?”
I believe it is the same with achieving fitness goals or any goals for that matter.
Do you need power?
Yes, power and strength to be persistent and persevere.
It doesn’t matter what your goal is; lose weight, become more fit/toned, run a marathon, or to just be healthy overall. Whatever your goal, it’s your perseverance that will help you get there.
Tami Hamilton is the amazing woman I want to talk about today. She turned the fabulous 50 this year, was someone that hated going to the gym, lacked energy and was lacking the motivation to change this. I asked how she felt prior to joining MPower Fitness and this is what she told me.
“I hated going to the gym to workout. I was unhappy with how I looked, I had no energy, was unmotivated, and I was eating badly.”
That’s a pretty average statement for people joining our fitness family. But deep down Tami wanted to make a change, she wanted to feel better and have the energy of a 30 year old. So, she came in to our camp and wanted to see what it was all about. After the orientation she actually walked out and wasn’t going to join. Thankfully she changed her mind. Take a look.
“I turned 50 this year and read that as you get older you lose strength. I saw the Facebook post and just decided to try it. When I went to my first orientation I almost did not sign up. I started out to my car but then I thought, 6 weeks I can do so I turned around and went back in. 8 months later I am still going and look forward to it every day.
I have a better outlook on life. Just a week ago I went hiking with friends and I was always the one holding up the group. Well not anymore, I kept up and felt good at the end and not tired. Also my friends said they were proud of my progress because now I could do the harder hikes with them. I felt proud of myself when they told me this.”
If Tami had not turned around and came back and pushed through she would not have accomplished her goals. Her friends would be out hiking and having fun and she would have been left behind. Tami’s persistence has allowed her to have a new perspective on life. She’s learning to eat better and not give up if she has a small setback.
“I am learning to make healthier chooses and to not get down on myself if I give in to temptations. I’ve learned to ask for help because there is a team to help me.
I love making new friends – it is so inspiring to have people around who have the same goals and face the same struggles you do and to share with each other helps in this journey.
I look better now. I am not where I want to be 100% yet, but continue to work on getting to a healthier me.”
And with Tami’s determination and perseverance she will most definitely get to where she wants to be. We are so proud of you Tami. Keep up the good work.