Thursday, April 7, 2011

"The Essentials" of Fitness Success (part I) ...

Last night I was at Kids First Sports Center for a couple of hours.  Kayla (my 4 year old) does swimming and Tumble Bees there.

I'm a huge fan of Kids First.  Kids are having fun, smiling, and burning up their energy with GREAT coaches.  Moms are watching the kids and chatting with each other.  The conversations are entertaining.

And since we have a boot camp at Kids First, sometimes I run into campers.

I want to share a conversation I had last night as the first in a series of 3 emails that will give you ALL that you need to substantially IMPROVE your health and fitness. 

Here's the conversation:

Lady: You're the boot camp guy, right?

Me: [Smile, Laugh], Yeah. 

Lady:  That's what my friend told me.  I just signed up for boot camp begins April 25th. 

Me: Very cool!  I'm excited you'll be joining us ... you're going to have a lot of fun!  What made you decide to sign up for camp?

Lady: I need to lose 20 pounds.

Me: Why is that important to you?

Lady: Because I've been busy raising my kids and I just don't like how I feel.

Me: Good for you.  One of the cool things about camp is that you get your workout out of the way before the kids need you.  Why else do you want to lose 20 pounds?

Lady:  Well, I don't have much energy, and I know when I exercise at least 4 times a week, I'm a whole different person. 

Me:  Excellent!  So you're a better YOU, and thus a better mom?

Lady: Yes!  I feel good about myself after exercising, and it helps me eat better all day long. 

Me:  Perfect.  More energy, more mental and emotional clarity, better mood and self esteem.  GREAT reasons to work out consistently.  Any other reasons why you joined camp, and want to lose 20 pounds?

Lady: Yeah, my clothes don't fit anymore!  [Laughs].  

Me:  Do you have a favorite pair of jeans or an outfit that you want to get back into?

Lady: Half of my closest doesn't fit anymore.    

Me:  Okay, let's pick one outfit to use as a gauge.  I want you to hold off until Friday after week 2 of camp, but then you should try it on to see how it fits.  Then once a week keep trying it on.  I'm going to send you an audio that I want you to listen to about what and how to eat.  Then of course, show up each morning and work at your own personal best.  Okay?

Lady: I can do that!  [Smile]

Me:  Also, I'm going to send you a summary of this conversation tomorrow.  I want you to keep it with you every day you're in camp.  Promise me you'll look at it every morning when you wake up, once again before camp starts at 5:30, once on your way home from camp, and one more time during the day.  Deal?

Lady: Yes, deal.  [Inquisitive look]

Me:  You're gonna do AWESOME over these 4 weeks.  I can't wait to hear about how your outfit looks on May 20th. [Smile]

Here's the summary that I sent the lady this morning:

Why I joined Adventure Boot Camp to Lose 20 Pounds:
  • Because I have a standard of how I look and feel.  Over the past few years I haven't been optimally living that standard.  Every day that I exercise and/or eat healthy foods I live according to my standard of looking and feeling good.
  • I am a role model for my 3 kids.  They follow my actions way more than my words.  They see what I eat and how active I am, and emulate my behaviors.  Mom is the most influential person in her children's lives. 
  • Because I feel good mentally, emotionally, physically after working out. And I feel good about me!
  • I am going to look GORGEOUS in my favorite outfit that I haven't worn in over 2 years!


My guess is this lady probably has several more reasons why she wants to lose 20 pounds.  The reasons either haven't occurred to her yet ... or she simply didn't feel comfortable sharing them with a guy that she just met.

Her success rate, as well as yours, will continue to grow as she "stacks" her reasons.  Her reasons will "pull her through" when challenges pop up (and they always do). 

Other possible reasons for her, and others, include:
  • Being more productive professionally.
  • Being more productive as a mom.
  • Making her husband's head turn (or boyfriend, or guy you're interested in).  Hey, I'm just relaying what others have shared with me over the years!  It's a big deal!  :)
  • Being the best YOU that you can be.
  • I'm getting married in XXX months and want to look smashing for the wedding (enough said)!
  • Living longer, and experiencing better quality years.  Being in tip top shape when my kids have kids. 
  • NOT being a burden on my children in my senior years.
  • On my bucket list is to run a half marathon, full marathon, climb Mt. Whatever, travel the world [insert a bucket list item here which will require you to be optimally fit and healthy]
What are YOUR reasons?  I would love to add to this list (anonymously, I'll never share your name)!  

Make your own 3x5 card with STRONG, POWERFUL, EMOTIONALLY COMPELLING reasons.  Keep it with you at all times, and look at it AT LEAST two times every day to "propel you" towards your own health and fitness success!

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins


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