Last week we talked about the importance of motivation. Today I am going to talk about the importance of being inspired. If you are inspired the motivation is there, it is simply just there.
Webster’s Dictionary puts it as follows: inspire, inspired: 1. To guide or affect by divine influence. 2. To fill with high emotion: exalt. 3. To stimulate to creativity or action.
In our work with our clients we are seeking to inspire, because we know that this is the ultimate success. When we can inspire a client, success comes almost effortlessly. The effort involved might still be a sacrifice but now you have something that you are striving towards, that drives you from deep inside.
Many of our clients have that drive from deep inside. Some just love their game of golf, soccer or tennis; others like running or lifting weights, while others are passionate in general about health and fitness.
If you want to succeed and keep succeeding look deep inside of yourself and find what inspires you. It could even be inspiring others to a healthier lifestyle and wanting to be a good example.
If you are inspired about something your eyes are glowing when you talk about it, you are excited, you might not be able to sleep, you want tell people about it. If you are currently working out but afraid to tell someone that you are doing it, chance is you are not inspired to work out. Look deep and find out, why do you work out. That will create a little flame inside, which can create a fire. A lot of our inspired clients have lit a fire in other clients.
It is important that you find yourself. Don’t be what you think you should be but who you truly want to be.
Be Inspired – 5 Steps to find your Inspiration:
- Write down every evening 1-3 events and activities you liked and why you liked it
- When you work out take note on what you really enjoy and what you don’t.
- Take an hour and write down how you want to be remembered. Create a VISION of you.
- Create a Game Plan to put that vision into action.
- Review it regularly and make sure it still represents you. We change over time. Maybe you need to adjust it.
Have an inspiring day,
This might come as a surprise to you, maybe not. More people are addicted to sugar than you might think. Even people who have a healthy weight. Often people think that as a personal trainer I do not suffer from those issues. This could not be any further from the truth.
My biggest downfall is chocolate. This sweet combination of fat and sugar used to make me crave it sooo badly. I would eat a family pack of M&Ms within 15 min; a whole bar of chocolate would last maybe 5 min. I would sneak chocolate by my wife in the kitchen because I was ashamed, ashamed of not being in control of my eating. I would devour every chocolate in the house.
I had to change my nutrition. After I did, within 2-3 weeks, my cravings were gone. A year went by, Christmas came back up and with it the goodies that my wife bakes, ginger bread, and the works. I had been doing really well with my nutrition and so I thought I was able to control it. It was a slippery slope. Within 4 weeks I had undone what I had worked for the whole year in regards to my cravings. I started eating a little bit of chocolate then a little bit more and more and more until I was back to my old habits.
I kicked it again but I also know now that I cannot go back. I was not happy in my body and I felt like crap.
Your problem might be a different food but most of the time it is a combination of sugar and fat that sets us off. It has to do with the dopamine release in the brain. Basically your brain gets high on its own drugs. It makes you happy and feel better. The effects can be as strong as a heroine dose.
Your issue might be a donut (sugar + fat), a bagel (sugar + fat), pasta (sugar) or even a combination. If you have similar issues to what I had to go through, then this is how I kicked my issues to the curb.
- I had to go cold turkey (meaning no more chocolate at all). I had to throw away the chocolate and to make sure I would not fish it back out of the trash I had to make it nasty.
- I started eating unprocessed foods, cooked and prepared by me.
- If I was craving something sweet I would use some dates (don’t recommend it anymore), due to the insulin release.
- Now I would make a smoothie with a fruit and protein powder and maybe a little bit of honey
- Avoid fat + sugar combinations.
- I rarely eat sweet potatoes, potatoes.
- I never eat rice, grains or pasta.
- All of my food consists of veggies, protein (fish, poultry, meat), 1-3 fruits a day, and some nuts.
This has worked phenomenally for myself and a number of clients who wanted to try it out.
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