"When shifts and transitions in life shake you to the core, see that as a sign of greatness that's about to occur." - Anonymous
Today’s Boom Huddle is sort of an end to one chapter and a beginning of another. It’s fitting because life is full of endings and beginnings. In life, there are constant transitions and changes. We as humans are also constantly changing. Whether that change is an evolution or detraction is, of course, dependent on the choices you make...but that’s a topic for a different blog.
The chapter I’m closing this week is my personal journey I’ve been sharing with you since January of this year. In my first article, roughly 8 months ago, I posed the question “Should you hire a nutritionist”. I was tasked to make myself a guinea pig of sorts, to see if Coach Lance’s LG1 Nutrition Program combined with the LFT program would help me essentially change my life. What I thought would be a fun little challenge was, in fact, the catalyst to a huge self-transformation. It was more monumental than I could have imagined.
See the results for yourself. Below are images of my physical transformation (day 1 to today) which clearly indicates that these programs friggin’ work.
Beyond changes in my physical appearance (and let’s be real, the physical changes aren’t completely unimportant…we all would love to look good naked) the changes to my health have been incredible. My strength and endurance are better than they’ve ever been. I feel vibrant and energized most days. My body fat percentage is now 12%. I feel like I’m 20 years old even though I’m in this 38-year-old body. I appreciate this body of mine in ways I really never did before. Pushing it in new challenging ways at LFT has shown me that nothing...and yes I mean nothing, is off limits.
Beyond that, I have a new confidence and sense of self. I’m comfortable in my own skin. Staying the course, being consistent and striving to be better no matter the struggle has shown me what I’m made of. I spent most of my life being anxious, full of self-doubts and shame. While those feeling still pop up (and they always will - we are only human) I can cope with them and move past them. I’m my own advocate. I don’t just hope to be a role model for my children...I make damn sure I’m a role model for them. I am the person I needed when I was growing up.
So the answer to that initial question at the beginning of this journey is an emphatic, overwhelming YES. If you are feeling lost and need direction, if you need an empowering community and “no bullshit” coaches you must walk through the doors at LFT. If you need guidance on nutrition and how to reach your weight loss and/or strength goals you must try Coach Lance’s LG1 Nutrition Program. If my experience isn’t enough to convince you, I fear nothing will.
Now that I’ve said that I do need to make some other things clear. The coaches at LFT can present you with this brand new car that leads to a much shinier life, they can put the keys in your hand and even shift you into the proper gear...YOU are the one who has to do the driving. I have been successful because I tried everything without excuses. I have been successful because to this day I continue to do every single thing that I did during the 90 Day Transformation Challenge. I have been successful because I haven’t let any of my multiple deterrents, failures or struggles keep me off course for long. Every single time I fall off, I get right back on the course. I have been successful because I wanted to be the best version of myself and I didn’t care what it took to find her. And I find my way back to her every time I need to. This is the attitude and the determination that will give you the life that you want. You can be your best self, every day for the rest of your life...if you are willing to put in the work.
My final point is that many people believe that once they attain the body they want, life just automatically gets easier. As if somehow looking better or more attractive (which is always subjective of course) your problems melt away. I will be completely real with you all right now, I still catch myself focusing on my physical flaws. When you lose weight you end up with some loose skin. When you have babies you get stretch marks. When you nurse babies and then lose weight your boobs get flat and saggy. This is what real bodies do. Rather than looking at this body as a beautiful, human-life creating temple (which it is! And I’m able to recognize this most of the time)...I will catch myself wishing my skin was tighter, or my boobs were fuller, or any of the other million flaws I could find. I am in the best shape of my life and I still do this shit.
So what message does this send? We have to focus on healing our perspective as well as our bodies. What I think of myself is everything. I am not my body. I am not loved for my body. If I were to lose this body tomorrow who would I be and what would matter? Because I’ll tell you right now, we don’t have these bodies forever. Who am I? I’m a mother who loves her children more than herself. I’m a wife that hit the jackpot with a partner who is her best friend in the world. I am a friend who would do anything to help her nearest and dearest. Why am I loved? I am someone who does her best to listen. I am compassionate and I love to take care of others. I am someone who can readily admit her faults and try to grow from them. I am genuine.
None of these things have anything to do with how my body looks. Nothing that truly matters ever does.
Ask yourself who you are and why you are loved. Write your body a love note to banish the nagging criticisms that are always swirling unconsciously in our heads. Nurture that perspective every day. Just like brushing your teeth, give yourself some love every single day.
Until next time BOOMers, thank you for sharing this journey with me. I will, of course, continue to share things that I learn along the way with you (and I'm far from done sharing about Coach Lance's amazing LG1 Nutrition Program) but I do feel it’s time for the next chapter.
This leads me to share that I am thrilled to be spotlighting a wonderful group of BOOMers and their journeys in the upcoming 6-week challenge! We will have some LFT reality stars to follow! I am continually inspired by so many of you and I can’t wait to share your stories with the world. Who are these BOOMers you ask? Stay tuned to find out.
Til' next time! See you in the Boom Room!
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