So a good friend of mine that I’ve known for around 5 years now shared his very personal transformation story recently on Facebook. And this really struck a chord with me relating to people’s attitudes to other gym goers. And in particular, gym goers in a “less then cover model” shape. Now before I go any further, I must say I am only sharing his story with his express permission.
Now John is a truck driver, and with that comes all the usual pitfalls of poor diet, long periods of time sat still, and generally a perfect storm for weight gain and fitness loss. Couple with this recent serious injuries (relating to his previous attempts to transform his lifestyle, and in doing so injuring himself), this does not look good for a transformation right??
He’d lost quite a bit of timber up to new year, but due to recent events in his personal life, and the afore mentioned injuries etc., this had slowly crept back on. A healthy lifestyle was the furthest thing from John’s mind. Approximately 4 weeks ago, he weighed himself and realised that all the weight he’d lost was back on, and a little more. This was the catalyst. In his own words “I had a word with myself got back to the gym, and back to healthy eating”. He’s training regularly, and eating small portions every 3 hours instead of 3 meals a day. Small balanced, regular meals (Chicken salad wraps, chicken and rice, tuna, salmon, cod, steak, pasta, veg). As John said “It’s not rocket science, it’s DETERMINATION”. He looks and feels so much better. He’s lost inches off the waist, belly, and chest, and lost a lot of weight just by being focused, and consistent. Which is fantastic. Now to the flip side….
Whist on his fitness journey, John has had his fair share of disbelievers and haters. People that, rather than support him, took this as an opportunity to openly say “you won’t do it” “you won’t reach your target weight”, or just openly mocked his attempt to try. This last point is one that really REALLY annoys me. On more than one occasion, he was mocked for being a big lad in the gym. The women that did this (not people he previously knew by the way. just other gym goers) have since apologized, and admitted they shouldn’t judge.
DAMN right you shouldn’t. Why mock people for trying to BETTER themselves? Did John let this get to him and set him back? NO! He used this negativity, and channelled it to prove them wrong. Everyone is on their own path. And the only thing that gets us any results is determination. As the title of this blog says “Never judge a book by its cover”. You don’t know the story behind each and every person. Why they are where they are. What drives them? What’s there reason for training? And we’ve all got one So next time you are in a gym environment, or out running, or swimming etc.. And you see someone who is overweight, or unfit, or struggling. Rather than dismiss them and think “what are they doing here” Why not think, “What would I do?” Would I have the determination to do this, knowing how hard it is?
THINK BEFOE YOU ACT
HELP AND SUPPORT, DON’T SECRETLY MOCK
DETERMINATION CONQUERS ALL