No Goal You Set is Too Big or Too Small, Just Stick to It!
I’ve been a member of Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping at the Coralville, Oakdale location since January of 2010. I guess you could say it has been a pretty big part of my life. I have overcome many obstacles as a participant and instructor, many more than I would ever have imagined. Had you asked me 5 years ago if I ever saw myself instructing bands and kickboxing classes, I would have looked at you like you were out of your mind. I was once afraid of people saying ‘Who does she think she is?” Now, I have the courage to say, this is who I am. I became an instructor because I believe in the program and I wanted to pay it forward. I wanted to be that person that my coaches/instructors were for me during my 10 weeks. It is a great feeling to inspire people, to be a part of their journey and to help them reach their goals!
For those who don’t know a lot about the Farrell’s program, it is a gym that focuses on three major components. Resistance bands training to build lean muscle, kickboxing for cardio training, and most importantly, your nutrition, incorporating the right amounts of protein to build muscle, and good carbs for energy and to burn fat. When combining these three things together, amazing results start to happen. The key is that you have to do ALL of them. You can’t just hit a couple workouts a week, and do ‘pretty well’ with the nutrition for the program to work. You have to do it all: and you have to be willing to give it your all. If you slack in any one of these areas, you are only setting yourself up to be disappointed and are cheating yourself of amazing results. You can try to convince yourself otherwise, but I can pretty well guarantee that the lack of results will continue to stand as a constant reminder to you that a change of habits is what is really needed.
In October 2013, I realized that I needed to change something about what I was doing. I found myself stuck in a rut that I couldn’t seem to dig my way out of. I knew it wasn’t the workouts that I was struggling with. I always give 110% during my workouts, and rarely miss a single one. I was following the nutrition ‘pretty well’, but I had reached a point where I was very unhappy with myself. I had let myself become way comfortable by just doing ‘pretty well’. I thought about how and what I could change in order to get myself back on track. I started setting new goals for myself, my first one being to get a grip on my nutrition. I knew that if I could do that, everything else would follow.
Once I got going with the nutrition and started to see results, it became easier for me to want to continue to set more goals for myself. I decided to set out on a year-long personal challenge. I started by doing an initial baseline testing of my weight, measurements, body fat and even a dreaded ‘before’ photo. There were no cash incentives, or prizes that were in store once my personal year challenge was up. This was something that I wanted to do for me, something I wanted to do so I could continue to live the crazy and active lifestyle that I live, and I want to live it for as long as I possibly can. To reach my personal goals, I set my focus on healthier food choices, making sure to get all six meals in per day, the right portions, and a whole heck of a lot of hard work in and outside of the gym!
I knew it was not going to be easy, but I had no idea just how difficult it was going to be. My personal goal challenges required sacrifice, hard work, and dedication. I was required to hit a whole new level of determination. I knew there were going to be obstacles that I would have to learn to overcome in order to reach my goals. What I didn’t realize is how much of this journey was going to test not only my physical strength, but my emotional and mental strength as well. I have worked incredibly hard over this past year to let go of any and all forms of negativity in my life. If you don’t, it becomes like a toxin, and it will do nothing but bring you down. I got off track several times due to the fact that I would let the opinions of others bring me down, but I got back up each and every time. In a way, I feel like you have to be broken down a time or two so that you can build yourself up stronger than you were before. You can also prove to yourself that nothing will overcome your own will and desire to succeed if you want it bad enough. I also learned that it was important to surround myself with positive energy, and people who had goals for themselves that were similar to my own. To put it simply, I learned a lot about self-respect.
I am very thankful for all of the challenges that were thrown at me this past year. They have helped transform me into the person I am today. A person who is a much more content and stronger than she was a year ago.
I honestly think the biggest reason for my success is knowing I had my heart in the right place the entire time. I wasn’t doing this for anyone else, or any monetary prize, I was doing it for myself.
I set goals, I remained committed to my workouts, and I have a great workout buddy that motivated me daily. Most importantly I buckled down on my nutrition and watched the results happen. I learned that you HAVE to be honest with yourself in every aspect . . . no excuses.
The beauty of the Farrell’s program is that no matter your size, age, gender, or individual goals, we all still have one thing in common – we all want to live a longer and healthier lifestyle.
Just remember In order to reach your goals you are going to need to stay committed to every portion of the program, 100%. You will need to be honest with yourself. No goal you set is too big or too small. Continuing to set goals is a MUST for a successful transformation. I always have several different daily and long-term goals for all of my hobbies/passions that I am constantly working towards. We always talk about giving it our Level 10, or living Life at Level 10. Every day I strive to challenge myself further by pushing beyond that Level 10. That’s where I feel the real changes occur. “Don’t talk about it, be about it,” are words to live by.
Ever since I started the Farrell’s program, and especially this past year, I’ve grown much stronger. I know if I stay determined and committed 100% that there will be endless possibilities for me and that I will only continue to get stronger.
Here are my before and after stats from my own personal yearlong challenge:
Weight: 148 lbs.
Body Fat: 26%
Measurements: Chest – 35 1/2″, Waist – 30″, Hips – 38″, Arm – 11 1/2″, Thigh 20″
Weight: 120.6 lbs.
Body Fat: 11.7%
Measurements: Chest – 31 1/2″, Waist – 25″, Hips – 32 1/2″, Arm – 9 3/4″, Thigh 17 1/2″
Overall inches lost: 18 ¾”
Sarah is a FIT Member at our Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping Oakdale (Coralville), IA Location.
Disclaimer: The above testimonial was contributed by an actual member. We cannot guarantee everyone will achieve similar results. We do believe that everyone can achieve measurable results, but the specific results will vary from person to person.
Posted on 03/05/2015, in Franchise News & Events, Transformations and tagged coralville, exercise, Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping, fitness, FXB Oakdale, goals, gym, health, kickboxing, motivation, nutrition, resistance bands, success, transformation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.