Recently I was asked a question about the current workout program that I'm doing... it's a 60 Day Strength Training program called Hammer & Chisel and I have one and a half weeks left! Where did the time go?
My answer to the question of "Are you seeing results?" is YES. Yes, I am seeing results from it. I feel strong, each time I do a whole minute of push-ups I do one more push-up than the time before. I can easily zip up my boots over my calves (something that's always been a struggle for me... that's another story for another day). If I stand in just the right light I can see different muscle definition in my legs. My core feels stronger... like harder when I touch it stronger.
I'm going to be honest though, I haven't taken an "after" measurement yet. I haven't taken a tape measure to my waist, or stepped on the scale, but I know I am seeing results. More important than that, I am FEELING results. So, while I'm unsure of my numerical results I can safely say that changes are happening whether or not the scale reflects it in the end.
Being asked that question made me start to think, though. Is it the workouts in the program itself that create the results or is it the willingness to stick to it and follow it through to the end?
While the workouts are awesome, challenging, effective, fun and exhausting that's not where 100% of the results are coming from.
It's time for some tough love people. If you have started some sort of workout program in the past and then later thought to yourself, "that didn't work. It wasn't what I thought and I got zero results from it," then I have a question for you. Did YOU work? Did you stick to it? Did you fully commit to doing it consistently? Or did you quit? Did you do it here and there when you felt like it? Did you get frustrated when you didn't see changes in the first week of doing it?
News flash: It's not the program that didn't work, it's you not doing the work of the program.
If one doesn't follow through, then is saying a workout, program or system failed to offer results a fair assessment? What matters more than the program you're doing is your commitment to that program. It's your motivation to start it at day one and do it until day 21, day 30, day 60, day 90 or whenever that program ends. To me, it doesn't make a difference what kind of workouts you enjoy or what kind of program you decide to do. To me it matters that you stick to it, that you schedule time to commit to it and that you own the responsibility of it.
So what does "doing it right" mean? It means:
While this may seem like tough love and real talk, just know that the key word here is LOVE. Love for yourself, love for your body, love for those in your life and love from me that I know you can do it right. You can stick to it, you can commit and you WILL see results.
Do you know you can do it right??