Mar 17 2015
I’ve done some unusual things with my life this far – I worked in banking, then I completely changed careers to become a personal trainer….I ran for Great Britain, then I started bodybuilding! Everything I have done I have applied myself to it 100% – it’s the way I…
I’ve done some unusual things with my life this far – I worked in banking, then I completely changed careers to become a personal trainer….I ran for Great Britain, then I started bodybuilding! Everything I have done I have applied myself to it 100% – it’s the way I was brought up; this attitude has been instilled in me my whole life. So, when people ask me how I stay motivated, it’s a difficult question to answer, because I think part of it is simply second nature. But there are some other factors that I think play an important part, and here’s my take on what they are…
- I Have Strength Goals Not Just Aesthetic Ones
As a figure competitor I have to be concerned about aesthetics – I am constantly looking at the balance of muscle groups in my body; if my legs are in proportion to my upper half, if my rear delts are growing as quickly as my medial delt…. It’s an ongoing process. But when it comes to staying motivated all year round, if it was about aesthetics all the time I’d be in trouble. Women carry much more body fat than men year round – unfortunately it’s just the way of the world! So it’s only in the last few weeks before a competition that you can truly see if your work has paid off, and if your physique has attained the aesthetic you were hoping for. The rest of the year, there has to be a different goal – one that runs alongside the shape and proportion – for me that is strength. Strength equates to muscle thickness, to full muscle bellys – the timeless aesthetic….The two run hand in hand. I walk into the gym each week wanting to hit more reps or lift more weight than I did the week before. For me that’s both challenging and satisfying, it’s what keeps me coming back for more! There’s no better feeling than hitting the PB on your deadlift you’ve been chasing for 6 weeks. I don’t need more motivation than that!
2) I Like How Healthy Feels
When I eat crappy food I feel terrible. It’s quite simple. In fact, the day or two after a competition when I indulge in a few of my favourite foods, I feel pretty awful pretty damn quickly and I am always keen to get back on the healthy food bandwagon! I like how healthy feels. I like having a flat stomach, I like not being bloated or feeling sluggish. I like having the get up and go to smash it in the gym, rather than going into a food coma after a big plate of pasta at lunch! As Kate Moss quite famously said, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”. Now, whilst you’ll realise I’m not in the business of wanting to be skinny, she is 100% right! Feeling good about my body and how I look is more gratifying than any quick fix I’d get from a binge on chocolate or sweets.
3) I Surround Myself With Other Successful People
I’m lucky – my boyfriend lifts, I work in the fitness industry….it’s easy to find people who’s goals are aligned to mine. But here’s the deal – spend time with overweight, negative friends and they will drag you down. Do not be sucked in to the bad habits of others. We all have times when our willpower or drive wavers a little, and that’s when you need other successful people around you to keep driving you forward. I have some awesome friends to call on, friends who will keep me motivated when the going gets tough. Not only that, but it’s inspiring to see other people going after and fighting for their goals and dreams too. In a circle of highly motivated people, I don’t want to be the one letting the side down – that focuses me to work harder.
I’ve been brought up to be a fighter – to have a Northern girls grit and determination 😉 When I set my mind to something, nothing stops me! I think you need this attitude – if you give up too easily, you will never hit your goals. Everyone has to find their own motivation to succeed, so what is it that drives you? Find that and you have the ticket to your success!