I get asked all the time, “Do you do anything besides work out?”
The answer to the question is yes.
When you combine them it might seem like all I do is work out. Now let me be clear. I do get in six days of exercise a week. However, I don’t spend all day in the gym or on the pavement. I go with a plan, execute and leave.
Take a minute to think about this: social media doesn’t completely portray the full view of someone’s life. We share the good stuff for the most part – our triumphs, how we look in “perfect lighting” and sometimes we share the bad with the lesson we learned. We don’t film or capture every second of our lives even though it might seem like it.
Time spent with family
My life is my lil man. He is in middle school and keeps me busy.
He is very active in sports – basketball, football and baseball. This is the first summer there’s no basketball or track. Outside of sports, there’s the movies, skating rink, trampoline park or stream videos with some popcorn and a pizza.
Passion fuels drive
Now don’t get me wrong, I am passionate about my fitness journey. I have a number of reasons for wanting to be healthier. I started about 5 years ago and almost 60 pounds heavier.
I am motivated in part with how my body continues to change and grow. When I see small changes it motivates me to push for more.
However, please do not mistake my enthusiasm and passion for ease.
I put in the work. It’s early mornings, middle of the day during lunch or right after work. I work my tail off to reach or exceed my goals.
I am still working on overcoming my own barriers and working through my struggles. Part of what drives my passion is being able to push myself more than I ever thought I could. I had long dreamed of becoming a competitive bodybuilder. I was able to see that dream come to life. Then I wanted more.
I have decided that I do not just want to get on stage to get on stage. I want those few moments as a bikini bodybuilding athlete to highlight the things that it takes to get up there and do it. It takes grit and determination. Sometimes it means giving up hanging out with friends who don’t understand your passion or forgoing that cupcake calling your name. It’s worth it in the long run to me.
This is my priority and I do it because I love it.
What are your favorite things to do? What drives your passion?