Have you ever popped the question? No, not that one. Although, dedication to a healthy lifestyle can feel like you’re married to the gym. When you get serious about your health and fitness, there are a lot of sacrifices you have to make to reach your goals. Sometimes those goals feel like a ball and chain keeping you from the fun and delicious things in life like loading up on sweets over the holidays or meeting your friends for pau hana drinks and pupus.
Six Fitness Ranes girls nicknamed Team Judy, each from varying fitness levels, decided to take their relationship with fitness to the next level around Thanksgiving 2014. Since then each one of them can relate to making sacrifices in their marriage with fitness.
Beyond the full-body metabolic conditioning of boot camp, these girls have decided to undergo a more focused type of training geared towards bikini contest preparation, building symmetry to lean and tone while remaining feminine. There is a greater degree of accountability for these girls. They have to stay consistent, train hard and eat properly if they want to see results.
In order to stay focused and committed to such a strict regimen, each girl needed a “Why?” In other words, they needed to pinpoint their motivation.
For Amy and Felicia, competing in the Stingrey Bodybuilding competition in April is the light at the end of the tunnel, but the road hasn’t been easy. In December, Amy lost her grandmother and got into a car accident all in the same week. For Felicia, going back home to the mainland over the holidays was a true test of her dedication to keeping consistent with her workouts and eating clean at family get-togethers and impromptu dinners. However, despite the challenges, having a clear goal has helped them stay focused on their fitness mission.
The others in the team may not have a bodybuilding competition in sight, but they joined Team Judy in a commitment to improving their physique and supporting one another. Some members still haven’t found their “why” and for them, work stress, physical exhaustion, illness, and relationship problems led them to fall off the bandwagon, especially over the holidays. While everyone in the team has bounced back since then, there is a clear lesson to be learned. We are only human and life will always present obstacles to overcome. But without a clear goal, it’s easy to make excuses and lose focus.
The lessons learned from Team Judy apply to everyone in their fitness journey, whether you’re a beginner or an elite athlete. Ask yourself why you’re doing this. Once you communicate your fitness goals clearly to yourself, you’ll find it easier to battle those ropes when life beats you down.