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Weighing In With Coach Amber: Life Is Hard. Keep Moving Forward!

Amber DeLeal February 22, 2016
Life Is Hard - Keep Moving Forward

As the weekend comes to an end, I’m sitting here thinking about all the experiences life has to offer.

I find myself lost in thoughts and I can’t help but be thankful for everything we have to go through.

Hard times can try us and wear us down. Sometimes they bear down on us so much it may seem as if we can’t make it through, yet we do. And when we do we come out smarter, stronger, more confident, or better in some other way than before.

It doesn’t always seem like it while we are going through it, but struggles (like hard work) always offer blessings that we can identify when we choose to have a perspective that looks for them.

We must keep going no matter what life throws at us!

It’s Hard To Stay On Track

Staying motivated is hard enough. Add a few unexpected events, and BOOM! Everything you’ve been working toward seems to take a back seat. It happens to the best of us.

We shouldn’t feel bad, though. In life, we are blessed or cursed in what we’re going through. It just depends on your perspective.

I choose to think of my struggles as a good thing, or at least try to see what good I can gain from them.

I believe struggles are a blessing because in the middle of chaos we can reflect on our situation and choose how to react. Making the right decision might be hard, but once you make your decision, stick to it, don’t second-guess yourself, and move forward.

I’m always motivated. Always. I haven’t always been this way, though.

I used to find it hard to get out of bed, get the kids ready, and then get to the gym. Getting out of bed was usually the hardest part. Some of you are in that place right now. I feel you.

And even though I am in a different place as far as being motivated goes, I still face challenges. From small daily challenges to the big problems that always seem to come in threes.

I have had my share of choosing between allowing a problem to distract me or getting my workout in. And it’s not pretty when I have to choose between the gym and anything else. But being as motivated as I am helps me make the right decision when one must be made.

It helps because I know what my priorities are. I know what needs to come first and what’s less important. In a crisis, this order may change, but my priorities are always there to guide me.

Under normal circumstances I don’t have to worry about losing interest or wondering if I’m going to make my gym time and meal plans my priority. I already have in my mind what my priorities are so I know that I will get them done.

I decide, commit, and move forward.

A good way to do this is to always have your goal in your mind. That way, no matter what comes up, you’re regularly thinking about picking back up to continue your journey as soon as possible.

How To Stay Motivated

“How do you stay motivated?” and “How do you stay on track?” are questions I’m frequently asked.

Honestly, sometimes I don’t know how to answer because my motivation is so ingrained at this point. I can tell you that it does help that I’m constantly changing my goals, and if I get bored, I’ll change my workout so it’s something new and fun.

You can also do this on days when you aren’t feeling like working out.

Often, I feel like telling people that training and eating well isn’t a choice for me. It is just what I do, it’s part of who I am, and I love to do it.

It would be easy to get anxious over my upcoming physique competition. But I don’t even have to think about how I’m going to look in a tiny bikini on stage in front of strangers judging me solely on the way I look to motivate me to action.

I don’t have to think about how far I’ve come to remind myself to keep going, even though it does help sometimes.

Sure, the work is hard. But I like to work. And the rewards are worth it!

Honestly, if I don’t feel exhausted at the end of my workout, I don’t feel like I’ve done enough.

I know that not everyones’ fitness goals are the same as mine. In fact, the more time I spend moving toward my goal of becoming a pro physique competitor (hey, if you’re going to dream, you may as well do it big), I realize that MOST people have no desire to do what I am doing.

I didn’t have the desire to compete all that long ago, either. So, I hope that anyone who sees my posts on social media, pictures, or reads my blog postings knows that I haven’t always had this motivation.

I also didn’t always have the dream of stepping on stage to flaunt my stuff in front of hundreds of people.

There is no one harder on me than me. I have always been, and will always be, my toughest critic. So I press on no matter the circumstances.

Life gets hard. And sometimes it just plain gets in the way.

If you have to take a step back from progressing when times get tough, it’s ok. Just make sure to get back on track as soon as you can. I’ve found that the longer you’re out of the game, the harder it is to get back in it. So don’t put it off any longer than is absolutely necessary.

Your goals should be a high enough priority that there’s no doubt in your mind when you have to temporarily say “no” to them that it was the right decision!

So you screwed up your diet for a day. A weekend. A WHOLE week. So what?!? This doesn’t mean it’s time to give up.

It means it’s time to reset your priorities, pick yourself up, and get back on track. Before you know it, everything will be falling right back into place.

So when life gives you lemons, make some lemonade!

Stay positive, have the right perspective, and chive on.

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