Yesterday was a day of revelation for me – a big revelation. Let me explain why.
I had planned to visit my former client & good friend Larry ‘The Champ’ Whyte for a catch up, as well as get a fitness induction at the gym he owns & has recently opened. Larry is a World Champion Power-lifter, & knows a thing or two about health and fitness, so I was keen to visit & get some feedback from a ‘pro’. Anyway, I’d assumed it was going to be plain sailing – just take a through stats, take my fitness goals then devise a program around that (I am used to training, so assumed it was going to be much the same) How wrong was I !? I knew I was a little ‘off-track’ with my general fitness level & I had generally ‘sat on my laurels’ as far as health & fitness was concerned, but not to the extent that was revealed! Holy cow!
My Body Mass Index (BMI) was about 10 points above what it should be, my body fat percentage was allegedly up by a similar percentage, & the weigh scales screamed at me for being for being 6 Kg’s overweight! Aargh! Confusion ensued – where was this hidden ‘extra’ lurking?! Surely I’d notice it in the mirror as something unsightly?! After a few deep breaths & some comforting words from The Champ, I realised all was not lost – I was just off-track, & not off the rails. So, my friends, I received the challenge from the champion, along with a new fitness program to resolve my issues. I have until the end of January 2011 to hit my targets, drop the ‘hidden bulk’ , & regain my former physique.
The surprise I had reminded me of what I often see with my clients on a regular basis; when you don’t take the time to re-invest in yourself on a regular basis – your wellbeing – your health, etc. it is very easy to find yourself in a place well away from the ideal. Stephen Covey put this as ‘Sharpening the Saw’ – preserving & enhancing yourself in four keys areas – Physical, Spiritual, Mental & Social/Emotional. This involves renewing yourself to maintain balance, increase the capacity to be productive & handles life’s daily challenges.
For me, I had only drifted slightly from the path and I know with a defined goal & the support from ‘The Champ’ as my personal coach, I can transform & restore my fitness back to the level to which I am happy (This coaching stuff works, you know!) Stay tuned for updates on my little’ challenge from a champion’.