Last week I talked about why I did a fitness competition at age 47.

This week I reflected back on the event and the journey.

I’ll admit the event was pretty cool.  It was fun to be up on stage and see my wife in the crowd cheering me on.

However, the real reward was the actual journey to get there.

Like I had mentioned, I hired a coach to draw up a plan and I knew I would learn a lot from him.

I wasn’t wrong.

Lessons Learned Along the Way

Here are some great things I picked up along the way that not only will help my fitness but help me be a better coach for my clients and trainers.

  • Using the fitbit to track calories on cardio for consistency
  • A whole new slew of exercises I have never done to add to my arsenal
  • More effective macro nutrient tracking
  • Manipulating sodium and water to look lean and muscular
  • New ideas to break through fat loss plateaus

There are other great things I found out about myself during this process too:

  • I don’t have to let vacations or trips dictate my nutrition.  I was able to stay on track through one family trip, a hunting trip and opening fishing weekend at the cabin.   Typically I fall off on these.
  • Adversity does not have to be an excuse to take a day off or emotional eat.  I busted out of this pattern throughout this training process.
  • There is always a way to get it done. Too often we give up when an obstacle emerges.
The journey to the fitness competition is over but the new habits and mindset improvements I picked up are staying with me.  To me, that is worth more than any medal or trophy I won.

This week I had a client who was frustrated he was not at his goal yet.  It was perfect time to remind him he was on the right path and it is who he is becoming in the process that matters more than just hitting the goal.

I think we all need this redirect in our lives.  

Instead of focusing on what we haven’t done, we should focus on getting a little better every day.  Remember life is a marathon not a sprint.

Don’t give up. Stay with it. YOU WILL GET THERE but ENJOY THE PROCESS along the way.

Dedicated to your results!

Erik Peacock
Puravida Fitness

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