So often I pause to admire a quality in people like yourself and then let the thought fly right out of my busy head. So I decided to gather some of these qualities and corral them into one place so that you (and I) can stop and recognize our admirable qualities… and give ourselves a little credit. Or a lot.
Here are the things I admire – and have been noticing – about you. Do you recognize yourself or someone you know?
People who are not buff (yet) and still working hard as hell. When you’re working towards a goal, you have to look in the mirror a lot of times before you see progress. It takes personal drive to keep going after you take that first step to lose weight or get back into shape. Do you keep on going? If so, you’re a warrior.
Having a vision is what keeps warriors going. If you don’t have a vision, that light at the end of the tunnel will fade away. People who are making changes have vision and goals and don’t lose sight of them.
Perfection isn’t what I admire, either. It’s the will to take the first step. It’s the drive to keep going despite setbacks. These people top my list.
People who take risks and learn new things.
Learning new stuff in public is scary. Including learning to use weight lifting equipment and doing exercises in a gym. My friend Kris recently started learning how to mountain bike, and I can relate to her on this because I know how intimidating it can be. She had a nice big scrape with the bike chain the other day but is really determined to keep going.
Learning new stuff in your own house can be scary too, but my friend Michelle (Rage Your Way Thin) embraces weights with gusto on her weight loss journey. I tell her about an exercise and bam! She’s there trying it out. She continues to get exercise in even as she’s fighting a shoulder injury.
Anyone who can keep going after falling down? I admire you. That includes being clumsy in the gym while you learn to lift weights.
Taking risks and learning new things doesn’t mean being fearless. It means forging ahead despite fear.
People who practice perfect form. Look at trainer Roy Cohen here. His form is beautiful and he’s nearly sitting on the ground during this squat. He has never had knee problems, one reason being because he always focuses on proper form. I am certain he can lift much more than this, but he chooses to use a slow tempo with a two–second pause at the contraction, necessitating much less weight. Which is another reason I admire him – he has nothing to prove to anyone but himself.
People who work hard and show off their results. I love seeing people work their azzes off and post pictures of themselves. Not only does this show an infectious confidence, but it inspires others. Josie over at YumYucky.com does this nicely. She works hard and has seen a lot of improvements in her body. She not only posts pictures of her newly hawt body, she encourages her readers to do the same.
Flaunting what you’ve accomplished is motivating to others, including progress pictures. If you’re posting pictures of yourself even when you haven’t met your goal yet, that’s admirable. You know the secret: it’s not only motivating to other people, but to yourself as well.
People who are knowledgeable and smokin hot but accessible.
If you’re hoping to have a career as a fitness personality or fitness expert, you might also be smokin hot. You can choose to be aloof and removed from your “fans,” the regular folk who are soaking up your knowledge, or you can be available to chat and answer questions. You can ignore people because you’re so smokin or you can say thanks when someone does something nice for you.
Enter Brad Gouthro, bod extraordinaire and nice guy. He’s a fitness pro, writer, and speaker who always replies to regular people like me and is about as genuine as they come. Another reason I admire Brad and people like him: walking the walk. I asked him if he stays leaned out all the time and he said yes, it’s his lifestyle. Needless to say, Brad is a good resource for eating lean as well as fitness.
There are plenty of people I admire and know – or just follow – but couldn’t list here. If you see yourself in any of these categories, give yourself some well-deserved recognition. You’re killin it!