People look at me NOW. See my daily activities. Watch myYouTube videos and think “WOW! She inspires me. I wish I could be like her, but I never will.”
Others who have known me think, “Mindy looks great, but she was always skinny & just toned up, it will never be that easy for me!”
Here’s a little background on who I was, who I wanted to be and who I am now.
I was never coordinated. I can’t dance nor am I athletically talented.
I was so lazy, so unmotivated, and it showed on my report cards, when I somehow managed to barely pass P.E. with a D.
Besides walking on a treadmill, or 30-45 min on an elliptical machine and a few other attempts at weight loss that lasted no more than 2-3 weeks, my role as a fitness enthusiast was pretty much non-existent.
I’ve hated my body for as long as I can remember. From my Asian eyes & flat face & for looking like a monkey as I was criticized for as a young child to being flat chested & not being allowed to wear makeup as a pre-teenager. Then the self-loathing got even worse, after the birth of each of my 3 children.
I picked P90X to start my journey because I’d seen infomercials for years (mostly late at night, when I would come home from the bard & turn the TV on to fall asleep). And then I saw a friend start talking about it on Facebook, even though I never specifically asked her anything about it. The day I purchased P90X I really don’t even know what I was expecting. I mean I wanted to lose weight because I was tired of having to shop for BIG “flowy” long shirts to hide my fat rolls, pants that didn’t squeeze my mid-section and make my muffin top spill over, a cute one piece of tankini to hide the body I hated without looking like I was 60 years old. I never said “I want to get ripped!” In fact, I said repeatedly that I did NOT want to get all “buff and look like a man”. Never once did I say “I hope that I can help others.” I simply started off saying, “I will give it my all for 3 weeks. If it doesn’t like everything else, than I give up forever.”
I have been working out now for 18 months.
People always say “I could NEVER keep up with you Mindy!”
They ASSUME that I am some fitness bad-ass.
Quite the CONTRARY.
To be honest, I seriously have a LOVE-HATE relationship with exercise.
EVERYDAY I have an argument with my inner self.
I have to CONVINCE myself everyday of why I MUST workout.
I procrastinate and push it off until the last minute.
If it weren’t for the groups and public accountability, I probably would not still be working out.
I honestly don’t think I will ever LOVE working out.
I am a LOT stronger than I was 18 months ago and my endurance has really increased, HOWEVER, I still feel like I am going to die when doing cardio.
I will admit I literally have to push pause for about 30 seconds every 5 minutes during T25 workouts. Yep! I ain’t scared to admit that.
So don’t look at me or anyone else and think that it’s any easier for them to get started or continue on than it is for you!
I don’t care if you weigh 50 lbs more than me. Don’t ASSUME that it’s any easier.
I know PLENTY of people who weigh more than me and even are 2-3 decades older than me who can blow me out of the water when it comes to working out.
There are some people who are so scared to come to the FIT CLUB because they are so worried about what others are going to say or they are afraid they can’t keep up.
No one is judging. No one is worried about what you are doing. We are ALL there to just get moving. There are plenty of people who have to stop multiple times (that would be me) and plenty of people moving the right when the people in the video are going to the left (again, that would be me) and there are plenty of people who just march in place when they feel their heart rate going thru the roof or they get lost with the moves. Don’t think that we all look like some perfectly practiced, choreographed group of people all in sync. Actually I think we all might look a little on the ridiculous side. But you know what? WHO CARES.. We’re moving. And we showed up!
Quit comparing yourself to others! Quit assuming that you have it harder than someone else. Quit letting your ego get in the way. Quit letting your mind hold you back.
Yep! I am talking to YOU!
Will you want to collapse and be exhausted afterwards? Probably. But that feeling – the feeling of completing something you had to fight for to accomplish is far better of a feeling, than sitting at home, sitting on your couch, scrolling thru your newsfeed looking at all the posts that people have made, tagging me and seeing the videos and pictures I have uploaded thinking “One day, some day, I will get my ass there. Maybe when I lose a few pounds so I am not so embarrassed!”
Since the sale on the https://www.facebook.com/coachmindyhord#!/FocusT25 Challenge Pack has been extended until 8/31 we decided to do Speed 1.0 this evening, that way people can try it out before buying it.
Just a little side note people, I swore I would NEVER do a Shaun T program because I loathe cardio and do not like dancing, but come to find out I actually really liked Hip Hop Abs (had it not been for the Fit Club, I probably would have never tried it) and now I am doing T25 which works so great with my busy schedule as a busy mom of 3 who works FT and coaches (even though coaching is a “part-time” job, it really is more like full-time) so don’t close any doors until you’ve tried it and don’t think you are any busier than me!
And I leave you with this thought: It is hard to fail. But it is worse to never have tried to succeed.