Up to this point I had nothing to really train “for”, no focus or direction just training out of pure habit. In the time leading up to and after the birth of my son, my training and nutrition took a bit of a back seat for a while. I didn’t even notice it happening to be totally honest, I was still training out of pure enjoyment but with the new addition to the world and a hectic work schedule, I clearly had let myself slip up a little. My focus was simply elsewhere.
This led to some time spent looking in the mirror asking myself some real questions. How could I go to work every day expecting total commitment to a training and nutritional program from my clients, when I wasn’t walking that walk myself? I felt the urge to make my own dramatic change and lead by example.
I set myself a goal of a photoshoot and gave myself 12 weeks to prepare, and it was honestly the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time. Having not trained specifically “for” something since competing in powerlifting, i realised that what I missed was a clear focal point with my training. Seeing this goal on the horizon completely refreshed my passion for nutrition and training, and I loved every step of the process.
Not only that, but I developed enough confidence in this time frame to step on a bodybuilding stage at 10 days notice. Something that the guy on the left there wouldn’t dream of being able to do!
Sometimes, life really does get in the way. It happens to all of us, our priorities change and killing it in the gym 5 or 6 days a week suddenly isn’t top of the list anymore.
However, when you find yourself wanting to get back on track, never ever see it as an impossible or intimidating task.
With the right mindset, I firmly believe that anyone can accomplish anything they want. Just set your goal and start making small steps every day towards that goal, soon enough you’ll realise you’re much further ahead than you ever thought you would be.