I’ll start with one of my favourite quotes..
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” – Nelson Mandela.
I think this can be Interpreted and applied to many aspects of life including health and fitness and is pretty fitting and self explanatory.
So In all honesty I wasn’t that conscious of the degree of my transformation (I lack a bit of self awareness) until I recently looked back at a picture of myself from 2013, which now that I think about it is probably the year that I really started taking health and fitness seriously as a lifestyle choice rather than just a hobby and recreational activity. I’ve been going to the gym now on and off since the age of 18 when I shot up one summer in college from a skinny 5 foot something to a skinny 6 foot plus, but consistently for the past 3 years, lets say mid 2012 – present. So at 18 in all my new tall glory the gym was kind of an inevitable and natural route for me to take as I wasn’t happy with the way I looked, which as a consequence subconsciously had a negative affect on my confidence.
I’m now a very young 30 years old and full of confidence, so the above story dates back to 2002-2003 and as I was saying above up until 2012 I was very inconsistent with my training and I say this again because my consistency has been a key factor is my transformation and within that consistency & staying power my drive and determination to get the results I wanted played a massive part as well.
Now with any journey of course I had my ups and downs, but I always made sure I had more good days than I had bad and I always remained optimistic. Another barrier to achievement was my reluctance to venture out of my comfort zone whilst training and even more so my reluctance to give up the foods I loved eating (that weren’t good for me of course) and because of this I never really saw the change in my body that I wanted, I definitely got bigger and stronger through the years but I still wasn’t happy, namely with my body fat and how undefined I was in relation to how defined I wanted to be, people would say I was defined and or had a good body, but my goals where and still are bigger than what other see for myself.
So one day I realised what was stopping me from reaching my goals and simply and obviously enough it was my diet! which is something many people find hard to control. I used to eat any and everything I wanted and I used my “fast metabolism”as my false justification to do so.
My knowledge of food wasn’t great at the time and even though I knew what I should be eating to an extent, I lacked the discipline and motivation to actually eat clean and healthy, (OK I’m running past my 300 word limit Gina gave me) so to conclude, if you really want something bad enough you will do whatever it takes to get it, so I changed my diet, I started eating well, and low & behold I started to see changes, I also increased and improved my training regime and started really pushing myself and in the process broke out of my comfort zone, so I definitely encourage people to try new training techniques, don’t limit yourself to just one or even two disciplines, and push yourself through pain and comfort barriers. I myself do weight training, callisthenics, cardio, I used to swim allot (really need to get back into it), play football, functional training, and I recently started cycling as well, Im not saying you need to do as many things as me, but just don’t limit yourself, you don’t know what could trigger that change in you unless you explore various options.
All the aforementioned mixed with having the vision and being motivated, hard work, determination, patience and consistency are the reasons for my transformation and I hope I will only get better.
“To achieve something you’ve never had before, you must do something you’ve never done before”– Unknown
Sometimes you have to go above and beyond what you’re used to doing, go that extra mile and really put in the work, Its going to be hard in the moment, but the results will be your reward and they will be will worth it trust me!
Yusuff Sitta aka @bigmanyus