CAN YOU BE A FIT CHICK?

How to em­brace the iden­tity of a ‘Fit Chick’

Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Kat Mil­lar

My sis­ter Vicki vis­ited me re­cently. She is an in­spir­ing chick who I look up to and ad­mire. She’s one of those peo­ple with a wide range of in­ter­ests and skills. She’d been a gym-goer for many years, mainly en­joy­ing car­dio classes, but one thing she’s never re­ally pur­sued, is weight train­ing. She’d lis­ten to me talk about it (out of love for me I think) but never in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing it.

But on this trip, she sur­prised me by ask­ing me some­thing I didn’t imag­ine I’d ever hear from her: ‘Kat, would you write me a weights pro­gram?’ Vicki had come to a re­al­i­sa­tion that even though she knew that weight train­ing had ben­e­fits, hav­ing the knowl­edge about it and ac­tu­ally do­ing some­thing about it are two dif­fer­ent things. She has a pe­tite build and she’d never thought of her­self as hav­ing the po­ten­tial to put on mus­cle or be phys­i­cally ‘strong’.

We had a lot of re­ally great con­ver­sa­tions dur­ing our time to­gether. We talked about how when she was younger, she didn’t think she could be one of those ‘gym chicks’ – and

just join a gym. Wasn’t that for other peo­ple? ‘Sporty’ peo­ple? Fit and strong and con­fi­dent peo­ple? Is it re­ally pos­si­ble to put on mus­cle and change your body? Had she left it too late? (She’s 41). Who was she to think she could get buff and strong?

She’s in­tel­li­gent and she knows the log­i­cal an­swers to these ques­tions, but was ex­plor­ing and em­brac­ing the real­ity of these an­swers for her­self - and smash­ing through her per­ceived lim­i­ta­tions.

She told me that in the past she had de­cided that she COULD be one of those ‘gym chicks’ - now she was de­cid­ing that she COULD also be strong. She was break­ing through her own lim­it­ing mind-sets. I call these lim­it­ing mind-sets, Per­ceived

In­vis­i­ble Bound­aries (P.I.B’s). We build these bound­aries for our­selves by cre­at­ing lim­it­ing be­liefs and mak­ing de­ci­sions out of be­liefs that re­strict us.

PER­CEIVED IN­VIS­I­BLE BOUND­ARIES ARE OF­TEN THE RE­SULT OF FEAR AND DOUBT: 1. Some of the com­mon fears:

Fear of fail­ure (of­ten re­sult­ing in shame or dis­ap­point­ment)

Fear of suc­cess (and what that could mean)

Fear of the un­known

Fear of fac­ing the truth about our fit­ness or strength

Fear of look­ing silly or in­ad­e­quate

Fear of get­ting out of our com­fort zone

Fear of be­ing laughed at

2. Doubts that hold us back:

Doubt­ing in our own abil­ity to suc­ceed

Doubt­ing that we will be able to stick at some­thing

Doubt­ing that we have what it takes

Doubt­ing that we can han­dle the pain or dis­com­fort

Doubt­ing that lit­tle quiet voice, en­cour­ag­ing us to go for it

That lit­tle voice en­cour­ages us to start tak­ing ac­tion on the never-end­ing jour­ney of im­prove­ment. The lit­tle voice is there be­cause deep down, that part of us KNOWS we are des­tined for more. We are wired for growth and im­prove­ment, for change and mov­ing for­ward, into all we can be in ev­ery area of our lives. Some­times this means that we need to move be­yond sim­ply KNOW­ING some­thing and be­gin AP­PLY­ING it to our life. By tak­ing it

WE OF­TEN IG­NORE THAT LIT­TLE VOICE, BUT IT DOESN’T GO AWAY. IT WILL AL­WAYS BE THERE

THE NIKE PHILOSOPY: IF YOU HAVE A BODY, YOU'RE AN ATH­LETE'

on not only as a reg­u­lar, ha­bit­ual life­style, but as an IDEN­TITY.

Many of us wait for some­one to give us per­mis­sion to step up into a new area. Hav­ing that sup­port and ac­count­abil­ity is won­der­ful, but what if you could sim­ply give your­self that per­mis­sion? The fact is, you can!

To­wards the end of Vicki’s visit, when I was pre­par­ing some healthy food for us, she said, ‘I want to write about what it’s like to be your sis­ter’. I asked what she meant. She said, ‘you re­ally do LIVE what you tell oth­ers to DO’. I laughed be­cause I hadn’t re­ally thought about it in that way. It’s just so nor­mal for me to live a life­style of health and fit­ness. It’s part of who I am and who I’ve al­ways been. I can’t imag­ine it any other way. But this choice can be made by any­one; to change the way they see them­selves and to make a pos­i­tive life change.

I love this phi­los­o­phy. It cuts the ‘ex­clu­siv­ity’ out. I be­lieve this idea can help us all think of our­selves as be­ing fully in con­trol of our bod­ies and how we choose to move them.

We are all on a jour­ney in our health and fit­ness. Be­ing fit or strong isn’t some­thing you sud­denly be­come one day. It’s some­thing you work on over time, lit­tle by lit­tle, small de­ci­sion by small de­ci­sion.

I’m a ‘Fit Chick’. So is Vicki. And this iden­tity is avail­able to who­ever wants to em­brace it.

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