Today, I completed Session A of the Beginner Program from Jason Ferruggia’s “Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0″ program. Instead of shoveling snow I actually got to devote some time to the weight room this afternoon! It felt great!!!!
I can honestly say that today’s session was one of the best lifting sessions I’ve had in a few weeks. Part of it was due to having been away from the weight room for 3 days. I miss my lifting sessions; they are therapeutic & invigorating. One day off is difficult enough. 3 days off was sheer torture! I have a much better appreciation for my lifting sessions as a result.
The other reason that today’s session was so good is because I entered the weight room with a new attitude. A positive attitude. An empowered attitude. A winning mentality. A certainty that I AM on the way to reaching my fitness goals
If you read yesterday’s blog post, you might be a bit puzzled by all of this.
When I last sounded off, I was a bit disappointed in not being selected as a finalist for the 6-week “mini-transformation” contest. Actually, a bit disappointed is an understatement. I was rather upset by the news. I did my best to handle the situation with some dignity & grace but it was difficult to hide the disappointment.
Not long after updating my blog last evening, something amazing began happening. A number of fellow body transformation contestants started reaching out to me & offering words of encouragement. I was humbled by the outpouring of support.
They offered up things like: “You should have been a finalist.”, “Glad to know I’m not the only one who is feeling the sting…”, “How were you NOT picked?” & many other similar comments.
Many of these folks are complete strangers. Yet they took a moment to pat me on the back & lift my spirits. Wow!
A few of the contestants that reached out to me were not complete strangers. Although I have not meet these people in person, I have communicated with them in various ways online. Here’s how:
A component of this transformation contest is the Daily Progress Journal updates at the Early to Rise Transformation Contest site.
(Partial screenshot from the Progress Journal)
Each day I update my progress at this site. Here’s my 3/26 update:
As you can see above, other contestants have the ability to Like a post as well as Comment on a post. There is also a feature whereby contestants can mark fellow contestants as “Favorites” & track their progress. (The white star next to my name would be Yellow if I were able to add myself as a Favorite)
It is through liking, commenting & adding favorites that I have been able to communicate with other contestants.
When my “Favorites” began reaching out to me & offering support/encouragement, I really began to feel the love.
It was too long before the following comment showed up in my email:
When I saw this comment was from a “Favorite”, my eyes lit up & I cracked a big smile. So, I decided to track back & see who left me the comment. I wished to thank them personally for the kind words.
When I landed on her profile, that’s when it hit me – She’s a 6 week, mini-contest finalist! How cool is this!?!?! You better believe she got my vote!
There I was, moping about not being selected when someone I’ve interacted with over the last few weeks was being honored. That totally turned things around for me. Instead of feeling down, I felt great joy.
I went to bed last night feeling a million times better after receiving so much positive feedback from so many people.
Then this morning I had the following message from the “finalist” waiting for me:
It took all I had not to tear up when I read this comment but I definitely felt the lump in my throat. Those words gave me a jolt of positive energy. They put a smile on my face. They put a spring in my step. They validated that the hard work over the last few months has been worth it.
I walked out of the house today with a completely new attitude, thanks in large part to comments like the one above. Everyone who commented had a part in this new attitude.
I carried that attitude with me into the weight room today.
I also realized that I’m not just doing this for me. I’m doing this so that those who are following my progress will be better off for having done so.
Maybe it is a blog post that gives them a spark? Maybe it is a new lift that helps them bust through a plateau? Maybe it is a dietary tip that helps them lose some fat? Or maybe it is just a kind word that keeps them from quitting?
I honestly don’t what it will be that helps someone else achieve their goals.
What I do know is that I am making a positive impact on those who I interact with. That’s an awesome feeling!