This is a blog to say thank you and is my way of paying you all back for helping me achieve some amazing goals in 2012.
I’ve split it into 4 parts…enjoy!
1. #FitTeam12 – For those not aware or wondering what the hell ‘#FitTeam12’ was then it was a Twitter hash tag that I set up back in 2011 to make 2012 an amazing year for me. There you have it, it was about me! 😉
Having left the RAF in 2005 I’ve always felt something was missing in getting things done and it was not having a team around you.
When I started as a personal trainer I found myself being a coach to my clients as I’d be there to assist them in reaching their goals and watch from the ‘sidelines’ as they’d achieve them. Some may say that is the job of a personal trainer but I have recently found and now believe that we can offer so much more by being involved in a very similar journey to them so we can share the highs and lows, explain the potential difficulties and bathe in the success of achievement.
I wanted more of this and could see it coming from social media, especially twitter. I had found a platform to help more people achieve their goals but also one where I could increase the amount of highs and lows sharing, where I could find out how others overcame difficulties and a place where bathing in the success of achievement was not seen as boasting but as a means of motivating others to achieve.
#FitTeam12 was born and with my monthly challenge videos I felt I had to lead people by doing the challenges myself and therefore becoming fitter, healthier and in turn achieve more. Even though #FitTeam12 was about me, everyone else could get all the same benefits I was getting from it too. We now had a support network, a readily available advice column, a team that could help us achieve. Most of us have friends or family or work colleagues that help us in daily life but how many of them also hold us back by opening another bottle of wine, or ordering a take away or by bringing cakes into the office?!
With #FitTeam12 we now have somewhere to turn and be proud that we refused some biscuits or cake or that we’d crept out of the bed without waking our ‘other half’ and exercising. We have doctors, physiotherapists, life coaches, nutritionists and even other personal trainers all involved! By surrounding ourselves with other achievers we’d continue to be motivated.
I still get ‘new followers’ asking me how they can get a six-pack in time for their holiday tomorrow and I always will. People seem to believe that there is a quick fix and that I have the answer…
Getting fitter is about changing your attitude. Going on a diet means you’ll come off a diet, new year’s resolutions usually mean that it’s a time that you are forced to try to succeed at something but that thing is probably not the reason you are possibly unfit or unhealthy. Most of us are looking at changing at the outcome of having poor focus when poor focus is the problem, e.g. I’m fat because I drink too much alcohol, when you’re actually fat because you’ve not set your mind on achieving a goal so important that having alcohol would cause you to fail. In doing this you’ll then work out when you can allow some alcohol or bad food to keep you on track. Remember, when you set out goals you should be aiming to achieve them not seeing how far you get before failing…again!
2. ‘Operation3’ was my 2012 goals. I feel you need to give your goals a title and to me being ex-forces it had to be an ‘Operation’. Your ‘Operation’ has to be taken serious by others as they can potentially steer you in the wrong direction or towards the ‘old you’ so I find the more cryptic it is the more you’ll gain respect. Imagine saying to your work colleagues that you’re on ‘Operation Drop a dress size’…if you’re a man they’ll ridicule you but seriously for women it sounds like what every women says in January or prior to a holiday. ‘Operation No Alcohol for January’ is a red rag to most as they’ll try to break you…it is going back to looking at the outcome of your poor focus.
‘Operation3’ was mine and it was this. The number 3 signified me doing my first triathlon with 3 being the number of events in a race (I actually did 3 with one being as part of a relay team). I also set out that I wanted to break 3 personal bests from 5km to the marathon (I actually broke 4). Going a step further, I aimed to break the 3 hour mark for the marathon (I failed with 3hr 8mins but have qualified for the 2013 London marathon by going under 3hr 10mins where I WILL GO UNDER 3 HOURS!) and to help my swimming I booked a place on the 3km Marlow open water swim (blog is here). It’s funny how people seemed to change around me on hearing all of this as I was pretty focussed.
What will your ‘Operation’ be? Again, make it cryptic so people believe you’re serious and more people will ask you questions and some may even join you as your determination will become infectious…how do you think #FitTeam12 worked?! 😉
3. #ironman2015. On the 16th September as my ’57yr old client’ did her first triathlon and a good friend Graeme (@lapchallenge) did Challenge Henley (iron distance triathlon). That evening, Sean and I, who’d be two-thirds of a triathlon team that day decided to surprise Graeme in his Tandoori restaurant of choice in Twickenham and when ‘our hero’ chatted about his event he said that I’d be able to do it. Something I’ve never really doubted but at that time I hadn’t even done an ‘Olympic Distance’ Triathlon. I have often thought about getting the ‘M-Dot’ tattoo but I don’t want to just finish the distance, I want to do it in a very respectful time…say sub 11 hours hence saying #ironman2015. Also in terms of getting others involved I felt giving yourself three years to achieve a goal makes it much more achievable…surely!
The response was immense when I announced it on twitter a couple of days later with around 30 people committing! My thoughts are we do ‘Olympic distance’ (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run) triathlons in 2013, ‘half ironman distance’ (ironman 70.3 – 1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21.1km run) in 2014 and then the full ironman distance (3.9km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run) in 2015. Triathlon can also be an expensive sport as you have 3 events which basically means 3 lots of equipment including a bike and a wetsuit as well as race entry fees and ironman events are not cheap. To train for the full distance requires a lot of time and to do that all next year would mean not seeing my family and although doing an ironman is important, ALL of this is about being a healthier Daddy or boyfriend to my family.
My first question is who fancies joining me in becoming an #ironman2015? Second question is do you fancy setting a huge goal and taking 3 years to achieve it? It’s doesn’t have to be an ironman it could be to do a triathlon or marathon. Look 3 years ahead and choose a huge goal and then plan back the steps you must do to achieve it.
4. #FitTeam13…One problem I had with #FitTeam12 was you were not held accountable and for those of us that were lazy or lost motivation, you could skip doing the monthly videos the same way people join a gym in January and then continue paying a monthly membership with good intentions of going back.
A major company has got involved and together we are going to help you guys really achieve your goals and I am so excited about this! It is still work in progress and will not be ready by the start of 2013 but that doesn’t mean #FitTeam13 is not ready because it is. I will post a video online tomorrow with details of what you need to do to become part of #FitTeam13 and the first challenges that you’ll do in January.
#FitTeam13 is again about me ( hee hee) but it’s also (always) about you to use to help us achieve our goals by having a team that is there to help us all. I use motivation from everything I see as demonstrated by what I wrote on my hands before this year’s Edinburgh Marathon. Be open to luck as you are the controller of your own destiny!
Let’s do this for ourselves because we ARE worth it!!!