Weight Loss, an Olympic endeavour.

Olympian Weight Loss

As the London Olympics starts this week I’d like to take a moment to draw inspiration from our athletes and those from Olympics past.

I know for many of our clients at SGO Fitness it’s hard to picture yourself as an Olympian, hard to use the word athlete to describe you. But let me give you a little insight into why I believe, if you put in the effort, you are all Athletes.

The Olympics are every 4 years. (Every 2 if you participate in winter and summer! Ha!) Athletes who train for the Olympics get no salary, must sacrifice time and money, stick to strict dietary guidelines, pay attention to their weight and train hard nearly every day. They compete in minor events throughout the years but their sole purpose is to be good enough to compete in the Olympics. They only have a chance to compete every four years!

Notice is said compete, not win or medal. Simply to be able to go to the Olympics and be called an Olympian is what most athletes would give everything for. And they only have that chance once or twice in their careers before they lose their best chance.

How does this apply to you? If you are working hard to lose weight, serious life changing weight loss, then your goal is not just around the corner. Your “Olympics” are months or years away. You pay attention to your diet and sacrifice some of the things in life you love to achieve your goal. You train hard at the exercises that get you closer to your goal. You put in the time like all athletes do, and as long as you keep at it day after day you will get to “compete”

But here’s the tough part, there are going to be bumps in the road, there will be injuries, family emergencies, birthday parties with unhealthy food, people who don’t believe you’ll succeed because they don’t believe they can. All these obstacles are going to be placed in your path. But like a true Olympian, you will face them, you will overcome, and you will succeed. You are on the path to greatness. Keep your Olympic goal in sight and I promise you will have your chance to “compete”.

As a final note of inspiration I’d like to remember the story of British sprinter Derek Redmond.

In the 1992 Olympics, Derek was in good form for the 400 metre sprint and a favorite to medal in the games. He posted the fastest time of the first round, and went on to win his quarter-final. In the semi-final, Redmond started well, but with 250 metres to the finish, his hamstring snapped. He hobbled to a halt, and then fell to the ground in pain. Stretcher bearers made their way over to him, but Redmond decided he wanted to finish the race. He began to hobble along the track. He was soon joined on the track by his father, Jim Redmond, who barged past security and on to the track to get to his son. Jim and Derek completed the lap of the track together, with Derek leaning on his father’s shoulder for support. As they crossed the finish line, the crowd of 65,000 spectators rose to give Derek a standing ovation. “He and his father finished dead last, but he and his father finished.”

Always remember, as long as you show up, as long as you believe in your journey and know where you want to go, you are always an athlete if you finish what you start.

Good Luck….and finish.

Dedicated to your success,

Sean Gogarty

SGO Fitness