This week, the theme of this blog is a sort of "Pay it Forward with Fitness and Health." Whether it is bringing a friend to bootcamp, or helping an overweight nephew make better choices at lunch, or stocking that dreaded office break room with healthier snacks, every single one of us can do our part to make this fast food nation more "Badass."
We’ve all seen those commercials that show one person doing a good deed for a random stranger, another random stranger sees them and does a good deed for another random stranger, and so on. I thought about those commercials when I got this message from my friend Laura Chan this past week:
“I wouldn't be where I am today if you hadn't bought that dang fridge from me earlier this year. If it weren't for that and your encouragement, I wouldn't have started at Sweat Therapy, I wouldn't have met Shannon Colavecchio and I wouldn't be feeling as good as I do now. Thank you so much. By the way...30 isn't that bad. You'll be fine.”
Laura has been a friend for some time. Background: I had just started my new job and wanted a mini-fridge for my office. I stopped by to pick it up and started telling her about my journey into getting back in shape. (Full disclosure: this was before #360to30 even started. All I knew then was I was tired of looking at myself in the mirror, which is unusual given my admitted tendency toward vanity ;)
She said that she would check out one of the group classes I was taking because although she teaches belly dancing and does other exercises, it just wasn’t getting her to where she wanted to be. So she came with me to a few classes, met my trainer Shannon and fell in love with the classes. Just like that, she became a Badass Recruit.
She wrote to me: "Thinking back over the past year, that seemingly insignificant act of selling you a mini-fridge and the next day you sending me a text that said, 'We are rowing tomorrow. 6 am. See you there,' turned out to be one of the most pivotal moments of the past few years. What I want you to realize, Chris, is that even the small stuff you do can have a huge, life-changing ripple effect on others. :)"
I share Laura's message because it is a reminder of how simple it is to help someone find their road to a stronger Badass. Every once in awhile we may get discouraged or put down because some people don’t want to hear what we have to say about our fitness goals or our latest upcoming race. Well, do not be discouraged.
I can’t speak for every member of the Badass Army, but I don’t do it just to brag that I am working out (well, every once in awhile I do). I do it because for every three people that are turned off or annoyed, ONE person hears me or sees a tweet and decides it’s time to get off their couch and do something. Someone thinks, well if he and Laura and all these other people can do it, I can too!
When they see the way you feel because of the endorphin rush, when they see your personal confidence going to high levels because you look good and know it, when they see how happy you are and the energy you have: THEY WANT IT AS WELL! Not every Recruit is going to have a goal of running a marathon, doing a triathlon, or fitting into jeans they haven’t been able to wear in six years.
But every recruit is brought together by that desire, that push, that fierce WANT to do something more.
We are building the Badass Army “One Badass At A Time.” So as a new week begins, wear your fitness and your confidence with pride. Do not be afraid to tell someone, “I am a Badass and I know it!” And always tell them: “You can be one too!”
Coming up: An Earth Fare field trip turns doubting teenage girls into healthy eating believers...An office appetizer potluck made healthy, with zero flavor sacrifice...and a Tough Mudder/Urban Disturbance training workout.