Rediscovering Your Passion

What drives you? What gets your ass out of bed every day? What pushes you to exceed your limits and go just a little bit farther than you did the day before? Whatever it is, it’s called “passion.” It lures you into each workout with a goal, and takes you from warm-up to cooldown with bursts of intensity and no distractions.

But what happens when you lose your drive?

Rediscovering your PassionLosing your passion is, by far, one of the most humbling experiences you can endure. For me, it was devastating. For the first time ever I was forced to confess that I was, in fact, not invincible and I was forced to admit to myself, and to those around me, that I was only human. Even still, I had to realize that my body had limits and boundaries, and that my mind could go missing. The wreckage that ensued was nothing short of derailing. I fell so far off track that no quick fix of chicken and rice could bring me back. I had lost my passion, and every ounce of motivation that came with it.

If you have ever done the same, or currently find yourself in the same predicament, keep your chin up. Your passion is just missing, not dead.

So what are you going to do about it?

In my case, I had two options: I could rebound from the beat down I received and re-examine my priorities, or I could accept the beat down and surrender.

Here’s what I did.

I Realized What Went Wrong and Decided to Fix it

If I learned one thing from my derailment, it’s that nothing in life is permanent. Whether it was too many treats over the holidays, too much tailgating through football season or the excessive partying that kept me out of the gym the next morning, I knew I had to make a conscious decision to change. I started by making a list of all the things that led me astray, and complemented every action with a solution.

For example, I am well aware that I have a sweet tooth. To help fend off cravings, I increased my protein intake and added some healthy fats from nuts and nut butters. This kept me more satisfied and feeling fuller for longer.

I Fed my Motivation by Setting Small Milestones

By breaking down my long term goal into smaller steps, I immediately felt more motivated and made my biggest challenges seem more attainable. To top it off, by feeding my motivation I was able to train harder, getting me closer to my long lost passion. Whether your goal is weight gain, weight loss, a show, or simply beach season, set milestones. Before you know it your training mojo will be right there with you.

I Reminded Myself I was Human

Setbacks were inevitable, however, I refused to allow these setbacks to debilitate me. Setbacks make us smarter, stronger, and a little more human.

Think of setbacks as learning experiences.

Learning from errors will help you realize the obstacles you can’t change, and force you to work around them. For me, I can’t (at this time) change the fact that my full-time job requires me to sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. I can, however, change how I spend my breaks, how I eat while at work, and how I plan my workouts so that I can “look alive” while being idle.

Realize that as a human you require some help. This season I am taking the help of ALLMAX Nutrition’s RapidCuts Shredded to help me get shredded. This sustained-release thermogenic helps me make the most of my workday by burning fat from the moment I sit down at my desk to the moment I leave for the gym.

RapidCuts shredded works to help balance your insulin levels, as well as controls cortisol. In stressful situations or work environments, this can help keep you calm and focused, and fend off cravings associated with stress. Additionally, it helps to transport and burn fat stores, while keeping you energized throughout the day with a complex blend of caffeines and potent antioxidants such as Yerba Mate, Capsicum and Naringin.

Finally, I Found my Passion and Ran with It

And if you know me, you are well aware that I am next-to-impossible to stop once I’m in the “zone.” For me, rediscovering my passion was nothing short of waking up one morning and realizing that I could get back on track. I looked at what I liked, what I didn’t like, and planned accordingly.

By bringing everything around me (my family, friends, work and play) into alignment I found everything began to mold together rather than repel.

Once I found my passion I found my energy and positivity. To make sure this never happens again, and to keep my focus in the gym, I have started stacking my workout with Taurine. Studies show that this conditionally essential amino acid is ideal for improving mental focus, increasing energy, and regulating mineral balance. Additionally, it aids in improving body composition. Testing, completed by the American Physiological Society, found that Taurine aided in preventing hyperglycaemic toxicity in muscle cells and was able to help boost muscular antioxidant defence by increasing reactive oxygen species (ROS). Just 3 grams prior to training can help increase not only the intensity but also the duration of your workout.

Losing your passion can be difficult to accept. But finding it doesn’t have to be. If you find yourself in a similar predicament as I did, re-evaluate, revise and refocus. Remember, your passion is not dead, it’s just missing.

Valeria Fazio

Valeria Fazio holds a B.A. Honors degree in history from Carleton University and a diploma in professional writing from Algonquin College. She has been competing in amateur fitness and figure competitions for three years, and has recently qualified for the 2011 Ontario Provincial Figure Championships. As a certified personal trainer and nutritional coach, Valeria helps others in her free time to achieve their fitness goals.

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