HOW OLD SCHOOL EXERCISE
I think people have a certain idea of what I should look like when I tell them I own a slimming and now diet facility. The truth is, I’m not thin. You won’t see a Kendall Jenner-esque figure in front of you when I approach to shake your hand.
Big Day provides the tools to help shape your body and health towards a lifestyle that’ll better your being, may that be in confidence, health or both. I’m not selling a short-cut to being skinny, let’s get that out of the way.
The most common question I get asked is, “how fast do I see results?” Although technology has come a long way and yes, you do get measureable results in each session, I caution my customers against counting the inches. Non-invasive slimming is best used to usher in your best body. It’s best seen as an introduction, not the finale. And just like any story, you’ve got to work your way towards the best part.
Keeping your body looking the way you want is a matter of sustainability. It’s a constant and conscious choice to keep fighting the good fight. And by that I mean habitually eating better and staying fit. Done with your 6-round cavitation session with our machines? Now it’s time for the real work.
I want to dedicate our website’s first blog entry to the other force that has helped me, at least, achieve the body fit for me, more confidence and a generally happier life: exercise.
I wish I could say I’m a wunderkind in the gym but I’m not. I used to abhor it completely but I’ve managed to bring it to a love-hate relationship. The hate still being there. I’m not devoid of bargaining with myself as to what else to do with my time than spend an hour and a half tumbling around in a padded space. I still do that, and I’m getting more creative at it. But I go anyway, and I gut it out each time. I condition myself to just do it, no questions asked.
It’s easier now, I suppose, than when I signed up for the membership. I wasn’t sure how long I wanted to pay for a retainer that I wouldn’t use. Needless to say, I doubted I could keep it a habit.
Back then, I was frustrated at how I let myself go. Thinking, “I’m getting old, my body ain’t what it used to be” when truth was, I just wasn’t the same. I didn’t have the same discipline and motivation. Life has a way of doing that, you know? It’s a shame, but what ultimately kicked me into high-gear was a boy telling me, “yeah, you did let go”.
I don’t know what made hearing it from a boy different from the mornings I told myself the exact same thing. I guess I half hoped that what I was telling myself was all in my head. But hearing it from an actual human being realized it. Long story short, I kicked myself in the ass and kicked that boy out of my life. The first step to a happy life is getting rid of the bad juju.
I went to the gym three times a week. I hired a trainer and bought a ton of good sports bras to force myself to use them (those things are not cheap!) After maybe four months of keeping the habit, my friends started to notice me getting slimmer but I noticed something more than that.
It wasn’t the slimmer physique that jolted my confidence, it was how far my body has come along. I remember starting with a kneeling push-up on a high box. I remember the mental and physical struggle. My lungs contract as I remember the hustle, but I get to do full push-ups now while I blabber about how I apply my eyeliner to my trainer. It’s still my favorite milestone to date. I’ve come a long way, and I’m here to tell you it gets easier.
This post isn’t about sharing my stats or showing my fitness program. That’s for a future blog post, maybe. It’s me telling you, the struggle is real but most especially, the struggle will take long. The best advice and lesson I learned after my year of fitness is, if you are not prepared to make a life-long commitment, then your life (and body) isn’t about to change. If you’re not ready for a fitness or diet regimen yet, then that’s okay. Most things that are forced only have short lifespans anyway.
Your body has limits in strength and in so far as how thin it can get based on the lifestyle you have. The key is to feel love and happiness with the body you’ve got, and I for one, got that through diet, exercise and a bit of maintenance from non-invasive slimming treatments. I know my body thanks me for the year I dedicated to it, and I thank my body and mind for not failing me either. It’s gotten me to a point of confidence that doesn’t necessitate a Kendall Jenner-esque physique. Just regular me, Max, in all my Max-glory in my own Max body that I worked very hard for. Pleased to meet you.
The Big Day Brews blog is mainly authored by Max Ignacio, founder of Big Day Slim Team Inc. She enjoys stressing about life (especially work), lattes with her friends, kettle bell swings and Boston Terriers. She also acknowledges that the struggle to keep your body in check is very real. This is her way of helping and venting.