“I wanna be a strong princess, like Wonder Woman!”
“I wanna be able to run really fast, like the Flash!”
“I wanna climb all the monkey bars like Tarzan! ”
“I should lose a few pounds off my love handles.”
One of these things is not like the others…
When we’re little kids, we swing from monkey bars and run up multiple flights of stairs and climb trees and chase imaginary bad guys and crawl through mud and we love every second of it.
We try new things because they seem fun (and nobody is telling us that we can’t). Or, we try new things specifically because we’re told we can’t!
We never once think “oh I wonder if my body is capable of such a thing….” We just DO. We fall down and pick ourselves back up and laugh it off and each day learn more and more about how we interact with the world around us. It’s awesome. And fun.But then…over the next 15-20 years, life happens.
Schoolwork. A job. Chores. Bills. Mortgage. Responsibilities. Kids! Late nights at the office. More and more meals from a drive through window.
As our responsibilities (and the scale) goes higher and higher, we set our sights lower and lower:
- Instead of wanting to run fast like the Flash, we just want to not get winded going up the stairs.
- Instead of being strong like Wonder Woman, we just want to not be sore after don’t want our arms to hurt from carrying in the groceries.
- Instead of swinging like Tarzan, we avoid activities that are new because we don’t think we can, and we don’t want to look foolish.
- Instead of wanting to climb mountain or run a 5k, we instead set the goal of “winning a solo Fortnite battle” or getting more instagram followers because the first goal seems entirely unrealistic.
It’s no wonder our expectations continue to wither as we age: growing up can suck. Sure we had dreams and goals and hobbies as a kid, but now that we’re adults, our goal has been minimized into a single sentence:
“Lose weight and don’t hate what I see in the mirror.”
And that’s okay.
Not liking what I saw in the mirror is why I started exercising, and the reason I started Nerd Fitness 10 years ago. After all, wanting to look better and feel better is a powerful motivator, and that usually involves weight loss.
All of these thoughts above sprung from a conversation I had recently with our head of Coaching, Lauren – who I’ve known for like 13 years and I was a bridesboy (you heard me) in her wedding, but that’s besides the point.
I asked her about success stories we’ve had from people who have been in our NF Coaching program for 6, 9, or 12+ months and actually kept the weight off, and I started to see a pattern:
They all set out to lose weight as an initial goal, and many of them DID lose weight.
But a recent study showed: “The chance of returning to a normal weight after becoming obese is only one in 210 for men and one in 124 for women over a year.” 
So what was different with these clients?
Why are they having success with losing weight and KEEPING it off!?
Although they all succeeded in their own unique way, they did have a common element to each of their origin stories:
It started with weight loss, but as they started to lose the weight, they got back to trying new activities they could do and feel as a result of that weight loss:
- Doing pull-ups.
- Going on hikes.
- Getting back to martial arts.
- Dunking a basketball (video proof below)!
In other words, these people reclaimed a childhood sense of joy and wonder that comes from asking “what can I try to learn today?” and “what can I do today that I couldn’t do yesterday?”
And in many instances, they all had activities they thought they could NEVER do. And six months later, they had already done it and were setting even bigger goals!
You’re damn straight I’m proud these people are all coaching clients of Nerd Fitness, but I don’t care if you ever spend a dollar with us.
I want you to learn from their stories and remind yourself WHY you’re here working hard to better yourself!
If you can shift your mentality from “when I lose the weight, then I’m done” to “I’ve been building this new body, what is it capable of? Let’s find out,” that’s how you find long term, permanently improved healthy success.
And that’s when you become a superhero.