For 22 years of my life, I have always considered myself an athlete. Since my collegiate  soccer playing days ended – no more games, no more practices, no more team running & lifting exercises – I no longer referred to myself as an athlete. This mindset provided me an excuse to not workout, to not eat right, to not do a lot of things I did to stay healthy as an “athlete”. I learned very quickly if you don’t use it, you lose it. But what I’ve come to realize as I’ve trained with my coach, Larry Jackson, the past month is that I’m still an athlete, and so are YOU.

An athlete is one who has the ability to perform any form of physical activity. An athlete is a soccer player, but also the accountant, the bank teller, the teacher, the doctor, and even the mailman. When we realize this truth, we become more concerned about the triune of health – body, mind, and spirit. The first step is always the hardest. Create a goal, get out of bed, let go of the excuses, and get healthy. BE CONSISTENT. Finding a coach that is always holding you accountable, challenging you, and also encouraging you is important in your walk to seeking wellness. It’s finding a way to stay motivated to achieve goals/resolutions. Larry has been extremely consistent with reminding me to be self-aware. Self-awareness is a part of self-growth. Utilizing journaling and food logging has allowed me to become aware of my different behaviors that I never realized were holding me back from reaching full potential. As my coach, he’s helped me to know my weaknesses as well as my strengths.

“If you don’t like what you see, change it” is written on the mirror at LIFT. Yeah, it’s easier to go through the McDonald’s Drive Thru & sit on the couch & watch TV all night. Don’t be consumed by all of the excuses that provide a way out. Make a decision to move towards wellness in all aspects – body, mind, & spirit. Be consistent so that you can see change. Remember, it’s a process. Trust it. Enjoy it. When you workout & eat healthy, you’ll look and feel better. Be the athlete you’ve always dreamt about being. Use it or lose it.

About the Author:
Alyssa Telang is a graduated from the University of Kentucky in December 2012 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. While at UK Alyssa played for the UK Women’s Soccer team from 2009-2012. Currently Alyssa enjoys reading books, playing outdoor sports, and recently trained for and completed her first mini-marathon.  

May 23rd, 2014

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