I am, by nature a goal setter. If I can see it and I believe it . . . I can achieve it. Now, I have to realistic in my expectations. For instance, I am not a fast runner. I can chose a sprinter as my role model and admire their physical ability and set a goal to work on my speed. But, I will not be breaking records for sprints. But, I don't have to. I just need to be my best.
I have spoken before about focus and balance. This focus helps me be realistic in setting my goals and keeps me from falling pry to every little whim and fad thing that comes along. Here is how it works for me. I analyze my body type, my strengths and my interests. I have a medium size frame with a thick curvy musculature. My interests are running and bike riding. I love to life weights, I love to sweat, work hard and hear the clank of metal. I also LOVE boxing! Not the dancey choreographed stuff, the real sweat it out punching. So, I select sports figures who have a similar build as me and who excel at their sport. My role model is Tosca Reno
I don't aspire to be a body builder. But her body type, her diet and her workout are all things that appeal to me. This is attainable for me.
I cannot expect to get anywhere near that goal if I don't do the work or if I don't pay attention to my nutrition. To get my body to anywhere near that level of fitness, I have to know what kind of workout she does. So, I read her magazine, Oxygen and copy my workouts from them. To get my nutrition on track to support that workout, I have to look at her nutrition. She eats a clean, whole foods diet. So, I get my menus from her cookbook or from her magazine Clean Eating. I do love that magazine. It gives me recipes, ideas for smoothies and two weeks of meal plans! No brainer. Eat the food, do the workout, read materials that support my plan. Plan and execute.
It would be foolish of me to set a goal that does not meet with my body type, my interest, or my skill set. Sure, I'd like to learn some ballet, but I am not a ballerina type. To try to be would cause me angst and disappointment. Seriously, do I really need to be disappointed in trying to be something I am not.
Here are a few of my other favorite female body role models.
Gabriel Reese - I too love volleyball and anything that has to do with the beach. Her body type is leaner than mine, but I still admire her strength and can aspire to that.
Jackie Joyner Kersee - Dang, what a woman! I cannot even aspire to be a hurdler, but I lover her dedication, focus and execution. She is strong!
Dara Torres - Still looking good and performing well into her 40's. What's not to love about that! I do enjoy swimming and will keep this image in my mind when I start taking some courses to help me prepare for a sprint triathlon.
Joan Benoit Samuelson - Perseverance is the word that comes to mind when I see this woman. I do not have the same body type as her and I do not aspire to do a marathon, but in training for my half marathon, I have kept in image of her in my mind. She has persevered and so will I.
And then there is this woman:
If you don't know her, you need to. She is the real deal. She takes responsibility for her choices and make decisions that are in the best interest of her health. I love who she is as a woman and she inspires me to be my best self. Our journeys have been very parallel since I started here on Spark. She inspired me to start running. Here is the link to her page:
And finally, last but not least is this woman:
The face I see in the mirror every morning. The woman I have the privilege to be. I want to make the best choices for this woman. Because she deserves it. Yes, because I am worth it. And, so are YOU!
Who is your role model and what have you done today to make you feel proud?