Some of you who know me know that I am a huge Rocky nut. To me they are more than just movies, they are a way of life. Rocky never gave up on himself. He started out as being a bum as Mickey would say. He fought his way up from the streets of Philadelphia and into a life of riches and luxury. He never gave up in the ring, even when he was getting beaten to a pulp he always stood up and bounced back. Even after losing everything he had worked for and ending up back in the same streets he started his career in he never have up. He was resilient.
In the last Rocky movie he said something to his son that will stick with me forever,
" The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done ! Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers, saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody ! Cowards do that, and that ain’t you!". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1tXhJniSEc
I mean how true is this! My love for everything Rocky led me to create the twitter hashtag #rockybalboamode. I often use it when talking about my workouts and such. Its more than just a hashtag to me, it means something. Its mean never giving up on yourself no matter what. Never cheating yourself. Never walking away knowing you didn't give it a 100%.
How many times have you been in the gym and decided you weren't going to finish all the sets you intended to finish?
How many times have you cut your cardio short?
How many times have you said I cant do it?
I have done all those things in the past and I cheated myself by doing them. Your body does not control what it can and cant do, its your mind that controls it. This doesn't mean that your body will never give up on you, yes your muscles can literally fatigue and give up. But there is always a way to finish what you started. You can always drop the weight down some, you can slow your pace, YOU CAN DO IT.
Another Rocky Balboa mode principle is always being honest with yourself, this has been one of my key ingredients to my success in weight loss. I often tell people its easy to be honest with others, but the hardest thing in the world is being honest with yourself. Your heart and soul often get in the way. I lied to myself for years on why I was eating uncontrollably, part of me knew why but I wouldn't admit to it. My life was never going to change until I came out with the truth, and when I did it felt like the world was lifted off my shoulders. My goal is to never again lie or cheat myself. I use the word goal because we are all vulnerable and we are bound to make mistakes from time to time.
I challenge everyone to be honest with themselves even if you don't like the answer. I want you all to join #rockybalboamode with me, whatever your goals are we can achieve them together.
When I need inspiration I watch these rocky clips:
Also this is my Rocky Balboa Mode Playlist:
Not all the songs are Rocky related but they each mean something important to me.
Better off Alone - Alice Deejay *I always warm up with this song*
Perfect - Simple Plan
No Air - Jordin sparks
Meet you there - Simple Plan
Mysterious Ways - U2
With or Without You - U2
Always - Bon Jovi
Let the drummer kick - Citizen Cope
God Loves ugly - Jordin Sparks
One Step at a Time - Jordin Sparks
Dear Mama - Tupac
Eye of the tiger - Survivor
Going the distance - Bill Conti
Burning Heart - survivor
No easy way out - Robert Tepper
Hearts on fire - John Cafferty
Mickey - Bill Conti (<----this is the perfect cool down song!!!)