This week’s Viewer Mail post is MY question for YOU.
The collective you.
It’s a question I pondered when I launched MizFit, something I mulled even more following Jillian Michaels’ guest post at MizFit & a query which was brought to my mind once again when DietGirl & I launched our INSERT-NAME-HERE podcast.
Who are your fitness gurus and, when searching for a healthy living role model, what characteristics/traits do you seek? (and no. you may not take the easy way out and say me.)
Before The Biggest Loser aired Id not head of tough-as-nails-but-ya’ll-seem-to-love-her Jillian (I’d nary a CLUE J.M. ever *had* a podcast until aforementioned DG enlightened me it was no more).
And, Ill admit, the show had been on for a while before I learned that she’d once lost fifty-five pounds.
Which all lead me back to wondering
What do you look for in your guru?
Do you seek someone whom you think can identify with your struggles because they, too, have experienced the exact same thing?
Does it diminish in your eyes a person’s ability to relate to you when they’ve lost weight at a different place in their life than you are currently? (Jillian, for example, shed her weight when she was approximately 13.)
Do you care not a bit if someone has experienced your *same* struggle? Do you believe, as I do, that struggle is the great equalizer of human experience? That we can all RELATE to the feeling of working our ass off hard & the specific situation is unimportant?
Do you feel, as many of my personal training clients did, that your guru has to be someone with zero current weight issues/struggles? Must your guru be someone whom you already see as a success story in order to lead you down the healthy living path?
(I was always surprised how my clients who wanted to lose weight were often the ones who refused to take group exercise classes from instructors who weren’t skinny.)
Please to hit us all up in the comments as this inquiring MizFit-mind would love to know.