I AM FITNESS

Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book called Outliers. Throughout the publication, he repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.

Several months ago, I went for a run with my co-worker, Chris Sams, who is also a highly motivated individual. Chris and I talked about various philosophical topics during that run and a few that left quite an imprint. One topic being the 10,000 hour rule and the other is the following message:

I AM FITNESS

Chris explained that Bill Gates is “Wealth.” He knows his field inside and out. Bill Gates has the knowledge, networks and discipline to have wealth and recover wealth. Even if he went into severe debt he could recover back to riches because “He IS Wealth.”

Well, I AM FITNESS.

What does that mean to me? 

Everyday, I work towards my fitness.

Everyday, I eat to perform optimally and to contribute to my physique goals.  

Every week, I shop to have a stocked kitchen, make time to prepare proper foods, pack my meals for on-the-go and stick to my plan.

Everyday, I train (or rest) with my performance and physique goals in mind. I train with intensity, purpose, a plan, dedication and heart.  

Every week, I make progress with my training. I get stronger, more mobile, faster, more powerful, leaner and more muscular.

I always make time to train – even when I’m busy or I’m tired. I make my training time count.

Training is my hobby, my passion, my outlet, my job, my friend, my challenge, my feedback. 

Training pushes me, it rewards me, it releases me and it drives me further everyday, week, month and year.

I have cultivated networks for my fitness and I learn from my mistakes in training.

It is having the integrity to practice what you preach, follow through and be honest with your self and efforts.

My promise to my body: I am going to feed it, train it, rest it and care for it because it’s the only one I get in this lifetime!

I have spent well over 10,000 hours on my mind and body. I am successful in my field and in my body because I have practiced countless hours upon hours to achieve this. I AM FITNESS because I am so trained that I know exactly what to do & what steps to take to get the exact results I want. I will continue to spend countless hours in this field and continue to learn about myself, health and fitness.

If YOU want to be fitness, then YOU must make the commitments. There is no magic diet and no magic program. It is trial and error, falling down and getting back up. It is constantly learning, constantly doing and loving the process.

This thought was sparked by a YouTube video I saw about Michael Jordan. In the message, he talks about what the fans see versus what they don’t see… Maybe I led you to believe it was easy when it wasn’t. Maybe I made you think my highlights started at the free throw line, and not in the gym. Maybe I made you think that every shot I took was a game winner. That my game was built on flash, and not fire. Maybe it’s my fault that that you didn’t see that failure gave me strength; That my pain gave my motivation. Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a God given gift, and not something I worked for… every single day of my life…”– Michael Jordan

He mentions the countless hours from the beginning of time that it took to accumulate his success. It is a synergistic effect of all efforts to accomplish being the best. Michael Jordan IS Basketball.

I AM FITNESS.

Think about this after reading my post…
What is important to you?
What ARE you?
What promises do you make to yourself?
What standards to you hold yourself to?
What do you hold sacred that you wouldn’t compromise for anything?
What is it that challenges you, drives you and rewards you?
Do you have a goal?
If you do, are you doing everything you can to achieve it or are you just going through the motions or worse, making excuses?
What 10,000 hours are you trying to accumulate?

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31 responses to “I AM FITNESS

  1. Hey Alli,

    I JUST LOVE THIS POST! This was highly motivating to me when I came across it this morning!

    You spoke my thoughts when you stated “I am fitness.” I live, eat, breathe, think, study, practice, and love fitness. There’s always a goal – an ambition – a desire to improve.

    Keep inspiring and motivating us!!! We’re listening.

    • Thanks Mindi! This one was straight from the heart.. it pumps ME up to re-read it 🙂

      Once again, thanks for your post.. your feedback is much appreciated and I’m glad to see you are still enjoying the blog!!

      Keep your flame for life and fitness burning strong!!

      All the best,
      Alli McKee

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  3. Thank you for this great post.
    I had to forward it to all of clients, I found it very motivating and inspirational..nothing worth having in life comes easy..especially fitness. Since I have been training for 8 years, I did the math in my head to see if I have reached my 10,000 hours. Almost there!
    then suddenly remebered its the journey …not the destination.

    • Hey Kristie!

      I’m so glad you found this post worth passing on 🙂 Thanks for your comment and YES(!) you are correct …it’s about the journey and there is often adversity…but that’s where we build strength in character 🙂

      Keep training girl!
      Alli

  4. That is AWESOMENESS. You rock. 😉

  5. lovelovelovelovelove

  6. Wow – I loved this post. I have been feeling in a complete rut lately and unmotivated to get out of it and only getting more and more upset with myself for not taking charge of my body and lifestlye. I feel like this post was at the “right place at the right time” for me. Thank you for this!!

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  8. Hi Alli,

    Although I can not relate to being fitness, I can relate to something else you are doing. Whether you intented to or not you are sharing your words and ideas in an attempt to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

    I shared my blog with a friend recently. I write thought provoking stories about people and events which have had a significant impact on my life or in the life of others. He read my stories and sent me an e-mail. His e-mail said he couldn’t quite describe the emotions he felt while reading my stories. He could only say he felt like he was in a better place.

    As I was reading your post, I felt like I was in a better place. A place where a woman is sharing the feelings and thoughts about what her life is all about. You should be proud of yourself because many people go through life searching for their passion without ever finding it. Fitness is your life and thank you for sharing it with us.

    A special comment to Kristie:
    The last line of your comment is so true. In life it is the journey that is important and not the destination. One lesson I have learned is that we don’t always understand the reasons for the events, experiences, and people that enter our lives, but they are all important because they are all part of the journey of discovering who we are as people.

    • Hi Jim,

      Thank you for your positive feedback 🙂 I most certainly feel fortunate to have created a life that breeds my passion.

      Sounds like you make a difference in the lives of others as well.. keep writing Jim!!

      Alli

  9. Great post Alli. Your are an inspiration. You and Nick are the dream team. 😉

    • Hi Doc,

      I like that!! The dream team 😉 …thank you for taking the time to post a comment, I’m pleased you enjoyed this post!

      Take excellent care,
      Alli

  10. Alli,
    Thank you for this post…In the last couple weeks I have struggled with What I AM…I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, but there was something missing….this post was a reality check for me to quit dreaming and start doing. Thanks for the little push! 🙂

    • Hey Lisa,

      Hooray for a little push! Yes, we often wear a lot of hats… glad this post lifted you 🙂 I’m sure you are a terrific mom, wife, daughter, friend, and the list goes on and on.. 🙂

      Keep it up Lisa!
      Alli

  11. Impressive! I salute you Alli

  12. Great post, Alli. And CONGRATULATIONS on your recent placings. Saw your pix on Nick’s blog. You look amazing!

    Rest and recharge!

    • Thanks Kathleen! I appreciate your kind words 🙂 and yes, Nick and I are off to Florida and then a carribbean cruise to rest and recharge.. it’s going to be yet another sweet reward from the show.

      Thanks again!

  13. Alli, you don’t know me but I wanted to congratulate you on your recent competition successes. You and Nick seem like such nice people, and it’s really generous of you to post all the videos and training advice that you do. I was really happy for you when I read Nick’s post this evening. Yo look fantastic in the photos! Anyway, best wishes to you and thanks for all you do 🙂

    • Hi Lori!

      I “know you” now! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to post….it’s much appreciated. I’m so glad you enjoy our blogs and the material. It’s our pleasure to share 🙂

      Thank you again and stay in touch via the blog! Best of luck to you as well!

      Alli

  14. Hi Alli, awesome post, congrats on your results from the recent comps! Motivating stuff.

  15. Hi Alli,
    First of all, congratulations to you-great, great, great work!!! Second of all, allow me to say “THANK YOU”. This post is truly inspirational and thought provoking. 🙂
    Professionally, I have been working as a personal trainer in NYC for 8 years.
    I also have a Massage Therapy degree and am NY State licensed massage therapist in both Western and Eastern modalities. In spite of all that, the degrees and the knowledge, I have simply hit a wall. I forgot the reason why I had gotten into health fitness industry in the first place. Thank you so very much for the reminder! 😉 Cannot believe that the thought of getting out of the industry had crossed my mind. Oh boy: what have I been thinking????
    I got slightly derailed 😉 Alli, thank you for once again for bringing me back. 😉

    All the best to you and Nick,
    Anna S.

    • Hi Anna,

      Thank you for the kind words regarding the competition 🙂 and for taking a moment to comment and share your thoughts. Sounds like you have a tremendous interest and education in this industry! I’m so glad you found this post to be so positive for you. Sometimes, a little philosophy and perspective is all we need for a recharge 🙂

      Keep in touch via this blog anytime! and best of luck in hopping right over your wall 😉

      Best!
      Alli

  16. Hello Alli! Congrats on the competitions, I knew you would make top three!! Not only that but you conquered that in 2 categories!! Pat yourself on the back and eat a cookie if you haven’t already!

    The reason I was absent and not there to support your awesome accomplishment on Saturday, b/c I became an Uncle over the weekend : ) My little sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl a few days before her due date so I had to be there for the fam. Otherwise I’d have spent my Saturday cheering you on in Rockville!

    Thanks for the shot out, the post was very well written, you put such a great flow to the message that it truly touched everyone that read it.

    With Fitness Passion,
    Chris Sams aka Running parter

  17. Hello Alli! Congrats on the competitions, I knew you would make top three!! Not only that but you conquered that in 2 categories!! Pat yourself on the back and eat a cookie if you haven’t already!

    The reason I was absent and not there to support your awesome accomplishment, I became an Uncle over the weekend : ) My little sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl a few days before her due date so I had to be there for the fam. Otherwise I’d have spent my Saturday cheering you on in Rockville!

    Thanks for the shot out, the post was very well written, you put such a great flow to the message that it truly touched everyone that read it.

    With Fitness Passion,
    Chris Sams aka Running partner

    • I found your post Chris! Thanks so much for the kind words and all the support and positive attitude from my last show (in November) through this past show. It’s much appreciated!

      CONGRATS on becoming an uncle!! How exciting 🙂 Look forward to catching up with you soon 🙂

      Alli aka Ready to run off some cookies!

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