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The Fitness Photo Shoot – Take 1 – The Why

by Scott on May 18, 2014

I felt this story was best told in 2 different ways. In Take 1, I tell my story of the Why behind the Fitness Photo Shoot.

The Why behind the fitness photo shoot evolved very quickly from the moment I included it on my 35 for 35 list.

Initially, I included it because I wanted to overcome a fear that had stood in my way for over 10 years. I had always wanted to be in good enough shape that I felt comfortable enough to pose for magazine photo shoot but fear always restrained me from doing it. I always had a good excuse.

Believe it or not, I had a ton of insecurities...

Believe it or not, I had a ton of insecurities around posing for the #FitnessPhotoShoot which I included on my #35for35. Later, I’ll be posting 2 separate blog posts on my experience working up to and including the #fitnessphotoshoot. #StayTuned #MorePicsComing Thank you to @timelessedge for your creative genius and soft, caring way. via realscottweller

I gave myself about 90 days to get into “photo shoot shape.” I started training hard, tightened up what I was eating and was ready to “just do it!” But then something happened. Maybe you’re familiar with the very same obstacle that dropped right in front of me and created a huge challenge for me while I was working towards my goal.

That obstacle is called LIFE!

Work got crazy busy. I was working 12 hours a day, on the slow days. Due to a decline in her health, Mom was now a permanent resident at the Fort Saskatchewan hospital. Life was pulling and tugging me in a hundred different directions. Emotionally, I felt like I was constantly on the edge of complete collapse.

It was only about 3 or 4 weeks into the 90 days, and I was ready to throw in the towel and close the door on this goal yet again. Then, things shifted for me. I realized through all the chaos that I was experiencing throughout the rest of my life, the time I spent at the gym was the only time that seemed to slow down and just let me be me. Thank goodness for that!

I also began questioning what my true intent was behind chasing after this goal. I knew I wasn’t looking to get into “contest-ready” shape. Competing never really interested me. I began to understand what I was really trying to do while I was talking to a friend, “It’s really not about getting as ripped as possible. It’s about inspiring others and telling a story that even when life gets chaotic, you can accomplish your dreams.”

I’m so grateful I came to this realization because life got even busier, even more chaotic but I kept reminding myself, I was trying to tell a very specific story and trying to paint a very specific picture:

There will always be obstacles, but the ability to overcome those obstacles is always present as well. Decide what you want, prioritize your life to align with those goals, and nothing is out of your reach – no matter how busy or chaotic life seems to be.

Be sure to check out Take 2 of  the Fitness Photo Shoot – The Pain Behind The Eyes!

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