I just finished reading Shaun T’s book T is for Transformation. Now, if you’ve been here a while, you know I love Shaun T. If you need a refresher, feel free to read either of these posts:
I’ve completed three Shaun T programs: CIZE, Insanity: Max 30, and Shaun Week (a Beachbody on Demand Exclusive). In fact, the “featured photo” I used at the top of this blog post was me as I was working through Max:30 for the first time. Hello, shoulders. 😍 And I am so excited that last month Beachbody announced 2019 will be kicking off with a NEW Shaun T program, Transform 20.
My friend Carissa and I both share a mutual love for the way Shaun T can “take us to church,” something we learned getting to do a live workout with him in New Orleans.
So I was excited when, for Christmas last year, Santa brought me his book. 😉
Book Thoughts: T is for Transformation
Now, you get it by now. I love Shaun T. I love the way he trains, the way he motivates, and the way he shares his story. This is important because, were this book by any other author, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did.
The thing that I personally responded to and enjoyed about the book is he writes like he speaks. This style isn’t for everyone. He does jump around a bit. Some parts get SUPER INTENSE and other parts just sort of meander. Now, I like him, so I was willing to tackle those more meandering parts (and, frankly, even the super intense parts) that, again, I might not have been willing to do for someone else.
But one thing he kept bringing up throughout the book was the “Before Photo” person. Shaun T is great about sharing how proud he is of everyone, and he gets why people love the “After Photo” so much. But he shares two important Truth Bombs (his words) that really resonated with me.
#1 – You have to have your eyes beyond the finish line.
The story he told here was from his track days, and how his coach would tell them to “run past the tape.” If you’re neck-and-neck with someone in a race, and you stop right at the finish line, they’ll beat you every time.
This is what happens when people hit an “after photo.” Seeing a six pack, lifting a certain rep, hitting a goal weight. You think you’re “done,” and you end up beating yourself.
Goals should be set. They should be reached. But they’re not gonna stick unless you turn around and ask “What’s Next?”
#2 – Love the “Before Photo” person, but they’re the bravest one of all.
This is probably my greatest takeaway from the book. He talks about meeting people who have lost 90 pounds, and while he says he’s proud of them, the person he’s most proud of – the one he wants to hug and high five – is the person 90 pounds ago. The person who said “I’ve had enough.” The person who said “I’m brave enough to try.” The person who took the first step – which is the hardest step – on the journey.
That is the best lesson for me to learn. So often, I look back on photos (especially from 2010-2011 and 2014-2015) and just feel ugh. I do get sad when I think of how I felt then. But I realize, now, how much credit I need to give myself. I finally got to a point where I was tired of the ugh. I got to a point where I was willing to say no more. I got to a point where I was at least willing to try something. And really, my past self deserves a huge pat on the back and a giant hug for that!