Rebeka Delamorandiere

All Stars Of The Month At BEFIT

BEFIT selects one individual each month as the BEFIT All Star. These individuals have shown great improvement in their health and fitness and embody what our gym and community is all about!

Rebeka Delamorandiere

Rebeka’s WikiHow Article
How to stay Committed to Fitness

Step #1: Make friends. I knew this gym wouldn’t work for me if I didn’t have friends. At first, it felt awkward asking people what their names were, but I did it, in hopes of making a connection or two. Now, I know the names of more than ten people at the gym. Meredith texts me to see where I’ve been. Amanda shares her space with me when I can’t get in. Sharman and Maria know when I’ve had a long day at work. Julie gives me a hug when I need it the most.

Step #2: Stay focused. I get to the gym after a long day of teaching. Exhausted. Full stop. I start to space out when I’m supposed to move to deadlifts or the rowing machine. Joe comes by and reminds me to switch. Spencer corrects me when my posture is incorrect (which is often). Jackie and Megan remind me to rest. Then, I check back in and count reps again.

Step #3: Train your friends. My friends know that I don’t eat a lot of bread or pasta anymore. The more they see the changes in me, the more they want to make high-protein and high-veggie foods. They’re not offended if I politely refuse their baking items. That said, I’ve learned to relax. I’m playing the long-game. Whatever carbs I eat at a friend’s house is not my regular routine. I enjoy their food, then I go home.

Step #4: Push through the emotions. There’s a phrase in addiction counseling: “When you feel the need to use, sit on your hands, and the feeling will pass.” When I desperately want my old food, Miss Vickie’s Chips and Pepsi, I acknowledge the feeling, then drive faster past the Shoppers Drug Mart. Emotions are ephemeral.

Step #5: Book a spot online, then forget to cancel. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone to the gym for the sole reason that I don’t want to be charged $10.00. I already spend $157.49 a month on membership. Paying extra because of my flippant emotions is fiscally preposterous.

Step #6: Plan all your lunches. Mondays, I get out all my tupperware and make four hearty chicken, roast beef, or steak salads. In addition to the regular spring mix, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and red onion, I fill the salads with crunchy ingredients: pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and coconut-fried plantains. Then, when I go out to friends’ houses for dinner, I don’t feel panicked that I don’t have lunch for the following day.

Step #7: Eat eggs for breakfast. The night before, I cut up mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, and broccoli. While I’m drying my hair in the morning, I get the veggies frying. Then I make coffee while I mix and pour two eggs on top of the veggies. I place a line of feta cheese in the middle. Every. Single. Day.

Step #8: Buy healthy snacks. I like the almond crackers from costco. I like pickles, apples, and cheese. I like popcorn on weekends. I like making ice cream with a coconut cream base, cocoa, and honey.

Step #9: Don’t be afraid of the pub a couple times a month. Buy wine. Share an appy. Enjoy the happy hour. Then call it a day and go back to your routine. Don’t be afraid to celebrate. What you should be afraid of is the frozen section of the grocery store making its way into your house.

Step #10: Have faith. I am a Christian. But faith is more than believing in God. It’s believing that all the invisible effort can materialize. When you feel discouraged, you ride other people’s faith. How many times I’ve lost a measly 0.5 lbs in two weeks, only for Josh to remind me to “keep chipping away”; I believed him when I didn’t believe myself. And now, here we are.

November 2023