D'FYNE Fitness Magazine Winter 2019 - Page 76

LIFE with a supportive team at the office or at home, the same goes for working on your fitness. For Shirley, that includes her three adult daughters and grand- son, her close immediate family, and her best friend. “I need to train at times when others don’t really want to due to my long work hours, but my best friend knows the commitment in diet and workouts that are required to be successful in the types of competitions I have done as she has competed before,” says Shirley. And, of course, getting some expert help is always a good idea, too, whether professional development courses for work or a personal trainer at the gym. “My coach guides me with my diet and workout program and I always follow his guidance,” she adds. Ultimately, achieving success comes down to using the same diligent ap- proach when dealing with whatever life throws at you that will help you reach SECRETS TO SUCCESS There’s a lot that we can draw from Shirley Mitrou’s road to success. 1 Working hard will snowball into better habits in all respects of your life. “Being used to hard work [at my job], I continued to set goals for myself with my workouts and saw changes on the outside fairly quickly because of course I was also eating better and learning more about nutrition.” 2 You are in the one in control. “I’ve learned that it has to be my passion, my commitment, and my will to succeed and be my best that had to drive me forward every day. Others can encourage and hold you accountable but you need to take responsibility for your motivation.” 3 Make yourself a priority and don’t be too hard on yourself. “It can be hard to fit in a work- out some days, I get that; I look at my schedule most days and think it will be impossible, but in reality, achieving the rest of my day is impossible if I don’t make me and my workouts a priority. And the rare occasion that I just can’t exercise, well, then I don’t beat myself up, I just make sure it happens tomorrow. I tell my- self ‘Hey Shirley, you love your body, you are blessed to have a body that helps you move and be strong so reward it with gratitude by a good workout.’ That attitude of gratitude goes a long way for me.” 76 D’FYNE - Winter 2019