It’s about the JOURNEY!
January 3, 2011
January 3, 2011
OK, so it’s the beginning of January and as with every year the resolutions are coming out of the woodwork with people wanting to get in shape. I love it and I encourage all of you to do so. BUT, the problem is this….how many of you will actually stick with it? My challenge to all of you who are wanting to get in shape is to stick with it. Give yourself 30 days to break the old habits and replace them with new ones. Is P90X right for everyone? No, but can anyone do it if they modify and simplify…YES!
This is where the problem lies. When people start off with any exercise program they get so hung up on immediate results and want the magic pill and the immediate six pack. Folks, it just doesn’t exist. Now understand I was the same way when I started out on this fitness journey 3 years ago. I was over 250lbs, a 33 year old fat dad. I had tried to lose weight, went to the gym, ran on the treadmill, lifted weights….but gave up after a week because it was hard. I didn’t see the results, I wasn’t sure what I was doing and so on and so on….blah…blah…blah. I hear people all the time echoing what I said myself for many years. Now I get it! Now I figured out what it was I that I was doing wrong.
I remember the day that I saw the P90X infomercial. I had never bought anything off the TV before in my life. I always thought the ab chairs and the toning belts that shock your stomach and the "magic" pills were junk. And you know what, they are. Because the honest answer to the problem isn’t easy. It’s a lifestyle change! It’s realizing that yes, you may love fried food and cake….but do you love living another day healthy more? Do you love being out of shape and not able to keep up with your kids? Here’s a real stinger for you…..do you like the way you look naked? HMMMMM….that hit home didn’t it? How do you feel about yourself, and how is it affecting your marriage? Pretty hard questions to ponder huh? But you know what…I ask you that, because I had to look myself in the mirror and ask myself the same questions. I didn’t like the answers that I gave either. I realized that the burgers, fries and milkshake meal, while it tasted good…wasn’t what I needed. I needed my cholesterol to be in check. I needed to be there for my daughter and my wife. I needed to realize that I only get one chance at this life, and I don’t want to spend it tired, lethargic, and unable to do the things I want and need to do.
So when I started off with Power 90 and then eventually graduated to P90X, Insanity and other stuff, I couldn’t do a pull up to save my life! I had to use the chair and often! I wasn’t good at push ups either. Yoga! Forget about yoga…me do a leg swing and hold warrior one? Yeah right! But the beauty of it…I can now! Although I’ll admit yoga is still my weakness and something I’m focusing on improving. But after 3 years of this craziness, I’m in LOVE with life. I can do pull ups now that I couldn’t have imagined I could’ve done before. I’m cranking out push ups like they’re nothing. I’m learning moves from Tony Horton now that I still can’t believe I can do. That’s the beauty of this! It’s a journey that is always changing and evolving. I replaced the burgers and fries with chicken and broccoli and a banana. And in return, I gained basketball three days a week, karate twice a week and resistance training 3 times a week. Oh yeah, and yoga gets mixed in…but not enough. I’m working on it. I finally quit focusing on the the immediate results and started enjoying the gradual change and journey that I now call my "fit" life. It’s quite an accomplishment when you can look back on the hard work that you put in and be proud of where you are now. And here’s the beauty of it, I’m not done. Three months from now, I’ll be better than I am now. But that doesn’t mean I beat myself up now about what I can’t do for another 3 months. It gives me something to be excited about and something to look forward to. Tony always says, you’re only good at what you do often. Man if that’s not the truth!
Please feel free to contact us if you want to get serious about your fitness journey. We’re here to help you and the best part is, our coaching is free. I want to help you achieve what I’ve achieved. If you put in the work and meet me halfway, we’ll help you get to the finish line….and then we’ll move the finish line and make you keep going.