…and redundancy is repetitive! But seriously folks, when you become motivated about something, chances are the people around you will also become motivated. It can really catch on if you’re not forcing it down other people’s throats! We all know that person whose motivation can be a little too much. “YOU MUST BE AS AWESOME AS ME OR YOU SUCK!” I am paraphrasing, but you get the idea.
Motivation Without Alienation
That’s the trick, isn’t it? Motivating someone subtly sounds like an oxymoron, but it is possible, mostly by practicing consistency. If you never miss a workout or diligently stick to your nutrition goals and guidelines, you may be the butt of the jokes at first. But, then when the results start, you will find those same jokers will take you aside and start asking you questions. I’ve seen it happen first hand. Back in 2009 I got into really good shape by being very strict about my exercise and nutrition goals. The guys at work used to bust my chops about skipping the Wendy’s take out or the wings and beer – until suddenly I was respected because I lost about 30 lbs of fat and went down 4″ on my waist. Suddenly, they were asking me about proper form on squats or carb cycling and how it promotes fat loss. It was pretty cool, I won’t lie. If I had the time and funds, I probably would have gone back to school to get a degree in some kind of related field.
The Ups and Downs of the Past Don’t Matter
I have been up and down in my weight and body fat percentage over the last 8 years. I was diligent, then I was lazy. This was because my mental health needed a little work. I had some things happen to me in the past that have always kind of popped into my life and messed with my progress. Granted, I let it happen, but sometimes problems are too big for you to solve on your own and you need the help of others to get you there. Understanding yourself is a big factor is moving on successfully and thankfully I have someone who is helping me to understand myself. I can use this forward progress to get myself back into a healthier state of being. I am also thankful that I have a loving family to assist me in my journey. But regardless, I need to forget about who I was in the past and focus on who I am now and who I am working to be. You should do the same. Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do it because “…you’ve never been able to stick with anything before, why is now any different?”!
I just wanted to blather about that this morning. I am going to try to motivate you with consistency – oh and I am going to revive my old blog . It was just a place for me to post my training and food log and some thoughts along the way. I will start it up again and get to posting some progress pics and all of that. At the very least, it will keep me motivated.
Today I am thankful for my health. I have taken it for granted over the last year and I am not going to do that anymore. My wife works in medicine and she sees it each and every day. People who have disregarded their health for so many years that they are too far gone to come back and are now a burden on their families and the healthcare industry. Maybe it was a lack of education, maybe it was that they just didn’t care. Either way, they all wish they could go back and go it over again. I don’t want to be that guy anymore. So, I am still pretty healthy and I am going to take advantage of it.
Today, could be the best day of your life…if you let it!