Commitment or killing time?
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Tonight my son was looking at one of my Iron Man magazine's and asked me what it takes to get to their level of fitness. He said dad you are building muscle and loosing weight but will you look like some of these guys?
I thought about it for a few min before i answered him. The biggest thing is commitment. These guys commit to a 10+ year plan, next to commitment they have committed them selves to get the rite nutrition. Body building isn't just about going to the gym and pushing some iron up and down. Its a life style and a commitment to your self and a long term plan. Its a lot of education and trial and error. The hardest and most discouraging thing is finding what works best for you.
Did you buy a 2 seater car or one that is practical? I don't know about you but its hard to get 2 kids and your wife in a Corvette.. You have to try different models and see what features each of them have to offer. Yea we all want a high performance Corvette but have to use a work truck to get the job done. No its not as fast or as agile in the corners but i will go more places in my work truck than a corvette any day.
Some of us have to chose a plan that doesn't get the results as fast as we would like them. But Getting in a hurry has never been a good idea any way. I see some people in the gym that just go through there workouts as fast as they possibly can. But are they truly getting every thing they can out of there time? I doubt it, we all have extremely busy lives now a days. I have a wife and 2 kids that depend on me to be there for them and my normal chores to do. So finding the time to exercise rite is a struggle. But doing it rite and with perfect form is most important...
I have made the commitment to put me 1st for a change. I have decided to do this for my wife and my kids as well. I am in it for the long haul and I'm doing it rite this time. No more abusing my body and hurting it any more. I have 36yrs of abuse on it all ready. Between growing up on a farm and abusing it when i was younger doing all my exorcises wrong. I was young and thought it would never happen to me! Now 1 knee surgery and worked though 2 shoulder injuries later i have to wisdom to do my home work before i blaze off on some new fad.
I told my son that the human body is an amazing machine. If you don't abuse it and feed it the rite fuel and are upgrading it your body will do amazing things. Now if you hit every jump and mud hole you come across it will be wore out in no time.
So i asked him if he was going to commit to exercising and fueling his body like he is supposed to? He paused for a min and then told me that he is.
He asked me why i have pictures of Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler on the walls of my office. I told him that i use them as my inspiration that i look at every day. Its sounds corny but it reminds me where i could have been if i had been truly committed back then. I could have been as big and as healthy as they are. But i wasn't ready for that kind of commitment yet. I thought i was but I made to many excuses to stay out of the gym. Now I'm in it for life. I have a daughter to walk down the isle and i want to be around to see them have a family and enjoy Grandchildren some day. Way off in the far future... I'm way to young to be a grandpa rite now....
So now is the time and this is the place. Are you committed? I mean really committed and are you ready to start that new journey down the path to a healthier you? If you choose yes welcome to the club and start setting your goals.
Start out small. 2 months, then 6 months and so on. I am currently working on a plan and goal to compete at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH next year as a amateur. I know i will get there but i still have to get through today. But i am now committed and not making no more excuses. As i tell my wife and kids. (CANT NEVER COULD DO ANYTHING!!!)
Good luck on your journey. I hope you have as much fun as i am getting healthy. its the small accomplishment you achieve that make the bigger goals happen.