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A Gym Membership ISN'T Required

Saturday, March 23, 2013

You'll have to forgive the quality of this image.
The camera on my iPod isn't that good and I didn't have my real camera handy.

This was my workout this morning.

I don't have a gym membership - I really don't need one here on the farm,
Especially for the 9 months of the year here that don't involve the icy cold winds, mud and muck and freezing rain of winter.

Don't hear what I'm not saying.
I don't have anything against gyms or gym memberships.
I just don't really need one here.

I heard someone the other day making the excuse that because they couldn't afford a gym membership they couldn't get fit.


If you are holding this opinion it is HIGH TIME that you dispense with this excuse.

You don't need a gym membership.
Or expensive equipment like a treadmill or an elliptical.
Or special workout clothing.
Or diet foods.


None of that is NECESSARY.
Nor is any of that SUFFICIENT.

You could go get a gym membership.
Buy an elliptical or a treadmill - or both!
You could buy a bunch of expensive workout clothing.
And some plan's diet food.

And you know what?

You could still FAIL to lose weight.
FAIL to get fit.
FAIL to become healthier.

Because it isn't about gyms and equipment and things like that.

It is about getting your BRAIN straightened out.

If you are obese the reason you are obese - short of the six of you who have some legitimate clinical reason - is that you have NEVER figured out how to control your food.

Your food has controlled YOU.

Food control is the KEY to losing weight and getting fit and becoming healthier.
Trust me - you can OUT EAT your exercise easily.

What IS required for you to lose weight, get fit and become healthier is to understand your triggers.
Work to create better habits to replace the CRAPPY ones you've got.
Like sitting in front of the TV with your bag of Cheetos and your bottle of Pepsi or Coke.
Like eating seconds.
Like eating food just because it is there.
Like stopping at the drive-thru to get your high calorie, high fat, high sodium breakfast/lunch/dinner meal.
Like sitting on your backside for hours on end each day, fiddle-farting around on the computer.

Stop that nonsense!

YOU can change your life.

The question, of course, is...

Will You?

Will you decide that your life matters more than that stupid bag of chips?
Will you decide that your life matters more than that half gallon of ice cream that you are eating out of?
Will you decide that your life matters more than the countless fast food meals you eat each month?

Or will you keep on doing the default thing and letting those burned-in brain programs that say things like "I'm just meant to be fat like my parents are." run the show?

It is TIME to get your life straight and start LIVING.

Don't like this post?


You can surely find another that is more to your liking.

But if you are making excuses and avoiding the path of improvement and health...
YOU need to do something about that now.

Do you know that you are strong?
Strong enough to accomplish this?

You are MUCH MUCH stronger than you think you are.
Trust me.
I've felt like I couldn't do it and you know what?
That was just a lie I was telling myself.
Because it is easier to do NOTHING than SOMETHING.

You are strong enough to change your life.
But maybe you just haven't realized it yet.

It is time.

Time to start making better decisions.
Time to make new habits.
Time to create some RULES that you follow.

Don't like rules?

Too bad.

Because it is clear that NOT having rules doesn't work.

Today's the day.

Stop putting it off.

Decide to change your life.

Make it a great day!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AGOALOF150 3/26/2013 5:49PM

    AWESOME blog and SO true!

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KIMCOLLINGS 3/26/2013 5:32PM

    This is so true. I have a gym membership and you know what.......I don't get there because of time. The standard reason. But, guess what I've been doing instead....good ole fashioned push ups, rowing with a bag of groceries, planks, and one-legged squats. That hits all the major muscle groups and I actually do it because I don't need to go anywhere. I can plank in front of the tv. I go to the stairwell at work and can get 75 push ups in (10 at a time and it whittles down to 6 at a time until I get to 75 total with 60 sec. rest in between) on the first stair from the bottom now (started on the 4th from the bottom and have improved that much in 2 months). I row with my groceries or brief case (with a ream of paper added to it for weight), and I do single legged squats every time I'm done in the bathroom. It can all be sprinkled into our days and it makes a huge difference and I don't have to feel bad that "I didn't make it to the gym again" and, therefore, did nothing.

Love your line "Like sitting on your backside for hours on end each day, fiddle-farting around on the computer." Cracked me up!

Thank you for sharing this. It is so true and we can all make significant changes without a gym membership.

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CLPURNELL 3/25/2013 10:44PM

    Awesome!!! You are so right that a gym isn't necessary and when do things like you did you get things accomplished in addition to exercise!

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MINEA999 3/24/2013 1:09PM

    Exactly! That's why this time around I'm working even more only mind than I do on my body. Because you can't fix one without fixing the other.

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DAWN14163 3/24/2013 9:41AM

    Hear, hear! It's too easy to make excuses for what we can't do, instead of finding solutions so that we can!

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BUNNYSMASH 3/24/2013 8:55AM

    Awesome blog! Everyone should read this.

The reason I got out of shape now is because I didn't have barn work to do anymore...not because I didn't have a gym membership!

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STONECOT 3/24/2013 6:55AM

    emoticon You just motivated me to leave my nice warm home, and go for a walk in the London slush instead. I found I only started to improve my eating and fitness, when I stopped thinking of all the reasons I couldn't do things, and started thinking of why I could.

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MICKEYH 3/24/2013 12:50AM

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JESSIELABRAKE 3/23/2013 11:39PM

    I used to be that person who would make the excuses to not work out or get in shape. at the time i actually believed what i was saying. that i couldnt get fit without the use of a gym. I was wrong and I am proof of that. I havent used a gym at all during my journey. I did buy some equipment of course because I live in a city and really do not feel comfortable walking around here at any point in the day. So I stick to my recumbant bike, treadmill, and elliptical along with a few other things dumbells and stretch bands. But i only had the treadmill up until a month and a half ago so i truly only used walking and other exercises without equipment to lose the weight. Which as shocked everyone i know. One of my friends actually asked me how i lost that much weight. and when i told her just changing the way i eat and exercise she was shocked. I am loving everyones reactions when i tell them how much i have lost makes me feel really good and makes me want to keep going and not give up!

I never really thought about my "needing" a gym as an excuse atleast until now. Thanks for the blog. You always have good ones!

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DOVESEYES 3/23/2013 9:56PM

    Great blog Matt thanks.
I started waling and then running and then Zumba and my brain was the biggest factor in all of it. Still is... it's a part of why i'm fat.


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SEEINGCLEARLY53 3/23/2013 8:46PM

    emoticon so true!

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CAT-IN-CJ 3/23/2013 8:11PM

I couldn't agree more Matt!!!!
We have 5 acres to maintain . . . that's OUR lifetime membership!

So far, I've burned at least 600 calories today using my hands, a pair of gloves, a shovel, and a quad load of firewood!

Oh, and Darly55 .... I'm with ya! My dad always laughed at me all those years as I was doing yoga or heading out the door for my run. He'd always say "You might as well not waste your time, you're going to be fat like the rest of us." To which I replied "I don't think so . . ."

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LOVESTOWALK49 3/23/2013 7:36PM

    I don't need a gym membership. I have free weights. I have shoes. I have a bike. I have a yoga mat. Still, a gym membership is nice.

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GINGERHAWK 3/23/2013 7:24PM

    Don't like this post? Now that's rubbish - I love it! I actually dropped gym memberships ages ago and sold the treadmill I never use. Today I use exercise videos and get outside as often as I can to bike or walk. Admittedly, I do spring for yoga classes from time to time or for use of the public pool to swim a few laps, but for the most part I get my exercise in wherever I can find it. I would say your workout today looked like a heavy duty one - good for you!

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BOOKAPHILE 3/23/2013 7:20PM

    Yes, it's up to us, not the gyms. We can use them or not, but we must do something ourselves to make the changes we want. Good blog, Matt.

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DALID414 3/23/2013 7:11PM

    Thx for the pep talk

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/23/2013 7:09PM

    There have always been excuses both from ourselves and from those around us. For 25 years I was told that I didn't need to lose weight because I could "carry it."

Now that 2/3 of us are overweight or worse, a "new normal" is being defined. We now hear people within the recommended BMI range being called "too skinny" or obsessive or worse.

The excuses are exploding. Great blog for making us face reality.

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DARLY55 3/23/2013 6:46PM

    You took the words right out of my mouth! I say stuff like this to my sisters all the time - they either do not listen or they just plain don't care!
One sister told me that her MD said that it wasn't her fault that she was fat, that it was in her DNA. I told her flat out rather emphatically "BULLS&%T!!! Where you have your fat is genetic, how much fat you have is up to YOU!"
She still talks to me, in case you are wondering.
Great blog Matt!

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