"I’m need to start working out"…its an epiphany that many people say as they look in the mirror, upset that they don’t look like the fake images on TV. I also like
"I want to lose X pounds by (insert date here)"…or
"I going on a diet"…
The problem with all these statements is they don’t address the REAL problem that many of us need to address if we want to drop weight…”Going on a diet” already sets you up for failure, because most diets are designed for you to fail…what the fuck kind of psycho “health expert” said it was a good idea to give up carbs, eat cookies (seriously), eat green foods only…etc…
Setting such a rigid deadline is good for the “rah rah” aspect of the beginning of a routine, but what happens when life happens and you have to miss a couple of days in the gym, and all of a sudden you put your goal in jeopardy..(Hint: you’re gonna quit)..
Instead, if you really want to see a change in your appearance, and really find success in your health goals, you need to change up your LIFESTYLE…and nope, its not easy..in fact its one of the most difficult things you will ever do. We’re talking about changing how you eat, sometimes you’re changing a diet you’ve had all your life.
So if you’ve reached this point in the post, you’re either too bored to read anything else, or you haven’t been discouraged by my scary words.(My motivation style doesn’t involve babying and cheerleading…either you want it or you don’t, I’m there for moral support but the desire and motivation is all on you) for this, I thank you, and congratulate you for having the desire to find the new and improved you…
So what’s the point of this post? everything I’ve talked about, I’ve struggled with in my journey, and mostly I’ve done it alone. I feel I have a little knowledge to share, and hopefully this reaches a few ears. Even if I only inspire one person,”I’m batting 1.000”. What follows is my “Ten Commandments”…things that have guided me on my journey, which I am still on. They’re not the holy grail of changing your lifestyle, but you can take what you like, ignore what you don’t, and apply it to your life and your journey…and without further delay…
1. “Fast Food Makes You Slow”
This is the ultimate rule. If you follow only one thing I say, please choose this one. There is NOTHING GOOD…let me repeat NOTHING GOOD…ABSOLUTELY NOTHING GOOD about fast food. Give up fast food and you’ll notice some things: you’re not tired all the time, you have more money, and it’ll start grossing you out..after a long hiatus, I gave in and ate a fast food meal, and I was lethargic and sick for the entire day afterwards…food should NEVER make you feel that way…NEVER!!!
2. “Homemade is better than restaurant made”
You can workout like a beast, but if you don’t eat right, you won’t see results. That’s a fact of life, and there’s absolutely no way around it. Sorry…cook more, eat out less. Just be wary of what ingredients you use, there’s plenty of bad food at the supermarket..buy good ingredients, eat wisely, and magical things will happen
3. “Lose The Scale”
First and Foremost, working out should be about one thing, challenging yourself. If you keep looking at the scale, you’ll feel like you’re never making progress…do this…pick a 4-6 week workout program, and weigh yourself ONLY before you start it and after you finish…plus changing things up every 6 weeks keeps your body guessing
4. “It’s ok to cheat”
Its VERY IMPORTANT to eat well.You must eat at least 3 times a day, and never stuff yourself.That’s a horrible habit to have…with that being said,have 1 cheat day a week to eat whatever you want, but ONLY honor it if you meeting weekly goals (workout 4 out of 7 days, for example).
5. “Buy Smaller Clothes”
They may not fit you right at the moment, but they’ll serve as motivation…cause if you work hard enough, there will be a moment when they fit you perfectly. :)
6. “Don’t work out for a female” (women lovers only)
My experience tells me women will drop you at the drop of a dime, regardless of what you do for them (bitter much?! Lol)..but seriously, this journey should be about you, not anyone else. Don’t do it for the admiration of the opposite sex, that will happen by itself…trust me ;)
7. “Look at yourself often”
When I first started, I took a picture of myself without a shirt and kept it within eyesight in my bathroom as motivation…its visual proof of where you started, and it’ll keep you from wanting to go back to the old you
8. “Music Is My Savior…and my cell phone is the devil”
Invest in a music player if you don’t have one. Throw on some headphones and zone out. Ignore your surroundings and think of nothing but your workout and the tunes in your head..and for the love of god put your cell phone away when you workout…working out should be personal YOU time…fuck the world…its just you and the jams
9. “Alcohol is bad…really, it is”
If you get drunk 2-3 times a week, you’re wasting your time and you should probably just quit working out..or you can cut back…sip on some wine during dinner, or limit yourself…try this: give up booze completely for 1 month…you’ll easily drop 7-10 pounds and you’ll be happy at how good you feel, you may not chug that booze with the same enthusiasm.
10. “Listen to your body”
Working out is hard, especially when you first start. But once you get a good routine going, you’ll start noticing good things. You’ll no longer need coffee to wake you up in the morning. You won’t feel sleeply after eating, cause you’re not stuffing your face.
A sound body means a sound mind, and a sound mind AND body means you’ll be able to take on and change the world with greater ease.
There it is.advice better than every wonderpill, surgery, “full proof diet” and exercise machine ever invented. Stop listening to magazines and the television, telling you to be thin (ladies) or super swole (gentlemen)…workout to feel good, and the results will show, and you’ll like what you see, and hopefully it’ll lead you to become addicted to the great lifestyle you are now living…
Good Luck :)