Oh boy. My last email on training during the holidays (or, more specifically the folks who choose to avoid doing so) seemed to have caused quite a flutter — more so than some of my regular stuff does, hehe.
One person in particular was FURIOUS – – he replied to me with something along the lines of “How dare you classify people who choose to REST during holidays as opposed to train hard in the bracket that you did?”
And he finished a rather lengthy email off with comments written in a tone that would make a sailor blush to say the least.
Yet another person responded by telling me “not to tick off people by sending emails out like this. You’ll lose customers”.
I could care less, to be quite frank. I’ve always been known first and foremost for saying things are they are – – whether or not they “tick off” certain folks and their over-sensitive ears is not a matter of concern for me.
The ONE thing that I DO care about is giving it to you straight – – and saying it like it is, and if that approach “wards off” negativity and negative folks who choose to ignore reality – – well — then so be it, and I consider myself better off for it.
And so forth.
Of course – not all responses were negative. Some folks wrote back saying that yes – I was right – but somehow finding the motivation – and time to train was a factor not just during the holidays but during the “regular season as well”.
And that is what prompts today’s post – – and a flashback from “days yonder” that I believe you might find useful if you’re in the “can’t find motivation” category.
Many moons ago, I was introduced to the hill I climb fairly regularly these days by a lady I was dating at the time.
Now, before this, I was doing all the typical fitness routines that you see gym goers do. Endless sets of biceps curls (one of the most useless exercises there is by the way), squats with weights (an open invitation to lower back injury) and using a variety of gadgets in my training which I thought were helping me, but they were NOT.
Externally I was in decent shape – or so I THOUGHT. Despite a belly that was starting to bulge at the seams every week, I still kept telling myself what most folks say i.e. “it’s just a little bit of extra weight”.
Well, when my girl at the time invited me to climb that hill one fine Saturday evening, I accepted.
No problem, right? Just a quick walk up some hill? Bah! How can that compare to the gym?
Well – guess what, my dear reader – I was in for the shock of my lives. Not only did that hill climb tax my entire body in ways it never ever has before – – I was sore for DAYS on end after that – – just from this one climb.
My legs felt like they had turned to PULP when climbing (at a slow pace). My entire back was sore for three days after that – – and believe it or not, even my forearms felt worked to the bone.
And my upper abs were screaming for mercy by the time I got to the top. I still recall the “giggles” being directed at the “pang ren” (fat people in Chinese) as I labored on up that hill.
THAT was what prompted me to change my training around – – and though I had no inkling of any of the exercises that I teach in the 0 Excuses Fitness System NOW – – what I did know was I had to get in better shape.
And so I started to climb that hill daily. Now remember I used to work a long hard day back in the day – – had a full time job that kept me pretty much in the office from 9-6 (sometimes 8) – – not to mention an hour’s worth of travel daily.
Not only that, I worked at a factory where they did provide meals – – but the quality of the meals was so poor I rarely, if ever ate there – – which made for pretty much no food the entire day.
Not the most healthy of things to do, but such was life back then.
So you’d think if ANYONE would be “pardoned” for making excuses for “not finding time to workout”, it would be me, eh?
Not so, my friend.
I’d make it a point to climb that hill DAILY – – come rain, shine, hail, or sleet. I didn’t care if I was hungry and tired. I didn’t care if all I had was a few sips of tea during the day.
I could care less how late I got back from work – – all I had in my mind was a) I needed to get in better shape and b) what I needed to do to get there.
And gradually that tough climb became easier. The flab flew off — and – – fast forward to NOW where due to my 0 Excuses routines, I can literally “fly” up that hill and not just once – – multiple times at that.
(The 0 Excuses Fitness System routines are available right here – – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/)
Was it tough? YES. Did I feel like quitting along the way? Sure.
DID I quit though – – even when the tides were AGAINST me?
And that my friend, is the key right there to getting fit – – and warding off useless excuses to the tune of “I don’t have time after work”, or “my family responsibilities leave me with no time”.
Bollocks – – if I could find time – – anyone can – – and at the end of the day, where there is a will, there is a way.
So that’s today’s tip – – inspiration – – or “fuel to the fire” for some folks, hehe. Take it whichever way you choose to, my friend.
P.S. – I almost forgot to include the fact that I didn’t just “think” about what I wanted to accomplish in terms of an ideal body shape/fitness ideal. I IMAGINED it in my mind EVERY DAY. And THAT is yet another key which is usually ignored by 99.999% of people – – big mistake right there.
It’s the FIRST commandment in the 10 commandments of physical success – – and it might as well be the last and the rest of the 9 combined as well – – so important is it to remember.
Anyway, more such inspirational stories as well as the 10 Commandments can be found right here, my friend – – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/. Make sure you grab your copy TODAY!