It wasn’t so long ago that I was unfit – and overweight – and OBESE, to be honest.
I’d work out for hours on end, literally – so much so that my father during a rather “animated” conversation if you get my drift looked at me in a strange manner and said ‘you over-exercise!”
Now, I’ve made no secret of the fact that my father – or parents in general, for that matter – have “different philosophies in life” (and certainly fitness!) – so while that above statement was neither entirely true nor accurate – I only bring it up because it is relevant to what I have to say.
Not entirely true? Why, you might ask?
Well, look at this way – if you put a penny daily into your bank account – then a dollar – then 10 – then a 1000 – daily – would you call that an “over deposit”?
I don’t think so, my friend, and the same holds true for fitness.
But anyway, no matter what I did, and how hard I worked out (and believe me, I worked out HARD – and still did pull-ups, pushups etc by the dozen and then some), the weight just wouldn’t come off.
If anything it kept piling on.
Now that period in my life was one of the happiest overall – – but certainly not fitness wise, haha. I’d constantly bang my head against the wall trying to get to where I wanted to be fitness wise, but I seemingly couldn’t.
Now, over the past couple of days I’ve been dealing with issues with regard to my other business – my GREEN tea business – serious issue that cropped up of a sudden – when I could LEAST “afford” to have them happen (and no I don’t mean money by “afford”) – and when I least expected them to happen.
Kind of like the rain here in Southern China which seems to show up when one least expects it …
Anyway, the issues have been sorted – but the past few days have been “hellatious” in many ways for me, and why do I mention this?
Well – I mention the two DOWNS – because of this – if we stick through the downs and somehow find the gumption to “get to the other side”, well, guess what – UPS await – and plenty of them.
Fitness wise, I persevered through the “lean years” – and guess what happened.
I got the “pot of gold” at the end, and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon either.
Business wise, when I first started 0 Excuses Fitness after a 5 year or so break from the fitness biz – I had NOTHING with which to start – or even build a base – and yet, I did.
It all boils down to the nigh famous example that I’ve mentioned often in my newsletters – an example made famous by a man that BATTLED and SURMOUNTED all odds – and PLENTY OF RIDICULE – not only on his “way to the top” – but long after he achieved what some people would consider to be the “pinnacle” of success.
That man is the immortal Henry Ford – and the example I have referred to repeatedly in the past is when Ford first struck upon the idea of making his famous V-8 motor – an idea which was deemed “impossible” and impractical (not to mention stupid) by just about everyone.
That didn’t deter Ford, though.
His engineers worked on it for six months, and came back to him saying there was no solution.
He ordered them to keep going and keep “at it”.
Six months later?
And what was Ford’s answer?
“Go right ahead! I want it, and I shall HAVE it!”
The engineers “went right ahead”, as Ford said – they had no choice if they wanted to remain in Ford’s employ – – and guess what.
After a few more months – the solution “appeared” – – as if by magic.
The famous ford DETERMINATION – and PERSEVERANCE – had won out once again!
When you’re battling the lard lump, and trying to lose weight around the midsection and hips, it can seem to be an uphill battles at times, my friend.
I know, because I’ve been there.
True, it doesn’t have to be that way if you do all the right things, but the point is this – in fitness – and in LIFE – you will have ups and downs – and you’ll have the downs first.
The Universe lets no-one enjoy great accomplishment in ANY sphere without first testing their mettle, my friend – and that, along with the below quote is something you’d do well to bear in mind as you go through your daily routine – fitness wise – and LIFE wise.
Sometimes you have to take half a step backward to move two steps ahead.
These words were uttered by none other than Vincent Kennedy Mc Mahon – a man I admire greatly – a man who was born in a house with no indoor plumbing and ended up becoming one of the titans – a mogul indeed – in the world of sports entertainment as we know it today.
It applies to life – it applies to relationships – it applies to fitness – everything, actually.
Attack the downs – – enjoy the ups – – and I’ll end on that note for today!
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P.S. #2 – Thought of the day – – We might not always be able to control a situation – but we are ALWAYS IN CONTROL of how we REACT to the situation. Sage indeed, even if I say so myself!