I write about 8 million blogs a week about how and why ANYONE out there can get into great shape and be happier and healthier quite easily with just a little bit of effort 40 seconds at a time. But I guess maybe… perhaps that’s not entirely correct.
I’m certain there’s a lot of people out there who might read one of my articles and think to themselves “well, that’s easy for HIM to say… but he doesn’t know about my [insert dreadfully unfortunate circumstance here] and how it’s so much harder for me than everyone else”.
So, in the interests of fairness and keep things balanced, I decided to list all of the LEGIT reasons why you might not be able to successfully get into shape. I’m not necessarily saying “the next Mr or Ms Olympia”, just ordinary every day goals like being in a healthy weight range with a lean and attractive (that means TONED) physique.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…
- You do not actually want to get into better shape.
That’s IT, right? Seriously. People who really WANT something, find a way to GET it.
It’s easy to look at other people and assume that they have it easy. How would you know? For all you know they might be hitting the gym in their one spare hour between working two crappy jobs to make ends meet. For all you know, gym might be their only break from taking care of their sick child. You don’t know what medical or emotional condition they might have had to over come to see results from exercise… for that matter it could be a medical or emotional problem that forced them into the gym in the first place.
There’s PLENTY of people out there exactly as I described, doing their best in spite of less than ideal circumstances. So, pull yourself up the next time you find yourself resenting someone for being “a skinny bitch with a perfect life” or whatever. Maybe go ask them how easy they’ve got it, instead.
Some people get a rougher deal than others in life but I put it to you that almost anyone who’s achieved some level of happiness and success in life will tell you, they had to scratch and claw and fight for every ounce of it. Ever known someone who had a god given talent for music or art or some other thing that should have given them a great life, but they squander it by being a screw up / unreliable / dishonest or whatever? And yet other people who will tell you they had “no natural ability whatsoever” managed to make something of themselves by sheer determination and perseverance?
It’s true that a lot of the time it is human nature to not appreciate what comes easy to us, while the things we had to fight for mean all that much more to us. So again, when you see someone in great shape… look, the actual TRAINING part actually doesn’t require any special abilities or physical attributes. It’s making the commitment, being consistent and sticking to a plan that separates the winners from the whiners.
“The only thing that is keeping you from what you really want is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t have it.” – Tony Robbins
I would put it to you that rather than listing off all the reasons why you CAN’T do something about getting into shape, list them all off and then say “BUT I AM DAMN WELL GOING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN ANYWAY”. Visualise it, being the sort of person with that level of drive and determination. Wouldn’t that be something? Make it happen.
I’m pleased to report that these days I am almost exclusively attracting PT (including online PT) clients who actually want results. People who come back to me after just a week or two and tell me “I did what you said, and it is working already. I can FEEL it and I can SEE it already”.
Have a look at my personal training testimonials; no one is saying “oh god it was so hard but I guess it was worth it”, everyone is saying “it was actually pretty easy”. Nothing about this is actually difficult. Eat within the correct range (not too much, not too little) of calories, balance your macros (proteins, carbs & fats) appropriately, and lift some stuff up and down. OK the lifting is SUPPOSED to be difficult, but it’s only for 40 seconds at a time.
That’s probably enough of a rant for today. Stay tuned because tomorrow I am going to tell you why this is actually going to be a LOT easier for you than it ever was for me. Real talk!