THIS MONDAY was my first time going to the gym in about 3 months. Seriously. Last week was my first time running consistently for an entire week in 3 months as well. Long story short, I haven’t done much of anything! For the first time in a long time I just didn’t want to go. Didn’t have the motivation. Didn’t feel like lifting bro. Never, before now, have I had any issues with staying consistent with working out.
This is why it’s my first post on fitness.
I CAN ATTRIBUTE it to plenty things. The layoff, the robbery, the juggle of businesses, being newly married, a career change, or just plain laziness. We’ll go with laziness. It holds me accountable and eliminates excuses.
Excuses are tools used by incompetent men to build monuments of nothingness.
MY FITNESS JOURNEY is one I take pride in. It’s one of three main elements I wish you all to have. Health, wealth, and prosperity. Or as Benjamin Franklin is credited for saying, “healthy, wealthy, and wise.” We both have in common the core values that we feel define the wholeness of life. On our journey to live fully in each one, the others may be abandoned momentarily. That’s the beauty of life’s journey. Staying consistent with your core values. And in this case, staying consistent with working out.
SO WHAT DID I DO while on my 3-month slack-off? Well, to give myself some credit, I was pretty consistent in other areas of productivity. I would wake up at 4:30 every morning and consistently read. A book I recommend that helped greatly to wake up in the morning is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I stayed consistent with my meditating and worked diligently at my business every day. Attended different seminars and snuck in some traveling. So I wasn’t TOTALLY slacking. But my diet sucked and I had no energy.
I ATE FRIED CHICKEN from Chicken Plus which has amazing fried chicken by the way. And I even washed it down with a Dr. Pepper. I bought frozen pizzas and had those 3 times a week and would have a nightly honey bun right before bed. Ramen noodles were consistently on the menu and an occasional Ultimate Cheeseburger never hurt nobody right?
Man, look. I was eating everything I wanted to at the time. And it showed.
FITNESS IS A JOURNEY that we all struggle to travel narrowly. But it’s essential to living a long, vibrant, energetic life. Like I said, when I’m living life’s 3 core values. One or some may falter. The key is to hop back on and remember why you do it.
Staying Consistent With Working Out
Here are 3 things I do to help stay consistent with working out.
- Remind myself of my “why”. The reason I’m doing this. I guarantee it’s bigger than any excuse I can come up with.
- Set intentions prior. If I tell myself the night before that “I intend to get up at 5am the next morning and work out.” 99% of the time that’s exactly what I do. I don’t wait until the morning to see how I feel then decide. Because 99% of the time, I won’t feel like it.
- Buy nutritious groceries. If I have a fridge full of foods that scream summertime abs, then that makes it easier to put in the work to complement that healthy diet. In contrast, if I eat a slice of pizza for lunch, I usually lack the energy to even go to the gym. Then I crave another slice later. Lose-Lose.
THOSE MAY NOT work for you but they work for me. And like every journey that life takes us on, the only person living it is you. So find your motivation and stick to it. Speaking of motivation. Here’s tip #4. I listen to motivational videos prior or on my way to the gym. This helps a ton!
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In the meantime, I’m back on it! Progress pics on the way!