Sunday, 14 April 2013

Taking back control

Every day the proverbial "I cant" rushes to our lips based on some notion that something else is more important than our health.  One hundred daily tasks make it to the top of our "to do" lists, over taking care of ourselves, quickly forgetting that without our health the trivials become obsolete.

We seem to bound ourselves to impossibilities, restrictions and diminutive burdens leaving us settling for average.  We are quick to accept mediocre as part of our lives.  Fitness, strength and athleticism may not be the first priority for everyone, but surely health, vitality and well-being are right up front.  In this case you cannot have one without the other.  

Overweight? tired? weak? unfit? Everybody wants to be in shape, but nobody is willing to work for it, nobody is willing to act.  Wake up, man up, and take back your life.

Nobody cares where you want to be if you not willing to commit to getting there.  In this modern day world everybody seems to be "too busy" to take the time out to exercise, "too busy" to whip up a healthy meal, and "too busy" to commit to anything, but never "too busy" to watch the next episode of Greys Anatomy, or "too busy" to stop at the drive thru window and pick up their 2000 calorie heart attack.

Not only have you settled for less but you have embraced it.  Why is it so prevalent in our society to see a goal but not attack it, we give up before we have even started and without even acknowledging the limits we place on ourselves.

The only thing standing in your way of achieving your goals is you.  Not your busy schedule, 2.5 children or old high school injury.  These excuses are created and controlled by only you,  you allow these rationalizations to justify your unfit, out of shape self.

Do not be affected by the world around you, you need to strive to effect the world, your world.  

Here is my advice.  Take back control of your life.

Own your shortfalls, there is no moving forward without accepting what has set you back.  Do not pass blame, do not point fingers and do not allow excuses to control your journey.  Take responsibility, your body is the one thing you will always have, the one thing that is owned and piloted exclusively by you.  Take care of it. 

Healthy eating is not rocket science.  What you put in, is what you get out.  I cant say I have met anyone who wants and chooses to be an oily, fatty, hyperactive alcoholic.  Doing one million ab crunches, and grunting like a troll for two hours on the pec dec is not going to out train your burger buns and sloppy joes.

Train and eat like your life depends on it,  because it does.

Muhammad Ali hated every minute of training but he said "Don't quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion"