If you had any New Year's resolutions and managed to keep them 'til now, GOOD JOB.
Research shows that it takes 21 days/times to make something a habit.
So if you've made it this far, DON'T FUCK IT UP!!!
So here we are - a little over a month into 2010 and what have I got to show for it?
Well, I did spend a week in Puerto Rico, trekking through the rain forest, touring the Bacardi distillery and exploring Old San Juan.
I'm also getting over a really rad strep throat.
But I'm a man focused on progress this year, and like my last post made clear, becoming a better person should be a consistent, never-ending battle in many aspects.
....such as fitness.
Here is a blog post from one of my favorite training authorities.
My favorite quote from it: "If you are too stupid to realize that regular exercise and a healthy diet is a necessary part of life I’m not going to waste my time telling you. Get on some prescription drugs, order a sausage pizza and watch another episode of Friends."
Motivation has to come from WITHIN, people!
You also have to discover your own drive and determination to achieve any kind of goals - fitness or otherwise- that you truly desire.
Like Jason says, "You either want to do something or you don't"
I have people coming to me for fitness and nutrition advice, and they seem disappointed when they ask me how they can get a six-pack or lose arm fat and I say they need to change their diet.
Not to call anyone out, but I'll never forget a certain someone who said she'd rather double her time on the treadmill than give up the 5 spoonfuls of sugar in her cereal or stop eating rice with every meal.
Well guess what............
"You either want to do something or you don't"
NOTHING worth achieving comes easily - including a healthy body.
If you ask me for advice, I will ask you what your goals are and I WILL offer you a genuine, heartfelt opinion that I think will help you.
I WILL NOT tell you about some secret, all-powerful exercise or supplement or piece of equipment that will transform your life, because none exists.
But this isn't just a fitness rant, it's a lifestyle rant.
A friend recently shared with me this NY Times article about an intense research study that revealed the power of social circles.
Your close friends, not-so-close friends, and even your friends' friends, can have a dramatic effect on whether you're happy, addicted to something, fit, overweight, etc.
If this isn't a wake-up call to reevaluate the people in your life, I don't know what is.
Hanging out with guys who drink 4-5 beers or sodas a day or eat a large bag of Doritos with their lunch will prevent you from getting that leaner body you say you want.
Likewise, accompanying your buddies on a smoke break will hurt your chances of quitting.
But spending time with that healthy friend with similar goals WILL help you dramatically!
Energy is contagious!
Use it to your advantage!
Here's hoping you may you find positive people to help you with your goals.
Best of luck.