When we lose the spark and excitement of the initial desire to become and stay fit, it is really easy to revert back to old habits. Enthusiasm can fade away a bit and all you are left with is the the daily grind we all know so well. “I am just too busy today.” That is one of the most repeated phrases in my own life. A fitness model once told me, “If I don’t want to be in the gym, you won’t find me there.” As he clearly had the physique most guys desire, he also seemed naturally lean and muscular. I don’t have that blessing. A few days off can equal a few pounds for this guy and I hate it but that’s my body type. This can be frustrating and at times I can emotionally eat to get back at…. well I have no idea who!
When this kind of dark cloud hovers over me, I have to find something that will motivate me. I know how to train, I know how to eat right, but I slip. I slip up badly at times. As a single dad, I use my son as motivation. What example do I want to set for my soon to be 4 year old? My last show, I came off the stage to a hug and kiss from my little man and him telling me he wanted to be like me on the stage. What a great feeling! Medals or titles mean squat compared to the admiration from your child. Do I want to be like so many overweight, out of shape dads out there or do I want to be the dad that he brags to his friends about when he gets older? I choose the second option.
So when I want to go into an inactive lifestyle or just say to heck with all this working out business, I think about that. This will get me in the gym when all I want to do is lay in the couch and flip through the channels. Find that one thing that makes you want to be the hero or the role model for those that struggle with fitness and embrace it! Everyone is different but a lot of us suffer from the same problems and adversities when it comes to our fitness. Find your source of passion and motivation and the excuses will stop. A commercial on tv recently got my attention, it said ” What’s in better shape you or your car?” The answer should be simple; me… or am I? That’s a thinker! Keep Grinding away!
Fitmark Ambassador 2014