Let's be real .... if you aren't working towards it - you are thinking of it, wishing for it, yearning for it. All you gotta do is just get up and put in effort. Shock yourself, shock everyone around you. Put all the doubts behind you. Nobody can do that for you - but you! .
You will thank yourself later, we always do.
People always ask me why I workout. Are you doing any type of competition, what are you working out for?
➡️ my answer is, no, I workout bc it's my lifestyle. I workout to be happy & healthy for life. I workout to feel good! You don't need to be a bikini competitor, power lifter or whatever else to workout! Do it for yourself, do it to keep your body strong & healthy!
In Life, you have to find something that motivates you, gets you up in the morning somedays without an alarm clock, that drives you to do better, be better, and improve every aspect of your environment 💪 Things that involve the words I, Me, or Myself aren't going to make you do all those things I listed above 😒 at least not for years and years. When it comes to finding what's going to drive you to do things, you have to look EXTERNALLY. People will do MORE for others than they will for themselves. Don't believe me? We see it everyday with people who have kids. Unfortunately not all, but many parents will sacrifice more for their kids than they would for themselves. THAT'S what really DRIVES a person to be more than who they are right now. A single mom going to school, working 3 jobs, and still cooking dinner for her kids isn't doing that for herself. She's dragging herself through Hell scratching and clawing her way to success so her kids can have a bright future 🙌
These are my two biggest motivations... Yeah, one is a pooch 😂 but they are, without a doubt, my entire Universe. Every time I see them like this I don't actually stop and enjoy the moment unfortunately currently... Because I know now isn't the time in my Life to do so. Instead, I only think about how much more I need to do to ENSURE these moments always continue to exist so I can finally truly enjoy them later. To make sure I keep improving, learning, growing, expanding, and to be more and more successful than I was yesterday... I don't need to be rich with money. I just need to be comfortable with money and I'll be rich from these two 💙 If that concept can't get you out of bed without an alarm, nothing will #motivationmonday
Haven't deadlifted in a year. Got derailed by a herniated disc and then a pulled groin that never wanted to heal.
But on my 40th, I decided to give it a try. Was afraid to go full throttle, but satisfied with a smooth pain free double at 315.
Make a series of small changes that you can maintain for the long-term. That’s it. That’s all you have to do to build a healthy lifestyle. You don’t have to cut your portion sizes in half (unless they’re insane portions). You don’t need to restrict certain foods from your diet. You just have to be in this thing for the long-haul, because if it’s going to last, it’s going to take time.
Choose something to work on every week. If you’re just starting out, set a goal like walking three days per week or a certain number of steps per day. Then focus on having a veggie at every meal. Maybe the next week you can add in a couple at-home workouts.. It just keeps going from there..
If you’re overweight, you’ve made some unhealthy decisions along the way to get to this point. So now you have to do the opposite. Make a series of healthy changes, maintain them, and watch your life improve every day! ☀️💪🏼
10 WEEKS TO 40
I've lifted weights for 2 decades. It's a big part of my life. Pretty early on I realized it's as much for my mental health as it is for my physical health.
I did a lot of things wrong along the way, and as I've gotten older it started catching up with me. I had to figure out nutrition. I had to figure out stretching and mobility. I had to accept that I have a skinny frame and there's nothing I can do about it
But the most surprising thing I learned was that I was making it way too complicated. Once I educated myself, I was able to transform my physique.
As a challenge, I took the 10 weeks leading up to my 40th to get in the best shape of my life. And I hired the best photographer in town to take some pictures to document. It was really scary for me because I do have some pretty severe body image issues. I still see the skinny pimply teenager in the mirror.
But the point is, this can be done. Doesn't matter your body type or your fitness level. I don't do any cardio. Aside from the last few weeks, I don't deprive myself of any food. I eat a half pint of ice cream almost every night. I did this by lifting heavy and lifting smart three to four days a week, and following some easy nutrition principles.
I'm happy to help anyone start their journey.
But in the meantime, I'm gonna eat pizza and cookies all day, and start thinking about my challenge to get in the worst shape of my life by age 41.