Saturday, May 23, 2009

You have to want it.

You have to want it for yourself if you are going to reach your goals. You cannot rely on anyone else to do it for you. It's great to have someone there that will motivate you but you cannot rely on others to "get you to the gym" or "get you out for a run". You have to push yourself. If you need someone there holding your hand along the way I am sorry I just don't think it is going to work.

Also do it for the right reasons. My experience, I started being active to "look good". Ha. What a failure that was. It's not that I failed necessarily, but more so that I didn't succeed. It wasn't until years later that I took a step back and realized it wasn't working and saw that I was an absolute mess; I realized I had to get into shape or else I would suffer health problems later on in life. That change spurred all of my success. Great success at that.

And you know what? The "looking good" part came along while I wasn't even thinking about it! ;)


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Making time.

There is always time. It's part of the commitment you have to make to yourself in order to succeed. Make time, as I have stated before, it doesn't have to be much.

Remember. Don't be lazy. And don't make excuses. Just go do it and feel better.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Excuses. Laziness. Sacrifices.

Laziness is our biggest problem. Excuses are next on the list.

We chose to make a decision that will require less effort. I could go for a walk... but hey there is a show on TV I want to watch. I could take the stairs but why would I, the elevator is right there. Look at all the parking spots... I bet there is one a lot closer. It's not because we need to watch that TV show, or we need to save a minute or two by taking the elevator (it is usually slower!) and likewise for parking closer to save time... probably spent more time looking for that spot than you would have walking from a little further away. All of these are excuses to be lazy.

I know because I used to make these decisions. You could tell :P. Now I chose the options that require a little effort, you can tell ;).

The idea of fitness is easier to grasp than most people realize. I am pretty adamant that if I can do it... anyone can. You take a pudgy fat ass such as myself 6 years ago, plain and simple I was lazy. I didn't want to put in the effort required to walk that extra step. I didn't want to make an effort to eat healthier. Until I decided that I was going to change my mind about getting myself to the gym and change my eating habits... I was "doomed" to my unhealthy lifestyle.

So yes, sacrifice. Sacrifice that TV show that you absolutely have to see. Sacrifice those few moments you think you will save taking an elevator or finding a closer parking spot. Sacrifice convenience... it's hard to do I know because isn't that what it's there for? Sure but at what cost?

Come on put in a little effort. Ok... a little more then.


Convenience tax?

When you goto the mall, where do you like to try and park your car? If you are like 60% (more probably) of people I am sure you drive needlessly through the first two rows of parking closest to the mall... so you don't have to walk so far. You know what you are just being lazy. It's raining out? Ok... you have children? Sure... An excuse is an excuse. I know. I used to be the king of them. I think you should park as far away from the mall as possible. No excuses. (except the obvious, physical handicaps etc...) This short little walk is probably the most exercise a lot of people get in a day. Sad I know.

A friend of mine had a status update on Facebook one day something to the tune of:
"Why would someone take the elevator to go to the 2nd floor?"
I replied promptly:
A) They are fat.
B) They are lazy.
C) Both A and B.
or D) They have some physical impairment and I am a jerk."

What's that you say? The elevator is there for convenience. Ok. Does convenience allow us to be lazy without consequence? No it doesn't. I say along with a fat tax I propose a convenience tax. Want to take an elevator but have two perfectly good legs and a heart? 25 cents please. Want to park your car close to the mall... 50 cents please. I know this wouldn't stop everyone from doing it but at least the people more concerned about a few quarters would seriously consider parking somewhere else.

So ya... put in a little effort and take the stairs next time. It's one small step towards a healthier you.


Oh by the way, what the average person doesn't know is that you can walk... yes walk, for thirty minutes a day AND if you are eating relatively "clean", that is enough to keep weight off (In most cases. Everyone is different).

The Kris Wahlstrom approach to fitness.


Through this blog I hope to help others with fitness goals (big or small) that they have set for themselves. I will share what successful things I have encountered, some useful information I come across on the Interweb and various other "tools" to help you and encourage you.

So, shall we?