Today is an off day from the weight room. I have a Tabata-style cardio session planned for later this afternoon along with some yoga.
My weekly weigh-in was this morning. I was down about a pound on the scale. The vast majority of that was fat loss based on my skin-fold/body-fat % measurement. One more week of attempting to get as lean as possible for my “After” photos.
Once this body transformation contest wraps up I plan to put my best effort forward with the Main phase of the Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0 program. For the last few weeks, I have been following the Beginner phase of the program. It has been a good introduction to the heavier, compound exercises that make up the bulk of the main program.
Besides putting forth an honest effort in the weight room, I also intend to be better about my food choices. While I have been much better about food choices I still have room for improvement. Specifically, my weekend eating plans need some refinement. I tend to slide an extra cheat meal or snack/two in on the weekends. That is coming to an end.
I’ve set a new fitness goal & to accomplish it will require a better effort in the weight room & the kitchen. My new goal? To be one of the finest looking 40 year olds you will ever see. I have 364 days to make this happen.
As I take daily steps towards achieving this “new” goal, I am also taking major steps towards achieving my #1 fitness goal. I haven’t shared my #1 fitness goal with many people. Maybe 2 or 3 tops. This is a rather ambitious goal & will probably take at least another year or more to see come to fruition. I’m ok with that.
After reviewing my journal, I now realize that in the last year I’ve gotten much closer to achieving this goal than I thought possible. I remember how much doubt and fear I felt last year when I committed to achieving this goal. So much so that I nearly erased the goal from my journal right after I wrote it down. My head was full of negative thoughts & my self-talk reflected this:
- “You’ll never be able to do it.”
- “You’ve failed every program you’ve tried.”
- “You don’t have the necessary genetics for the body you dream of so why bother?”
- “Who are you kidding, you won’t stick with a program long enough to see results.”
- “Even if you do stick with it, this will take a long time. Why bother?”
These were just a few of the fears/doubts that I experienced when I first crafted my #1 fitness goal. But I decided not to entertain those thoughts for very long. Instead, something inside of me experienced a major shift.
The old me I no longer wished to be.
Instead, something inside of me greatly desired to become the person I would become if only I had the courage to follow my dreams. The desire to become this new me was very powerful. I became excited about the possibilities. My vision was clear. I actually allowed myself to believe I could do this.
It was right then that I found the champion inside of me. The champion that we all have within us. The champion that gets imprisoned in the mental jail cell we refer to as our comfort zone.
My inner champion was released from prison that day. Consequently, the “little me” that shirked the hard work & discipline necessary to achieve my goals was locked up that day.
It has been a year since I committed to my #1 fitness goal. I’ve come a long towards accomplishing this goal. In one year, I have gained about 20 pounds of muscle & shed nearly 10 pounds of fat. This may not mean much to some people but for me this is a HUGE accomplishment.
But, there is still much work that must be done. Gaining the next 10-20 pounds of muscle is going to require an even more focused effort than the first 10-20 pounds did. It will definitely be a challenge. But I am eager to face this challenge head on. I no longer fear the unknown. I embrace it.
You see, this body transformation quest I am on isn’t just about looking good (although that is a GREAT benefit). Nope. It is about becoming more disciplined, leading by example, being more accountable to myself/others & many other positive outcomes.
I firmly believe that how we view ourselves inside is reflected on the outside. I know that when I was in my worst physical shape, I was also in my worst mental shape. It is no coincidence that as my body started to look better, I started to feel better about myself. As my confidence rose, so did my belief in myself. This has propelled me to this point & will continue to push me onward & upward.
My challenge to you is to set a fitness goal that makes you a little uncomfortable at first. Something that is going to challenge you to blow through every excuse that will hinder your progress. Something that requires you to step out of your comfort zone & to free the champion within. Something that will transform not only your body but your mind & your spirit as well. You won’t regret it.
Speaking of regret, here’s something from Jim Rohn that is worth pondering: