Do You Have What it Takes?

So many people want to get in shape, lose weight, tone up, etc....BUT most people don't want to put in the work that it takes to get there! I hate when people complain about things but don't do anything about it! If you're satisfied with how you are, that's fine, but if NOT-then stop complaining and do something to change it!! It's in your control!



What most people don't know is that it takes years of freakin' heavy weights to really get muscles that show. It's not something you can do in a few months. It's actually really hard to build the amount of muscle it takes to be lean and defined. Even if you do have the muscle, then it also takes cardio with max intensity as well as consistent, clean eating to get the fat off so those muscles will show! It's not an easy thing.



It's taken me years to get these little biceps to grow, years to get some shape to these little chicken legs, years to get my shoulders to pop just a little...and I'm STILL workin on it!! But I love it! I love challenging myself, I love getting stronger, I love seeing all my hard work pay off! To me, it's fun. But it's definitely NOT easy.



When I'm doing my cardio at the gym, running sprints at 12 mph on an incline, I look around the gym and see people just strolling along on the treadmill, reading a book or a magazine, not working hard at all!! I just don't see the point. Get out of your comfort zone if you want something to change. You have to push harder, you have to challenge yourself; otherwise you won't get the results you want. Half hearted efforts bring half hearted results. (Got that from Craig Ballyntyne) Now, I'm not talking about elderly people or those with health problems-they are the only ones who should just be walking on the treadmill.

It comes down to dedication. You won't always be motivated, working out is not always fun! There are days when I don't really feel like working out...but does that mean I don't do it?? Of course not. I know that it has to be done, whether I feel like it or not! It's a part of my life, a habit, something I HAVE to do, just like brushing my teeth!




I read a good blog post by Yuri Elkaim about exercise and what it's taught him about life and people. He says, "Growth isn’t just limited to our muscles. When you exercise and have the ability to challenge yourself (maybe through sport or just working out), you also begin to grow as a person." That is SO right! If you push and challenge yourself through exercise, it's going to make you a stronger person not just physically, but mentally, and that will translate to other areas of your life, not just to working out. He also mentioned a quote in his blog that I love: "How you do ANYTHING is how you do EVERYTHING!" So SO true!!

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