Monday, July 22, 2013

if it were easy, everyone would be doing it


it's called "working out".  it's called "exercise".  it's called "strength training".  it's called "bodybuilding".  it's not called "sit there, think about it, want it, wish for it, but not do anything about it".  anyone in the fitness world, whether they're a fitness competitor, professional athlete, fitness professional, or the every-day gym rat, will tell you that it is hard work to transform you body, life, diet, and mind.  

they'll tell you that watching each beaded drop of sweat fall to the ground is one of the most beautiful sights they've ever seen.  

they'll tell you how it was really hard and frustrating, at first, to stay on track with their nutrition and how the old habits are hard to break.

they'll tell you about the joy and rush they feel every time they exceed their own personal best with a weight or rep amount.  

they'll tell you about how many hours a week they spend training and doing food prep.

they'll tell you how magical the transformation is when you begin to see muscle definition pop up where flat, flabby, soft, and weak skin used to me.

they'll tell you about the aches and pains, the soreness and the strains.

honestly, even among all of the good endorphins and progress, there is frustration, pain, moments of weakness and temptation, retrogressing, and time away from doing what everyone else is doing.  it's hard work.  it's not easy.  if it were, everyone would be doing it and nobody would be overweight or making unhealthy choices.  it's not easy.  it never will be.  it never should be.  if it is easy, it's not challenging you.  if it's not challenging you, you're not learning, you're not progressing, you're not growing, and you're not excelling.  just as a gorgeous diamond emerges after exposure to excessive amounts of heat and pressure, so will your results.

it most definitely will not be easy.  it most definitely will be worth it.

eat clean.  live lean.  live better.  live longer.

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