The hard changes for working towards a better physical life have been made. I’m trying to move forward and not be this shell of an obese person anymore. It’s going to take persistence, and effort on my part… and I’m 100% okay with that. I had a spark, I knew something needed to change, so I’m doing it. The below started as a Facebook post where one of my fencing instructors made a statement that kinda wowed me. If you’re into it, and wanna make the change, understand that it’s gonna feel impossible, but you’re worth it. To somebody.
“Most people cannot do what you’re doing right now, my man.” – Tora Taka – regarding my new fitness routine.
This galled at me over night, because I’m not special. I’m just a guy who has gotten fed up with the circumstances regarding his current weight, and as such, I made the conscious decision to make the changes necessary to stop being the me whose image I hate when I peer into the mirror.
Yeah, it’s stupid hard.
Yes, it is hard. It’s hard to wake up a little earlier, because, trust me, I’d rather sleep an extra half-hour to an hour. It’s hard to go to bed a little earlier to accommodate. Because I’d rather watch a night baseball game. It’s hard to limit my intake on portions – because I have the inability to feel full and have a constant voracious hunger (THANKS SIDE EFFECTS). It’s hard to make the decision to start the run, or hit play on the HIIT workouts. It’s hard to make the decision to not quit midrun because my lungs are burning, and my heart is protesting that I’m not sitting on a couch.
All this is hard, but it’s hard because it’s contra to what I’ve allowed myself to be accustomed to. As a society, we’ve allowed ourselves to be glutenous. We’ve reached a point where most of us ride a desk when it comes to our jobs. And we’ve reached a point where convenience gives us food that is neither healthy nor truly satisfying deep down.
But y’know, I feel better already, just a week in. Just moving because I can makes me feel better. At the risk of channeling Nike a bit too hard, if I ‘Just Do It’ I feel better all day.
But all this seems to confirm Tora’s point. That most people can’t do it. They can’t break free of the chains that keeps them with bad nutrition or bad exercise habits. As a society, we have become lazy. I am sure that there are many aspects behind it. I can’t give any reasons why this would be. With hard work, it is possible to move outside this routine. It won’t be easy, far from it. However, we, as Americans, are the people of Jack Kennedy. As Kennedy said in the “Address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort” delivered on September 12, 1962:
“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.”
You can succeed at physical fitness and having a healthier life. Just change “we go to the Moon” to “I will make myself healthier” and then realize it is going to be hard. And it is going measure the very best of you. If you’re willing to take the plunge, come on friends, lets do it.