Each morning as I prepare for the day ahead, I sit down with my notebook—filled with every single routine I’ve completed over the past 14-months—and I plan my routine.
Some days focus on getting the heart rate going via a tough cardiovascular workout, while others focus on building strength via weightlifting, but the main ingredient is always the same—F-O-C-U-S.
I’ve devoted myself to the idea of fitness for better than two-years now and what started out as a surface-level goal of netting a nice mid-section and killer arms has become a lifestyle that feels empty minus the presence of a healthy diet, an exercise routine, and an attitude that always feels I could be doing more to get better—I just know I haven’t reached my best “me” yet.
That said, fitness is not a goal, it’s a lifestyle. I don’t know how much I can stress that point to those who are reading, but it’s something that I strongly believe. You have to make the decision—sometimes every day—that the choices you’ll make will be ones geared towards keeping you healthy in the long-term.
Am I perfect day in and day out? Absolutely not! If you read this blog with any regularity you know I have days where I fall off the wagon of health and want to throw it all away just to go back to the bliss of eating without precaution—to live in a world where being “skinny” is enough. But that ship sailed for me long ago, with knowledge came a bigger responsibility to myself. And that responsibility means that I am always fully aware of the choices I make regarding food and exercise.
I could never go back to being the person who threw caution to the wind because I am no longer that person.
The point I’m trying to make here is being skinny is not the goal, being fit is—whatever your definition of that word happens to be is up to you. You choose your focus and you make the decision on how you’ll get there, but once you enlighten yourself with all the knowledge that commitment to good health involves, please remember, there is no turning back.