There's a noise emanating in the near distance followed by a momentary flicker of light - like a camera flash triggered off inside your head. A sudden involuntary snort of pillow scented air plows its way down into your lungs.
Your back tightens and your hand moves automatically to the nightstand. Before the alarm clock can become anymore obnoxious, you snuff it out with a swat of your palm. "Gym?" you say to yourself, "There ain't no way I'm going to the gym today."
Maybe it was six or less hours ago when you finally laid your body down in bed. The thought of getting up and heading out to the gym danced whimsically inside your mind as the night stole away your consciousness.
You roll over, finding yourself troubled by the disappearance of motivation and the last fragment of a wonderful dream. Pulling the cover over your shoulder, you once again promise yourself tomorrow will be the day when you will, "for sure, I promise", go to the gym.
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The Thought Of Getting Up And Heading Out To The Gym Danced
Whimsically Inside Your Mind As The Night Stole Away Your Consciousness.
Tomorrow Never Comes
We all know that tomorrow never comes because in reality, it's always today. Most wonder why motivation to do something can be so vibrantly strong moments before we go to bed. I have a friend who quits smoking every night, embolden enough to throw their cigarettes into the toilet. Still the following morning, as soon as they can, they buy another pack.
Critics of people caught up in this dilemma point a gnarled accusatory finger and chastise them for not having enough will power. They snicker and shake their heads at those who can't seem to understand that if you want something bad enough, nothing will stand in your way of getting it.
But I'm not you and you're not me, so by all means if you pulled the sheet over your shoulder this morning, or any morning, ignore them.
Can I write articles in 1,500 word chunks? Sure, for me it's quite easy. Can I churn out five to ten articles a month and submit them to websites or magazines? If I knuckled down... I could. But what will they actually mean to you when you read them?
There are countless preexisting articles with hundreds more on the horizon. Step-by-step instructions on how, when, and why to exercise and eat properly. Yet the numbers are quite clear and large when it comes to the description of being "out of shape" or "overweight".
If the aforementioned people represent bucket one, there exists two additional buckets of people. We'll start with bucket three; the professional fitness athletes. Their paths are very clear and free of most obstacles people in bucket one and two face.
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Author, Angela Mraz: 'We All Know That Tomorrow
Never Comes Because In Reality, It's Always Today.'
What drives these folks is the sheer desire to have and maintain the best possible body. They are the motivational force for people in bucket two and perhaps some of those in bucket number one.
If you're reading this article, I suspect you are either in bucket two or three. Those looking for "the edge", a valuable slice of information that will allow further unraveling of the body sculpting mystery.
Not to get off the beaten path, but to emphasize a point that I haven't clearly uncovered... The other day I responded to a tweet. The tweet was a search for a nutritionist who could help an aspiring athlete to plan a pre-competition diet.
I responded by stating "Dieting down for your comp is an 'experiment' if it's your first comp. Basic rules apply, but a lot has to do with timing."
I'm still not entirely sure the tweeter understood what I was trying to get out. Twitter is fun and informative, but you really can't get into the details when you have a mere 140 characters at your disposal.
The key word was "experiment". And this word should be a treasured weapon used in most everything we do. Why do I say this? Imagine how dull our world would be if people failed or were afraid to experiment. After all, fitness articles are reiterations of successful and failed experiments - aren't they?
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Success Results From Failures
One of my favorite sayings is: "The Pied Piper used a flute, but I choose sexy, pouting calves over five inch heels." If you're calves are sexy and pouting then that would mean your exercise plan for calf workouts is successful.
To further emphasize my point, you're success resulted from several failed experiments in types of exercises used, the amount of sets and reps employed, days per week calves are worked, and amount of weight used.
Does it really matter that you want it bad. In fact, so bad you can taste it? But failures in getting it push you further away from the goal.
The true winner is the one who gets up when they fall down. But some people have fallen so many times that their corner man has thrown in the white towel and begged them not to get back up. But we must get up!
Falling down or failing to get up and go to the gym in the morning are momentary failures that can be discounted quickly. At least those as they relate to getting fit must be.
The lesson learned is what we must rise up with, held firmly in our hand. Experiments are things we do purposefully, and sometimes by accident, in order to learn something - right?
We Must Rise Up
Let's rewind back to a friend who every night before going to bed flushes their cigarettes down the toilet. Nothing more than a waste of money because we know that each morning this person ends up buying a new pack.
They run and fall, run and fall... their corner man (or in this case, their bank account) is forever tossing towel after towel into the ring pleading for them just to stay down.
What can be, if anything the valuable piece of information they must rise up with held firmly in their hand? Quit today, not tomorrow. Cold turkey may not be the answer, perhaps use nicotine gum or wean yourself slowly off the habit.
As of this article, my friend no longer throws cigarettes down the toilet before going to bed. They have confessed to me they sleep better at night since they are less stressed out over knowing tomorrow morning they will end up failing on their promise not to smoke.
The amount of cigarettes they smoke has been halved, they have begun to exercise and are beginning to understand just how much damage smoking is doing to their physical fitness.
I suspect that in some time they will give up cigarettes all together once the final decision has been made that their body is just too important to sabotage with tar and nicotine.
We're a work in progress. We are a living document that needs to be amended constantly. Not until the last breath we take can we finally set down our pen and offer up our finished masterpiece.
Grab Your Accomplishments
In our business, professional athletes can be defined as genetically gifted, but that's not entirely fair to say nor true. I'd much rather bask in the glow of being known as a great learner.
Trust me when I say that my corner man has thrown in more than just towels on many occasions. On the way down some slippery slopes my stomach has taken up refuge and on the summits of the highest hills my heart swelled so large tears have spilled from my eyes.
The corner of my lips shook hands with my ears. All my greatest accomplishments have been achieved by taking the time to understand the lesson I needed to learn.
Just as you can (this very second) touch the computer screen in front of you, you can reach out and put your arms around significant fitness accomplishments.
Let me share with you ways to better understand what you may very well learn the next time you fail to get up in the morning and go to the gym.
Common sense applies. Sometimes it's the simplest solutions that yield positive results; i.e. did you go to bed early enough or perhaps you're simply not an early morning person. Digging deeper in to more complex reasons, we can look at motivating factors, thinking along the lines of having to get up and go to work.
We may not be motivated to do so, but we do none the less since the motivation there is a simple thing called a paycheck needed for paying bills. What was playing on the radio that woke you in the morning? Was it the offensive bleeping, a commercial, or some static filled song?
On the other hand, imagine, if you can, that you're partner for this morning's workout is Brad Pitt. Your feet will more than likely hit the floor before your head has a chance to move up from off the pillow!
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All My Greatest Accomplishments Have Been Achieved By
Taking The Time To Understand The Lesson I Needed To Learn.
My Success Methods
There's a lot to discuss and many lessons I can personally relate for you, but I will save that for a future article. I will leave you with some of my success methods to prevent pulling the covers over my shoulder after the alarm has gone off:
- I have no more or less than seven to eight hours of sleep.
- Going to be hydrated.
- Reviewing, the night before, what body parts and exercises I will be doing the following day.
- Setting out my gym clothes, bag and iPod the night before.
- Spend several minutes (after the lights go off) visualizing what I am going to do in the gym.
- Ensuring my "goal" of presenting the best possible me in my next show is achieved.
I'd like to end this article by emphasizing the need to have a plan. A well laid out plan makes it so much easier to spot the lesson learned when we fail at something we set out to do. Every win is the culmination of many failures!