Jan 092014

I worked out hard from about May 2013 through September 2013. By the end, I set new records for myself reaching 245 on squat (5 x 5), 150 on bench (5 x 5), 100 on overhead press (5 x 5) and was satisfied with much of the progress I made.

Then my final semester of school got the best of me and work was tough. My workout partner was out of town frequently in October and so it fell apart. So I haven’t really worked out since then. Now that the new year is here, my workout partner is back in town and we registered for a half-marathon for the middle of March. This is great because it’s a goal, a challenging one, that I am determined to achieve.

We’ve restarted our workouts and let me tell you how discouraging this is…I started my squats (5 x 5) at 125 pounds and afterwards, my legs were killing me. Can you really lose that much muscle and strength? More than half in only a few months?!?! The human body is impressive.

What’s more impressive is that you can gain your losses back in the same amount of time. My diet is back and my workout routine is back. It’s pretty amazing that if you just stick to the plan you will see immense results. All you have to do is do it.

Well that’s the rub isn’t it. All you have to do is do it. Stick the plan and you will see results. As true as this is, for some reason it’s incredibly difficult for some people. For someone who has been overweight their whole life, I imagine that statement is like a slap in the face to them. But what motivates them? Can anything motivate them? This is something I don’t really have an answer to because my motivation comes from within. I want to finish this half-marathon with a decent pace and I know exactly what I need to do to achieve it. And I am actually doing it. But for some, that is not a feasible approach.

Remember, fitness is a big part of life. Head over to the post I created on fitness if you want to begin that journey.


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