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What is your “why”?

What is your “why”?

If you are reading this, then you are either considering embarking on a life changing fitness journey or have already started one. Dedicating yourself to taking on a Beachbody exercise program, changing your daily nutrition, and finding the time to do it all in a hectic schedule can be a daunting task. There will be many obstacles in your path, you may get sick or just not feel like working out, surprises will get in your way that mess up your workout schedule, etc.

When I was almost 300 pounds, my doctor was concerned about my health. I was embarrassed so I started giving him a long list of excuses on why I was not taking better care of myself. He shook his head and simply said, “Don’t let LIFE get in the way of your health.” That comment hit the mark. I was letting everything else in my life take priority over my health.

When I finally made the decision to fully commit to the P90x program, I knew it would be difficult, but I had no idea just how difficult. It was tough, REAL tough. It required dedicating myself to at least an hour of intense workouts 6 days a week. It required completely changing my eating habits. It required me to become mentally tough and have the courage to say “no” to friends and family that offered me fried food, sweets, and alcohol. When I look back I can’t believe I was able to accomplish all that. But, it was so worth it. Now, I am the lightest I have weighed in over 20 years!

Looking back I really don’t think I would have had the fortitude to commit to it if I had not figured out my personal “why”. For me it was simple. I turned 40 in 2010 and celebrated the birth of my 3rd child. As a father, you do the “math” in your head and figure out that I will be well into my 60’s before all my kids finish college. Weighing 275 pounds, I began to question if I would still be around to see them grow up. My wife once commented that we had better buy more life insurance for me because I may not live past 50 living the way I did. The sad thing is that she was probably right.

For me, my personal “why” is to be healthy so I can be here a long time for my beautiful family. I want to be fit and healthy enough to enjoy all my time with them and be a good example. So, when “LIFE” came along and got in the way, as it often did, I would dig down deep and focus on my personal “why”. It was always enough to motivate me and keep me pushing play, say “no” to my favorite sweets, and drive past the fast food restaurants.

So, what is your “why”? What will keep you pushing play every day and making the right food choices? Write it down and remember my doctor’s advice, “Don’t let LIFE get in the way of your health.”

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