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On this day exactly two years ago I began my fitness program…

Thursday, January 6, 2005 by  
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January
6
2005

“It was exactly one year two years ago today that I lugged my fat, bloated, out-of-shape, hung-over, pasty, broken-down body out of bed and in front of the camera for the first set of my daily transformation pictures…”

That’s how I started last year’s January 6th update – it’s worth a read if you have not read it in awhile and/or you are looking for a little inspiration.

It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since the day that I began to take my life back. I still remember that first morning vividly. Believe me, I didn’t jump out of bed brimming with confidence. No, there was a lot of fear and doubt in my mind those first few weeks – especially when I looked down and saw my big ol’ pasty gut hanging over my boxers, or when I looked in the mirror and saw my pale, bloated face. My appearance and health were products of countless years of too much booze and too much junk food, and I was afraid I’d gone too far. I remember my fear almost stopped me from moving forward. Does any of this sound familiar:

“This is how I look. No matter what I do today, this is how I’m going to look tomorrow.”
“What’s the point, John? Why waste your time?”
“You know you’ll just do it for a few days, nothing will change and you’ll quit.”
“Why put yourself through the misery.”

Sigh. Those kinds of negative thoughts ran through my mind a lot back then. I think the “old John” could sense that he was going down, and going down hard. Those thoughts were coming from “old John” as “he” flailed around in a pitiful, last-gasp effort to scare me into giving up the battle before it even started. Those kinds of negative, self-defeating thoughts are normal at first, but you have to be stronger than they are. You have to shut negativity and self-doubt down and focus on one day at a time. That first day will turn into the first week before you know it; that first week will quickly become a month. Soon you’ll realize that you are really making it happen. You’ll wake up feeling a little bit better every day, and your body and mind will become healthy again.

If you are reading this and are not happy with your body and health then CHANGE. I did it, and thousands of others just like us are doing it every day. Don’t put it off, and don’t be discouraged. Yes, it takes a lot of time and a lot of hard work, but I promise you one thing: you will never, ever regret it.

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