It’s a little hard to believe that two weeks of my 2008 bulking training have already elapsed (well, after today’s workout). I can honesty say that I am enjoying my training and my diet more than any other time over the past six years. I think a large part of why I am having so much fun right now is because over the past year my training and diet have often been lacking, and that bothered me; it feels very satisfying to be 100% back on track.
I know many of you of reading this have worked hard, made good progress and then sort of let things slide a bit. It happens to the best of us. It’s so weird how that works: you know you want to get back on track, you miss how great you felt when you were in shape and eating right and you might even been feeling some depression… yet day after day goes by and nothing changes. I know how difficult it can be to get back into the swing of things after a slide, but you can do it!
First of all, you have to have a plan. Making a plan is not hard to do: set a goal, create a workout program and diet to support that goal and then tell the whole damn world what you are going to do. Accountability is important – tell your family and your friends, start a journal and/or blog on the forum and take “before” pictures. Getting involved in the JSF community can also be very helpful: ask questions, talk to people about your goals and get involved by helping others. Get excited about what you are about to do!
Once you have your plan worked out (and don’t fall into the trap of endless planning – making a plan should not take long), execute it with consistency and determination. The first week or so might require some extra willpower on your part, so don’t allow yourself to make any excuses. Once you get the ball rolling you’ll feel so great that you’ll wonder how you ever slipped in the first place.
I’m not just spouting rhetoric. Several weeks ago I was missing workouts, eating a lot of horrible foods, drinking alcohol on more nights than not and basically starting to feel pretty crappy about myself. Two weeks ago I flipped the switch and since then I have not missed any workouts, I’ve stopped drinking entirely, I’ve stuck to a 100% clean diet and I feel absolutely incredible again. If you can identify with anything I’ve written today, I really hope you’ll be inspired to do the same. It’s really not that hard, and the rewards are priceless.