I talk about my efforts to get in shape with my family and friends a lot, probably to the point of being annoying. I think perhaps some of them think I am bragging about it. I am not. It is just that I'm so excited and fascinated by how well it's been going and how much better my health is, that I want to tell people about it. I want others to experience the improvements in health that I have experienced. As I've progressed on this adventure in health, I've come to the 'stunning' revelation that anyone can do what I have done. Inevitably, when I tell people about these things, the answer I always get is, "I wish I had that kind of willpower." Guess what? You do have that kind of willpower.
What many people don't understand about this, is that willpower plays a very small role in things. Yes, you do need some willpower to get started, but once you get yourself in the habit, willpower becomes irrelevant. Once this new way of life becomes the 'norm' for you, you don't need willpower. You are just doing what you've 'always' done. You only need enough willpower to get yourself through the first month or so. Once you reach that point, things become habit and you no longer have to have the willpower to force yourself to do these things. You will find that not doing these things takes more willpower than doing them, after a while. Plus, after the first month or so, if you are doing things right, you will be seeing so much good results that you won't want to stop. You will want to keep going to see what else will happen. How much will my weight do down today? How much will my waistline shrink this month? How many more minutes can I do on the treadmill this month? How much more incline on the treadmill can I do this month? Wow, I don't get winded going up stairs anymore! Wow, I'm starting to see muscles! I can't believe I can fit in these jeans again!
So how do you 'find' that willpower you need to get started? Simple. Imagine your doctor just told you that if you don't lose 50 pounds immediately you will die. Ever notice how if the doctor tells you to do something or you will die, suddenly you 'find' the willpower to do it? Well, take advantage of this fact and pretend the doctor just told you this . If you think you can't do this, just think that your health is your life. If you continue down this path of being overweight and feeling miserable, your life will end sooner. Obesity is the number 1 most preventable cause of death in the United States. It has been related to such things as heart disease, diabetes, etc. So in a very real sense, if you don't lose that fat, it WILL kill you. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but some years down the line. Don't you think you'd like to 'earn' another 10-20 years to be with your family? Isn't that worth the 'hassle' of getting in shape? I think so. I'd rather be that 60 year old guy in the gym who looks better than the 30 year olds and hits on all the young girls, than the 60 year old guy in an old age home, walking with a walker, stooped over and taking a dozen pills a day for my heart condition. When I retire, I intend to spend my days traveling the world. That means lots of walking. I want to be in good enough shape so that I can visit the Grand Canyon and be in good enough shape to hike it. I wanna be able to take a walking tour of Italy and see the sights, without having to stop every five minutes and rest because I'm out of breath. I intend to never have to go through heart bypass surgery. These are all very real, very doable goals. You just have to 'find' the willpower to achieve them.