These days I feel there is a big difference between motivation and willingness. Why? You can have all the motivation in the world to get fitter, thinner, stronger and healthier – they are everywhere you turn; “I will be able to run a half marathon and feel great and rejuvenated! I will be able to fit into any piece of clothing I want! I will be able to lift that heavier dumbell/press heavier, do more pull ups! I will feel on top of the world!”
Then comes the willingness portion: Am I willing to do all the things that are necessary to achieve all the above? I can’t have wine every night, I can’t rest my head on my pillow after a busy day at work because I will have to head to the gym, I can’t give in to my urge of having a piece of cheese or a loaf of bread or even that small piece of chocolate when I want to ‘treat myself’ – because having a shredded, fit body is not created this way. You must be anal, meticulous, FOCUSED. I will have to sometimes (most times?) be ok with feeling deprived, maybe hungry, I will be angry because I can’t chill out with my favorite bottle of wine, I will feel exhausted and defeated at the gym at times because I want to be stronger, buffer, and better RIGHT NOW ALL THE TIME!
So what does this all mean? I’m human, that’s all. I want to live the “good life” and still look smoking. Well guess again folks – although the American dream tells you you can have it all, it just ain’t true in the world of fitness. You’ve got to make CHOICE. You think you can have a six pack and indulge every other day? Uhmm.. no. It’s hard (I should add TOUGH) work. And sometimes it requires a lifestyle you can’t imagine for yourself. Tough, but correct.
Are you motivated? Great to hear. But are you WILLING??? That is entirely another question. Check yourself – before you wreck yourself. PSYCHE!! 🙂