It’s the last day. One more day before I put my shoulder to the wheel, put my nose to the grindstone, take the bull by the horns… And I’m still excited. I can’t wait to start beating these goals day by day, week by week.
I have been spending a lot of time watching YouTube channels around fitness. I focused a lot on Shawstrength and watching the 4 times World’s Strongest Man grow. And now I’m watching Brixfitness. Robert Brix has nearly an identical story to myself. He lost over 140 pounds, spent a lot of time yo-yo dieting and learned a lot along the way. In one of his older videos on YouTube (I always watch things from oldest to newest) he asked eight questions you needed to ask yourself before you start a program. So I figured I’d answer them here.
1. Am I sick and tired of being sick and tired?
Who isn’t? I don’t know anybody who is excited about feeling miserable. I know even the way I feel now compared to a few months ago is astounding. I am tired of the lack of energy, the aches and pains I have, and many other things.
2. Do I understand the benefits of exercise?
I know that exercise is more than just about losing weight. It’s about bettering your heart, your lungs, your health, extending your life, and on and on and on. Exercise isn’t used to just burn fat but to build muscle and strengthen your heart. It even helps with mental wellbeing. Which everyone can benefit from. It always amazes me how much better I feel after a good workout.
3. Do I know what I’m doing?
This is a tough one. I like to think I know what I’m doing. I’ve spent a lot of time researching online while focusing on actual studies. I’ve done trial and error, different diets and different programs. But I’m far from an expert. However, I do know what I am going to try and what modifications I’ll make as I go, for both exercise and my diet.
4. Do I believe that I can do this?
He’ll yeah I do. In fact, I know I can do this. I just need to stop making excuses and just put the petal to the metal. Weight loss and exercise isn’t hard. Weight loss and exercise for life is hard.
5. Do I have long-term perspective?
I know that the whole project I’m doing is based on shorter chunks, but I know that my long-term goal is to remain healthy, get in the best shape of my life and become the best version of me that I can be.
6. Do I have a plan to get past obstacles once they arrive?
Honestly, this is the one where I might be lacking. Whenever obstacles come up, I tend to stumble over then and reach for food to fix everything. I know I’ll use my wife and family to help me when I have obstacles, but I really hope that there are very few that crop up.
7. Am I willing to invest in myself?
Luckily I don’t have to invest a lot financially in myself when it comes to this. I know what I’m going to eat, I have free access to a gym (and a membership to a recreation center if I need it), and I take very few supplements. I am investing in some equipment to help me lift better and more, but that is all I need to do right now. I had a personal trainer for a while and I truly think I did better on my own. But we’ll see if I need to do that someday. I’d be willing to if I needed.
8. What is success to me?
Wow, what a tough question. Success can mean so many different things to so many different people. I will probably have to think for a while about what it is to me. But for now, success will be taking things step by step, having more wins than failures, and learning when those failures do come up.
And in the end, looking and feeling great will be the ultimate success.