What Do YOU Want?
When you finally make the decision to take responsibility into your own hands, you have some work to do. We’ve touched base so far on where to start, and a few tips, but one of the biggest decisions you’re going to have to make is what your ultimate goal is.
It might even turn out to be your basic goal and intention is your final stop, but it’s still a very good idea to come to that decision. Do you want to work into a bodybuilder style physique? Do you want to have that killer beach body? Do you want to simply feel better and just have a good overall physique? Or do you just want to simply look good naked?
I, personally, want to mostly be content with looking good naked. As much fun as I think it would be to become an IFBB competitor, I don’t have that drive or desire to get that fit (at least not at this point so far). I also wouldn’t mind a few other things, but that’s not the point.
I have an idea of where I want to go, and how I am going to get there (no Lincoln, not hell. Although…). It’s one of the first things you need to decide on as you start your journey, as it gives you direction, and helps to outline your plan.
There are also a few things to remember though. First off, this journey is just that: a journey. It’s kind of like a road trip you take with your friends. There are side roads and different paths that take you to different layovers. Bumps in the road will happen, and you need to expect that. Can it be annoying at times? You’re damn right it can be.
Currently, my job has me on the road often, and I travel and drive around Alberta quite frequently. I am lucky because a lot of the trips are day trips, so I am home for several nights. Unfortunately though, that means I can’t always make it to the gym. For me personally, this is not fun. I enjoy my gym time, as it’s a place where I can think, and relax. Nothing else matters, just me busting my ass and working out aggression and frustration. Kind of like when I hit the heavy bag.
But it’s important to remember that this is okay. It’s not a big deal if you miss a day due to life. Life happens, and there is nothing we can do to change that. If you feel bad because you couldn’t make it, awesome. That means you care about your path, and it gives you motivation to work harder the next time. Don’t use it as an excuse and give up. Ever.
I missed a couple of days in a row because of work, and life. I had the second day planned out completely, almost down to the minute. Unfortunately, as I said, life happened. I ended up spending the day in the hospital dealing with some family things, and was not able to workout. Each day, by the time I was free and able to do something, I was busy taking care of things on the farm at home.
Am I using life as an excuse? No. Not in the slightest. There is always something that can be done. At home, I was able to move around 70 pound hay bales instead, doing a farmers carry, and a few other body weight exercises. It wasn’t very long, but its was enough to keep me active and maintain. It’s important to remember that the gym isn’t everything, and things can be done instead of it, especially when life happens.
I am not here to tell you what to do to become a professional, or to be the most jacked up person in your group of friends. Just to remind you that life happens, and the gym isn’t always going to be there for you ( but does it help when having to deal with “Janice-the-bitch-that-called-me-fat-but-doesn’t-even-know-me”). So relax, and don’t stress if you can’t make it one day.