My goal is to place in the Top Five at a National Level NPC Figure competition.
I want to have six packs abs year round.
I am determined to build leg muscles that show through my pants.
And I am willing to do pretty much whatever it takes to make that happen.
I take my own food to restaurants and parties and eat out of tupperware. I carry a half gallon jug of water everywhere. (I mean everywhere.) I go weeks and sometimes months without splurging on sugar or dessert. My goals mean extreme sacrifice, but it is worth it to me.
Does this make me better than you? Not in the least. More dedicated? Nope. I just have different goals.
What are your goals? What are you willing to do to make them happen?
It is not easy nor normal (or even reasonable) to want six packs abs all year round. Do not believe the media hype that suggests this is how we all should be or want to be.
You may just desire to be healthy and be able to find clothes in your size that you actually like.
Maybe you want to have lower body fat, stronger arms or a smaller butt.
Perhaps you just want to lose a few pounds, feel good most of the time and eat what you want within reason.
There is nothing wrong with any of these goals. They are all healthy, attainable and personal.
Your goals will differ from mine, and the work it takes to achieve your goal will not be the same as mine. That’s ok.
If you can’t imagine planning all your meals days ahead of time, hauling a giant water jug around and working out twice a day, my lifestyle isn’t for you.
If the thought of taking your own food to a party makes you cringe- congratulations! You are normal.
You do not have to live to that extreme nor do you have to want to.
However, you do have to accept that you will never look like a fitness model, have six pack abs or 12% body fat.
Didn’t expect to, did you?
Your goals must be in direct proportion to the work you are willing to put in. You must decide what is worth it and what isn’t, then align your goals accordingly.
You don’t get want you don’t work for, but you don’t work for what you don’t want.
The secret to achieving your goal is being 100% ok and committed to whatever it is you choose. Just want to eat what you want? Go for it! But don’t make excuses as to why you aren’t two sizes smaller or why you can’t seem to lose weight.
You have to barter with yourself. What’s reasonable for you, and what are you willing to do to get it?
That’s the true path to success.