If you’re anything like me, you don’t care about the New Year all that much. Hell, you probably didn’t even stay up to watch the ball drop. Sure it was fun when we were in our twenties and thirties, but now it’s just another day.
When we get to reach our forties and beyond, we tend to be pretty set in our ways. You may tell yourself that this year is going to be the same as last year, so why get excited for a new year?
Make 2015 Different
Sure, if you choose to do the same things that you did last year, everything will probably turn out the same. You’ll have the same job, the same bills, the same responsibilities, the same time constraints, and the same body.
Now, if you’re happy with your fitness level and how you look in the mirror (with your shirt off), then that’s great! You’re where 98% of other men want to be. But I don’t think that’s the case. We are all striving to be better in some capacity and for most men, it has something to do with how we look and feel.
We all want to feel powerful, confident, and attractive. We want to look great and be told that we look great.
So if we want these things and can’t honestly say that we felt them in 2014, how are we going to change that in 2015?
You (and I) are going to do things differently. We are going to change.
How Do We Change?
Change starts first with actually wanting to change and believing it can and will happen. Wishful thinking will get you absolutely nowhere. We all want to look like Greek Gods but very few will ever try to make that happen.
The good news is that you get to start this year with a clean slate. If you were a lazy piece of shit last year, so what? If you gained 30 pounds last year, so what? There is nothing holding you back from achieving your goals and dreams except you. It’s critical to understand this point and far too easy to blame others or our circumstances for why we aren’t where we want to be.
The fact that we are not completely happy with how we look and feel has everything to do with our past decisions and what we choose to tell ourselves each day. Our minds are filled with negativity on top of negativity, which makes it easy to understand why many of us walk around with an “I can’t” attitude.
But that has to change and so do you if you are ever going to be the person you truly want to be.
So today I will ask you to take out a piece of paper and write out 3 things:
- How you want to improve your health in 2015
- How you are going to do it
- Why you are going to do it
I’d love for you to email me with your answers and I will hold you accountable if you do.
Getting fit doesn’t have to be difficult and actually it’s quite simple. It doesn’t need to be this huge obstacle for you to overcome although it certainly may feel that way.
It about making the choice to change your health and taking daily action on making that happen, regardless of how small a step. So instead of making this year just another year, make it one you will never forget. And make it start happening right now.
Your life has been one excuse after another about why you can’t find time, don’t have the money, don’t know how, and why it’s too hard. It’s all bullshit and you know it. Now face that bullshit and start creating the best version of you!
This is such an inspiring advice indeed. Let’s rock in 2015 !
Thanks Naveen! Hopefully it helps. Feel free to hit me up any time with questions. Here’s to a kick ass year!
1.How you want to improve your health in 2015?
Drop the almost forty pounds of lard I gained in the last fifteen months, plus about twenty additional pounds. Develop sufficient cardio and muscle stamina to jog or run marathon or better distances.
2. How you are going to do it?
Resume jogging, start and then maintain a simple bodyweight exercise routine, and adopt a mostly paleo eating plan.
3. Why you are going to do it?
Because I hate the way I look and the way I feel and my “fat guy” pants barely fit and I REFUSE to buy a bigger size.
Well done on at least answering these questions..
1.So you want to drop 60 pounds? By when? On a scale from 1-10, how important is running a marathon (or the equivalent) to you?
2. What are your plans to start these? When and how?
3. That’s great motivation. I hope it’s enough to get you started on your goals!
Let me know how I can help.
When I lost weight a year and a half ago, I lost 35 pounds in about four months. That was pretty draconian for me. But I’d like to think I could lose the 60 pounds in a year.
What are my plans to start? I’ve already started. Four days of walk-jogging 10k down, four days of limiting myself to one glass of Coca Cola a day, four days of eating clean Paleo throughout the day (but mostly regular supper, for the convenience of my wife; but she’s a vegetarian, so other than the grains, which I’m trying to go light on, the meals are pretty healthy).
Thanks for the advice and encouragement thus far. (I’ll be responding to your email later.)
That’s a lot of weight to lose in that amount of time. How long before it all came back?
Good for you for starting. I’ve read some of your blog posts and you seem to be struggling quite a bit, so it’s impressive that your taking your health seriously and taking action.
The Paleo can work well and I had excellent results from it so I hope it’s something you stick with. Let me know if I can help in any way..