You wake up to the sound of your awful alarm hours before the sun even dares to show it’s face several days a week. Around the time most people are waking up to start complaining about having to roll out of bed you are finishing a workout where you just busted your ass for a few hours. You get home and then get to work on your most important job and that is being a good husband to your wife and an incredible father to your three children. After getting everyone up and ready to start the day you head to work at your own full-time job to support your family. The evening comes and again you place your time into your kids and wife without hesitation. Some days you’ll break away for a half hour to get a good sweat in, but what’s a half hour to a man that’s already been hard at work for fifteen to sixteen hours solid?
“I don’t have enough time to workout.” Tell that to this guy. A father of three with a full-time job that takes every moment to work on his marriage that STILL gets into the gym four days a week and keeps a mindful eye on what he eats daily.
You don’t have the time, you make the time.
You’ve meticulously tracked what you’ve eaten every day down to the gram and not because you had to, but because it was important to you to get it right. Everyone has their bad days and gets stressed, including you, but you never let that be an excuse to break your nutrition plan or skip a workout. You’ve learned to eat what you want when you want as long as it fits your plan. Do you eat pop-tarts? You bet your sweet ass you do. Do you eat out at restaurants? If the occasion calls. Have you gone on vacation and just enjoyed yourself? Absolutely. You have learned to not deprive yourself of living a normal life.
You don’t feel like you’re doing something that you can’t stick to. You are in this for the long haul not short-term, unattainable results. You’ve hit a milestone that was incredibly important to you for so many reasons. Through your accomplishments you’ve motivated more people than you know, but none more important than your daughter. The person that sparked the fire in you is now seeking guidance from the flame.
I did not do this for you. I merely pointed you in the direction and gave you a set of tools. What you’ve done with them has been of your own desire and discipline. You are a man on a mission.
The best thing of all? You’ve only just started and there is not a damn thing that will stop you from achieving more.
I’d appreciate it if you would check out this progress post from Danny and follow his blog. Danny is one of the purest examples of a hard-working man that I’ve ever known. On top of that he is also a great client of mine and wonderful friend. I’m incredibly proud of you, brother.
otontin: I did it
Mission one: Goodbye 200 pounds. Accomplished.
So many thoughts and emotions have come and gone since stepping on the scale today. I won’t talk about them all because some are very personal to me and I’d like to keep them that way. (Oh, and please excuse the tiny portion of my dragon tattoo that shows in this pic. Trust me, there’s a lot more to it. It looks weird from this angle.)
I do, however, have to give major thanks to my coach…and one of my best friends, Daniel. There is no way this would have been possible without him. He took a guy on that had no idea what to do, but he saw how badly I wanted it. There were moments along the way where I doubted myself, doubted methods, and just did not have a positive attitude about training and dieting. He never gave up on me and he kept motivating me. He always says that I’m the one putting in the work, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without his guidance and knowledge. Thank you, bro.
I also want to thank all of you that kept encouraging me via Tumblr/Twitter/Facebook/whatever along the way. You guys and girls have no clue how much I value each and every one of you. My only regret is that I can’t thank each of you in person.
So, goodbye 200’s. I hope that I never see you again…unless I’m just packing on muscle like a mad man. But for now, time to keep trimming down and getting closer and closer to looking like the badass I aim to be.
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