I recently read a statistic that only 1 in 20 Americans works out on a regular basis. In order to be considered in the 1 of 20, you need to work out a minimum of 3 days per week. Yikes!
It didn’t sound right, so I did some research and found another study of 450,000 Americans that showed only 1 in 5 of them worked out for more than 75 minutes per week at “vigorous-intensity”. That’s a little better, but still super lame, no?
If you’re reading this, you may be one of the worker outers or you may not work out yet.
The truth is that for the past 3 years, I’ve been in a work out rut myself. Yesterday, I wrote a post that referenced my 2013 New Year’s post. When looking back on 2013, I had logged over 300 workouts. That was good for me. I was part of a team at the 2013 CrossFit Regionals and I had a good group of training partners. I worked at a CrossFit gym, so that helped a lot. However, in December 2013, I quit my job and jumped on PaleoNick.com full-time. It felt good to take the entrepreneurial leap, but it came with some consequences. And, one of those was my workout routine.
My life has been high stress since making this career change, but I’d have it no other way. I’ve made some good progress in my career, but my workout routine has been anything but. I would estimate that the 300 workouts per year was pared down to the 50-100 range in 2016. Yikes!
In late summer, I realized that the rest of the year would be crazy for me. I was airing on Shark Tank and, if the rumors were true, I’d have my work cut out for me. The rumors were true. While I had reached out to my friend, Wes Piatt, in advance and he had begun helping me out, I still wasn’t getting the workouts in. Then, toward the end of the year, I had two vacations planned pretty much back to back. Throw in an unexpected funeral and I was on the road for nearly one month. This started in mid-November and was the perfect opportunity to put my money where my mouth was and get back in the gym. By late November, I was committed and started my three-days-on / one-day-off cycle.
I was in the process of reading The Slight Edge and that really helped get my mind straight. I knew that working out was beneficial for me, not just physically, but mentally. I made it a goal to work out consistently, trim down and get ready for the 2017 CrossFit Open. I then completed nine consecutive cycles of three-days-on / one-day-off. I even hit a couple of two-a-days. I felt great! Then, on Christmas day, I came down with tonsil infection and I haven’t worked out since. Did this derail me? No way. I have a goal and I’ve taken action. I can’t wait to get over this sickness and to continue on my goal to:
“Workout 3 out of every 4 days, trim down to 190 pounds by the start of the 2017 CrossFit Open and remain below 200 pounds for the rest of my life!”
Pretty big words, eh? The rest of my life? That’s, crazy! But, I’m committed to it. On December 10th, I weighed 219 pounds. Today, as I type this, I weigh 206 pounds. And, in that time frame, I held a Christmas Party for the ninjas and navigated the gauntlet of the “Christmas Ten”. I am well on my way to 190 and I am fired up!
Why am I telling you this? The reason is simple. I’m telling you this because perhaps you can relate. Maybe there’s something in your life that has derailed you a bit. Maybe you are “kind of on track”, but you’d like to be all the way on the track. I’ve always said that a good example has twice the value of good advice, but I wasn’t really living the life I was promoting. Those days are over!
Today, I want to encourage you to make a real change in your life. Whether it has to do with diet, exercise, finances, family, etc… We’ve all got something. The best advice I can give you is to TAKE ACTION. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Don’t wait to make a big change. Make a small change right now and begin snowballing several smart decisions because it’s the small things that add up to big changes.
I read Chris Spealler’s advice on his IG feed and it said this:
“Goals and quotes are just words on paper. Take action.”– Chris Spealler
I couldn’t agree more.
I also follow a guy named Gary Vaynerchuk. He’s a thought leader in the field of entrepreneurship and he recently said:
“Fuck Your ‘Gonna'”- Gary Vaynerchuk
He cusses more than I do, but his words are powerful. Three words here that really spell it out. So many people are caught in the web of “I’m gonna”, but they never actually take action.
From the start, I’ve been a fan of “Ready, fire, aim.” You can analyze and ponder your whole life, but it’s those who pull the trigger who actually get somewhere.
Okay. So, that’s what I’ve got. I’m not proud of my 3 year derailment, but I’m back on track. Regardless of your past, your future is spotless.
I’ll recommend Jeff Olson’s Slight Edge once again because it will help you make real changes in your life.
And finally, I’ll leave you with one more statistic. 95% of New Year’s Resolutions fall by the wayside by January 21st. That’s only three weeks!
Be honest with yourself, set a goal, make small changes consistently, and take action!
I’ll be here taking action with you, so be sure to follow on as we take 2017 by storm!!!!
Happy New Year!
(PS: “Keep It Paleo!”)