Thursday, February 2, 2012

I Have A Question For You...

You know who they are, right? It seems that from the beginning everything falls into place for them. They come into the program all gung-ho and regardless of the fact that they are overweight and out of shape, they push like no one’s business... they are the ones who sit there and stare at me almost as if in a trance when I am speaking in a motivational way to the group as a whole. I know that they are getting every single word that I am saying and, more importantly, they are taking it to heart.

These folks seem to "drink the Kool-Aid" when it comes to the Ultimate Body Program. They learn everything they can about it, they breathe it and they LIVE it. In their spare time, they read all that they can about improving health and increasing their fitness levels. It seems that in every conversation that they have the subject of working out and eating healthy comes up. Much of the time, these people tend to irritate their friends by NEVER shutting up about the program. I guess the most important thing that these people have in common with each other is that they absolutely BELIEVE they can and will succeed.

So, who are these people? They are the "Ones Who Will Succeed." I can almost guarantee it. We roll dozens of them out of the program. They are the ones who decided at some point to actually change their lives for the better and then followed through. Annoying as they can be if you are not one of them, they truly are the ones who have it together.

Then, of course there’s the other group out there too. You know them: they talk a big talk about how they "used" to be something special and looked awesome. They tell you about how they are "going to" do it again, someday -maybe this day. But, something just hits you all wrong about their sincerity. These folks show up strong -for a week or two. Soon the stack of excuses gets so high, nothing can overcome them. This happens, that happens and ultimately the only thing that we all KNOW and can SEE happens is that their back side gets bigger and bigger.

These people have "crutch foods" down to an art. You know, 100 calorie snack packs here, low fat something there, blah blah blah. Bottom line is they aren't fooling anyone, especially themselves. These folks are the same ones that have talked to you time in and time out telling you about this diet, that diet supplement, this boot camp or that new fat loss book and on and on and on until you just smile and feel bad about how pathetic these people have become.

Know who these folks are? You guessed it; they are the "Ones Who Won't Succeed." They are all over and at times you may wish, as I do, that you could just grab them and shake the nonsense out of them. But, you can't. The only thing that would come out of them is some Diet Coke and the few little chocolate candies that they snatched off someone’s desk when no one was looking, except themselves.

My question is this: Who are you? Seriously. Imagine me sitting right in front of you looking you straight in the eyes and asking, "Who are you?" This is a critical question and one that demands a straight answer. You see, I already KNOW who I am. But, DO YOU?

There is but one tiny bit of hope for you if you have found yourself in the lagging, horrible, self-hating, self-deprecating, depressed place of which I speak. Stop. Yep, that's about it. Freaking STOP. You are in either one of these groups by YOUR OWN CHOICE. Exercise that choice that God gave you and fix it. Right now, right here, before you hit the end of this silly little message. Say to yourself "That's it. It's over. No more nonsense." Then, live it. Like I’ve said before, no magical Disney music is going to start playing, no fireworks are going to go off, nothing. It’s just you, your soon to be skinny ass and this new decision. That’s it, but, that’s enough.

I would be more than happy if you were to go into your kitchen and throw away anything that you can't handle. I would be more impressed if you would go to someone you care about and someone who cares about you either in person or by phone and tell them what you just decided. Tell them with conviction. The healing starts here.

The article is almost over. Just a few more sentences and it's done. If you just decided to change from the bad to the good group, welcome to the rest of your life in a new way -healthier and happier than you could possibly have expected. If you decided not to change (which is a nice way of saying you read the article but didn’t actually do anything about it), then I hope there’s a Twinkee or two left. You’re going to need them.

Hello new you. Nice to meet you...