How Badly Do You Want It?

How badly do you want it? How badly do you want to see that gut disappear and transform into some hardcore abs? How badly do you want to see those pounds shed and the scale go down? How badly do you want to be able to fit into your high school cheerleader uniform again? How badly do you want to be able to pull your own body weight and do 10 pull ups effortlessly? How badly do you want it…

I don’t know about you, but for me, I want it pretty bad. I want to be able to look myself in the mirror and be happy with what I see (with or without clothes). I want to be able to run 10 miles without hesitation and in a timely manner. I want to feel stronger, healthier and better than I’ve ever felt before. That’s why today, like every other day, I went to the gym at 6 am in the morning (which is when the gym opens). Doesn’t sound much like an effort but add in a possible typhoon and 3 feet of flooding waters outside my doorstep and going to the gym can be as much of a challenge as swimming across the Atlantic.

There are many excuses I could’ve given myself to just stay in my nice warm bed and sleep for another 2 to 3 hours. First off, the streets were thigh high in flooding waters, I could be putting my health and safety at risk, bad weather conditions is definitely a reasonable excuse, I can just exercise at home (which I know I won’t do) or there’s always tomorrow. But I didn’t. I got up, brushed my teeth, put on my gym clothes and headed out to my car in the pouring rain. I told myself nothing, not even a flood, will stop me from reaching my goals. Come hell or high water (literally), I will be at the gym on my scheduled days.  The only thing that will get in my way is if the gym was closed because of the severe weather.

I drove up to the building and behold there were lights! The gym didn’t let me down. It knew I was coming and that I had some things to accomplish. After an hour and a half pumping iron, lifting weights and running on the tread mill I ended my session feeling like I had just conquered Poseidon. Don’t let a little (or a lot) of rain get in your way and stop you from achieving your goals. Now I’m not saying to go out when there’s a hurricane or tornado coming your way, but if you know that you can handle the conditions outside then keep moving forward. Once you know for a fact that your safety won’t be jeopardized, then it’s time to focus on your next obstacle;  those love handles. How badly do you want it? 

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