Where Are You?

I have a book, “You Are Your Own Gym” by Mark Lauren. Fantastic book; no matter where you are on the health and fitness spectrum, it can take you to the next level. It’s subtitled Use The Body You Have To Build The Body You Want. This is a great concept of using the body’s own resistance through bodyweight exercises to create health and strength.

I see more. This thought process can go beyond fitness. Too many of us have dreams that are unrelated to who we are. We dream of wealth while we suffer through dead-end jobs, so we get involved in multi level marketing schemes. We dream of health while we watch yet another hour of television, so we try the latest seven-day diet. We make grand leaps into the unknown, but never stop to see where we are without hating ourselves.

But seeing where we are is the first and most important step for success.

If you start in Kansas, USA and head south you won’t hit Canada anytime soon, no matter how much you want to. Starting an extreme health program while you’re out of breath eating cookies is a sure means towards hospitalization. Knowing where you are will inform you to where you need to look for direction.

Just because you didn’t graduate head of your class doesn’t mean you can’t achieve great things. It just might mean you need to learn a different way of doing it. Just because your parents were out of shape doesn’t mean you have to be as well. You just have to adopt a better nutrition system, and stop eating so much of your mom’s cooking. Just because you failed in the past doesn’t mean you have to fail in the future. You just need to learn from your mistakes.

Don’t like who you see in the mirror? Wish you could be someone else? Look again. There’s someone looking back at you that’s worth working on.


4 thoughts on “Where Are You?

  1. Beverly says:

    I agree with this. I own the book as well. I’m a big believer in figuring out what you want and then doing the work to make it happen. But it’s easy to be distracted.

    • Christopher says:

      When I set out to lose over 100 lbs I didn’t focus on the goal. I fell in love with the process. I loved experimenting with different food groups and activities. I made small changes and examined the results. 120 lbs later I still love learning what my body can do and how it reacts to the world around me. I hope you can love the process that gets you to your goals Beverly. Thanks for your comment!

  2. what an excellent, eye-opening post! thanks for the great message this morning! 🙂

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