Was rifling through some old pictures on my dumbphone, and saw a bunch of old pics that I haven’t come across in ages.
I was actually looking for a few client pics to share on our Instagram account – – pics that I took way, way back in the day when I was starting my fitness biz (well, a few years into it to be accurate) – – and funnily enough these ladies (the clients I’m referring to) did NOT want to lose weight.
Their requirement was actually to gain weight in a healthy manner and keep it on without losing their flexibility. Strange how that works sometimes, eh?!
Anyway, while I was going through these pics I found a bunch of other pictures that for whatever reason caught my attention, and I paused to take a deep breath, and look through this gigantic archive that I’ve seemingly got “locked up” in my dumb phone.
‘Tis a nice, relaxed Monday morning here – and that, my friend, as I’ve said so often in the past is one of the GREAT things about doing your own thang. I’m sitting here “working in my skivvies” as I type this to ya and it don’t get no better than that!
Anyway, so as I looked through the photos, I found a bunch of photos of me “in another life”.
Photos of me in Oman (back when I did a consulting gig for a company).
Photos of me climbing the almighty HILL I refer to so often – – except these photos weren’t from 2004 – – they were from 2010. Pity we didn’t got dem dumb phones back then, hehe (hey, I found at least ONE use for a dumb phone!).
And of course, photos of me teaching – but not fitness – English as a second language in China – which as I’ve written about extensively in the past is something I did before, but never quite liked – and try and avoid for the most part.
But there were certain fun times to be had though, and this particular bunch of ladies I was teaching were a blast to work with! You can see the pictures on our Instagram account – – I haven’t yet gotten around to Twitter etc but look for updates there shortly as well.
Now, why do I bring this up, you might ask?
Well, first off, to point out that though I didn’t really like teaching English back then either, those were “good times” much like now.
And it’s always good to keep good memories in mind – – whether or not those memories are current or not.
As I rifled through the pics I thought about many things.
I thought about the difficulties I had to occasionally overcome, and the obstacles that most people face on a daily basis – – and how I overcame them – – somehow overcame them.
I thought about things I didn’t want to do – – and how I always wanted to do my own thang – – and now here I am, DOING it – – and in that regard I consider myself lucky as well.
Most of all though, the good feelings and vibes that spread through me were so potent that I even considered out reaching out to Cindy and sharing these feelings – – she’s not in this particular picture, but that’s how I initially met her. More on that later though!
Point being this – – we ALL have times in our lives when we’re feeling down. Feeling tired and depressed, frustrated even.
Maybe you’ve had a shit day at work. Maybe you’re having marital issues. Maybe the daughter just doesn’t stop coughing at night and you’ve got several early mornings ahead of you.
Whatever the case might be, happens to all of us.
And one of the best things you can do in such a situation is to take a deep breath, step BACK – and ruminate on the GOOD memories in your life.
Good things that happened to you. Goals you accomplished. Things you “done done in the past” (sorry, I love the South!); things that MEAN something to you – – and if you’ve got visual proof of it next to you, so much the better.
And as you do this, pay heed to the calm and soothing good vibes spreading through ya.
A few minutes later, you’ll be a changed person, and you’ll be ready to deal with the said frustration etc – – and do so in a manner that you wouldn’t have thought possible a few minutes ago!
Anyway, fitness wise, ‘twas interesting to note that though I wasn’t quite as big as I’ve been in the past, I wasn’t the “epitome of fitness” (as a friend recently said) that I seemingly am now.
I wasn’t really banging dem pull-ups out as I should have been and I certainly was NOT on the 0 Excuses Fitness System – – which to be honest was really what was instrumental in getting me down from 120 – 60 kgs (or at that point, a somewhat acceptable 90 kgs to 60). I’m currently at 68 or so, still a few kgs “underweight”, but that’s Ok. I’ll live, hehe.
(BTW – my course on pull-ups has been and IS going like gangbusters right here — http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/).
And that brings me to tip #2.
I’ve spoken about visualization before, and how it applies to fitness – – and if you’ve got pics of an “old you” and a “new you” – – one of the very best things you can do for yourself in that regard is to print dem pics out and tape it to the mirror – or bedside table, or somewhere you’ll see ‘em often.
Take note of how far you’ve gone – – how much you’ve accomplished.
Take note of the lard hanging on to you BEFORE – – and the conspicuous absence of said lard NOW.
This process can also work in reverse, of course. If you’re currently at beached whale status but aspire to be “super fit” – – then the first thing to do after grabbing the 0 Excuse Fitness System is to draw a picture of yourself the way you WANT to be – and implement the above.
We think in pictures – – and I should know, my friend. Oh yes, I should know!
Last, but not least, as I’ve written about before this should NOT be taken as an excuse to “rest upon past laurels”.
Bask in the glow (afterglow) all you like – – but then revert back to living in the present – – with the same vibes emanating from you.
You’ll be amazed at how your day FLOWS!
OK, my friend – – that’s it for now. I’ll be back with more later!
P.S. – And lest you think the pictures related advice doesn’t work- well – – think AGAIN. Folks have reported it does – – real folks I’ve worked with before, and I’ll share this in future emails as well.
P.S #2 – – And as for the “beached whales” out there – – or the couch potatoes – – or those that “can’t quite lose the flab despite banging out rep after rep at the gym” – – well – – that lard can disappear if you know HOW to make it disappear. And how is detailed right HERE – – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/.
Grab your copy TODAY – – and watch the pounds fly off!