As much as I encourage you to workout and eat properly, I can NOT force you to do either. Ultimately, it is up to YOU to do both.

Seeing as I mentioned there will never be a perfect time to meet women, there will also NEVER be a perfect time to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

A lot of guys are waiting for the “perfect time” to join the gym and/or start eating better. They’ll start next week, or next month, rather than today.

I recall a conversation I had with a former co-worker of mine several years back. We generally talked about anything and everything, but sometimes fitness would get thrown into the mix. Anyhow, on this particular day I mentioned something about going to the gym the night before. He replied, “Man, I want to get back to the gym so bad. Like you have no idea. I really do, but I’m just too busy right now with work and all. Next month I’ll probably have more time.”

Seeing as I am a fitness enthusiast, I did well not to scream at him right there on the spot. Although different people will have different goals in regards to fitness and health, it’s foolish for ANYONE to say they actually want to go to the gym but don’t have the time to do so.

In fact, it annoys the @!#$ out of me when people say they don’t have time to go to the gym. The reason they don’t have time for it IS BECAUSE THEY DON’T MAKE THE TIME FOR IT! Did they have time to go on Facebook or watch their favorite show? Also, how will next month be any better? There will still only be 24 hours in the day, 7 days in the week, and 30 days (give or take) in the month. I find it quite hilarious when people act like those who exercise have more time in the day or something. They only have 24 hours in the day but us exercisers have 30 hours or something, and that’s why we have time to go to the gym.

If you actually want to to go to the gym, you will have to make the time and plan ahead a bit. Sometimes this means you have to go to the gym at 5 am. Sometimes this means going to the gym at 9 pm when you are exhausted and would rather get kicked in the groin than hop under the squat rack.

Although it’s difficult to remember every completed workout, I think most guys would be able to look back and remember a few here and there. Perhaps it was a milestone you had with a particular lift? Perhaps it was a buddy who achieved a personal best on the bench press?

One workout in particular comes to mind for me. I was trying to cut down slightly one year before the summer and was “in the zone.” My focus and discipline was second to none. I was willing to do whatever it took. Anyhow, on this particular day I was working and was suppose to be off at 7 pm. It was my 3rd 12 hour shift in a row, and to top things off, it was a leg workout. The gym I was going to at the time closed at 9 pm on Friday nights. Although I was suppose to get off at 7, I didn’t end up getting off until 8:20. In fact, I can still remember getting into my car and the time on the dashboard saying 8:24. It would have been easy for ANYONE to say, “Ahh, screw it. I don’t have time to go to the gym now.” However, this was not the mindset I had at all. My apartment was only a 5 minute drive away and I knew if I went home and changed right away that I could make to the gym by 8:35. I remember walking into the gym and the woman behind the counter saying, “We close at 9 you know.” I replied, “Yep, I know.” I was the only one at the gym that night. I put my headphones on and let it rip. I took basically zero rest in between sets and finished my workout with 2 minutes to spare. To be honest, looking back, this may have been one of the BEST leg workouts I’ve EVER had. I could barely walk even 4 days later. This particular workout was a testament to me making it happen by not making excuses and wanting it bad.

Now seeing as I already mentioned the importance of nutrition, the same type of discipline is required with it as well. This means that sometimes you have to go to the grocery store at 10 pm to ONLY grab some almond milk, some natural peanut butter, or a carton of eggs in order to stay on track.

Seeing as I’m realist, here’s a little secret about eating healthier….

It’s NOT going to be easy!

In fact, it will be quite the opposite.

It will take a lot of discipline and dedication on your behalf.

There will be tons of temptations along the way. It will be so much easier for you not to eat properly.

Now most people won’t generally give you too much grief with the gym aspect of your healthy lifestyle. You’ll get a few jokes here and there about it, like, “Let’s see you flex, Arnold,” but for the most part, people won’t bother you too much about the gym. It’s the nutritional choices you make that some people will oddly bug you about.

There’s been many a times I’ve heard stuff like, “Oh, that’s right. I forgot. You’re too good to have a slice of cake.” “You seriously don’t want a beer?” “Did you seriously take a dish of chicken and rice to the golf course with you?” Some people will be especially weird about this for some odd reason. A Christmas tea I went to last year at work comes to mind as a perfect example of this. I grabbed a coffee but did not want any of the sweets that were being offered. One co-worker said, “I want to see Mitchel eat a cinnamon roll so badly. I’ll pay to see it.” Another piped up, “If it’s not one of those muscle shakes, he doesn’t want it.”

Now obviously it’s important to interact with others and living a healthier lifestyle does not mean you have to become anti-social. It’s great to go out to eat with family, friends, and a woman you’re dating/is your girlfriend. And, yes, everyone will slip up from time to time with their nutrition. And, it’s also important to treat yourself from time to time (you’ll go crazy if you don’t). However, a big problem a lot of guys make is treating themselves too much and easily giving into temptations. Some guys figure since they’re going out to eat that they may as well eat junk food since everyone else is. This a HUGE mistake. Even though some restaurants don’t exactly offer the healthiest choices, there’s usually still some decent options, or at the very least, some “better than” options. You don’t have to get a burger and fries, bro. It’s up to YOU to make the best choices in these situations.

As you start to see your hard work paying off, you will know what it takes. You know that sometimes you have to hit the gym when you didn’t feel like and there’s time you have eat nutritious meals even though your taste buds are begging you for a chocolate dipped danish instead. This discipline and mindset you’ve developed can take you to new levels in other areas of your life as well. You’ll just do what it takes to get what you want.

I remember talking with a guy I work with about him becoming a radiation technologist (x-ray tech) one day. He told me he didn’t take high school seriously, but had a real interest in becoming an x-ray tech as it was a good job that pays well. He said he had to upgrade his high school sciences with evening classes and even though he didn’t like it that much he knew that this was what it would take to get him into university and ultimately become an x-ray tech.

Closing thoughts

I’ve already raved about the benefits of getting in shape and getting healthy. You need to actually have a reason to get in shape and become motivated so that YOU want it badly. If you have no reason to get in shape, you most likely won’t have any longevity with it.

Perhaps you’d like to lose a little weight to become more visually appealing to women?

Perhaps you want to do it for your own health? Diabetes and heart diseases are no joke. If you have kids, you may to do it to set an example for them and so you live longer to see more of them.

Perhaps you’re just and sick and tired of being sick and tired all the time?

As I said, it’s up to YOU!

How bad do YOU want it?