Making Things Happen

I saw a great quote on a friend’s website the other day and it got me thinking. I have no idea who first said it, but the quote was:

“Some people make things happen.
Other people watch things happen.
Other people ask “Hey, what happened?”

This holds true when it comes to fitness and your personal goals. You’ve got a few choices when it comes to making changes in your diet, workouts, mindset, etc. You can choose to watch things happen, you can put the blinders on and later ask “What just happened?”, or you can be proactive and actualy MAKE things happen.

No one is going to do the work for you. No one can log the minutes, miles or hours of cardio, no one can eat the right food for you and no one can lift the weights for you. All of this falls on you. But don’t be discouraged because it’s not that hard. Regardless of your goals, you have the power to make the changes happen. Do you want to be a better athlete? Do you want to loose some bodyfat and get that summer body going? Do you just want to move better and feel better about yourself?

It doesn’t matter which of these apply to you, even if it’s all of them. You start by formulating a game plan. Figure out how much time you have and where you can fit in some training. Look at your diet. Where can you make changes and improvements? One thing to keep in mind is that small changes can make big improvements. A great place to start is with a diet log. Be honest with yourself and track what you eat, how much and when. Keep records over a few days and then look back to see where you can improve. Trust me, it helps. We’ve got podcasts with additional information and downloadable training and diet logs for you on Once you’ve got access to the site, it’s all free.

Once you’ve got your time figured out and diet (roughly) in check, make a plan to get some exercise in. You don’t necessarily need a trainer or a gym for that matter. Just get out and get moving. Keep in mind, though that the more vigorous the exercise, the more calories you’ll burn. If you need a treadmill, elliptical trainer or some other piece of equipment to get you moving faster and harder, maybe a gym is the right choice.

Don’t forget to educate yourself! This is very important. The fitness industry is loaded with myths. One big myth I deal with all the time is that “women will get big and bulky if they lift heavy weights”. I can’t tell you how untrue that statement is. You’ll get strong and you’ll build lean muscle, but “bulk” is very hard to come by, even for men. Keep that in mind. You can get big if you want to, but it takes a specific training approach and diet. We discuss this on the website in podcasts and articles, by the way.

So to summarize, educate yourself, get your diet in check, find time to exercise, then MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Good luck and train hard.

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