“Hey, Warren. I really want to get my beach body ready for summer this year. What should I do?”
“Well, you should start by eating mostly meat, eggs, and vegetables; keeping your carbs under 100 grams per day; and lifting weights 3 times per week.”
“Seriously? You mean no bread? What about pasta? I can’t live without those. How am I supposed to have energy? Oh, and I don’t want to get bulky, so I think I’ll just run 5 miles 3 days a week instead.”
It’s incredibly frustrating how often I have this conversation. I can hardly get the suggestions out of my mouth before said questioner starts with excuses and “instead of”s. And while this example was likely a woman (OMG I DON’T WANT TO GET BULKY), it happens just as often with men.
Alright, hotshot that wanted my advice.
How’s that workin for ya?
How are you looking in that bikini, chica? How much you putting up in the squat rack, bro? How much have you progressed since last year?
If the answers are exactly what you want them to be, great! Keep doing what you’re doing. Why’d you ask my advice?
If the answers aren’t what you want them to be (I’m guessing they aren’t since you asked) then stop making excuses and refusing to accept my advice. What you’re doing now isn’t working.
“How’s that working for ya” is a gut check. If you’re getting the results you want, fantastic. If you aren’t, stop making excuses and being defensive. Either put up (and try something that works) or shut up.
Do yourself a favor and evaluate your fitness and physique goals compared to where you are right now. What are you doing to make those line up? How’s it working for you?
Props to Chris Shugart for first sharing this line.