It's a #WOL (Way Of Life), People

Every time I post a photo of my current state of physical fitness, I’m always amazed by the number of messages I receive from others wanting to “be like me”.  Yes, it is flattering, but disappointing at the same time because they all invariably ask the same question:

“How did you get like that and how can I get like that?”

And, I tell them. “P90X“. And they ask,

“OK! How long of a program is that?”

Really?

And I think to myself…”Forever, dude. The program lasts forever.”

The general public is under the impression that exercise, weight loss and healthy eating programs only last 30, 60, 90 days…and then they end. Suddenly, Abra Cadabra! I’m fit and healthy! I did it! I reached my goal! Now, I can go back to my previous way of living and reap the rewards!

No. I’m sorry. You can’t. Although I am a Beachbody coach, and I understand the value of the fitness videos that the company promotes, I’m always hesitant to say “It’s a 30-day program…It’s a 60-day program…It’s a 90-day program. That is why it is called P90X!”. Sure, that was the idea when it went together, but you can not just stop any of these programs after 90 days. Not if you want to look like me.

P90X Workout DVDs

P90X Workout DVDs

When I saw my sister last week in New York, she mentioned my arms and how they always look strong and toned. She says she has to flex her biceps to achieve that same look and once she relaxes her arms, they don’t look nearly as good. I had to remind her that I have been doing P90X for almost 5 years. And her mouth dropped.

“Has it been that long?”

Yeah, not 30-days on and off for a year, not for 60-days twice in 2012, and not 90-days in recent months…but some component of the workout, every other day for 5 years. How much longer will I do it? Well, as long as I can. And yes…that might mean that at 90 years old, I’ll be doing P90X Chest and Back in the nursing home rec room. But you know what? I’m OK with that. Because I have realized that this is a #WOL…A way of life. It is not something you start and stop, achieving the results you want, just to slack off and return to the evil ways that made you start the program in the first place.

Exercise, fitness, healthy eating…it becomes a regimen, a habit. It is something you have to do continuously in your life in order to stay fit, lean and healthy…if that is what you want.

Before and After

Before and After: 2009 to today.

Judging by the amount of e-mail I receive after I post a before and after photo, I know my readers want the same. And I’m happy to help them get there. But don’t tell me “I don’t have the time,” or “I can’t afford the hour it takes every other day,” or “I can only do this in the summer,” because in my eyes, that means you really don’t want it.

Granted P90X is a 90-day program that intertwines 10 different workouts over the course of the 90 days. And I have followed the program religiously in the past. But, I have gotten to the point where I don’t need the cardio workouts since I already run. And because my physical therapist banned my from doing crunches, I don’t do Tony Horton’s Ab workout, either, rather my own plank rotation. But I do the resistance workouts, and I alternate them with my running, cycling and zero runner workouts. And I can promise you that something gets done everyday. This keeps maintenance effortless. And it keeps me looking fit and toned everyday.

And the same goes for what I feed my body. Cheat days? Heck no. Maybe a cheat snack, or a cheat smackeral, but never a cheat day. After all the work I have done, why would I go and ruin a perfectly good record so I can eat some food that will make me feel like crap for days afterward? After a while, your body will thank you for just saying “no” to something that you know will hurt you in the end, or set you back days, or sometimes weeks. It’s got to be a #WOL…not just a temporary fix.

Yes, Beachbody workouts are the bomb. Yes, they work. Yes, you can see amazing results after 30, 60 or 90 days, but…you…can’t…stop. I have seen the others on Facebook. The one’s who have had instant success, then think they are done. And I’m saddened when I see their current photos because they missed the boat. They didn’t stick with it. They thought they were done.

#Selfie

#Selfie

You are never done. It’s a #WOL, people. It’s a way of life.

Live it…and see what happens.

You can always quit later.

Are you willing to make the commitment to stay fit for life? If so,  tell me how you are succeeding.

2 Responses to It's a #WOL (Way Of Life), People

  1. Bain says:

    YES!! Health and fitness is a CHOICE, a LIFESTYLE, a set of HABITS forever.

    I can’t remember who said it first, but anything where you need to “cheat” isn’t sustainable in the long run. Healthy isn’t about creating rules, or lists of good and bad foods, but setting your priorities and then making your choices–and habits!–accordingly.

    Your dedication to P90X is admirable. I need more of a shake-up, as I am the bored-dilettante kind of exerciser. So I switch it up frequently. (Struggling to stick with PiYo right now, which I love, but I want something else too.)

    Anyway, right on, atta-girl, amen, hooray, and exactly!

  2. I love this. Because what people don’t get is that fitness isn’t a goal, it’s a way of life. Great job on your transformation! You are such a great motivator!

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