All right then. So you're a driver. Doesn't matter if you drive for Lyft, X, Black, SUV, a limo company or a cab company. Or all of the above. If you drive, you've got a big problem. And that's that you sit too much, and probably don't eat right. Pizza on the run. A burger at the drive through. Whatever. So what happened this year? Put on a few more pounds? I thought so.
Well, there's an app for that. But that doesn't matter. Because apps don't burn fat. And neither do New Year's resolutions. This year, you say, I'll get a Fit Bit. Tech will solve this problem. This year, you say, I'll join my local gym and things are going to change! Maybe. Maybe not. Probably not, unless you have The Secret Weapon. More about that in a bit.
Gym owners love this time of year. They sign up a lot of new members, way more people than they actually have room for. And the gym does get busy in January. You might even have to wait for equipment. But come the end of February, there won't be any waiting, because almost everybody that signed up in January will be long gone. They'll still pay their bill for a few months more. And that's because they tell themselves: "I'm going back, as soon as I get time."
Right. Sure, you will.
It's human nature to want to desire better things for yourself. Human nature to want to look sexy for the ladies. Much harder is actually doing it. So, you need that secret weapon. The kind that destroys all the excuses, that provides the time needed to work out and eat right. This secret weapon is so secret that no one can see it, touch it, taste or smell it. Why? Cause it's 100% inside your brain - and your body. I'll call it by it's name: Passion.
If you want to lose fat and build muscle, you're going to have to grab hold of some passion.
If you want to look better in your clothing and have a lot more energy for everything, you are going to have to harness the power of excitement and enthusiasm.
You are going to have to get stoked, my man.
So, how to do it? Well, it's very easy. Nike told you. Just do it! Tell yourself how stoked you are right now about integrating gym workouts, ultimate frisbee games, dancing, hiking, mountain biking, and weight lifting into your life. And you know why you can? Because you are a driver that makes his own schedule. Hell, if you can't do it, nobody can!
Tell yourself how stoked and pumped you are about drinking a lot more water, and eating healthy meals like big salads with lots of raw fats like olive oil, avocados, and nuts. These raw fats will make you feel full, while helping to burn fat in your midsections and throughout your entire body.
Remind yourself how proud you'll be of yourself and how confident you'll be when you reach your target weight or your target muscle mass. When those love handles disappear. When those abs start to show up again. When you have energy to spare.
But you need, passion, guys. All the good intentions in the world aren't going to get you there.
You need to get stoked, pumped, jumped and ready to rocket.
And one of the best tools in your arsenal will be a daily log of your activity and food intake.
With that log, you'll see in black and white the facts of your life. You'll see if you worked out or not. You'll see if you ate junk or healthy. You'll track trends. It's invaluable. And as soon as you see yourself getting off track, that's the signal to get back on. Simple.
Back to the secret weapon, and why it will blow away every other method. Passion.
Let's look at some definitions:
Ardent love or affection
Intense sexual love
A strong affection or enthusiasm for an object, concept, etc: A passion for poetry
Let's take a little bit closer look at these three:
Ardent love or affection. We all know that one, right? You feel, or felt that way about your girlfriend or wife. But do you feel that way about yourself right now? Getting in shape is a powerful form of self love and affection. That's right. How about falling in love with yourself, my friend? Once you rediscover the love your feel for you, you'll want to do the things that will make you feel fantastic. And working out does just that, I can assure you.
Intense sexual love. Let's just say that when you are fit and strong, you will be more attractive to whomever you want to be more attractive to. Healthy is sexy. You'll have more love to give, and more ability to receive. The two are inextricably intertwined. Need I say more?
A Strong Affection or Enthusiasm. Ok. let's take a very close look at this one. A strong enthusiasm. What do you feel a strong enthusiasm for right now? Do you love watching football or basket ball. Do you love making money? Do you enjoy coaching young people? Lovingly restoring an old project car? What do you feel a strong enthusiasm for right now. Feel the feeling your feel when you see the object of your affection. Now, imagine feeling that way about your own body, your own energy levels, you sense of self discipline and confidence. That's the kind of passion I want you to feel for yourself.
And how does that happen? By taking the actions, consistently, that you have been avoiding like the plague, because you don't even realize how fantastic you'll fee when you start taking them consistently.
You see, the reason you are not already doing what you need to be doing is that you forgot how amazing you felt when you were taking great care of yourself.
You forgot how much energy you once had when you were a little younger and exuberant play was just a part of your life.
Now I am going to urge you, no matter your age, to get out there and get physical once again. You are going to start by moving. You need to get to at least 80% of your max heart rate, and keep it there anywhere from 10 - 60 minutes, depending on your current level of fitness. Do this at least 3 - 4 times a week for the first two weeks. Then increase that to 4 - 5 times a week. You can do speed walking, jump rope, bike riding, treadmill, soccer, basketball, the list goes on and on and on. But get up, get off your ass, lose the remote and the mouse, and the phone, Get up and get going.
If you need a job that let's you create your now schedule, so that you've to time for all of this passion to play out, then click here.
Then let me know what happens.
Isaac Alfandary is an entrepreneur and a limo service owner who also drives for Uber and Lyft. He blogs about the app based transportation industry in the blackcarguy.com
He also is a raw food chef, workout enthusiast, husband and parent, and all around good guy. Reach him at email@example.com
This article first appeared in www.theblackcarguy.com