What’s Your WHY for Working Out?

by Dave Jackson

I started working out again, in earnest. And I know you’ve been down the road a few times, where you start something and you hit a wall within the first few days, and you’re down. Me too. I’ll admit it.

When I’m on day four or five, my brain comes up with at least a dozen ways to totally cop out without guilt (too much), and I give up – just for one day!! come on!!

But on the very next day, guess what? Right! Life gets in the way… Now, during your normal workout time, you agreed to take lunch to the kids at school, or meet your buddy at Starbucks. And you’ve just sabotaged your routine to better health.

Why in the world do we do this?

I’ve heard about the thermostat theory, and I give it credit. I.E, you never push yourself farther than your mental thermostat – and you sabotage success. Yes, it’s true… But what I’m talking about here is not that.

We quit before payday because we didn’t have a big enough reason to keep going.

It’s that simple. You know me – I love working with the basics. It’s like going on a hike in the mountains, but not intentionally shooting for anything – like the summit. You know that isn’t your goal, so you may start up it, but any obstacle is reason enough to quit and go back down.

My why is pretty cool, actually.

Next year, I plan to go on an expedition to the Amazon. I grew up there, as many of you know, and I’m going back to my childhood stomping grounds. This is a photo expedition, starting in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, and heading up the Rio Negro river to Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira. It’s going to be fun and full of life and color, but I must be fit to enjoy it.

And right now, I’m not where I want to be.

So each day, I’m working out. Getting in shape to be able to explore, endure, survive… (OK, the survive thing I threw in there…) But I want to be in total top shape. And I want to see this area before it’s gone forever from development, or I can’t go there anymore. This is IT!

Big why? Big enough for me. Today I hit the wall. It was there as I was getting my daughter ready for school. I even read in a book that muscles need time to rebuild. Everything was working toward me not exercising. Even some cool emails from friends showed up – this morning – in my inbox. Ha! But guess what?

I got out there and whipped it.

And the reason why is because I want SO bad to do this expedition. You’re invited, by the way… drop me an email or comment. I’m looking at mid-November to February as a window – 2010. So that’s me.

What is your why? And is it big enough? If you cop out – it ain’t. Make it bigger – more focused – crystallized in your mind. I love to say – if someone woke you up at 3 AM – could you tell them your WHY? Get it that clear.

And let me know how you’re doing. I love to keep in touch. Let’s have fun and do this together!

Time for some more abs!

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