Growing up, I used to stand in front of my bathroom mirror up until about 7th grade and flex my “muscles.” Of course, at that time I had no real muscles, and hadn’t really even started lifting weights yet, but I was naturally intrigued by fitness and had been absolutely obsessed with sports since I was about 6 years old.
I only remember these early moments of vanity because one day, my mom saw me flexing with my shirt off and showed me a male model in a catalog with his shirt off and said, “Paul, I was just wondering – do you actually believe that your body will look like this one day?”
My response was very short and simple. “Yes, of course,” I said.
She kind of smiled and said “I thought so,” but I really wasn’t sure where she was going with all of this.
She then followed up with this statement – “You see, most people think this way, but they don’t understand the amount of work it takes to get their body to look like that.”
She was absolutely right. The harsh reality, delivered early in life by a loving mother.
I’m grateful for that interaction for many reasons. She may not even remember that, or have any clue the impact that seemingly insignificant exchange has had on my life, but almost every day while I’m working out, I use that as motivation – in a positive way, of course.
Probably like many of you, I’ve always had a natural interest in fitness, working out and even eating healthy, but until this year had never mastered the execution and consistency that it takes to actually achieve any kind of lasting results what-so-ever.
A burning frustration with my body type on January 1, 2016 motivated me more than ever and I knew a permanent change had to be made in my life. This would not be a quick fix; it would be a process, and results would be achieved.
My goal was simple. I wanted the six-pack that my mom indirectly told me I’d never have. But in order to achieve my goal, a life plan was necessary. This would be no diet.
Habits would have to change.
The content on this website chronicles my ever evolving life plan in a way that anyone can take in and make their own. Some will be short snippets, tips and product reviews. Others will be new workouts and things I’ve tried that I believe help continuously build the life plan. Then, there will be some more editorial style “thoughts from the heart” and philosophical content in long form. That said, here are the habits that I’ve successfully been able to revamp in about 4 months time, starting January 1, 2016. Aka, below are the reasons why we’re here.