Winter Wonderland, and OTHER Damned Excuses

Feb 24, 2013 by

This has been a great year for the kid so far. Probably the best start to a year that I can recall in fact.

I've traveled whenever and wherever I wanted to go, spent plenty of time with my closest family and friends, written my first book which became an Amazon #1 best seller after only 4 days on the market and to top it all off, I just saved a FORTUNE by switching my car insurance over to Geico.

Yep - there's no doubt about it, 2013 is truly 'the year of Amir' at this point. 

Its gotten so bad good that my friends have started creating new nicknames for me, as if I don't have enough of those already; in some circles I've been dubbed 'Midas West' and even funnier than that, other friends have taken to referring to me as 'The most interesting man in the world' like that creepy dude from the beer commercials. In fact if I didn't know any better I would think I was caught up in some kind of Matrix or something and the whole thing was just an elaborate hoax. A mirage. A sham.

I was having dinner with some friends when I looked across the room and...wait, I know it sounds crazy but I could almost SWEAR that looks like Biggie and 2Pac over there by the door - I mean really its uncanny how much those two dudes look JUST like BIG and Pac!

Right...?!

Everyone at my table seemed to ignore me for some reason.

But there they were, walking slowly this way, each sporting the meanest mean mug you ever saw - and headed straight for me!

I looked around and realized my chickenshit friends had evidently left me to my fate, as our table was empty, and for that matter I was suddenly aware that so was the entire restaurant. Not a soul to be seen or sound to be heard. Oddly enough, the solo thought that flashed into my mind at this particular moment was:

"I'll be damned if those fuckers aren't trying to stick me with the bill again!"

I was diverted from that train of thought by the weight of a heavy hand on my shoulder which could only belong to the one they call Biggie. I turned to see he and Pac, it was clearly and unmistakably them, just inches from my face.

Big's right eye was burning a hole through my consciousness, while his left appeared to be scanning the floor for loose change or some shit, I don't know; but then he spoke, and along with his words I smelt what could only be described as a mixture of chit'lins and old hot dog water as I felt, more than heard, that loud, booming, baritone voice of his...

 It was all a dream!!!


That's when I jolted awake, shot up in my bed and looked around, there was no Biggie, there was no Pac, it was just me and my wonderful life - fortunately the dream was a dream and reality is even better than the Matrix could ever be right now!

And yet...

Despite all the wonderful goodness that has come my way so far in 2013 something is just not quite right - and I've known all along exactly what it is.

I've been too inconsistent with my workouts. Compared to my usual, I've been downright lazy!

I know exactly when it happened. I know exactly why it happened.

I'd been exercising exclusively outdoors for months, which I much prefer, but at some point in late December I found myself back home in Buffalo, NY where I eventually allowed myself to get punked by the winter chill and my workout frequency began to steadily decline.

Since then I've been SO busy, what with writing books, writing blog posts and other articles, planning my travels, starting a business - and then another, doing taxes, meeting with brides for 2013 wedding photography inquiries, handling other photography chores, being a father, a son, a brother and friend...then there was a hurricane. A flood. A fiscal cliff. Someone moved my cheese. 

Excuses, excuses and more damned excuses.

It's the kind of thing that can creep up on you when you least expect it, no matter how long you've been in shape or how dedicated you are to maintaining your fitness; sometimes even the most disciplined of us have to be reminded of what's truly at stake and really most important in our lives.

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. 

-John F. Kennedy 

Now to be clear I know some of my friends would take one look at me and want to slap a tooth out of my mouth for writing this article, because I'm by no means what most would consider overweight or even out of shape for that matter. At this point, in the mirror, things still look fine - but the touch test is not as tight as I like it to be and much more importantly than that, despite the run of success and awesomeness that has so far characterized 2013 for me, I just don't feel like I'm hitting on all cylinders when I'm not working out consistently

I've always said that every overweight person was at some point in their lives not an overweight person, but they simply failed to draw a line in the sand and say this is enough!! 

For that reason, one could say that I'm the type who is definitely in favor of 'bud nippin' - ya really gotta nip this type of shit in the bud!

So here we are, mid to late February and at a point where a line must be drawn. I said to myself cold be damned and started back with my routine. 

After just the first few workouts I can tell you that I noticed an immediate difference! I mean really, the clarity of thought, the quality of my ideas, the laser focus and even my writing seem to come so much easier again, that old familiar bop in my step is back and I hadn't quite realized the degree to which it had deteriorated over the past 6 to 8 weeks.

So what, you say? Why am I telling you all this? 

How can you use this knowledge to work for you?!

My point is a simple one. While its true that my experience may be different than many, as it's been weeks and not months or years since I last worked out consistently, I never fell into the trap of eating destructively like so many Americans do and I remain quite fit and free of added weight or health issues, there are still some very important and universal lessons to be learned from my workout consistency hiatus:

  • Excuses are just that. Stop it. There's really NO reason why anyone can't maintain a workout schedule. No, you're not too busy (trust me). Get up earlier. Workout on your lunch break. Workout for 20 minutes in the morning and another 20 in the evening - do what you gotta do, just so long as you do it.
     
  • It's never too late to start back up. Even though you won't always see immediate physical results, the health and other benefits are real and definite. For instance I won't be  quite as 'tight' as I like again for several weeks, but I know how much sharper and on point I am just from a few days of exercise. Your body will be immediately thankful (even if you have to deal with some initial soreness) in more ways than you may know. 
     
  • If you like to exercise outside, you can't be worried about the weather. Sometimes you just gotta get out there and revel in it!

Cold be damned. 

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