What’s Your Why?

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4:00am……

Beep beep beep – beep beep beep- beep beep beep.

The sound of the alarm is going off. I reach over to the nightstand to turn it off before I get an elbow from my wife to say (In her half asleep groggy voice) “SHUT THAT CRAP OFF”.

Tired, half awake, and somewhat confused, I’m awake and truth be told I have only about 20 seconds to make a decision on whether or not I’m actually going to get up and go to the gym. Why did morning come so early? I really don’t want to be up yet. I don’t want to go work out this morning. I’m not going to work today. Then that cool, brisk morning breeze comes through the window making me clutch the sheet & blanket ever so gently. I roll slightly toward my side of the bed so I don’t wake my wife. My breathing starts to slow again and then it happens, I feel myself going, going, going, going, gone. And right before Old-Man sleep starts to take over again, it hit’s me…. Dang-it, I gotta go pee!

Ok, I make it to the bathroom just in the nick of time. Aahhhh, feel much better… Wash/dry my hands. That same thought comes up again. Why? Why am I up this early? Then it hits me that I made an agreement with myself that this year I would push it as far as I possibly could. Whether I was tired, hungry, sore, or just completely didn’t feel like getting out of the bed, I was going to make myself get up and go. My feelings didn’t matter anymore and how I felt didn’t matter either. Even if I didn’t get enough sleep, I was going to get up, get dressed, and go work out.

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I think about the kid that grew up struggling with his weight. The kid that had to wear ‘”husky” sizes because he was too big to wear normal size boys clothing. The kid who was nick-named “Hog-Bear”. The kid who’s self-confidence was shattered after hearing fat joke after fat joke. At the time, it was easier to accept being overweight and go ahead & laugh with them.

I look back over my shoulder and tell that kid, “Hey Hogbear, I got you covered! Let’s go get ’em!” I brush my teeth wash my face, finish getting dressed, and off to the gym I go.

I have gotten the questions like: How did you do it? What made you change? I realized my number one answer is that I was just sick & tired of struggling with my weight and this would be the year that I would fix it.

I realized that you have to have a strong enough “Why” because of those mornings you don’t feel like getting out of the bed or those evenings after a long day at work, the only thing that is going to get you through it is your “Why”. Your why will push you long after everyone else has given up on their New Year’s Resolution or after your friends have lost few pounds just in time for their high school reunion. Regardless of where you are at in your weight loss journey, keep your “Why” around. Your “Why” will get you through those tough times and inspire you when you have lost all encouragement.

My question to you is What’s Your Why?

 

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Why I’m “On The Grind”

Hi and welcome! I’m Byron.

 

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I’m a husband, dad, and now a blogger (Never thought I would say that). This is my family Barbara, Brianna, & Bryce!

 

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Between work as a program analyst, wife’s crazy work schedule, kid’s sports almost everyday after school, then throw in a long commute each day, I stay pretty busy. I have an absolute love for food. Raised in “The Magnolia State” (Mississippi), I love Cajun cuisine and pretty much anything smothered or fried. You know what they say “You can take the boy out of the South but you can’t take the South out of the boy.” Or however it goes…

From throwing a shot put and discus on my high school track team to running miles on top of miles in the Marine Corps, trying to keep fit has been part of my life the past couple of years. I definitely enjoy getting up bright and early to get a nice 40 min workout in before heading off to work. Living in Southern California, there is no reason for not getting any physical activity in because it is pretty much nice weather year round.

Now, this wasn’t always the case. I was the fat kid growing up and was called everything from fat, overweight, hefty, chunky, and swole (like a permanent bee sting). I remember my mom having to get my clothes from the “husky” section at JCPenney growing up. They must have known I was going to be a big kid because as a toddler someone in my family came up with the nickname Hogbear. What in the world is a hogbear? As I got older, my uncles tried to make it sound cooler like “How is the biggest bear doing today? Or Say Hog, can you help me out this weekend? Oh well, I lived through it and I guess those are the things that have made me the man I am today. And I can still laugh about it.

The reason for starting this blog is to encourage busy moms and dads to keep pushing towards their fitness goals. Whether it is that person who is just starting out or just someone struggling with eating the last piece of cheesecake, I want to inspire each and every person to keep going. With so much negativity in the world, it is pretty easy to give up or give in when things aren’t working out the way you planned. I figured, why not try and inspire others whether it is a story, a joke, a picture or just a simple quote. Sometimes all you need is that little extra uumpf to help get you through the day.

 

Stay On The Grind…