My apologies on my absence from the blog. I have been working on a couple of music projects that have taken up a lot of my time. I will reveal more information on those later, but today I want to revisit the land of physical fitness.
As you know, I have been doing the P90X fitness program. This week marks the completion of the first month of my second round of P90X! When I started working out a little over four months ago, I never thought I would be here. However, I did set the bar very high for myself: I firmly set my goal and I began working toward it.
Today, it is not my goal that drives me forward, it the journey that keeps me motivated. What I mean is that I have come to discover that exercise and fitness is not about a six pack…not entirely anyway. It’s about taking charge of your life. It is about making healthy choices and ending bad habits. It’s about breaking the quick-fix cycle our consumer culture is all to eager to sell to you and making real changes that takes time, energy and dedication.
As I make these changes, I grow tired of seeing commercials of overweight women slim down right before our eyes wearing nothing but a sleazy bikini. This woman is sold to us as if the bikini was she all had to live for. I am tired of seeing weight loss commercials for men that claim you can eat your burger and fries and still lose the weight – as if burgers are the only thing men live for (actually…).
If I can travel back in time for just a moment, I used to listen to Susan Powter’s radio show back in the 90s. Remember her? She’s the Stop the Insanity! creator. Say what you will about her craziness (and I’ll probably agree) but her passion for healthy living is undeniable, and a bit infecting. On top of that, she’s a very smart, well-read person. In recent years I haven’t really kept up with Susan, so I was bit surprised to see a recent video of her on YouTube pop up during a recent search I had made. I have linked it below because I find the message of the video very refreshing.
The point to all of this is that It’s time we as a nation started having real conversations about health and fitness. It’s time to toss away all the gadgets and gizmos that don’t work. It’s time to stop acting like bikinis are the only real reason to want to exercise, and most importantly, it’s time to get in touch with the food we eat! I don’t care what kind of exercise you do, just do it! I found something that works for me, what works for you?