“Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan
This quote speaks to persistence and showing up. If you’ve ever read anything about Michael Jordan, you know he’s a hard worker. He practiced harder than anyone on the teams he played for. He demonstrated that showing up is better than giving up.
I draw inspiration from a lot of folks. One of my goals is to build a body that is muscular, lower my body fat percentage, and to be an example for other individuals over 50 years of age. It is a tough road. The body isn’t as responsive as it was when I was 20. I look at food and gain weight. I get frustrated easily, particularly when my transformation doesn’t happen overnight. Sound familiar?
We all live in a world that goes out of its way to get results now! We look for a magic pill, a bodybuilding supplement, some new technique in the gym, anything to get those instant results. The real truth: the people that look the way they do put in years of hard work, monitoring their food intake, their supplementation, and the work they were doing in the gym. They paid the price.
If anything, bodybuilding has taught me patience. Your body is the way it is because of years of bad habits. Eating junk food, drinking empty carbohydrates, sucking down soda, and consuming lots of salt, fat, and sugar.
The journey is worth it, however. I enjoy working out. I enjoy the discipline of eating within my macro allowances (proteins, carbs, and fats). Does everyday result in what I want? No. Like Michael Jordan, I am going to show up and work hard. I am not going to stop until I have achieved the body I want.
I wish each of you the best of luck on whatever your journey is.
Have a great Saturday!!
Until next time…