When you make a resolution, you’re not only making a decision about the type of person you want to become; you’re also making a statement — often overly optimistic — about the type of person you are currently.
An hour of skipping rope can burn 1,000 calories, and it’s definitely a lot more fun than running for an hour on a treadmill. But you don’t even need a full 60 minutes to see the fat melt off your body in no time. All you need is six minutes.
It’s close to midnight, and I haven’t been to the gym in over a week. Oops. College is like that sometimes, I guess. What have I been doing instead? I wish I could say that I’ve been eating well, taking naps, and catching up on Stranger Things. Instead, I’m in the basement of the university library. People are giving me weird looks. Why? Well, I probably stole their favorite study spot. Also, I’m doing push ups between the bookshelves. What else would I be doing?
Both men stood in hesitation, blood dripping and bruises forming as thousands of spectators held their breath. The event was UFC 65 on November 18, 2006. The up-and-coming Canadian star Georges St-Pierre–“GSP,” his adoring fans call him–was the top contender set to take the welterweight title from mixed martial arts champion Matt Hughes. Hughes had lost only once throughout his previous 19 bouts. He was the first to bring in more than $20 million from one fight, and he is still considered to be one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport. Some commentators thought the belt could never be taken from him. GSP had the right to be nervous, but he was more determined than ever to become the new welterweight champion of the world.
People looking to start or change their workout plans all have one thing in common: they want to change something about themselves. It can be as simple a change as a very fit and physically active person looking to get more defined shoulders, or as complex a change as a sedentary and morbidly obese person getting healthy and becoming a gym rat. For anyone looking to make change, they are going to have to be disciplined and calculated in their approach; desire that is not coupled with planning and discipline leads inevitably to disappointment and a misplaced feeling of hopelessness. Changes in our body must be accompanied by changes in our mind.