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So, you’ve been reading Nerd Fitness for five months now (you loyal reader you), and you finally decided to make the plunge; you’re going to get in shape! You went out and bought some new sneakers, you stopped buying the industrial size bag of Twinkies from Costco, and your new DVD from Richard Simmons just showed up in the mail.
You’re ready to go, right? WRONG. The next step is to tell every freaking person you know that you’re going to get in shape. And I don’t mean “I’m gonna get healthy,” I want you telling them exactly what you expect to accomplish, and when you expect to accomplish that goal. Hang it on your cubicle wall, make it your away message, add it to your Xbox Live gamertag profile. I want you to have specific goals like:
- I’m going to run a marathon in 6 months.
- I’m going to lose 30 pounds by New Years.
- I’m going to bench press my weight by November.
Real, tangible goals. Personally, I don’t mind letting myself down sometimes (eating fast food, skipping a gym session), but when I know everybody else will be let down if I give up, I am that much more motivated to stay in shape. Hell, part of the reason I started this blog was to keep myself accountable and motivated. I can’t run a fitness blog and not be in great shape; I need to practice what I preach, because I have you guys looking to me for advice, motivation, and support. I won’t let you down, because I hate being a disappointment to anybody. Step up to the plate, and put your reputation on the line. Do you want to be known as the quitter? No, then stick with it!
If you post on a blog, write a post about your goals and what you hope to accomplish. If your best friends, family, girlfriend, and co-workers all know that you’re getting in shape, they’ll be more likely to offer support and less likely to ask you to eat the last piece of cake or get mad at you when you skip on out another round of Left 4 Dead to go exercise.
Know what you want, and make sure everybody else knows it too. If you don’t want to let them down, then you better keep yourself in line and get the job done. Are you making the decision to get in shape? Email me and let me know at email@example.com , and I’ll gladly help keep you accountable.
Go get it.