I want to share something with you today, that I would in turn like you to share with your friends and family and those you care for, that may act as anything from a gentle reminder to a violent kick in the backside!
I can tell you what I have seen each of the 15 years I have been involved in the health and fitness industry around this time of year.
Many people seem to start winding down both mentally and physically from mid November onwards! It seems to get earlier every year! (it used to be nearer mid-December) as soon as the clocks change there seems to be a mass consensus of ‘It’s not worth setting any goals now / taking up exercise / trying to improve myself / focussing on my diet’ etc ‘I might as well wait till January’ or ‘Lets get Christmas out of the way first!’
There are 2 months left of the year! Giving yourself permission to go into a free-fall of gluttony, drinking, laziness and general sloth like behaviour is not going to help you one bit and if anything will make a concerted push at the start of January even harder to muster!
This next Monday is 12th November. That means that from Monday there are exactly 6 (7 day) weeks culminating in Sunday 23rd December. What are you going to do with those 6 weeks? Nothing? Let them tick away? Wait for Christmas? or DECIDE that the last 6 weeks before Christmas can in fact become the most focussed, productive, transformative and generally AWESOME 6 weeks of your year!
Everyone who has ever worked in a gym or fitness centre (or trained or even peered through the window) will know that this is how the pattern goes….November tails off, December is dead and January is heaving! WHY!!!!!!???
I have no commercial gain to make from this blog (as the vast majority of our cients pay monthly so we make the same money whether they are here or not – the difference between me and Virgin, Nuffield, Fitness First, David Llyod is I personally WANT you here!) I want you here for you not for me!
On Monday I am going to film and post on our YouTube channel a very honest short video. I will show you exactly where I am at (which is not in the best physical shape since I stopped boxing pretty much at the start of the year following a broken wrist) I will weigh in live on the video, measure my waist (and some other appropriate tests) and COMMIT to some challenging goals to be reached by 23rd December!
I’m just like you. I let myself slip from time to time, I go through periods of low motivation, I sometimes feel like I can’t be bothered. WE ALL DO! Anyone who says otherwise is a LIAR!
By Christmas I will be fitter, leaner, stronger, healthier & happier with my physicality than I have in the last 12 months. That is my commitment.
I would love for you to join me in a commitment that is appropriate and impassioned for you! Lets make the next 6 weeks immense and inspiring for those around us and the total opposite of hibernate, binge, get fat & feel lousy WAITING for January and the big change which wont come anyway!
Please share this blog on facebook, Retweet it on twitter and direct people towards it over the next few days. I will see you on YouTube Monday and hopefully at Unique Results making the run into Christmas a POWERFUL one!
Yours in health,
James St Pierre