After working an eleven hour day today, I got to the gym.
I had it all planned. I was going to go on the Arc Trainer, then a little StairMaster, and then some back exercises.
I jumped on the Arc Trainer.
I love this machine. I always put it on Level 100 and Incline to 10.
When I started moving, it felt good. Actually, it felt real good!
I was pushing it pretty hard. Usually it is a struggle at first, but for some reason it felt great.
The music was helping a lot. A little 50 cent. Some N.W.A. A little DJ Khalled. Every song that came on motivated me more.
Usually I burn around 1400 calories on the machine.
But because it was going so good, I decided to do something fun. I was going to get it to 2000 calories to post on my Facebook Page.
I have never gone 99 minutes on the Arc Trainer before. All at the highest level. I was pouring with sweat. I burned 2400 calories.
I have always heard that weight loss and fitness is like a marathon. Maybe I am looking at it a different way.
The point of the weight loss marathon is not to win. It is not to be first. It is not to get a metal once you finish.
The point is to run with people just like you and push them to get to the finish line.
I do not tell these stories to brag. People already think I do 5,000,000 push-ups a day. My name is used as a workout verb…
“I am so going to Anti-Jared this workout!”
The point of this is that I truly believe that anyone can get healthy. Anyone can work out. I am living proof.
I hate when people doubt themselves. Okay, so you had a big meal or you gained 2.2 pounds this week. Instead of beating yourself up, do something about it. Do something you never thought you could do!
I am a guy whose writing got rejected by Weight Watchers. My story was denied by Dr. Oz and a local news station. My story was not in Prevention magazine and I was turned down by CNN even though my brother works for SI.
I am also a guy who changed his life. Who took so much negativity and turned it into magical positivity. Who, after working a long day, did a long workout. Not because he had to, but because he wanted to.
Anyone can do this. I was not an athlete. I am a bald middle aged man who wears $10 pants and has the same old pair of New Balance shoes that I have had for over a year.
I will tell you one thing though. You will NEVER tell me I can not do something. Because I will do everything in my power to prove you wrong. Just like you should do every day.
So at the end of my workout, I saw that after the 99 minutes, the timer says 100.
That is the amount of effort I put into life every day!