Are you a “toe-in-the-water” type of guy/gal?
Maybe you just want to try something, but you don’t want to fully commit……Why?
I understand being open-minded, questioning things and never going overboard, and I am that way…in most things. But too much, is too much. You could easily end up doing nothing, or never fully being involved in anything, if you don’t decide to sell out and own something.
Becoming a Sellout
The term “sellout” can have some pretty negative connotations, so let me explain.
In the broad sense of the word it means to betray one set of ideals for another, thus forgetting your roots and “selling out” to something new.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am telling you, you need to become a health and fitness sellout. You need to become a fitness sellout if…
Your current ideals…
- I won’t completely rearrange my schedule to workout…I don’t want to be “that guy”
- I won’t plan out my meals or prepare them ahead of time…I don’t want to be “that guy”
- I don’t want to keep track of what I eat, how much water I drink or what my workouts were…I don’t want to be “that guy”
- I won’t pass on dessert in public…I don’t want to be “that guy”
Fitness and health = Mediocrity at its finest
After you sellout…
- I just set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. to make sure I workout tomorrow.
- I spent three hours prepping my meals on Sunday where I would eat healthy all week.
- I have a food and workout journal I use daily.
- Dessert? No thanks, I am trying to limit that kind of stuff as much as possible.
Fitness and health = Elite level
Now let me throw in my disclaimer. I am not in the “ultra-hardcore-no-fun camp” when it comes to this stuff. You definitely need to strike a balance. I have been the guy who brings in his own chicken and rice into a restaurant to make sure I was eating “healthy” (yes, seriously)…and I hated being “that guy”…so I stopped, and now I strike a good balance. But I am not going to let other people make me feel uncomfortable about deciding to live a fit and healthy lifestyle, and neither should you.
The worst is when you first start.
When I first started working out I was tiny, so of course, I wanted to get bigger. But all the big dudes who weighed about 100 lb. more than me made me feel very uncomfortable in the free weight section…but I didn’t care. I decided this was something I wanted to do…I sold out on fitness.
The next step…owning it.
How to Sellout and Own It
Once you have decided you want to sell out, you are on the right path. You will enjoy a fit and healthy life that most people will never experience because they don’t want to get out of their comfort zone…but you have to own this decision.
- You may be small
- You may have never been fit
- You may be big
- You may be weak
- You may be slow
But it doesn’t matter…
Selling out example:
It doesn’t matter if you are 55 years old, never ran a day in your life and are overweight…if you want to be a runner…it’s time to be a runner.
- YouTube running form videos
- Research shoes, barefoot running and other methods
- Join a running website forum/community
- Most important: START running!!
The most important thing is to just get started. Don’t be the guy who buys all the gear for something then never actually does it or never fully commits, because that’s not a sellout…that’s a poser. Never be one of those 🙂
Whatever you “sellout” on, and fully commit to, you must fully own. You may not be confident in your new skill or what you are doing, but you must be 100% confident in your decision to pursue your quest of fitness and health. That, my friends, is owning it.
Don’t let other’s mediocrity overshadow your decision to DO something for yourself. People won’t understand why you wake up early, pass on dessert or dedicate time to improvement and learning. Deep down they will wish they were doing what you were doing, but out of a fear of becoming “that guy” (which you have become) they will poke fun at you due to their own insecurities. Don’t listen to them. OWN IT!!
If someone is being a jerk to you…REALLY own it 🙂
Insecure jerk: “Hey, you aren’t eating any of this cheesecake. Why!? Is it going to interfere with you getting greased up and flexing your muscles on stage? hahaha”
You: “No, I actually am not a bodybuilder; I just live a fit and healthy lifestyle. I do not want any cheesecake because I eat enough carbohydrates in my diet as is, and I know that consuming an excessive amount of carbohydrates, habitually, could result in chronic elevation of insulin in my body. Which may result in a disorder called hyperinsulinemia; which is linked to many different cancers, coronary heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and other diseases. But thanks for noticing me not eating any, because I really wanted to share that with you!”
Insecure jerk: [Mouth Open]
Of course, I would only do something like that to someone who was being a real jerk, and more likely than not I would have a piece of (that very occasional) cheesecake :). I just wanted to give an example of owning something. Don’t be afraid to explain to people what you are doing or why you are doing it. They may be more open to hear about it than you think and they may even be interested in joining.
It’s time to sellout…and own it.