"First they'll ask you, 'why?', then they'll ask 'how?'" That was one of the first quotes I read when I decided to not be fat anymore. It's still one of the truest things I've ever read.
When I started committing to being more healthy, people asked--and still ask--why? Why order meat and veggies when you could order fried chicken? Why spend an hour or two in the gym on Friday night when you're missing out on free drinks at Fred's? Why? Why? Why?
When I really committed and I started seeing results, they started asking, "how?" How did you lose the weight? How do I lose weight, too? How do I lift more? How do I get a butt? How do I lose belly fat? How? How? How?
To be honest, I just did. I improve on things everyday. Most days it sucks, but it's always worth it. I get tired. My bed is just as comfortable as yours is. I don't want to get out of it in the morning and run, but I do. Some days, I want to just go home after work, but I don't. I go to the gym.
A lot of days, I want to eat all the cakes. But I eat carrots instead. Everyday I want to drink all the diet cokes. But I drink water instead.
How did I do it? I just weighed my options. Do I want to be sick or do I want to be healthy? How badly do I want to be healthy? Is being healthy worth giving up the things that are making me sick?
Answer: I want to be healthy. I want to be healthy really badly. Being healthy is worth giving up the things I want for the the things I need.
Everyday is progress. I'm not perfect. Sometimes I eat the damn cake and I drink the damn diet coke. But everyday I get a little better.
And that's good enough for me.
So if you're like me and you're wondering how, ask yourself: "how badly do I want it?"