Building A Better Body One Brick At A Time
The quest to develop a stunningly fit, lean and attractive body is a long, slow
journey. It's not something you achieve overnight by popping a few pills or strapping an electric gizmo to your belly.
Remember the Ab Belt?
Which reminds me, did you know that by the time the FTC finally blew the whistle on the electronic ab belt scam, the makers of those "ab
zappers" had swindled over $100 million dollars from unsuspecting consumers? Fortunately, some of those companies had to pay it back, and
then some! The FTC charged three companies - Fast Abs, Ab Tronic and Ab Energizer - with false advertising and deceptive warranty practices for these "ABSurd" products.
But I digress; back to what I was saying about the journey to a better body...
It Started with a Look Out My Window
Last week I looked out my window, and where there was once nothing but a dirt-filled empty lot, there stood a sprawling six story brick condo
complex. If someone looked at this massive completed structure for the first time, they might not be impressed. However, since I observed the
entire construction process unfold from my living room window, I was impressed - amazed even - at what goes into erecting this kind of structure.
I remember watching the crew humming around diligently every day like
busy bees, laying one brick after another. From one day to the next, it
didn't seem like much changed. But slowly, over a period of a year and
a half, I watched the building gradually morph into the finished product.
ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY, AND YOUR BETTER BODY WON'T BE EITHER
Rome...and Your Body...Wasn't Built in a Day...and Cannot be Changed that Fast, Either
When you look
at someone with an incredible body as a finished product, you often tend to dismiss the long, arduous journey and hard work it
took to build that body. Unless you were side by side with that person in the gym (and in the kitchen), observing the work involved, it's easy
to attribute such a chiseled physique to genetics or give credit to a supplement (they just took product XYZ and voila - overnight abs). What
you don't see or appreciate are all the months and years of sweat and hard work.
Getting in shape is a lot like a construction project. First, there must be a picture in the mind. Then the vision goes onto paper as a
blueprint. It takes months just to lay the foundation. More months of work will follow. On a daily basis, it doesn't seem like much is
happening. You look in the mirror and appear, for the most part, the same as you did yesterday. But sure enough, the small improvements are
slowly accumulating like compounding interest in the bank. One day, you look in the mirror and "suddenly," your blueprint has become reality.
The body of a fitness pro or bodybuilding champion is not any more likely to be built overnight than a high rise. It's not
physically possible. Accepting the idea that any type of pill, powder,
drug, supplement or machine of any kind will make it happen sooner is pure folly. You can't force it.
It Takes Nine Months Just to Make a Baby, Doesn't It?
Growth and development of any kind always requires a gestation period.
For a baby, it's nine months. For corn, I believe it's about three months. If you were an expectant mother, would you want to hurry the
process? Could any new development in nutrition or medical science speed up this wonderful miracle even one iota? If you were a farmer,
would you try to harvest your crop before it was ripe? Would you dig up your seeds to see if anything was growing down there?
The answers are obvious. If only we would adopt the same patient, nurturing "mother's" or "farmer's" mindset towards getting in shape,
then no one would waste their money on "fast abs" or "exercise in a bottle" or any such silliness ever again. We would understand that one
must sow first, then reap the harvest, but that you can't sow and reap in the same season.
Remember the Tortoise and the Hare?
If you ever get frustrated with your rate of progress (and who
doesn't), just remember this; success is always guaranteed to the
persistent. Nothing in the world can stop someone who knows what they
want and is willing to continue paying the price until they get it. It
just takes time.
NOT JUST A BODY, BUT A BODY OF ART
Become the architect and builder of your own dream body. You WILL build
the body you want eventually if you're patient enough and you refuse to
quit. And set your goals HIGH! Create a fantastic blueprint.
Michelangelo said, “The greatest danger is not that we set
our goals too high and miss them, the greatest danger is that we set
our goals too low and we reach them.”
They Used to Tell Us: Your Body is a Temple
Envision a castle - a veritable Taj Mahal of a body! There's nothing
wrong with building castles in the sky, as long as you patiently work
at putting the foundations underneath them. There are very few
unrealistic goals; only goals with unrealistic deadlines. So keep
laying those "bricks" - every day - one at a time - and sure enough,
eventually, you'll build yourself a palace.
Fat Loss Coach
About the Author:
Tom Venuto is a fat loss expert, lifetime natural (steroid-free)
bodybuilder, independent nutrition researcher, freelance writer, and
author of the #1 best selling diet e-book, Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle: Fat-Burning Secrets of The
World's Best Bodybuilders & Fitness Models (e-book) which teaches you how to get lean without drugs or supplements using secrets of the world's best bodybuilders and fitness models. Learn how to get rid of stubborn fat and increase your metabolism by visiting: www.burnthefat.com
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