Dangle the Carrot was originally started a couple of years ago when I decided that being a fat-ass was no longer acceptable and P90X, the fitness routine sweeping the nation, was going to be my guide. Everyday I would do one of the workouts and put up a blog post about it. Before you knew it I started to receive a ton of emails and comments from others who also wanted to make a change in their lives with P90X and wanted advice on how to make this happen. I enjoyed interacting with those people because we were on similar paths with similar goals, much like many of us now in our ever growing triathlon/running/endurance community.
However, it never failed that a couple times a week I would get an email that would say something like this:
"Hey Jeff, Love the blog! I want to start P90X but I just am too busy to prepare meals ahead of time and have to eat fast food for lunch. Do you think I can still do P90X but not follow the nutrition plan?"or this:
"Hi Jeff, I've been doing P90X for 60 days now and my results are a lot different than yours. Aside from missing two weeks for vacation (who exercises on vacay?) and a weekend for my sister's wedding I have been doing all the workouts. I think they are recommending too many calories so I am not really following the nutrition plan but other than that I cannot understand why it is not working?"When I first started getting these types of messages I was very supportive and said stuff like, "Stick to it" or "Just keep working and you'll see the results!" While the truth was I wasn't thinking these positive thoughts at all. I was thinking, "Quit making excuses and follow the damn nutrition guide!" or "Why the hell did you even start the plan if you knew you couldn't complete the 90 days consecutively - you are to blame for your poor results!". Well, after I became a little more comfortable in my blogger-skin that became the type of answers I started sending back to people and the cool thing was that they would thank me for my honesty and the kick in the butt.
When it comes to fitness I hate shortcuts, despise the promise of the silver bullet solution, and want to slap people when they promise others success by doing something the easy way. I believe that most people DREAM of success but very few are willing to put in the hard work to ACHIEVE success. Maybe I am old school, maybe I am just a dick, but I am not an enabler.
So when I read this article today about Ironman training the BS alarm was a blaring.
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