Getting in shape isn't easy; anyone who tells you otherwise is try to sell you something.
It is no secret to those who know me that I wake up early really early. I have my "get out of bed alarm" set at 2:23 a.m., my "finish drinking your iced caffeine solution and stop browsing for stuff online that you can't afford" alarm at 2:42 a.m., and my "you better be running by now" alarm at 2:52 a.m.
This all might seem strange to people who are couch potatoes committing cannibalism while eating potato chips, but I have to work out before I work, and I see my first appointment at 5 a.m. I love the schedule and I work it to my advantage, always.
So, while running on the treadmill in the wee hours of the morning recently, I tuned in to visit my various "television friends" that I have made over the years: The Bowflex commercial guy (Tom Purvis, we go way back!), Billy Mays (he yells really loudly and can clean your tub out by scouring it with his immaculately manicured beard and moustache); and now I have Tan Lady from the Slendertone Ab Belt commercial.
I'm seriously not going to tell you how wacky the entire infomercial is, or that their product is junk and the owners of the company need to strap it to their head. The one thing that made me commit to writing this particular column this week is what one portly "unpaid testimonial" enthusiast said was the impetus for her buying the electronic utility belt. "If it isn't fun and easy," she says in the infomercial, "I'm not doing it!"
OK, I may need to do some calm breathing techniques that I see yoga people doing at red lights! Did this cream puff really just say that? I know that the producers of the infomercial want people to buy this gizmo, but I know that there is more than just this woman out there that refuse to enter into an exercise and nutrition program unless they "get fast results in the minimum amount of time." Well, sorry to spoil the party, but this scenario only takes place in things known as dreams!
Life is a grand and wonderful thing. You can have anything you want and achieve all the success in whatever endeavor your little heart desires. But, like death and taxes, hard work and patience are a part of any long lasting success. During the years when you can skip exercise and eat like you're in a contest (ages 12 to 25), hardly anybody pays really strict attention to their fitness and nutrition. Lo and behold, throw a house, spouse and a kid (plus pets) into the mix, and everyone suddenly notices that they have wasted countless years neglecting the very person that they take to every dance.
Nothing in life is free; anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something. I, however, won't sell you a line of bull; this is hard, so be patient and roll up your sleeves! Have a great week, gang!
Darin St. George is a personal fitness coach at Gold's Gym in Natick. Visit his Web site at www.TrainerX.com.