– James T. McCay
Tomorrow. I hear that word so frequently it’s nearly lost all meaning. When I actually use it, it’s a word full of anticipation. Here are a few examples:
Tomorrow, I am expecting copies of my book to arrive.
Tomorrow, my order of Brazil Butt Lift will be one day closer.
Tomorrow, I have a long run scheduled outside.
See how fabulous tomorrow can be – if you’re actually going to utilize the day? Too often, people use tomorrow as an excuse to make today lackluster. As though promising a workout tomorrow makes them healthier today. Guess what? It doesn’t work that way. The results that you’re looking for only actual occur if you DO THE WORK.
And yes, I get that it’s not all fun and games in the beginning. The beginning is HARD. The beginning is TOUGH. It’s all about the front of the mullet – business. But if you wanna get that party in the back, ya gotta work through it. And trust me – there is a party in the back. And it’s fun, and it’s filled with fantabulously gorgeous people, and it’s where all the cool kids are hanging out – and living longer, fuller lives. Because, seriously – you can’t live your life to the fullest if you’re dragging around even 20 extra pounds. You can’t live life to the fullest if you’re thin but have no strength. When walking up the stairs is enough to take your breath away, that’s not the best you can do. If you’re tired after carting the groceries in from the car, that’s not the best you can do. It’s the bare minimum, and you’ll get far fewer years out of the bare minimum.
Hard truth: if you’re inactive and scarfing grease-covered potatoes, you are doing yourself and your body an injustice. This isn’t about being thin or looking a certain way. This is about your HEALTH. I don’t care if you’re skinny or if you’re fat – if you’re not taking care of your body, you’re at risk for a whole list of nasty, icky stuff. And if you’re a parent – shame on you. What do you want for your kids? Would you hand your child a cigarette? Alcohol? Poison? Then WHY for the love all that is holy would you stuff ’em full of chemicals, dyes, and hormones????
And before you roll your eyes and call me a “health nut”…I get the need for treats. I get the need for a day off now and again. It’s all about moderation, but come on. Moderation does not mean eating something unhealthful on a daily basis. It’s not having a side salad followed by fried chicken and gravy. It’s about recognizing how much good stuff is required to outweigh the bad stuff. It’s more than you want to deal with, I’m sure…but too freakin’ bad.
Now, let’s have a fun truth: If you start today and keep at it for just three weeks, it becomes a habit. Stick with it another three weeks, and it becomes a lifestyle. You stop exercising because you have to and start sweatin’ because you want to. You stop craving chocolate and start craving vegetables. You stop being tired and start feeling energetic. You will participate in life in ways you never contemplated or even realized you weren’t participating before. That’s right about the time you send me a message on Facebook, or email me, or text me – and say “Hey, thanks! I am kicking ass like nobody’s business! You were right about all that healthy shit!” And I humbly give you all the credit (because it was YOU who did the work, after all) and tell you to KEEP GOING.
Because even if you’ve taken care of today, tomorrow is still all like “What about me ova heah?” (Tomorrow has a New York accent, just in case you were wondering.)