I’m able to see what brings people to my website via websearches. Well, the other day there was someone that found their way to the Fat Buff county via a search for “how long to lose fat and be fit”, and that got me thinking. So, I thought I’d answer it.
It doesn’t matter. Who cares how long it takes? If it takes 10 seconds or 10 years, what does it matter? We’re not talking about a hairstyle, a video game, a car, or whatever else, we’re talking about your quality of life here. We’re talking about being healthy. We’re talking about truly being happy with yourself instead of having to fall into that “I accept myself” crap that keep people over-weight, on tons of meds, unhappy, and dead at an early age.
The amount of time it takes to become “fit” is irrelevant. Because it’s not like once you become that, you can then go back to your old ways. No, instead you have to maintain that lifestyle with the same things that brought you to the dance. Being fit, being healthy, which in turn means being happy, isn’t something you “do”. It’s not something you schedule for an hour on Saturday. No, it’s a lifestyle. It’s who you are.
And let me tell you, it’s a lifestyle worth living. Being fit, healthy, strong and in shape isn’t something you have to wear. It’s not something you can only use during a season. It isn’t something you have to plug in. It’s not something you can buy. No, it’s something you carve for yourself through grit, sacrifice, determination, blood, and sure as hell sweat. And once you have it, you ARE IT. Where ever you go, there it is. If you maintain it, you never lose it. It’s your best friend that never turns on you, and always has your back. It will keep providing you with reward after reward. It will be the best damn decision you’ve ever made. I mean, fit & strong people are generally happier, more pleasant, more useful, and to borrow a notion from Mark Rippetoe, harder to kill. Who the hell wouldn’t want all those things? Who wouldn’t want to live longer to enjoy life? To enjoy their family & friends? Who wouldn’t dig walking into a room and knowing you’re the strongest person there?
You know, once you become this lifestyle, there will be those around you who then start to feel shameful that they don’t have the guts & grit to do what you do, so they’re gonna try and make you feel bad for it. They’re gonna take shots at you. With the common refrain being “Working out doesn’t make you better than anyone else”. And of course, in this PC world we have to say “I know, I know”. But you know what? SCREW THAT.
WE ARE BETTER. Life is movement, baby, and we’re LIVING. We’re blessed to be fully functioning, healthy people, and we don’t squander those gifts. We use those gifts to their fullest potential, and pay respect to them by making sure they remain in tip-top working order. We’re better because we plan, we execute, we strategize, we research, we read, we study, we put theories into practice, and we bust our f’ning asses day in and day out. We get shit done despite what life may try and throw in our way. We constantly help others with their fitness goals whenever asked, time and time again, and we’re happy to. We get our anger, our rage, our frustrations out in the gym. Which in turn makes us calm, easy-breezy people in the real world. We aren’t depressed, we aren’t bringing people down, we’re having the damn time of our lives.
And people hate us for it. But oh well. We’d love to sit and chat with you about how you’re trying to project your self-loathing and shame on us, but we’re too busy setting PRs and living our fantastically awesome lives. Fit-shame us all you want, because if the worst thing you can try and say about me is that I’m in shape and kicking ass, then life is pretty good, baby.
So there you go. That’s how long until you’re fit.
C’mon, people, let’s get it.