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The Mystery of the Imaginary Magical Genes

For the first time in months, I had to pick some alternate exercises to my usual routine due to equipment being used by other gym goers. I found this particularly peculiar. It is not often that I find not one, but three, different machines that I want to use occupied at the same time. Then it hit me: But of course! It's the beginning of the year and a lot of folks are following through in their New Year resolutions of adopting a healthier life style.

Lucky for me, I know enough at this time that I can quickly pick a different exercise that works the same muscles so I don't have to stand in line to wait for anything. Furthemore, fortunately for me (and unfortunately for them) this rush will not last as most people won't follow through for too long. Before we know it, it will be back to our regularly scheduled routine.

I feel that the latter is unfortunate. Once you discover what you can do with your mind and body as a result of proper nutrition and exercise, you become almost evangelical about it and wish that everyone would reap the benefits of such discovery. At that point, you wake up one day to discover that you have become Constable Visit-The-Infidel-With-Explanatory-Pamphplets and that you are at risk of annoying the crap out of your friends and relations with your unbridled promotion of a healthy lifestyle. That's when you realize that not everyone is ready for this sort of thing, and that the most reasonable thing to do is just leave it alone.

When people decide to take that step, they will.

And if they want your input, they will ask for it even if it is just to ignore it.

In the meantime, you do your thing and lead by example. And that's that.

Which brings us to our next topic: Magical Genes.

Magical genes? I knew they existed! Good things happen to other people's bodies! They must have magical genes! I don't have them, therefore, good changes will never happen to me!

Errr... I hate to bring this up, but there is no such thing as a magical gene.

You see, when I first started working out, I was incredibly excited about the changes I was seeing in my body. Then, I had one of the most discouraging things happen to me: discovering the idea of magical genes, and the fact that I didn't have them. As a result, I almost gave up on my goals and stalled for quite a while.

And how did that happen? Well, one day I was basking in the glory of having people telling me how great I looked, and me telling them that I was going to the gym, when all of a sudden someone pointed out the gym adventures of a common acquaintance.

"Yes," my friend says. "Mr. Green* goes every day to the gym too!"

"He does?" I say, in sudden horror, as Mr. Green is one of the most out of shape people I know.

"Oh, yes!" she says. "He's been doing it for years!"

"Ohhhhh, noooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

*Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

It was the most discouraging thing I've ever heard in my entire life.

Like I said. As a result, I stopped believing in myself since I got convinced that, with my luck, I most likely had been born with a total lack of magical genes. Good changes happened to other people. Those with magical genes. As for me and Mr. Green, we were both doomed. Doomed!!!

As time went by, I realized that there is exercise, and there's exercise. And that no matter how much you exercise, if you don't properly feed the machine, you will plateau and won't see the results that you wanted to see as was the case of Mr. Green.

Eventually, I went ahead and educated myself on both matters, and finally saw the results I wanted and kept them up too!

So when people tell me Gee, you must have special genes. You only have to look at those weights and you put muscle on!, I can safely respond "No. I have no special genes. I just eat clean and exercise. I can do it and so can you."

As for where to start, there are two programs that I recommend: Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution by Chris Powell (just came out at the end of December); and Body for Life by Bill Phillips. I may decide to do a review of both books in another entry. But those two are really, really good.

And that's it for today. I am back at work, and stuff needs to happen.

Stay healthy my friends.

~Belfebe out

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