Born on the finish line

Finish Line

 

 

 

 

 

I won the lottery once…

 

Well, allow me to rephrase- I won a portion of the lottery once.

 

This was going back about 20 years or so and I was a skinny young guy sitting at his mom’s kitchen table checking the lottery numbers of a 649 ticket.

 

I was comparing the numbers on my ticket to the winning numbers in the Monday newspaper…one by one I checked off the numbers on my ticket that corresponded to the ones in the paper…

 

1 (off to a good start)

2 (things are looking good!)

3  (hold on a second…does this mean I have won something?)

4 (I am going to be RICH!!!)

5 (F*!K- there goes the dream!)

6 I HATE THIS GAME- but wait a second- how much have I won??

I hit 4 out of 6 numbers for a grand total of….(wait for it)….

$75

 

Yes, it was better than nothing but as for being lucky that was the best “luck” I have ever experienced.

 

From that day on I have never even come close to winning the lottery. In fact, my last trip to Vegas I did even worse…

 

I still play the lottery from time to time but still NO LUCK.

 

Now, the other day someone I have known for a while made a comment on how lucky I was to be “born on the finish line” (as they put it).

 

According to this person I was fortunate to be born in good shape and as such could not relate to the difficulties that they were experiencing with improving their body composition.

 

I reflected on this a lot over the past few days as the comment really struck a chord within me. In fact, to be perfectly honest I was really pissed off the first time I read the email.

 

I thought- could this person be right? Is it possible that I have lost touch with what its like to be out of shape and struggling with a health or body composition issue? Could it be possible that I can no longer relate to the struggling masses simply because I have a six pack or can dead lift more than 400 pounds?

 

I pondered these questions and decided to do some calculations to see if there was any merit to this persons claim.

 

After all, couldn’t my protestation be a sign of some sort of inner concession that this person was bang on with their assessment of my winning the so called genetic lottery?

 

Here is what the numbers have to say about it;

 

According to my calculations I have been working out consistently for the past 31 years of my life.

 

 For the most part this has been at a frequency of 5 times per week (with one week off for good behavior) giving me a total of 7,905 workouts so far.

 

Using an average of 60 minutes per exercise session this equals 474,300 minutes of exercising…

 

That is A LOT of exercise!

 

And how about healthy meals? Nutrition is the cornerstone to fat loss and muscle building success so let’s run the numbers here as well:

For the most part I eat 5 times per day and have done so consistently for the past three decades.

 35 healthy meals per week X 51 weeks per year= 1785 healthy meals per year x 31 years= 55,335 healthy meals consumed.

 

It is also fair to say that in that time I have consumed thousands of post workout protein shakes as well…

 

What does this data say about me (besides sounding a bit OCD)…

 

First off, it shows me how fortunate I am to live in a country that has such abundance and freedom. This must be acknowledged as each meal is a blessing in and of itself. I am also blessed to have the opportunity to spend time exercising seeing how more than half the world does not have such a luxury (it is kind of silly to worry about when your next leg day is when you are fighting for survival against persecution).

 

Second, it tells me that I need to take more breaks from working out! One week per year is too little given the weights I like to lift.

 

Third, I really must like exercising to spend that much time in the gym!

 

Fourth and most important- I have EARNED the body and fitness I have today. It wasn’t won in the lottery nor did it come by way of some fortunate pedigree….

 

These results were earned in the gym, through the pain, the injuries and the countless failures. Through the ridiculous amount of hours spent researching and educating myself with an obsession to learn all that I could about my craft…

 

 The road to becoming the best version of yourself in any endeavor will ALWAYS be riddled with pot holes, land mines and seemingly insurmountable obstacles that MUST be circumvented before you will reach your goal.

 

This is the great equalizer of life and the one thing we all have in common- becoming great at ANYTHING is never easy. It doesn’t matter if it’s playing chess, writing a screenplay or building muscles- it’s all the same.

 

The problem is that we only pay attention to people AFTER they have reached their goal and achieved success.

 

Having had the privilege of working with many extremely successful people over the years I can honestly say that failure is the one thing we all have in common.

 

The only difference is what successful people do after they fail…

 

They keep going until they achieve their goal. And while it may appear like they were “born on the finish line” this couldn’t be further from the truth.

 

I am constantly reminded to never judge a book by its cover until you have read the pages in between.

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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