CAUTION: Rough Road Ahead

No one said the path to being fit is easy, BUT I haven’t heard one person who lost weight, and got fit, say it wasn’t worth it. It reminds me of when my parents went to Costa Rica and they told me how scary the roads were, yet those roads led them to quite a paradise. So, if our destination is so rewarding, why aren’t more people doing what it takes to get there? I believe it’s because “the gate is narrow and the path is difficult”. Scripture uses this analogy to our spiritual lives and it definitely applies to our physical lives too.

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matt. 7: 13-14

5 Reasons why more people aren’t on the narrow path:

1. People don’t find the “narrow gate”  because they aren’t looking for it. It’s not like the gate to fitness isn’t in plain site. It’s just overpowered by the flashy Vegas-like signs to what the world wants you to eat, buy and try. If you want to get on the right path, you can’t always go for the obvious way – you have to purposefully seek the right way.

2. People are tempted by smooth paths. Do you want a smooth highway or a skinny narrow path on the side of a cliff? Duh?! That would be an easy answer – until they told me where the smooth highway ended: Fat & Unhappy. 😦

3. People look at the path, more than the people on it. I have not heard one person tell me the Shake weight helped them lose 50lbs – or that the ab belt got them fit, but I sure have seen some amazingly fit people who did stuff that obviously worked. Follow the leaders.

4. People don’t want to be alone. The narrow path can be a lonely unpopular path. You can be the one not drinking or eating all the garbage at parties. You can be the one going to the gym while everyone else is having breakfast – but you are forgetting there are still others like you doing the same thing. It’s important you reach out to those people and start building relationships with people on your same path.

5. People want what’s easy now. You can’t base where you want to go on what feels good now. You have  to look ahead and constantly think about where you are headed. How you feel now is temporary, but what you do now has lasting effects. Always look ahead.

Getting on the right path is hard – staying on that path is even harder. There also must be balance, meaning, you don’t want t to go overboard and turn into a total fitness fanatic who shoves fitness down everyone’s throat and judges every fat person that sloths by, telling them they are going to burn in hot greasy French Fry hell either. You also don’t want to get so obsessed with your “higher level of living” you  float around like you’re better than everyone else either.

In order to succeed, you must realize the challenges ahead, know what to look for, and stay focused on your goal – and if you do, I promise it will all be worth it.

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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on January 7, 2012, in Motivational, PFOCUS and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Yikes…the last picture is sorta scary!

    Good insight…..manage expectations and put one foot in front of the other to stay on the path.

    Good stuff!

  2. Very insightful. One of my good friends who has undergone an absolutely amazing physical (and as a result mental) transformation sent me the address of your blog. I’m just getting started and taking baby steps to begin with. 30 years of bad habits don’t go away easily.

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