This is how most conversations go when people ask me how I lost my weight.
“Hey man, how did you lose that much weight? What’s the secret?”
Me: ” Not much of a secret, worked you 1.5-2 hours a day, I do 20-25 minutes of cardio, and I am strict with my diet. ”
“So you’re telling me that I all I have to do is to work hard, and eat right?”
“Yeah, screw that!”
It takes time and dedication to lose the amount of weight that I have lost. It’s not something that just happens over a few months. I have been working hard for over 4 years. I have done research on and have done different diets, tried different supplements, and have done many different workout programs. But the most important thing that I have done is I have learned from others.
There is always someone out there who has done what you are trying to do. They have experience in an area that isn’t always written in books or on the web for you to just read. For the most part, they are willing to share that information with you as long as you listen
Taking the information that you have learned and applying it to your program can help you achieve your goals. I have been fortunate enough to work with people who have a vast knowledge of strength training and nutrition over the years. They have given me tips on lifting techniques and philosophies, nutritional information, and have kept me motivated to push past my limits. The important thing is that I listened. I didn’t just say “ok”, then do whatever the hell I wanted. I took their knowledge and used it to make myself better and for that, I will always be in their debt.
As a High School Football Coach, I get to see dreams achieved and dreams shattered in a blink of an eye. Athletes are constantly chasing goals that many say are impossible. But, seeing players reach out and take them through hard work, dedication, and a desire for greatness is many times a once in a lifetime opportunity.
So what happens when they accomplish their goals? They have reached what they thought is the greatest moment of their life, and everything that they have worked for is now theirs. Where do they go now?
They go out and set another impossible goal. Life is about small moments of greatness that so few ever reach. Many people never reach their goals because they are too scared or too unwilling to do whatever it takes to reach their goals. When things get hard people either fold under the pressure or rise to the occasion and prove their greatness.
People always ask, “Why do you coach? Why put in all those hours for so little pay?” I do it for these moments when I get to see dreams come true: moments of greatness.
Each day we are faced with challenges, and it is our discipline that allows us to defeat these challenges. We have a goal in mind and we can not allow temptation to lead us off our path. The greatest challenges come from old habits, desires, and self-loathing feelings that lead us on a downward spiral to failure.
So what do we do?
We have to make the decision to not let our wants out weigh our needs. We make the decision to do what is right, not what is easy, to achieve our goals. We have to tell ourselves that we will achieve, not that we think we can, but we will achieve what we want in life, then go out there and take it.
If I could describe my success in one word, it would be an obsession. If you are unwilling to give everything you have into making a life change, then you will fail. There it is, it’s as simple as that. This isn’t just a hobby, it’s your life. It’s your goals, your dreams, it’s everything you want, and if you aren’t willing to do everything it takes to change or to reach your goal, then why start.
I workout 2 ½ hours a day, plan every single meal, track every piece of food I eat to achieve my goals. It is extremely time consuming and tedious, but I love every second of it.
“When passion meets inspiration, an obsession is born.”
You got that right! If your passion for doing something doesn’t get your butt out of bed in the morning, then you don’t want it bad enough. I wake up every morning driven to succeed. I have a passion for making myself be the best that I can be. I love setting a goal and kicking its ass then setting a new one.
Never be satisfied!
CT Fletcher says, “satisfaction is the end of your growth.” Take a moment and let that sink in…
When we become satisfied we begin to slip back into old habits. We never try to push further and go beyond what we think our limits are. Impossibilities are only set because we tell ourselves we can’t. It’s you versus you when all said and done. Your mind will break long before your body ever will. So, push yourself to do one more rep, run that extra 5 minutes, and do something so great that it scares you.
CT Fletcher’s Ten Lifting Commandments (explicit): https://youtu.be/q-6M4uzur8Q
“A year from today, you’ll wish you started today”
As I get out of bed this morning, and go to stand-up and realize my legs feel like J-E-L-L-O. DOMS STRIKES AGAIN!!! DOMS stands for delayed onset muscle soreness. It’s that soreness you get a day or two after a workout. You know the feeling of, “Oh God can’t move! Don’t touch me! No, I’m not injured, I just did legs yesterday!” Yea, that feeling.
This feeling is a lot of times the reason people either don’t or stop working out.
This pain is necessary for growth. Every time you workout you are tearing muscles. But, it’s when our bodies recover that our muscles grow. After a few workouts, we stop feeling that soreness and the pain. At this point, many people are happy. They continue doing what they are doing to avoid the soreness and the uncomfortable feeling that pushes so many away.
But, you need that pain. Our bodies will adapt to the loads we put on it, and if we don’t change we will remain the same. We must be willing change our routines and try new things to overload our muscles and have that pain to grow.
Morning run tracked by my Fitbit Charge
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“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to Start to be great”
– Zid Zigglar
When I first started to run I could hardly go 100 yards before I had to stop and walk. I was 340 pounds and had not run for 5 years. I hated to run as a kid, hated it. But, I knew I need to start. My health was deteriorating, I was depressed, and had an overall poor quality of life.
So, I set a goal.
The goal was going to run 1 mile nonstop. In 12 minutes, 10 minutes, didn’t matter I was going to be running that damn thing the whole time.
I started by running as far as I could go, then walk until I felt good enough to continue running again. Every day I pushed myself to try and go just a little further, and further, and further, until one day I had done it. I ran my first mile in just over 12 minutes!
So now what?
Well, I was going to run two miles nonstop. I went about reaching this goal the same way. Within the year, I had reached a goal of running 7 miles nonstop.
The secret to my success is always setting new goals and never being satisfied. When you become satisfied you become lazy and fall back into the old habit.
So, go out there set goals, smash them and REPEAT!
” A goal without a plan is only a dream”
You cannot reach your goals without discipline and consistency. You have to make a plan to each our goals no matter what it is. Then everyday wake up and consistently work to achieve whatever it is we want to acheive.
Will it be hard? Yes
Will we stumble along the way? Yes
Will people try and crush your destroy your goals and tell you that it is impossible? You bet they will. But remember, remember it’s only impossible until someone does it.
You are the one that has to wake-up every morning and look at yourself in the mirror and honestly say “did I do everything I could today to reach my goals?”.
So, wake up each day and consistently work on what you want to achieve with an unwavering will to succeed!
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
Every morning when we wake up we should have a goal in mind that we want to achieve or strive for. This is your why! Your goals should drive you to keep moving forward, to drive you to become the person you want to be. Our goals are what gives our lives meaning.
My whys are to be the best version of me that i can be to help motivate and inspire people to improve their quality of life. That is why I teach, coach, and advocate to anyone who is willing to listen, about my ideas about fitness and nutrition. I want to be a role model for my children and my students, so they can look at me and say, “If he can do it, so can I”.
Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic in our country, and we to have advocates pushing for a solution to the problem. So, if I can get just one of my students to change their habits, and improve their quality of life, then I feel I have done a small part of being part of the solution.
My own personal journey:
Hello everyone, and welcome to LVEFitness. My name is Matthew Ernst, and I am currently trying to live my excuse free life. Over the past 4 1/2 years, I have been on a fitness and nutrition journey trying to improve my overall quality of life. In these 4 1/2 years, I have lost over 120 pounds, and kept it off, using various diets and exercise programs that I have found and modified to fit my fitness needs. I have made this blog to hopefully inspire and help people like me that are looking for a lifestyle change and not just a quick fix.
I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science, from Longwood University. I am a Physical Education/ Health teacher, and the Strength Coach at the High School where I work.
Why the lifestyle change?
Ever since I was a kid I was always, for a lack of better words, a fat person. But, in the same token, I was always athletic. I excelled in sports in my youth. In High School, I was All-State in both Football and Baseball, winning many awards for my accomplishments on the field. I held the schools bench press record and used my size to my advantage for sports.
But then my sports career ended….
Continue reading Progress is progress no matter how slow!
The grind. What is the grind? The grind is getting up everyday and putting in the work to reach your goal.
The grind is hard. The grind is constant, the grind relentless. But, it is what you have to do to see results.
Every now and then we fall off our own personal grind, but have to have the mental fortitude to get back up and continue. Because nothing and I mean nothing feels as good as smashing your goals.
So, on this Saturday morning RISE AND GRIND!!!