Abe Lincoln's School of Saving Lives

Why is it impossible for us to do the thing that will change our lives?

Yesterday, I spoke with a ridiculously nice guy who wanted to lose weight. Actually, he HAS to lose the weight.

  • 5'11
  •  267 pounds
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Low self esteem ("I hate looking at myself...")
  • 13 year old daughter following in his footsteps

But he walked out unable to  commit.

Despite reading over 500 success stories.

His father weighed 430 pounds and died at 48. This is a man who has every reason to do this program.

Dad died. He's headed down the same path. So is his daughter.

He wanted to...but couldn't.

This is not uncommon. We live in a country that spends over $30 billion a year on fat loss fixes. Yet 7 out of every 10 people are overweight or obese. It doesn't take a genius to realize that something is wrong. All these people have compelling reasons to change. But they can't.

Why?

He doesn't think he can do it. He's never NOT been fat. He's never seen anyone do it sustainably. His family, coworkers, his friends...not a single one is healthy and fit. Not one. 

He's scared of the work. In his head, the work might be impossible (it's not). 

I could see it on his face. He felt uncomfortable being in the environment. Would we welcome him? Would people make fun of him?

San Jose Barbell (aka the Hippopotamus Republic) is the most supportive, encouraging, and positive place you'll ever find. But he doesn't know that. At the end of the day, HE is the one who has to take that leap. But what's he got to lose? 

I offered him some advice from the great Abe Lincoln before he left.

...half finished work generally proves to be labor lost

Most people never COMMIT. They start but never finish. 

ONE day at a time. All the way through. If you don't FINISH, it won't matter.

It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

What's the point living to 90 if you're dragging a half-functioning corpse of a body for the majority of it? 

Me? I want to live a VIGOROUS, ACTIVE, POWERFUL, AGRESSIVE life.

For me, for my wife, for my parents, for my future kids.

For my clients, for my friends, for my brothers, my sister.

For you. 

So I can wake up every fucking morning and go to war for YOU.


If you ever need to talk and you feel like your so deep in the hole you don't know if you'll ever get out...email me. 

I'm here for you. You CAN do it.