Contradicting Marty Gallagher’s View.
“By performing cardio, lifting weights and cleaning up the diet, very real biological changes occur within a matter of days. Nothing motivates a person more than losing body fat, adding muscle and feeling flat better; more energy, more endurance, more vibrancy. The individual thinks, wow! If I can look, act and feel this much better in just fourteen days—imagine my improvement after fourteen weeks.”
This excerpt is picked from the book The Purposeful Primitive. You should know that the book is written for people who are interested in physical transformation. I agree with the Author Marty Gallagher that he/she might find it immensely motivating if they loses body fat, gains muscle and feels better. But I don’t agree when he says that it may happen in just 14 days. Well, I agree that the results may be tangible, if the person performs cardio, lifts weights and cleans up their diet. The specefics that he has put forth are paramount—they will dictate the results. However, I doubt that for some reasons. Why? One may perfrom well at doing cardio, but slack in lifting weights. I mean, one may perform well in one department but lack in the other. Moreover, I have found many to fail completely in cleaning up their diets—they utterly fall face down. Most of the people take it for granted that healthy eating may not be necessary. They think the human body will perform even if it is not fed. This perception is absolutely false. Healthy eating is essential for better performance and living.
But the irony is, why is it that everyone wants to quickly-fix the problem? He/she is always more eager to see tangible results. This reminds me of the story of hare and tortoise. The hare is impatient. As Frank Forencich in Exuberant Animal says, “In the world of modern health and fitness, the hare is a frantic and obsessive short-termer.” Isn’t this statement by Frank something to ponder? I think so. I believe most of us fall face down because we think like the hare. We always like to do everything in excess in short duration–instant gratification–instant achievement. Alas! We will fail sooner or later. Then we blurt out, “Shit! “This is frustrating.”
Hold on! Let us look at the other side of the picture. Perhaps there is some hope. Allow me to introduce the tortoise. His efforts are sustained. He is not agitated. He has enthusiasm in the process. He is not worried about the so called “rat-race.” He wants to enjoy the play—not merely to win the race.
Allow me to relate the tortoise’s story to Marty Gallagher’s opinion. To be motivated to achieve the desired results you will have to think like the tortoise. Why? What if the results Marty says don’t occur? As discussed above, you are going to fail in one of the department or another. Relatively few individuals tend to provide a complete picture to fitness—holistic view. So why think in the short term–like a hare. Instead, think like a tortoise. Find enthusiasm in the process of performing things. Tangible results are bound to come about. Bruce Lee rightly states, “If you always put limits on yourself and what you can do, physical or otherwise, you might as well be dead. It will spread over your work, your mortality, your entire being. There are no limits, only plateaux. You must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” Listen to the wise words of the Master.