The Holiday season is fast approaching and many of us who have worked so hard all year long are ready to take it easy. There are also others who have decided to wait until January 1 to start on their own fitness journey. Since it is a day that begins a new year then it makes sense to begin pursuing those weight loss goals as well. However before you commit to not committing, consider this.

Many athletes will tell you that it isn’t only about how you start but how you finish. Marathon runners don’t train for the first .2 miles of the run, they train to complete the entire 26.2 mile event. Bodybuilders don’t train for the beginning of the contest – they focus on completing every pose and want to be a part of the final posedown so they train for those climatic moments. Michael Jordan had said numerous times he didn’t practice for the first quarter but rather he prepared because of the fourth quarter and overtime.

So my question is how come so many of us who are so dedicated to bettering ourselves via bodybuilding and fitness in general don’t focus on finishing the year strong? Shouldn’t it make sense that we should dedicate ourselves to ending the year the same way we started?

Now I know with all the holidays and family gatherings this time of year that it can difficult to stay focused and driven on our quest to achieve our best body possible but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. That is why many of us started this to begin with – because it was something that others felt we couldn’t do and that led to us becoming even more determined to do it. So consider this one more challenge for us to overcome.

If you are someone who has been working since January 1 to change your body and get in shape this this is a call to you to reach the finish line of December 31 and make this year THE year that you truly finished what you started. If you are someone who is pondering committing to starting on January 1 to focus on losing weight and building muscle then I ask you to consider making today that day for you. Look at yourself, analyze where you can be at by December 31 and focus on working to achieve those short term goals so you can finish this year strong as well.

Now I’m not asking anyone reading this to skip out on the holiday festivities. I know you may already think I’m crazy for writing this article to begin with. What I am asking is that you plan for the holidays accordingly and develop a plan that will allow you to work on your goals as well as enjoy your time with family and friends. This is something that I believe that can be done by anybody who wants to do it and is willing to do the necessary work to get it done. Your friends with Labrada Nutrition are here to provide several tips to help you train, eat, and stay motivated. They have the products that will support your efforts in the gym and kitchen and we all know that the Lean Body Community is a successful community who works to help others succeed as well. So this can be done and you can be someone who makes the commitment to start today and finish strong!

About the Author
roger rockridgeRoger “ROCK” Lockridge is a writer whose work has been seen all over the world. He is most known as a writer for Iron Man Magazine and In 2009, he was named Male Writer of the Year which along with the Female award is the highest award for writers in the bodybuilding/fitness world.

Roger is also known for his work against child abuse and domestic violence and he was featured as a part of the domestic violence documentary “30” as the only child survivor and the only male survivor in the film.