Learn To Say ‘No’

You know what’s creepy?

Squirrels that look at you a bit too long.


The guy on the street walking fast with a backpack.

Super creepy.

The other people in the doctor’s waiting room.

Awkwardly creepy.

But the worst of the worst is those folks who own multiple cats.

Cat ladies (or cat men, I don’t gender-judge) are weird.

Which is why I impregnated my wife, Brittany. This bought me some time
to delay getting a second kitten to give our cat, Chelsea (who we call Boobie … she’s really confused) a friend.

But, to be honest, Chelsea doesn’t play nice with other cats. She gets
demon possessed and purrs like Darth Vader.

I saw it recently as she pawed at the window “eye dominating” a
neighbour’s feline like one of those guys in the Tap Out shirts at the bar.

Photo courtesy Tap Out crew on YouTube
Photo courtesy Tap Out crew on YouTube

The worst.

I’d rather clean up dirty diapers than break up a cat fight.

They are seriously scary.


If you’re still with me, here’s what I’m getting at.

Saying “no” is hard.

But when you can say NO to things that are getting in the way of your true purpose,
the results will blow you away.

Write down the big goals that matter to you and focus on them.

You only have so much willpower, time and energy to go around.

If you’re burning the candle at both ends and doing things that take
away from your major focuses in life, you’re bound to fail.

What are your BIG goals? 

If getting in shape is one of them, you need to start saying “NO” to
things that take away from that goal (at least most of the time).

Late nights watching sports and drinking buckets of beer may not
be in your best interests then. It sucks, but sacrifices are a part of life.

I remember the times when I was 60 lbs overweight, lacking confidence and
working for minimum wage as a line cook.

That sucked.

I remember taking to video games to get some shrivel of satisfaction from life.

That sucked more.

I realized I didn’t want things to suck anymore 13 years ago – the desire to change
overcame the desire to stay the same.

So I started sacrificing the things that did little to help me get in shape:
late night deep fried binges, hours sitting playing video games and coke (the drink, of course).

Getting your life sorted starts with mastering your own body.

That’s your calling card.

When you are in shape, you’re a walking billboard of proof that
you have your shit figured out, have a strong work ethic and know how
to get things done.

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But, I warn you, this is NOT for everyone. 6 weeks is a short window
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Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.