Attitude is everything in fitness and health

You cant always control what happens to you but you CAN control how it affects you. Scientists cant explain this yet but the healing effects of positive mental attitude are real and significant. Happier people live longer, healthier lives. Its the power of positive thinking. Bad stuff happens – injuries, illness, disease, family problems, job problems. You can either stew on it and send yourself into a depressive downward spiral or just laugh and roll with the punches.

What makes me write about this now? Well, I’ve been punched and its time for me to laugh and roll – I’m much better at this now than I was as a twenty something. As many of you know, my shoulder has been getting worse and worse over the last 9 months. Two weeks ago I went to the surgeon and he said there was an 80% chance I would need surgery but I wanted to give the non-surgical option a try – cortisone shot and physical therapy. I was a very good boy and stopped all upper body workouts except physical therapy and focused hard on abs, legs and cardio. Well, after two weeks its very apparent that the non-surgical approach has failed, the inflammation is still so bad that I still cant even raise my arm.

So now I’m looking at surgery in the next two weeks and no upper body workouts for 3-6 months. When faced with news like that its easy to let yourself depressed if you look at things wrong. Ya, I’ll lose upper body strength and mass but it will come back eventually and I will finally have my shoulder fixed so I can have real workouts again which I havent had for a long time. I’m also looking forward to focusing on legs, abs and cardio as well as keeping my bodyfat low. Although I have pretty big legs, they lag behind my chest development so this is a great opportunity to improve my physique proportions. Calves should be as large as arms, I can work on that too. Having an injury is a blessing in disguise, having some doors shut sharpens your focus. My hope is that I will also get the green light to start swimming early on in my rehab so I can work at making my stroke more efficient as that is the easiest way for me to cut 15 minutes off my triathlon time. Because I will be doing one less weight workout per week, I will be able to devote more time to the current project I am excited about, the spanish version of

18 thoughts on “Attitude is everything in fitness and health”

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  2. It is great to see a great man whose attitude towards his fellow human beings is as much nice as his professional weight training advice.
    So, thank you so much for putting all these efforts and giving all these information and videos for free.
    I hope you recover well from your shoulder injury so that you come back to all your full training.
    The Lord Jesus, bless you.
    September 1, 2010 7:53 AM

  3. I hope you get well really fast, Scooby. If you need any help translating something into Spanish I could help you (Spanish is my first language).

  4. Hi Scooby! If you don't speak Spanish, I can help you with the Spanish version of I don't mind translate a couple of texts per week. (I'm Spanish). It would be a way to pay you for everything that you have done for me.

  5. Great attitude, Scooby, and very inspirational. I know if I were in your shoes I'd be tempted to get depressed. I just discovered your site last week and have begun putting some of your ideas into practice. I'm so grateful for your generosity in sharing so much of your hard-earned knowledge for free. You are "the real deal." Keep it up and don't lose heart.

  6. glennthepiemonster

    scooby your a truly amazing inspiration, life kicks you down a few notches and your first thoughts are to laugh it in the face and start climbing again, you are an excellent role model for young people like myself :) remember the rungs of a ladder are not meant to support his weight, they are there to help him climb to the next one

  7. Megadoses of vitamin C are a great way to make expensive pee, but sensible doses wouldn't hurt, and would, indeed, possibly help, if your diet is otherwise lacking. (Which I doubt yours is).

  8. please make a before and after picture now and when u can start training realy heavy…that we can see how much you have lost…

  9. Great, Scooby. Never give up. the months of inactivity and rehab will pass faster than u think, and with correct meals you won't loose so much mass.

    PS: i agree with raimund vitamin C suggestion. i got 5 to 10grams of vitamin C every day, as well as vitamin B, E, A, D and selenium. I'm a Medical Biotechnologist i know that is good!

  10. Scooby, you never fail to surprise me. Your attitude is just not normal (in a good way of-course). You're a real soldier! Every time I'm feeling down or lazy I just need to watch one of your videos and I'm back at it!

    Thank you for everything and wish you a speedy recovery!

  11. Your incredible attitude is very inspirational. I have learned so much from your site. But the motivation gained is just as valuable as the knowledge learned. Have a speedy recovery.

  12. Sadly injuries always set us back a bit. I know I had many injuries before i've started using you're tips on training and nutrition. I've lost almost 18 pounds in 1 year because of that. I wouldn't see my self in a life without execices. It makes us feel so much better in many ways. Continue doing what you are doing, as long as you can, you're an inspiration for all of us. Thank you for you're great insight in many aspects of life.
    Hope you will get well soon.

  13. I really like every text you writed, and the idea of create this blog was great. Its really easy now to track all the new stuff.
    Great topic too, I was really in need of something about this ^^

    {sorry the bad english XD}

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