I started LLG in 2006, writing regularly from the beginning of 2007, yet there’s still a substantial amount of people out there who think that I have achieved overnight success…I wish that were the truth…because then I wouldn’t have given up my apartment in New York in 2009, and spent two years without a permanent base as I invested all my time in writing LLG. (I loved the freedom, and the opportunity it gave me travel and stay with friends, but it was hard not having a home.)
The truth is – like most worthwhile endeavours, getting LLG to the point where I could make the rent, has taken time, energy and tears.
As you may know, a month ago I started training thrice-weekly with Jonathan Goodair and his excellent number two Christina Howells here in London. As I have pounded away on the treadmill of hate it has occured to me that there’s a direct correlation between people’s perception of LLG’s overnight success and the endless body transformation stories we see in the press.
It’s no wonder people get disenchanted with exercise regimens when the media continually runs stories of women – and men – who drop pounds and pounds, emerging with miraculous hard bodies after a few months, after pratting around with a rubber band once a week.
Whilst in the last month I have dropped some weight, watched my butt lift & tighten, seen nascent arm muscles appear from underneath the bingo wings, along with feeling better than ever, energized, re-invigorated, bendy and thrilled to have discovered that I actually LIKE training, it’s clear that it takes months of proper hard work to totally re-sculpt your body.
If you train effectively, as I am doing on Jonathan’s Total Body Plan, you will see good results in six weeks – but it’s a starting point, not a finish. It takes a huge amount of time, dedication, and commitment, along with proper diet and, yes, sacrifices to get a body gone to seed back into peak physical fitness. You can’t train effectively if you drink – because, believe me, hangovers do not go with doing bouncing sideways skips on the evil treadmill, you can’t shove everything in sight into your gob just because ‘you deserve it’ as you are training, and you have to be prepared to put in the hours.
But, as I have discovered over the past month, it’s worth every single second, and it’s weirdly enjoyable making such a positive change to my life. To the point where I am twitching to get back in this afternoon as I haven’t been in for four days and want to get back in the saddle.
LLG is training like a fiend with Jonathan Goodair and Christina Howells on their Total Body Plan