I read a blog here about a month ago talking about the pushup challenge: Doing 5 pushups every hour for as long as you’re awake. The author said he’d gotten up to 500 per day. He was over 50. I started near Christmas and (shocker) haven’t exactly been continuing on a regular basis. But what I notice is if I do this 4 days in a row, it’s no problem to group them in sets of 20 reps instead. This specific medium of exercise allows you to see your progress very, very quickly which is a good way to stoke those ephemeral fires of consistency.

My favorite vegan trainers are Samantha Shorkey (Jacked on the Beanstalk-middle) Kim Constable (The Sculpted Vegan-right) and Ella Magers (Sexy Fit Vegan-below center). The other goddess pictured here is the amazing activist Melissa Danis who worked on Earthings and Unity. If I could wake up with any of their physiques I’d gladly take off the last 10 years of my life. But, instead, I’m slogging along the hard way trying to defy aging, gravity, depression, anxiety, pessimism, laziness and a deep, deep love for pizza and fries.

Whatever your goals are here is my advice, gleaned from 100,000 attempts at hardcore health over the last decade. Do not expect perfection immediately. Start slowly. If 10 minutes of cardio has you winded and in a shitty mood-do 7 for a few days, then go to 8. This is a prime example of the tortoise overcoming the hare. Cut saturated fats and oils as gradually as you must so you don’t feel the loss as acutely. Buy this book: The 4 Hour Body, if, like me, you lean towards hedonism and curling up on the couch with a book as opposed to power lifting. Above all: give yourself massive amounts of credit for any progress, no matter how small it seems.

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