Get Up Off Your Ass

Do you want to be fat, broke and part of a lackluster marriage?Β  Or do you want to get off your ass and make positive things happen in your life?

It’s your choice.

In today’s video, I share some of the obstacles I’ve been facing in fitness and in life, how I’ve struggled, and why a controversial statement from a recent guest on The Fit Marriage Show podcast has become a mantra for me on early, cold mornings.

What choices will you make today?

[Click here to watch the Get Up Off Your Ass video]


  1. “I have never, as far as I can recall, ever accidentally eaten anything.” — Zig Ziglar

    The truth is that I don’t care if anyone is out of shape. I’m not saying anyone must be in shape, or be slim, or anything like that. If someone wants to be overweight, Godspeed… honestly.

    But if you claim to WANT to be in shape or fit, would you rather be coddled and told it’s all right, or would you rather just make the choice and do it?

    Pick whatever you’d like. But don’t pick one thing and then whine that it’s impossible unless it truly, honestly is.

    • Love that quote from Zig Ziglar. I’m with you that if someone wants to be overweight and out of shape, they are not going to hear me complaining about it. That’s their choice and I respect that. However, I (like you) get so tired of all of the “I can’t” B.S. that is so prevalent nowadays.

      Piss or get off the pot.


  2. Couldn’t agree more, Dustin. Political correctness and putting feelings before needs/reality is the cause of so many of the struggles I see. Somewhere along the line we’ve gotten comfortable in our mediocrity… we’re OK just getting by. Then we slip a little more and it becomes a slow downward progression. Like you say, it applies across the board – health, money, relationships, even politics (I’ll leave that alone, though πŸ™‚ ).

    We’re only victims of our circumstances as much as we allow ourselves to think that way. We can make the right choices, do the hard work and have success… as long as we choose to. Great message.

    • Thanks so much, Josh. I totally agree that being comfortable with mediocrity is really the issue here and a cause of so many problems in all areas of our lives. It’s all a choice.


  3. Totally agree with what you say here. I see the guy I look at in the mirror every day. I know what choices he makes. I have seen what good choices lead to. I have seen what the bad ones lead to. It is my choice either way. I choose to accept that responsibility and do something great with it. Keep up the good work Dustin. You have a good thing going here.

  4. Hey, Dustin!

    I’m sorry to hear that people have been hostile about that comment. I’ve really appreciated having a chance to engage with you guys and Johnny in what has felt, to me, to be a positive dialogue on the topic of motivation. Thank you for providing the seed.

    As I’ve mentioned previously, I think “You’re fat because you choose to be fat,” is a great mantra to keep getting myself up and out the door.

    At the same time, I just don’t know more than a handful of people who would be motivated if anyone else directed that sentiment – not even the comment itself – their way. It’s a very small minority of people who respond positively to drill sergeant-esque directness like that from others, true or otherwise.

    My original objection is that is takes a certain amount of encouragement from the big, public voices like you guys (and certainly Johnny, as well) to get people into the mental state where they can effectively adopt a mantra like that for positive change. When people see health and fitness authorities hanging a sign that effectively says, “Fatties* are bad, M’kay,” it makes people feel excluded and looked down upon. That subtle, unintentional slight can really harm their motivation to start working out and getting fit.

    Just saying…

    * And, for the record, “Fatty” is my favorite term for myself when I’ve been a slacker. As in, “Fatty skipped his run today,” or “Fatty shouldn’t have had those cookies.” So, I’m all about verbal self-flagellation. πŸ˜‰

    • I totally understand your point, Tim. I’m really glad you wrote your post in response to Johnny’s interview because it highlighted his statement more in my mind, which turned out to be a pretty big deal for me.

      As you know, I’d never say to someone looking for advice (or unsolicited for that matter) that they are fat or that their choosing to be lazy. Now if they were making excuses and the situation warranted it, I’d definitely tell them they are making the choice to fail/be fat/be in debt/etc. Or I’d make a video calling them out.

      And I love your self-flagellation comment. Classy. πŸ™‚


  5. Thanks for that video and your comments. I NEEDED to hear some motivation like this, especially this morning. Last night I skimped on my workout… and now feel like crap because of it.

    • Thanks, Randy. Let me tell you that I’ve watched the video a few times when I needed a little reminder…and I made it!

      It’s amazing how integral fitness can become in our lives once we commit to making it a regular habit. But we have to get off our ass and make it happen to get there.



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