Mirrors Don't Lie

Mirrors Don't Lie

We are in the season of motivation. Temper your excitement with common sense and understand that you are embarking on a life-long journey to achieve and maintain optimal physical health.

Goodbye Indifference, Hello Motivation

Well, it’s January of 2023. If you are reading this, you have successfully survived the physical fitness season of “Indifference, ” and have entered the season of “Motivation.” Congratulations!


Hopefully, you experienced minimal damage as you progressed through the most difficult physical fitness season of the year.The question now is, “How will you manage the season of motivation?”


Let me start by saying that the remainder of this blog is dedicated to people like me. People who are, for lack of a better term, “average.” We are the people who look at the pictures in the muscle and fitness magazines and dream. Even though we intuitively know that we will probably never look like the people in those magazines, we still dream.


Dream Vs Reality

There is nothing wrong with dreaming. But we also need a realistic picture of what work needs to be done to achieve whatever personal health and fitness goals we have set for ourselves. That picture resides in a full length mirror in the privacy of your home.


So, if you want the truth, do this. Strip down to your underwear, stand in front of the mirror and take a long, hard look at yourself. Do it alone because, in that mirror you will see the truth; and only YOU can truly interpret the truth of what YOU see. You don’t need anyone else’s opinion. If you are like me, and are very honest with yourself, you will not be happy with what you see in the mirror.


At this point you can do one of two things. You can say, “The heck with it, ” get dressed, and go back to living your life the way you were. Or, you can say, “Enough, ” get dressed, and sit down to formulate a plan for success.


Establish Goals

Hopefully, you choose the latter and are formulating your plan. But remember, you are in the season of motivation, so don’t get carried away. Temper your excitement with common sense and understand that you are embarking on a life-long journey to achieve and maintain optimal physical health. So, set reasonable goals for yourself and create a workable plan to achieve them.


It is very important to start this entire process by seeing your doctor. This will ensure that you are healthy enough and physically able to do the things you want to do. Be very honest with your doctor about your intentions. Then, once you have been given a clean bill of health, you can create your plan. A plan is a roadmap and directions to a specific goal. Therefore, you should establish your goals first.


In my next blog, I will explain the concepts of goals and plans and how to effectively incorporate them into your journey to optimal physical health. Also, remember that Shelter Fitness is here to help you with any of your fitness questions or needs. We are just a click away!




I am currently retired and no longer a practicing Chiropractor, nor do I hold a current professional license in the medical field. The information presented is solely based on my experiences as a professional and for informational purposes only. Please consult with your physician prior to any new or changing fitness endeavors. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any activities promoted by this site.

Author Bio - Dr. Andrew J. Lucas

Practiced for more than 30 years as a Chiropractor in Washington, Pennsylvania, specializing in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

Graduated from Waynesburg College (now Waynesburg University) in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Graduated in 1985 from the National College of Chiropractic (now National University of Health Sciences) with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology.

In 1989 he successfully completed the Diplomate program for Orthopedics through the postgraduate division of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.