Castle Personal Training

Castle Personal Training is a Corstorphine, Edinburgh based company who specialise in weightloss/toning and Pre and Post Natal exercise.

Blog 08-04-13 Make a change and be proud of yourself

Hi guys,

Another published on Yofittv a while ago, I have a couple of days off this week so should crank out some Castle originals relating to nutrition as I know some of you have a liking for those. I have also finally figured out how to use properly so there should be loads more original motivational posters coming up on our Facebook page (check it out here ). Obviously you can also connect to me on Facebook by just looking up “Peter at Castle”

The last few weeks I have been quoting various big names; Bach, JFK, Burns and Shakespeare to name the list. Admittedly it was Sebastian Bach of Skidrow and Mr Burns from the Simpsons, but still.

I know most of you are intelligent people, after all you read this column regularly, so you have no doubt figured out that I mainly quote these guys in an attempt to bring a bit of cultural enlightenment to, what would otherwise be, a fairly mundane message.

I would also guess that for some of you the above simply hasn’t quite worked. Sure you read the motivation blog but then you can’t be bothered getting up and doing something about it.

So I’m changing tack; I am going low-brow.

It was Homer, now before you switch off I am NOT talking about the Greek Poet (guestimated 850BC) who wrote “The Iliad” and “Odyssey” but I am talking about that most famous of American philosophers, J. Simpson who said that “If something’s hard to do, it’s not worth doing” and many people seem to have taken this advice to heart and live their lives accordingly. This is of course fine, there is nothing wrong in living by this motto; IF YOU’RE A CARTOON!

If you want to live like Homer, and why would you not?; After all he gets to eat doughnuts, pizzas, crisps, become a baseball mascot, go into space, be bodyguard to the mayor of his town, be the mayor of his town, a paparazzo, a quizmaster, a superhero, a talk-show host or a Union leader then this motto is pretty much the motto for you.  You just have to accept that you’ll look like this;

Image Let’s be honest, it’s not a good look.

And you’d be a selfish self-absorbed drunken oaf of a person.

If, on the other hand, you would like to look and feel slightly better I would suggest you accept that nothing is going to be easy and listen to the Greek Homer who, in The Odyssey, wrote “And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared”.

It is a beautiful sentiment when you think about it. When you think of something good any positive follow up on that action will be a noble pursuit and should be applauded. We forget to do that sometimes, let’s try and not make that mistake again.

Be proud of yourself, and others around you, who are aiming to make a change for the better and get more active. Be proud of yourself if you’re taking your first tender steps towards a healthier life-style. Whether you are thinking of stopping smoking, cutting down on drinking, losing weight or are already really into healthy living and are just looking for that bit of motivation to keep you going, don’t undermine yourself and don’t let others undermine you.

Homer also wrote; Two urns on Jove’s high throne have ever stood, the source of evil one, and one of good; from thence the cup of mortal man he fills, blessings to these, to those distributes ills; to most he mingles both.

We all have two inner-Homers; Don’t give into your Homer J. Simpson. Yes he’s funny, yes he’s loveable but out of the two he shouldn’t be your role-model. This man maybe should be;

Image Even his body looks like it’s carved out of marble FGS.

You’re trying to improve yourself, well done… I applaud you…now get it done.

Take care,

Your friend,


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