I am determined. When I started the process of considering coming out to New York City for the Hip Hop Abs test group, it was a mere whim, a thought in my mind. After all, New York was so far away, just a dot on a map, not real, not in front of me everyday…but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted it, the more I was determined. I was determined to figure out a way to make it happen…even if NOTHING happened when I got there…I was going to give it a shot, take a leap of faith, and offer my entire life up to God to do with as he saw fit.
I am determined. When I got here, I went everywhere, took in the sites, ate what I wanted, and auditioned with no idea what my chances were against 100 others. I didn't care. I saw what I wanted, I believed it could happen, and I lived that belief…and I made it happen for myself. I made the cut. The adventure began.
I am determined. On day one, when we got the food, and started eating it, and hunger set in when we realized it was only 1100 calories for at least the first week, my stomach begged for more food…I walked the streets of New York in the evenings, with food stands every two feet, full of rich smells of hot dogs, pretzels, donuts…..and amazing restaurants on every corner….Indian, Italian, pizza places, bakeries….this is one of the single best cities in the world for food, and I suddenly couldn't touch any of it for the next two months. I longed for it, I posted on Facebook about it….yet I was determined.
You see, there's this genetic trait of dogged determination that runs deep in my veins…that no matter the odds, no matter how impossible things may seem….once I set my mind on something I want, something I DESIRE, something I know I simply MUST have….I am determined and nothing can stop me. For good or bad, I am just doggedly stubborn, sometimes past the point of reason, to get what I want. It's helped and hindered me, but it is what it is, I can't fight against my nature.
So, while you may see me on Facebook from time to time wishing I could eat a little more, or talking about a particularly tough workout….never fear…my goal is set, I moved myself halfway across the country on faith….this is for real. I am determined!
About the author: John Hays is a super friendly web developer, photographer, and health & fitness coach using products like P90X, Insanity, TurboFire, and Shakeology to help people get in the best shape of their lives. His proven methods of personal accountability and constant support have helped people see major life changes. John's photography has been seen in numerous publications, and he has worked with such web clients as Jack Daniel's, Mission Tortillas, Joe's Crab Shack, Conoco/Phillips and many more.