One thing I have noticed people are not doing is beefing up their workout philosophies, building their knowledge, rolling up their sleeves and asking themselves, "Why am I fat and out of shape?" Today, let's take a look at a few "word weapons" you an use in your battle against the bulge.

Everyone is stampeding the health clubs, ordering surefire products they see on glamorous infomercials and buying prepackaged food that former football players and commentators say helped them drop pant sizes.


But one thing I have noticed people are not doing is beefing up their workout philosophies, building their knowledge, rolling up their sleeves and asking themselves, "Why am I fat and out of shape?"


Today, let's take a look at a few "word weapons" you an use in your battle against the bulge.


The early bird catches the worm. This is 100 percent true. Have you ever seen the show where Bill Gates strolls into work late and magic happens for him, and he bests all his competitors? No? He's successful because he rolled up his sleeves and got in first and left last more often than anyone else. Starting your day with exercise while everyone else sleeps is the foundation of every success.


Short-term pain leads to long-term pleasure. My oldest daughter, Taylor Rose, didn't want to take some medicine this morning, saying, "I don't want to do it now!" Well, I impressed upon her that if she got it out of the way, she would have the rest of the day for all her wildest pleasures. And the medicine would work earlier so she'd feel better.


Procrastination is the folly of fools, and if you want to look and feel your best this summer, ditch your stubborn behaviors and embrace pain now.


Listen more and complain less. This is the lesson my youngest daughter, Emily Hope, got just this morning as well. Open yourself up to a coach or someone who can really help you attain your goals. You can complain all day about being fat, but if you want to lose weight, shut your mouth and do something about it. You may eat less, too.


Darin St. George is a personal fitness coach at Gold's Gym in Natick, Mass. Visit his Web site at www.TrainerX.com.