"Eat carbs"...
"Don't eat carbs"...
"Do lots of cardio"...
"Cardio makes you too skinny and weak"...
"Lift weights"...
"Strength training makes you too bulky"...
"Eat lots of protein"...
"Too much protein can put you into renal failure"
...

ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!

The mystical world of fitness and weight loss abounds with contradictory information.  You can read about the virtues of exercise in one magazine, while in another, you can learn why exercise can make you more fat.  It's no wonder why so many people are confused by what to do to lose weight.  Information overload has led to a cultural paralysis by analysis.  I won't even begin to answer the thousands of questions in your head right now.  Instead, I'd like to talk about just getting started.  I don't care whether you start with something dietary or something activity-related -- Just get started.  

The Universe rewards action. 

God helps those who help themselves. Fortune favors the bold.  Folk wisdom is filled to the brim with sayings like these that sing the praises of taking action.  Unfortunately, the messages have been lost over generations of repetition, and we're now in a perpetual state of preparation for something that typically never happens.  We've gone from "Ready ... Aim ... Fire!" to "Ready ... Aim ... "

In reality, though, we really should move to a mindset of "Ready ... FIRE ... Aim ... Fire again ... Adjust aim ... Fire again!" This may seem a bit slip-shod, but as long as we're refining our approach and continually getting closer to our target, then who's going to complain?  It's certainly a lot better than waiting around doing nothing, right?  Like Wayne Gretzky said, "You miss 100% of shots on goal you don't take."

What are we risking anyway? 

If you try something that doesn't work out, you're probably (at the very least) no worse than you would have been if you hadn't done anything.  Even if you do backslide from a missed attempt, you can get back on track.  Some may say there is a risk of losing the will to continue, but remember what Edison said, "I'm not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward."  Take that approach to this endeavor and you may end up becoming the Thomas Edison of fitness!  The point is, just get started.

So, if you're not "in the game," let's make a pledge right here and now to just get started in some way, shape or form.  In the words of Les Brown,

"You don't have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great."