top of page
  • Writer's pictureDieting From The Inside Out

What If You Started 5 Years Ago? | DFIO Ep.284

About Today’s Episode:

Welcome back to the show! I'm super excited for today’s episode! I have a special story I want to talk to you about that I think will leave a lasting impression on you and really put things into perspective when it comes to changing your life.

I hope that today’s episode will be just that kick in the rear you needed to realize that you've got to change things right now. This episode will help you get out of your own way.

Let’s get into it!


Transcript (click to expand)

How Jiu-Jitsu Became My Hobby:

I want to tell you guys a story involving my hobby, jiu-jitsu.

For those of you who don’t know, the way I came to jiu-jitsu was because back when I started building my business, it started as a hobby—a side hustle.

Over the years as it started to grow, it became a full-time thing. Which is great! It’s amazing. Hamilton Trained and my coaching program have grown so much, but all of a sudden, I found myself without a hobby.

From here I asked myself, “What can I do that I love doing that helps keep me in shape, that's active, that has growth attached to it, that I can grow through,” and jiu-jitsu came to mind.

I grew up doing martial arts and my mind went straight to training and being on the mats, so I signed up for jiu-jitsu classes and have loved it since day one.

A Story and a Lesson:

Now, one of the things the academy I train at does is hand out pins for training anniversaries—and last night, I got my 5-year pin.

When they called my name and said “5 years” it was almost surreal.

I feel like I just got back on the mats, but it’s been 5 years!

Needless to say, I was shocked.

After I was done training for the night, I went home.

Later in the evening, I had a thought, “What if I had waited to get started in jiu-jitsu? What if I waited until things slowed down, or life was ‘less stressful’? What if I just ‘waited until Monday’? What if I never got started at all?”

My life would be completely different.

I wouldn’t have the skill set that I have now, because jiu-jitsu has made me a completely different person.

I’m a better man, a better human, I have friendships that I would have never had if not for jiu-jitsu, I am better able to manage my stress and anxiety, I’m more emotionally stable, and I have a level of fitness I would not have without jiu-jitsu—on top of the combative and self-defense skills.

Now, I’m still a work in progress and I’m still learning, but if I had not gotten started, I would not have the happiness and the fortitude I have today.

The last 5 years haven't been easy. There was a pandemic, I run a pretty big business, I travel a lot, I have had dogs get sick and be hospitalized, I blew out my knee and had reconstructive surgery. All this on top of just the normal craziness of life, friendships, and marriage.

I’ve always got stuff going on, and I easily could have said, “I’m going to wait until this passes”—but I didn’t. I said, “I’m going to start, and then figure the rest out.”

That’s what we, as humans, do.

I know you may be sitting there thinking, “I don’t have time for anything,” but we all have shit happen, and we make time for it.

If your kid got a rare form of cancer and you had to take two hours out of your day to feed them, you would make it happen.

We make happen what is our priority.

Okay, so here’s the lesson.

What if you would have gotten the help that you needed and had gotten your shit together 5 years ago?

One of the most common things I hear from clients is that they wish they would have found our team and our program years—or decades—ago, because they would have not had to struggle for so long.

The truth is: if you would have gotten your shit together 5 years ago, if you had gotten the right help, if you would have started doing things sustainably, would have made the right decisions, would have committed that to yourself. You probably, right now, would have had the weight off for a long time.

You’d be happy, you’d have a closet of clothes that fit, you’d be confident, and you’d have hundreds of memories and experiences that you don’t have right now.

If you have kids, you would have 5 more years of setting an amazing example for them.

I just want this to be a wake-up call for you.

Especially for those of you that are always starting over, or waiting until Monday.

You know, if you've been struggling with, “I’ll start over Monday,” for the last five years, that means you have “started over” 260 times.

How many of you always find yourself thinking, “I'll just get started on Monday.” “I'll wait till the weekend's over.” “I'll get back on track next Monday?”

How long have you been doing that? How many times have you said or thought that?

Now, think, what would have happened if 5 years ago you said, “I'm done starting over Monday.”

What would have happened?

Here’s the thing, time doesn’t give a fuck about any of us.

If I hadn’t started jiu-jitsu 5 years ago, those 5 years would have still passed by and I wouldn’t have all the positive things that jiu-jitsu brought into my life.

Every day we wait to do something is another day closer to death.

Think of it this way, we’ve all been driving on the highway, going like 80mph, and have a fork coming up—and of course, the GPS froze, and you’re like, “Shit, I don’t know which direction to go,” but then you say, “Fuck it,” and you just pick a direction, because you can’t stop.

It’s the same thing here. When you say, “I’ll start over Monday,” you aren’t just waiting, you’re picking a direction—you’re picking the detour.

And time goes on. It doesn’t care.

So just stop and think, 5 years ago… What if you hadn’t waited?

What if you would have gotten a coach? What if you would have figured this out? What if you would have committed and shown up for yourself and taken this seriously?

Your life would be totally different.

Think about what you have missed out on because of the mental bandwidth dedicated to losing weight, calories, weight gain, being stressed, and overwhelmed.

What if you’d had those five years without all that?

Here’s the thing, we can’t go back. We can’t change the past.

Playing out, over and over, “What if I would have…” is not serving you.

Oftentimes, we have to hit the bottom of the barrel before we are in enough pain to make that change—I see it all the time and I hate it.

Statistically, most of you guys listening will keep doing the same things you’ve been doing and be in the exact same place 5 years from now.

Make this your wake-up call.

Commit now. Make the decision to invest in yourself now.

Invest your time, your energy, your resources—and do this the right way.

You can’t change the past 5 years, but you can change the next 5 right fucking now.

If you guys want to change but you don’t know how or you always gravitate toward the same old unsustainable habits and you want to make sure you don’t end up in the same old place or worse, apply for coaching, and let's change it.

JOIN THE 180 ACADEMY FOR OVER 50% OFF (special offer ONLY for podcast listeners):


‣ Special Coaching Offer calendar link for only podcast listeners:

‣ Project90 - the exact 90-day blueprint on how to lose weight & never gain it back (without giving up the rest of your life):

‣ Join my free Facebook group & get all my trainings:

‣ Get my [Free] Fat Loss Check-list Course:

‣ The best supplements for weight loss video:

‣ 1st Phorm Supplement Training (from our Facebook community):

‣ Get FREE shipping on 1st Phorm Supplements:

‣ Use promo code HAMILTONTRAINED for 20% off at:




Post-Production by: David Margittai | In Post Media

© 2023 Jared Hamilton



bottom of page