It was 2003 and I’d never run any kind of race before. I was doing my internship to finish up my degree and thought it would be fun to join everyone else in the gym in this “Main Street Mile”. It was only 1 mile so what do I have to train for? The day of the race they placed us in chorales based on speed. I’m fast, I knew I could run at a good pace so I made my way to the front. MAJOR mistake! The gun went off and we all started to run. I of course wanted to keep up so I started FAST. Well, by 1/4 miles into the run I was gassed. Everyone started to pass me real quick and I had to talk my way through the rest of the race. I had no idea a mile felt that long when you sprinted the first 1/4. I did complete the race in 7:24 but it took me the entire rest of the day to recover. And I probably could have done so much better if I knew to pace myself.
How many times have you busted your butt to complete something, then looked back and realized there was an easier way? Clearly, the least I should have done was practice running one mile properly. I think we all underestimate the importance of preparing ourselves for the tasks we have ahead. We need to prepare mentally and physically. How can we do this? We have to establish a plan. I could have easily asked a seasoned runner their advice on what I should have done to complete that mile (comfortably…) Don’t let you ego get in the way of asking someone for help. It will help you get through the task so much better and more prepared so you don’t end up killing yourself to get it done. So whether it is a fitness goal, nutrition goal, occupational goal, etc seek out someone who has completed that particular task before or a professional in the industry. You may learn quite a few things from their experiences that will save you time, money, or just physical stress.
Have you ever tried to help someone and they just keep giving you excuses on why something is not working for them? You try to give them suggestions and every direction you seem to go they have an answer for you. My job is to help my clients achieve a healthy lifestyle. Help them make better decisions and ultimately arriving at their goals. There are so many desired goals in life that are really wanted by all of us. Lets face it, we all would not turn down a chance to have the perfect fit body, a few million dollars in the bank, the ability to travel whenever we would like, and the perfect relationship to top it off. Everyone one of these goals requires dedication and sacrifice. Are we willing to sacrifice the things that we enjoy for the things that we desire? If those goals are not important enough to you, your immediate desires will prevent you from ever getting there.
If you really want something (and have realized this however many years you have been trying to get there), you MUST drop every excuse that comes in your way. You must build up the desire strong enough so that excuses don’t even enter your mind. Where there is a will, there is a way. If you want something bad enough you will work on it every second of the day until it is done. Most of the time it is not going to be pretty, fun, or exciting but your journey is not your goal.
In a world where instant gratification is what we are accustomed to, realize that you are going to have to be uncomfortable for a little while. The ultimate goal will be well worth your persistent effort. Kick your excuses to the curb and keep going, you got this!
We have all been there at the peak of our decisions. We are all excited and motivated to start working out and eating healthy. Week one we roll into our workout with this new found determination that helps us get out of bed. After week one we are super sore, but still plugging through because you have been challenged (and you refuse to back down and look like a punk). Halfway through your 30 day challenge, you start hearing voices in your head….
“you deserve a break, you have worked so hard these past two weeks.”
“You’ve already missed Monday, so just start over next week.”
“You didn’t have time to get to the grocery store this weekend so just eat what you have in the house and you can get all the fruits and veggies tomorrow.”
Did you know all these “excuses” push your goals back further and further away? I know it is hard to change your habits because it takes consistency. It also requires you to think (or rewire your thinking). We typically have a pattern of the way we do things everyday. Changing habits require us to change our patterns. It takes practice, but it can be done. It starts with your brain. If we “assume” that exercise is part of our everyday routine than it will get done. If you give yourself the option, it most likely will be brushed off to the side because it messes with your “routine”.
Think of your new way of living like road construction. It is a lot of work initially to construct, but once the road is paved it is so much easier to get to where you are going. Lifestyle change is the “construction” process. Stick through it and put the work in initially to create and easy journey when it is finished. Know that the construction phase will be hard, expect it, push through it, and make it to the finish. Roadblocks will come (no pun intended) but expect those and keep your eyes on the prize. You got this!
Happy Hump Day!