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Has this ever happened to you before? You are on vacation
Well this recently happened to me. We were on our very first family camping trip recently and it was a mess. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. But we made the most of it and it turned out to be a great trip. But as I was This thing whole thing with the tent and flooding got me thinking about the journey of myself and of all the people that I help coach.
I end every podcast episode with this call to action, go out there set some goals, challenge yourself and don’t forget to have have fun!
Most people see the importance of setting goals and finding a challenge but when it comes to the fun portion. This is where I feel like I lose people.
I know it’s supposed to fun! I know it should be enjoyable but really what about my belly fat? How long will take take to lose weight?
The truth is, there is no end game to it. Just the game itself.
What do I mean by this? Take a min to think about your fitness goal.
What is YOUR end game?
When we start to exercise, from the very time you step on the gym floor or you pick up those weights, you have a goal. Whether that is:
- To lose 10lbs
- Reduce your chances diseases such of Diabetes, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancers
- Feeling confident without your shirt sitting by the pool
You have some sort of end game right or often referred to as your goal.
How to get to the end game?
Now that’s the challenge part, which is your specific method or your system. The reason why it’s called a challenge because it isn’t easy. For you to reach your fitness, you need to make a change in your life. That could mean you do:
- Intermittent Fasting
- Strength Training 3x a week
- Running for at least 30 minutes everyday
- Hiring a personal trainer
The workouts, the diets, your habits are the things that are going to make that change.
But that’s not enough
The goal and the challenge are very important but it’s not enough for you to keep you motivated. We are really good at making a specific goal and even better at convincing ourselves that we are going to make change. But something happens all too often even with people who have all the best of intentions. They give up.
Appreciating the journey
Whenever we make a drastic change to our lives (like introducing exercise), the change is easy. After some time, you start to feel the struggle. The struggle to find the time to exercise, staying motivated, fighting off boredom. Believe it or not, this is the fun part of your journey. This is what is going to make it memorably, a story worth telling to your friends, family and most importantly to yourself for years to come. Going through the process, you are going to tumble but you will have wins that keep you motivated and figure out what works for you and doesn’t. You will persevere as long as you keep this in the back of your mind.
Is this fun for me?
Your own personal fitness and health is not just method for you to look good in clothes or to showcase how strong you are. It a window for you to get to know yourself. To test the limits of what you can and cannot do. To know what works for you and what doesn’t.
#1 Reason Why You Aren’t Reaching Your Goals
The #1 problem I see is people are too bogged down with the results portion.
Working out and training myself tells me who I am that day and what I’m feeling. If I lift weights and I hit new PRs or I do jiu Jitsu and I’m on fire flowing nice and hitting submissions. It gives me insight to my inner psych. It’s a good indicator of what my general mood is that day.
Also, it works in the-opposite if I go to training and I’m feeling wiped, or I don’t feel like working out or if I just skip a workout. I find myself asking myself “what’s wrong with me today” and I start running through a checklist.
What did I eat?
Did I sleep well?
Am I stressed?
Am I worried about something
That last one, am I stressed is big one. I won’t even know that I’m stressed out and I THINK that I’m all good until I have a bad training session and I started asking myself “why.” Now I’m self aware of a problem that I was having and I work to resolve it.
I love that about training and fitness. The #1 problem I see is people are too bogged down with the results portion.
They want that results so they go off and do quick things line 7 min workouts, join a gym for the 10-12th times, try crazy diets or supplements that promise you the world.
But they fizzle out. And if you’ve ever done anything like the one I mentioned above you know what I’m talking about. I know because I used to be that guy.
How can I lose weight the quickest so I would try anything. Any diet any fast workout. I was so fixated with the final number that I didn’t care about anything else. I didn’t care how I got there I just wanted to get there. The funny thing is with that mindset I never made it. I lost some weight only to put it back on.
It wasn’t until I started stopped the end result being my only focus that the results came. I want to stress that I stopped making the end result my only focus. The results are still important factor but to me for the longest time it was my only factor.
So do me this favour this week. Take a min to think about what physical activity would bring you absolute joy and if you don’t know try something that you think will be fun to do.
Money, time and accessibility are not a factor. Have zero roadblocks to what you want WANT to do. We are just dreaming right now. Cool?
I’ll tell you mine, it’s… swimming. I used to be a really avid swimmer when I was kid but I haven’t had a chance. I’ve always wanted to get back into it. See I’m doing it right now too. I’m giving my excuse why I haven’t been doing it. So these are my roadblocks, swimming I have no times, it’s too crowded
So what’s yours? Hit me up and let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on social at Remixmyfitness and let me know. Share with me I would honestly love to hear from you.