My plan is to try and create a couple of entries a month… Since this is the beginning I have had a couple of “burning” topics that I wanted to talk about… Mostly because these are probably the most asked or common questions I get from people that people that have seen that I have been making positive changes, and want to know “How did you do it?”.
As I mentioned in my earlier entry, I have spent a lot of time over the last 15 years attempting to get fit and healthy… I have had memberships at Golds, 3 attempted memberships at our Local YMCA and many “I am just gonna do it on my own” efforts over the years. Each of them were successful to a point, but at the end, they all ended for a variety of reasons – Friends no longer could go with you, too far to drive, could only make it work in the mornings (“too early”), cost too much$$, and the list goes on… Before I started, I knew that the majority of what I call obstacles,would be barriers for me, but each time I started my new fitness plan, I made a conscious choice to not address them. “It won’t happen to me this time, I am ready now, I can do this…” This has proven to be a critical flaw in my success in the past, and what I fear is one of the most critical flaws in anyone that seriously wants to start down a path of healthier living!!
So this time, faced with being tremendoulsy over weight, with a disease that I always have associated with being limiting and potentially fatal, if not taken care of properly at the ripe age of 35, I really needed to figure out why I can never make this work for me.. I knew I needed to exercise, I knew I needed to eat better, but what I did not know is how and why I failed every time before. So I took sometime to really think about the issues before that kept me from winning..
- Gyms cost too much
- I am too tired in the evenings, too early in the mornings
- I have no motivation to keep going
- That treadmill is just too boring
How will I face and overcome these issues, what will keep me motivated to workout… I knew that if I did not figure out how I was going to workaround these obstacles, a year or 6 months from now I would be right back where I began.. What adjustments can I make in my life when these obstacles start popping up. What is going to keep me motivated long after the “honeymoon” early weight loss slows or I just not seeing the results I wanted. We all know it happens, we drop 15 pounds right a way then boom, we hit the wall..
Bottom line and what I had not figured out all the times before was that I had to own the issues that I knew would cause me to quit… I needed to own them and then create a Plan!!! I tell any person that has come asked me how I do it, and what do I need to do the same thing.. You need to do a real gut check and face your reality to figure out what will be your excuse to stop working out or meeting your goals!
What are you obstacles and then face them and own them, don’t all them to own you anymore!!
What was my Plan?
My doctor actually gave me the 1st great idea since she knew I had been walking/running a little bit and that was to sign up for a 5k… What me, a 5k are you kidding me?? But as simple as the concept was, it really made a lot of sense.. Put myself out there, give myself a goal to shoot for and something to build up for.. I mean the last thing I would want to do is get there on race day and have to ask for a ride back to the finish line , so I had to be prepared and ready and in this I would be exercising with a regular routine… So I did it signed up for my 1st 5k, enjoyed it and liked how it pushed me and motivated and most importantly, I loved how total strangers all along the race were a constant source of motivation, and encouragement… Like a fellowship of like minded fitness oriented people, and they were happy to see someone new join the ranks to fitness.
What happens when the things I am doing get stale?
We know it will happen at some point and another reason we all soon fail!
I have found that creating a variety of ways to workout added to my ability to stay engaged in fitness… I started out Walking/running, moved on to Crossfit and Strongman and they have all opened more and more doors for me to find my fitness, to find the me I needed to be and most importantly the healthier and motivated person that I am working towards today.
The other big question of obstacle I hear a lot of people throw out there is “I can’t do that”… The concept of “I can’t” is in reality, telling yourself before you even start that “I won’t”… It is true that I enjoy the more physical and/or weightlifting aspects of fitness. That seems fits more into wheelhouse of how I am wired, but there are 100’s of ways to get exercise out there. The key is finding something that FITS for you, and as long as you come at it with INTENSITY you too will see results. Remember that you have to crawl before you sprint… So whatever form of exercise you choose, start small and work up to your intensity.. If walking is your passion, then walk and add additional distance and seed… After a while to keep you engaged, start setting goals for yourself.. Maybe I will do a 5k or maybe I will enjoy taking trail hikes in a state park or whatever.. Important thing is to know that you have to be creative and the sky is the limit. Most importantly is to always work on ways to keep that passion alive and then strive bring your intensity each and everyday!!