It is the middle of winter, New Year’s resolution optimism is over, and it is easy to be back to being stuck in the mud. F*** it, time to give up I guess. Whoa whoa whoa, not yet…hold on!
It is said that life is like a marathon, but few people have the pit bull mentality to continually grind it out, and bulldog their way through. Do you give up?
Life is more like a box of chocolates (thanks Forrest Gump), you never know what you are going to get. In this sense, life is more like a series of sprints, up and down; fitness is much of the same.
“Oh, I gained 4 lb. from Christmas, time to get shredded this New Year’s….Yes I lost 6 lb.!...but then I hit a rut and gained 2lb…. I don’t like that I gained 2 lb. so now I am going to grind it out again…Yes I lost another 3lb.”
The above is a more realistic approach to how the mind works…. A series of sprints, where you can focus for a certain period of time, and then life throws you a curve ball and you get slightly off track. It doesn’t have to be a major event that throws you off track, something just small and insignificant is all it takes. And you feel in a rut for a while until you find that motivation and focus again to pick it up a notch and move towards your desired goals.
I am not suggesting you roller coaster and yo-yo your way through life and fitness, but that you pick yourself up when you are down, brush the dirt off you shoulder, and move the f*** along.
There are many things in life you can’t control, but don’t use that as a crutch. Keep at it. If you are constantly moving 2 steps forward, then one step back, at least in one year you will be farther ahead than where you are now.
Don’t think of yourself as a failure if you go all out for 2 weeks and then crash and burn. Take that pressure off of yourself right now. Think of yourself as being a better version of yourself in 5 years, not next week.
Whether you walk, crawl, sprint, or fall down, get up and keep moving forward. You can succeed at what you want.
Before you know it, you will be moving forward more often than not.