I have a confession to make: I’ve been a little sissy face throughout the past two months.
I’ve left working out up to when I “felt” like it, which is pretty much poison for anyone trying to get in shape.
As I mentioned in my last post, my 26th birthday passed, and I realized it is just simply time to quit being a little sissy.
There’s no doubt that I’m healthy. My blood tests always come back phenomenal, my body fat percentage is way below average, and I moderately exercise.
That’s great and all, however, I can do better. Nothing feels worse than living below my potential. When you know you could do better and it is right within your reach, but you choose to pick the easier route, that is hell.
I can do better, so I’m going to.
Let’s break it down:
1. Write what your “best” looks like.
If you know you are living below your potential, you have to accurately describe what living above it looks like.
What time do you wake up?
What do you do with your day?
What do you do at work?
How do you feel?
When do you workout?
How do you treat the person around you?
What does your body look like?
2. Decide what is in your way and how you will beat it.
Although I prefer evening workouts, they are far too easy to skip, so I moved them to the mid-morning.
The problem with the mid-morning for me is not feeling that energized, so I ordered a pre-workout (Pre Jym. I’ll do a review soon!).
I also have the problem of going to the gym and saying, “Ugh, IDK what to do, so I’ll just do these 3 easy things and leave.” So, I went through Jim Stoppani’s Shortcut to Shred program I’ve been meaning to start for, like, ever, and plugged it into my planner so I know exactly what I’m going to do when I get there.
I also put money on it so I have to donate it to a group I really can’t stand if I don’t follow through.
3. Start saying “no” to non-priority items.
Do whatever it takes to get rid of things that are not a priority. If fitness is truly a priority, you have to make room for it. That means sacrificing time at the bar/playing videos/surfing the internet.
This doesn’t have to be forever, just stick with these priorities for a few weeks until you hit your goal. Everyone and everything else can wait, but you don’t have to cut out fun things for the rest of your life.
Trying to make excuses is one of the common pitfalls for starting new habits. “Oh you mean I can’t ever drink again?!” No, it just means you have to stop having seven beers every night after work.
It’s much easier to keep something in motion once it’s started than to start. Just focus on building the habit and the rest will come.