The reason we fail to reach our health, fitness, and life goals often has nothing to do with our specific diet plan, training program, or other specific tactics or strategies.
The reason we fail to reach our goals is often because we’re inconsistent and non-committal (if that’s even a word).
I’ll first state that there absolutely IS a lot of bullshit out there regarding nutrition and training, and lots of us – myself included – DO fall for it.
We will get to all that stuff, I assure you, but first I want to emphasize that carbs, fats, proteins, sets, reps, and minutes mean nothing until you’ve cultivated the mindset to actually take action – consistently – on the things that matter in those areas.
We eat well 4-5 days/wk. and then say, “fuck it” on the weekends because we deserve it, or because we’ve been starving ourselves all week.
We restrict all day long and then, at night, we go ape shit on our trigger food of choice – mine are Quest Bars (and similar), nuts, and Halo Top.
We start to feel stressed at work and seek out what leftover doughnuts might be on the common table, or what other snacks might be hanging around.
We eat dinner, and aren’t particularly hungry, but since we’re crushing some Netflix, we might as well crush something sweet or salty as well.
We enjoy our current training routine for a couple of weeks but read about a newer, more advanced, method and decide to give that a shot.
We start eating Paleo (or fill in diet of choice) but read the latest research on keto (or fill in diet of choice) so we’re going to move onto that.
We self-sabotage, whether we recognize it or not out, out of fear of success, fear of change, or feelings of unworthiness.
Not to mention the fact that our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, when left unchecked, can set off a stress response that reinforces the patterns listed above. This stress response also often creates the hormonal environment that – regardless of our efforts – favors fat storage, muscle breakdown, fatigue, and unhappiness.
Often, we don’t even recognize these thought patterns, emotional reactions, or environmental triggers, and how they impact our efforts. Sometimes, though, we do recognize them, but we just can’t seem to get control of them.
We have the ability to change all of the above, but change require awareness of what needs to change, and then consistent action to create that change.
Cultivating mindfulness is the first step in that process.
Mindfulness is perhaps the key skill to develop to create positive change in your life – not just when it comes to health and fitness, but also in career, finances, and relationships.
- the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something
- a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique
This skill is critical to behavior change and pattern correction because you can’t change something if you aren’t first aware of it.
First, we must bring awareness to the thoughts, emotions, and behavior patterns that are holding us back.
Only then can we take action to correct them.
Alas, I’ve got to head to the office, so we will pick this up tomorrow. FYI, this is what I call my, “calling it good” point – I did what I could and I’m calling it good. That has a nice little rhyme/ring to it; I might need to use that more often.
Go forth, kick ass, make it an awesome day!