It’s been a month since you made your New Year’s Resolution. How are you doing with it?
I hope that you’ve made it a full month. I hope that you’re holding steadfast to your resolutions and your commitment and I hope you continue to be successful every day! On the other hand, if you’re reading this and you’re slowly sinking into your chair because you gave up after 2 weeks, take heart. You can turn things back around for yourself!
People say you should take one step at a time, that you should be here – now, because this is all we can handle. I don’t always subscribe to that belief. I think we should always be thinking one step ahead, and in this particular case, one year ahead.
Before moving ahead, lets look back.
Where were you one year ago? Were you grappling with the same weight/fitness issues you’re grappling with now? Did you make the same resolutions this year as last year? Or did you decide you didn’t want to make a resolution (since it didn’t work out for you last year)? You’re looking back now and you’re where you were then. You quit 2 weeks into your commitment to make your life better, how unfair to your future you. Now what?
It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, what matters is where you’re going.
So often when I have prospective CrossFit clients, they are typically mentally stuck in one of two places: “I was a high school super-athlete” or “I haven’t lost the baby weight (he’s 10 now) and I just want to get toned.” My response to both is the same, “it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it matters where you’re going.”
While my response is the same, coaching each of these types of individuals is very different. A HS super athlete wants to go 100% and they still view themselves as having the ability to move a house, not taking into consideration the last 15 years of the sedentary lifestyle he/she has lived. It’s my job to help them slow down, learn how to move properly, and find in them a new super-athlete.
The other individual is much different. She’s tried everything from Zumba to Billy Blank’s Tae bo. When she and her friends joined a local gym together, they all eventually fell away. Motivation has left her and she has all but given up. She wants to do something but “nothing works”.
Here’s where I come in. “Do you want to look back one year from today and see how much time you wasted because you couldn’t check your ego? or because you weren’t willing to let go of the past and dig in? or because you were afraid of being a bit uncomfortable?
Fitness is not for the faint of heart.
I’m not sure who coined the phrase, “Life is hard, but it’s even harder if you’re stupid.” While it definitely has it’s place in our society, I think this does too. “Life is hard, but it’s even harder when you’re not fit.”
If at the end of 2017 you want to look back upon it with a smile on your face and as a major achievement to your new fitness, then let nothing hold you back. Make change now and let’s see where you can be in one year!