Hitting Your Fitness Goal
October 17, 2013
October 17, 2013
Fitness Goals Take Discipline
I felt inspired to write this last weekend, not to really drive home a bunch of factual tips, but more so to get real with you on your goals and your discipline to get it done.
A lot of you don’t know this, but two years ago, I was crazy lean and really hitting it dead on with my fitness. The way I looked and everything that I wanted, was clicking for me. I wish I could tell you that I had a plan, and it was meticulous and structured…and maybe it was, but I doubt it. I really can’t remember any one thing that I did back then that I wasn’t doing now, except maybe my nutrition was a little cleaner then.
Since 2010/2011, I slowly veered off the path of discipline in my workouts but mainly nutrition. I probably gained 10-13 lbs from where I was when you go back and look at our You Tube videos from when we first did Insanity the Asylum and when we were doing the Asylum/ P90X hybrid. I think I got overly confident that I had it all figured out, and then when we did the Ultimate Reset at the beginning of the year, I was like “Whoa! I forgot how lean I was before”. The Reset helped me lean back out, but its ‘taken me from January of this year to about 3-4 weeks ago to realize why and what I wanted.
Let me rephrase, I know what I wanted, but I had forgotten how to get there. So I found a success partner in Billy, who was also where I was and wanted to get back, and we started Asylum Vol. 2 together. I also brought Amanda into the mix, a friend of mine that I knew was in better shape than me and would push me, and I dug in. Billy helped me stay accountable with the Asylum workouts, over here everyday, never missing; and Amanda has pushed me by getting me doing double workouts several times a week, including one class with her that is a total ass kicker. Now I don’t recommend doubles for everybody, you have to listen to your body and know when to pull back. For me, I needed it. I knew in order to get better and to get what I wanted, I had to find someone to motivate me and preferably someone who had what I wanted. Those persons were Amanda and Billy.
What I’m realizing
What I’ve realized during this round is that just because I’m two years older and two years closer to 40, doesn’t mean I can’t get back to where I was before. I’ve also realized that I was “wussing out” in my mind when it came to the idea of pushing harder with doubles (again disclaimer: not for everyone). Believe me when I say, I’m very conscious of my body and listening to it and making sure I rest when need be and don’t overdo any one area.
By bringing Billy and Amanda back into the mix, it has forced me to change my DISCIPLINE. They’ve pushed me harder, which and held me accountable to where I’m forced to structure my days in a way to where I get it all in. The first two weeks were hard, no way around that, but after that second week, I started to see change. Then my mind and self-confidence started to shift. I went from, “I can’t do doubles” to “wow, I’m capable of more than I thought”.
Is this you?
Are you hearing what I said a second ago? “I’m capable of more than I thought” For me, I had to work twice as hard as I did two years ago, to even see anything close to what I had two years ago. The point is I’m achieving it!
I wish I could say that 3.5 weeks ago, I had all of this come to me in a dream or that the skies opened up and God said, “Todd, here’s the answer.” He didn’t. I stumbled into it by dumb luck. Or better yet, I finally reminded myself to take some of my own advice. You see, fitness fanatics struggle, too, at least the honest ones will tell you that. I realized I just didn’t want it bad enough in the past to change my discipline.
If you want to lose 30 lbs, before you even think of changing your eating habits or start exercising or up the exercise…whatever…you’d better change your mindset and adopt some discipline. And you’d better find someone who will stick with you on it. Whether that person is us, and we talk on the phone every day or Facebook or whatever, you need to find someone who will be there to say “do it”. And then focus on the discipline.
Funny thing, we’re disciplined to do the stuff we want to do – watch tv, go on trips, spend time with the kids – but we often seem to ignore ourselves. Trust me, my friend, you’ll be a happier person and be glad you made yourself a priority. I forgot how good it felt to actually achieve fitness goals. I forgot how good it felt to, yes, kick my own butt, but enjoy it. Yes, I said enjoy it. Trust me, after you break through that two-week wall, you’ll see changes, you’ll see the discipline start to take shape, and…you’ll want more.
Come along on the ride with me. It’s never too late to jump on. I’m back on the wagon, that’s my hand reaching for you to pull you on board.