Stuck in the middle
Fitcampers! Beyond this bizarre weather that we’re having, it’s been a great month so far. The workouts have been challenging, but not crushing, and we’re seeing gains in surprising places. Some people are finding flexibility that they haven’t seen before, some are finding out that they are stronger than they thought, and others are finding that they are moving MUCH better than they have in the past. Ever.
To me, this is the mark of progress. It’s not always related to the scale going down, or fitting into a smaller pant size, or even ALWAYS lifting more than we did last week. Sometimes, it’s about the little things that will allow us to move forward with better movement, mindset, or confidence. The scale and the pant size, those are just side effects of good habits and consistency.
Maybe we’ve gotten into the habit of getting into the gym on a regular basis. Maybe we’re being pretty consistent with our eating habits as outlined in the first few weeks of the ProCoach Program. Maybe we’re doing a great job of using the World’s Best Calorie Counter on a regular basis.
We’ve got these things on lock down. We’re cruising right along and doing a great job, so we can relax a bit. Right..?
Sometimes, we relax a bit too much. We get a little TOO comfortable and we get a little… over confident.
Or sometimes, we get a little TOO strict and should we “fall off” even just a little bit we beat ourselves up and punish ourselves for that little indiscretion.
So, what’s the balance? Where can we find that happy medium between living our habits and just living?
Where can we find the inner voice that motivates and drives us, with compassion and respect, and the outside influences that we can choose to let into our lives, habits and routines that will support us, and our goals, without abusing ourselves both mentally and physically?
Why are there so many questions in a row here?!
It’s important to stay in the middle of the road on this one. Going too far in either direction isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s certainly not good either. We want to make sure that we’re building ourselves up in a healthy way.
Here are a few things to think about, or words to use, while we’re trying to keep ourselves on track, while also being compassionate to ourselves.
- Joy, in place of apathy
- Faith in place of fear
- Contentment, in place of indecision
- Humility, in place of fear of losing control
- Confidence, in place of saying “screw it”
- Being teachable, in place of being stuck in a rut
- Conscious routines/habits, in place of “going on auto-pilot”
- Having faith in yourself, in place of self-defeating thoughts
- Not sweating the small stuff, in place of controlling everything
- Discipline as inspiration for improvement, in place of discipline as punishment
These are just a few things to think about as you continue working on your habits well into the future.
Remember, we’re trying to set up lifelong habits that will allow us to be mobile, strong, flexible, healthy, disease/illness free, and independent for the rest of our lives.
Personally, I’d rather be that 80-year-old that is taking salsa dancing lessons, than that 80-year-old that needs someone to bathe and feed me. Maintaining a solid roster of habits that develop and build on each other, are easy to maintain, and allow me to be nice to myself when I’m not super strict sounds pretty good to me.
As always if you have any questions or need any help in forming some of these habits, feel free to ask.
Let’s have a great week!
The gym will be closed from July 3rd -5th. I’m going to go on vacation for the weekend and need a little break! If you need me I’ll be on a lake somewhere, water skiing, bbq’ing, playing board games, probably having a beer or two (and being nice to myself about it), hiking and generally relaxing away from my phone and computer.
Gym hike! Let’s go for a hike on the 25th! It’s three weeks out, so put it on your calendar and schedule it! We’re going to find a fun one!
4x100m Farmer Carry
10 Pull Ups
15 Air Squats
20 Sit Ups