It happens every year: The holidays are looming, it’s dark out by dinnertime and the weather makes us question our decision to live in good ‘ol Indiana.
We’re six weeks from the New Year, which is when we’ll all start “getting serious again” about our health and fitness goals, right? But if we’re not careful, these six weeks could seriously sabotage this years’ progress and make January 1st exponentially harder.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a thought like this: I’m basically going to be covered in layers of clothes until spring and the holidays are coming up and Christmas cookies are my jam sooooo… what difference does it make if I wait ‘til January to work out?
Dramatic? Yes. But in full disclosure, I’ve had that exact thought. For those that don’t know, I used to be quite overweight and Christmas cookies ARE my jam and thoughts like that don’t just go away.
If you can relate, there is one simple thing to focus on for these six weeks. But first, if you missed last week’s post about giving yourself some grace.
Ready for the simple thing? Show up ONE TIME.
You already know that consistency is key to any results – fitness or otherwise – in your life. But you cannot be consistent without a “day one.”
In the same way that you have to get one pull-up before you can get two, and you have to be able to run a block before you can run a mile, you cannot be consistent in your fitness routine without showing up once. Then twice. And again. Until your consistency is built and fitness becomes a habit.
If your first reaction is, ‘Oh, that’s it… just show up? You make it sound so simple and it is NOT that simple,’ now we’re getting somewhere.
Ask yourself this: Why is it not that simple? What is the obstacle causing that reaction? If the only thing you have to do is walk through the door and you’ll have a pre-written workout that you don’t have to create yourself, with a coach to guide you through every movement and a fun group of people to encourage you until you finish, then if it’s “not that simple” to you, there’s a hidden obstacle in your mind and we just need to uncover it.
Perhaps you’re an introvert who’s overwhelmed by meeting new people? Maybe you don’t like your workout clothes? Are you going to bed too late to get up for an early morning class? Or, here’s the most common one: Do you just not want to get uncomfortable?
When you think of going to work out, what’s the first inhibitive thought that pops in your head? You might have to do some internal digging but this could be the key to overcoming your “day one.” If we can figure out the obstacle, we can figure out how to overcome it.
For some, it’s simply this time of year. You’ve been consistent for a while and you’re suddenly finding yourself in an unmotivated slump. First, give yourself some grace… this is normal. Second, don’t let it get the best of you by throwing in the towel for six weeks until January 1st. Do a little digging and find out what your obstacles are.
Then try this phrase: “Just for today.”
Don’t worry about tomorrow or next week or the next six weeks. “Just for today” you’re going to make good decisions. If you can get yourself through the door for “just for today’s” class, or you can keep your nutrition on track “just for today,” you can let tomorrow worry about itself. Today, you’re focused on TODAY.
Next week we’re talking about what happens when your “day one” turns into consistency, and I’ve asked some very consistent members of the gym to help me with this one, so I can’t wait to share it with you!
So, what’s your obstacle? CLICK HERE to email me: What’s overwhelming to you right now? What’s preventing you from starting or blocking your motivation to be consistent?