A Time When I Learned The Secret To Optimum Fitness and Health, But Bad Things Happened To Me
When I started out my journey to be fitter, muscular, and stronger, I took any opportunity I have to get the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve my dream body.
I even got myself a personal trainer to help me with the proper exercise techniques.
I wanted to obtain the knowledge about fitness and nutrition as much as possible and as fast as possible.
Yup, I was hungry for it.
I became even more fired up as I learned the advance strategies in fitness and nutrition. For example, the Pyramid training, HIIT, 5x5, Different types of diets to boost muscle growth, and tweaking my water intake to get shredded.
It was like discovering the secret to be successful in Binary Option trading (Pfft..how I wish).
But, in this case it gives the same jolt of excitement, but with a different outcome.
Imagine obtaining the ultimate blueprint to achieve a sexy and lean body when you have been out of shape all your life.
Obviously, I couldn't wait to try things out.
I frantically tried the things that were recommended by my personal trainer and tips from the books I was reading.
I signed up for a gym membership, bought supplements, tried new recipes and pumped up my adrenaline with rock music.
As weeks became months, the results that I got was....sadly, disappointing.
My arms and legs weren't as muscular as I thought it would be and something worst happened, my belly became fatter.
Then I realized, it was not a matter of not having enough information. It was my poor mindset that hindered my progress.
Change Is Not Linear
We Need To Accept That There Will Be Setbacks And Ambivalence When We Try To Change A Part Of Our Lives
When you buy a phone, let say a Samsung S8.
You expect that it will become obsolete in 1-2 years to come and that a new and better phone with upgraded features, internal memory, and processing speed will be available in the market.
Machines and technology can be upgraded and maintained in a linear manner as long as the geniuses behind the machines have an undying hunger to improve the system, that is.
But, for us humans, we can't just change ourselves to be a better version like our phones for every 1-2 years.
Humans are complex beings with a variety of factors that influnce our development.
Our journey towards a better self is a chaotic journey that is filled with ups and downs and sometimes, it even seemed like the trend is going backwards instead of upwards and forward.
These are what we call setbacks and ambivalence and it is a normal part of the change process.
For example, the thought of waking up earlier than usual to go for a quick jog.
Try doing that tomorrow morning when you have never done it before and you will face anxiety and discomfort like never before.
The thought of giving up would be so overwhelming that you would never think about it ever again.
"I want to get fit..but, its painful and hard. Maybe next time"
Have you ever have this self-doubt before?
Take A Step Back And Do One Thing At A Time
The first thing we should do is to understand that this situation is normal and it is an important part of change.
It is not a sign that we are weak and we should wait for the right time.
We should take this great opportunity to understand ourselves and our surroundings better.
We should then decide whether a change at that moment of time is appropriate or not because sometimes not changing now may be better than trying to force ourselves to change when we are not willing yet.
If we decide to change, then the next thing to do is to choose just one thing that we believe would be the easiest to do first and do it for 1 or 2 weeks continuously.
For example, maybe you would like to start eatting better, but changing the whole food type is impossible at this moment. So, you can try to eat an apple a day for a start.
2 weeks later, you can try eating 2 apples a day and add more fresh vegetables to your dinner or one of your meal and so on.
In just one month time you would have accomplished something that you could never have compared to when you tried to do all the things you are required to do.
Now, just by taking things a step at a time, you could see yourself getting closer to your goal.
Nevertheless, I wish you a healthy and happy days ahead!:)
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is the main author and founder of The Lean Life.