So a few of us at Rack Life are planning on doing the half marathon in the Gold Coast in just a couple of weeks and this is something that I am personally feeling excited but nervous about. I’ve been off running since I moved to Burleigh Heads three years ago and have only given myself a really short training window to get back into it. It’s been a while since I set a specific goal in my fitness and one of the things I love is the focus it gives. It also makes me feel guilty when I don’t hit my training plan or when I don’t adhere to the eating goals I’ve also set along with it.
Whilst goals are fantastic at doing this, I’ve found where there is intention there is also tension which one needs to manage based on the expectations that come along with it. For many there is not a specific “Goal” on the mind and so setting rigid demands on our diet and lifestyle become only that – demands. Whether you are training for something specific with a demanding regime or you just want to feel more confident in your body and tone up, one of the things that is crucial is how you approach it.
Step 1: BECOME AWARE
Becoming aware is one of the simplest and easy ways to identify where you are lying to yourself or not taking responsibility for your actions. It may be that you have avoided going get a regular health check at the doctor, you might have a niggling injury that you feel really should be looked at or you may just be avoiding all of it in the hope that someone will come save you. Let’s get real and lets get honest – becoming aware is crucial for change but not only change, it’s also crucial to learn how to listen to the body.
The body cannot lie in contrast to our mind and our justifications so when you feel or see something – maybe the skin appears a little duller than usual because you have been drinking one too many cups of coffee, or maybe you haven’t been getting enough sleep. All these little things over time add up to how we feel in our cells, which is how we feel in our life.
How to become aware: Grab a paper and pen and write the answer to the following questions
- Where am I not taking responsibility for how I feel?
- Where in my life could I give more attention to feel better?
- How am I supporting my health?
Often, awareness is the most important thing to start a change, and once we see what’s going on we can find solutions for it
STEP 2: DO IT TODAY, NOT TOMORROW
I was listening to a Tony Robbins podcast the other day and he was actually talking about what stops people from achieving the life of their dreams, and he said it’s because the things we need to do to achieve the life of our dreams are “shoulds” not “musts” which then turn them into a de-priority on the long long list of things we need to do in the day:
Say you were going to eat better – make it a must
Say you were going to join a gym – make it a must
Say you were going to do that half marathon, 10km, ironman – make it a must
If I was to ask someone if they cleaned your teeth this morning, what would the reply be? For most of us, definitely for me, there is not an option to not clean the teeth in the morning. Why? Because it is a “Must-do”. When we change the language in our actions that support health and fitness and energy, to be a MUST then actions will change. It doesn’t have to be a big change, but it will change the way our life is. Only we can make what is important to us important to us.
STEP 3: MAKE THE TIME TO SET OUR ENERGY RIGHT
When we make time to set our energy right, we begin to get into the right mental state for things to “Flow” and many of my teachers and leaders in the world say preparation is the key but then we must let that go and be present to what is and we can be at ease in the knowledge we did all we could do. When you think about energy and health over the last couple of days, some questions that may prompt some insight into our preparation:
- Was there a plan and preparation of food nourishing food?
- Was there learning and exploring from someone who inspires us?
- Was there a plan to go for a walk, do some exercise and move the body?
Sunday’s for me have become the day I spend at home, making sure I am preparing for the week ahead and yes, there are times this doesn’t happen and these are often the weeks that the days slip by and I’ve eaten out and I’ve not worked as well or trained as well.
You’re focus matters and that’s why even though you might not have a specific goal, you need to make yourself accountable to your energy and health in order for you to experience the confidence and energy you are looking for.
We all have ups and downs and this is a reminder that we’re all learning on this journey of what is optimal movement and performance.
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Come join us to learn “How to Meal Prep Like a Boss”
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Have a wonderful day