By Jeremy Rubera
Step 1…Set a S.M.A.R.T. goal or goals
Step 2…Devise a plan for meeting your goals
Step 3…Begin training and changing your nutrition
Step 4…Keep showing up
Step 5…Meet your goals
Not so much…in fact, most people know that, in reality, those steps are hard to follow. The amount of things or reasons that can totally wreck your plans could probably be a 3-page list and I promised myself to keep this post to one page so I refuse to list ANY of them. The fact of the matter is that, in order to go from Step 1 to Step 5 successfully, there will undoubtedly be a Step 1a, 2a, 3a, or 4a at some point.
The key is to ask yourself the right questions. Not just how you can avoid those inevitable side steps, miscues or hurdles that will litter my path, but instead you should ask “How will I deal with them?” (Back to step 2 – the better your plan, the better prepared you are). I can give you numerous methods of how to deal with any fitness or nutritional setback that may come your way but again, I will not list them. Instead, I am going to keep it quite simple because you are not expected to be perfect in the execution of your health and fitness plans in the first place.
Just do the best that you can at all times and never beat yourself up about it.
That doesn’t mean just go off the rails the first time that life gets in the way of your perfectly-crafted fitness and nutrition goals. It does mean that if life throws you a curve ball, you may have to swing and miss one time and maybe even strike out completely before you figure out how to either let the next pitch go by or hit it out of the park.
There have been times when I’ve worked out and I was totally not “in it”. I have wanted to quit countless times during workouts but I didn’t because I knew that, even at the end of a less intense workout, I would feel much better than not training at all.
A good friend of mine once said something to me that has always stuck with me: “You can’t have good days without having bad ones.” And that’s now some of the best advice I can give. Just keep grinding through those “bad days” and if you show up and workout you have stuck to the plan. We all learn by doing. The more you just show up and workout the more your find out about yourself and I promise ultimately you will find yourself at step 5. Just keep grinding.
Happy hump day!