I've spent years working out....and stopping...then starting again. It's not an uncommon cycle for many of us. I tried various strategies, programs and tricks to keep myself motivated. None of them had the staying power to help me move from being a "talker" about fitness to actually becoming committed to my health, until the summer of 2013.
Physical Health Is Not Enough
If you asked me if I knew working out and eating clean were good for me I would obviously answer yes. But if you asked me if I knew how to commit to being healthy I would only recently be able to answer.
That's the funny part. My brain knew the right answer, but I did not fully realize the powerful difference eating clean and regular exercise would make in my life.
For the last fourteen months I've had a different answer when I'm asked about health and fitness.
Life Is 90% Mental
My transition from knowing I needed to workout, to understanding that I needed to be committed every day has changed me.
My world starting moving faster than ever before. Yours may have picked up speed too. Balancing the many hats we wear in life, managing nonstop changes in the workplace, and pushing myself to take on new challenges for the first time in my career all happened during this period of time.
...but I couldn't figure out how to quiet my mind when it was racing with so many thoughts, ideas, and pressures.
...but I couldn't find the right formula to balance my energy for the responsibilities I had to deliver on.
...but I couldn't "do fitness half way" and find any peace.
So I went all in. I realized the combination of eating clean, a decent amount of sleep, training at a high level, and pushing myself harder than ever before actually brought a sense of calm I had not experienced in the past.
Think about that for a moment. My commitment to health actually slows my life down, gives me some control, and brings me peace each day.
How About You
What techniques do you use to quiet your mind? Do the vices in your world include a commitment to building energy through hard work in the gym or at home with a DVD or workout routine?
Is your network part of your fitness lifestyle? Do you fuel your body to build the energy you will need to be successful? Or, do you allow stress to be a convenient excuse to sit on the couch and make unhealthy choices.
Find some peace today.
I'd love to hear from you.