by Dr. Randy
Well, here we are half-way through May and still working on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is tough, it is getting nicer outside and there are so many distractions and barriers that will inhibit our progress. If you remember I stated in February that I had a goal to lose 15 pounds in 3 months. I followed my guidelines and did the work (running/cardio, lifting, eating better) on a consistent basis. Here we are 3 months later and I DID NOT reach my goal, I only lost 11 pounds – NOW WHAT? I did everything right, cardio, lifting, resting, eating right.
I do not know if I mentioned this before but I am not a “runner”. What I mean by that is I am not one of those individuals who really LOVES to run. I run because I know it is good for me and it is challenge both physically and mentally. I try to do other cardio exercises as much as possible (bike, play basketball). I did run a 5K (3.1 miles) on Friday the 13th for a local charity and did better than expected but again running is not my favorite activity. With that being said, I go back to the question, what do I do from here?
Well, just like the title of this post – Be resilient. This is not easy, if it was everyone would be doing it. This is where it gets really hard and becomes a grind. Look what happened to me, I have done all this work and did not meet my expectations.
It would be really easy to say, well all of this work it not worth it and forget all that I have accomplished. But I CHOOSE to say, I am in better shape than when I started and I did lose 11 pounds, why stop now. You have to be tough both physically and mentally. Put an end to the cycle of getting into shape, it gets hard, stop and lose everything you have gained to then start 6 months or a year later to get back into shape to be back where you were before. Make this point your new starting point, I am. Setting a new goal, this time not based upon weight but upon my 5k time and trying a new workout routine (I have started P90X).
This might be the really obvious hidden secret of being fit and living a healthy lifestyle. When you don’t make it you have to reflect on what you did accomplish, be positive, tough and make the necessary change. Make this point your new start point and continue from there. It happens to all of us, even the people who teach this health, fitness and nutrition have to work really hard at it and don’t always make the fitness goals they set for themselves, why should you? But you have to stay with it.
Break the cycle and be resilient.