Today’s article doesn’t have any tactics.
It’s not about figuring out your calories or your protein.
Today I just want to talk to you about the grind.
Every time you start something new you’re excited.
When you want to lose weight, you have an idea in your head that you’re going to start exercising and eating right.
Everything looks like peaches and roses in your head and you think to yourself, 3-months from now you’re going to be a completely different person.
When you start a new hobby or job, you’re pumped.
You spend more time than usual working or learning about the new thing you’re doing.
This is the novelty of something new.
You have all of these chemicals being released in your brain and it’s like you’re on a constant high.
For days and even weeks, you’re in a different state of mind.
It’s the same for me me when I first start dieting.
I have this idea of how lean I want to be, I’m excited to start cleaning up my bad nutrition habits and I really want to start off strong.
After a few days or weeks, the excitement slowly begins to fade.
It doesn’t disappear completely, but the motivation to do what you were doing isn’t as strong.
You don’t want to eat the exact same food at the exact same time every day.
You’re getting a little frustrated at your new job because you’re staying back every night an extra few hours.
This is where you start to get into a routine of doing the thing you’ve chosen to do and it’s not so new anymore.
This is where you start to build up your good habits and get better at the task you’re doing.
It’s routinised, your body and brain are getting used to it and the chemicals in your brain aren’t firing as much as they were in the beginning.
This is where things get hard.
This is when the routine may become boring or you become frustrated.
However, it’s the most important part, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
This is where a lot of people will quit because it becomes hard.
You wake up and you look at your breakfast and you think “ugh again”?
When all of your friends go out on the weekend to get pissed for a birthday party and you know you can’t drink as much as them.
Maybe you even choose to stay at home?
That’s when the struggle becomes real because it’s interfering with your normal life.
It’s becoming a struggle to stay at home and not eat junk food all the time.
When you wake up in the morning or when you come home from work and you know you’ve got to go to the gym but you just don’t want to.
This is what I want to warn you about because it’s going to happen and you need to be aware of it.
When you know the struggle is coming and you’re waiting for it, you can catch yourself in the act.
Instead of letting your mind play a trick on you and convince you to quit, you can tell yourself otherwise.
The emotional brain is trying to take over, trying to get you back to ‘normal’.
It wants to get you back to the way things were because that’s where your emotional brain is comfortable.
Use Your Thinking Brain
When this struggle comes up when the resistance starts.
You need to use your logical brain to keep pushing through.
Remind yourself why you started this in the first place?
What’s going to keep driving you forward in this time of struggle.
How are you going to keep pushing through and not give up?
I’m telling you this now so you can prepare for when it comes.
If you know ahead of time you’ll be able to think it through logically.
You’ll be able to tell yourself that this isn’t rational and it’s just your emotional brain.
Keep your eye on the prize, keep moving forward, keep up the discipline.
Sometimes your willpower isn’t going to be as strong as it was.
Other times you’re going to want to skip the gym or eat like crap.
But don’t give in.
Hitting Your Goal
If you can push through the struggle and the suck you’re going to come out better.
When you get through those tough time and you keep reminding yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing.
If you tell yourself that this is apart of the process and it’s going to be ok.
You will get through it and you will reach your goal.
You will be in the minority of people who do achieve their fitness goal.
If you’re willing to be uncomfortable for a while and embrace the suck, you’re going to make it.
Just don’t give up.
Don’t throw in the towel.
You’ve got this, I know you do.
Now that you know this is going to happen and now you can be ready for it.
You can expect it and you can get through it and overcome it.
Be prepared for it, you can’t avoid it but you can be ready.