Ever feel overwhelmed by all the things you “should” be doing to work on your health and fitness? Have you fallen prey to focusing on what you are not doing and not knowing where to start to move forward? This “should do” state of affairs can keep us from taking productive forward action. You may feel like there is so much to do what is the point of even starting? This is why basements and garages can stay cluttered for years, if not forever!
This type of thinking can be especially prevalent when it comes to nutrition. We may think we need to make a huge effort to eat healthily and feel defeated before we start. You know the drill, the minute you say you are on a diet, you feel deprived and drop it all. First, let’s acknowledge that we live in a world of self-improvement pressures and highlight reels. It is easy to get discouraged and not see the forest through the trees with all this barrage of betterment. There are so many things one could work on and in so many different areas. But do you want to? Do you need to? Are you satisfied with your status quo or do you wish make changes in various areas of your life? You know you don’t have to. You are enough as you are. But if there are things you would like to do differently, and see differently, there is a simple way you can start this process. The first productive step is to take the pressure and overwhelm out of it. How do you do that?
Pick one thing to focus on.
For example, you can’t go wrong with being strong. How do you get strong? Choose one of the following areas to focus on for a month. Examples:
Commit to using heavier weights in your workouts, add 2.5 to 5 lbs. For example, attend a Fit over Forty Class twice a week and increase your weights each week. Used 20 lb dumbbells this week? Next week try 25 lb! Might do less reps. So be, getting stronger!
Eat 30-50 grams of protein at each meal. Too much? Start with one meal. Not sure where to start or how to keep going? Get committed with a 3 month nutrition program designed around your lifestyle.
Identify and let go of situations and commitments that are draining your life force. This is also known as learning to say NO. Seek therapeutic guidance if required.
Now I have just listed 3 ways to get stronger and the mission here is to choose 1 and be consistent with it. Accept that other things will be left in the dust while you focus on your mission. That is ok, we are building traction and you can circle back to those other tasks later, if needed. Do one thing at a time and do it well and watch your stress decrease while improving your life along the way. Go after those goals friends, one focused step at a time.
Things you could do this week:
- Game on! Cross Open Registration started today. Suggestion: Sign up here and then choose one main focus, i.e., protein consumption, between now and the Open.
- Take the CrossFit Open Judges Course. Now available here. Love Judges’ Course challenge. It is a great way to brush up on movement standards and work your brain at the same time. Worth it, whether you judge or not.
- Watch: “You are what you Eat” It’s a new Netflix’s series a client raved about to me. On my list to view.
- High five yourself and keep going!