Sometimes we get so caught up in our routine with our daily ripping and rolling that we forget to check to make sure we are moving in line with our goals. This is normal; we are plagued with many burdens, problems and stressors that can be dangerous to our progress. What do I mean? Well, I recently had an awakening. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it was certainly a wake up call for me.
In a conversation I had with a friend the other week, it was brought to my attention that my weight-loss results had come to a halt. My friend mentioned that it just did not make sense that I was working out so hard 4 times a week and not showing any further improvement or noticeable changes. Naturally, I gasped for air and felt borderline insulted. He began to explain that although I had come such a long way and commended me on my progress thus far; I should be seeing more results and have a different look than I do now.
I know he had no ill intentions. He knows that I love working out and have committed myself to a life of health and wellness. He just wanted to ensure that I am reaping the benefits of the hard work I am sowing. In other words, it was time for a reality check!
This is what I came to realize; I became complacent. I was satisfied with my current results after all; I lost 60 pounds and 5 dress sizes. Who wouldn’t be pleased with that?! This is where the danger comes into play, being satisfied with where we are and losing sight of where we want and need to be. I had lost sight of my ultimate goal. I was too busy celebrating where I am today and forgot about the rest of my journey.
In reviewing my calendar, I noticed that I had canceled some training sessions here and there. I took time off during the holiday season. I let the weather be an excuse for not getting in those 10,000 steps. In reviewing my food journal I realized occasionally I let food felons in. I skipped a meal here and there, and my water intake was no where near what it needed to be. I became my worst enemy by resorting to old habits.
Since the reality check I’ve intensified my workout routines, set a realistic schedule and committed to it, removed all food felons and I am back to corresponding with “the enforcer,” Dr. Michael F. Roizen, M.D. I’ve also come to realize in order to reach our goals, we must surround ourselves with people that share the same passion, have the same interest and are moving in the same direction. That passion becomes contagious and it creates an environment of sharing, motivation and inspiration.
I am thankful to my friend for keeping it real with me and motivating me to change things up, get back to what I know, stay on track with my goals and continue to work with the same zeal and passion I had when I first started out on my journey.