Today Is The Day

Yesterday, last week and last year are all dead and gone. You can learn from the experiences in those times, but you shouldn’t dwell in the past. There’s nothing you can do to change what you did or did not do in the past.

Tomorrow is almost here and can bring unknown experiences.

But, those experiences may never come to fruition if you don’t put in the effort today.

Instead of focusing on what you want to change from the past or what could happen in the future, focus on the small things you can pay attention to today.

This is easier said than done. I struggle with this quite often, as well. Instead of doing the small things consistently, I think of what I should of changed one, two or three years ago. Or, I’ll think of how great things will be when XYZ happens.

It takes a self-slap to the face to wake up and realize it doesn’t matter what happened in years past. Things will be great when XYZ happen, but XYZ will never happen if I don’t take a few steps forward today.

Instead of consistently doing the simple steps (like sending an email/Facebook post like this one out three times a week) I need to take to grow my personal training business, I’ll think about the business mistakes I made in the past. Or, I’ll think about what everything is going to be like once I grow to X amount. That goal is only going to be a fantasy unless I do a little better today.

I’ll think about some of the things I wish I would of done with Crystal (the wife) and I’s relationship in the weeks and months prior instead of figuring out one thing I can do today to make it 1% better.

This is how your health and fitness should be thought of:

You beat the crap out of yourself for having a few appetizers and a marg or two at happy hour last night so badly that you can’t even realize those things were a small blip on the radar when it comes to your long-term success. Instead of thinking about yesterday, think about what you can do today to get back on track.

Instead of saying, “I’ll start working out once I’ve lost 20 pounds…” This one still baffles me. Instead of looking into the future where you magically lose 20 pounds without effort, how about you start off with a simple workout you can do at home or 15 minute walk around the neighborhood?

If you want to get yourself to your fitness goals, you’ll have to put in the focus now and win the day.

Doing something small, such as a 15 minute walk or planning your meals and grocery list for the week, each and every day will do more for your goals than sitting around thinking of what you should of done or what you’d like things to be in the years to come.

Will you win the day?

Please Hold While I…

I’m sure you’ve done this yourself or known someone who has said this phrase before (I know I’ve heard it plenty of times).

Imagine someone is rocking and rolling with their fitness routine.

They’re getting in their 2-4 strength sessions per week, staying active by consistently hitting around 10,000 steps per day, sleeping like a rhino who’s been hit by five tranquilizer darts and sticking with their nutrition plan 90% of the time.

All seems good and well.

Nothing is going to interrupt the progress they’ve made and the momentum they’ve built.

Until…

Life happens (Or, shit happens, if that resonates with your personality a little better).

Your kid gets sick.

You have a big deadline at work approaching which is stressing you out.

You have a new baby.

Or, your favorite college football team loses the absolute worst team in the conference…

Whatever it is, you let it disrupt the momentum you’ve built with your fitness.

Folks will try to put their fitness and getting into shape on hold while they work out the problem.

Problem is, your body doesn’t allow you to “hold on.”

You’re either getting better or getting worse.

We don’t get the luxury of simply pushing the pause button with our fitness.

Stop showing up to the gym for your strength training sessions 2-4 times per week?

You’re going to lose muscle and strength, resulting in it being harder for you to lose weight.

Not hitting around 10,000 steps per day?

You won’t be able to eat as much of your favorite foods without gaining weight. I don’t know about you, but that’s enough of a reason to get my happy feet walking.

Eating like a child who orders their food by the cartoon character on the box?

You’ll gain weight, feel like death glazed over and have zero energy.

No bueno, my friend.

You won’t always have to be 100% committed to improving your health (you rarely have to be at 100%, honestly). You can take a week off here and there, go on vacation or deal with a personal issue,

But, you’ll have to regain focus and hop back on the gains train sooner rather than later.

If you don’t?

You’ll end up back where you started and starting all over again is the most frustrating part. Knowing how far you came only to allow one of life’s tests to kick you in the gut and sending you back down the hill.

Don’t put your health and fitness on hold.