I was starting to think about road trips the other day. You know that trip that you took with the family when you were younger. The one that you were not told where you were going and what lies ahead. The guides would give you a few clues and all but for the most part you remained in the dark. You knew that you needed a bathing suit but was it for the pool, the ocean, the lake or the waterslides? They told you that the destination was in the state but would not tell you where. These were the trips that always seemed to take the longest. The trips where you just really did not know where you were going.
Fitness journeys can feel the exact same way at times. That trip to the unknown. Our trips in fitness begin with blind faith. Blind faith in the program, the food recommendations, the time, intensity, duration, order and goals of the workouts. Blind faith in the trainer, the gym, the idea, the style and blind faith in yourself to follow through. As you sit in the car on your way to the destination, that you only get bits and pieces of information about, you wonder. You ask yourself the question: When am I going to get there? When am I going to arrive? Where is it exactly that I am headed? These questions and more pop into your mind. Just then you see a lake and you ask your guides or trainer in this case: Are we there? Is that the lake? Is that it? Is there more? Your trainer responds; “no we are not there. We are barely getting started.” However at this point you have already been in the car for 3 hours or on that program for 6 weeks and you simply are not seeing the results you hoped for.
Trips to the unknown always take the longest and often times we are so unwilling to wait. We get anxious and we want to move to another location. Let’s just stop at this lake instead. The fact that you do not know what is in store for you ahead leads to settling or sabotaging. Let’s not wait and see. Let’s settle for what is right in front of me now. Let me out of the car I am tired of the drive.
We hear all the reasons to veer from the course all the time. I remember being in the back seat and trying to negotiate with my mom. What if we just speed up a little do more and stop less will we get there faster? This is the same thing I hear with clients. If I workout more and eat a little less will I lose the weight faster? My encouragement for all of you that are traveling to an unknown, unfamiliar destination and are getting impatient 6 weeks into the program is to start paying attention to the stuff along the way.
The time is going to pass either way. Are you going to pass that time wondering what lies ahead or grabbing onto what’s happening now? When you grab onto what is happening now many great things happen. The joy of the program increases, your understanding of the program increases and the stress of worrying about the unknown decreases. I have seen through practice that when this is applied the destination your excited about appears sooner rather than later.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013