Please Don’t Join A Gym, Overhaul Your Diet, Quit Smoking and Drinking
It’s the end of the year and we are all getting ready with our great plans to make 2017 our best ever.
But we are asking you to NOT join a gym, overhaul your diet, quit smoking, cut out soda and sugar and quit drinking.
Well, at least not all at once.
Guys, we see it all the time. The super enthusiastic person who joins the gym ready to get in the best shape of their lives! They commit to a new exercise program AND decide to go 100% Paleo, too. Oh, and they are quitting smoking and they are not going to drink anymore either.
You know what happens to those people? They last about 2 weeks and then we never see or hear from them again. I think the stress of all those changes causes them to spontaneously combust.
From Leo Babauta at ZenHabits.net
One goal. Too many people start with too many goals at once, and try to do too much. And it saps energy and motivation. It’s probably the most common mistake that people make. You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to do two or more goals at once. It’s not possible — I’ve tried it many times. You have to choose one goal, for now, and focus on it completely. I know, that’s hard. Still, I speak from experience. You can always do your other goals when you’ve accomplished your One Goal.
When you join CFM we will congratulate you on taking the first step to improve your life and then we will encourage you to hold off on any other changes. When you start CrossFit, or any new exercise program, you are going to be tired, sore and aching in places you didn’t know you could have ache. It’s going to be a true mental and physical challenge just to make yourself come to the box.
If you are trying to eat radically different at the same time, then you can add cranky and hungry into the mix of emotions.
If you are also trying to kick cigarettes and alcohol, add in stressed out and pissed off.
Can you see why this is probably a bad idea?
Who wants to walk around feeling like they have been hit by a truck while evil gremlins scream at them to EAT, SMOKE AND DRINK! Oh, and did I mention the gremlins are also screaming, “Ha ha you are a failure!”
Sound miserable, right? No wonder people give up. It’s too much for most anybody.
What we recommend is baby changes. Start coming to the gym regularly. Come often enough that it is a habit and you are no longer walking around sore all the time. Probably 1-2 months.
Then decide on your next baby step. For most people, it’s eating more protein and vegetables. We can give you a goal of how much protein you need and how many veggies. Once you are confidently meeting those goals, then add in another step.
By this time you may have discovered that smoking is really hindering your workouts. This is probably a great time to stop that habit. Talk to your doctor about the best way to do it, state your goal of quitting to the important people in your life and then tackle it. Keep enjoying your sodas and gas station food if that makes you happy while you are quitting. Seriously, smoking is way worse than those things.
Next on your goal list might be to stop sugar, sodas, junk, alcohol; whatever your vice is. And that’s awesome! But remember, you have all of 2017 to make these changes. Very few people succeed when they try to accomplish everything in one fell swoop.
List out what you’d like to accomplish in 2017 and break it all down into baby steps. Tackle one goal at a time. On 12-31-17 you’ll be able to look at everything you did with pride and awe. And we are here to help!