I get a lot of questions from people who are confused on what to do.
What’s better, high reps or low? Eating before bed or not? Eat carbs before working out or save them for post-workout? Sprinting or jogging? Blue or green?
Better for what?…is my typical response. Most people asking this question are asking what choices are better for weight loss.
Now, I’m not going to say those are wrong questions to ask. However, there is a much better way to frame your questions that give you the right answers for your individual situation.
By framing your question in a process-oriented way, you can make mindset, nutrition, and exercise choices that fuel satisfaction, energy, and personal growth. And by side effect – you lose weight.
Weight loss is always the side effect. It is the outcome of our process. And our process is the skills and habits we develop to make our lives better right now. Not in 3 months when you lose some weight. Not in 3 years after you lose 100lbs.
Your choices affect the present moment. You don’t need to wait for the results to happen. They are happening every time you eat a meal, and every time you move your body. They are instant.
You feel less stress after a good run. You feel more confident after a great weight training workout. You feel more energy after a healthy meal.
You feed off those actions. They create motivation. They build momentum. They lead to consistency and long-term adherence to your lifestyle plan. And that is when weight loss happens.
Focusing On the Details is Stealth Procrastination
Details are fun. Details are sexy. They give us a sense of control and make us feel better about our choices.
But details don’t get the job done. Executing the broader concepts of a healthy lifestyle and fine-tuning those core skills are what get you results.
Taking action and pushing through the struggles are when breakthroughs happen. They are absolutely necessary to achieve transformation.
You likely don’t need more knowledge. You don’t need to know the finer details. You know what’s healthy and what’s not. You know when you’ve had a good workout.
What you need is more action, more persistence, more patience, and more trust in yourself. You need to stop waiting for things to be perfect before you take action.
Perfectionism is Procrastination
That perfect day never comes. And if things do eventually quiet down so you can be “ready”, it’s unlikely to stay that way.
That’s when you convince yourself to pause your program for a later day when things are easier. But guess what? It doesn’t get easier. Those same struggles that you’re avoiding will be there waiting for you.
When you persist you get better at pushing through those struggles. You come out on the other side learning something about yourself that can be applied to your unique situation.
You can’t find that kind of information in books or blogs. You can only get it through experience.
So stop drifting to the details. Stop waiting for your life to be in better order before you get started.
Take action now. Immerse yourself in the journey. Explore your self.
That’s how change happens.