Why is it so hard for people to really buy into a program and commit? They raise their hands and swear that they will do what it takes to succeed, then go out and break their word within a week or two when it comes to exercise and/or diet.
I mean, you know what you need to do, so why don’t you just do it? What does reaching your goal physique really mean to you? Is it just about a pant size, or does it represent job success, social acceptance, the possibility of finding or keeping love, or self-actualization to you? Dig deep and find out why you care about those last 5, 10, 15, or whatever pounds, because after you’ve been working out and eating right for a while, a number on a clothing label or scale is NOT ENOUGH.
This is about self-actualization for me. If you were to pull my psychic archetype out of my head, you’d see a warrior bard or scholar, someone who is as comfortable kicking butt and adventuring as she is rocking out in front of an audience or learning new things from a pile of dusty tomes. I am unhappy and out of sorts when my internal archetype is at odds with my external physical being.
So what’s your fab girl mental image of yourself? Are you truly doing all that you can to bring that inner Movie Star, Warrior Princess, or whatever she may be into being in the real world, or are you just letting the ephemeral impulses of the moment (“Ooh! Pnut M&Ms! I wants!”) kill your chances of ever being all that you COULD be? Remember–you only get the one body no matter what faith you subscribe to. Do you really want to settle for something less than what you really want?
That was my epiphany at the start of my M&F program in August, and it is what is carrying me through these 6 weeks of RCR as well. I am done with being wishy-washy with my commitment. I’m going to do BOTH the workouts AND the nutrition right this time, just like I did four years ago when I was a complete newbie to all of this, not just one or the other like I have been doing far too often in the past two years, because I refuse to look back on my 30s a decade or two from now and say, “Sigh. I wish I’d just buckled down and DONE IT back then when my metabolism was fired up, my responsibilities were manageable, and my body was strong and injury-free. It’s so much harder now.”
And here is my fitness/diet excerpt of the day from Dax Moy’s Mastering the Fat Loss Mind Set. He is referring to the last of the five steps needed to really lock in a successful fat loss mind set.
So then you’ve got your final stage, which is the actual handing over the cash. It’s the paying the price stage. Now unfortunately because we live in the societies that most of us live in nowadays, it’s very easy to get things on credit. You buy a car or you buy a TV or we even buy houses with money that we don’t own.
It gives us the false impression that you can have all these things and then eventually pay the price. Unfortunately, in our current reality, the way life is at the moment, you have to pay, certainly when it comes to physical stuff, you have to pay the price in full and up front before you get to see the goods.
I have examined why I want this (because I must be true to my inner vision of myself, and that inner vision includes being lean and strong at 130 lbs and 16% body fat, not fluffy and strong at 150 lbs and 24% body fat), and I have researched the price I have to pay to get what I want (16 full weeks of exercise and diet compliance, early morning workouts, occasional evening gym visits, hard interval cardio on gym machines not “fun” quasi-cardio activities like videos, and no sugary junk food for 4 months). Most importantly, I have decided that I have the will and strength to pay the asking price.
Oh, and, of course, I still ask myself, “Would I fire myself?”
On the program front, I got in RCR workout B-1 again this morning using 10 lbs for lateral raises and bicep curls and 15 lbs for single-arm rows. The fire hydrants with kick still work me pretty hard, so I’m digging those along with the donkey kicks, which are almost a relief to perform since they loosen my glutes and hips up after the fire hydrants. I made the lateral step ups more challenging by keeping my arms behind my head in prisoner fashion and avoiding the urge to push off with my non-working leg. This modification also meshes with another little goal of mine: to perform unassisted pistol squats by the end of this contest. I’m following a pistol squat progression plan from Grrlathlete.com for this, and I’m up to prisoner step ups. I slowed down the tempo of my push ups to increase difficulty as well, though I might try them with push up stands or perform them military style on Friday for another variation.
The workout took 58 minutes, and burned just under 440 calories according to my HRM.
I’m getting faster!
1. 60 g oats and raisins, 3 egg whites scrambled with 1/4 c. mashed cauliflower
2. 6 pork, leek, and veggie potstickers, 3 oz. silken tofu (~ 40 cal), 1 c. steamed baby bok choy, 1 t. low sodium soy sauce with chili paste
3. 10 almonds, 20 g raisins, 1/2 apple
4. 1 serving chocolate protein pudding, 15g walnuts
5. 3 oz. roasted chicken, 1 c. mixed veggies, 1/2 apple
6. 3 oz. flounder, 1/2 c. peas
Water: 16 cups
Supplements: multivitamin, calcium 600+D, 6 fish oil capsules
* RCR B-1 (~ 58 min; 437 calories burned)
* 100 Push Ups Week 4 max rep test (76 reps; 2 min)