I guess we are all guilty of it……..We hit the “Share” button all too easy.
But the Health and Fitness hoards on Social Media have to be up there as the worst for posting Shitty Thoughtless Crap on their social media.
I am sure their intentions are good at the time, but as you scroll through countless well lit selfies, motivational quotes, misleading nutrition/training advice and transformation photos, do you ever stop and think, about the impact they are having on you?
IS SOMEONE ELSE’S END RESULT STOPPING YOU ACHIEVE YOUR BEST?
Your thoughts are most likely along the lines of “that’s the body I want”, “that’s what I need to do”, “I’ll never make the grade to be like her/him”, which leads to “Oh I fucked up again and ate that, spent this, missed a workout and I’ll never be as good as them”. Which leads to, “fuck it all, I’m back to square one, I might as well quit”.
Next thing you know, you are scrolling through your Social Media and come Monday, you’re back on the “hunting down those goals Train, next stop Fuck it all, calling at Self Sabotage, destination Vicious Cycle”.
What most people are posting on Social Media is their “end result”, very rarely they are showing/sharing the process, the habits that got them to the end result. Someone else’s Goal (end result) does nothing positive for your state of mind or motivation. In fact it has a negative result which keeps you on the Train calling at Self Sabotage and terminating at Vicious Cycle.
The magic is actually in the Process and the Habits, it is the small adjustments that yield the biggest results in the long term. If a Pilot sets off on a flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles, USA with the nose of a plane set one or two degrees in the wrong direction, without correcting that degree of error, by the time that plane has travelled 13+ hours, it could arrive in San Francisco, USA. The flight time is the same, the distance is similar but the destination (Goal or End Result) is very different. That small degree of error results in the flight landing 350 miles away from the desired location.
Now, the pilot doesn’t then come over the loud speaker and say “sorry folks, I fucked up my calculations, we are re-fuelling and returning 10, 500 miles back to New Zealand so I can start again and hopefully this next time I will get the goal of LA”.
What actually happens is, the pilot makes checks along the flight path, makes small adjustments throughout the journey to ensure the flight lands in the right location.
Just like anything in life, those small adjustments, positive habits and minor tweaks along the way, will help you land yourself the desired end result. By embedding yourself into the process, focusing on the adjustments and checks and learning to enjoy the journey, you give yourself a greater chance of achieving the desired results and keeping that result for the long term.
Of course Nutrition is my area of expertise, so let’s apply this to nutrition.
Your Goal is to reduce your daily refined sugar intake and to lose some excess body weight.
You currently eat four Oreo cookies a day. You decide to make a point to reduce this to two Oreo’s per day and you change nothing else in your diet.
Over the course of a year (12 months), you will have:
- Cut 38,690 calories from your diet which equates roughly to losing 11lbs / 5kg of body weight;
- Cut 3,431g of refined sugar from your diet which is equal to almost 7 bags of white sugar.
You are still consuming and enjoying two cookies a day but that small and quite possibly unnoticeable change of habit will yield you a bigger result than the Train to Vicious Cycle ever could.
If going balls to the wall being “good” to look like a Social Media post and then falling off the Good Wagon only to find yourself back at square one is something you find yourself doing regularly, then you need to start discarding these Balls to the Wall attempts and start making small positive habits that you can stick to and make part of your lifestyle in order to land at the desired destination.
As the saying goes, “if you get a flat tyre on your car, your don’t slash the other three tyres”…..
Thanks for reading my words for Wednesday!