Resolutions aren’t Real
I typically don’t like writing about New Year’s Resolutions because I don’t believe in resolutions per say. I believe true change is done for a lifetime, or at least longer than a couple of months. With that being said, we are beginning our Outlier Challenge at Five Rivers CrossFit and CrossFit 423 this Monday. This annual challenge is done in hopes that we create lifestyle qualities that carry over for years and years. We’ve had quite a bit of success with this challenge because it has been strategically created to keep everyone accountable, consequently, leading participants to see fulfilling changes.
That is great, but doesn’t this process take longer than 6 weeks? Yes, it does. I don’t want this to sound discouraging, but changing your lifestyle is a lengthy process. For a number of you, this is your opportunity to get started on a journey you want to complete, but haven’t taken your first steps towards. We all start this resolution by thinking “I want to change my body”, but we bypass the process’ true beginning. You can’t make true, lifelong changes without changing the mind. That, is the first step to creating the change you want.
When I was 19, I weighed 315 pounds and had no desires of changing a thing. I had been overweight all of my life and it was all I knew. If I had a bad day, I knew that food would be there to comfort me. When I had days of triumph, I knew that a meat lover’s pizza would be there to congratulate me. I was emotionally attached to a pallette of horrible food that would always be there for me, no matter the circumstances. It was my safe haven from a life that may not reward me with same feelings of comfort and safety. I loved those feelings.
There was one weekend, though, that I was laying on the couch due to being too dizzy to stand. I had become sick, but not from a virus or allergies. I had been to the doctor about a week before then, and she had informed me that my cholesterol was 225 and my blood pressure was constantly high. I was also informed that I had potential problems of hypothyroidism and diabetes. I knew the reason I felt sick was because of the bad choices to keep flooding my vessel with toxic foods and I had never slowed down in doing so. It wasn’t out of the ordinary for me to have 2-3 Mountain Dews, a whole pizza, an order of breadsticks, and a sub sandwich for dinner on a Friday night.
I had realized that day, after being sick, that I was destined for a very hard life if I didn’t change right then. I had been active with football all of my life, but at 19, that life was over. I had become sedentary while keeping the same bad habits. In other words, I was speeding toward a life of problems or an early grave, with nothing to stop me.
I remember laying on that couch and thinking about the people I looked up to. Why couldn’t I look like or perform like the athletes I was used to seeing in magazines and on television. What was different about them that made them better than me? That’s when it dawned on me, there is absolutely nothing different about us with the exception that they had worked hard for what they wanted. They realized their potential earlier than I had. Their mentality for personal success was very strong and they knew nothing would stop them from getting to that mecca of greatness. From that day on, I went to the gym and kept grinding until I saw what was in my mind. I created the success I wanted to see in my head, and then executed it in real life. Now, I couldn’t be dragged away from the gym :). This is the mentality it takes to achieve anything, even if it isn’t fitness related. I’m not telling you this for praise, but I want you to know that it’s possible, no matter the circumstances.
So, instead of thinking about changing your body, change your mind. See your goals, in your mind, and bring them to reality. There’s nothing that separates you from the people you look up to. Those people started their journey with the foresight that they would change their dreams into reality. Use your imagination and never let people or yourself talk you out of capturing your goals. This is what will take you where you want to go in any situation. Foresight, faith, and execution are the attributes that will take us to our dreams.