A wall decal at Fitness First, where I work out, says the following:
“Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going.”
I’m sure a lot of us Big Boys can relate to this.
It’s easy to get all excited about starting a new program at the gym. You buy awesome new sneakers. You organize a new iPod playlist. You check out BodyBuilding.com for the nouveau vogue workout of the month. You meticulously research on low-fat, protein-loaded meals to help build muscle and lose fat. You download MyFitnessPal onto your phone, so you can keep a calorie log of your daily meals.
Month 2 hits. You lose another 5 pounds.
And then you hit the wall. Your once-a-week cheats devolve into once-a-day binges. You start to forget the excitement and motivation that got you started, and reason to yourself, “Hey, I’ve been a good boy… I deserve this.”
That’s called “backsliding.”
That’s where I am right now. Still loving going to the gym, but losing the first burn of excitement that hit me when I signed up. A workout that used to take me a 45 minutes now drags out to an hour and half, mainly because I stall in between sets, or drag my feet around looking for an empty Internet station or an unoccupied easy chair to read a newspaper in.
Times like this, when the passionate first spark starts to fade, there’s just one thing that can keep you going.
It’s time to order myself, “I will do this. I will make a better me. I will no longer be an XL, but a gosh darned MEDIUM.”
As the classic poem “Invictus” goes, “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”
I will do this.