You vs. You -- Put Yourself on the Other Side of the Work
December 5, 2018
It’s so important, especially this time of the year, (even people who train regularly)... that you don’t take your foot off the gas! When everyone else is slowing down, you need to ramp up! You’ll go into the new year motivated, with momentum and confidence!
Let’s take a look at yourself the second week of January… and talk about both of the ‘You-s’... the one that keeps going and training consistently, and the one who takes their foot off the gas, takes a bit of a break, and doesn’t really train or worry about what you’re eating. Think about how each one of you will feel, how you’ll be performing, what kind of headspace you are in, and even what your body may look like…
In other words… you (having done the work) vs. you (having not done the work).
Taking your foot off the gas between now and January gives you a MOUNTAIN to climb come January… just to get back to where you are right now! Forget gains, you’re going to have to get back in the habit of going to the gym to train and back in the habit of minding what you are eating… and you’ll likely have lost strength, endurance and flexibility. You MAY even have gained some weight.
Consider this… there are FOUR weeks between now and Christmas. (YIKES!) If you get to a gym for three resistance training sessions each of those weeks, that’s twelve sessions. Twelve sessions between now and the new year, giving you the week between Christmas and New Year’s completely off. Let’s also go on the higher side of things for time… and put each session at one hour. That’s twelve HOURS of time you’ll be devoting to staying fit between now and Christmas. That’s it. Twelve HOURS. That’s really not a whole lot of time.
Do you think you can do twelve hours of work between
now and the new year and still enjoy the holidays? I can’t even believe you’re considering ‘taking a break’ over twelve hours. I mean, what exactly are you giving up? Most holiday parties last longer than one hour, so certainly going to the gym Thursday isn’t going to keep you from attending a party Thursday evening…
All right. The three sessions a week at the gym for one hour is STILL going to be a challenge over the holidays? Get yourself an activity tracker. Make sure you are taking at least 10,000 steps a DAY. There’s roughly 400-500 calories burned extra every day. That’ll burn you 11,200 calories EXTRA between now and Christmas. That way, you’re compensating if you miss a session. A SESSION. Not multiple sessions.
Go for a stroll in the morning. Take the steps more often. Move. More.
All of the sudden, the amount of work you have to do between now and Christmas seems a LOT more manageable. And all it took was thinking of yourself on the other side of the work. Think about how you’ll feel AFTER it’s done. How you’ll feel if you DO the work vs if you DON’T do the work. And think about your results with either choice.
So if you are thinking of taking your foot off the gas for Christmas… look at what you usually do in the week… add it ALL up… and ask yourself: Is it REALLY worth taking that twelve hours off from now until the end of the year? Is it worth the impact it will have on how I look and feel?
It’s not worth it. When everyone else is ramping down, you should be speeding up.