Effort is the most important thing in anything we do as individuals. Effort is the most important thing in anything we do as a society. Effort is the difference between dreaming something, and actually doing it.
I was at the gym today and I felt myself waning effort as I tried to push through my workout. I think it is easy for us to know we need to get off the couch and make things happen, whether it be exercise, work, or study. I think it’s a little bit harder to actually get off the couch and do it, but I think a lot of times we will celebrate that act and forget that once we set ourselves into motion, we need to put forth the effort to make getting off the couch as worthwhile as possible.
When I got to the gym, I got on the treadmill (something I always do to start my workout). Strike One: Doing something because it’s routine because that’s what you’re comfortable doing. I set the treadmill to a comfortable, but quick enough pace and set the incline to something I’ve done before. (Let me know when you begin to see where I went wrong with my workout today.) I ran about a mile and a half, then hit the stop button. Strike Two: I didn’t push myself. I could have gotten my heart rate up higher, or stayed on the treadmill for another mile without much trouble. I think I, like most people, have this fantastic ability to justify why I can stop doing something labor-intensive for any number of reasons. I got off the treadmill because (I told myself) I was going to concentrate more on weight training than cardio. Why can’t I do both? I had the time. There wasn’t anyone in the gym so it’s not like a machine I wanted to use just opened up. The truth is, I got off because there was a commercial on the show I was watching in front of the treadmill, and I got bored.
Strike Three, Four, Five, Forfeit of the next game and self imposed sanctions for the post-season.
I’m not proud of it, but that is really the biggest factor in why I quit jogging today. Now, I did go on to get a good (enough) workout in, and for that I’m happy (enough). I am happy that I am getting out of the house and going to the gym, but I’m at a point in my journey where I need to really push myself to see results. I think my body is getting used to my food routine, and this should be the point in the program where I step up and make things happen I am very happy with how things have gone thus far. I am 15 pounds lighter than I was when I started a month and a half ago, and I believe there is new muscle developing where fat was before. Just ask my girlfriend! But I know there are hours I’m leaving on the table where I could be really pushing myself, and it all boils down to effort.
My goal for this next week is to step up my “effort game.” I am going on a weekend vacation, but I am not going to let that get in the way of my training. I WILL workout while I am down there, even if it means waking up at 7am on vacation to go for a jog or go to the gym and give it everything I have. I am expecting the scales to look a lot like they did last week when I go in tonight, but next week will be a different story. If my effort doesn’t improve, then I don’t feel like I can make this program really work, and I really believe in the Transformation system.
So I challenge you to get out there and make some moves. Get off the couch, and realize that sportcenter is not going anywhere. (It’s on 24-hours a day on any one of 15 stations.) I think that this is the most important couple of weeks in the program. I have the tools to make things happen. Its time to put them to use.