Training for something important helps me gain focus on the prize. I was not in it to win it (per se) but I was in it to do MY very best and become someone in the process. It's not the prize that we become someone it's the process.
I wanted to do a triathlon because everyone said they were hard. "It takes discipline and strength to be good triathlete." They would say. I wanted that. I want to become more disciplined and stronger in the making of becoming a triathlete.
I had to train hard if I wanted to have a shot. I trained. But not hard enough. There were days that I wish someone was with me to push me or compete against so I could be faster and stronger. I did well for most of my training being alone, but I wanted more. I always want more.
When I started training I was hoping for good numbers and good physique. What I got was much more. I became stronger, focused, got larger calves and dropped 8 lbs. I didn't know I had 8 lbs to lose, but I am glad I lost it.
But that makes me think. Is it because we focus so much on losing weight that it's the focus on weight loss that keeps it there? What if we were to change our focus to something entirely different and I don't mean pizza and beer either. I mean what if we focused on the training. For the reason, we want to get stronger or more discipline, not because we don't like our bodies.
Figure out what you want. Besides just losing weight what can you train to do that would get you both goals? A 5k? A sprint or olympic triathlon? A bike race? A specific sport that has always interested you? Train for that instead of training to lose weight.
Maybe you want to run a 5k and you want to run the entire thing without stopping. That is not a weight-loss goal but a goal in which weight would burn off in the process. Also you become a stronger more disciplined person because you trained. Don't you also need to be more disciplined to KEEP the weight off? I think so.
Your homework: Find a new hobby, race, or goal that forces you to work harder, faster, stronger and more focused so you can hit two birds with one stone.
If you need a 5k plan, email me and I would be happy to send you a good one to use.
Sometimes it's about getting our focus off the prize so we can win the prize in the end anyway.