Brian, Coach Heidi and Tammy pick up heavy things.
All too frequently we have the best of intentions to "get to True Spirit CrossFit & Yoga three times this week," or "eat 5 home cooked Paleo meals this week," or "only drink 3 glasses of wine this week." However, by day 2 we are sitting at home with a glass of red wine and a bar of "good for you" dark chocolate feeling like crap because we "failed."
You did not fail! You just didn't do the thing you needed to do before the thing. What does that mean?!? It means you didn't fail, you just didn't put the right sequence of events and choices in order.
You can do the thing you want to do. You first have to learn how to do the things before the thing. To figure out how to do the thing, first think of the thing, then work backwards to identify all of the things that must happen first.
See if you can imagine all the steps — each teeny, tiny individual step — you’d have to take to do the thing.
Draw yourself a thing-by-thing map, or try filling in the blanks several times:
“In order to ____, I have to ____.”
Get to the gym three days per week.
You’ll notice that there are a lot of things that have to happen here — things you probably never thought of at first.
Keep it simple; don’t get overwhelmed or try to attack this all at once.
All you have to do is tackle ONE small thing at a time, ideally the earliest, most fundamental step.
For instance, if your goal is getting to the gym, try just getting into the habit of using a calendar to plan your time this week.
During this initial skill-building period, you might not even make it to the gym. That doesn’t matter; you’re working on the calendar thing right now.
Next week, you’ll be able to do the next thing. The following week maybe you do the thing, before the thing, before the thing. You see? It's all about planning.
Today, if you make it to the gym, the thing you're going to do when you get there is:
12-9-6 reps for time of:
Deadlift 315/235 lbs
Bar Muscle Up
This is a CrossFit mainsite workout from June 21, 2015.
This blog post is copied from a Precision Nutrition blog. Read the entire blog post here.
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