Training for Life vs Extreme Fitness

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This weekend I had an epiphany. 

I’ve only trained myself for something deadline driven/extreme. Never to simply be fit for life. 

I’ve trained for body building competitions, numerous dinners, birthdays, events – anything that “put the pressure on”. Now, to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever actually accomplished any of these goals 100%. Sure, I’ve gotten close, but never hit the grand prize, walked across the finish line, and checked the “done” box next to the goal on my to-do list. 

I really don’t know what this means, but it makes me think. HARD.

Today, I woke up and stepped on the scale AND the number was 3lbs higher than it was last week! Are you effing kidding me? How dare the scale show a number that’s higher than my highest when I just stated working out again. That definitely left me feeling motivated… like I could dive head first into a bowl of sour cream and onion chips, perfectly dipped in sour cream and onion dip… and then take my dragon-breath-self to the nearest “grease truck” in New Jersey.

Needless to say, I was teary eyed and Kevin had to talk me off the ledge while I begged him not to turn the bathroom lights on while I got dressed. But I’ve got to do something, right?

Sure, I can sit here and keep blogging about the scale creeping up until I just sink into a depression about it. Cause — yea, that’s quite possible. OR I can treat myself like one of my own clients. 

My favorite activity to do with my clients is create a 90 day action plan to change their lives. 

Before you rush to the next blog on your reading list – hear me out.

I walk my clients through exercises to help them determine exactly what the vision for their life is and then we work the vision down into actionable steps, broken up over 90 days. Sure, some goals take much longer than that – BUT we find something realistic to aim for in 90 days.

So why can’t I do this for myself?

Hell, I’m speaking at a conference this Saturday in the DC area about goal setting and merging your personal AND professional interests to create a dynamic life. I’ve given this talk to high school students, college students, entry-level professionals, and all the way up to senior level executives.

But, you know what I haven’t done?

I haven’t taken my own life through this process from start to finish. And there’s no reason why this plan cannot work for weight loss. There’s no reason why I can’t plan for a “jumpstart” plan to be fit for life vs extreme fitness. 

I create these legal-paper sized posters for my clients to motivate them through the 90 day action plan too – so I’m going to do this for myself. I’m essentially going to be my own client. I’ve always agreed that if you “fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So I’ve got to implement some more planning into my own life…. stat.

Have you every created a 90 day action plan?

If so, what was it for?

What’s one goal that you’d like to accomplish in 90 days?