The question becomes, what do you do when your life changes?
I was just thinking about a few things I wanted to accomplish. And I was thinking about a couple of…what I would like to call micro-goals.
I need to lose a little bit of weight, not much, I’d say about five pounds. And basically I wanted to work out more consistently.
And that kind of brings me to my point, you know, what do you do when life changes just a little bit? We can’t avoid change when change happens.
It throws you off your rhythm and routine.
Routine makes life very, very, very simple. Well, as simple as it can be. For example, every week I lift weights without thinking about it. It’s my routine and it helps me mentally, my physical wellbeing, and my overall health.
It’s something I’ve done since middle school and high school, something really I love to do. As you know, I was a baseball player and I think that was one of the major things that helped me get better as a player.
But I just really fell in love with the whole process of lifting weights, the feeling, the discipline that it took to go every day.
But at this point in my life, like many other people, I’ve gone through some changes and I’m coming to this realization that the “dad bod” is a real thing and I see how it goes down now.
Early Stage Dad Bod
I normally get off work and around 5:30 or 6:30, and I prefer to workout later in the evenings because I didn’t feel like I was rushed once I get off work.
But at this point when I get off work, I haven’t been able to go consistently and let me tell you, I realize now that I really don’t even want to go because I’ve broken my rhythm.
Whereas before, when I would go, it was just, GO.
I didn’t think about how I felt.
I just went.
In my opinion, that’s one of the keys to being healthy or developing any good habits. Certain things you just enter into autopilot, like healthy eating, or that thing you do for YOU.
You don’t have to think about it and you don’t feel like it’s something that you’re forcing to doing. You just do it and you have a better chance of maintaining that and being healthy.
But anyway, as I said to you earlier, a couple of my goals were, lose a little weight and workout more consistently.
At this point in my life, I’m just tired! I wake up in the middle of the night to feed the baby of the house. Sometimes I go to sleep at 1:30 am or 2:00 am, and I use that to time the feedings because I have a hard time waking up at that time in the morning.
Having two kids changes the game. Life is centered all around their life and whatever cycle they are in…so in the evenings, the time I normally workout, I just don’t have any juice left (energy).
How Do You Handle Change?
Maybe you could ask yourself, what are some of the challenges that you are going through?
What are you trying to accomplish? I’m just using the fitness thing to talk about this. It’s pretty obvious either you’re doing something or you’re not doing something.
And it’s the same thing with work or whatever else you want to do.
But it’s just something to think about.
Another question to ask yourself is what are you going to do to change it?
I was talking to my wife the other day and we were talking about goals.
And I said to her, “you know, I never really accomplish my goals. So instead I really like to set an action goal, something that I know I can do, something tangible.”
If I can do that action, it will give me the results that I’m looking for.
So let me give you an example. I said I want to lose five pounds. It’s not a lot of weight in the grand scheme of things.
You can stop drinking soda, drink water for a week, you can fast for a week. Um, it’s just not hard to lose that.
But the action goals I’m shooting for is to:
- Workout five days a week.
I’m trying to build up my home gym so that I don’t have to worry about going to a gym to work out.
A home gym would eliminate a time constraint. So that’s how I’m trying to change that.
Once I get back in the flow of things, it’ll be easy. I won’t even think about it, I’ll just do it.
So those are goals for myself.
That’s what was on the top of my head, but you know, I asked you this question, what micro-goals do you have for yourself?
What are some of the challenges that you are facing?
And what are some of your action goals?
So look guys, it’s me Ben Lanier and thanks for checking in with me today.
It’s been real gang…talk to you soon.
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