Excuses don’t work

Last year? Yeah I had some serious health issues and I had to take extremely heavy antibiotics twice, they literally knocked me out for weeks.
Even though I had to undergo certain treatments, there’s no hiding from the fact that I was extremely lazy. I put PlayStation on top of my priorities and that was it. I wouldn’t even join my wife to walk the dogs… that’s how lazy I was.

What changed in the last couple of months?

Everything. Absolutely everything. I changed my diet, I started taking food supplements —I will write another post about this, but just to let you know, I’ve always been one of those people saying: “I don’t need any food supplements”. Then I realised I wasn’t really eating 7-10 portions of fresh vegetables and fruits per day, so maybe I had to reconsider— I started watching documentaries, YouTube videos, reading books all about people challenging themselves and re-writing history and science on what the human body is capable of. OK, nice inspiration… but I’ve done that before. So what did really change?
I think it’s a mix of different factors, back to the food supplements, they really did change my life as I’m feeling less tired, more energetic, I simply feel like another person.
I also reduced the amount of time I play PlayStation or spend (waste) time on my phone. By simply reducing these time-consuming factors, I managed to squeeze in a full day of work, walk the dogs with my wife at least in the evening, cook, eat, read more, sleep at least 8 hours per night and be at the gym at 6:30 am.

I’m a maniac of time efficiency and I’ve developed my own way of doing things.
Setting goals is extremely important. If you don’t have a goal then you won’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing. Setting a goal alone is not enough though, you need to set a goal and you need to set milestones as they will help you achieve your goal. Milestones alone are also not enough, what helps is tight schedules: have you ever had the feeling that you work/function better under pressure? That’s the story of my life! At school I was always the one waiting till the last minute to do a homework or write a report, but I (almost) always did good and this was thank to the pressure.

I applied this “rule” to my sport life as well, but unfortunately I didn’t really work well. You can read more about how smart I was in the few endurance races I participated on one my post back to the basics. If you don’t want to read it, here’s the short version: training two times for an ultra-marathon is not going to help that much.

So: excuses don’t work. Next time you’re feeling like you should train, but you prefer chilling at home cuddling with your cat while watching TV, put your shoes on and go out! It doesn’t matter if you go out for a run, a bike tour or a swim and it doesn’t matter if you go for three hours or thirty minutes. Some training is better than no training and if you keep working on this way of thinking you will be amazed of how much motivation you will find, you will get into a routine and now I went from being the laziest of lazy people to almost feeling bad and incomplete when take a rest day. By the way, rest days are super important! I will write a post on that later on, but first I need to study the subject more in depth.

So, go out and do something, no matter what, just start being active!

When you think you’re done, it’s just your mind trying to preserve your body, but you can still push a bit harder.