The Thrill is Gone: Getting Back on Track after a Fitness Fizzle

Back in March of this year I completed my second Gate River Run 15k. This event is considered one of the biggest sporting events of the year in northeast Florida, so needless to say there was a lot of anticipation leading up to the race.  I trained regularly for close to 3 months in preparation. I had a tons of motivation to workout since there was no shortage of people training for this run,  I had several friends to train with. Even when I trained on my own, I would always met other people training for the Gate. Whether it was on the road, at the gym or in the park. When race day finally came around, it was a cool crisp day with clear skies. You couldn’t ask for better running conditions. I had a great experience and when it was all said and done I achieved a new personal record (PR) by shaving off 30 minutes from my previous race finish. All the hard training and diet preparation had paid off.

So now what? As the old Blues song from B.B. King goes: “The Thrill Is Gone.”  There was an obvious void after the thrilling experience of completing the Gate River Run. I took a much needed break after the race, but the break continued for longer than anticipated. I began to realize that I was not motivated to get back to my consistent cross training, running and diet regiments. After speaking with a few other about this challenge, I realized I was not alone in my lack of motivation and the answer became clear: I didn’t have a clear plan of action for my fitness goals. Sure, I had some general goals, but they were not drilled down enough and not scheduled out over time. Though my experience I have created visualization of 5 motivating factors that helped me get my fitness groove back:

5 Tips for get your Fitness Groove Back

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You are what you think, not what you eat

Last month in April I hand the honor of being featured in employer’s Wellness Spotlight on our employee portal site.
I got such a positive response, I decided to expand on it and share it with you:

Wellness Spotlight Questions:

When you started out, what were your wellness goals?
Get out of the obese category on the BMI scale, get my blood pressure under control and become physically fit.

What goal(s) have you achieved so far?
I surpassed all my goals. In 8 months I lost 40 pounds, and my total weight lost to date is 65 pounds.

How did you do it?
For me wellness, or well-being starts in the mind (not in the waistline). In 2010 I made goals and New Year’s
resolutions about my health, but the difference this time around was I slowly changed my belief system. I once heard a wise person say: “a belief is just a thought I keep thinking.” So, I starting thinking more about being healthy and in shape and stopped focusing on my unhappiness with being overweight.

To help me maintain my focus I surrounding myself with people, places and things that inspired me. I started
exercising consistently, hired a personal trainer and took up running. In the first 4 months things move slowly, but in May I cracked the code. A co-worker introduced me to a body chemistry and blood nutrition diet book call the GenoType Diet. Long story short – I learned what foods were toxic to my system based on my blood type, body composition and genetics. I found that the food I was eating was canceling out the exercise I was doing. So, I wasn’t gaining weight or losing weight. Once I eliminated these foods along with gradually increasing my physical training to three times per week  and running 3-4 times per week — the weight started melting off.

Once I achieved this initial success — I didn’t get comfortable. In fact, I purposely put myself in the position of being uncomfortable. This forced my to grow to new heights. Back in 2009 the longest race I had completed was a 5k (3.1 miles). Fast forward to December of 2010 where I completed my first marathon (26.2 miles). Running isn’t for everyone, so find a sport or activity you are passionate about. It can be anything: swimming, biking, croquet, tennis, kickball, dancing or even chasing your kids around the house. If you are doing what you love, the consistency issue is a non-factor.

What’s next for you on your health journey?
My goals this year are to continue improving my health and diet, continue to work with my trainer at Cross Training San Marco to take my fitness to a new level. Lastly, compete in my first sprint triathlon.

What advice would you offer to others just starting out?
The biggest challenge is not losing the excess weight. The real challenge is losing the excess emotional baggage we carry around in our minds. This excess brings a feeling of unworthiness and self-doubt. Some specific advice would be the following:

Last piece of parting advice:

  • Be more consciously aware of your thoughts, feelings and the words that come out of your mouth. How aligned are they with the direction you want to go?
  • Get out of the habit of blaming your situation on people and things you can’t control. Take full responsibility for the direction of your life – the only thing that is stopping you is you!
  • Only think and speak highly of yourself and do things that honor your worth.
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Set small milestones over time and measure your progress.
  • Lastly, when the vision for yourself on the inside becomes more compelling than what people see on the
    outside, you will become the master of your experience and achieve whatever you desire.
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